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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer month

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of American Disabilities Act

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Stomping Out Obesity Race

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World Sight Day 2014

Today is World Sight Day, a day to focus attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide.

Click here to get involved and donate to the World Sight Day Challenge, the largest annual fundraiser to deliver eye care services to those in need!

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Age In Place Successfully

Join us to celebrate National Aging In Place Week at the Alpharetta YMCA on October 16, 2014. This FREE event is sponsored by NAIPC and Senior Services North Fulton and will include Dale Cardwell of TrustDale.com as our featured speaker. Additionally, there will be a Vendor Resource Expo, door prizes, free dinner, and information and tools on Aging in Place Successfully.

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September 26 is National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

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June is National Elder Abuse Awareness Month

The month of June is designated as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. This is a time for everyone, not just healthcare professionals to be extra vigilant to what we see and hear. According to a recent National Elder Abuse Incident Study, for every one reported case of elder abuse, five more are unreported. Under-reported acts of abuse are growing at frightening rates – with statistics estimating 1 to 2 million Americans ages 65 or older becoming injured, exploited, or mistreated by someone upon whom they depend for care.
Abusers may be spouses, family members, personal acquaintances, professionals in positions of trust, or opportunistic strangers who prey on the defenseless.
HisGrip Home Care wants to encourage everyone, seniors, family members, friends, and caregivers, to be attentive to the warning signs of abuse – not just during the month of the June but at ALL times.
Here are some signs to be aware of:
• Physical Abuse- Slap marks, unexplained bruises, most pressure marks, and certain types of burns or blisters, such as cigarette burns
• Neglect or isolation from friends and family – Withdrawal from normal activities, pressure ulcers, filth, lack of medical care, malnutrition, or dehydration
• Emotional Abuse– Frequent arguments between the senior and others, unexplained changes in alertness, or other unusual behavioral changes
• Sexual Abuse- Bruises around the breasts or genital area and unexplained sexually transmitted diseases
• Financial Abuse/Exploitation – Sudden change in finances and accounts, altered wills and trusts, unusual bank withdrawals, checks written as “loans” or “gifts,” and loss of property
Sadly,
Some people respect their elders…
Some people abuse them…
Join HisGrip Home Care as we advocate for seniors to prevent elder abuse
If you suspect any type of abuse or neglect:
• Report it to your local adult protective services agency and to law enforcement
• Remember – you do not have to prove abuse – physical, emotional, verbal or financial – do not hesitate to make a call to the local Adult Protective Services (APS).
• Remember you do not have to prove abuse is taking place to say something and the call can be anonymous.
Count on HisGrip Home Care. Our licensed, bonded and insured caregivers are available around the clock, every day of the year to help maintain our elders’ independence at home. With our extensive experience in home care, our caregivers are trained to spot and report any form of elder abuse.

 

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15th

Today, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Elder abuse is an under recognized problem with devastating and even life threatening consequences.

Every day, the headlines paint a grim picture of seniors who have been abused, neglected, and exploited, often by people they trust the most. Abusers may be spouses, family members, personal acquaintances, or professionals in positions of trust; or opportunistic strangers who prey on the vulnerable. No one knows for certain how big this problem is because relatively few cases are identified. However, research shows that more than one in ten elders may experience some type of abuse, but only one in five cases or fewer are reported. This means that very few seniors who have been abused get the help they need. One thing is for certain: elder abuse can happen to any older individual – your neighbor, your loved one, it can even happen to you.

What is Elder Abuse?

In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. In many states, self- neglect is also considered mistreatment. Elder Abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions.

Warning Signs of Abuse

  • Physical Abuse – Slap marks, unexplained bruises, most pressure marks, and certain types of burns or blisters, such as cigarette burns
  • Neglect – Pressure ulcers, filth, lack of medical care, malnutrition or dehydration
  • Emotional Abuse – Withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained changes in alertness, or other unusual behavioral changes
  • Sexual Abuse – Bruises around the breasts or genital area and unexplained sexually transmitted diseases
  • Financial Abuse/Exploitation – Sudden change in finances and accounts, altered wills and trusts, unusual bank withdrawals, checks written as “loans” or “gifts,” and loss of property
  • Neglect – A caregiver’s failure or refusal to provide for a vulnerable elder’s safety, physical, or emotional needs
  • Abandonment – Desertion of a frail or vulnerable elder by anyone with a duty of care
  • Self-neglect – An inability to understand the consequences of one’s own actions or inaction, which leads to, or may lead to, harm or endangerment

What can you do to prevent Elder Abuse?

  • Report suspected mistreatment to your local adult protective services agency or law enforcement. Although a situation may have already been investigated, if you believe circumstances are getting worse, continue to speak out.
  • Keep in contact – Talk with your older friends, neighbors, and relatives. Maintaining communication will help decrease isolation, a risk factor for mistreatment. It will also give them a chance to talk about any problems they may be experiencing.
  • Be aware of the possibility of abuse – Look around and take note of what may be happening with your older neighbors and acquaintances. Do they seem lately to be withdrawn, nervous, fearful, sad, or anxious, especially around certain people, when they have not seemed so in the past?
  • Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office to identify local programs and sources of support, such as Meals on Wheels. These programs help elders to maintain health, well-being, and independence – a good defense against abuse.
  • Volunteer – There are many local opportunities to become involved in programs that provide assistance and support for seniors.

If you Suspect Elder Abuse

  • Report Your Concerns. Remember: Most cases of elder abuse go undetected. Don’t assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation.
  • To report suspected abuse in the community, contact your local adult protective services agency. For state reporting numbers, visit the NCEA website at www.ncea.aoa.gov
  • If you or someone you know is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, contact 911 or the local police or sheriff. Remember: You do not need to prove that abuse is occurring; it is up to the professionals to investigate the suspicions.
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HEAT AWARENESS SAFETY DAY

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.

In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.

May 25th is Heat Awareness Safety Day.Here are some Heat Wave Safety Tips:

  • Slow down. Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors, and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors. If you are a caregiver and need to take a break, consider using a licensed home care agency such as HisGrip Home Care to provide respite care for you.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic, and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.
  • During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.
  • Never leave anyone (children, older adults, or pets) in a parked car. Temperatures inside a car can rise very rapidly. Rolling windows down DOES NOT significantly decrease the heat inside the car.
  • Do not get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
  • Monitor for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, including elevated body temperature, weakness, clammy skin, fainting, and vomiting. Seek immediate medical attention for these warning signs.

Find sources and further information at: The National Weather Service (www.nsw.noaa.gov) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Body and Mind (www.bam.gov).

It is the mission of HisGrip Home Care to ensure an improved quality of life and well being for all our clients and families, by providing dependable and affordable home care.

We strive to provide relevant information through regular articles. For more information including copies of archived articles, please visit our website www.hisgriphomecare.com.

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NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. The aim of the National Stroke Awareness Month is to help individuals ‘Save A Life’ by educating them about stroke risk factors, stroke symptoms and stroke preventative measures. It places emphasis on making the public aware about ACTING FAST. According to the National Stroke Association, a person experiencing a stroke can be treated if people have acted FAST – 80% of strokes can also be prevented.

F A S T – stands for things to check in a suspected stroke victim.

F – Face – Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?

A – Arm – After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?

S – Speech – After repeating a simple phrase, does the person’s speech sound slurred or strange?

T – Time – If any or all of the above are observed, call 911 and ask for medical assistance

Tips for preventing Stroke

1. STOP SMOKING – smoking doubles risk for stroke.

2. Get regular treatment for conditions that can increase risk of stroke such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and Atrial Fibrillation.

3. Recognize and treat TIA’s (Transient Ischemic Attacks). TIA’s are temporary episodes of stroke like symptoms that normally cause no permanent damage. However, around 40% of people who experience TIA’s may experience Stroke.

4. Your health care provider may prescribe medicines to reduce your risk of  Stroke or recurrent Stroke. If so, follow the prescribed treatment regimen.

5. Recognizing warning signs and acting quickly is vital. There is a medication that, if administered within 3 hours of the onset of Stroke symptoms, may prevent long term disability from Stroke.

Living after a stroke – Steps Against Recurrent Stroke (STARS)

Caregivers play a prominent role throughout the post-stroke recovery process. Caring for stroke survivors at home can cause high levels of emotional, mental and physical stress. In addition to distress, the disruption of employment and family life makes care giving very challenging. Family caregivers can promote positive post-stroke recovery outcomes; however, they need to care for themselves as well. Caregivers will sometimes recognize the need for help and will consider using licensed home care providers such as HisGrip Home Care to provide additional help. HisGrip Home Care has experienced caregivers who are available to provide help at home including respite for caregivers for as little as three hours at a time. This break and extra care is valuable to assist in living after a stroke.

Additional help may include:

  • Assisting with doctor’s appointments, medications and exercises.
  • Assist the stroke survivor with daily activities such as personal care and hygiene.
  • Provide the stroke survivor with physical, mental and emotional support.
  • Plan out the stroke survivor’s care, including setting routines and managing the care team.

You may find additional information and other resources at: National Stroke Association(www.stroke.org) and Grady’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center (www.gradystroke.org)

Nike Aremu, is the President and Owner of HisGrip Home Care, a licensed Home Care Provider located in Alpharetta, GA

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