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When Hygiene is an Issue: Helping Your Aging Parent Stay Clean

The last time you dropped by your mom’s house in Kansas City, did you notice an unpleasant odor? And finally realize it was coming from her? Unfortunately, elderly people don’t always bathe as often as they should. There are a number of reasons why. For example, changing clothes can be difficult. Or there could be a fear of falling in the tub. Or they may just not remember they didn’t do it. Here are some things you can do to help if your mom (or dad) has stopped bathing. Open a dialogue. Your mom might not realize she has body odor if you don’t tell her. Or she may need help getting in and out of the shower and be embarrassed to ask. If she doesn’t have Alzheimer’s or dementia, see if […]
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Fall-Proofing Your Home

According to the National Institute of Health, around 60% of all falls happen at home. And falls can cause seriour injuries. So if you’re getting up in years (or if you’ll be providing elder care at home), it’s time to take steps to fall-proof your home. Here are some things you can do: Install handrails and grab bars. Add handrails to all staircases and grab bars to showers and around toilets. Once they’re installed, don’t forget to use them. Remove trip hazards. Move things out of pathways (e.g., electrical cords, phone cords, magazines, pet bowls). Also, remove or secure any rugs. Rearrange furniture. Leave yourself wide walking paths. Make sure there’s enough room for you to get through with a walker or wheelchair. Even if you’re not using those things now, you might need them later. Improve lighting. Eyesight […]
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Talking to Your Loved One About End-of-Life Care

The thought of a loved one dying can be painful, so it might seem easier not to talk about it. But if you don’t ask about end-of-life wishes, how will you know what your elderly mother in Independence or your ailing brother in Overland Park wants if a time comes when they can’t answer for themselves? Or how will your children (or other caregiver) know what your wishes are when you near the end of your life (especially if they no longer live in Kansas City)? Although potentially uncomfortable, discussions about end-of-life care are important. Here are some tips that might help: If you are a caregiver: Choose a quiet setting where you wont be interrupted. Ask, first, if your loved one would like to talk about […]
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Senior Respite Care in Kansas City

Taking care of an elderly loved one can be a rewarding yet taxing experience. When you need a temporary break, Kansas City Home Care provides respite care to families across the metro. Our certified Kansas City caregivers are available 24 hours a day, serving seniors in the comfort of their own homes. While the primary family caregiver gets some much-needed relief and rest, our reliable caregivers provide: Personal care services, such as bathing, dressing and exercising Light housekeeping and laundry Meal preparation Errand running and transportation to appointments Entertainment, including crafts, games, reading and more Whether you need an afternoon off or a week-long vacation, Kansas City Home Care provides respite care by the hour (with a four-hour minimum). Contact us today and we’ll make sure your […]
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24-Hour Senior Home Care in Kansas City

When an aging loved one requires around-the-clock care, it’s often more responsibility than a typical family can handle. If you’re worried about leaving an aging parent or family member home alone for fear of injury, medication mixup, lonelienss or health failure, Kansas City Home Care is an ideal solution. Our highly trained caregivers are available to help elderly individuals in their homes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From morning hygiene to nighttime medication reminders, our private-duty staff will cater to the senior’s needs throughout the day, including: Waking, bathing and grooming Transportation to appointments and family events Daily housekeeping Medication monitoring Running errands We will be readily available while also giving him or her plenty of room to live independently at home. Twenty-four-hour care can eliminate […]
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5 Ways for Kansas City Seniors to Stay Active

Physical activity is a vital part of maintaining health in aging seniors. It increases strength and mobility, improves mental health, elevates mood and gives seniors a chance to participate in something social. Here are some ideas for getting your loved one moving: Walking: There are plenty of beautiful walking paths in and around our metro area—from Loose Park in Kansas City to Indian Creek Trail in Overland Park and Olathe. Walking improves circulation, strengthens muscles, controls weight and decreases the risk of developing osteoporosis, arthritis, hypertension or heart disease. Gardening: Make something beautiful while keeping your body active. Gardening helps with senior mobility and flexibility, prevents diseases like osteoporosis, reduces stress and produces healthy food options like home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Locally, Powell Gardens […]
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Meal Delivery for Seniors in Kansas City

When cooking meals or getting to the grocery store become more difficult in old age, food delivery services can be a convenient solution for helping your loved one maintain a healthy diet while continuing to live independently. Luckily, Kansas Citians have several options from which to choose: Meals on Wheels: This national organization has several Kansas City-run programs. Simply visit the website and enter the appropriate zip code to find the one closest to your loved one’s home. Included in Meals on Wheels’ offerings is a nutritious meal, a friendly visit from a volunteer and a safety check to ensure the senior is healthy and secure. Silver Cuisine by bistroMD: Silver Cuisine is a subset of bistroMD, a leader in healthy meal delivery. Developed by […]
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July is National Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) Safety Month!

Summer and warm weather are here, and that means plenty of time spent outdoors or at the pool, lake or beach. However, excessive sun exposure, especially from UV radiation, can lead to detrimental health effects in the future. What is ultraviolet (UV) radiation? Ultraviolet radiation is emitted by the sun. There are three types of UV radiation – UVA, UVB and UVC – that differ in wavelength. All of UVC and most of UVB are absorbed by the ozone layer before they reach the earth. However, UVA is harmful to humans since it is not absorbed by the ozone layer about the earth, reaching beyond the top layer of human skin. A little bit of sun exposure is needed regularly to ensure that the body […]
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June 2014 is National Safety Month!

June has been historically known as National Safety Month. National Safety Month always coincides with the beginning of summer. The National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. They have broken the month into four areas to pay attention to, i.e. Prevent prescription drug abuse; Stop slips, trips and falls; Summer Safety and Put an end to distracted driving. Our blog will simply address the Prescription Drug Abuse topic. Medication management is a very common problem in older adults. Unfortunately, older adults are at higher risk for prescription drug abuse because they take more prescription medicines than other age groups. Americans 65 years of age or older make up only 13% of the U.S. population, yet […]
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May is Older Americans Month and the 2014 Theme is "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow"

Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries to this population result in millions of medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. By taking control of their safety, older Americans can live longer, healthier lives. Falls are the number one risk of injury for older adults. Each year, one in three adults age 65 and older falls. And, according to many experts, this percentage is likely much higher as many older adults do not report their falls. In fact, less than half of those who do fall talk to their healthcare providers about it. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. […]
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