Last Monday morning I quietly sat at my new desk waiting for the tech room staff to issue my new laptop and cell phone. The stillness of the morning was quite a contrast to my final week in Queens spent saying goodbye to my seniors and coworkers while trying to wrap up loose ends.
After picking up the new computer and phone I proceeded to make appointments with my new group of seniors. I’ve been looking forward to this moment since I decided to transfer to the new Westchester branch of VNSNY CHOICE.
I’ve always believed in the…
I had initial reservations about leaving the familiarity of working in Queens and honestly there was a period of time that I wouldn’t even entertain the conversation. However having two young children at home changes one’s perspective and next week I’ll be transferring to VNSNY CHOICE’s new Westchester branch.
I’m thankful for the time spent working with my…
Did you know that using a cane or walker that has not been adjusted for your height can actually cause more harm than good? I’m always concerned when I see people using walking devices that are either too long or short because it can change their walking pattern and may not provide adequate amount of support. This can result in an increased risk of falls and injury to the shoulder or hip.
So how do you know if your walking device is set at the proper length? When you hold your walking device in standing position…
Staying active can be as simple as going out for a walk. That’s right, there’s no expensive equipment to buy or gym contract to sign. If that’s not enough incentive, here are some benefits of daily walking.
Follow these easy steps reap the benefits of an outdoor walking routine.
Dress your feet
I recently met with a few of our adult day center’s Chinese speaking members to discuss the importance of home safety and exercise. Despite our differences in age, I realized that our time together was both enjoyable and productive.
I found out right away that one of the advantages of meeting with a smaller group is the willingness of everyone to share their experiences. Their stories brought to life some of the principles I presented.
Just A Few Examples
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Recently I’ve been brainstorming about how I can make my presentations at local senior centers more relevant and applicable. I have appreciated the honest feedback of many older adults who have shared they’ve already heard the basic points of my talks.
However, they value the time I spend answering their questions. With that in mind next week I’m planning to visit our own adult day center with a more interactive approach.
Can I Pour You A Cup of Tea?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year about one in three older adults will experience a fall. Many of these falls occur in the home due to the presence of safety hazards. I have found the stairwell to be a common area for falls to occur.
Fortunately safety hazards can be corrected. Follow these steps to improve the safety of your stairwell.
Along the same lines, using the right equipment can enable people with certain physical limitations to safely accomplish every-day tasks in the home. If you use any of these common household items for these (or similar) reasons, allow me to share with you a few safer options.
1) Avoid holding onto the towel rack to enter and exit the bathtub or shower.…
However, before I make any of those resolutions I took time to reflect on my experiences providing care in the greatest city on earth and here’s what I came up with.
The Value of Home Care
Having choices is good. Having choices when it comes to caring for the older adults in our lives is invaluable. Everyday I witness how home health care improves the quality of life…