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How Aromatherapy Can Help Your Senior Loved One

Aromatherapy can be used in many ways for a diverse group of people.

While there are many benefits of aromatherapy for younger adults, seniors may benefit the most from aromatherapy when it is done properly. Aromatherapy is the use of highly concentrated molecules from things such as flowers, plants, seeds, etc. to bring healing or peace to an individual. For seniors, aromatherapy can serve as a way to relax, a way to feel comfortable or a way to reduce anxiety or stress.

Aromatherapy should be treated the same way as another over the counter medication and the doctor of your loved one should be consulted before you introduce the oils into your loved one’s life. This is because the oils may affect your loved one in ways that you may not be aware of or they may interfere with other medications that your loved one is taking. It is best to present your loved one’s doctor with the aromatherapy solution and explain to them why you think that they will benefit from it, what you will do to make sure it is executed properly and what the next steps are.

One you are given the go-ahead from your doctor or your loved one’s doctor, it is time to explore the scents of aromatherapy and how you want to participate. Some people opt to use a diffuser, where the scent will be dispersed into the air. Others prefer to use the essential oils on their skin and wear the oils all day. Whichever execution you choose, you will have to choose your scent as well. It is important to establish your goals with aromatherapy and communicate that with the retailer in which you are buying the oils from. For example, those who are suffering from headaches or stress may opt for scents like lavender and rosemary. Whereas, if you feel as though you or your loved one needs a boost of energy, something citrus (such as orange or lemon scents) could be something that will be beneficial. Additionally, if the goal of aromatherapy is to feel at ease, at home and warm there may be scents such as ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg, that will allow you to feel at home and at ease.

It is important that you listen to your body or your loved one’s body during aromatherapy. If they are not in the mood to experience aromatherapy one day, try not to push it. It is also important to note that it is imperative to know when the scent is too strong, as that can cause headaches and discomfort for them as well. Aromatherapy can be incredibly soothing, healing and beneficial for individuals that are willing to participate. We hope that these helpful hints will allow you to start your aromatherapy journey with ease and confidence.

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How to Avoid Getting a Migraine

How You Can Have Peace of Mind While Mom Ages at Home One of the most irritating and painful experiences is an extreme headache also known as a migraine.

Migraines can cause pain in your head, neck and shoulders or cause you to feel nauseas and lightheaded. Migraines are common, as about 12% of adults in the United States suffer from migraines, but that does not mean that they cannot be avoided. Avoiding migraines can be tricky, especially for seniors, but we have a few tips that may help prevent these horrible headaches from occurring.

Your diet can affect your mental health, your mood and your overall physical health. Keeping your diet healthy and avoiding processed foods can help you avoid migraines. Additionally, sugar can sometimes cause a ‘sugar rush’ which then can result in a crash, which is often accompanied by a migraine. Caffeine also has a negative effect on your body, as it can cause migraines when you experience withdrawals or too much caffeine. Keeping your diet balanced can allow your body to get the nutrients it wants and craves to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Stay active! Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air and exercise can help decrease the chances you will experience a migraine. Your body is strong and capable of achieving great things, despite your age. Take 20 minutes to go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air of your neighborhood. It is of the utmost importance to not push yourself too hard, as strenuous exercise can cause headaches and migraines to occur.

Relationship Between Nutrition and SleepMake sure that you have a sleep schedule that you honor. Lack of sleep can cause migraines, along with poor food and drink choices that can also cause headaches or migraines. It is advisable to set a sleep pattern where you get at least eight hours of sleep each night and you vow to stick with said pattern. Going to bed at the same time every night and getting the correct amount of sleep will allow your body to rest and recharge for the day ahead.

Learn how to deal with stress in a way that works for you. Anxiety, worry and chaos can trigger a migraine. Each person has a different way they deal and cope with stress, including but not limited to exercise, meditation, aromatherapy or talking to a therapist. Find what works for you and be sure to surrender fully to the process. When you are feeling anxious, stressed or on edge, be sure to have a plan in place to soothe your mind and soul and avoid a migraine.

We hope that these tips will help you avoid migraines, as we know that they can be painful and debilitating. Migraines do not have to be an everyday occurrence and with the right tips and techniques, you can be migraine free!

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How to Improve Your Memory as You Age

As we get older, our memory sometimes slips and becomes not as sharp as it once was.

Misplacing keys, forgetting your tasks for the day or not remembering someone’s birthday can be a common occurrence among elderly individuals. It is important that you talk to a doctor if you feel that you or your loved one is experiencing more than normal memory decline due to age. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are serious conditions and should never be ruled out, unless by a medical professional. If your doctor has chalked it up to declining memory due to age, try these tips to keep your mentally sharp.

  • Find a way to organize your life that will make sense, no matter what. If you have the space, hanging a key rack by your door may be a great way to make sure that you always know where your keys are. Assuming that you put your keys there when you come in the door, they will remain there until you are ready to leave. Another example is by labeling your drawers, your cupboards and your closet with the items inside. It is important that you are as organized as possible to avoid misplacing or forgetting things.
  • Eat a balanced diet that will help you keep your mind sharp and your body strong. It is advised that you speak to a medical professional or nutritionist to get an exact breakdown of what your meals should contain on a daily basis, but balance is key. You should maintain a well-balanced and healthy diet to keep yourself strong and healthy as you age.
  • Exercise both your body and your brain. It is advised that you are cleared by a doctor before engaging in physical activity, but by incorporating exercise in your routine, you are able to keep your body active and improve blood circulation. This can improve your memory and your brain health as you age. Just as you exercise your body, you should also exercise the mind. You or your loved one should engage in cross-word puzzles, card games or memorization games. This will keep your mind sharp and allow you to fight against memory decline as you age.

We hope that these tips and tricks will help you or your loved one maintain a sharp memory as they age. Please seek out medical attention if you or your loved one is concerned with their mental or memory health. It is important to rule out any underlying conditions that may affect memory health.

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How to Beat the Heat in Warm Weather

As the warm weather approaches, temperatures are rising, and heatwaves are in the horizon.

We know that although the heat may feel good after a long winter, it is important to stay safe in the heat. Heat stroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion are serious conditions that should not be taken lightly during the summer months. We hope these tips will help you beat the heat this summer.

  • If your home does not have air conditioning, make sure that you have the proper ventilation in place. Be sure that air can flow properly in and out of your home, avoiding any air flow restriction. If your home does not have air conditioning, it is advised that you buy a fan to keep the air moving in your home. Fans can provide some relief for an otherwise sweltering day.
  • Air-conditioning may be your only relief, whether that is at home or elsewhere. If you are not inclined to install air conditioning in your home, seek out buildings that provide air-conditioning to its visitors. For example, maybe you can plan to go to a museum for a day in the summer. Not only will you enjoy the museum, but you will be in a building that provides air-conditioning and relief.
  • Drink plenty of water. This is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy during the summer months. You should avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages, as they can often dehydrate you. Instead, you should fill up on water to avoid dehydration in the summer months. You may also drink Gatorade, Powerade or other drinks that have electrolytes in them, to avoid dehydration. You should drink one glass of water per hour, to make sure that you have plenty of fluids in your system.
  • Prepare yourself to be outside! The summer brings heat, which can bring about fun outdoor activities! We know that picnics, BBQ’s and baseball games make the best memories, so why not prepare for those outings? Be sure to put on sunscreen, bring a hat, wear protective clothing and have plenty of fluids on hand. Enjoy the heat but do so in a responsible manner.
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How You Can Control Your Emotional Well-Being


We put such an emphasis on making sure our bodies are strong and that we are giving our body everything it needs to remain healthy.

We exercise to make sure that our bodies can handle the stress life throws at us and we fuel our days with healthy and hearty food. But, what about our emotional health? Are you putting your emotional well-being on the back burner?

It is important to make sure that you are taking care of your body and mind simultaneously. There are several things that you can do to make sure that your mind is at ease and your emotions are in check. Take a look below at some ways you can put your emotional well-being first.

  • Participate in exercise that helps you clear your mind. Do you enjoy yoga or a nice outdoor walk? These activities are not only good for you because they will increase your endorphins, but they will give you peace of mind and you will genuinely enjoy these activities.
  • Avoid caffeine or alcohol, as they often trigger mood swings. You will want to drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated to keep a clear mind.
  • Eat healthy foods that will make you feel good. If you have confidence in your healthy food choices, chances are that you will be in a more positive headspace for the rest of the day. For example, if you feel pressured to eat a kale salad but truly do not enjoy kale, try swapping out the kale for regular lettuce. This will not only allow you to feed your body the nutrients it needs and deserves but you will enjoy eating it and feel comfortable fueling your body and mind.
  • Find a support system that will help you when you need to talk. Sometimes, all you need to do to clear your mind and remain in a positive headspace is to talk. Whether it is your family, your caregiver or a professional, try talking with someone that will allow you to express your feelings and allow you to make room for positivity.
  • Participate in activities that you want to do and say ‘no’ to the activities that no longer serve you. Do you love reading but already committed to a weekly bird watching club that might not be ‘your thing’? Although you may have enjoyed this activity once upon a time, if it no longer serves you or puts you in a positive headspace, try swapping it out for something that you enjoy. This may feel uncomfortable and the change may be hard to adapt to, but your mental and emotional well-being will thank you in the long run.

We know that it can be tough to complete your daily tasks, try to please others and maintain your emotional and mental well-being. Life has a lot of challenges, but we are confident that you can tackle them head on while maintaining a positive and healthy mental and emotional state. We hope that these tips will help you stay positive and level headed.

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How You Can Have Peace of Mind While Mom Ages at Home

As your parents age, you are likely to feel as though you must step in and take care of them.

This is a completely normal feeling, as they get old you want to protect them and help them the best you can. There may be sleepless nights where you worry about whether to move your mother into a retirement community, despite her wishes to remain comfortably at home. This is a hard position to be in, especially because you want your mom to be happy in her environment, but her safety is and should be a priority to you.

Aging comfortably at home may be scary for adult children, as there are numerous hazards that are in the modern-day home. What if the corner of the rug is pulled up and your mom happens to catch it while she is walking to the restroom? Will she be able to get up and call for help? Is it safe for her to live in her own home?

If your mother prefers to stay in her home, you have options that will allow you to have peace of mind that she is safe. 24 Hour Home Care can provide a caregiver that will help your loved one with medication reminders, light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care and even companionship. You will not have to worry about your mother feeling overwhelmed by the house work she has to do or the meals that she must cook. Our caregivers can help your mother just enough to where she feels as though she still has her independence but will not feel overwhelmed by the amount of work. Our caregivers can also make sure that your mother is safe at all times, scanning the house for hazards and preventing accidents or falls from happening. Our caregivers priority is client happiness and safety, giving you peace of mind that your mother will be aging comfortably and safely at home.

We know that it can be a worrisome decision to make, whether to keep mom at home or move her to a community. Here at 24 Hour Home Care, we think that aging comfortably should be easy and attainable. Let our caregivers help your mother stay at home, while you have the peace of mind that she is safe.

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How to Protect Yourself from the Sun

The sun is magnificent, beautiful and powerful. It is responsible for giving us light during the day and providing a beautiful and captivating sunset at dusk. However, the sun can also contains ultraviolet radiation, which can raise a lot of health concerns if you do not protect yourself. Remember these tips when you are enjoying the beautiful sunshine.

  • Remember to wear a hat when you are outside to avoid direct contact with the sun for both your skin and your eyes. Looking directly at the sun will cause damage to your eyes, so in addition to wearing sunglasses, a hat may block out the sunlight. Additionally, a hat will give you the protection your face needs from the sun when you are enjoying the outdoors.
  • Cover up when you are going to be in the sun for extended periods of time. Wearing proper clothing that helps block out the light can prevent the light from damaging your skin through your clothes. If you are going to be in the sun in a bathing suit, remember to cover up when you are able to do so, to prevent unnecessary and prolonged sun exposure.
  • Sunscreen should always be worn when you are exposed to UV rays. Putting sunscreen on should become a part of your daily ‘getting ready routine’ so that you always have protection. It is advised that you put on sunscreen with at least 15 SPF.
  • Don’t lounge outside in the sun if you don’t have to. Often times, people will lay on the beach for hours on end in the sun. While that may feel relaxing and temporarily feels good on your skin, the long lasting damage the sun has on your skin is not worth it. It is advised that you limit your exposure to UV rays when you are not required to be outdoors and in the direct path of the sun.

We know that the sun is beautiful and can provide you with warmth, but the damaging effects it leaves on your skin should not be forgotten. We hope that these tips will help you protect yourself from the sun. As you age, it is more important than ever to take care of yourself, including your skin. Happy Summer!

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How Aromatherapy Can Help Your Senior Loved One

Aromatherapy can be used in many ways for a diverse group of people. While there are many benefits of aromatherapy for younger adults, seniors may benefit the most from aromatherapy when it is done properly. Aromatherapy is the use of highly concentrated molecules from things such as flowers, plants, seeds, etc. to bring healing or peace to an individual. For seniors, aromatherapy can serve as a way to relax, a way to feel comfortable or a way to reduce anxiety or stress.

Aromatherapy should be treated the same way as another over the counter medication and the doctor of your loved one should be consulted before you introduce the oils into your loved one’s life. This is because the oils may affect your loved one in ways that you may not be aware of or they may interfere with other medications that your loved one is taking. It is best to present your loved one’s doctor with the aromatherapy solution and explain to them why you think that they will benefit from it, what you will do to make sure it is executed properly and what the next steps are.

One you are given the go-ahead from your doctor or your loved one’s doctor, it is time to explore the scents of aromatherapy and how you want to participate. Some people opt to use a diffuser, where the scent will be dispersed into the air. Others prefer to use the essential oils on their skin and wear the oils all day. Whichever execution you choose, you will have to choose your scent as well. It is important to establish your goals with aromatherapy and communicate that with the retailer in which you are buying the oils from. For example, those who are suffering from headaches or stress may opt for scents like lavender and rosemary. Whereas, if you feel as though you or your loved one needs a boost of energy, something citrus (such as orange or lemon scents) could be something that will be beneficial. Additionally, if the goal of aromatherapy is to feel at ease, at home and warm there may be scents such as ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg, that will allow you to feel at home and at ease.

It is important that you listen to your body or your loved one’s body during aromatherapy. If they are not in the mood to experience aromatherapy one day, try not to push it. It is also important to note that it is imperative to know when the scent is too strong, as that can cause headaches and discomfort for them as well. Aromatherapy can be incredibly soothing, healing and beneficial for individuals that are willing to participate. We hope that these helpful hints will allow you to start your aromatherapy journey with ease and confidence.

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How to Help Your Aging Loved One with Spring Cleaning

Spring is here and that means we will have warmer weather/sunshine and the opportunity to clean our whole house. The latter may give you anxiety and you may be worried for your aging loved one, as they are not able to clean their house the way they used to. We know that a clean house transpires into a happy homeowner and a healthier life, so we put together a list of how you can help your aging loved one with their spring cleaning!

  • Clean their gutters! Through out the winter, debris likely was collected in their gutters. You can grab a ladder, a hose and gloves and clean their gutters out to make sure that the debris does not overflow or cause the gutter to give out.
  • Scrub the floors! Through out the winter, you or your loved one probably swept or vacuumed, but did you scrub? Scrubbing the floors may seem like a daunting task, but there is a lot of dirt and germs that are lurking on your loved ones floors from the winter. Be safe and get scrubbing!
  • Replace all of the filters in their home. Water filters and air filters are likely ready to be changed! Try to replace these filters every three to six months to avoid your loved one from either breathing or drinking unfiltered air or water!
  • Test all smoke alarms! This task should be done every month, to keep your loved one safe, however spring cleaning is the perfect chance to test them one more time! Make sure that the batteries are working and if they need to be replaced, do so as soon as possible!
  • Make sure there are clear paths for your loved one to move around. It is a perfect time to make sure that the paths your loved one takes to walk around or in/out of their home is clear, safe and presents no immediate danger to them. Make sure there is nothing on the ground that can trip them, such as cords or rugs. You may also want to install a guard rail in their entrance if they have steps.
  • Prepare the outdoor area for use. Now that the weather is going to be warmer, your loved one may want to enjoy afternoons on the patio or their morning coffee on the porch. Be sure to clean off all outside furniture so that it is ready for use through out the spring.

We know that spring cleaning may sound daunting, but we think that it is an important time to make sure your loved one is safe in their own home. Cleaning allows you to check in on their well-being, provide help to them to keep them safe and to do a favor for your loved one! Happy Spring!

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How to Ensure Your Loved One’s Home is Safe As They Get Older

senior careIf your parent or loved one is growing older, then it’s important to be diligent and aware of the different hazards around their home. With the vasty majority of seniors, or about 90%, hoping to age in place and stay in their home as they grow older, the demand for senior in home care services is rising fast.

The peace of living under one’s own rules is one of the top three reasons that seniors choose not to relocate into an assisted living facility. Considering that only 9% of seniors wish to move to a different location for their care, it is a necessity to go through their home and try to remove any accidents waiting to happen.

If one of your relatives is aging in place, then here’s a list of some senior care safety precautions you can follow to ensure a happy and safe home.

Remember: If you’re worried about an aging loved one, the most important thing you can do for them is visit regularly! If you find the house getting cluttered or dirty, then help clean up, hire a cleaning service, or talk about the possibility of senior care.

Bathroom Safety

  • Utilize a nightlight so the room is always illuminated.
  • Put traction pads on the bathtub.
  • Install handrails on either side of the toilet, along with grips in the shower.
  • Mark the hot and cold faucets in large letters.
  • For seniors with disabilities, consider hiring senior care services to assist with daily bathing.
  • Put down a nonslip bath mat.

Kitchen Safety

  • Clearly label the on/off switches for different appliances.
  • Store sharp knifes away if necessary.
  • Keep floors uncluttered and use skid proof rugs.
  • Keep the heavier objects at waist level so they will not have to strain to pick them up.
  • Do not store anything out of reach.
  • Illuminate work areas.
  • Make sure the oven knobs cannot be easily switched on by accident, causing a gas leak.
  • Rotate food regularly, especially the cans in the pantry.
  • If possible, use a kettle and a toaster with automatic shutoff functions.

General Safety

  • Do not use slippery wax floor polish.
  • Keep a phone or an alert system near the stairs at every level, and one next to their bed.
  • Never smoke alone or in the house.
  • Make sure all rugs are securely tacked down.
  • Eliminate other common trip and fall hazards, like extension cords in heavily trafficked areas.
  • Install sturdy handrails on the stairs and grips around the house, if needed.
  • Invest in chairs with rubberized bottoms.
  • Put textured grips on the surface of every staircase.

If you follow these senior home safety tips, then you will be able to rest with peace of mind that your loved one will be safe and comfortable in their home. But while these tips can help prevent unnecessary accidents, sometimes it will be necessary to hire professional help.

In home senior care services can help your aging parents or relatives age in place safely.

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