Walking Shouldn’t Feel Like an Olympic Sport!

Walking Shouldn’t Feel Like an Olympic Sport!

Keep Reading to Learn How to Not Take a Bad Spill. Aging brings some undeniably great things, such as retirement, grandchildren, and the wisdom that only comes with a long life. However, despite these benefits, seniors also need to take precautions in order to protect their health and happiness. One of the leading causes of injury among senior citizens is falling. However, there’s no need to fret; there are plenty of ways to prevent slips, spills, and falls in the house. Take precautions You can prevent most falls by simply taking basic measures around the house to minimize them. For example: Keep rooms and paths free of clutter and debris that can get underfoot. Keep rooms well-lit with bright lighting in order to avoid unseen hazards. Wear shoes or slippers with rubber soles indoors is a great idea to help with traction, and avoid walking in socks or stockings, particularly on smooth surfaces. Ensure that any rugs in the house have skid-proof backs or are secured to the floor, and be sure to have a nonskid bath mat. Purchase assistive devices and tools Beyond the precautionary measures just listed, it’s a good idea to have some devices around the house to help prevent accidents. Canes and walkers are always a good option, providing support and mobility. Make sure these have a solid rubber tip to ensure maximum grip and safety. Upgrade your bathroom with a raised toilet seat with armrests, as well as grab bars and a sturdy seat for the shower or tub. On that note, it’s also an excellent idea to get a hand-held shower nozzle, which...
When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility?

When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility?

When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility? By Janet Ferree, MA A difficult question? Certainly; and for most of us who have been caring for a disabled and/or sick loved one, an emotional and unsettling one to consider. I am not referring to people in their final stages of life or who suffer from conditions that spark uncontrollable actions. I am writing for those whose loved one continues to live indefinitely with no assistance from machines or other specialized medical care. In such a situation, there can come a time when living at home becomes unsafe, especially when the primary caregiver (usually a spouse or parent) is aging and has physical and/or medical limitations of his or her own. There are many factors involved and regardless of the ultimate decision, there will be feelings of guilt from first consideration to final outcome. I am currently wrestling with this question daily—sometimes hourly. For me, it boils down to a case of survival. But whose, my husband’s or mine? Here is the situation: My husband suffers from a progressive brain condition caused by cancer treatments twelve years ago. The symptoms mirror multiple sclerosis. He cannot walk, transfer alone or hear without hearing aids, and he has difficulty swallowing. I must bathe him, clean his teeth, care for our house, and work for my medical insurance. He suffers recurrent bladder infections, memory lapses, and randomly vomits. He needs total care, but not constant supervision. And he will never get better, only worse; or at best, plateau. I can honestly say that I am burned-out in both body and mind....

Educated Aging Event in Knoxville

Join us for a FREE Night of Educated Aging Sponsored By: East Tennessee Personal Care Services, Senior Financial Group, Sherrill Hills, Alzheimers Association, Courtyards Senior Living,  Pratt’s Country Store, Mac’s Pharmacy, Office on Aging, Smoky Mountain Hospice,  Monica Franklin, NHC, MedInteract, Date:Thursday,June 26th Time: 6-8m Location: Fountain City United Methodist Church Bridging The Gap Key Note Speakers: Andrew Dougherty, MBA, BSM & Jill Beason, RN, MSN This FREE 2-Hour Event will help family members and health care professionals better understand the changes occurring in the brain of someone with dementia, as well as provide tips on how to improve your brain health and delay the onset of Dementia related illnesses. This program was developed in conjunction with Dr. John Dougherty, a Practicing Neurologist in Knoxville who follows 3500 Alzheimer’s patients....

Aging Parents and Summer Vacations

Are you planning a Summer Vacation but are worried about leaving your elderly parents alone? Respite Care provides family caregivers the “break” they need.  It also ensures that your elderly loved one is still receiving the attention and care they deserve.  East Tennessee Personal Care Service has over 20 years experience providing health care and personal support services to clients and their families. East Tennessee Personal Care Service is fully licensed by the state of Tennessee and we are an insured non-medical personal care service serving the Knoxville area and surrounding counties.  Call us to schedule a free consultation at...
Health, Wellness & Retirement Fair

Health, Wellness & Retirement Fair

Health Fair at Sherrill Hills on April 18th, 2014 Everything you need to know about Senior Life but were afraid to Ask! Location: Sherrill Hills 271 Moss Grove Blvd. Knoxville, TN 37922 Date: August 18th, 2014 Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm Cost of Admission: FREE With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, we understand that “Aging” is the one thing all humans have in common.  Sherrill Hills will be showcasing their community to educate the public on the benefits of a Independent lifestyle but will also feature additional services that are available to help residents stay independent for as long as possible. We will also have information on financial planning, insurance, everything anyone needs to know from the initial steps through hospice and funeral arrangements! This event will offer one full day of information, education, and fun. It will feature FREE Health Screenings, Informative Speakers and Seminars, Wine Tasting, Massages, Entertainment, a Grand Prize Giveaway and Much More! Free Admission & Free Parking! Welcome 10:00 am: West Hills Health and Rehabilitation:   Staying Independent through rehabilitation 10:15 am:  Quality Home Health:  The difference between Medical Care vs. Care Providers 10:30 am  Senior Solutions:   Care Provider Services 10:45 am- Food City Pharmacy:  Keeping your medication records in one place 11:00 am  Senior Medical Services, Dr. Reyas:  Concierge Physician 11:15 am:  East Tennessee Personal Care:  Concierge Care Services 11:30 am:  Andrew Dougherty:  Cognitive Testing:  Bridging the Gap 11:45 am:  Senior Health Specialists:  Insurance Information and Education 1:00 pm:  Smokey Mountain Hospice:  Advanced Directives 1:15 pm:  Berry Funeral Home:  Benefits of Preplanning 1:30 pm:  Lifeguard Ambulance:  Did you know transportation is...