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ANNOUNCEMENT! Hello to our GOLDEN HEART HERO CAREGIVERS AND TEAM! It has been a month of unprecedented stress for everyone. We are SO GRATEFUL for your diligence in taking care of our vulnerable seniors and your own health. WASH HANDS; WEAR YOUR MASK; WASH IT. RINSE AND REPEAT! I can’t say it enough. We have literally had hundreds of calls from GRATEFUL family members and clients. And new clients coming on…
Rodney and I want to THANK YOU PERSONALLY! For all team members, who have worked accepting shifts and are in good standing ,from 4/6 through now, you will RECEIVE A $100 THANK YOU BONUS ON NEXT weeks’ check. We appreciate you. Laurie and Rodney

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Why Is Dehydration More Difficult for Older Adults?

Hydrating adequately is a great way to make sure your senior is as healthy as possible, but the situation gets complicated for you as a caregiver at times. Your elderly family member may not be interested in drinking as much water as she needs to, and that can have serious consequences.

Your Senior’s Health Affects Her Ability to Stay Hydrated

Existing health issues have a lot to do with how well your elderly family member can hydrate and remain hydrated. Heart conditions, kidney diseases, and other health problems can make it difficult for your senior’s body to have and to access the water that it needs. If your elderly family member isn’t drinking enough water on top of those issues, that just compounds the problem.

The Medications She Takes Make a Difference

On top of health issues creating hydration problems, the medications your elderly family member takes may cause issues, too. This means not only prescription medications, but also over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements can all have an impact on her ability to remain hydrated. It’s a good idea to research everything that your elderly family member is taking to learn how it affects dehydration. If you are unsure, talk to her pharmacist or to her doctor.

Your Senior’s Concept of Thirst Might Have Changed

You may not realize it, but your senior’s ability to notice and to experience thirst changes as she grows older. She may find that she never consciously feels thirsty and that she rarely remembers that she needs to drink something. That’s common and having reminders can help a lot. An easy way to use a reminder system is to mark lines on a water bottle. As she drinks through the day, she should gradually be hitting those various marks, which can help her to stay hydrated.

How Things Taste Is Likely Also Different

Your senior’s sense of taste changes along with some of her other senses. That can mean that even water doesn’t taste how she expects it to taste. Water that she might have enjoyed in the past may taste off or just unappealing to her now. Finding ways around that problem can be an important way to ensure that she’s getting all the water that she needs throughout the day.

Thinking about water intake isn’t always a fun task, but it’s a necessary one. Finding ways to make this as much of a “no brainer” as possible for your senior and for you can make this job much easier.

If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring caregivers in Apache Junction, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!

What Should Your Senior Do about Covid-19?

Senior citizens are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, or . There are some steps your elderly family member can take in order to help her to avoid this illness.

Stock up on Necessary Items

Groceries, medications, and other necessary items are things that your senior may want to have on hand so that she doesn’t need to go out as often now. It can be difficult to keep up with how often something really is used or needed, though, so it can help for your elderly family member to keep a running list. In terms of medications, her pharmacist or doctor may be able to help her to get a month or two extra supply of some of her essential medications to have on hand.

Use Social Distancing

Social distancing means that your senior remains several feet away from other people when she is out in public. It can also refer to self-quarantining in order to avoid coming in contact with anyone who might have been exposed to coronavirus. It’s a good idea for your senior to make sure she washes her hands as soon as she gets home and when she’s out and about, using hand sanitizer frequently is also a good idea.

Stay Home

Staying home as much as possible is something that the Centers for Disease Control is recommending as the primary method to “flatten the curve” of this virus. In order to do that, it might be necessary for your senior to have some extra assistance. Senior care providers can help with mobility issues and they can also ensure that your elderly family member has what she needs in order to remain at home for as long as necessary.

Contact Her Doctor

If your senior does start to feel ill, either with respiratory symptoms or another illness, make sure that you contact her doctor right away. If the illness she’s experiencing is one that she’s had in the past, such as a flare-up of an existing health issue, her doctor may recommend alternative treatments to having your senior come into the office. For respiratory illnesses or if your senior has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, her doctor might recommend going straight to a hospital.

Senior care services can be especially helpful for your elderly family member during this difficult time. They can run errands for her, make sure that she has groceries and other necessary items, and ensure that she’s got other help that she might need.

If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring senior care in Cave Creek, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!