Small Health Care Investments Can Pay Off In Quality Of Care

 

As the population ages, older adults will have to make some decisions about their long term care.  Some will be forced into skilled nursing facilities. This may be due to severe health problems, a lack of  family caregivers or to financial constraints. Many others will need to make informed decisions on the where and how they choose to live out their life. Several options are available now including senior communities, assisted living as well as Aging in Place.  Senior communities offer many options as far as types of living arrangements and assisted living can offer peace of mind to those without family caregivers nearby.  These options may not be in the best interest of many.

Aging in Place is becoming a popular choice among older adults.  It can range from remaining in your current home, downsizing to a smaller home or even moving to a new home in a more pedestrian-friendly and accessible community.  The idea behind the Age in Place model is that one is able to live independently and comfortably within your own home.  This is often supported by family caregivers, in home care aides and community support systems like Senior Centers, Meals on Wheels, telemedicine and emerging transportation and delivery technology,

caregiverAging in Place requires older adults to be independent.  This does not exclude those who may be living with a disability or chronic disease.  Improved home health care and home modification products allow those once confined to the nursing home to comfortably live independently in their own home.  In-home care and respite care are also readily available to aid family caregivers in helping to care for their loved ones.

Investing in home modification and home health care products can pay off in the long run.  Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living can cost thousands of dollars a month. Preparing your home for aging can be done gradually to help spread out the cost over time.  Small things like creating barrier-free access in the home, reinforcing hand rails and adding grab bars can be done for little or no cost.  Larger items  like bathroom modifications or home accessibility items like wheelchair ramps or patient lifts require more investment. However, the savings over long term care in a nursing home is substantial.

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures a patient lift designed to work within the confines of the average bedroom.  The Titan 500 allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient in the home without injury.  The lift features a rechargeable electric motor and is equipped with an emergency down system that provides peace of mind for caregivers and patients.  The lift is proudly Made in the USA and comes complete with a free universal sling and free freight shipping within the continental US.

For more information on the Titan 500 and Aging in Place, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

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Older Adults Desire Independence As They Age In Place

caregiverInvesting in home modifications and home medical equipment can help those living with chronic disease or disability save money and avoid the nursing home.  With a little help, home care patients can age in place, saving thousands on long term care.  Start small by removing fall hazards like throw rugs and opening up access around furniture. Adding handrails in bathrooms and staircases can also provide peace of mind as you age.  You may also want to review how you store things in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom to make everyday items more accessible.

age in place communityThere are many reasons to remain in your home as you age.   Financial benefits, social and community connections, familiarity and  accessibility to resources are among many of the motivating factors to age in place. Aging in place may include downsizing to a smaller space or finding a more walkable community to live. Technology has also created more independence for older adults.  These include security and staying in touch with loved ones, package delivery and transportation as well as entertainment and leisure.

family caregiverIf additional changes are needed as you age, many mobility products are available for the home now.  Lift chairs in the living room can help you stand up.  In the bathroom, risers and supports can be added to the toilet.  For those requiring additional assistance, there is more advanced equipment available to aid mobility. Wheelchair ramps, stair lifts and patient lifts can be added to the home and easily pay for themselves after just a few months home and out of the nursing home.  While it takes a little more planning and spending, remaining in your home can save you a lot of money in the long run.

bebf5-titan2bblog2b2The Titan 500 is a patient lift that is designed for the confines and limitations of home health care and aging in place.  Traditional Hoyer lifts are difficult to operate in the home due to the tight spaces and the presence of carpeting in most bedrooms.  The freestanding frame does not attach to the home and can fit in any bedroom.  An overhead lift can also provide a more comfortable and dignified transfer for the patient.  It also protects family caregivers from injury while increasing their transfer efficiency allowing the patient to be active and more independent and gets you ready for in home care.

For more information on the Titan 500, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.  The Titan 500 was designed by a service-disabled veteran and is Proudly Made in the USA.

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Prepare to Care: A Caregiving Planning Guide for Families

Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families was developed by AARP to help make the job more manageable. It includes information on how to have vital conversations with older family members, organize important documents, assess your loved one’s needs and locate important resources.

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Whether you are taking parents to a doctor’s appointment, helping them pay bills or providing full-time care for them in your home or from afar, you likely have questions about how to best fulfill your role as a family caregiver.

Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families provides simple, straightforward information and checklists that help guide family conversations. And it outlines what you need to do — in five simple, easy-to-understand steps — to take care of your loved one in the best possible way.

Step 1: Start the Conversation

Step 2: Form Your Team

Step 3: Make a Plan

Step 4: Find Support

Step 5: Care for Yourself

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In addition, we compiled the above guide into a bite-size two-page brochure titled, “A Helping Hand, For Those Caring for Loved Ones.” You can download this brochure in English or Spanish.

 

Download The Guides Here:  http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/prepare-to-care-planning-guide/?sf62081394=1

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures and sells the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift for home health care.  It allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient in the home without injury.

For more information on the Titan 500, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

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What is the difference between a nurse and a caregiver? A Guest Post by Tess Pajaron — Caring For The Caregiver offered by Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC

What is the difference between a nurse and a caregiver? If you’re asking yourself this question it’s likely that a parent or other elderly loved one is in need of some additional support. Or maybe you’re looking into career opportunities in the care of seniors. In either case, the difference between a nurse and a […]

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Alzheimer’s and Incontinence: How They’re Related A Guest Post by Eric I. Mitchnick, MD, FACS

Caring For The Caregiver offered by Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC

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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive illness of the brain that gradually destroys a person’s cognitive capabilities and, eventually, interferes with the performance of basic daily self-care functions. People in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s tend to experience incontinence, which is loss of control of either the bladder or bowels, or both. However, not everyone who has the disease will become incontinent.

The relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and incontinence is complex. Alzheimer’s may cause incontinence by taking away a person’s ability to recognize the need to go to the bathroom. However, Alzheimer’s also can be an indirect cause, by posing issues of mobility or confusion that may prevent the Alzheimer’s sufferer from reaching a bathroom in time. Furthermore, a person with Alzheimer’s can have incontinence issues arising from medical causes that might be independent of Alzheimer’s, such as a urinary tract infection, weak pelvic muscles, an enlarged prostate gland, or…

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Traxx Mobility is Lifting the Standard of Home Care Patient Transfer

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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift for Home Care

The Titan 500 is a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. It is a complete lift system and comes with the freestanding frame, 8 foot long overhead beam, rechargeable electric lift motor, four-point lift bar, remote control, battery charger and a universal sling, with 4 sizes to choose from.

The Titan 500 does not attach to the structure of the home and allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a loved one without the stress and strain of a floor-based lift. The only real maintenance required is keeping the batteries charged and maintaining a straight lift strap to avoid twists and folds.

Each piece of the system is designed to lift up to 500 pounds. We have several safety systems built in to the lift. These include a belt travel limiter to prevent the belt from completely unspooling, a safety stop switch to keep the belt from winding all the way up into the motor unit and an electric emergency down system.

The Titan 500 ships freight and arrives in a large carton. It is partially assembled and two adults can fully assemble the lift in about 30 minutes. We have a video demonstration of the lift in use, followed by an assembly video, on our website at www.traxxms.com.

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Titan 500 with 12 Foot Long Overhead Beam and King Bed

The Titan 500 is proudly U.S. made and was designed by a service-disabled veteran. We are located in Michigan and shipping is free within the continental U.S.  Options for the unit include a 10 or 12 foot overhead beam and a set of locking casters for the frame.

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

10 House Buying Tips when you have mobility issues or a wheelchair — Wheel Chic Home

Aah Spring. Time for Easter Bunnies, newly born lamb, daffodils – and house buying. Spring is a popular time to put your house on the market, probably to do with us coming out of winter hibernation, the nights are lighter and the garden and house are getting a spring clean. House buying is a real […]

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7 Lessons Learned In The World Of Eldercare

My husband and I did everything we could so my mom could live comfortably at home.

by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

(Originally published on http://www.huffingtonpost.com)

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I was ill prepared for my mother’s decline. She lived alone until she was 96 and refused to let me get her home health care help. My husband and I did everything we could so she could live comfortably at home.

And then she fell.

 

It wasn’t the first time, or the last time, but it was the fall that changed everything. Statistics show one fourth of Americans over 65 fall each year and the results can be devastating and life changing. Women, often with kids and lives of their own, become the primary caregivers and decision-makers when a parent has an accident.

My mom―so strong-minded, stubborn and commanding―could no longer walk on her own or care for herself. After 6 weeks in rehab I brought her back to her home and had to face a new reality: She could no longer live alone. Ambulettes to doctor appointments, a stair lift to get her up to her bedroom, and 24 hour live-in care were her new life.

 

I promised her long ago that I would never put her in a nursing home, and I nearly quite ran myself into the ground that first year trying to keep my word. But over time, once I got the right caregiving team in place, I was able to deal with the day-to-day running of her life as the aides in her home cared for her needs and kept her safe.

 

Read the entire article here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/7-lessons-learned-in-the-world-of-eldercare_us_59288083e4b07d848fdc038a

The Problem of Prolonging Life

As my mother and I wrestled with the idea of turning off my father’s pacemaker, I learned about the moral, medical, and legal obstacles to letting someone die.

By Katy Butler, originally published in The Atlantic

A nurse stands next to an 83-year-old man in a permanently vegetative state. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

In the fall of 2006, I found myself in a labyrinth without a map.

For five years, I’d been shuttling between my home in California and my parents’ house in Connecticut as a member of the “rollaboard generation”–the 24 million middle-aged sons and daughters who help care for aging and ailing parents and often, but never often enough, roll their suitcases on and off planes.

Things had been hard for my parents, who were then in their eighties and entering the last chapter of their long and vigorous lives. But I had no idea how hard they were about to get.

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My Vexing/Gratifying 7 Years of Caregiving

By Barry Jacobs

A clinical psychologist and co-author of AARP Meditations for Caregivers who specializes in helping family caregivers.  This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

On April 26, 2017, while lying motionless in her nursing home bed with closed eyelids and a gaping mouth, my 86-year-old mother took two last short breaths before peacefully going still. Her death from complications of dementia and kidney failure brought to a close a nearly 7-year, sometimes rancorous period of family caregiving after my wife and I moved her up from Florida to live near us. We then gradually took over every aspect of her life.

That wasn’t our intention, of course. We tried to preserve her independence for as long as we could. But as she became confused about her pills, fell more often, and wandered at times, we responded by commandeering her pill box, making her use a walker, and hiring legions of home health aides. With nearly every change, she fought us. That made a sad, deteriorating situation more difficult. Living in a nursing home during her last year-and-a-half gave her the supports she needed and allowed us to finally stop battling with her.

 

Read the full article by following the link below.

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