The Right Time to Think About In-Home Healthcare

When a loved one cannot safely carry out day-to-day activities without assistance, it may be time to explore your in-home care options. However, how do you know when it’s time to reach out to a home care provider such as Progressive Home Health Services, Inc. in New York, NY?

In most cases, people require care when everyday activities like bathing and taking medications become too burdensome or dangerous to perform without assistance. Additionally, if an elderly person becomes cognitively impaired, he or she may need assistance with daily activities and personal care. Home Health Services can help reassure families that their loved ones can safely remain at home through assistance in medication management, meal preparation, ambulation, and more. When considering options, families often compare the cost of in-home assistance to the cost of a residential establishment like an assisted-living facility. According to a survey by Genworth Financial, the average annual cost of an assisted-living facility can be more than $41,000, while the annual cost of home care can be about $30,000.

If you would like more information about home care services, contact us at Progressive Home Health Services, Inc. at 212-273-5500 or visit our website at www.phhs.com.

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Home Health Caregivers and COPD

In the United States, more than 15 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The disease affects lung function and thus proper oxygen absorption in the body. Symptoms can range from coughing and shortness of breath during and after light activities to, and in more advanced stages, health issues such as cyanosis and heart problems. However, there are many things you can do at home to manage and to slow the progression of COPD.
First and foremost, someone with COPD should not smoke. If they do smoke, they should quit immediately. If there are family members who smoke, they should not smoke around the person with COPD.

Other noxious fumes that can affect someone with COPD include cleaning product chemicals and cooking odors. For cleaning, switch to a pump spray bottle or use a cleaning cloth to avoid excess fumes in the air. When cooking, try using a fan for ventilation and, if you can, try to cook when the person with COPD is not in the house. Running your air conditioner or getting an air purifier can greatly help keep the air in your house clean and comfortable.

Paying attention to temperature and poor air quality reports can help ward off discomfort. If the weather calls for cold or humid weather, try to run errands during the time of day where these weather conditions are least severe.

Try to avoid foods that can cause gas as well as foods that contain a high level of sodium.

Someone with COPD is more prone to sickness, so be sure they get an annual flu shot and wash their hands frequently or keep hand sanitizer around the house.

For more articles with tips for caregivers, information about home health care, and healthy recipe ideas visit our blog at progressivehhs.blogspot.com.

Progressive Home Health Services, Inc. has been providing quality home health care services to the city of New York since 1985. Visit us at www.phhs.com for more information about our home care services.

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Dementia Impacts Individuals Differently Depending on Gender

Home Care for Patients with Alzheimer’s

How do you know when it’s time for home care? This can be an extremely difficult question to answer. However, there are some signs to look out for when determining when a person with dementia can no longer live independently. If there are any drastic changes in mood, personal hygiene, social activity, daily routine, cleanliness of the house, payment of finances, or something more obvious like forgetting to turn off the stove, it may be time to start looking at care options.

Home health care can have tremendous benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Their home is a familiar and comfortable place where routines can be maintained or more easily shaped. Home health care services typically include help with personal care, such as eating, bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting. Home care agencies can also provide help with meal preparation, household chores, and activity planning. Nursing care — such as help with medications, wound care, and medical equipment — is also available, if needed. The home health aide can provide daily physical and mental stimulation by playing games, going on walks, or assisting in travel to a senior center where a person with dementia may like to socialize. If your loved one is currently in or decides to move to an assisted living facility, the home health aide can continue to provide services for your loved one at the facility.

If you have any questions regarding home care or other care options for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia, kindly give us a call at Progressive Home Health Services, Inc. at 212-273-5500 or visit our website at www.phhs.com.

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