Nearly one in every four Americans is caring for an older adult, usually a parent. While many try to do this on their own, the task can be daunting and the stress can be immense. What if your aging parent doesn’t live in your town? What if you have a full time job? Who will care for your parent then?
A Healthy Solution
Finding an agency that provides in-home healthcare and home healthcare services can be a lifesaving alternative to caring for an aging parent relieving stress and worry for family caregivers. Our home health aides will monitor their diet by preparing healthy meals or go grocery shopping with or for your parent. A home health aide can also maintain your parent’s calendar and make sure they make it to important appointments and escort them too. An in-home health aide can provide the healthy interaction and activity that are vital for seniors by participating in your parent’s daily life by reading to them, playing games or cards and discussing the news of the day.
At David York Agency, we can be there when you can’t be with skilled home health aide services for the elderly in their home. We are fully acquainted with all factors related to eldercare services and always available to set up a senior homecare plan taking the whole patient into account. We are licensed by the New York State Department. We are located in Brooklyn, NY and our home health aides service the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan, Queens, Nassau and Brooklyn. We would be happy to discuss your case with you. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website to learn more about how our home health aides can help your family. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.
The holidays are over. Everyone has returned home after many fun-filled days of presents and fabulous meals. With the family holiday visits a thing of the past, many elderly may come down with the post holiday blues. It is easy to fall into depression, but there are many things to do to avoid it. Here are some tips.
- Do something different.This year, change it up a bit. Whether it is a new hobby, listening to an audio book or going out to a new restaurant, trying something new each week or each month can help keep depression at bay and life interesting.
- Stay on schedule.The holidays disrupt schedules. However, once they are over, getting back to a normal routine is key to avoiding how the disruption, which is often accompanied by loss of sleep, can affect moods negatively.
- Exercise is important at every age. If the cold of winter keeps your senior loved one indoors, try a video exercise program or one on cable television. While exercise may not feel good at the time, the benefits are well worth it.
- Eat sensibly.After all those heavy holiday meals, a more normal diet is in order. Eating healthfully keeps you feeling fit — physically and emotionally.
- Don’t miss medication doses. Make sure that you’re up-to-date on your refills, too.
- Ask for Help. A network of close friends and family to turn to when things get tough is critical especially during a depression. Asking them for help is important.
David York Home Healthcare Agency can help you or your family member with all of the activities of daily life and provide companionship during a trying time. David York Agency is a home healthcare agency that provides high quality skilled home health aide services for the elderly with the highest degree of personal service. We regularly check credentials and maintain valid references for our aides. You can be sure that the highest caliber home health aides are caring for your loved ones. David York Agency would be happy to discuss your case with you. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.
Simple Pleasures is the Key
For our most senior citizens, the way to their hearts and minds is through simple companionship. Rather than wasting money and energy on new fangled gadgets for older loved ones, a visit and a simple dinner is the best gift in the world. What they most want is time and friendship.
A New York Times article entitled “What Makes Older People Happy” by Judith Graham, analyzes various studies on consumer behavior and psychology to posit that the reason older people shun new experiences and products that the young crave is, having lived most of their lives already, they now prize the simple pleasures and experiences in life.
They Live In the Now
Contrary to public opinion, it is not about seniors cocooning themselves thinking that life has passed them by. It is just that, according to a Journal of Consumer Research report entitled Happiness from Ordinary and Extraordinary Experiences, the type of experiences that make people happy change over time. Senior citizens still enjoy being active and current. However, they do not use these experiences to solidify their identities as young people do. The elderly forged their identities long ago. Their maturity level and seasoned attitude toward life have allowed them to appreciate the here and the now all the more.
Concerned About Energy Level
However, when attempting new things, energy level is a real concern. They are not as spry as they used to be and the fear of getting hurt is very real for them. Moreover, they see others around them not bouncing back as they used to when they were young. They know that a careless move can lead to an injury. Furthermore, that fall can set off a whole chain of events that could have lasting, if not dire consequences. In that instance, a home health aide in tow is a perfect solution for enabling them to have new experiences accompanied and in a safe manner.
At David York Home Health Agency we understand the importance of companionship. Above all, our home health aides are quite sensitive to this. Furthermore, they are familiar with the host of other factors relating to senior home care. They know how to make our clients feel appreciated in the safe and comfortable environment of their homes and familiar destinations. Please call David York Agency at 718.376.7755 or visit the website at www.davidyorkhomehealthcare.com to learn more about what they offer. Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
February 11, 2014, 4:01 pm
What Makes Older People Happy By Judith Graham