07.31.07

Water Therapy

Posted in arthritis, Assisted Living Referral Service, Assisted Living Safety, Elder Care, Elderly Care, exercises, osteoporosis, pain releif, soothes joints, water exercises, water therapy, water therapy for elderly at 5:17 pm by admin

Water therapy, a good excercise for the elderly


A great way to excercise

Water Therapy is said to be the best form of exercise for the elderly. Water therapy is easy on the bones which is especially good for those with Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis. Water therapy warms and soothes the joints and increases range of motion. Water therapy conditions and builds the muscles yet it releives a lot of pain. Many poeple with back pain start doing water exercises to relieve that pain whereas weight workouts would likely increase the pain.

Hard and padded surfaces uncomfortable

Many people find that as they age exercising on hard or even padded surfaces is very uncomfortable but water exercises are enjoyable and a nearly painless workout. If a person has a muscle strain or tear, has had a fall or other injury then the gentle resistance and friction that water therapy provides makes a quicker recovery while reducing the risks of re-injury due to loss of balance or overstraining the bones and muscles. 

Consult your physical therapist

Those with high blood pressure and other heart related problems should consult their physical therapist before performing water therapy.

If you or a loved one has arthritis then begin water therapy that works for you as soon as possible to get rid of pain and stiffness.

07.30.07

When skin becomes too thin and brittle what do you do?

Posted in Mr. Skin, Skin Care, Wound Care at 10:22 am by admin

As people age their skin becomes thin, brittle and hard to manage. Skin starts to tare from being grabbed or moved. This can start to become an annoince, but more importantly it can be a serious medical problem.

The reason for the skin being or feeling tight has to do with the fact that as you age your skin does not have the same ability to automatically moisturize your skin. You will need to use a skin moisturizer on a daily basis. Putting lotion on your skin will help a lot as well as avoiding dry areas. If you need to, use a humidifier when the weather becomes dry.


Among several other things you can do to avoid tight dry skin that is easy to tare are:

  • take at the maximum 2 to 3 short baths or showers a week; use warm water (not hot)
  • shower immediately after getting out of a pool that has chlorine in it
  • use soaps made for dry skin, Glycerin soap with cleansing cream is a good option for those needing this type of soap 
  • thouroughly rinse off after using soaps.
  • apply lotion immediately after you notice drying skin, while it is still slightly moist. This helps lock in the skins moisture
  • apply lotion all over your body at bedtime; put gloves and socks on after applying lotion to retain moisture
  • drink more liquids if you still have dryness problems
  • use a humidifier during the winter and in dry climates
  • avoid alcohol, spicy food, and caffeine
  • avoid dry places, such as saunas and the desert
  • By following these guide lines your Mr. Skin or Mrs. Skin problem will be gone in no time. It is important for the elderly to follow these rules and to not over do it. If the skin becomes too moist you could actually cause a fungal infection. It’s also important to be consistent with this routine. A skin tare from not properly caring for your skin can cause more serious issues down the road. As the skin becomes more and more brital you could eventually need skin grafts and a host of other treatments.

    Stay healthy and watch out for any type of skin disorders such as skin cancer, rashes, dry skin and others and report them to your Doctor immediately.

    This is Mr Skin signing out.

    07.22.07

    Elderly Care at home in an affordable way. It can be done!

    Posted in Elder Care, Elderly Care, Home Health Care at 11:47 pm by admin

    Wanting your loved one living with you while being cared for is possible and affordable


    Many families start off letting their frail parent or parents into their home so they can take care of them. As they age they become more and more frail and the time needed to take care of them begins to drain the family of the needed time they use to raise a family, make a living, and taking time just to relax. This can sneak up on you until you are at a point where you are at your wits end and there appears to be no available alternative

    When it seems that there are no more options just step back and realize you are not alone. There are quite a few households doing what you are doing. You are doing your best to help your elderly parent and this is great! They raised you and cared for you, the least you can do is the same for them. Many do not realize that the United States government has money and resources available to help your frail loved one while they remain at your home. This option is called in home health care and is a widely used option. Your parent can continue to stay with the family while in home nurse assists your parent with daily tasks and chores they cannot do themselves. You could even go on vacation while the nurse which is paid by the Unites States of America government pays the bill.

    Don’t let life and family pass you by simply because you refuse that extra help. You have nothing to lose and the government wants to help families continue to live their lives while your parent lives the quality life they deserve as well. Take a look at the many different government assisted programs and assistance.

    07.21.07

    Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

    Posted in Assisted Living, care at home, Elderly Care, Nursing home alternative, PACE at 11:43 am by admin

    Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, otherwise know as PACE is an optional benefit under Medicare and Medicaid that focuses on the elderly, who are frail enough to meet the state’s standards for nursing home care. It features comprhensive medical and social services that can be provided at home,  adult day health center, or impatient facilities. For most elderly people it will allow them to continue living at home and receive services instead of being institutionalized. Health professionals and a team of doctors and nurses assess the persons needs, develop care plans, and deliver care plans which are integratedinto a complete health care plan.


    PACE offers and manages all of the medical, social and rehabilitative services their enrollees need to preserve or restore their independence, to remain in their homes and communities, and to maintain their quality of life. PACE must include all Medicare and Medicaid services provided by the state. The PACE center includes at minimum primary care services, social services, restorative therapies, personal care and supportive services, nutritional counseling, recreational therapy, and meals. PACE services are available 24/7. PACE has a team of care providers that have frequent contact with the patient. This helps them to detect subtle changes in the patient’s condition and they can react quickly to changing medical, functional, and psycho-social problems.

    07.20.07

    What is Elder Care?

    Posted in Assisted Living, Elder Care at 4:07 pm by admin

    Elder Care or Elderly Care is about the issues and concerns that an elderly person goes through as their body begins to become weak and frail. Elderly people over 65 begin to fall into this category at around a percentile of 5% of those aged over 65.


     There are about 16% of those living in the US that fall into the elderly who need that extra bit of care because of their frail disposition.

    When someone becomes frail they begin to not be able to do some of the things that were actually quite easy before they came into this weak state of being. There are 6 activities of daily living that an elderly person becomes unable to do without the assistance of a care giver.

    These ADL’s include:

    • bathing
    • dressing
    • grooming
    • eating
    • transferring
    • toileting

    This group of people in the United States uses most of the healthcare resources and because of this there becomes a great need for nursing homes, care givers and assisted living type facilities.

    Although most of the care provided to the elderly is by their families it eventually becomes quite burdensome and time consuming if your elderly loved one needs consistent around the clock care. Because of this some type of elder care is recommended to alleviate the stress on a household.

    07.16.07

    Skin Tares and Bed Sores

    Posted in Assisted Living, Elderly Care, Wound Care at 10:44 pm by admin

    Skin tares and bed sores go hand in hand with aging. Skin becomes thinner and more paper like as a person ages. If a skin tare is severe I would recommend seeing a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS). A CWS can be a doctor, physical therapist, or a nurse. But not anyone with those titles can be a CWS. A CWS has to go through a vigorous examination by the American Academy of Wound Management and have documented proof that he/she has a minimum of 2-5 years of study in the field of wound care. CWS has the best quality care for bed sores and skin tares. If you or a loved one is suffering from a skin tare or bed sore don’t procrastinate, see a Certified Wound Specialist as soon as possible.