Keeping Your Brain Fit

I can’t remember! We’ve all been there.

Keeping Your Brain Fit

Want to learn tips and tricks to regain and maintain brain health?

Join us at the Cancer Support Community – Benjamin Center in Los Angeles for a special educational workshop and lunch discussing what you can do to keep your brain fit. Research shows there are many factors that help maintain a healthy brain, even during illness. You will learn ways to incorporate healthy brain techniques into your life.

Carol Hahn, MSN, RN, RYT, CPT, and Director of Education for ALLPOINT Home Healthwill be presenting, calling upon her varied health experience in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care. She has also taught in several college nursing programs and is a registered yoga teacher and certified personal trainer. Her goal is to assist people in increasing their quality of life at all ages.

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM

ALLPOINT Home Health is a proud sponsor of this event.

To RSVP for this event, please click here.

ABC’s of High Blood Pressure – Presentation

Find out about the numbers, symptoms, causes, and risk factors associated with high blood pressure. Learn how high blood pressure is diagnosed, complications, treatments, and lifestyle choices that may help decrease the chance of high blood pressure.

Presenter: Carol Hahn, MSN, RN – Director of Education, ALLPOINT Home Health

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014   2:00 PM

Location: Mobul – The Home Mobility Store – 2153 N. Bellflower Blvd. – Long Beach, Ca  90815

Cost: Free

Register by calling Mobül at (562) 343-­‐7333

Seating is limited to the first 25 people.

In-Home Caregivers and the “Sandwich Generation”

The Sandwich Generation

In-home caregivers might be the ideal solution for older family members and the adult children watching out for them.

Twenty-five percent of the population in the United States is currently dealing with care giving issues, with 80-85 percent providing the care themselves. These are people who are in their late 70’s and 80’s taking care of someone in their household, as well as adult children trying to maintain their own households while helping parents and family members live at home as long as possible. The adult children caring for parents have been called “The Sandwich Generation”  because they are sandwiched between aging family members on one side and young children on the other. Often family caregivers put themselves at risk by ignoring or denying their own health issues as they take care of aging loved ones. Physical signs of stress for caregivers include disturbed sleep, body aches due to tension, headaches, digestive problems, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, chest pains, weight fluctuation (gain or loss), fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and more. Emotional signs of stress include anxiety, depression, mood swings, frustration and irritability, memory problems, lack of concentration, increased substance abuse, feeling out of control, and a feeling of isolation.
You’re not alone.
Getting help is vital during this time. Caregiving does not have to be all or nothing. Having respite so one can go to work, go to the market, go out with a friend or even take a nap is important. Starting out with a few hours of help per week may be the answer. When interviewing for an in-home caregiver, contact at least three care giving agencies or private care givers. Ask each the same questions so you can compare answers. Be aware that the first person who comes into your home may not work out. Do not get discouraged. It sometimes takes a few tries to find the right fit. Make a list of the needs of your loved one—meal preparation, personal hygiene, personal safety, medication reminders, transportation, etc. Create a job description. Put together a routine that will make your family member as comfortable with the caregiver as possible. Spend time with the caregiver, orienting him or her to the home and surroundings. Tell them the likes and dislikes of their new client.Work with the caregiver to plan activities that allow your loved one to keep active throughout the day.
Professional Help
By using a home care agency you alleviate many pitfalls. An agency can substitute with another caregiver should your caregiver have an emergency. Please note, when you hire a caregiver, it is considered custodial care. This type of care is not paid by Medicare. Long Term Care Insurance often helps pay for these services. Check the policy carefully before hiring anyone. Some policies mandate a Licensed Home Health Agency before they pay for the care. Some policies have a waiting period. These are questions that can be answered by your agent. We are all looking for “quality of life.” Taking care of yourself and finding good care for your loved ones makes the aging process better for all.
Estee Bienstock, RN, is Executive Director for ALLPOINT Home Health