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Senior Care Management Insights - June 2012

June, 2012
5 Steps to Improve a Senior’s Nutritional Health
A variety of aging-related issues can jeopardize a senior's ability to maintain a balanced diet. Meal preparation and healthy eating often becomes a pressure cooker of stress for seniors and caregivers alike. Here are five steps you can take to help older adults improve their nutritional health.  

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  • The Hospital Problem in Nursing Homes
    Nearly one in five residents of nursing homes with advanced dementia are needlessly moved to the hospital when infections and other medical problems arise.

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Home Instead Service Highlight:
Home Instead Medication RemindersReturning Home Post-Discharge Care
When a senior transitions home after a hospital or facility stay, common issues such as mistakes made in medications, missed follow-up medical appointments, poor nutrition and dehydration, and lack of safety preparation in the home can often lead to readmission.

The Home Instead network’s returning home post-discharge care services help ensure a senior’s successful recovery and reduce the likelihood of readmission. Home Instead CAREGivers can assist with discharge coordination and execution, medication reminders, nutrition management, warning sign monitoring and notification, and record keeping. If you have a patient who could use immediate assistance upon discharge, refer them to your local Home Instead office.

Practitioner's Tip
When the Stress Rises, Deepen Your Breath
Take a moment right now to notice how you’re breathing. Is your inhale short and shallow, causing only your chest and shoulders to rise? If so, that may be a sign that you need to relax. On your next breath in, allow your abdomen to expand as your lungs inflate fully. Hold the air there for a few seconds before exhaling. Then, feel your tension ease as you breath out slowly. Repeat this cycle of deep breathing several times in a row and notice how you feel afterward. Anytime throughout the day when you catch yourself feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the demands of your patients, your colleagues or your family members, you can return to that feeling of calmness by breathing deeply.
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Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services — assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping — which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network's groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead offices. At Home Instead, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

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