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    Easy movement with chair lifts

     

    Chair lifts are useful in enhancing the mobility of the people with handicaps. There are various types of chair lifts in the market, ranging from those that raise the chair to another level for stairs or vehicles to lifts that raise a person to a level that will allow them to stand. The most popular chair lifts are those that help people in wheelchairs get up the stairs. There are various models and brands of chair lifts that can help perform this function. To choose the right chair is very important. For people who have difficulty in getting up from the chair, chair lifts offer an opportunity for them for more freedom and normalcy in movements. The main difference of a normal chair from a chairlift is that the chair lifts are built with a motor. The motor lifts the chair and aids the user to stand up out of that chair. A chair lift can also prevent a user from flopping down by coming up to meet the user. A good chair lift can put the user in a standing position. Selecting the right chair life becomes difficult since there are so many models in the market. Many lift chairs look like a sofa, bed, accent chair or a love seat. You should judge them in terms of looks, comfort and functionality. Other factors of consideration are the size and height. The size of the chair lift needs to be matches with the needs of the user. Too small and too large a chair can pose problems. The weight of the user and the power source are two other factors on which the type of chair lift will depend. Different chairs have varying weight capacities. Some of the chair lifts plug into traditional outlets, while others use a battery pack. There are some that have both these facilities. Examining the weight capacity of the chair before picking it up is a must. There are various other things that need to be checked before buying the chair lift. Some of them are the frames, comfort level and footrest angle, hand rim, wheels, wheel locks, and front and back balance. There are various safety measures that one should follow while using a chair lift. Make sure that it is in good condition all the time. Turn the power off when leaving it on a slope or inclined plane. Use the brakes when not in motion and select a brake that can be released or set by the user. Check the battery every time before going out and keep a cell phone handy.

         
    Elder care services determining your level of care

     

    : The condition of the person seeking nursing care is the key factor in your choice of a long-term care facility. All skilled/intermediate care nursing facilities provide personal care and residential services including rooms, meals, planned activities and programming to meet social and spiritual needs. The levels of nursing and therapy services offered vary quite widely, and these should be carefully matched to the individual’s needs. The resident’s physician is involved regularly in the direction of a resident’s care. The nursing staff works with and keeps the resident’s physician updated on any changes in the resident. Sheltered Care People who are functionally independent but need some assistance in daily living, require the care of a sheltered care facility (SC). Sheltered care facilities emphasize the social needs of the individual rather than the medical needs. Dietary and housekeeping services, medication monitoring, and leisure activities are primary functions of these facilities. Assisted Living People who are mobile but may need assistance with one or two activities of daily living, may require the services of an assisted living facility. An assisted living facility is a congregate residential setting that provides or coordinates personal services, 24-hour supervision and (scheduled and unscheduled) assistance, activities, and health-related services; is designed to minimize the need to move; is designed to accommodate individual residents' changing needs and preferences; is designed to maximize residents' dignity, autonomy, privacy, independence, choice, and safety; and is designed to encourage family and community involvement. Intermediate Care People who need 24-hour nursing care by licensed nurses as prescribed by a physician, require the care of an intermediate care facility (ICF). Rehabilitative programs, social services and daily activities for persons not capable of full independent living, (such as persons who are convalescing or persons with chronic conditions which are not critical) are provided. Physical, occupational and other therapies are also provided. This type of facility may be certified to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid program. Check with each facility. Skilled Nursing Care People who need 24-hour care require the care of a skilled nursing facility (SNF). Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), and Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) provide care and services prescribed by physicians with heavy emphasis on medical nursing care. Social services, as well as physical, occupational and other therapies are provided. This type of facility may be certified to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid program. Check with each facility.

         
    Elder day care a novel idea

     

    Okay, we all know how hectic life is for people nowadays. We have jobs, kids, social lives, and other things that keep us busy. People have been questioning for years the ethical argument regarding putting elderly people into nursing homes. Some people think that putting the elderly in places where they can be properly cared for is right, while others think that the abandonment of an elderly person's family just because of the complications is wrong. But we're not here to discuss that question. You are here, my friend, to learn about elder day care. You should see elder day care as an acceptable compromise between the two sides of the nursing home argument. After all, your parents took care of you, so you should share some responsibility in taking care of them. This responsibility is misinterpreted by some Americans to be purely financial, when it is not. Trust us to try the solution we have for every problem: throw money at it. No, caring for the elderly entails an emotional responsibility to the people who took care of you when you could not take care of yourself. Elder day care shows the possibility that you can take care of the elderly while living a normal hectic lifestyle. With elder day care, you need not worry about your elderly getting the proper care that they need with the love of your family. Nursing homes can be such sad places. Everyone wants to stay with his/her family. You can be sure that, no matter how much he/she denies it, your elderly wants to stay with your family. However, elderly people do not also want to be a burden. You are their family, after all, and they do not wish for you to suffer because of them. They do, however, want to feel loved. With elder day care, you can give them love and care. Having the services of an elder day care means that you need not send your elderly to a nursing home. You can drop them off and then pick them up again. This would give your elderly time to reminisce among their colleagues and have their social lives while you go about your activities. You can be sure that they will be thankful for you introducing them to the concept of elder day care. With an elder day care, your interactions are not limited by the visiting hours. After all, your elderly will still live with you, in your home. Elder day care is a novel idea because it actually reconciles the American way of living with the American way of family. With the passing of the years, the American dream has overtaken the American sense of heritage. The word family has been scoffed and the word "elderly" has been attached to the word "burden". We need to take the image of a family-based America back, and we need to do it without upsetting the American way of business. So far, elder day care has provided the best solution to do this. Right now, the business of elder day care is still in its infancy. Only a few people operate these elder day care services, and most of those people are ordinary individuals who have realized the advantages this type of business offers. We live in a world where compromise is very important. And since elder day care provides a great compromise to the betterment of the American way of living, why not take advantage of it?

         
    Emergency response systems my experience

     

    One of the best ways to protect the indepencence of an elderly parent, or parents, as the case may be, is to set them up with an emergency response system. First of all, the emergency alert system will give them the freedom of living alone because help, when needed, is only the push of a button away. I know, because my 86 year old mother slipped and fell in her bedroom just a few feet away from her phone, but could not get to it to dial for help. Luckily I had installed an emergency response system for her just a few weeks before this incident. When she fell, she simply pushed a button on the pendant she always wears around her neck, and help was on the way. Having an emergency response system installed in your parent's home is almost like having someone living with them 24/7---They are never alone. The system I installed for my mom cost me less than fifty dollars and instead of paying 40 dollars or more each month for a monitoring service I set it up to call my own phone. I was even able to listen in to find out if she way seriously injured and to let her know I was on my way over. Thankfully I live only 5 minutes from her home. If I lived any further away I would have simply called an ambulance or the police, who are trained to handle most situations. When I arrived at her house I found her on the floor in the bedroom unable to move without a great deal of pain due to injuries sustained when she fell. I am just grateful that someone makes a system that is reliable, yet inexpensive. A good system where I don't have to pay an additional $40 a month for monitoring. What I don't need is another bill to pay every month. This type of emergency response system gives my mom extra peace of mind because she knows if she needs help it is not a stranger, but her own son (or daughter---if I am not available the system will dial my sister's phone next) that is just the push of a button away. For more information on this type of emergency response system just click right here on this link, or copy it into your browser, myoptinpage/?pid=723546

         
    Entertaining the elderly on grandparents day

     

    Not all elderly people have family to celebrate Grandparents Day with them. In fact, many of our most celebrated older citizens live lonely lives in retirement or nursing homes. While we are always concerned with our own family members, the first Sunday after Labor Day that is designated as Grandparents Day is about more than celebrating our own relatives. It was set forth to honor all the elderly who have done so much to shape our universe. For this reason, one way to spend the holiday, especially if your own grandparents are no longer around, is to visit a nursing home and provide some companionship and entertainment for other elderly members of our society. And in case you are putting off this visit because you aren’t sure what to do, here are a few tips for entertaining the elderly. While recognizing that it is a holiday and wishing the residents a happy Grandparents Day, the important thing is to treat them as the respected citizens they are and provide some form of entertainment that they typically would not get. Many older people enjoy playing cards or board games, such as checkers, chess, or bridge. Also, watching a fun family movie with them is a way to spend a quiet, relaxed afternoon. If they are up to it, simply going for a walk can bring their mood up. Perhaps spending time looking through their family photo albums with them can be exciting, as they get to share special memories that bring back happiness. One thing that always cheers the elderly is a visit with animals. Many older people adore dogs, and playing with puppies often literally rids these respected people of depression. If possible, take a puppy with you to play with the residents of the nursing home, and, if pets are not allowed, consider rescuing one or two of these live-ins and taking them somewhere that they can play with these cuddly animals. With so many options, it’s not hard to entertain the elderly for a single special day every year. More than anything, most of these lonely people are grateful for the company, and if they aren’t really in condition for any kind of physical activity, at least you can listen to them and let them share their life experiences.

         
    Finding nonmedical home care

     

    There are a number of ways to get nonmedical supportive services inside a home. But regardless of what level of service you are looking for, odds are you will find yourself facing one choice: Should you find and hire an independent contractor or someone who works for an agency? Here's a closer look at both options. Nonagency Service Nonagency workers, or independent contractors, are hired by either a family member or the person needing help. While this may appear less expensive, it could involve some hidden costs and risks: • Whoever hires an independent contractor must pay all appropriate payroll taxes because, technically, that person is the employer. • If the independent contractor is injured on the job, the person who hires the individual is responsible for medical bills and any other expenses. • If the independent contractor is sick or goes on vacation, he or she is not obligated to find a replacement. • Because people often hire an independent contractor without first conducting the proper background checks, they may be leaving themselves or their loved ones open to theft, fraud and-in rare cases-even abuse. Agency Service Companies such as Interim HealthCare employ individuals to provide specific services that help with activities of daily living such as preparing meals, light housework, bathing and companionship. The agency can alleviate consumers of many of the problems they may face if they hire an independent contractor because it is responsible for taxes, insurance, bonding and workers' compensation. Also, if an employee is sick or goes on vacation, the agency provides another employee to perform the needed services. The home care agency provides training for its employees and ongoing supervision as well. This helps the agency monitor and respond to the changing needs of clients, ensuring that the appropriate level/skill of caregiver is assigned. The agency also conducts background checks according to state law. In addition, the agency is often licensed to provide a higher level of home care (skilled nursing, for example) for individuals. That means that as a person's needs change, he does not need to work with more than one company. Working with one company can make it easier to access formal payer sources such as Medicare.

         
    Fraud prevention tips for the elderly

     

    Older people may be victims of frauds like con games and insurance, home repair, telephone, or internet scams. Even “trusted” friends or family members have been known to steal an older person’s money or property. The following tips may help: Don’t be afraid to hang up on telephone salespeople. You aren’t being impolite. You are taking care of yourself! Remember, you can say no to any offer. Don’t give any personal information, including your credit card number or bank account, over the phone unless you were the one who made the call. Don’t take money from your bank account if a stranger tells you to. In one common swindle, a thief pretends to be a bank employee and asks you to take out money to “test” a bank teller. Banks do not check their employees this way. Don’t be fooled by deals that seem too good to be true. They are often rip-offs. Beware of deals that ask for a lot of money up front and promise you more money later. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to get more information about the record of any company before doing business with them. Do be on guard about hiring people who come door-to-door looking for home repair work. They may not be trained to do the work, and they may overcharge you. You should try to check their references. Always spell out the details of the work you want done in writing. Never pay for the whole job in advance. Avoid Identity Theft How can someone steal your identity? Using your name, Social Security number, or credit card without your okay is called identity theft and it’s a serious crime. Be sure to protect yourself: Do keep information about your checking account private. Put all new and cancelled checks in a safe place, report any stolen checks right away, and carefully look at your monthly bank account statement. Do shred everything that has personal information about you written on it. Do be very careful when buying things online. Websites without security may not protect your credit card or bank account information. Look for information saying that a website has a secure server before buying anything online. Do check with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to find out how to protect yourself from common online scams that can trick you into revealing your personal or financial information.

         
    Hearing impaired hearing aids advice for deafies and those who put up with us

     

    I have always had a hearing impairment. I was born with a 70% hearing loss in both ears. While I had a mother who was sensitive to my disability, I never believed there was anything wrong wth me. As a child, I refused to wear hearing aids. When, at 19 years-of-age, I bought one hearing aid, it was as if someone turned the sound up. I felt even more invincible. By the time I was 30, I knew I needed aids in both ears. It was not for 25 more years that I would learn that hearing aids alone were not enough. Granted, most persons who don’t hear very well do need hearing aids. If they think they will look stupid wearing aids, these people have no idea how stupid they appear to others without them. When one gives crazy answers to sane questions ~ and misunderstands what others say ~ they don’t appear to be very bright. Amplification normally helps a great deal, even if perfect hearing is not attainable for many of us. Consider this: Use of hearing aids might prevent you from being diagnosed as senile when you get older or loose the understanding companion who has always made allowances for you. Yet, even with good hearing aids, I have only now come come to understand that it is my responsibility to not do those things which irritate normal hearing people ~ when I can control those very things. If I am in another room, I have no business asking questions ~ or initiating conversations ~ which I will likely not hear right. To do so can only cause a person with normal hearing to take on unearned aggravation. If I wish to engage in a conversation, I should make certain that the other person is close enough for me to have the best chance of hearing. And when others speak to me, ask that they do so in a hearing environment where I will understand ~ “Because I don’t want to ask you repeat yourself.” I expect the same courtesy of others that they should reasonably expect of me. When I enter a room and see some people cocking their heads, looking at the ceiling confused, I should be sensitive enough to realize that my hearing aids are probably on too loud without someone asking, “What’s that noise?” Yes, often in an effort to hear better, I have cranked my hearing aids up to a point of “Feedback” which ~ although I can not hear it ~ many people do. Frustrated, associates have screamed, “You’re beeping!” Perhaps, my right to hear should be restricted to the point where other people’s sanity endures? I have great difficulty communicating on the telephone. It was not uncommon for me to already be on the phone and to request assistance of the closest person to me to be my ears ~ for just a moment. I expected that person to drop everything and help me. How unfair? I have sense learned to say, “In a few minutes, I need to make a call. When you are free, would you mind being my ears if I need some?” I no longer expect everyone to allow me to interrupt them just because ~ through my lack of planning ~ I need help “Now!” While I am on the subject, we who require special effort on other’s part to engage in conversation with us, need to learn not to begin talking to them if they are engaged in an activity which will necessitate their relocation to accommodate us, allow us to see their lips, etc. Hopefully, I’ve learned I don’t have to talk all of the time. All of my life, I had attempted to masquerade as a normal person. The fact is, if you can’t hear ~ you are not normal! While really not wanting my captive audience to talk ~ because I knew that I would not be able to hear what they said ~ it was much easier to talk than to listen. Now, I tell the truth. “I can’t hear what you are saying. It is not your fault, but my poor hearing. Please speak more loudly to me. And if I give you an inappropriate response, I will not be offended if you tell me that you don’t think that I understood what you said. In fact, I’d really appreciate it.” My best advice to persons who can’t hear: Don’t try to “Fake it.” Maybe, you will get away with making like you understand the conversations? Yet, more than likely ~ and more often than you will ever know ~ others will think that you really didn’t care what they had to say. Being hearing impaired is hard ~ not just on we “Deafies” ~ but those who put up with us too.

         
    Helpful gadgets for the elderly

     

    The elderly need a lot of help around the house, but it is not often that each and every member of the family will be around to help. A typical household will not have a hired nurse, and so it becomes the duty of the homeowner to assist their aged parents or grandparents. Assistance may range from simple walking, to getting a hard to reach item. The wisdom comes in the form of self-assistance; that is, in the ability for the elderly to help themselves. This can easily be made possible with proper planning and slight adjustment to your daily routine. Eliminate obstacles around the house. What may seem like a trifle to an agile twenty-year-old may be a gauntlet for a seventy-year-old. These daily obstacles pose threats ranging from mild to critical. For example, glassware and tile pose a very serious threat, while polycarbonate and carpet virtually eliminates any concern. Problems like that can be remedied by practical thinking: eliminate the obstacle, not the object. Outfitting the house to meet the needs of the elderly, while at the same time preserving the homeowner's comfort of living, can be a much simpler task than perceived. Solutions can be entirely within the realm of practicality, while others involve expenses. The most obvious and time-honored solution is to leave all of their personal affects downstairs, assuming they live inside a house with more than a single story. Doing so will sidestep the most frightening scenario: falling down the stairs. If at all possible, ensure that plenty of necessities remain accessible on the first level, especially a bathroom. As a tip, lay out a non-slip surface inside the tub and showers, as well as bath mats on the outside. Inexpensive and easy to install, they deter the most hazardous of daily household injuries. By way of expenses, outfit the television with a wireless headset. This way, the volume can be turned up to suit their needs without disrupting the rest of the household. Another measure would be to enable subtitles and captions for movies and television. Other gadgets to consider are audio reminders, which will remind a person of certain tasks via pre-recorded messages. In short, gadgets of all kinds can aid in everyday life just as well as practical decisions. In times of boredom, say, handheld portable gaming systems integrate very well into the lives of the elderly. For example, crossword puzzles and other games that aid in critical thinking and coordination are easily accessible on Nintendo's own DS Lite. With these tips in mind, use your home to their advantage, all without necessitating too much change. Too often can discomfort and accidents happen at the smallest detail. Sometimes the elderly may be at home for hours at a time, alone. The best option would be to organize a lifestyle alongside your aged parents or grandparents, a lifestyle that suits them. This makes it easier for everyone involved, as self-assistance is the most ideal way to retain their freedom and their dignity.

         
    Helpful hints for the elderly

     

    The elderly need a lot of help around the house, but it is not often that each and every member of the family will be around to help. A typical household will not have a hired nurse, and so it becomes the duty of the homeowner to assist their aged parents or grandparents. Assistance may range from simple walking, to getting a hard to reach item. The wisdom comes in the form of self-assistance; that is, in the ability for the elderly to help themselves. This can easily be made possible with proper planning and slight adjustment to your daily routine. Eliminate obstacles around the house. What may seem like a trifle to an agile twenty-year-old may be a gauntlet for a seventy-year-old. These daily obstacles pose threats ranging from mild to critical. For example, glassware and tile pose a very serious threat, while polycarbonate and carpet virtually eliminates any concern. Problems like that can be remedied by practical thinking: eliminate the obstacle, not the object. Outfitting the house to meet the needs of the elderly, while at the same time preserving the homeowner's comfort of living, can be a much simpler task than perceived. Solutions can be entirely within the realm of practicality, while others involve expenses. The most obvious and time-honored solution is to leave all of their personal affects downstairs, assuming they live inside a house with more than a single story. Doing so will sidestep the most frightening scenario: falling down the stairs. If at all possible, ensure that plenty of necessities remain accessible on the first level, especially a bathroom. As a tip, lay out a non-slip surface inside the tub and showers, as well as bath mats on the outside. Inexpensive and easy to install, they deter the most hazardous of daily household injuries. By way of expenses, outfit the television with a wireless headset. This way, the volume can be turned up to suit their needs without disrupting the rest of the household. Another measure would be to enable subtitles and captions for movies and television. Other gadgets to consider are audio reminders, which will remind a person of certain tasks via pre-recorded messages. In short, gadgets of all kinds can aid in everyday life just as well as practical decisions. In times of boredom, say, handheld portable gaming systems integrate very well into the lives of the elderly. For example, crossword puzzles and other games that aid in critical thinking and coordination are easily accessible on Nintendo's own DS Lite. With these tips in mind, use your home to their advantage, all without necessitating too much change. Too often can discomfort and accidents happen at the smallest detail. Sometimes the elderly may be at home for hours at a time, alone. The best option would be to organize a lifestyle alongside your aged parents or grandparents, a lifestyle that suits them. This makes it easier for everyone involved, as self-assistance is the most ideal way to retain their freedom and their dignity.

         
    Helping the elderly avoid prescription drug problems

     

    According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are over 33 million people in the U. S. who care for an aging relative or friend. Caregivers need to be aware that drug errors can happen and may be serious, but often are preventable. The problem stems largely from the multiple drugs seniors are prescribed and the complex network of physicians and pharmacists caring for them. According to Medco Health Solutions, Inc., the average senior takes nine prescription medications a year. One in four seniors sees four or more different physicians and uses three or more different pharmacies. To help prevent errors: • Make and take a medication list including prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, any vitamins or herbal supplements and present it to the doctor and pharmacist. • Understand how medications should be administered, possible side effects and how to recognize if they occur. Changes such as poor eyesight, hearing trouble or decreased endurance may indicate an adverse reaction to a medication. • Ask any specialist the patient sees to send a full medical report, including drugs prescribed, to the patient's primary care doctor. Seniors now also have to decide about the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program. It provides much-needed relief for many seniors with little or no drug coverage but may require research to determine which plan is best. Consider the following: • Weighing Medication Costs: Seniors currently on medications should determine if the plan covers their drugs and at what cost. They should also consider the cost of generics since they may be substantially lower. In addition, under some plans the deductible is waived for generic drugs. • Access to Pharmacies: Each plan has its own pharmacy network. If several months of the year are spent in another state, a national plan may be best. Some plans include a mail-order prescription service. • Patient Safety: A plan that includes a drug utilization review (DUR) program that identifies potential errors provides an important safety net.

         
    How to select memorial monuments for loved ones

     

    The memorial you choose must stand as an endearing symbol of your love and respect. Your memorial must reflect family pride and dignity in a refined manner. The memorialist you seek to help you with this task must have the proper credentials and should present them. This will assure you the highest quality craftsmanship, finest granites, and the strongest warranty in the memorial industry. For example, for over 100 years, Rock of Ages has designed and crafted granite memorials for millions of families, so they recognize the importance of preserving memories of loved ones for the generations that follow. They stand behind our granite memorials to ensure the craftsmanship and service that make Rock of Ages memorials truly special. Rock of Ages hand-selects only the finest quality granite blocks from their own quarries, and supervises the design and crafting of your memorial from the time it leaves the granite quarry through to its installation at your chosen location. Their memorials are made to last forever, and they deliver the strongest written warranty possible, guaranteeing your memorial in perpetuity. When you are selecting your monument or memorial, consider the fact that this will last forever.

         
    How to spot elder abuse

     

    Elder abuse is described by the following acts among family and members of the household, any nursing home staff or any individual. - When somebody attempts or causes physical injury to an elder - When the family member or staff of a nursing home try to or is trying to place an elder in terror or alarm of physical harm by torment, threat or harassment - When one is convincing or persuading an elder by strength or intimidation to participate in a certain act from which the elder has the right to withhold - When one meaningfully confines the movements of an elder without his consent - Threatening the elder to a crime of violence 1. Detecting Abuse: - Burn markings from cigarette - Black eye, lacerations, bruises or cuts that can not be explained - Rope marks, a sign that the elder had been tied or slashed upon - Hair loss, a sign that the elder’s hair was pulled - Bodily sores and wounds - Fingernails that are broken - The elder’s skin is very poor condition - Fractures of the bone - Bite marks - Eye glasses are broken - Laboratory results are positive of drug overdose - The elder displays a sudden change of behavior - The care giver refuses to allow visitors to see the elder 2. Signs Of Neglect: - Sores are untreated - Displays significant signs of malnutrition - May show signs of insanity - Lack of personal hygiene care 3. Signs Of Emotional Abuse: - May display a nervous behavior - Constantly be disturbed or upset - Displays a negative attitude - Always in anxiety - Demonstrate signs of insecurity, such as constant sucking or biting of the fingers 4. Financial Abuse: - Unknown withdrawal from the elder’s account - Unusual ATM withdrawals and switching of accounts - The elder tend to withdraw money often - The elder does not receive his pension or Social Security check from the mail - The elder, without any valid reason, revises his will and changes his beneficiary - The elder unexplainably signs contracts that results to unwanted financial commitment - Signature was forged - The elder has plenty of unpaid bill, despite his assets that can very well cover the bill - Strange credit card charges 5. Signs Of Sexual Abuse - Mysterious and unexplained genital infection - Anal or vaginal bleeding that can not be explained - Ripped underwear - The elder may tell someone that she has been sexually abused - Genitals are bruised - The elder may report that her care giver is showing her pornographic materials - The report of the elder that she is forced to touch someone’s genitals, observe sexual acts, tell dirty stories and pose nude for a picture 6. How Can You Prevent Abuse To Yourself As An Elder? - Keep and continue contacts with friends and neighbors - Work out on a buddy system with other elders in the home - Be active socially, do not be in isolation - Protest and speak up if you are not happy or contented with the way your caregiver or other family member treats you. Tell somebody - Request your friends and other relatives to visit you often - Open your mail personally - Never sign anything unless it was reviewed by someone that you trust - Always review your will once in a while - Coordinate so that your pension or Social Security check be deposited directly to your bank account than being sent by mail 7. How Can You Prevent Abuse To Others? - Pay attention. Be wary and look out for signals that might point towards abuse - Call your loved one as frequently as possible - Visit your loved one often and make certain that she is well taken cared of - Always be open to your loved one, taking the time to always talk to her and assure her that you are there to help and can be trusted - Get permission to periodically look into your loved one’s bank accounts as well as credit card statements for unauthorized withdrawals or transactions 8. How To Get Help If You Or Someone You Know Is Suffering Abuse: 911 or your local police emergency number or your local hospital emergency room 1225 Eye Street, NVW Suite 725 National Center on Elder Abuse Washington, DC 20005 (202) 898-2586 Fax: (202) 898-2583 Area Agency on Aging Almost all States have information as well as a referral line that can be useful and helpful in locating and finding services for elder abuse and neglect victims. National Domestic Violence Hotline The hotline provides support counseling for victims of domestic violence and provides links to 2,500 local support services for abused women. The hotline operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 1-800-799-SAFE TDD 1-800-787-3224

         
    Inventors create wheelchair innovations for safety affordability and mobility

     

    The prolonged use of a wheelchair is a reality for over 100 million people across the globe due to disabilities brought about by illness, accident or advanced age. Among the challenges faced by this large and diverse group are; lack of access to adequate wheelchairs due to poverty, the risk of serious and even life threatening injury due to wheelchair roll-away or wheel pinning, and impediments to travel caused by the cumbersome nature of standard wheelchairs. Fortunately, there are innovators at work who have in recent years addressed these issues through some truly amazing wheelchair inventions. Don Schoendorfer, a mechanical engineer from Orange County, California, was aware that many of the poorest people around the world live on less than $2 a day, and that when they were needed, standard wheelchairs were financially out of reach at several hundred dollars per unit. Schoendorfer had a goal; to create the world's cheapest wheelchair for the benefit of poor people with disabilities. Tinkering for three hours every morning in his garage workshop, Schoendorfer struggled to create a design for a wheelchair that would measure up to harsh terrains and climates at a fraction of the cost of standard wheelchairs. Finally inspiration came in the form of the ubiquitous white plastic lawn chair. The inventor used this low cost item as the centerpiece of his design, equipping his inexpensive chair with two sturdy bike tires and a custom designed chassis. The result? A durable, low cost wheelchair that can be shipped anywhere in the world for under fifty dollars. Schoendorfer's nonprofit group, Free Wheelchair Mission, has delivered more than 75,000 to people in Angola, India, Peru, and Iraq. His mission? According to Schoendorfer, "I have a small goal. Twenty million chairs given away free by 2010." In Minnesota, farmer turned inventor - Jerry Ford, was approached by his son Zack who worked in a nursing home and had noticed the dangers of elderly residents forgetting to set the brakes on their manual wheelchairs before attempting to stand. The result was often a bad fall as the wheelchair would roll-away from the resident as they applied weight to the chair’s arms when attempting to rise. A problem encountered by elders in other areas as well, especially among those who suffer from senility, Alzheimer's disease or just forgetfulness. U. S. Congressman Gil Gutknecht of Minnesota has drawn attention to the problem, pointing out that a fall of this kind is “dangerous for the elderly, especially those in nursing homes, who are often fragile. Just one fall can be a painful death sentence." Ford set to work almost immediately and in just a few hours, and with just $19 worth of spare parts, turned a mental picture of a new wheelchair automatic braking system into a reality. Ford’s invention is a revolutionary wheelchair safety system that allows the wheelchair to move when a patient is onboard, but which auto-sets a brake as soon as the user rises. The system does not compromise patient comfort or safety by causing pressure points and allows the wheelchair to operate normally including normal folding. According to Ford, “our automatic wheelchair brakes and wheel locks help prevent falls, free up staff and improve quality of life… and that’s gotta make a guy feel good.” On the other side of the world in Australia, Nick Morris is also innovating with an eye toward reducing wheelchair related injuries. His invention, the Vulcan Wheel, is an ergonomically designed one-piece extruded aluminum wheelchair wheel for use in general travel and sport. The unique Vulcan design has streamlined both the push rim and wheel rim of a conventional wheelchair wheel and provides the user with increased surface area to propel the wheelchair. Morris was injured in a motorcycle accident at age 16 and credits his involvement in sport as the key to his rehabilitation. Nick's passion for sport led him to design an improvement on the conventional wheelchair wheel, in conjunction with co-inventor David Goding. Conventional wheelchair wheels have a base construction made up of wheel rim, a push rim and a number of adjoining pieces connecting the rims together. In order to apply force to move a wheelchair, the user grips the push or wheel rim to propel the wheelchair forward. The wheel rim and push rim are joined together by five joins around the wheel causing a vast potential for hands to get caught or jammed in the gaps. This causes trauma and injury to the hands and fingers, often resulting in friction burns, dislocation of the fingers, and skin abrasions. It is also not uncommon for parts of clothing, or objects such as sticks and debris, to get caught in the gap. Secondly, there is insufficient room for placing the palms of the hand on the push rim, as there is not enough surface area between the wheel rim and push rim. Morris and Goding’s ergonomic design compliments the use of palm and fingers and reduces the risk of trauma to the hand as there is no area for fingers, thumbs or external objects to get jammed in between the two rims. The new wheel also weighs less due to a decreased number of components, and is less likely to break down. Its one-piece structure also provides the push rim with an additional degree of stability, making it less likely to buckle and flex when pressure is exerted during pushing, making it ideal for wheelchair sports. Elsewhere the needs of those who travel with wheelchairs have been reviewed with an eye toward innovation. An Augusta Georgia firm offers a “wheelchair in a bag” that folds and unfolds in seconds and weighs in at just 17 lbs. The lightweight chair is made possible due to the use of aircraft aluminum, which provides the necessary strength with a fraction of the weight of steel. These compact chairs can be bagged and carried with a handle or shoulder strap and include features such as flip back armrests, folding footrests and adjustable wheel locks. Everything you would expect in a full weight chair. Don Schoendorfer, Jerry Ford, Nick Morris and David Goding have made significant contributions through their inventions, which have improved access, efficiency and safety for wheelchair users throughout the United State and across the globe. And with the 21st Century still in its infancy there is every reason to believe there are more wheelchair innovations in store.

         
    Is exercise a natural sleep aid for seniors

     

    There are a number of reasons why exercise, particularly if performed at the right time of day, is considered the most positive sleep aid for seniors. None, however, are more significant than the fact that exercise is a completely natural form of aid. But before discussing why exercise is such a great sleep aid, it is important to examine both the definition of insomnia and the reasons that people suffer from this affliction. At its basic level, insomnia is defined as a difficulty to either fall or stay asleep, or to experience sleep that seems inadequate or fails to produce the refreshing feeling that sleep normally provides, despite the length of time spent sleeping. Insomnia is not considered a disease, rather it is a symptom that is thought to have numerous, quite different causes. Of the types of things that can lead to patterns of insomnia, physicians note that physical disorders, drinking large amounts of alcohol in the evening, emotional problems, and stress are at the forefront. Research has also shown that sometimes the failure to sleep soundly is simply due to a lack of fatigue. It is important to note that difficulty falling asleep is common among all age groups, from the very young to the elderly. Data indicates that about 10% of adults have chronic, or regular bouts of insomnia, while about 50% experience insomnia when in fact they are not Because exercise effects the body is so many positive ways, it is clearly the most natural option for helping address sleep related issues. Regular exercise will first of all help tire the body physically, ensuring a natural form of fatigue that the body will address with a need to get appropriate rest. The only negative research on physical exercise is that spending time late in the evening can often stimulate the heart and brain too much just prior to the time that people are looking to head to be. Such exercise has been known to actually keep people awake. Perhaps the greatest impact from physical exercise on the bodies sleep patterns is the effect working out can have on a person’s emotional state. Because stress and worry are often the key impediments to sleep, efforts to reduce such stress are critical to eliminate the symptoms that are at the root cause of insomnia. Activity is shown to improve a person’s self-confidence and sense of well being, thereby helping improve a person’s overall mood and attitude about life. The natural endorphins that are produced when we exercise help us feel better emotionally and actually reduce feelings of sadness and depression. Therefore people who exercise regularly sleep better. Their positive emotional state helps them fall asleep more quickly, while their body fatigue level allows them to sleep more deeply and awake less often during the night. Yet one other way that people who work out regularly bring to the reduction of insomnia is the notion of schedules. People who take their exercise seriously will build it into their daily regiment, ensuring that time is available for this important task. These people also realize that it is important to develop a sleep routine that includes regular bed time hours as well as regular morning routines. By following a regular sleep schedule and getting up at the same time each morning, even if it is a weekends, your body will respond by developing regular sleep habits. Because total nighttime sleeping time tends to decrease with age, older people may sleep better if they go to bed later, get up earlier, or nap less during the day. Older people experiencing age-related sleep issues are likely to find more long-lasting relief through the use of regular exercise than they ever will by using drug-related sleep aids.

         
     
         
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