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Why Flu Shots Are Especially Important for Seniors

It’s almost flu season again, and signs are popping up all over Kansas City, Overland Park, and Prairie Village reminding you it’s time for your annual flu shot. But how important is that flu shot really? Flu shots are the number one method of preventing the flu. And it turns out the flu can be pretty dangerous if you’re over the age of 65. Every year in the U.S., as many as 700,000 people end up in the hospital from the flu and related complications. Most of those people are seniors. That’s because as you age, your immune system gets weaker, making it more difficult for you to fight off infection. What About Caregivers? If you’re caring for someone who’s over the age of 65, […]
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Quick, Healthy Meals for Seniors

Have you stopped eating healthy because cooking’s become a hassle? You’re not alone. A lot of seniors feel that way. But not getting the proper nutrition can weaken your muscles and bones, which will increase your risk for illness and falls. If you’re a senior who’s looking for easy meals, or a caregiver who’s providing care at home to a parent or other loved one, keep this in mind when it comes to nutrition. Healthy meals should include a mixture of lean protein (e.g., lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans), fruits and vegetables, whole grains (e.g., whole grain breads, cereals, brown rice, whole wheat pasta), and low-fat dairy (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese). To that end, here are some quick, healthy recipes for seniors. You should be […]
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Elder Abuse and Neglect: Kansas City Hotlines Offer Help

Are you or someone you know a victim of elder abuse? Before you answer that, keep in mind that physical injuries aren’t the only signs of elder abuse. Other signs may include emotional or financial abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Elder abuse is any type of action that causes harm to an older person; unfortunately, the person who’s inflicting the harm is most often a close family member or other caregiver. If you’re being abused and you’ve been too ashamed to report it, don’t be. Elder abuse is actually quite common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tens of thousands of people over the age of 60 are abused each year in the U.S. Or maybe you’re afraid to report your abuser because […]
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Choosing a Hearing Aid

Have you found yourself asking people to repeat themselves? Turning up the volume on the TV? It may be time to start thinking about a hearing aid. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes. And prices can vary by thousands. So here are some tips for choosing the right hearing aid for you. Know your priorities. Why do you want a hearing aid? What are you not able to hear now that you want to be able to hear? It may be helpful to think that over and write down your answers. Know the difference between hearing aids. Here are the most common types, in order of size (smallest to largest): Invisible in canal (IIC). For mild to moderate hearing loss. This type fits in your ear […]
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VIDEO: How to talk to seniors about the risks associated with driving

Tim Tholen explains how to talk to seniors about the risks associated with driving on local Fox 4 news channel.
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Modifying Your Kansas City Home for Wheelchair Accessibility

Have you found your Kansas City home’s no longer user friendly now that you’re in a wheelchair? If the chair’s going to be temporary, you may be able to live with it with some help from a caregiver and a few minor adjustments. If it’s going to be permanent, you’ll need to make some bigger changes. Here’s a checklist of what you need to consider. Home Entry Choose the best entrance. If your front door has steps, it may not be your easiest way in. If you can roll straight in from your garage, that may be your best option. Build a wheelchair ramp. If there are stairs in both the front of your home and in your garage, you’ll need a wheelchair ramp or a lift. Widen your entry […]
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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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