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Ways to Improve Your Post-Op Surgical Recovery

Having surgery is never an easy experience, but there are things you can do to improve your recovery period and minimize its impact on your life. We sat down with our team of caregivers to uncover the best tips and tricks for better recovery after surgery. Join us as we review the best plan for post-operative care! 1 – Adhere to Your Discharge Instructions Prior to your surgery, your doctor will explain your recovery needs. After the procedure, you’ll receive a set of discharge instructions. Be sure to review [...]

ameriCARE’s Resources for Better Engagement

Advice, Resources, and Guidance from Our Expert Caregivers This month, we’re focusing on fighting the negative impact of loneliness and isolation. These feelings can lead to larger concerns like depression, malnutrition, failing health, and even dementia. That’s why we’ve put together our best resources, made by our team of caregiving experts, to help you start a path to more engaging and meaningful relationships with your aging loved ones. Check out a few of our articles below: Approaching 2021 with Good Intentions – Self-care Resolutions for In-Home [...]

Respecting the Medical Concerns of Seniors

All too often, we hear defeating stories from older people explaining their frustration with the medical system. There are a number of reasons seniors are hesitant to visit the doctor or even follow their health care plan like not having their medical concerns taken seriously, having to manage multiple conditions with limited support, and even feeling disrespected by medical professionals. Join our team of experienced in-home care specialists as we identify medical barriers and explore solutions to improve care for our aging loved ones. The Issue: Seniors are Often [...]

When is it Time for Extra Help?

The AARP Assessment for Senior Caregiving The American Association of Retired Persons, more commonly known as AARP, is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping prepare all people to live their best life post retirement. AARP advocates for things like better Social Security and equitable and affordable healthcare while providing trustworthy information to seniors across the country. Recently, the organization released an assessment guide to help people decide when they might need care and to what extent. Join our team of dedicated caregivers as we summarize their tools and share the [...]

At-Home Exercises for Seniors

Improving Day-to-Day Function Through Simple Exercises Depending on your location, getting in basic physical activity regularly can be difficult. This is true even more so for seniors. There can be several obstacles for older adults to get the exercise they need to maintain strength - from changes in weather to lack of accessible fitness spaces, and beyond. The Science of Movement According to Ann Phelps, D.P.T., a physical therapist at Athletico Physical Therapy in Chicago, “while some movement is always better than none, there are certain foundational exercises that [...]

Happier @ Home – Important Statistics on Aging and In-Home Care to Consider as You Plan for the Future

Planning for Care It’s never too early to create a care plan. Whether you are looking to find accommodations for an aging loved one or you want to know your own options, it’s important to plan ahead. At ameriCARE, we’ve put together some important statistics regarding aging, the need for care, and what you can expect as you plan. Who Needs Care? The number of people aging into the assisted care range is growing exponentially. It’s likely that you are either part of this group, or will be responsible [...]

Tips on Postoperative Home Care in San Francisco

Many patients rightly fear surgery because it is an uncharted territory for them. Many also worry about the potential risks and complications associated with the surgical procedure. Patients and their loved ones take time to prepare for surgery and gain information about the procedure and required medications. They also learn about preoperative tests and how to arrange for postoperative (or after surgery) care. What remains unknown to many patients is that postoperative care contains many risks. These risks need mitigation; otherwise, post-surgery care can present serious challenges that patients may not [...]

Prepping Your Home for Aging in Place

Making Your Home More Accessible for Your Future Needs According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, one in five Americans will be older than 65 in less than 20 years. That’s almost 80 million people. According to surveys, most of these people will want to remain in their current homes for as long as possible. (Harvard, 2017) This poses a unique challenge, however, as most homes are not equipped to handle limited mobility. The Joint Center projects that by 2035, 17 million older households will include at [...]

Summer Safety for Aging Adults

As temperatures are hitting record highs in many of our service areas, we wanted to share some resources about summer safety for aging adults. It’s easy to get swept up in the sun, sand, and fun, but higher temperatures also mean greater risk for things like heat stroke. Join the experts at ameriCARE as we share important information on how to stay safe, stay active, and stay healthy in the summer months. Beating the Heat – Learn the Warning Signs for Heat Stroke Did you know that seniors [...]

Complications from Alzheimer’s Disease

Understanding the Extent of Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive neurologic disorder that causes brain cells to die and the brain to shrink. It is the number one cause of dementia – which manifests as a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills that affect a person’s ability to function independently. (Mayo Clinic) While Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder, it can lead to additional physical complications as it progresses. Join the ameriCARE team as we review the latest information from the team at AlzheimersDisease.net, a leading resource for [...]