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We are used to a tradition of flooding of food during holidays, eggnog on Christmas, stuffing on Thanksgiving, or latkes on Hanukkah.  A get together without food, that won’t do.  The holidays are traditionally a time for big meals with predictable main courses and side dishes, but for those with dietary restrictions, each meal brings a challenge.

Sofie McConnaughay owner of a skin care studio that caters to people with allergies and sensitivities ( in Boise, Idaho said, “There is an old family dinner roll recipe that is completely out of the question for me.”  And she added, “It’s sad, because they’re my favorite part of the holiday meal experience!”


Many people are on strict diet and among these is Ms. McConnaughay who must stick with a gltuen-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and more—even during this festive time of year.  “Special diets can really effect people over the holidays,” said Christie Korth, a holistic nutritionist and Founder and CEO of Happy and Healthy Wellness, Inc. She is also the author of “The IBD (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Healing Plan and Recipe Book” (IBD is an acronym for).
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, or steamed vegetables with butter, these food may sound safe but Ms. Korth pointed out that these can be no-no’s for many special diets.  “The way around it is to make sure you bring yummy dishes to your family celebration and enjoy your own food,” she said. “What I have found is in many families while there may be some resistance to a special diet in the beginning, over time there are family members that are very accommodating to dietary restrictions.”
Ms. McConnaughay’s solution so that the family wouldn’t miss out on something they love to eat yearly, she has been to keep making the dinner rolls she loves for everyone to eat and enjoy.  “I also bring fresh, homemade butter and other delicious toppings so I can slather my gluten-free bread just like they’re doing,” she said. “It helps me feel included, and gives us something to talk about besides the rolls.”
For Ms. Korth’s family holiday meals, she uses new gluten and dairy free recipes and it has been a life saver for them.  “For stuffing I use gluten-free bread and a buttery spread that does not contain dairy,” she said. “I love taking a favorite recipe and making it healthier and safe for my sensitive tummy. I have even made my grandmother’s beloved Linzer tarts both dairy and gluten free!”
Regarding communication and mutual respect between family and friends, they share a meal and time together.  “My family, friends, and I are quite open about what I can and cannot eat,” said Ms. Connaughay. “They don’t always understand, but they’re supportive. If I’m attending a meal, they know there is no expectation that the entire meal be gluten-free.”


Compromise is the key for a harmonious holiday feast: Ms. McConnaughay’s family and friends will include rice crackers to an appetizer tray, as alternative gluten-free pasta, and providing more vegetable dishes, have been creative ways to make sure everyone gets enough to eat.  “These are all ways hosts can feel like they’re making a meal everyone can enjoy, without putting the attendees who do not have restrictions in the uncomfortable position of not liking the offerings,” she said.
“Some people, whose identity is closely tied to the meal’s success, may associate an inability to eat something with dislike of certain dishes,” said Ms. Connaughay. “Such associations are particularly difficult for a person who’s trying to adjust to a new diet. They don’t want to offend anyone, so may eat something they know will make them sick just to keep the peace.”
“As time goes on and one gets used to a special diet, it becomes easier,” said Ms. McConnaughay. “You learn what you can and cannot have, and your palette changes to accommodate the difference in tastes. Those first couple holidays are rough though. Not just because you can’t eat as many of the items you have in the past, but because family members and friends ask a lot of questions as to why you can’t eat them. Dinner turns into an education instead of a celebration.”


Springhill Home Care Group: Mid-life stress ‘precedes dementia’


Current evidence suggest the best ways to reduce the risk of dementia are to eat a balanced diet, take regular exercise, not smoke, and keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check” – Dr Simon Ridley Alzheimer’s Research UK


According to the latest research, women who suffer from a lot of stress in middle age may increase their risk of developing dementia in later life.  Furthermore the study says that mid-life stress may increase a woman’s risk of developing dementia.


Eight hundred women were subjected to study and they have found out that those who had to cope with events such as divorce or bereavement were more likely to get Alzheimer’s decades later.


BMJ Open reports says, the more stressful events there were, the higher the dementia risk became.


According to the study authors, stress hormones may be to blame, triggering harmful alterations in the brain.


Many changes in the body is caused by stressed hormones, it can also affect many things like blood pressure and blood sugar control.


And they can remain at high levels many years after experiencing a traumatic event, Dr Lena Johansson and colleagues explain.


However they also claim that they need more work to verify their findings and determine whether the same stress and dementia link might also occur in men.


The study went like this, the women underwent a battery of tests and examinations when they were in either their late 30s, mid-40s or 50s, and then again at regular intervals over the next four decades.


One in four women said at some part in the start of the study that they had experienced at least one stressful event, such as widowhood or unemployment.


A comparable proportion had suffered at least two stressful events, whereas one in five had experienced at least three.  The remaining women had either experienced more than this or none.


Four hundred twenty five of the women died and 153 developed dementia during follow-up.


When the researchers looked back at the women’s history of mid-life stress, they found the link between stress and dementia risk.

Dr Johansson says future studies should look at whether stress management and behavioural therapy might help offset dementia.


Dr Simon Ridley, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said that from this study, it was hard to know whether stress contributed directly to the development of dementia, whether it was purely an indicator of another underlying risk factor in this population of women, or whether the link was due to an entirely different factor.


“We know that the risk factors for dementia are complex and our age, genetics and environment may all play a role. Current evidence suggests the best ways to reduce the risk of dementia are to eat a balanced diet, take regular exercise, not smoke, and keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check.


“If you are feeling stressed or concerned about your health in general, we would recommend you talk this through with your GP.”


South Korean hospital won’t transfer American home until $40K bill is paid

Sean Jones family ask for donations for the young English teacher who has the rare brain disease anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, can continue treatment in the United States.


According to the reports, the American teacher Sean Jones was treated for a rare brain disease in South Korea is unable to return home until his nearly-$40,000 hospital bill is paid


The family of an American man stuck in a South Korean hospital is requesting for donations to bring him home.


Since May, the young teacher Sean Jones from Oklahoma City, has been hospitalized with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes swelling in the brain.


Reports says that Yonsei University Severance Hospital in Seoul refuses to release him after his bill of nearly $40,000 is paid while Jones’ family wants him transferred to an American hospital for continued treatment


Friends and family have set up a Facebook page and a account to raise money for medical costs. So far they have raised about three-quarters of the goal, Sean’s mother, LaTanya Dodd, told The Korea Herald.


“I really don’t know if they can legally hold him here. If they can’t legally do so, he will be going,” said Dodd, who came to South Korea in July to care for her son, to the paper. “They won’t care for him anymore, and that’s what I’m worried about. Is that going to affect the whole outcome — just sitting here waiting?”


Family members said Jones was moved to a group room and suffers from bedsores due to a lack of care.


The fresh college grad, portrayed as outgoing and passionate about education, had been teaching English in Hwajung for almost a year when he started experiencing headaches and hallucinations.


He was prescribed by the doctor, antidepressants and was advised to rest but his conditioned worsened.  He was admitted to the hospital two days later with a fever of 108 degrees.


Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis was identified in 2007, and only a few hundred cases have been documented worldwide.  It can cause personality changes and psychotic symptoms.


“I was told before I got here the reason was that they were scared because he was violent,” Dodd said. “He was having violent outbursts (because of the disease). He was very difficult for me, too, when I got here, but they expect me to do it alone.”


A GiveForward page is collecting donations to bring Sean home.


Sean appears to be recovering without brain damage although the disease is often fatal.  But he has suffered a dramatic weight loss.


According to The Korea Herald, the U.S. embassy arranged for a doctor to fly with Jones to a hospital in Indianapolis on Sept. 4, but the Korean hospital refuses to transfer him.


A State Department official issued the following statement to The News on Wednesday:

“We are aware that a U.S. citizen, Sean Terrell Jones, was hospitalized in Seoul with a rare form of encephalitis. Consular personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul are providing assistance in this case, and are in touch with the family.  Generally, when a U.S. citizen is injured or becomes seriously ill while abroad, the embassy or consulate will do all it can to assist the individual to obtain appropriate medical care.  In this case, the embassy has assisted Sean and his family by providing temporary financial assistance to cover the cost of return home.”


Hospital representatives have not returned a request for comment.


Sean’s older brother Brandon Jones spoke with Oklahoma City’s News9 over the weekend.


A “The goal is really just to help with his medical bills, and hopefully with no speed bumps, we can actually get him back in the United States,” Brandon Jones told the station.


According to a new study from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, seniors work hard to keep their marriages alive and well, even after one spouse falls ill and goes into a long-term care facility.

Community-dwelling spouses were greatly drawn in the lives of their partners who are inside the institution, and that a lot of the couples remained active together may it be inside or outside the nursing home Researcher Robin Stadnyk was surprised to discover about this.

Stadnyk is a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Alberta’s Department of Human Ecology.  She reviewed data from a qualitative study of 52 community-dwelling spouses in three Canadian provinces: Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, for her PhD research.  According to her research, the participants were heavily involved in their spouses’ lives, not only through caretaking duties like doing laundry and helping with personal hygiene, but also through nurturing activities that brought them closer together.

“Most participants described close relationships with their spouses before the placement in a long-term care home. They simply found ways they could continue that closeness within the institutional walls,” Stadnyk noted. Marriage-sustaining activities included watching TV together, studying travel brochures and reviewing diaries to relive old memories, even taking painting lessons together.

For regular weekly and even daily visits, some spouses do is they bring their partners home.  A loving story of an 82-year-old man in the study took weight-training just so he could lift his wife in and out of the car for the weekly trip home.

“The findings defy the common assumption that the partnership of marriage effectively ends when one spouse enters a care facility,” Stadnyk said.

Changing roles as give-and take-partners to compassionate caretakers, husbands and wives of partners with dementia carry on with nurturing their marriages.  One of the things they do is they are making sure treats were available for their spouses and another was they make to it to attend special events.  “Many related these activities to their wedding vows, ‘In sickness and in health, for better or for worse’,” Stadnyk said.

Other halves with partners who are institutionalized moreover created methods to deal with their new loneliness.  This is described by one participant as ‘limbo’.  It is finding ‘safe’ activities such as family or church outings and limiting their interactions to same-sex social groups.

Stadnyk suggests that rehabilitation workers help couples continue to find ways to connect when one spouse is in a nursing home. Quiet, private spaces are needed so couples can share quality time. Improvements to policies to respect the private lives of residents are also needed, Stadnyk said. Private accommodations, rather than shared rooms, are often desired by couples and are increasingly being offered in newer facilities. But even simple changes such as knocking on a resident’s door before entering are appreciated by spouses, Stadnyk said. A secure place for personal items like diaries would also allow couples to keep special possessions private. “One nursing home even allowed a couple to keep a refrigerator in the resident’s room, which made it easy for the couple to share snacks.”

It is important that practitioners help couples find things to do together.  He/she should also encourage the well spouses to discover activities on their own to sustain their identities.

Yoga is very much popular nowadays and we all know it benefits while others think that it is hard to do and much more to elderly. The question is; can seniors, above 65, do yoga asanas? And the answer is of course, it is actually can do good for them as much as it can do well for any age. All ages and from all walks of life to utilize the techniques of yoga for creating a harmonious and joyful existence.Older people can do asanas. Union of the various aspects of our existence like body, breath, mind etc is the basic premise in yoga. The word yoga comes from a Sanskrit root ‘Yuj meaning ‘to unite’. But they can only do so provided they keep some guidelines in mind.

The kind of asanas one should do as age progresses are the following:

  • • Substitute warm-ups with brisk walking and joint movements.
  • • Standing Yoga Poses Triangle Pose (konasana series) and Standing Spinal Twist (Kati chakrasanas)
  • • Sitting Yoga Poses Butterfly Pose, Cradling (if possible), body rotation, Cat stretch and Child pose (Shishu Asana).
  • • Yoga Poses lying on the back or stomach Focus on repetitions rather than holding any posture such as the Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana), the Locust Pose (Shalabhasana) or the Knee to Chin Press (Pawanmuktasana).
  • • Yoga nidra is by far the most essential part of any yoga practice, and as age progresses, it becomes even more essential to help assimilate the effect of the asana practice into our system.

There is also some easier exercise for seniors like, Sukshma Yoga. This can be practiced independently or in a group to be a part of a larger yoga plan. All ages can do the exercise and can receive its benefits for only within 20-30 minutes. It consists of simple and gentle exercises for the eyes, tongue and jaws, neck, hands, feet, knees, ankles and hips.

Seniors should practice yoga asanas by following some guidelines. The Patanjali Yoga Sutras identify asana as “sthira sukham asanam” that define as stable and comfortable is an asana. Hence, whichever posture, held with awareness, in a stable and comfortable manner constitutes an asana.

To know if you are getting your yoga posture right you must check your inner gauge, your smile-o-meter. Just smile, if you can do so then you are definitely doing it right. As much as you can, always practice yoga with a smile.

The difference of senior’s yoga from the common yoga for the young is nothing much actually but the precautions alone.

The similar asanas executed by younger people could be more difficult regarding the exertion put into the posture, the period of holding the posture and essential sum of flexibility. Various cardio vascular movements and abdominals would be more suitable for a person with higher level of endurance and body fitness.

Yoga asanas augment the efficiency of immune system for the elderly. To prove this, the Patanjali Yoga Sutras provide a clue – it says – “heyam dukham anaagatam”, so that we can avoid the misery that has not yet come. As we age, the effectiveness of our bodies and immune system appears to weaken, conveying on the leeway of a range of ailments. Habitual practice of yoga techniques, for instance asanas, pranayama and meditation can aid to keep away from these circumstances, take away the misery, and show the way to a happier and more rewarding life.

Getting older could sometimes be a bit frustrating that is why socialization is very important to have socialization for seniors.  As much as it is important to everyone it is as important twofold for the elderly.  These may come a bit hard to do when we were younger as we were too busy bringing home the bacon and at the same time taking care of the family.  As we get older, as life is slowly taking paces as if everything is slowing down including time literally, seniors now has all the time to socialize but the thing now is there is no much of someone to socialize with.  As this point in time many friends may have been lost along the way and are no longer part of your long-term friendships.


It will be great if you have friends from the past that you still have contact with and remained friends up to the golden age. It will be best for both sides to keep in touch, calling once in a while is a good idea and meeting at least once a month will do great on both parts too.  It will also help if you invite new people, it will be more exciting still having to meet new friends and don’t worry if you think that you have nothing to do.  There will always be lots to do, such as going to a museum, to a park, movies perhaps or stay home eat and talk about books you have read, share stories and experiences. Do not frustrate yourself because possibilities are endless and new relationships as well.


If unfortunately this cannot be done anymore, don’t worry, there are senior centers that offer socialization.  Bingo may sound old and actually a traditional game to play but still fun and popular up to this day.  Everyone can still enjoy it.  Like earlier there are endless of possibilities, everyone at any age can still enjoy shopping maybe do it once in a while.  To add excitement and feel like young again, maybe you can try to choose to make it a girls’ night out or a boys’ night out so you can plan an afternoon at your favorite restaurant, then shopping afterwards.
Maybe this one is a better idea; why not lead an organization group in your area.  Know your community first, then everyday plan an activity for certain groups, each group will be composed of people who has the same interest.  For instance, a day for people who are interested in sewing or quilting, fishing for fishing lovers, or golf, books, cooking and many more.  You may not realize this but this is very important to younger generations as well, they will be learning a lot too.  Being a counselor is a very important job for your generation.
but remember don’t tire yourself and overbook just because you want some fun, always remember the things you enjoy the most.  It is still healthy to think of yourself.  And make sure that you are not doing everything by yourself; you need some hand to help you with all the chores.  If you’d do thing all by yourself, you might get tired and wont be able to enjoy yourself.


Don’t forget to invite your family and still living life to the fullest, in that way you could show them that they need not to worry about you that much. Being alone is never healthy, go out have some fun. You will definitely enjoy it.

We all hear this often, laughter is the best medicine.  Despite the fact that this may be an old saying, it still holds as true up to present.  Laughter grants a lot of health benefits.  And what makes it a lot better, best of all, it is free and easy.


Laughter helps to unite people going through difficult times this is according to  It can be able to also mend feelings of defeat and resentment, make anger softer, and generally help people become resilient or even losing someone.  The therapeutic effortlessness of a soft smile or a hearty belly laugh has more of benefits than what was mentioned.  It is much like of an exercise, there are many benefits plus the physical benefits of laughter can last for hours.


These helpful gains may aid to:


  • Brighten mental clarity
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Spark the immune system
  • Relax muscles and ease digestion
  • Release endorphins to dampen pain
  • Boost oxygen levels to the brain and circulatory system


As a universal lingo, laughter is capable of also building social ties and dispersing anxiety.  It smooths the progress of relationship and permits attachments while dropping social fear factors.  Steve Wilson, Director of National Humor Month and Founder of The World Laughter Tour, started an international happiness epidemic in laughter clubs and outreach programs led by Certified Laughter Leaders. His methodology “utilizes a systematic activity approach that is based on a foundation of both ancient practices and modern medical science,” and it supports primary treatment as an adjunctive therapeutic modality.


Group laughter can also save you away from pain and depression through natural release even though anger and crying has long been conventional vehicles for catharsis and release in psychotherapy.  Its consequence can be in impulsiveness of thinking and make the horrifying more reachable.  This constructs a height of consciousness where one can move a bit further and witness the better picture.  To summarize it all, happiness can get better perception.


Laughter from a joke dropped isn’t the laughter we are mentioning.  Someone can listen to recorded laughter and can eventually feel the real giggling fits within moments. Further methods to realize this status comprise watching children play, watching funny videos, reading comics, telling amusing stories, and drawing funny pictures.


Research demonstrates laughter is moreover a influential immunosuppressive device. Dr. Paul McGhee says laughter seems able to improve the body’s response to emotional distress, deflect certain infections and even multiply the number and power of cancer-killer cells. As President of The Laughter Remedy, he develops research-validated programs, tools and other practical applications to inject humor into everyday life. Dr. McGhee suggests anecdotal evidence consistent with research findings shows that, although not a cure for disease, laughter and optimism likely do extend survival.


But for other people, laughter has only some unenthusiastic side effects, but it can be disadvantageous when used as a psychological block or an alternate for conventional medicine.  While gallows humor, sarcasm, and cynicism have their place in healing, it is best to keep things light and easy.   At times, just conversing regarding humor can shine light on opportunities where prior was only dark difficulties were seen.  It can also help you brighten up your perspective in like that could also a a fraud prevention in any means.

Cost and Coverage of Home Care

Nursing home is a home combined with skilled nursing care, rehabilitative care, medical services, personal care, and recreation in a supervised and environment.  letting your love ones stay in the nursing home may be hardest decision but choosing the right home will be next hardest.  Entering the nursing home doesn’t mean that the family involvement ends, instead it is their responsibility to make sure that the home care provides good care.


Remember the following when choosing the best home care:


  • Have a discussion with the loved one who will be living there. This will aid in adjusting to the major life change about to occur.
  • Work together with other family members and inquire for help in finding the best nursing home.
  • Be in touch with doctors, nurses, or any other health professionals or social workers who care for your loved one.
  • Chat with some nursing home employees, especially assistants since they give most of the care.
  • Solicit a pastor or rabbi for guidance.
  • Contact the long-term care ombudsman.



People often think that home care is expensive and yes nursing home care can be expensive.  It can differ widely depending on where you live but often the average cost is more than $50,000 a year and rising. Sadly, employee health insurance does not pay for nursing home care. A great number of nursing home residents, about a third of its population, pay all of their nursing home expenses from their own funds.  Long stay in a home care can consume all your or your loved one’s savings fast.  There are many who exhaust their finances after just six months.  And about a five percent of them buys long-term care insurance, which covers the cost of a nursing home or other extended care.


Medicare, the federal health insurance program for older persons and some younger ones with disabilities, pays for short-term nursing home stays but the rest, about two-thirds, are from the Medicaid.  The greatest share of the residents to pay for the care is money from Medicaid.  It is a federal and state health insurance program for people with low incomes.  They pick up the cost of nursing home care once people have used almost all of their savings—spouses are allowed to keep some assets including income, savings, and their home.


But the thing is Medicaid will only pay for nursing home care that is provided at a facility certified by the government.


Like many else, it is hard to apply for Medicaid so if you think a loved one may need care years from now, you should gather information as soon as possible.  And also, bear in mind that eligibility for Medicaid varies by state.  Knowing the requirements early ensures the care comes quickly when you or your loved one need it.


Age expectancy is getting higher and home care is getting more costly, so better deal with issues early to avoid further complications.

Tech companies put into view their newest improvements in senior care.  To help seniors age in place they provided gadgets to aid their needs from personal robots and virtual exercising, to remote-monitoring technology that tracks vitality and detects injuries yet companies are still developing new tools.


Mobile App Provides Enterprise-Wide Analysis, Enables Competitor Comparisons


Web-based staff scheduling and shift management software for the healthcare industry, OnShift announced its new app OnShift Mobile.  The main focus of the app is for on-the-go executives in the senior care industry, it delivers top-down analysis into staffing and labor management.


The intend of making prompt and well-versed decisions in improving operations, labor costs and resident care,  OnShift Mobile expands the functionality of OnShift staff scheduling software with key workforce analytics so executives expand actionable insight across properties.


There are different features included such as: tracking staffing levels; overtime and occupancy status against budgets; insight at the enterprise, region, division and facility/community-basis; the ability to compare their organization against other regions, divisions and properties with new peer analysis capabilities.


Social Media Tool Recruits Client Leads, Provides Caregiver and Patient Updates 


“Social media and aging senior care don’t seem to go hand-in-hand. But for Home Care Assistance, an in-home senior care company, social media has been an invaluable tool for growth, propelling the business to hit $63 million in revenue in 2012 and grow 25% year-over-year for nearly a decade,” reports Fox Business.


“The company uses social media as a recruiting tool for new client leads, provide updates on its caregivers and patients as well as to offer health tips for the elderly.”


“There are a lot of misnomers and myths propagated by our industry about social media,” she says. “The primary health-care decision maker is a son or daughter in their 50s or 60s, even though our clients are in the eighties and nineties. The AARP says Facebook is one of the top three sites seniors peruse and 41% health-care decisions are made in part from social media and reviews.”


Virtual Reality Meets Physical Exercise, Enhances Cognitive Abilities of Seniors



Another good deal about this is seniors with dementia will be able to obtain the benefits from physical and cognitive exercise all without leaving the comforts of home, thanks to one nonprofit provider’s new fitness program.


CTIW or the Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing conducted demonstrations of its “exergaming” device to the streets to test it.


To take the repetitiveness out of exercising by helping seniors with dementia improve their cognitive purposes, the CyberCycles fitness program adds in the physical activity of biking with mentally stimulating virtual reality.


Exergaming gives a handy means for seniors to stay dynamic while at the same time aging in place by means of the specially-designed bikes equipped with virtual-reality screens to simulate outdoor biking and racing.


Remote-Monitoring Cardiac Device, a “Game-Changing” Impact on 30-day Readmissions


CardioNet, Inc. and the AirStrip joined forces to make available an integrated solution for mobile patient keeping an eye with a gadget that tracks cardiac data.  AirStrip will transport patient data from CardioNet’s Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry straight to clinicians’ mobile devices, including tables and phones.


“This partnership s the foundation for a powerful end-to-end cardiac care package that promises to have a game-changing impact on 30-day readmissions for heart failure,” said Alan Portela, AirStrip CEO. “Our pioneering mobility solution delivers critical patient data to physicians anywhere across the care continuum to encourage better decision-making and improve both the timeliness and quality of care.”


Cloud-Based Tracking Technology Detects Falls, Keep Seniors Healthy at Home


To locate and track patients, Sonitor Technologies’ ultrasound based USID technology is already used in hospitals. But the good thing is it can also be installed to observe activity and detect falls in the home.  The device is cost effective and easy to install, it is also a system that is almost entirely battery powered.  All you need is a broad area communication interface and the infrastructure to manage emergency calls.


Worn like a wristwatch, this Sonitor’s system is based on a small waterproof sensor.  Every 15s, this sends a positioning signal using Wi-Fi to a homecare gateway. Positioning signals generated by the ultrasound system deliver 3d data to an accuracy of 3cm.  The smart homecare gateway is regularly active and monitors these measurements and with local computing intelligence, the gateway only sends relevant data if help is needed.”


Inventors File Patent or “Autonomous Personal Service Robot”

The Autonomous personal service robot is used to monitor its owner for symptoms of distress and provide assistance. The system can supply security for the home because the system may consist of sensors to sense conditions soon before they distress people such as smoke, heat, temperature and carbon monoxide sensors. The PRA may include features like medicine dispenser and blood pressure cuff. Features such as broadband internet, MP3 player, reading lights and eye glass tracker provide butler type capabilities that allow the system to appeal to markets beyond the elderly and informed. Providing the system with a robot arm permits the robot to bring items, turn on and off wall switches and open the refrigerator.

  1. 1.    A Home Caregiver Can’t Provide the Expertise and Level of Care a Senior Nursing Facility Can.


A 24/7 care can be provided by a quality home care, this include round-the-clock check-ups of vital signs and caregivers monitoring medications of the elderly.  A home health caregiver is able to pay all his attention to his patient because he is just responsible to a single patient.
In turn he will always be present in any emergency and the best thing is that they are trained professionally in dementia care.  Grooming and hygiene are never a problem since they practice one is to one caregiver-patient relationship, you are sure that your love one is well taken care of.  Their nursing services also include grooming, bathing, transportation, housekeeping, diet management, and senior companionship.


  1. 2.    Home Care Is Only a Good Solution When a Loved One’s Condition Worsens.


As much as you wanted to handle the care of your aging loved ones without professional guidance and as much as you wanted to believe in that it is not always the case.  It is best if you take home care for consideration sooner, find a quality in-home senior care service before your loved one suffers from a fall or his or her condition worsens and until you are unaware of what to do.



  1. 3.    Home care is more expensive than institutional living


This is a common misconception; home care is more expensive than institutional living that’s why they are left with no option but this isn’t true.  Home care expenses is more manageable because it is billed per hour, meaning you will only pay for the certain amount of hour your patient needs.


  1. It is better to hire a caregiver without an agency


You can hire caregiver on your own and you may think that you can save money on agency fees, while also providing the caregiver with a higher salary.  But actually agency require much more to you and to the caregiver as well.  Agencies utilize backgrounds checks, provide training and make sure than certifications are up to standard. They also provide caregivers with workers compensation in case of injury.


  1. 5.    All home care services are the same


Different agencies offer different kinds of service, it will depend on what type of care you require.  It will be best to check out on different agencies that will fit your standards.   Their services include companionship, homemaking, skilled care, specialized care and live-in care.

  1. 6.    A nursing home is just an extension of the hospital


Just like a hospital home care offer nursing care 24/7/365 but unlike hospitals a skilled nursing community also has different goals:


• Rehabilitating the resident and, if possible, returning the individual to their home
• Delaying physical and emotional deterioration

• Providing physical and emotional support for patient and family


  1. 7.    Once you enter a nursing home, you’ll never leave.


Skilled nursing communities are often temporary option for residents who need weeks or months of assistance recovering from surgery or any sickness.  Their goal is to rehabilitate the resident until they are ready to live again on their own or with their family.


  1. 8.    All residents in nursing homes are confused.


They only have physical shortcomings or they have become forgetful. But these conditions can be improve by social stimulation, exercise, good nutrition and properly controlled medication.


  1. 9.    Nursing homes smell.

Skilled nursing pay close attention to residents’ hygiene so should not have musty or stale odors.  And the facility is furnished so that it won’t absorb odors and made sure that have been cleaned effectively.


10. Nursing home costs will bankrupt you


Truth is nursing home care is expensive, but comparing the cost of similar care in a hospital or at home shows skilled nursing communities to be a sensible financial option
Other misconceptions are:


11. Nursing home food is terrible.

12. Medication will make you lose control of thoughts and actions.

13. Nursing home staff uses immobilizing restraints.

14. Nursing homes have no privacy.

15. Family and friends don’t visit nursing homes often.

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