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Hospice Care

June 28, 2022

 Richlove Mba

Hospice Care is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. It is primarily a concept of care, not a specific place of care. Hospice care usually is provided in the patient’s home. It also can be made available at a special hospice residence. Hospice is a combination of services designed to address not only the physical needs of patients, but also the psychosocial needs of patients, their loved ones. Hospice combines pain control, symptom management and emotional and spiritual support. Seniors and their families participate fully in the health care provided. The hospice team develops a care plan to address each patient’s individual needs.

Here are some important facts about hospice:

- Hospice helps people who are terminally ill live comfortably.

- Hospice isn’t only for people with cancer.

- The focus is on comfort, not on curing an illness.

- A specially trained team of professionals and caregivers provide care for the “whole person,” including physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.

- Services typically include physical care, counseling, drugs, equipment, and supplies for the terminal illness and related conditions.

- Care is generally provided in the home.

- Family caregivers can get support.

Services provided by Hospice to patients and families:

Manages the patient's pain and symptoms.

Assists the patient with the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying.

Provides needed drugs, medical supplies, and equipment.

Instructs the family on how to care for the patient.

Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed.

Provides bereavement care and counselling to surviving family and friends.

Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to treat at home, or the caregiver needs respite.

Credit; homehealthcarenews.com

Loving Home Care is a top Homecare agency in Colchester Vermont that has a specialty in matching hospice caregivers with Elderly/Seniors on Hospice care. Get in touch today to discuss your needs to be matched with a caregiver with the right skill set. Whether In-home of facility, You can count on Loving Home Care for Caregivers who are passionate about their jobs and come to your loved ones with the best care. 

For know more, Call 802 489 4927  

[email protected]

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Social Seniors are Healthy Seniors-

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June 23, 2022

Posted by Richlove Mba

We often hear remaining socially active is an important part of healthy aging, but how exactly do social relationships affect overall senior health?  Read on to see what research is saying about robust social activity and its link to increased mental and physical wellbeing in older adults.

Enhanced Mobility

In 2014, researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health measured seniors’ level of “social capital,” which was determined by a senior’s connectivity to his or her neighbors and surroundings. Those with higher social capital reported greater mobility than seniors who felt they couldn’t depend on thei neighbors and didn’t have community connections.

Longer Life Span

Another study, conducted by the University College London, followed a group of 6,500 Brits older than age 52 for a period of eight years. The scientists found that among this group, those in the category deemed least socially active were 26 percent more likely to pass away during the study period than those who actively sought out meaningful social relationships.

Physical Fitness

Although exercise is important for seniors, researchers from the Harvard University School of Public Health found social activities had roughly the same health impact for seniors as 30 minutes of exercise, even when those activities weren’t physical. Socializing on a regular basis is just one of the many ways older adults can enjoy a high quality of life. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional at-home care. Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Cognitive Preservation

The positive effects of maintaining social relationships later in life aren’t just physical. Researchers from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago found that among adults with no signs of dementia, those who were social had a 70 percent reduction in the rate of cognitive decline, compared with their least social peers. Older adults who need regular social stimulation should consider professional in-home care. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to loving Home Care LLC. Our caregivers are professionally trained and certified to  provide companion, Respite and Hospice Care.

Healthy Lifestyles For Socially Active Older Adults

While experts can’t pinpoint why filling up one’s calendar with social outings and activities is so important for mental and physical wellbeing, the proof is in the research. Encourage your loved one to foster social relationships and learn more about the importance of living a socially active and purposeful lifestyle in the golden years. Loving Homecare is located in Colchester Vermont, 22 Bissette Dr. Call Us on 802 489 4927 or email us on [email protected] 

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It's one thing to wrap your head around what type of care your loved one needs today; it's another thing to realize those needs may change over time. There is a wide range of communities, homes, services, and facilities designed to help people with daily living.

What is long-term care?

Help with daily activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, moving from one place to another, and using the bathroom.

Hiring a caregiver may seem daunting at first but if pursued thoughtfully to find the right fit, it's something that can make an enormous positive impact on your aging loved one's quality of life. It can also dramatically reduce your concern to know your loved one is in great hands. Whether there's a need for just a few hours per week or something much more intensive, in-home care is a great way to help your loved one age in place.

Tips for hiring caregivers

It can be hard to know where to start when you're looking for help with your loved one but there are a number of important steps to take to find the right fit.

Understand your love one's needs

Understand what's financially possible

Involve the whole family—including your loved one

Draft a job description

Decide whether to use an agency or hire privately

Ask around; word of mouth can be a powerful tool

Do interviews

Run background checks and check references

Set expectations with an employment contract

Pay fairly and legally

Activities of daily living such as ;Bathing,Dressing,Using the toilet,Continence,

Transferring (to or from bed or chair),Eating etc are all part of a caregiver's job description.

There is a range of possible skillsets and certifications for in-home caregivers that may be appropriate for your loved one's needs. You may encounter some or all of these titles and certifications in your search: PCA/CNA/LNA/HHA. etc..

Average costs largely depends on level of experience, certifications and client care needs.

Care options outside the home

Your loved one may be interested in exploring the possibility of moving into a care community. Or there may come a time when continuing to live at home becomes unmanageable or unsafe. Thankfully, there are a range of housing options that provide varying levels of care.

Some offer little to no hands-on care but instead offer services and activities to make life more manageable with fewer chores. At the other end of the spectrum, nursing homes provide 24-hour monitoring with medical care on hand. The costs cited here may vary based on geography.

As you assess what's right for your loved one, keep these questions top of mind:

What is your loved one's overall health?

How active or independent are they?

What kinds of access and activities are important to them?

You already know Loving Home care go the extra mile in employing highly skilled ,qualified and passionate caregivers but there is more. We assess and run a Client-caregiver compatibility to ensure your loved one is paired with the right caregiver.

Whether you are an individual,family, assisted living or memory care  facility in need of a caregiver, Loving home care LLC has the best staff for your unique care needs. Go to lovinghomecare.net to learn more about our services and resources, or call us at 802-489-4927.

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Seniors and the RISK of Fall

June 24, 2022

Richlove Mba

 About Falls

According to a recent report by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC),  millions of older people aging 65 years and above have a fall risk and even though more than one fourth actually fall, less than half report it to their doctor. It has been studied that one fall is all it takes to trigger more and subsequent ones. 

The severity and Cost of falls 

The CDC report further explained that falls are serious and extremely costly.

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury,
  • Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
  • Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,8 usually by falling sideways.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.

whiles falls could lead to a fractured hip, broken body part or a head injury especially for people who take blood thinning medications ,In other instances it may  not cause an injury, but most likely  limit ones ability to perform daily task and maintain a usual lifestyle routine.  

An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury.

Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

What Conditions Make You More Likely to Fall?

Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling.

These are called risk factors.

 Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include:

  • Lower body weakness
  • Vitamin D deficiency (that is, not enough vitamin D in your system)
  • Difficulties with walking and balance
  • Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
  • Vision problems
  • Foot pain or poor footwear
  • Home hazards or dangers such as broken or uneven steps, and throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over.

Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.

Healthcare providers can help cut down a person’s risk by reducing the fall risk factors listed above.

What You Can Do to Prevent Falls

Falls can be prevented. These are some simple things you can do to keep yourself from falling.


Talk to Your Doctor to evaluate your fall risk and advise accordingly

Have Your Eyes Checked

Make Your Home Safer by being organized, enhancing lightening and using non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.

Hire A home help Aid/Companion Caregiver; PCA/LNA/CNA/HHA and DSP are some of the terminologies used to identify caregivers.

 Home health Aides  are professionally trained to;

  •  support successful fall risk programs  by observing ,monitoring and notifying possible fall risk factors to designated persons.
  • ​​Report home safety hazards such as poor lighting and throw rugs
  • Report witnessed, un-witnessed, and near-falls to clinicians and managers
  • Ensure proper use of adaptive equipment in bathrooms
  • Remind seniors to wear glasses and hearing aids
  •  Remind seniors to exercise regularly
  • Do a safety assessment of the home
Loving Homecare Employs and trains the best caregivers who work with seniors either on live-in or hourly companionship care schedule. Whatever the care need of your love ones (senior/elderly) are, have a conversation with Loving Homecare LLC to work out care plans which are suitable and serves the best interest of you and your love ones. Call 802 489 4927 now for care you can trust.

Excerpts culled from https://www.cdc.gov/falls/fact