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5 Home Safety Tips for Recent Surgery Patients

Recovery after surgery is vital and ensuring safety post-operation is a critical step. Preparing the home and taking a few precautions will be a lifeline for those who have recently been discharged from the hospital. Here are five tips.

Tips for Recovering Safely After Surgery

1. Stock Up

Whether you will be on a restricted diet after your procedure or you will have limited mobility, a stocked freezer and pantry will help. Prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them, and make sure to have nonperishable staples in the cupboard, so you have plenty of options. Good nutrition is vital for your recovery, making a well-stocked kitchen a top step.

2. Consider Home Care

You may need help with a variety of tasks after surgery, from bathing to changing bandages. Look into a home caregiver or visiting nurse who can assist with certain necessities in the few days after you get home. Always set up the first appointment before you leave the hospital, so there is no gap in care.

3. Stay on the First Floor

lifelineIf your home has multiple levels, move onto the first floor for the duration of your recovery. Set up a sleeping area, so you don’t have to go up and down stairs, and make sure to have easy access to essentials like a bathroom.

4. Boost Safety

Remove clutter, so there is nothing in your way that can cause falls or injuries, especially if moving about is more difficult post-surgery. Set up nightlights for moving in the dark, and wear slippers, flat shoes, or socks with non-skid grips on the bottom to reduce slip risks. Also, consider adding a shower seat and handrails in the bathroom for extra safety, as well as lifeline equipment like medical alert necklaces in case something happens while you are alone.

5. Ask About Limitations

Speak with your doctor to learn what you can and can’t do, and how long you must wait to return to your regular activity. Ask about driving, traveling, and returning to work. Also, find out about possible side effects to watch for and what to do if you feel them, such as fever, pain, nausea, dizziness, and lethargy.

If you or a loved one has recently been released from the hospital after surgery, you want to ensure safety at all costs. That is where Around the Clock Medical Alarms in Cape Girardeau, MO, comes in. Their goal is to help individuals stay secure and independent in their own space by way of their medical alarm systems. These personal items are small and waterproof but have a range the size of three football fields to guarantee you have a lifeline when you need it most. Their knowledgeable team also provides 24-hour customer service, so you have a friendly, personal emergency response system any time of day. Call (573) 334-7233 for more on their medical alert bracelets and necklaces, or visit their website for more on their productsimage

 

A Guide to Being a Productive Caregiver

As you reach adulthood, there may come a time when an aging parent will need daily assistance to enjoy a healthy and comfortable life. Becoming a caregiver for a sick or elderly loved one can require habit changes and the adoption of medical alarms and life alert systems when you’re away. For those individuals transitioning into a caregiver role, here’s some helpful information so you can be successful and supportive. 

Understanding How to Be a Great Caregiver

What Roles & Responsibilities Will You Take on Caring for a Sick or Elderly Parent?

Caregivers for senior citizens may be called upon to assist with a variety of tasks. While your general roles and responsibilities can change based on your loved one’s health, most caregivers will schedule doctor’s visits, pay bills, pick up and manage medication, provide light housekeeping,  plan meals and exercise, do laundry, and help with grooming needs such as brushing hair and dressing.

cape-Girardeau-medical-alarmWhen entering a caregiver relationship with an aging loved one, it’s important to maintain open, honest, and respectful lines of communication. Set boundaries as necessary so you don’t feel overwhelmed by their dependence on you. When necessary, seek support and outside assistance from professional organizations that can offer tips and product recommendations that will make your caregiver responsibilities easier.  

What Tools Can You Embrace for Safety & Peace of Mind?

Whether you live with your senior loved one or you keep a separate home, ensuring their living spaces are safe should be a top priority. Inspect their room and communal areas to identify any problems or hazards that could lead to injury or slips and falls. Investing in a medical alarm that they can push if they need immediate assistance is highly recommended. Medical alert necklaces, medical alarms, and life alert systems that include reminder calls confirm your senior loved one always has immediate access to medical care when needed. These tools, as well as grab bars for sitting and standing transitions, medication organizers, and nonslip rugs and mats can give you added peace of mind and promote a safe and convenient home for your aging parent.

If you’re a caregiver looking for ways to keep your loved one safe, Around the Clock Medical Alarms has you covered. Based in Cape Girardeau, MO, this family-oriented company specializes in waterproof medical alarms, life alert systems, and medical alert necklaces, so clients always have access to medical care with the push of a button. With 24-hour customer support and prompt responders who provide help in a matter of seconds, these tools will give you the peace of mind you’re looking for. To discuss their products, call today at (573) 334-7233. For more information on their company history and to read testimonials from satisfied customers, visit their website

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Top 3 Reasons to Spend Time with the Grandkids this Summer

Summer Fun has Just Begun!

The grandkids are out of school and looking for fun in the sun. Just because  they are out of school, doesn’t mean they should take a break from learning about the world and their place in it.  What better way for them to learn than from their elder family members – who have the most experience at life?

The benefits of sharing time together, to both grandkids and grandparents,  is overwhelmingly positive! It has been found that spending time with “the grands” can help to foster the following:  increased socialism through active lifestyle, boosts to morale and cognition, as well as ultimately strengthening the bond of families.

1.  Increased Socialization through Active Lifestyle

When you participate in activities to entertain and teach your children’s children, you, undoubtedly, increase your own activity.  Regardless of whether you are taking them to the park or zoo, making cookies or crafts, or playing games, such as hide and seek, you are reducing your sedentary tendencies by decreasing inactivity.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Having an inactive lifestyle can be one of the causes of many chronic diseases. By not getting regular exercise, you raise your risk of

Having a sedentary lifestyle can also raise your risk of premature death. And the more sedentary you are, the higher your health risks are.”

Additionally, Silver Maples of Chelsea, a retirement neighborhood, noted “while exercise is extremely important for a high quality of life, the connections you make with others and the relationships you continue to build also have a major impact on your overall wellness.” Therefore, the benefit of exercising and socializing are important to our health and wellbeing, regardless of our age, but especially to the senior populous.

2. Boosts to Morale and Cognition

Taking care of your physical health can benefit your mental health!  Who knew that doing activities with our grandchildren, as well as with others, could help us to maintain healthy bodies and minds? 

This fact is further supported by the National Institute of Aging, when they indicated that “Connecting with other people through social activities and community programs can keep your brain active and help you feel less isolated and more engaged with the world around you. Participating in social activities may lower the risk for some health problems and improve well-being.

So, visit with family and friends. Join programs through your Area Agency on Aging, senior center, or other community organizations.

We don’t know for sure yet if any of these actions can prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease and age–related cognitive decline. But some of them have been associated with reduced risk of cognitive impairment and dementia.”

Additionally, according to the National Institute on Aging, “people who engage in meaningful, productive activities with others tend to live longer, boost their mood, and have a sense of purpose.” (Yet another affirmation of how our relationships with our grandchildren, and others, help us to live longer, healthier, lives!)

3. Strengthening the Bond of Families

Finally, Rudy Giuliani said it best when he said, “What children need the most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, and lessons in life.”

In closing, the following link, https://considerable.com/100-things-to-do-with-your-grandchild-th/, gives ideas for 100 things to do with your grandchild this summer. (This article originally appeared on grandparents.com) In the words of Considerable.com, “Get ready to have some fun in the sun. There’s something for every grandparent and grandchild on our list of oh-so-simple summer activities.”

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Reasons to Adopt a PERS Emergency Alert Device

PERS device—a personal emergency response system—is a medical alert bracelet, necklace, or mobile monitor that allows you to summon help in an emergency even if you can’t reach your phone. Many devices have additional features tailored to meet particular needs. Here’s why a PERS device may benefit you.

You Live Alone

If you share a home, you can call out for help when you need it. However, if you live alone, or if the people in your household are away most of the day, an emergency alert system helps you stay secure while alone and maintain independence. It summons help in any emergency, including break-ins, fires, medical complications, falls, and injuries.

Need Help to Stay Active

PERSIf fear of falling or mobility or vision issues keep you at home, PERS devices will give you the security you need to venture out. They continue to operate when you’re running errands, visiting a doctor, or socializing with friends. They’re equipped with GPS to help loved ones and emergency personnel find you. If you have an emergency while you’re away from home or get lost or stranded, an emergency response center will help you make it safely home.

Require Health Management

Many PERS devices also include alarms and monitoring features to track health conditions. They may monitor your heart rate, respiration, and activity levels, alerting you when it’s time for medication or when you’re experiencing a dangerous arrhythmia. The device will not only inform you but also send a message to a loved one or an emergency response team about your condition.

 

If you need the lifeline a PERS device offers, call Around the Clock Medical Alarms in Cape Girardeau, MO. They supply equipment and devices to clients across the country to facilitate 24/7 access to emergency medical dispatch (EMD) teams and trained and certified response specialists. Call (573) 334-7233 to speak to a representative, or visit their website to learn more about how they save lives.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

‘Cheers’ from our family to yours!  

Go ahead and admit it…. Momma knows best!  In other words, typically, she is right and you are wrong! However, if you’re concerned about her home safety, and she refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem, then you might actually be right! 

Are you considering a PERS (personal emergency response system), medical alert necklace, or emergency button? We can help! We can give the gift of “peace of mind“ to you both! 

Please give us a call at 877-449-5566 or visit online.  Around the Clock Medical Alarms. Hometown Response. Nationwide Coverageimage

 

Does your loved one need guidance?

Formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, “Aging Life Care is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing health challenges. The Aging Life Care Professional is a health and human services specialist who is a guide, advocate, and resource for families caring for an older relative or disabled adult. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals™ provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers.”

This profession is a wonderful resource to families, as they try to navigate the maze to elder care services.  As our society continues to age, it’s importance will only increase in value.

Aging Life Care Professionals are trained in various fields related to long-term care. These can include, but are not limited to the following:

  •  counseling
  •  gerontology
  • mental health
  • nursing
  •  occupational therapy
  • psychology
  • social work
  •  and other allied health professions, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging.

Do you currently feel that your aging loved one is at a point and time in their lives, where they are a potential candidate for assistance? Are you struggling to find resources available for them?  If so, visit “Find an Aging Life Care Expert.”  to locate an Aging Life Care Professional in your area.

Additionally, if a personal emergency response system, (also know as a “PERS” or “medic alert”), could be of benefit, please call  us at 877-449-5566 or visit online. Remember – even when home care or family caregivers aren’t with them – a medical alarm system can get help for your loved one(s) 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year! Around the Clock!!!

 

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Around the Clock Medical Alarms

Around the Clock Medical Alarms system consists of three parts; the personal help button, master unit and the response center. The personal help button is available as a necklace or bracelet and should always be worn by the member. When the personal help button is pressed it will activate the master unit which conveniently plugs into any type of telephone connection in the home. The master unit immediately calls the response center and within seconds our highly trained care specialist will speak to the member over the base unit. Depending on the emergency the care specialist will notify EMS, police, fire or friends and family to let them know what is going on with their loved one. Seniors and their families now enjoy great peace of mind knowing that help will be only a push of a button away.

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is proud to say they only use equipment that is made in the USA and our new master unit is the only system on the market today that’s 100% compatible with all types of telephone connections. Our EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch) trained and certified response specialists are also located in the USA and can assist not only with medical emergencies but also any equipment questions.  (Our Response Center is the ONLY ONE in the U.S. that requires its responders to obtain their EMD Certification.  This is the same training that a 9-1-1 operator must obtain).

Statistics on Falling and the Elderly
Falling and its resulting injuries are an important public health problem for older adults. The National Safety Council estimates that persons over the age of 65 have the highest mortality rate (death rate) from injuries from falls. Among older adults, injuries cause more deaths than either pneumonia or diabetes. Falls account for about one-half of the deaths due to injury in the elderly.

  • Among 65-year-old women nearly one in three (33 percent) will fall in their home; after age 85, over half of women will suffer a fall in their home.
  • Men between the ages of 80 to 84 have a 30% chance of falling at home.
  • It appears that for the elderly living at home one-third to one-half tend to fall — or do fall — female, single, divorced or widowed have an increased rate of falling.

Complications of Falls
The complications of falls are numerous and significant.

  • Fear of falling can be a very real reason for loss of mobility in the elderly. After a few falls, some people become so frightened and anxious that they will not attempt to stand even when there is adequate help and support. Fractures of the hip or forearm are common results of falling.
  • Hip fractures carry high morbidity (health problems related to a disease or condition) because of prolonged immobility, surgical risks and functional disability, possibly related to hospitalization.

For more information call Around The Clock Medical Alarms at (877) 449-5566 or visit online. Around The Clock Medical Alarms is based out of Cape Girardeau, MO, serving the greater St. Louis, MO area, all of Missouri and across the United States.

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6 Remodeling Tips to Help a Senior

Seniors should have homes that minimize risks to their safety. A medical alarm, also, will help the elderly live independently and reduce anxiety. If you’re anticipating updating a home to accommodate an aging parent, here are a few ideas that could make a significant difference for their security and comfort.  

Remodeling Ideas for Seniors

1. Wide & Open Spaces

Open floor plans and wide rooms and hallways—at least 5 feet by 5 feet—will allow a senior to move around with greater ease and visibility. Work with your home remodeling contractor to widen doorways and rooms to accommodate an aging senior, whether wheelchair-bound or not.  

2. Fewer Stairs

Ascending and descending stairs is a safety hazard for many seniors. Single-story homes or those with elevators are best for senior residents. One entrance to the home should be a stairless entry. Eliminate steps by installing ramps, wherever possible. The purchase of a reliable medical alarm can also allay concerns about falls.

3. Handrails & Levered Door Handles 

medical alarmSeniors need grips to steady themselves when moving through their house. Round doorknobs are challenging for seniors, who may lack the wrist strength to turn them. If you’re remodeling a home for a senior, install levered door handles, which can open doors with a simple push.

4. Lower Light Switches & Countertops

Accessibility is an issue of concern for seniors. Keep light switches and countertops low and within easy reach. Adjustable rocker-style light switches need only a gentle push to operate and will help seniors live in well-lit comfort.

5. Raised Outlets

Home remodels, if they include raising electrical outlets, will ease the strain on seniors with back or leg pain. Work with an electrician to reposition outlets that seniors use more than others, especially those in kitchens, bathroom, and bedrooms. 

6. Walk-In Showers With Seating

Remodeling a senior’s bathroom by installing a threshold-free shower with built-in seating will improve comfort, independence, and security. In addition,a medical alarm will ensure that seniors are never alone and that they can get help whenever they need it. 

 

Around the Clock Medical Alarms of Cape Girardeau, MO, offers medical alarms that can immediately send help to a senior in need. Products and services include medical alarm necklaces, tabletop monitors, and fall-detection devices. To learn more, call (573) 334-7233 to speak with the staff, or message them online to initiate a conversation.

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What to Do If You Notice a Decline in a Loved One’s Health

As the caregiver or relative of a loved one who needs medical care, you’re familiar with their condition and usual routines and behaviors. If, however, you haven’t seen your loved one in a while, take the opportunity to assess their health while home for the holidays. Awareness of the signs that their health is declining will allow you to implement safety measures. A medical alarm, for example, will enable them to remain safe and secure in their home.

Signs a Loved One’s Health Is Declining

Changes in Habits

If your loved one used to be sociable and outgoing but is now withdrawn and sullen, they may be in pain or need help. Changes aren’t limited to personality. Their health may be declining if changes in their eating habits, weight, personal hygiene, appearance, and routines are apparent.

Forgetfulness

Some people are more forgetful than others. If your loved one’s forgetfulness seems out of the ordinary, have their memory and mental health evaluated. Take note if they often forget where they put objects, miss appointments, or seem unsure of what’s going on.

Mood Swings

medical alarmAbrupt changes in mood can sometimes indicate a change in health. Your loved one may seem calm and happy one moment, then shift into anger, sadness, apathy, or frustration the next. Be aware of sudden mood swings when you’re spending time with a loved one.

What to Do If You Notice a Decline

It can be challenging to address a loved one’s decline in health. You may feel reluctant to intercede. However, if you notice any warning signs of deterioration, take steps to ensure their safety and security. For their care and support, consider a medical alarm. They’re small and discreet enough to be worn as jewelry. In an emergency, your loved one can press a panic button to contact a response center for help. A medical alarm will ease your worries and also give your loved one a sense of independenceimage

 

For Safety’s Sake, Modify Your Loved One’s Home

In addition to being the number one cause of hip injuries in seniors, falls lead to around $50 billion being spent on medical costs each year. Plus, they can result in an ankle, arm, or wrist fracture, which can be dangerous for seniors, especially if they don’t have a “life alert system”. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your elderly loved one. Here’s what you need to know. 

3 Tips to Modify Your Elderly Parent’s Home

1. Install Grab Bars

If your parent wants to age in place, put in equipment that they can use to support themselves throughout the day; this will help them stay safe while remaining independent. At a minimum, add grab bars to their shower, stairs, and hallways.

life alert systemAlso, keep in mind that there are different types to choose from. For example, straight bars are the most common, and they can be installed in multiple directions. Wave-style bars are similar, but the metal is twisted, providing a decorative element.

2. Assess the Lighting

Begin by inspecting the placement and power of their lighting. Because less light reaches the retina as you age, use bulbs with high wattage to ensure the fixtures are bright enough. Next, add lighting to areas where falls are common, such as stairways, bathrooms, and the kitchen. Finally, since falls are more common in the dark, put night lights in as many outlets as you can, and place a flashlight on the nightstand next to their bed. 

3.  Remove Unnecessary Furniture

While more mobile seniors may be able to avoid bumping into a stool, many cannot. Thus, remove any items that may get in the way of their walking path to give them extra room to maneuver. Plus, get rid of plush armchairs or recliners, as your loved one may lack the body strength to get up once they’ve sat down.image