After a long hospital stay, many children with chronic diseases look forward to going home. The ups and owns of inpatient treatment, as well as the noise and bustle of the hospital, can be overwhelming, especially for young children (<10 years of age).
Much has been studied on the topic of transitioning to home after illnesses in children and adults. What often is realized in the younger population is how vulnerable these young children are to re-hospitalization.
What can be done to curtail the return to the hospital? It is unique for…
We woke him up when we arrived, well after 10 am, but it’s no surprise he needs to sleep in. Victor is 25-years-old, works at night and finds it hard to sleep because he is constantly checking on his mom who is dying of liver cancer.
Victor told me how quickly her decline had been and how she was so full of energy and life just a short time ago. Then, the last time she went to the hospital for an emergency and before she was released, VNSNY’s hospice team approached Victor…
Rising summer temperatures are not only a source of discomfort but can cause heat related illnesses especially in the elderly. Before you head outdoors stay safe by following these essential safety precautions.
1) Check the latest local heat advisories
2) Avoid walking between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — generally the hottest time of the day
3) Begin your daily walk at a slow pace to prevent exhaustion and retreat to a cool place if you start to feel uncomfortable
4) Wear light colored and loose fitting clothing
5) Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to stay adequately hydrated and pack…
On June 27th, we had our first, live Facebook chat on https://www.facebook.com/vnsny about dealing with the stresses associated with caregiving. VNSNY’s Director of the Family Caregiver Support Program, Judy Santamaria, posted typical questions that point to caregiver stress and gave advice on how to spot trouble and solve problems.
For our first question, we asked: How are you sleeping? Is your sleep broken up because your loved on is wandering around at night?
Judy: It’s very common for family caregivers, especially those caring for someone with dementia, to struggle with getting a good…
As children progress through their many stages of development there may be times when they stall. As upsetting as those stalls may be to any parent, they are also clues to underlying behaviors that may aid in finding a cause. I recall parents telling me their child would/could not keep their clothes on. Feeling frustrated the parent looks at it as abnormal and wants it to stop but does not know how to stop, or why it is happening. Something called Sensory Integration Disorder could be the reason behind the behavior.…
Feeling overwhelmed by all the new and improved nutritional advice to be had? That is OK, take heart some changes now will help you for a long time. First of all that two thirds of our plate should be vegetables, yes 2/3!!! I actually love vegetables and often feel that eating out shortchanges me on what I consider a balanced meal. I am not looking for a mound of starch with a few random vegetables mixed in. Or a plate that is 80% protein and a tablespoon of potatoes. I need all the colors of the…
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Those living with Rheumatoid Arthritis often have difficulty with daily activities and cooking is no exception. This chronic condition causes inflammation at the joints and surrounding tissues. This can affect your ability to use a cutting board, open jars, carry pots and stand for long periods of time.
But by using certain kitchen tools and modifying your kitchen environment, you can decrease the amount of stress placed on your joints. If you or a loved has Rheumatoid Arthritis, follow these tips to make cooking easier.
Use Adaptive Kitchen Tools
Posted in: Caregiving, Food and Recipes, Health Care Tips, Healthy in NYC, Senior Citizens, Staying Active Tags: Adaptive Kitchen Tools, arthritis, caregiver, caregiver support, caregivers, cooking, coping with illness, elderly, Modify Environment, prevention, Rheumatoid Arthritis, safety, tips
Installing grab bars in the bathroom are a great way to improve the safety of the older adults in our lives. But there’s more to improving safety than just purchasing a pair of grab bars. Try these helpful tips to improve the safety of your loved one when they’re getting in and out of the tub.
Practice Makes Perfect
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Ask young children what they want to be when “they grow up,” and you may be pleasantly surprised by their responses. Childhood is filled with wonderful, almost magical, looks at the real world. To all of us adults who may be a little more reality focused, we laugh and think longingly of our own dreams. If you think back to your feelings about growing up, you may have also had very high hopes. Wasn’t that a great feeling? Where did that joy go? Well, dreaming up these marvelous carreer paths never has…
Are you looking for a device that can help your loved one lower his or her risk of falling in the home? How about one that fits in the palm of your hand? Surprisingly this post isn’t about the latest generation of smart phones, but the good old-fashioned nightlight.
I have found that many older adults fall at night simply because adequate and accessible light is not available. A routine trip to the bathroom could potentially result in injury. Unfortunately, in this country, falls related injuries continue to be one…