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Home Health Care to be Revolutionized with Smartwatch Technology


Watches are in and they are no stranger to helping people out; especially home health care patients. It seems as though necklaces aka life alert systems are a thing of the past thanks to Samsung and their recent partnership Read more

Home Health Care to Get "Uberized" in the Future: What Does This Mean?


Improvements in technology seem to be bettering the quality of everything in life these days when it comes to convenience and control. In an attempt to “uberize” the healthcare system, well-known company Axxess, intends on appealing to the convenience Read more

Alzheimer’s Patients Find Way Around Memory Loss Through Babysitting


There may just be hope for those that suffer from the gradual effects of Alzheimer’s and we have babies to thank for it. A new study in Australia has revealed that “spending a moderate amount of time caring for Read more

Healthy Summer Snacks to Help Keep You Hydrated, Cool and Slim


Summer is right around the corner. Many people associate summer with cold beers and hanging out by the pool to keep cool. However, the foods you eat can have a large effect on how you feel in the heat Read more

Healthy Summer Snacks to Help Keep You Hydrated, Cool and Slim

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Summer is right around the corner. Many people associate summer with cold beers and hanging out by the pool to keep cool. However, the foods you eat can have a large effect on how you feel in the heat as well. Some foods are believed to cause warming or cooling effects in the body. Eating healthy is always important, but here a few healthy summer snack ideas from your Phoenix home care professionals that can help you feel cool in the heat.

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of water content. Staying hydrated during a hot day is very important to feel cool and keep your body functioning properly. Eating raw fruits and vegetables can help your body stay hydrated, along with drinking plenty of fluids. Being easy to digest, your body also doesn’t have to work as hard to break raw fruits and vegetables down. If you crave something more hearty, pairing with a dip such as hummus is another great cooling summer snack. Watermelons, celery, pineapples, cucumbers, apples and fresh greens such as kale are all jam-packed with water and vitamins. When it comes to cooling summer snacks, fresh fruits and veggies are at the top of the list.

 

  • Fresh ceviche is a great cooling summer snack if you are looking for a more hearty snack and you are not a vegetarian or vegan. Ceviche is a raw fish dish that is “cooked” by the acidity of lime juice. It is very easy to prepare and is always served chilled, so it is a great summer snack or meal option.

 

  • Banana “nice cream” is an excellent healthy dessert option. Take some frozen peeled bananas and pop them in the blender with some of your favorite nut milk, coconut water, or dairy alternative. The dairy and other ingredients in traditional ice cream cause you to feel bloated which can make you feel hotter. Add just enough nut milk to blend the bananas into an ice cream consistency. Add some peanut butter or cocoa powder for a little extra flavor. This is a great summer dessert sure to keep you cool and is also vegan and healthy!

 

These are just a few simple, cheap and healthy snack ideas to help keep you cool during the dog days of summer. Phoenix home health care professionals can help you with more healthy eating advice for summer and year round. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.

 


Natural Ways to Fight Depression This May

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Depression is the most common form of mental illness. As much as 26% of the adult population in the United States suffers from depression. Since 1949, Mental Health America has observed that May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health America is focusing this month on risky behaviors that can increase the risk of, or exacerbate depression and mental health. Here are a few ways natural ways to fight the risks and effects of mental illness.

Avoid Risky Behaviors

According to Mental Health America, engaging in certain risky behaviors can increases the chances of developing or worsening a mental health illness, such as depression. Some of these risky behaviors include prescription medication abuse, internet addiction, and even marijuana use. Avoid engaging in certain risky behaviors if you are at risk or suffer from mental illness. Consult your doctor and follow strict instructions for prescription medication use. Strictly manage time and content viewed on the internet. Avoid internet use right before bed. Although medical marijuana is becoming more popular and accessible, it is not for everyone. Consult your doctor and avoid marijuana use if you are at risk or suffer from depression.

Exercise and Proper Sleep

Make sure to get plenty of good sleep and engage in exercise on a regular basis to naturally combat the effects of depression and mental illness. A mental illness can make it hard to sleep, but a lack of sleep can make symptoms worse. Getting enough exercise can help you sleep better by tiring your body out. Exercise can also help endorphin production in your brain, which is a chemical that helps promote good moods.

Have a Routine

Mental illness can wreak havoc on the structure in your life. It is very helpful to have a daily routine to follow. Setting small goals to accomplish is also very helpful. They don’t have to be big goals. Set small and simple goals and accomplish them one at time and go from there.

Have Responsibilities

Depression, and other mental ailments can make you want to give up on responsibilities at home and work. Don’t give into the illness. Consciously take on more responsibilities to help provide that sense of accomplishment and routine. Again, starting simple and small is just fine.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t suffer from a form of mental illness, you may know someone close in your life who does. Phoenix home health care is here to help. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


3 Healthy Tips to Help You Spring into Spring

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Spring is in the air, and what better time than now to consider some healthy lifestyle tips to help you feel your best and enjoy the warming weather. Whether you are a professional caregiver or a person in need of Phoenix home care, a healthy lifestyle is always something to consider. It can be easy and fun to start new healthy habits.

Sprouting

 Sprouting at home is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to start a new healthy habit. Its also fun to watch your sprouts grow and gives a sense of connection to your food. All you need to begin sprouting at home is a one quart, wide mouth mason jar and a sprouting lid, or a lid with a screen to allow water drainage and air flow.

 Many kinds of seeds, nuts and beans can be sprouted and eatable within a few short days. Sprouting actually increases the nutrition of the food by activating the germination process. Mung beans, broccoli seeds, alfalfa and radish seeds are healthy and easy options to start with. Simply soak your beans or seeds in the jar overnight or for about 10 hours, and drain. Continue to rinse the sprouts twice a day, and try to spread them in an even layer horizontally in the jar. Within a few days you will notice the seeds begin to germinate. Most sprouts are ideal to consume within 3-7 days, and can last even longer when stored in the fridge.

Eating Organic Fruits and Vegetables

 Another healthy home tip to consider is buying organic fruits and vegetables when possible. Many common fruits and vegetables that are conventionally grown contain trace amounts of pesticides, even after being washed. There is a list known as the Dirty Dozen that addresses foods with the highest risk of pesticide contamination. These foods should be purchased as certified USDA Organic when possible to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals. There is also a list known as the Clean Fifteen that addresses foods with the lowest risk of contamination, and can be purchased conventionally grown. Organic food is often times more expensive than conventionally grown, but the high quality and safety of organic food is a powerful investment to make in your personal health.

Fun in The Sun

 Don’t forget to get outside and enjoy those sunny days! Before the heat of summer sets in, take advantage of the great outdoors. Our bodies benefit from exposure to direct sunlight in small doses. When exposed to direct sunlight, our skin produces vitamin D, beta-endorphins which elevate our mood, nitric oxide which can lower blood pressure, and host of other chemicals that aren’t taken in with a vitamin D supplement. You can start with ten to fifteen minutes of unprotected sun exposure per day. After that, it is recommended to use sunblock or cover up with hats, long sleeves and pants. If you are someone who needs assistance with getting in and out of the house, our Phoenix home health care professionals would be happy to assist you in having some fun in the sun and enjoying the outdoors.

Everyone can benefit from healthy lifestyle habits. These are just a few examples of ways to start feeling your best to enjoy the Spring weather. This month, March, is National Nutrition Month, so there’s no better time to get healthy than now.  For more information on health tips or our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


February is National Senior Independence Month

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February is a month that is dedicated to celebrating senior independence, and putting a bit of extra time into promoting and assisting a senior in your life in any way that helps with their independence in staying at home, while receiving the care that they need. As caregivers and Phoenix home health care professionals, we are extra excited about February, and have a variety of suggestions for ways that you can join in and promote senior independence this month as well.

If you have a special senior in your life that you would like to see stay in their home, and out of hospice care, it would be a good idea to take an assessment of their needs. A needs assessment can help you to better understand the daily struggles your loved one faces, and also where they might have needs for greater health and safety in their normal routines. If you’re unsure of how to conduct a thorough needs assessment, contact your local Phoenix home care professionals, and they can send someone to the home of your special senior to conduct a needs assessment and consultation for free.

There are likely to be a variety of medical and non-medical services required in the home of your loved one, and deciding whether to help with some of these tasks, or to hire a caregiver is going to be your next decision. You may even want to split up some of the tasks between yourself and family members, while adding the help of a professional caregiver. Things like grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, cleaning the home, and administering meds may sound like reasonable tasks that you can handle, while the more medical needs will require the help of a medical caregiver. There are also a variety of non-medical needs your loved one may have, such as having someone there to help them dress each day and to bathe, that you may want to hire a caregiver to help with.

Another great way to help promote independence in seniors this month is to help promote a decent amount of exercise into their daily routines. This is something you will want to discuss with your loved one’s doctor first, to ensure they aren’t over exerting themselves, or bringing extra risk to a health condition. Any amount of consistent exercise has been found to be the single most important factor for those over 65 in promoting independence, longevity and reducing the risk of falls. Falling is one of the most prevalent risk factors for seniors, and is the biggest cause of injury death for this age group.

National Senior Independence Month will be more effective the more it is acknowledged and observed, so spreading the word is another great way to help promote awareness. A great way to spread awareness is by asking your municipal government to declare February as Senior Independence Month in your city or town. Here is a great example of a proclamation that you may use to spread the word to your local community.

Every bit of help in spreading awareness about Senior Independence Month is certainly appreciated. And for those of you who do not have a special senior in your life, but would like to help in promoting senior independence in your community, look no further than your local YMCA. They offer a SilverSneakers Fitness Program for those 65 and older, and you can get involved by volunteering, and helping facilitate senior fitness in any way that you can. If you would like more information on National Senior Independence Month, or our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.

 


5 New Year’s Resolutions for Better Health

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Now that 2017 is in full swing, there’s likely a list of resolutions you’ve made to help make 2017 the best year yet. Perhaps you’re already working away at your list of changes you’d like to make, or maybe you’ve only looked at it, and haven’t started on it yet. Either situation is fine, as starting slow with an intention is the best way to implement long-term change this year. For those of you who have resolutions surrounding bettering or maintaining your health, here are 5 resolutions that will give you the health boost you need, and the motivation to start working away at the rest of your list.

Get 15-20 Minutes of Direct Sun Per Day

In order for our bodies to absorb enough of the vitamin D we need, a nice dose of 15-20 minutes (depending on your skin’s pigment type) of direct sun exposure at the height of UV exposure in the afternoon (without sunscreen) is needed. If you’re going to be out any longer, put on some sunscreen after the first 15 minutes, as it blocks the absorption of vitamin D. There are other ways to get vitamin D from foods, but this is the fastest, easiest way. It is also a great way to combat certain medical problems that may present in the future. This is especially important for females, as 50% are not getting enough vitamin D.

Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. Sure, we don’t want to oversleep and hibernate all day, but we should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep per day. When this is lacking, a sleep deficit can build up, and negative health issues may become present. Sleep research scientists have found that women need a bit more sleep than males, by about 20 minutes.

Exercise for 20 Minutes Per Day

Cardiovascular health drastically improves if we are exercising to increase our heart rate for at least 20 minutes per day. A 20-minute walk per day is powerful enough to save 37,000 lives per year, and ward off several health issues. If you’re looking to get into greater shape in 20 per minutes a day, try interval training; elevating your heart rate to 90% capacity for one minute, then cooling down for another minute, and repeating 10 times. For optimal cardio workout results without intervals, try going for 30 straight minutes per day.

Drink One Green Smoothie Per Day

Replacing one meal or snack per day with a green smoothie is a great way to get your daily dose of fruits, vegetables, and essential nutrients in a delicious drink that you can take with you on the go when you’re pressed for time. Depending on what you like, try blending in fresh or frozen organic berries, bananas, kale, or spinach (any leafy green) and either fresh-squeezed fruit juice, or almond milk. You can add extra anti-oxidants to your drink with chia seeds, acai berries, wheatgrass, turmeric root, ginger and more. Some even like to add a bit of avocado, avocado oil or flaxseed oil for Omega-3. Local organic honey is also great for those with allergies, and fresh coconut, in moderation, gives a great health boost. It may not sound as delicious as it is, but the berries completely overpower the taste of the vegetables. For those of you with nut allergies, soy milk, coconut water, or vegetable juice may be used as a healthy and delicious substitute. If this sounds like too much work, we’d be happy to send over one of our Phoenix home health care providers to assist. They can not only make the smoothies for you, but also go to the grocery store for the supplies, and even assist with the other resolutions listed above.

Practice Mindfulness: Indulging in a Hobby You Enjoy

The act of mindfulness is a powerful tool in grounding and centering when you are feeling overwhelmed, or just not feeling motivated to make the powerful changes you’ve set out to achieve in 2017. Take a few minutes per day to ground yourself, state an intention for the day, and indulge in a bit of you time–no matter how much time you have. Whatever it is that you enjoy, allow yourself a defined amount of time to focus solely on this without any distractions or guilt. This could be painting, playing a game, making crafts, watching a favorite show, spending time in nature, participating in a sport, knitting, writing, reading, playing with your pets or children, or chatting on the phone with a friend. Whatever it is that you set out to do for yourself each day, be sure to schedule it in as a priority for you, as you would anything else. You owe it to yourself to do something each day that brings you joy and helps you stay present–in the here and now. If you’re having difficulty doing things you once could, a Phoenix home care provider is available to come to your home and help, even if companionship is all you’re seeking.

You owe it to yourself to indulge in the 5 following activities. They do not have to take up too much time each day, may be multitasked together into just a few activities, and you never have to do them alone if you’re unable or unwilling to. We are here for you. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


Eating Healthy by Season With the Help of a Phoenix Home Care Professional

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Eating Healthy by Season (Small)When you require assistance at home, you may benefit from a variety of non-medical services. These services might include help with basic housekeeping tasks, grocery shopping, and getting errands done. One of the most common needs that a Phoenix home care professional may fulfill is to assist a client with meal preparation.

Eating healthfully all year long is crucial to maintaining a state of good physical, mental, and emotional health. In fact, the potential for developing a chronic disease increases as a result of unhealthy eating habits. If you hire a home care worker to help you with planning your meals, you may want to discuss a schedule of healthy meal plans for every season.

Why Eat According to the Season?

Eating fresh, healthy foods based on the season is a great way to support your overall health. When you consume local foods as much as possible, you are also supporting your community – which ultimately benefits everyone in the area. Cooking fresh, local foods enables you to enjoy a variety of highly nutritional items during every season.

Healthy Fall and Winter Recipes

Fall and winter offer an abundance of opportunities to create delicious, healthful meals. Some examples of fall and winter foods include cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, squash, and pumpkin. You and your home care worker might devise hundreds of meals based on healthy fall and winter recipes. Such recipes could include chicken breasts sautéed with mushrooms, hearty pumpkin soup, and “pasta” made from squash (this can be easily created with an inexpensive kitchen gadget that spiralizes vegetables). Other recipes you might enjoy in the fall and winter months are roasted cauliflower, oatmeal blended with figs and ricotta cheese, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Healthful Spring and Summer Fare

Springtime and summertime bring a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that may be savored via a wealth of nutritious recipes. The foods of the warmer months include strawberries, tomatoes, spinach, watermelon, and zucchini. Recipe ideas might include whole-grain pasta topped with fresh spring vegetables (such as artichoke, asparagus, and even dandelion greens), green salad with tomatoes, and smoothies made with blackberries, raspberries, and fresh pineapple juice. If you have access to an indoor or outdoor grill and some assistance, you could grill chicken, eggplant, and zucchini, followed by slices of fresh mango sprinkled lightly with cinnamon.

Once you know how to plan healthy meals, eating foods that nourish you can be fun. Remember to buy organic foods whenever you have the opportunity; they may be more expensive than other options, but you won’t be exposed to the harmful chemicals found in many non-organic items. A Phoenix home health care professional may be able to advise you on making solid choices for seasonal eating. With a little help from a home care worker and some careful planning, you may indulge in the delicious possibilities that each season yields.

For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


5 Ways You Can Give Your Summer Diet a Boost

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Everyone wants to look their best during the summer time, especially since most people interact a lot more during the warmer months, as opposed to the hibernating nature of winter. With all the get togethers, vacations, and outdoor activities of summer, you can expect to be seen a lot more, and to see your friends, relatives, and neighbors a lot more than you would normally during winter. Whatever kind of diet it is that you’ve chosen to prepare for summer, here are some things you can do to enhance its effectiveness, and get more out of your dieting effort.

Easy-to-do dieting boosts for summer

Each of these five dieting boosts can help dramatically increase the effectiveness of your dieting. By coupling these recommendations with careful food selection, you should achieve results much faster than if you are only dieting without these helpful aids.

  • Include powerful fat burners – eating the right foods is great for avoiding more pounds, but what about the fat you already have on your body? These substances can help burn away fat and slim you down for summer: caffeine from coffee, green tea extract from green teas, yohimbe which operates on the most stubborn fat reserves, hoodia gardonii which controls hunger pangs, oats, nuts, and 7-Keto which increases your metabolic rate.
  • Take advantage of summer foods – there are lots more fresh fruits and vegetables available in summer, especially at Farmers’ Markets,healthy eating, dieting, vegetarian food and people concept - cl roadside stands, and in co-operatives that sell shares on produce. These foods are great for filling you up, so you won’t be tempted to eat other foods which may have far less nutritive value for you, and encourage you to keep eating because you’re not satisfied.
  • Increase your activity level – with nice weather and long hours of daylight, you have no excuse for not exercising a lot more, even if it’s not a formal program. Activities such as jogging, walking, hiking, playing golf, swimming, working in the garden, mowing the lawn, and others can all boost your metabolism and burn fat. Plus, when you’re active, you don’t usually get as hungry as when you’re sitting around the house, thinking about your next meal.
  • Drink lots of water – this is something you might do anyway, but by making a conscious effort to drink more water, you’ll not only be helping your digestive system, but you’ll be making yourself feel more full, and not as tempted to eat larger meals. It’s a good idea to precede each meal with a largeglass of water for this very reason – so there’s just not as much room in your stomach for other goodies.
  • Keep yourself motivated – it’s very important to keep yourself motivated for dieting, because it’s very easy to miss a day or two and end up chucking the whole effort. Try posting a picture of yourself on the refrigerator in your favorite bikini, or for men, hang up a pair of summer shorts you used to fit into, so that it’s visible every day. If this doesn’t work for you, invite a friend to diet along with you, so you can each act as the other’s support during the process.

 

Professional dietary help

People requiring home health care in Phoenix can avail themselves of the non-medical services of MD Home Health and still diet in their own way to achieve better health, whether you are a senior, a physically disabled person, or even a non-adult. In some ways, you might even be more successful, since you’ll have a professional monitoring your diet program while providing expert home health care services.


5 Ways to Stay Active and Healthy as a We Age

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Just about everyone is aware of the importance of staying active as a we age, as it is so important to our overall health and well-being. One of the difficulties associated with that however, is that the body itself is constantly slowing down as we age, which means staying active requires a real effort to get up and about; overcoming the natural tendency to relax.

Here are five tried-and-true components of active, healthy living, using examples that everyone, even seniors, can easily manage and derive great benefit from. If there are some aspects of these suggestions which you just aren’t up to, some home health care assistance may even be an option for filling in some of the gaps.

Light cardiovascular

There’s a tremendous value in cardiovascular workouts, because they increase the heart rate and blood flow,  strengthen the heart muscle, and improves respiratory processes. If you have access to a swimming pool, swimming or water aerobics are great ways to use all the muscles in the body, and if not, a brisk walk in the morning can get your heart pumping. Depending on how fit you are, you might also try hiking, biking, golf, or tennis; all of which are excellent cardiovascular activities.

Regular stretching

Because flexibility decreases significantly as we age, muscles need regular stretching in order to retain some degree of flexibility. There are a great many terrific exercises for stretching legs, back muscles, and torso, to keep muscles from contracting and stiffening, and these should be done as often as possible to maintain and promote flexibility.

Balance training

It’s very important to incorporate even some light balance training into your active senior lifestyle, because this can be extremely helpful in avoiding falls and potentially serious injuries. Disciplines like Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi provide this kind of balance training, and classes like this are offered at many local fitness centers and by community organizations. If you need transportation, this could be provided through MD Home Assist.

Strength training

Strength training doesn’t have to be anything like body-building in the traditional athletic sense, but some moderate strengthening of your muscles can help you perform simple household chores much more easily, and it helps to strengthen your bones. You also don’t need any gym equipment or expensive gadgets to help you with strength training – you can use simple elastic resistance bands, ordinary pieces of furniture, and even the walls of your home to provide the resistance you need for some beneficial exercise.

Indoor/Outdoor chores and activities

Staying active and fit can happen as a by-product of doing regular household chores, both indoors and outdoors. Mowing the lawn is good walking exercise, and provides resistance to some extent. You can get great benefits from scrubbing some part of the house, cleaning out a shed, doing laundry, or re-organizing the basement.

When you have chores done for the day, why not hook up with peers for dancing, walking, bocce ball, or some organized activities? If you can keep your active lifestyle full of enjoyable and fun things to do, there is a much greater chance that you’ll continue the activities regularly, and make it a built-in part of your healthy lifestyle.

Assistance with your active lifestyle

Sometimes a little assistance is all that’s needed in order for you to maintain an active lifestyle, and you require some home health care, such as that provided by MD Home Health/Home Assist. Services such as medication reminders, feeding, light housekeeping, healthy grocery shopping, companionship, and transportation services can add motivation, and ease the burden on you, so contact us today, and we’d love to assist in your energies to staying active and healthy.

 


5 Signals You May Want to Consider Home Assistance

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It’s never easy to make the decision to seek assistance with your everyday living tasks. This is understandable whether you recently became disabled or were born with a disability. As a Phoenix home health care provider, we understand your concerns and are here to help.

Pay Attention to These Specific Problems

One thing that may make it easier for you to determine if it’s time to sign up for home care in Phoenix is to consider the following categories of possible issues:

  • Personal Care: Do you have difficulty keeping up with grooming tasks such as showering, shaving, brushing your teeth, and washing your hair? If so, you can get as much or as little assistance as you need from a non-medical healthcare aide.
  • Household Management: It is easy for anyone to feel overwhelmed with caring for the home, with or without a disability. If chores like grocery shopping and yard maintenance are becoming too taxing, having assistance in this and other areas of household management could be a great stress reliever.
  • Financial Difficulties: Has the utility company sent a shut-off because you forgot to pay the bill? Do you have trouble figuring out how much money is in your checking, savings, or other banking accounts? These are common situations that could indicate the need to consider home care in Phoenix. You remain in control of your bank accounts while receiving the help you need to manage them.
  • Signs of Cognitive Impairment or Physical Frailty: Do you feel alarmed at how easy you seem to forget important details in your life? Maybe walking is becoming increasingly difficult or you fatigue easily from all that you have to do. A little extra help can increase your quality of life when either of these issues is a problem.
  • Driving is No Longer Safe: Do you often get lost when trying to drive somewhere? Perhaps driving intimidates you or you have been in several fender benders lately. Having someone else do the driving ensures you get to work, appointments, and leisure activities on time and without the added stress of getting behind the wheel.

    Home Health Care May Be the Answer You Seek

Non-medical assistance at home could be the ideal option for you if you struggle with the effects of a moderate to severe disability. The loving and experienced staff at MD Home Health/Home Assist can help you with personal care, assist with homemaker tasks, and perform a variety of medical and non-medical assistance. We encourage you to contact us today to learn more about the wide range of services we can offer you.


The Benefits of Outsourcing Grocery Shopping and Errands to a Caregiver

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Every day chores loom large for many seniors who struggle to accomplish basic tasks around the house. Getting to the store and running other errands can become complicated and time consuming.

But these everyday chores need to be done regularly if the senior wants to stay in her own home. She needs nutritious food and the ability to get to the bank, the library and other services.

This is where the benefits of outsourcing grocery shopping and other errands to a caregiver become clear. It can be a positive step to help the elderly live functional lives in their own homes.

It Takes Time

According to a workshop summary called Providing Healthy and Safe Foods As We Age, about one-third of most grocery trips last less than 30 minutes. But the time spent getting to the store and back can double that. And if a senior needs to take the bus, a single trip can take two or more hours.

If he has trouble walking or with his balance, an elderly person can find trips outside the home fraught. The additional struggle to get in and out of a bus while carrying bags can lead to falls and fatigue.

Taking a taxi is a good alternative because it provides direct transportation, but it takes time to arrange and there is the problem of making sure the taxi is available for the trip home.

Getting a ride from family, friends or neighbors is probably the ideal scenario, but it can be very hard for working adults with families to make time for this type of help.

It Takes Energy

Trips outside the home can challenge a senior’s physical endurance and ability to walk easily. In addition, minor aches, regular colds or other ailments that would have caused little if any difficulty a decade earlier can with time cut significantly into her energy levels.

This makes it hard to be consistent with regular trips to the store and other places to handle errands. But consistency is what is needed in order to stay in her own home.

According to the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity & Aging, “good nutrition plays a crucial role in keeping older people healthy and functioning,” but many simply aren’t eating well. One of the major reasons is how hard it is to get to the grocery store.

Outsourcing Errands

The answer to this dilemma can be as simple and direct as paying someone to run the errands for the senior. Hiring a caregiver to do the grocery shopping removes it as a barrier to staying healthy.

The senior doesn’t have to worry about begging a ride from family or neighbors. She doesn’t have to worry about finding a taxi at the right time. She won’t have to navigate buses and worry about carrying the groceries.

He won’t be overtaxed by a trip out of the house and up and down the aisles choosing the right food. He can use his physical energy for other activities like a get together with friends, which provides a more direct chance for socializing.

Taking the simple step of outsourcing errands like grocery shopping to a caregiver can keep a senior safer, better fed and more in control of daily care. For more information, contact MD Home Health/ Home Assist.