3. GET INFORMATION ON MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Ask about and review the senior’s medications with their physician on a regular basis. Consider possible drug interactions and take note of any new symptoms (allergic reactions, drowsiness, loss of appetite and others) the senior shows after changing or starting medications.
Exercise not only alleviates depression but improves energy and memory. An exercise program approved by a physician, long walks or short strolls can keep seniors healthier longer. With their health under control, seniors can do more and stay active, which is important to their overall well-being. Happy, healthy seniors can still present a lot of care challenges, but they can also contribute more to their health, which can give caregivers a little less to worry about.
10. VISIT THE DENTIST EVERY SIX MONTHS
Our risk for cavities goes up with age. Plus, many mouth infections can be linked to serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. So seniors should see the dentist regularly. Physician appointments, dental check-ups, medications the list of a senior’s health needs go on. If you find yourself or a loved is struggling managing health concerns, you should discuss it with your doctor, Aegis Homecare suggests using our doctor’s visit questionnaire here that you can print and complete prior to your appointment.
Keeping a record of when and why your resident asks to go home can be a useful tool in helping staff avoid the situation completely. Perhaps might help you spot a pattern you wouldn’t otherwise recognize. Aegis Homecare & Hospice offers many educational in-services for senior living staff on Alzheimer’s and various other topics. Call 480-219-4790 for additional information.
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