Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly wishes everyone a happy 4th of July!
Lilian is originally from Ghana, where she grew up with four sisters and 3 brothers. She came to America to find a better life for her and her son. She has been a caregiver with Life Force for a little over two years, even though we feel like we have had her for a lot longer.
Growing up with 7 siblings, Lilian learned to cook at a very young age. One of her favorite things to cook is rice. Lilian's current client loves her cooking and eats everything she makes. She also learned how to sew and has been a seamstress since she was 16 years old.
Before coming to work for Life Force, Lilian was a seamstress and worked in a hotel in New Orleans, LA. She would give the tips she made at the hotel to the homeless that she passed on her way from work. Lilian has a huge heart.
As a former navy guy I can appreciate the saying, "We cannot control the wind but we can control the sails." We are definitely in times of uncertainty. The world's reality is that we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic together.
Life Force continues to improve upon our systems as we learn more about this pandemic to do our best to ensure everyone involved safety.
While thinking through scenarios, two questions came to mind.If I find myself in a hospital, who will make my health decisions if I cannot?If I am in a hospital, who will handle my finances?
Life Force Live-in Caregivers sent out a memo to staff, clients and their families in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns. We are closely following the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their recommendations.
First, it has always been our policy that if any Life Force staff leaves the country for any amount of time, they are to immediately have a physical when they return to the US. In light of the emergence and spread of the COVID-19 in the United States and abroad, we are requiring any of our staff that leaves or is returning to the US must have an immediate physical and can not return to Life Force for two weeks after the physical.
Second, Life Force requires all home health aides to attend an annual orientation which includes training on proper Infection Control standards. In our memo to our staff we have reminded them to continue to exercise the Infection Control standards. These are standards that are good for clients and family members to also follow.
Lastly, we also recommended to all to minimize interactions with the public which includes rescheduling doctor appointments that are not emergencies and try to avoid medical facilities if applicable. Keep yourself and loved ones at home as much as possible and avoid any unnecessary visitors to the home or traveling.
For many seniors, planning for retirement and beyond can be difficult, to say the least. It's hard to think about where you might be in five or 10 years and what your needs might be, but it's important to do so in order to prepare as much as possible. Whether you need to think about making changes to your home, your lifestyle, or your health, assessing your needs now will prevent any nasty surprises down the road.
While many seniors want to live at home for as long as possible, health issues or injuries can prevent that or make it much more difficult. Take a look at what your current needs are and whether they are being met by your home. Will there be safety issues if your health declines? What sort of changes can you make to your house to ensure that you and your partner are comfortable both now and in the future? There are also financial issues to consider, especially if you think you might need to downsize your home or pay for long-term care.
As we age, it is inevitable that we will be unable to perform certain tasks, at least not as quickly and easily as we used to. Your joints might crack and groan when you get out of bed in the morning and you just can't move around as easily. Aging is to blame, but this is not to say that you can't get back a little of that flexibility and feel good doing it. Yoga isn't just for the young – it's for the young at heart, too.
Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly is participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's - South Jersey Shore in Atlantic City, NJ on October 07, 2018. Take a few moments to visit our website, alz.lifeforceeldercare.com, to learn more about contributing to a great event. Here are some ways you can help.
The top 15 health concerns for seniors include cancer, arthritis and heart disease, showing the importance of a good diet and exercise as you age. However, included in this list are cognitive impairments including Alzheimer's and depression. To avoid the problems of memory-related conditions as well as mental conditions related to social isolation, seniors should find mentally stimulating hobbies. Engaging in the following activities will keep you sharp well into old age, in order to slow the natural deterioration of cognitive faculties.