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You Can’t Stop the Season, but You Can Prevent Falls

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Sep 23, 2015 4:33:50 PM

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Falls Prevention Awareness DayIt’s the first day of fall — like it or not, the leaves will soon be changing and temperatures dropping. But this day has added significance, calling attention to a critical safety hazard in the home. Yes, the first day of fall marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day, which is well worth observing no matter what your feelings about the autumn season.

Fall-related injuries represent a leading cause of hospitalization in seniors. The best way to escape injury from a fall is to prevent falling altogether. Actually, many falls in the home can be prevented with a combination of awareness and preparation. Read on to discover what you can do to arm yourself against some of the greatest home fall risks.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Home Improvements, Visual Impairment

Preventing and Treating a Common Eye Disorder: A Cataract Primer

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 25, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Cataracts are a common occurrence in seniors as they age. Learn what they are, how they alter your vision, and how to counteract their effects.The lens of the eye is made up of clear tissue that we see through, but this tissue can become damaged by injury or advanced age. These areas of damage get denser and change how light enters our eyes, forming what is known as a cataract. The condition can give a person’s vision a fuzzy or foggy effect; some compare it to looking through a dirty window.

By the time they reach 80 years of age, more than half of Americans have developed this common effect of the aging process. Although cataracts do not generally cause pain or eye irritation, they can have a profound effect on a person’s vision over time, potentially limiting his or her capabilities. Serious vision impairment caused by cataracts can even threaten a person’s well-being, making it unsafe for him or her to drive or raising the risk of a fall in the home. Read on to discover how you can lower your risk for cataracts and protect your vision.

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Topics: Aging In Place, Home Improvements, Visual Impairment

Health News Round-Up: Cracking Down on Added Sugars

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 5, 2015 1:47:09 PM

The Skinny on Limiting Sugar

Recent health news from across the Web: added sugars and sugar substitutes, improvements in senior outcomes, when to start home health care, and more.We’ve been warned about the dangers of consuming too much sugar, but now the FDA is making a proposal that could make excess sugar harder to overlook. The organization has suggested two changes to nutrition labels: first, to add a separate subcategory to bring ‘added sugars’ to light, and second, to assign a percent daily value for these added sugars. The agency hopes that consumers will be able to better comprehend how much sugar they are getting and make healthier trade-offs.

(No More Hidden Sugar: FDA Proposes New Label Rule; NPR)

In this related piece, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll discusses the scientific evidence about sugar consumption. His conclusions: added sugars have been proven to be detrimental to human health, whereas the case against artificial sweeteners can come apart with scrutiny. For people who drink sweetened beverages like colas, he suggests moderation and sugar-free options.

(The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar; NYT The Upshot blog)

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Topics: Home Health Care, Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Palliative Care, Caregiving, Diabetes, Aging In Place, Nutrition, Home Improvements

Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month with a Safer, More Capable You

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Apr 14, 2015 2:15:00 PM

Occupational Therapy Month

In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, we recognize the many ways in which Residential Home Health’s occupational therapists better patients’ lives.For Occupational Therapy Month this April, we honor the Residential Home Health clinicians who bring the prospect of safer, more independent living to so many of Residential’s patients. Unlike a nurse or physical therapist, an occupational therapist is uniquely poised to focus primarily on everyday function and safety within the home.

The practice of occupational therapy includes identifying activities that pose a struggle or safety hazard for a patient, and then adapting the task in order to fit the person doing it. Patients who work with an in-home occupational therapist are shown and coached to perform everyday activities more safely and efficiently, and may even be enabled to confidently perform some tasks that might have felt impossible before. Read on to discover more practical and life-improving benefits that these expert clinicians bring.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Fall Prevention, Aging In Place, Home Improvements

Modify Bathrooms and Kitchens with Adaptive Equipment and Expert Help

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Feb 24, 2015 3:00:00 PM

In the most essential but hazardous rooms in the home, increase safety and independence with an in-home occupational therapist and alterations.The kitchen and bathroom rank among the most hazardous rooms of the home, yet they are essential to daily life — thus, when considering modifications for yourself or your loved one, these key areas deserve the utmost attention. The following suggestions are just some of the options available. With a better understanding of possible home risks and adjustments, as well as the guidance of an in-home occupational therapist, you can drastically improve not only your loved one's safety from falls or other injuries, but also his or her independence and quality of life.

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Topics: Aging In Place, Home Improvements