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How To Have More Positivity in 2019

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The challenges of caring for an elderly parent can often be daunting to say the least, especially if you’re trying to hold down a job and raise a family at the same time. If your senior loved one requires a good amount of care, it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude and keep yourself on an even keel. That being so, you sometimes need to step back from caregiving and think about doing some things that will help to improve your outlook, so you don’t become bogged down with a perpetually sour disposition.

Build in personal time   

It’s very easy to have virtually every minute of the day allotted to caring for kids, husband, and your parent, in addition to satisfying job requirements or household needs. This makes it important to take some time and make a list of what’s most important to you in your life, and prioritize these things. Don’t let caregiving consume valuable time with your spouse and children, and make sure to schedule some down time for yourself – whatever it is that brings you peace of mind, and respite from the daily routine.

Accept help from others

If you have siblings in the area, enlist their aid in caring for your elderly parents. If you don’t feel they’re contributing in an appropriate manner, call a family meeting and express your feelings on the subject. You may also be able to have friends help out, or to get help from the community, since many towns and cities offer social programs and other opportunities for seniors to get together and enjoy each other’s company.

Smile more

This probably sounds too simple to be effective, but you’d be surprised at how positive an effect the mere act of smiling more can have on a person. It can literally change your mood entirely, and if you smile at someone, you can help to change their mood as well. You might even start a chain reaction in your circle, and have everyone smiling. It’s an infectious act, and it all tends to improve people’s attitudes.

Be grateful

One of the best ways to avoid negativity and give yourself an uplifting moment is to think about all the really great things in your life, and be grateful for them. Sure, caregiving for your parents can be a hassle, but if you focus more on what a wonderful spouse and children you have, or how you love the work you’re doing at your job, the troubles associated with caregiving can fade into the background.

Make time for exercise

There’s no way to overstate the value of including exercise time in your daily schedule – find a way to make this work. In addition to the health benefits, regular exercise is a known stress buster, and if caregiving has become a source of stress for you, this may be the very best way to overcome that stress. Exercise also releases endorphins into the bloodstream, which are the ‘feel good’ hormones of the body, which can lift up your mood and make you feel better about everything in your life. Whatever else you have to do in your busy schedule, including vigorous exercise each day is an absolute must.

Don’t go it alone

Don’t let your elderly parent feel like they have to be alone facing each day. MD Home Health has caregivers that can brighten the day up for every senior person they come in contact with. Our Phoenix home health caregiving provides the perfect mix of companionship and home assistance to keep your elderly parent happy and enjoying the highest quality of life possible.


Cold and Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors and Caregivers

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There’s no doubt about it – we’re right in the middle of the cold and flu season, and we still have weeks to go before the season fades away into springtime. Arizona health care professionals tell us that seniors and their caregivers are the most likely groups to be affected by the flu which is sweeping the country this winter – seniors because their immune systems are less robust, and caregivers because they are in close proximity to seniors every day. This being the case, here are some Phoenix home health care tips which should be observed to reduce the likelihood of contracting the flu, and perhaps lessening the severity of it when it does strike.

Keep the Home Germ-Free

Yes, this is impossible to do with 100% efficiency, but if you do your very best, that will eliminate much of the potential for disease. Here are a few important ways you can keep germs out of the living environment:

  • Wash frequently – you’d be surprised at how effective a simple act like washing your hands can be at killing germs. All it takes is some warm water and soap, and rubbing your hands together for 20 or 30 seconds. When you aren’t near soap and water, you can use hand sanitizer to accomplish the same thing.
  • Household cleaning – when you’re cleaning around the home, use disinfectant agents in the bathroom, kitchen, and other common areas, and give special attention to all those items, e.g. light switches, TV remotes, cellphones, door knobs, that are routinely touched or handled by seniors in the home.
  • Personal hygiene – make sure everyone in the household observes good hygienic practices when sneezing or coughing, so germs aren’t projected out into the environment. Also, it’s a good idea to minimize touching of the facial area with hands, because that has a huge potential for introducing germs into the eyes, mouth, nose, etc.

Keep Exercising

Don’t give up on exercise during the winter, because exercise is one of the best ways of maintaining a healthy immune system. If you have a senior loved one, try and get him/her to take at least a short walk as often as possible, or to get involved with an exercise program at some community center. Studies have shown that regular exercise can lower the risks of contracting colds and flu by as much as 33%, so this should be one of your most important ways of keeping healthy.

Avoid Crowds

Some of the places where germs are most rampant, and where you have far less control of any germs being spread, are in public places where large crowds of people can gather. Every time you go to a department store or grocery store, there’s a chance of being infected by some person you come in contact with, and that’s just simple math – at home, you only have family members that you’re in contact with, but in a store or other public place, you could literally be exposed to hundreds of people in a very short time.

This isn’t to suggest that you make your elderly loved one a shut-in during the winter season, but AZ Home Health professionals recommend limiting those outings to germ-ridden public settings until after flu season passes. You won’t be able to manage absolutely every possibility for removing exposure to colds and flu, but if you are vigilant about handling the precautions listed above, you’ll go a long way toward staying safe for the remainder of the season.