Vitamin D is essential to bone health in seniors

Vitamin D seniors

Why seniors need Vitamin D. In adults, the result of a Vitamin D deficiency can be softened bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis). If you have too little Vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus in your blood will decrease. To help maintain stable blood levels, calcium will leach out of your bones. You don’t want that. […]

Power of Attorney – what it is, why you need it, when you should assign it, and how to get started.

Power of Attorney

Why you should Assign Power of Attorney (POA) Assigning Power of Attorney is about arranging for other people to make decisions about and manage all aspects of your life should you become incapable of doing so yourself. It is essential that you do this while you still have your full mental capabilities. You’ll need to […]

Even the smartest seniors can be fooled by a fraud, con or scam – new research shows why.

Fraud, con or scam seniors

As we age, the part of our brain that makes us skeptical can deteriorate. But it’s normal, not a disease. Here’s how to help the seniors in your family protect themselves from a fraud, con or scam artist. Study finds that the ability to doubt is located in the brain’s prefrontal cortex A study lead […]

Spirituality can help provide the relief caregivers need.

Spirituality for senior care caregivers

Spirituality means different things to each of us. Finding what works for you can make a big difference for you and the person you are caring for. Health Canada tells us  that most Canadian family caregivers assume their responsibilities in a typically Canuck way. They just get on with it, positive about their ability to […]

Ask Lisa – Removing rings from swollen fingers

From: Joan Sent: December-29-11 5:42 PM To: Lisa Wiseman Subject: Removing rings from a Nursing Home Resident with Alzheimer’s Disease Good afternoon: My mother is a resident in a Nursing Home. The staff are concerned that her wedding ring band & engagement ring are cutting off her circulation, as her fingers are very swollen, and […]

Senior’s weight : a simple indicator that professionals are ‘too busy’ to take note of

“Accurate weight measuring is a simple yet often neglected aspect of basic care that contributes significantly to determining an individual’s overall and nutritional health” (Canadian Nurse October 2011 Volume 107 Number 8 p20) In an article entitled Taking the Weight, authors report that the lack of weight measurement and documentation in a facility setting were […]

True Senior Care Story – Eldercare Home Health

A client’s daughter became concerned with the worsening of a rash on her father’s lower back. Being the weekend, and having a strong aversion to a long wait in an emergency or urgent care clinic, she called a visiting Doctor service and booked a housecall. The physician who came to the door was a senior […]

Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Conference Sept. 20 to 22, 2011

Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Conference Sept. 20 to 22, 2011. The focus is better health outcomes for frail seniors. Eldercare Home Health is pleased to be an exhibitor at the event. See you there!