Monthly Archives: August 2015

Tips for Spending Time with Seniors, who are Anxious, Angry or Aggressive

  • Don’t take the situation personally – caregiving is managing these types of behaviours
  • Before you react, take a deep, calming breath
  • Speak softly—your tone of voice may help decrease negative behaviour
  • Reassure the client that you are there to help
  • Try to distract the personal by changing the focus of attention
  • Consider what may be the trigger and respond to the symptom. Ie. is the client hungry?
  • Do not react to swearing, abusive language, or other verbal misbehaviours. Remind yourself that this is a person that is in distress and may not know how to communicate differently


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Safety Tips When Working With A Client Who Has Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias

 

Easy to implement tips for relatives and caregivers of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other Dementias.

  • Store dangerous tools, such as grills, lawn mowers, knives and firearms in a secure
  • Remove any toxic plants or decorative fruits that a client might mistakenly try to
  • Remove any medications or other substances from open areas such as the kitchen table and counters. This might include vitamins, prescription drugs, or even sugar, sugar substitutes or seasonings. Keep medications in a locked area or out of reach.
  • Check the temperature of water and food, as your client may have difficulty telling the difference. This applies to water temperature in a bath and the temperature of hot food, for example.
  • Use contrasting colours to make steps and transitions easier to see. Avoid dark rugs as they may appear to be a hole.
  • Lock any hazard areas or cover the doors or locks so that they are disguised. Suggest placing locks either high or low on doors to make them less obvious.
  • Remove locks in bathrooms or bedrooms so that client cannot get locked inside.Home Care Hamilton helps older adults and the elderly live independently and safely at home.   “Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500”  

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Summer Time Safety Tips for Seniors

Great weather is finally here!!!   While it’s great to get outside for long stretches of time, seniors must be careful of season’s heat and humidity. Older people can’t handle the heat as well as their CAREGivers because they don’t sweat as effectively and have poorer circulation.  They may also be taking medications that limit their ability to respond to changes or affect their cooling system, perspiration.

In order to protect your client from heat-related illnesses, as extreme as stroke, there are steps we can take to minimize the risk and ensure that they are able to take advantage of the benefits of this wonderful season.

  • review weather forecasts and ride out the extreme heat in a place that is air conditioned.
  • encourage them to drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages, especially water.
  • dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing made of light fabrics such as linen and cotton.
  • use sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30, on all exposed body parts including the face and ears
  • avoid overexerting with strenuous activity
  • If you must be outdoors, stay in shaded areas near trees and/or water.

Knowing about the potential implications of extreme heat and taking preventative measures will ensure that your senior enjoys summer as much today as they did years ago.

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