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Tell your older loved ones ‘don’t fall for me’ this Valentine’s Day

For all kids who love their grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives: You can help your older loved ones prevent falls by telling them “don’t fall for me” this Valentine’s Day.

You’ve probably fallen down many times in your life and may have gotten some bruises and scrapes, maybe even a broken bone. Did you know that falls can be much more serious for older adults? Some older adults may have to go to the hospital or a nursing home because of a fall. Plus, they may need more help doing things they used to do for themselves because they got hurt or are afraid of falling.

The good news is that falls are not a normal part of aging. Most falls can be prevented – and you can help! Ohio has a program called STEADY U Ohio, which teaches Ohioans of all ages how to prevent falls. Ask your parents’ permission to visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov and download free Valentine’s Day cards to give to your older loved ones, such as your grandparents, great aunts and uncles and more.

When you give them their Valentine’s card, help them look around their homes to find things that could cause them to fall. Some things to look for include:

  • Rugs – Rugs that slip or bunch up when you step on them can cause you to trip and fall.
  • Clutter – Papers, bags, cords, boxes or any other items in or near walkways should be put away in a cabinet or closet, or thrown away.
  • Lights – Older adults need more light to see well. Ask them to add lamps to dark rooms and put night lights along walkways.
  • Stairs – Is there a sturdy hand rail to help them climb up and down the steps? Is there enough light? Keep the stairway clean and clear of obstacles.
  • Kitchen – Suggest they move things they use all the time, like pots and pans and spices, to middle shelves so they can reach them without bending or stretching.
  • Bathroom – Most accidents happen in the bathroom. Look for a non-slip mat in the shower or bath tub and a rug that does not slip or bunch up. Suggest they have “grab bar” handles installed to help them get in and out of the tub and on and off the toilet.
  • Activity – Exercise is important to prevent falls. Offer to take a walk, ride bikes, swim or play games like catch, tennis and tag with them to help them stay active.

Show your loved ones how much you love them this Valentine’s Day them by helping them prevent falls.

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Stay Informed about the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack, you may not realize you’re having one

A heart attack occurs when there is a blockage of blood flow to the heart-causing cells to die. This can lead to permanent damage to the heart muscle. Keep in mind the “chain of survival” if you or a loved one experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack: Rapid activation of EMS via 9-1-1, CPR started quickly, Early use of automated external defibrillator (AED), Rapid delivery of appropriate and timely care.

Heart attacks can come with mild to severe symptoms. Studies have shown that men are more likely to have these “classic” signs and women have milder signs.

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.

Other symptoms of a heart attack could include unusual or unexplained tiredness and nausea or vomiting. Women are more likely to have these other symptoms. Learn more about women and heart disease(https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_women_heart.htm).

Call 9-1-1

If you notice the symptoms of a heart attack in yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner you get to an emergency room, the sooner you can receive treatment to prevent total blockage and heart muscle damage or reduce the amount of damage. At the hospital, health care professionals can run tests to determine whether a heart attack is occurring and decide the best treatment.

In some cases, a heart attack requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or electrical shock (defibrillation). Bystanders trained to use CPR or a defibrillator may be able to help until emergency medical personnel arrive.

Remember, the chances of surviving a heart attack are greater the sooner emergency treatment begins.

 

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What kind of Jobs can I get in College?

Hi, I’m Mark a second-year Health Sciences major in Columbus, OH. This is my first job through the CaregiverUSA website. Right now, I’m a companion to an older guy, 82.  I am hired to kind of just hang out with him and keep him company to make him less depressed and make sure he doesn’t get in a tough spot, you know.   He just needs some basic looking after since he lives alone and has some back and hip problems.  Yeah, maybe a little problem with remembering things from time to time.  Like where he put his glasses or some important papers, but not too bad at this point.

A lot of the people looking for work on CaregiverUSA are female, as you would guess, and a lot of them have different kinds of nursing and healthcare credentials.  I found out about this site from a girl in my Psych class who is doing some companion work through them.  She said she basically could set her own hours, pay, location. Plus, they’ve got an arrangement going so I can get college credit toward my major.   I’m thinkin’ why not? Beats bussing tables or working the drive-thru, if you can even find those jobs now.

This girl said males are encouraged to apply on this caregiver website, because there are some families looking for caregivers where they feel in their situation, a male is preferred.  That’s the case with me.  They (Don and his wife Liz) thought that Don’s father, Al (that’s the name of the guy I work for) would be happier and more cooperative if there was more of a young buddy/grandson aged type guy helping out who is able to talk about the stuff Al likes.

Al is an unusual, but kind of cool dude.  A little slow getting around, has a lot of opinions about everything. He wasn’t sure exactly why I was there at first.  I just kept showing up three times a week around 8:30 a.m. and saying Don and Liz were busy with whatever, so can I get him anything or do anything for him? After a while, he got used to seeing me at the usual time and started making plans for the day for us to do something.

He’s really into cars, which is one of the reasons his family hired me.  I am a total gearhead.  I own a ’68 Mustang Fastback, but I’m also seriously into ’57 Chevys and ’66 Jaguar XKE’s when I get the money to buy them.  My mom complains that cars is all I care about.  I’ve even lost a couple of girlfriends over it – no time for them. Blah blah.

Yeah well, cars are how I got this gig with Al.  We scout out car shows wherever they may be, sometimes a couple hours away.  I also take him to pre-owned (Al says “used”) car lots and we put the sales guys through their paces. 

Al loves asking them about some obscure, random thing to watch the guys squirm, like do rear axles have torsen differential or limited-slip differential?  We both figure the sales guys should know about what they’re selling, so we’re good with it.  Occasionally, if something has a cherry body that actually interests Al to own, he makes some kind of half-baked offer.  Lo and behold, somebody actually sold Al a totally tricked out ’64 Coupe DeVille Caddy for an unbelievable $18,500. It’s parked in Al’s custom built-out four car garage, along with his ’55 Caddy, ’62 Lincoln Continental, and ’67 Corvair Monza.  Al loves showing me all the moves he’s got to outsmart the sales guys – the silent treatment, the walk out, etc.  Sure, I already knew a lot of it, but occasionally he turns me on to a new tactic. I may use one or two of them myself someday.

I’ve been working for Al for about seven weeks.  No problems really, except one day when we dropped by the hardware store to get some 3/8 inch bolts and Al got into it with the clerk over not knowing his stuff.  I think Al was hungry, just had half a donut for breakfast. Pretty sure his back was hurting him, too.  He went off on the guy some and so I kind of intercepted, figured out what the issue was, and got Al out of there pretty quickly so we didn’t make too much of a bad scene.  Al didn’t think anything of it, no surprise there. 

Don and Liz made me promise to tell them about Al’s mood and any problems. I told them, and they said it was par for the course. He’s always kind of been that way.

Oh yeah, back to cars.  Al and I have tinkered around with my Mustang a couple times. Al knows his stuff, and he goes a little overboard, but I listen. Not much to do on Al’s cars, because he looks at them more than drives them, and keeps them in great shape.  We go out on errands in one or the other just to keep them running good.

Once in a great while Al mentions his wife, Helen, who died about two years ago. I don’t have much to say about this, so I just listen.  He showed me some pictures when I first started coming over there.  He and Helen liked to bowl a lot, were on teams doing competitions. They liked camping, too, but Al sold their trailer a few months after she died, I think is what he said. Don and Liz told me he gets depressed sometimes.  I guess I see it, so I just try to distract him, keep him occupied.  It seems to work most of the time.

That’s about all there is to tell at this point.  I keep going over there, and Al keeps on keepin’ on. I think I’m helping him.  That’s what Don and Liz say anyway.  They want me to continue doing what I’m doing. I’m liking the flexibility and the pay. And as I said, I like Al.  I’m cool with it. 

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