Urinary Tract Infection in the Elderly

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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is very common among the elderly and sick, especially those in a home care treatment plan. UTI is an infection in the urinary system caused by bacteria and, if left untreated, can lead to other serious problems like kidney failure or sepsis. Most UTI cases are in the bladder or urethra. The bacteria comes from improper cleaning methods after defecating, sexual intercourse, menopause, and use of specific birth control methods. You can also get UTI from a kidney stone, urinary tract abnormalities, a suppressed immune system, […] Read Full Article »

Common Complications on IV Therapy That You Should Be Aware Of

Intravenous therapy, or IV therapy, is a therapeutic treatment that involves the administration of a solution into a vein. Another term for IV therapy is “blood therapy” and dates as far back as the ancient days when leeches were used to suck out poison or illness from a person. Officially, IV therapy began around the 17th century, although at that time the results were questionable and were serious complications that led medical experts to abandon the idea. IV therapy reemerged around the 19th century because of the cholera epidemic but […] Read Full Article »

Self Defense For the Sick and Weak

Self Defense

A lot can be said about self defense, but at the end of the day, there is only one true secret: self defense is about the will to survive. This means that everyone can learn proper self defense techniques suitable for his or her situations – even those who are bedridden or house-bound because of an illness or medical accident. The difference between self defense for the sickly and a healthy person is you have to equip the patient with defense tools as aids since physically, it might be impossible […] Read Full Article »

How to Avoid Fall Risks

How to Avoid Fall Risks

Did you know that falling is the greatest cause of injury among seniors? And that most falls occur at home? For many seniors with limited mobility, the fear of falling can cause them to limit activity. This may be both bad for health—as it means less movement—as well as unnecessary. If the right precautions are taken, seniors can enjoy freely moving about their homes without fear of fall risk. So, what can you do to make your home safer? Read Full Article »

A Healthy View: How to Best Care for Your Vision

A Healthy View: How to Best Care for Your Vision

In our younger years, many of us took our vision for granted. With age comes wisdom, and unfortunately, too often vision problems. As we age we value our sight and want to protect our eyes as best as we can. Below, you’ll find tips on how to keep your eyes in the best health possible. Read Full Article »

How to Avoid the Flu

How to Avoid the Flu

It’s that time of year—flu season. While many opt for the flu shot, some believe this is not the best option for them, and others may not be able to get it because of allergies. Even if you do get the flu shot, there are still other minor illnesses that are more prevalent around this time of year. The good news is, there are ways to boost your immune system, so whether you get the flu shot or not, you’ll decrease your chances of coming down with something. Read Full Article »

Making Memories: Special Activities to do with Grandchildren

It’s a given that grandparents have much to offer their grandchildren. Grandparents’ wisdom, experience, and first-hand knowledge of historical events can have a wonderful, positive impact on younger generations. But grandchildren can affect grandparents for the better as well. Studies show that helping take care of grandchildren can improve scores on cognition tests. And since it’s well known that social interaction positively affects mental health, it may be concluded that spending time bonding with grandchildren can increase grandparents’ health and well-being. Read Full Article »

Caring for Seniors – When to Seek Professional Help

Those of us at the Nurses Guild understand that caring for an elderly loved one is often a difficult stage of life. You want the best for your family member, to help him or her maintain health and independence for as long as possible—even if it means sacrificing your own comfort or well-being. What many family caregivers may not realize, however, is that sacrificing too much can ultimately have negative effects—on your health, the health of your loved one, and on your relationships. Knowing when it’s time to ask for […] Read Full Article »

Safety in the Storm: Hurricane Tips for Senior Citizens and Those with Health Conditions

As a resident of Florida, you are well aware that severe weather can often appear out of nowhere. While most residents know what to do to prepare for a hurricane or major storm, many do not know about the extra precautions needed for senior citizens and those with chronic health conditions. Though each person’s needs are specific to their situation, there are steps to be taken that can help ensure your unique needs are met during times of severe weather. Read Full Article »

Should Seniors Have Pets? Questions to Ask

The benefits of pet ownership are numerous and well-known. Seniors especially are often encouraged to keep pets as they are an excellent way of staying active and social, and help prevent loneliness, depression, and stress. Pet ownership is even correlated with lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and fewer doctor visits. But is it right for you? Below you’ll find some questions to ask yourself before making the decision to adopt a furry friend. Read Full Article »