Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone from the staff here at Southern Arizona Eldercare! We’re all sending lots of love your way!
Many of us celebrate this holiday with chocolates, candies, cards flowers and other gifts of love but where did it all get started? Some historians believe the history of Valentine’s Day and the story of its patron saint (Saint Valentine) is somewhat of a mystery that began in the Middle Ages.
One famous story is that of Saint Valentine who performed secret marriages in third century Rome when Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage. Another story tells of Saint Valentine helping prisoners escape a Roman prison, sending the first valentine greeting to one of his captor’s daughters and eventually falling in love with her.
Whether the stories of Saint Valentine are true, we can all agree that Valentine’s Day is a great day to let our loved ones know how much we care about them- the simplest gestures are usually the most valued. Simply sending a card, text or email can let someone know how much you love and appreciate them.
Happy Valentine’s Day from our family here at Southern Arizona Eldercare to you and yours!
Although we live in the Arizona desert, battling cold weather this time of year is still a very real thing. In fact, temperatures in Green Valley this upcoming week are supposed to be as low as 32 degrees overnight and less than 70 degrees during the day. As many of us know, seniors tend to get colder than everyone else. So, how do we keep our loved ones warm and toasty? Make sure your loved one is turning on their heater, especially at night. Hypothermia can occur in an elderly person if their body temperature becomes lower than 95 degrees.
Keep your loved one inside with the heater on where it’s warm. Be sure your loved one has some socks and slippers, warm blankets and even a heating pad if necessary.
Cold feet and hands, pale skin, a swollen face and acting more tired and confused that normal are early signs of hypothermia. If you notice these signs, be sure to have your loved one seen by a doctor.
Keep warm and stay healthy this winter season,
~Southern Arizona Eldercare
There are many benefits and disadvantages to owning a pet. Some seniors however, can greatly benefit from having a furry companion.
Not only do pets make great companions, but studies show that pets can reduce stress and even lower a person’s blood pressure, improve one’s mood, ease pain, decrease feelings of loneliness and increase socialization opportunities. Dogs make great exercise partners as well (if your loved one is able to safely get out and about) and can give your loved one a sense of purpose.
If you’re considering a pet, keep in mind the type of pet, level of activity, temperament and age- getting a puppy for your 90 year old mother would probably not be the best option. An older dog who is house trained and calm would probably make a much better companion.
Remember, adding a pet can add work to your loved one. If your loved one could greatly benefit from having a pet, but needs assistance with a litter box. Feeding or walking, we would be more than happy to help!
~ Staff at Southern Arizona Eldercare
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult. Many of us deal with loss in very different ways- There is no right or wrong way to deal with loss. There are however, ways we can cope with loss and things we can do for others who are dealing with a loss.
If you have recently lost a loved one, allow yourself to feel- you may be feeling a variety of emotions all at once and that’s normal. Whether you wish to grieve alone or amongst an emotional support team, letting yourself grieve is key to coping with your loss. Your grieving process is your own- remember to be kind to yourself- you’ll wake one day to find the pain is less and life can go on.
On the other hand, if you know someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, do your best to be supportive and don’t avoid them. Many times we avoid those in pain because we’re unsure of what to say. Your mere presence and a simple “I’m sorry for your loss” shows that you care. Maybe let the grieving person know that you’re there for them if they need to talk and remind them that it’s ok to feel sad or lost.
Unfortunately, everyone deals with the loss of a loved one- Recently, we lost a very dear client, and then last night, I unexpectedly lost a friend to a battle with cancer. The pain is here and it’s very real, but allowing myself to grieve and having a great support group has helped tremendously.
There’s always professional help to get you through the grieving process as well. It’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and the benefits of talking to a professional who can help you through the grieving process can be extremely helpful.
As always, if there is anything we can do for you at Southern Arizona Eldercare, please don’t hesitate to ask!
~ Staff at Southern Arizona Eldercare
Everyone enjoys their freedom and independence- especially our senior parents and grandparents. At some point however, it becomes apparent that they may need some assistance. Also, if you or another family member are a caretaker for your elderly loved one, you may need a break.
Today, we’re going to discuss some of the signs to look for that will let you know your loved one may need some additional care as well as the benefits of respite care.
If you or a loved one have had recent falls, a slow recovery from a surgery or fall, a worsening chronic health condition, noticeable weight gain or loss, becoming frail, are unable to drive/run errands for yourself, or unable to complete daily living tasks, it may be time to look into in-home care. Care can consist of one hour here and there to run errands or prepare a meal to 24 hour care to assist in all aspects of daily living. A caregiver not only helps your loved one complete everyday tasks, but they are also a great companion, especially if your loved one lives alone and is unable to safely go places by themselves.
Caring for a loved one can also be very difficult on family members. Respite care is provided to relieve some of the stress on the caretaker and the loved one. This will allow you to get out of the house for a while, run some errands or even spend some time relaxing while your caregiver tends to your loved one. Respite care can be anything from sitting with your family member for an hour to a weekend away, preparing meals and helping your loved one bathe.
If you’d like to inquire about in-home care, feel free to contact us at any time. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions and offer free in-home assessments and safety checks.
~Southern Arizona Eldercare