We believe in sharing what we’ve learned about the home health care industry and all related topics to help and support you. Our variety of blogs feature insights, experience and news about aging, healthy lifestyle, and overall well-being. We are continually expanding the blog posting, please expect new publishing’s every two weeks, enjoy the reading. The writer’s opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect Vitae Cares position. However, we encourage, appreciate, and try to stimulate a culture of discussion and even dispute.

Senior Caring Services Can Assist Improve the Safety in an Elder’s Home

 Social Media Team   Sunday, June 25, 2017   

Maintaining a safe home is substantial, it will prevent and reduce the chance of falls and injuries.

Why is safety in the home of a senior citizen so important?

We all need a safe home, but preventing injury for the elderly is crucial. If a young person is tripping or falling, they may get a small bruise. But if a senior is falling, it is more likely to lead to serious injury. Because of weaker muscles, brittle bones, and less balance, a fall might cause a senior to suffer a broken bone. It could change things instantaneously and might cause the older adult lose independence or mobility plus to be unable to return home eventually. Senior caring services can give good advice and guidance. Improving the safety of a home, therefore, is important and will enable elderly adults to stay independent in their homes for as long as possible.

Assess your elderly parent needs inside the home

You should take an honest look at your parents’ house to see what, if any, changes are necessary. The chances are high there are at least a few things you could do to improve home safety. Some changes will be evident, such as cords or rippled carpet on the floor, or no railings at the stairwell or overload of furniture. Others, however, may not be obvious. For example, are there convenient light switches throughout the home? Is the bathroom safe enough? Is the kitchen floor slippery when wet? Another excellent and helpful addition is to have all emergency and family numbers on speed dial. To make a thorough assessment of the home, you may use this free checklist from senior caring services.

Hiring in-home care services can enhance safety

The truth is, you can make all sorts of changes to the home by yourself. But if you ask our professionally-trained experts, you can be sure that all the right home modifications will take place. Therefore, we recommend working with Vita Care, an agency that provides premier home care services. They have the skills, training, and experienced eye to immediately see what needs to be done to improve an elderly individual’s home. Vitae Care can make safe adjustments to the home without disrupting the daily life so that seniors are more accepting of household changes. Please feel free and contact Vitae Care today to learn more about our services, including home care assistance.

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Elderly and Technology – the Use of Smartphones among Americans Age 65+ Has More than Doubled

 Social Media Team   Sunday, June 04, 2017   

A recent study indicates that many seniors are embracing the use of technologies, whereas others are still holding back. Age and income, plus education, are the main drivers of this trendy topic

The use of smartphones has become popular for those age 65 and over

A recent study shows that the elderly and technology are coming together. What it reveals, is that “smartphone adoption among seniors has nearly quadrupled in the last five years. Four-in-ten seniors own smartphones”. Furthermore, the study noted that “social media use among older Americans steadily increases,” plus “roughly three-quarters of internet users ages 65 and up say they go online daily.” But we do not want to forget to mention that the study also says that “most seniors say they need help using new electronic devices.”

Engaging in activities with digital gadgets can stir curiosity and brain activity. In fact, it can help us stay up-to-date and in touch, be informed and connected with the world and younger generations, and cope with today’s lifestyles and trends.

How exactly do we describe technology–what do we mean by it?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes technology as follows: “The use of science in industry, engineering, etc., to invent useful things or to solve problems.”

The study mentioned above focuses on the adoption of technology by the elderly, in particular addressing the most-used gadgets in the digital world, such as the following:

  • Internet
  • Smartphones, mobile devices
  • Tablets/E-readers
  • Social Media

Wi-Fi is the gateway to the Internet and provides accessibility in many ways—not only at home or in friends’ or family’s houses but in public places like restaurants, museums, shopping malls, and sports venues. Wi-Fi enables access to the Internet almost everywhere and at any time. Knowledge, information, and data travel with you wherever you go, anytime you need them.

How do the elderly interact with new technologies?

Many senior citizens still don’t use new technologies and don’t understand why they should start because they mostly do not know how to or what the actual benefits are. There are numerous obstacles. They might not know anyone who would have the time to explain how to use the technology, their grandchildren may live too far away, they don’t feel comfortable buying the product by themselves, they are worried they would not understand the gadgets, or they just are not ready to take that step to start using online resources.

At the same time, there seems to be an emerging trend involving the elderly and technology. Increasingly, a younger group of senior citizens is moving toward more digital activities. It enriches their lives in many ways. They have fun discovering new options and possibilities with which to interact with each other. It opens up a whole world of new opportunities, which makes them feel good.

However, technology adoption comes with a price tag and depends on the age group and level of education. Not all senior citizens can afford technology adoption: paying for an Internet provider, setting up Wi-Fi, shopping for a smartphone or tablet, and much more. Senior citizens might not have included these costs in their budget planning.

Caring companions are skilled at introducing support

We understand the need for support and instruction regarding the use of smartphones, the Internet, and tablets. Now, rather than forcing them to read endless pages of manuals and instructions, we give the elderly a hands-on introduction. Vitae Care encourages and supports senior citizens who would like to make use of new technologies in many ways:

  • Connecting with grandchildren through text messaging
  • Using Social Media
  • Online shopping
  • Connecting with friends and writing e-mails
  • Playing online games
  • Registering for an event
  • Seeking information or daily news from the Internet
  • Finding a partner on online platforms
  • Using smart apps
  • Charging batteries
  • Connecting with Wi-Fi
  • Using online education and training
  • Paying bills online

By continuously developing solutions for the elderly, Vita Care supports its clients grow and thrive in all their digital endeavors.

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Aging Parents Need Your Care, but Maintaining Respect and Communication Is Essential

 Social Media Team   Thursday, June 01, 2017   

When you use an approach that promotes respectful communication, giving advice and providing care becomes much easier and more helpful to your loved ones!

Providing care to aging parents: the challenge

We all want the best for our parents and grandparents, so we often give advice or take actions that we feel will help them. Sometimes we don’t just give advice, we downright tell them what they have to do, which can be a problem because most people, seniors or otherwise, don’t want someone else running their lives. Think about it: would you want pushy life lessons or daily oversight from someone whose diapers you once changed? They are still your parents, and they likely still feel like a mother or father; when the care-giving roles are reversed, it can create frustration. Fortunately, there are respectful, caring ways to help seniors who may be unable to help themselves while allowing them to maintain their personal dignity and respect.

Communication is the key to caring for aging parents

Perhaps the most important element of caring for an elderly parent is communication. Whether you’re providing general advice on how they should arrange their homes or trying to convince them to eat a healthier diet, you can’t just tell them to do it; you need to tell them why you think it’s a good idea. Remember: communication is a two-way street, so listen to their feedback and take into consideration how the decision will affect their personal lives.

Try this strategy: discuss how decisions will benefit others

Being helpful is important to many people, including elderly parents. Sometimes, how decisions will help others can be a major factor in an elderly parent’s choices. For example, let’s say that you’re trying to convince your elderly father to quit smoking, but he doesn’t seem compelled by arguments that would affect his personal health. Maybe reasons about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on his wife or grandchildren will help him drop the habit. If you’re trying to convince your mother to accept in-home care, you can emphasize that this care will cause you and your siblings less worry and stress. That just might be enough to convince her.

Final word of advice: vent frustrations elsewhere

If we can offer one final piece of advice, it would be to vent your frustrations, which are likely to occur, away from your elderly parent. In many cases, your mother, father, or grandparent already feels like a burden. Revealing your frustrations will only make them feel worse. It’s good to get your frustrations off your chest but do so with a sibling, friend, or spouse. When you release your frustrations elsewhere, you’ll be more prepared to give caring, respectful support to your elderly parent.

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