What Are Seniors to Do about Coronavirus Concerns?

Coronavirus Concerns: Get 24/7 Chronic Care and Monitoring System

Coronavirus Concerns: Get 24/7 Chronic Care and Monitoring System

 

This is truly proving to be a once in a lifetime reaction to an illness! Worldwide we are witnessing quarantines, social distancing, food and supply shortages at grocery, overworked medical staff, shortages of medical supplies, and closed restaurants and shops. The physical, mental, emotional and economic impact of coronavirus concerns on all consumers and businesses will prove trying in the coming weeks. The most vulnerable group of people are seniors. Seniors in Nursing homes are not allowed to discharge. Visitation is significantly restricted. It is advised to not visit them at their homes if you are potentially exposed to the virus. Homecare agencies are being tasked with increasing their caregiving needs, however, they already have a shortage of staff before this! Visiting nursing agencies, who are attempting to provide that bridge of medical care to recently returning ill and seniors are being told to hold their visits for several weeks, or to discharge their customers entirely by family members.

 

This lack of monitoring for our most vulnerable is deeply concerning to professionals and to our loved ones! Remote monitoring of people is an option. Please consider the Electronic Caregiver’s Pro Health system. Pro Health is a comprehensive public health and safety monitoring system. Some of the reassuring features are:

-24/7 powering by Amazon Web Services and AT&T Wireless
-24/7 Health Emergency Wearable Pendant
-Monitored body temperature vital device and daily reminder
-Voice controlled virtual health assessment
-Monitored medication reminders
-24/7 physician on demand service-PocketMD
-Remote monitoring app for loved ones and professionals

 

Telemedicine such as Pro Health isn’t just a wonderfully convenient way to get the care needed, it’s also a way to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19. Seniors don’t have to go wait for hours in clinics and ERs that are increasingly crowded due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They don’t risk catching COVID-19 from others – or spreading it. Pro Health helps them take care of their health. Electronic Caregiver® is right there with you, night and day. Those who need to know will be notified, and you will receive the excellent and professional monitoring that will give you true peace of mind.

 

This system is able to replace worry with care and is very low cost for the peace of mind offered.

 

Learn more about this system: https://agesafeamerica.com/coronavirus-get-24-7-chronic-care-and-monitoring/

 

Trying to contribute in small ways to keep our most vulnerable safe we have arranged a substantial savings on this system with Electronic Caregiver®.  Age Safe® America is able to offer an additional 25% off this product for all individuals or businesses who obtain this system through the process below.

 

Age Safe® offers an additional 25% OFF the regular price above.

 

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As always, we are here to help. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!

 

 

 

Daylight Savings Time Homebound Chores

 

With all the other news, we seem to have missed the switch back to daylight savings time.

You may be at home more in the next two weeks so here are some action items to stay busy and stave off boredom! You can even get the kids involved, if they are home from school!

 

  1. Check and replace batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If the devices are more than 10 years old, simply replace them.
  2. Check all the light bulbs (inside and outside). Replace with LED bulbs if possible.
  3. Check your flashlight batteries and replace, if needed.
  4. Check your first aid kit and your emergency kit for expired items and replace.
  5. Replace your furnace filter and schedule seasonal service.
  6. Clean the oven and stove.
  7. Re-organize the pantry and discard expired items.
  8. Re-caulk the shower or tub.
  9. Clean out the dryer filter vent.
  10. Check out the following items in your car:
    1. Lights
    2. Windshield wipers
    3. Fluids
    4. Tire pressure
    5. Emergency kit
  11. Update your computer virus scanner.
  12. Review your homeowner’s insurance.
  13. Update the family emergency plan.

 

Let’s make the best use of our time around our homes with positive steps toward safety!

 

 

Stay Calm, Be Proactive and Age Safe®

 

2020 Western Regional OT Spring Symposium

2020 Western Regional OT Spring Symposium

2020 Western Regional OT Spring Symposium

 

This weekend Age Safe® America was a proud sponsor of the 2020 Western Regional OT Spring Symposium (WROTSS) in Las Vegas. The symposium is a collaboration of the Occupational Therapy Associations of the states of AZ, ID, NM, NV, HI, CA, and UT for professional development, networking, and WROTSS business purposes. Age Safe America’s Director of Education, Fritzi Gros-Daillon was present to network with leaders from around the country, enjoy speakers and meet attendees.

 

Representatives from all seven state OT associations and over 300 attendees have the opportunity to hear international, national, and local OT leaders at this conference. The keynote messages, delivered by Dr. Michael Iwama and Dr. Frank Kronenburg, encouraged professionals to take the world view and embrace activism, beginning with clients, local communities and expanding to national priorities. The event features more than 65 sessions. Tracks include: Behavioral and Mental Health/Wellness, Pediatrics/School-based, Physical Disability/Rehab/Adults, and Academics Leadership/General.

 

We are honored to be associated with such fine health care professionals and will see you all again next year!!

Keep up the great work!

 

 

 

 

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

 

If emergency officials in your community issued a mandatory evacuation order to get out of the path of a wildfire, hurricane or other natural disaster, are you prepared for an emergency; would you know what to take with you, the evacuation route you would take and where you would go until it was safe to return home?

 

Do you have a personal evacuation plan in place?

 

If you answered “yes,” you’re like 49% of the 1,795 respondents Mercury Insurance recently surveyed for its emergency preparedness quiz. However, if the question was rephrased to inquire about “having an evacuation plan and practicing it at least once a year,” the results show only 23% meet this criteria.

 

“Safety should be your first priority in any situation involving a possible disaster or emergency event, and you should respond to mandatory evacuation orders immediately,” said Christopher O’Rourke, vice president of property claims at Mercury Insurance. “Your first instinct might be to panic, so having an evacuation plan in place and practicing it regularly will help ensure you and your family are ready to go at a moment’s notice. And it will also help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that will undoubtedly be a part of such a nerve-wracking situation.”

 

The survey also revealed that 39% of homeowners were unsure if they have enough coverage to rebuild if their home is damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster, and 34% don’t have a home inventory they could provide to their insurance company to help get these items replaced. “Homeowners and renters should make a point of touching base with their insurance agents at least once a year to reassess coverage needs,” said O’Rourke. “It’s a good idea to make sure you have enough coverage as you accumulate more belongings, make changes to your home or your family expands – these details may affect your policy limits, as well as create a need for endorsements you might want to consider adding to your policy.”

 

There is some good news, however, as 88% of respondents said they have an in-home emergency kit stocked with essential items they will need if disaster strikes. If you don’t have a kit, here is a list of the items you may want to include in your kit:

 

* A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person), non-perishable food items and pet food, if applicable;

* A battery-powered or hand-crank radio (and extra batteries);

* A flashlight;

* A first aid kit;

* A whistle to signal for help;

* A can opener;

* Blankets;

* Tools to turn off utilities;

* $200 in cash in small bills, as power may be out, making ATMs, debit and credit cards unusable;

* Fully charged battery packs so you can recharge your cell phone; and

* Prescriptions for you and your pets.

 

The bottom line is that extreme weather events are anticipated to increase, and you can never be too cautious or over-prepared to protect against Mother Nature. “It’s a bit alarming to discover that, although natural disasters are in the news on a seemingly regular basis, many Americans still aren’t properly preparing themselves if one happens in their neighborhood or city,” said O’Rourke. “These events can have serious repercussions and adopting a wait-and-see attitude is not an option.”

 

 

 

 

Fritzi Wins NAHB 2019 Educator of the Year Award!

 

Fritzi Gros-Daillon, Director of Education for Age Safe® America traveled to Las Vegas this week to receive the NAHB 2019 Educator of the Year award at the 2020 NAHB International Builders Show®. During the Designation Reception Fritzi said, “Having taught CAPS and Universal Design courses to 300 students from 22 states in the last four years; it has been a privilege to have this platform to share vital information that changes lives for professionals and the myriad of clients and families they will serve.”

 

As part of the Pre-Show Education, Fritzi had the opportunity to teach the first course in the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation training series on Saturday, January 18th. The course was “Marketing and Communicating with the Aging in Place Client” and the students were professionals from many sectors within the construction, building and service industries looking to make a mark in the Longevity Economy.

 

International Builders Show 2020

 

The NAHB International Builders Show® (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world. IBS 2020 is taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2020 Builders’ Show will bring together more than 1,400 top manufacturers and suppliers from around the globe in 600,000 net square feet of exhibit space, showcasing the latest and most in-demand products and services.

 

IBS 2020 offers the most up-to-date and innovative education the building industry has to offer. It features sessions in seven tracks, taught by renowned building industry experts from across the country. Be prepared to learn, connect and grow with these incredible educational offerings: Project Management, Design & Community Planning, Business Management, Sales & Marketing, Industry Trends & Emerging Issues, Custom Building & Remodeling, Multifamily Housing.

 

With topics including, expanding your business into the aging-in-place market, the latest trends in universal design, to solutions for livable homes and technology, there is literally something for everyone.

 

Check Out the International Builders Show 2020 Here: https://www.buildersshow.com/Home/default.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

Factors Contributing to the Risk of Falling

 

Many falls are preventable, but prevention is contingent upon your understanding of the factors placing an individual at risk of falling.

 

Factors contributing to the risk of falling are internal (physical and medical) as well as external (environmental) factors that could cause an older adult to fall.

 

Internal Factors – Many older adults experience:

– changes in their muscles and bones, weakness or loss of strength;

– vision changes, such as adjusting to lightness and darkness, sensitivity to glare, and/or decreasing depth perception;

– balance problems, automatic reflexes weakening;

– cardiovascular (heart) difficulties, which can often lead to numbness in the limbs, or loss of blood to the brain, which can cause fainting;

– medications that can affect their judgment and coordination;

– chronic and acute diseases (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, arthritis), which a fall can reveal;

– depression and/or sleep deprivation, making them less alert.

 

External Factors – An older adult’s environment or circumstances can also increase the likelihood of falling, including:

– clutter, unclear walkways, or lack of support systems, such as railings;

– slippery floor surfaces;

– lack of proper lighting;

 

Transitioning from another setting (such as their home, independent living apartment, or from the hospital) can also be stressful, especially for those living with dementia, as older adults figure out their new surroundings and daily routines.

 

Some risk factors considered to have a high association with falls, which are also modifiable, include:

  • the fear of falling
  • limitations in mobility and undertaking the activities of daily living
  • impaired walking patterns (gait)
  • impaired balance
  • visual impairment
  • reduced muscle strength
  • poor reaction times
  • use of multiple medications specifically benzodiazepines, antidepressants, anti-psychotics and psychoactive medications

 

 

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