National Aging Life Care Month
Age Safe® America recognizes the Aging Life Care™ Association (ALCA) as it celebrates the profession during the month of May. While the practice and profession of Aging Life Care is not new, there is more attention being paid to the impact our aging population has on communities and resources. Aging Life Care professionals, formerly known as geriatric care managers, are prepared to help aging adults plan for and face age-related challenges.
Aging Life Care is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing health challenges. The Aging Life Care Professional is a health and human services specialist who is a guide, advocate, and resource for families caring for an older relative or disabled adult. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals™ provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers.
The association was formed in 1985 by a group of about 50 members – mainly social workers and nurses – who came together to build a profession from the ground up. The Association has grown to over 2000 members. Aging Life Care Professionals throughout the country will celebrate National Aging Life Care Month by providing seminars, webinars and special events for the public in the new virtual environment.
The Senior Home Safety Specialist certification offered by Age Safe America is now part of the continuing education program offered for ALCA professionals. This valuable course provides holistic curriculum to enhance the skills and knowledge offered by ALCA professionals to their clients.
COVID-19 and Caregiving
COVID-19 has dramatically shifted daily life for many people around the world. Nobody is immune, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from the Coronavirus.
To protect vulnerable individuals, many nursing homes or assisted living facilities are banning outside visitors temporarily in hopes of limiting residents’ exposure to someone who may be infected with the virus. Additionally, many individuals who need care and are currently living in their own homes are feeling isolated and anxious about how to stay healthy and safe.
Caregiving is now taking center stage. With already more than 40 million unpaid family caregivers helping loved ones in the U.S., experts expect the virus to increase the number of people providing short-term or long-term care to an older or aging loved one.
AARP offers guidance to family caregivers with vulnerable family members, especially those who might be new to caregiving because of Coronavirus and its impacts on older populations.
Make it a team effort
While there may be one primary family caregiver, identify other family members, friends and neighbors who can check in or help with shopping and important errands. It’s important that the person you’re caring for doesn’t leave their home and stays out of public places.
Create a list with contact information of friends, family and services in your community that can help you perform key caregiving tasks. For example, find out if services such as Meals on Wheels can help deliver meals, or if there are other local services to help with food or medication delivery.
Inventory essential items
It’s important to figure out what you have so you can determine what you need. Inventory how much food, medication and basic supplies the person you’re caring for has currently. Then make a list of what you need and how often you need to replenish it.
Many older individuals often keep minimal extras on hand because they are on a strict budget and are used to regular grocery or medication refills. If possible, help them have a two-week supply of food, water, house cleaning supplies, and medical equipment.
Get medications in order
If you don’t already have one, create a list of medications, medical contacts, and important information like allergies for easy access. If there are upcoming non-emergency, routine medical appointments, reschedule those or, if possible, switch to a virtual visit to receive telemedicine.
Ask your pharmacist or health care provider if you’re able to have an extra 30-day supply of essential medications on hand. Don’t forget to stock up on over-the-counter medications like cough suppressants and fever-reducing drugs like acetaminophen.
With current social distancing recommendations, strict isolation will impact many older individuals. To keep connections strong, set up communication using a variety of technology such as FaceTime or Skype, smart speakers, or simply phone and text. Use these to stay connected with your caregiving team as well as your older or aging family members.
If your loved one lives in a long-term care facility, see if they have accommodations for online visits and how they plan to communicate with families. If they can’t support visits via technology, send in cards, letters, magazines, puzzles or other items you know your loved one would be grateful to receive. Talk with your facility management about the safest way to deliver items.
Maintain personal safety and self-care
In order to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, limit physical contact with others, stay in as much as you can and continue to follow guidelines from the CDC. While you are likely very focused on the person you’re caring for, it is essential to also care for yourself.
For high-risk individuals, such as those with dementia and underlying health conditions, consider having the primary caregiver self-isolate with the care recipient. Then, have a back-up plan if the primary caregiver becomes ill. It’s best to be proactive and not have to use plan B, rather than being caught off guard without options.
For more information about caregiving and important considerations in light of COVID-19, visit aarp.org/caregiving and aarp.org/coronavirus.
April is OT Month and Age Safe® America celebrates all those in the field of Occupational Therapy and how incredible they are! The 2020 theme is, Occupational Therapy: EMBRACING CHALLENGES, ENHANCING LIVES. During the month of April, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) celebrates Occupational Therapy Month and the more than 213,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students who work nationwide to create fuller lives for clients and their families. Occupational Therapy Month began in 1980. It is in April to correspond with AOTA’s Annual Conference & Expo. The American Occupational Therapy Association advances occupational therapy practice, education, and research through standard setting and advocacy.
Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
- an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
- customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
- an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is a nearly 100-year-old evidence-based profession deeply rooted in science. Practice areas are Children and Youth; Mental Health; Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation; Healthy Living; Aging; and Work and Industry.
To learn more about the profession of occupational therapy, visit www.aota.org, find AOTA on Facebook, or follow #OTMonth and @AOTAInc on Twitter.
Age Safe® America thanks all the EMS teams, nurses, doctors, support staff and caregivers working tirelessly on the front lines. We send prayers to all those in recovery and those who have lost a family member or loved one. We sincerely hope that your own social distancing or self/government mandated isolation is going as well as can be expected. How we choose to spend our time now will impact those around us, our families and our future, so let’s make the best of it. During times of adversity and change we all have an opportunity to learn, improve and grow stronger. Life is a one-time offer, use it well.
We are here to help you make a difference.
Age Safe® America is a diverse membership of service providers, organizations, corporations and non-profits all committed to providing quality services to our aging demographic. We, in the Age Safe® community, have an opportunity to promote best practices and provide peace of mind (or at least less stress) for our clients, their families and caregivers. Our members, partners and certification graduates serve the most vulnerable population, in their homes and in care settings. This is a time when we must all respond, do things in ways we may not be used to, and lead by example.
On the bright side, there are many good things that could come from this massive social experiment, with personal and social hygiene possibly being one of the most important. Yes, washing your hands really can reduce the spread of not just this coronavirus, but influenza as well. Telehealth products and solutions will begin to take a bigger role in healthcare. Businesses and individuals might even get comfortable with video conferencing in ways that permanently reduce business travel, and perhaps some of these new hygiene habits will make us all a bit healthier in the long run. I am confident after this is over we will find new and creative ways to work, study, train, and live fully.
It’s often said, “change is the only constant”.
And this current situation won’t last forever.
Well known thought leader and best selling author and trainer Brendon Burchard, says, “Use this time to prepare yourself. Learn a new skill, position yourself for all the demand that will need to be filled when we get through this period. I don’t know what your goals are for the future, but please start learning right now. Go get online courses. Research, get books, mentors, new tools to win. Don’t mess around right now. What you do now will set you up for the long, long, long road ahead.” Now is the time to gain momentum both in your mission to serve others, and with gaining the knowledge and tools to grow.
Even as this pandemic is unprecedented in many of our lives, we are coming into a senior population explosion that is unprecedented in ALL of human history. The longevity economy, which serves the needs of Americans over 50, is currently a $7.1 trillion market and composes 46% of the U.S. economy, according to Oxford Economics. As Baby Boomers age, the niche is forecasted to grow to more than $13.5 trillion by 2032.
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It is not a question of “if” we will have problems in life, that’s a given, we will. What stands us apart is how we work together to solve them. History shows we will find a solution and ultimately come out stronger, together.
We greatly appreciate your continued trust during this challenging time, and thank you sincerely for your efforts to keep our most vulnerable people safe and healthy. Let us know how we can help you and your team make a difference.
From our family to yours,
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We are all in this together…please be kind to one another!
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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.
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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!
- Check and replace batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If the devices are more than 10 years old, simply replace them.
- Check all the light bulbs (inside and outside). Replace with LED bulbs if possible.
- Check your flashlight batteries and replace, if needed.
- Check your first aid kit and your emergency kit for expired items and replace.
- Replace your furnace filter and schedule seasonal service.
- Clean the oven and stove.
- Re-organize the pantry and discard expired items.
- Re-caulk the shower or tub.
- Clean out the dryer filter vent.
- Check out the following items in your car:
- Windshield wipers
- Tire pressure
- Emergency kit
- Update your computer virus scanner.
- Review your homeowner’s insurance.
- Update the family emergency plan.
Let’s make the best use of our time around our homes with positive steps toward safety!
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