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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Wellspring Homecare Team

Merry-Christmas-Happy-HolidaysAs the year 2014 comes to a close and we celebrate another Christmas and another year of business, we wish all of our clients, customers and employees a heart-felt Christmas season and a happy and peaceful entrance into 2015.

 

We remain grateful to every family that welcomed us into their homes to care for their loved ones. For our employees who selflessly go above and beyond to provide exceptional care, we say thank you. From our home to yours, today and always we say thank you for your expressions of gratitude during the course of 2014.

From the heart of Wellspring Homecare Services, where living well matters. May the joy of Christmas be yours!

 

 
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Broken Hips: Preventing A Fall Can Save Your Life
Posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Wellspring Homecare Team

Please note, this reprinted article originated at NPR.org/blog/health. It is a very interesting article about Seniors and preventing falls.

Last October, Jeanette Mariani was an independent 87-year-old, living alone in Dallas and getting around with a walker. Then one night she switched off the light and tried to make her way into bed. A chair was in the way. And she fell.

“There I was, lying on the floor,” she recalled. “I pulled down one of my pillows. I didn’t reach very high, just pulled it down, put my head down on it and thought: ‘Well, I’ll wait until morning.’ ”

The next day, she called for help.

Jeanette Mariani landed in a Dallas rehabilitation facility after she fell and broke her hip last October. She died a month after leaving the hospital. i

Jeanette Mariani landed in a Dallas rehabilitation facility after she fell and broke her hip last October. She died a month after leaving the hospital.

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A fall from a chair or a bed may not seem like a death sentence — but for an older person it can be. Falls are the leading cause of death from an injury for older Americans. For women, it’s especially bad: Three quarters of those with hip fractures are women. For many, the broken hip starts a chain reaction — usually because older people also suffer from underlying conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, hypertension or dementia.

Every moment counts after a fall, says Dr. Amy Moss, an assistant professor of geriatrics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. When you’re bedridden or hospitalized, your odds of developing everything from bed sores to pneumonia increase dramatically.

Studies show that delaying surgery after a fracture for just 24 hours increases the chance of complications and death. “The most common scenario is they die of pneumonia after a hip fracture,” Moss says.

After spending the night on the floor, Jeannette Mariani called her daughter Janet, who took her to the hospital.

“After her fall, I knew that she was going to decline,” Janet said. “You had that sixth sense, you know.”

That sixth sense is backed up by real numbers. Almost 1 out of 10 people over the age of 50 will die within a month of surgery for a broken hip. That rises to 1 in 5 if the patient already has an acute medical problem.

Jeanette worked hard in rehab to become stronger, but underlying health problems caught up with her. Previous lung problems got worse, and her lymphoma returned.

“After she left the hospital, she died within a month,” Janet said.

More than 90 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls. But falls can be prevented. Common-sense steps like removing rugs, installing better lighting, and getting an updated prescription for your glasses are a good start. So is addressing the physical and psychological side to falls. It might sound silly, but it turns out that people who are afraid of falling are actually more likely to fall.

Nine years ago, Joyce Powell was in hospital, on her way to the bathroom, when she fell and broke her hip. She recovered, but she hasn’t gotten over the fear of falling.

“It stays with you,” says Powell, who is 80 and lives in Arlington, Texas. “You’re aware that you can’t function like you once did.”

That’s why Powell attends a fall-prevention class at the University of Texas, Arlington — not just to get stronger but also to face her demons. Participants are in their 70s, 80s and 90s, and their workouts involve everything from balancing on exercise balls to playing Wii games.

“The greatest predictor of a future fall is a previous fall,” says Chris Ray, director of the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity at UT-Arlington.

The greatest risk for older people who’ve fallen is that they’ll simply stop exercising, Ray says.

One of the keys to preventing a fall is improving balance. As we age, Ray says, natural changes make it hard to stay upright: changes in hearing, vision and proprioception — the awareness of where one’s body is in space. If seniors can learn to use these senses better, they will be less likely to fall.

Sure, it's relaxing. But all those hours on the sofa may make it hard to actually stand up on your own.

To help them learn, Ray tests them using something that looks like a photo booth at an amusement park. The machine assesses how well someone can use the senses to maintain balance. The walls shift, the screen changes, and the floor tilts.

“In daily life, when we see seniors who fall, it’s usually during multitasking,” Ray explains. “We pipe in loud noises, city sound or music, pipe in visual distractors on the screen or a test on the screen, as they’re trying to maintain their postural control while the walls are moving in concert.”

The goal, Ray explains, is to identify the best intervention for each individual. For some, a regimen of tai chi might be enough. For others, it might be weightlifting or even practicing walking with their eyes closed.

For Joyce Powell, the exercise classes have made her more confident in getting around and traveling. Still, she’s cautious. “When I walk, I look to see where I am, particularly if I’m on uneven ground,” she says.

Freedom from falls is never guaranteed. But dedication to an exercise program can help seniors keep their balance without giving up the activities they love.

“It’s one of the things I’ve learned you just have to do in order to protect yourself to remain upright,” Powell says. “I guess I could use a walker to do it, but I don’t want to. I want to be free.”

 

 

 
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Happy Mother’s Day
Posted on May 10th, 2014 by Wellspring Homecare Team

The bond between a mother and her children (in most cases) is an unexplainable connection. A deep bond is formed from birth, that provides a platform for unconditional love to nurture, mentor and coach that young life to simply become the best person possible.

As Mothers are celebrated today, we at Wellspring Homecare Services would like to take a moment to honor, and applaud Mothers everywhere. For your passionate love and fearless courage we salute you. For your many sacrifices we thank you. For being strong because weakness was not an option, we applaud you. From our heart to yours.

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Allery Season Again?
Posted on May 8th, 2014 by Wellspring Homecare Team

A few helpful tips to help members of our families during allergy season.

 

http://www.bayalarmmedical.com/medical-alert-blog/9-ways-for-seniors-to-cope-with-allergies-this-spring/

 
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Remembering Seniors this Holiday Season
Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Wellspring Homecare Team

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us once again. It seemed as if it was only a short time ago we celebrated the holidays of 2012. Be that as it may, we are fast approaching the holiday season of 2013, and the beginning of the New Year 2014.

For many of us we will celebrate the holidays around tables laden with food, and share in the laughter and joy of family members and friends. We will recapture fun memories and momentarily forget about our diets. We will partake in rich delicious traditional foods that we denied ourselves over the past year. This is a time to reflect, to give and to be grateful.  It is the season in which we are reminded of the importance of family and friends and the meaning of sharing. This is certainly the most wonderful time of the year!

Today, I am reminded of a population that I am very passionate about; our seniors. As the President of Wellspring Homecare Services, a homecare agency that supports the decisions of our elderly clients and their families to live independently, comfortably and safely in their own homes, I am hopeful that this article will serve as a reminder that as we celebrate with our loved ones, we should also take a moment to reach out to our seniors during the holiday season.

For many, the holiday season can be a highly stressful and confusing time.  Often times the holiday season brings with it painful memories of  a happier time or of a loved one who has passed or life-long neighbors who have moved away.  Many of are simply trying to get through each day, and because they have become skilled as “silent sufferers,” they are easy to overlook. Recently I noticed an elderly couple waiting at the grocery store with bags of grocery.  I completed my shopping and on my way out recognized that the couple was at the same spot waiting. It was really cold and snowy outside and I was concerned.  I asked the couple if everything was okay. They informed me that they were waiting for a ride that had not arrived. I asked them if I could drive them home. I packed their groceries in my car and I drove them home.  It only took about twenty minutes out of my time, but it was a simple act of kindness that meant so much to them. I see them occasionally in the store and they always make it a point to say hello and wish me well. Giving of oneself always result in getting more in return.

As we relish in the joys and excitement of the holiday season, let us look for moments to share random acts of kindness with others, but especially towards our seniors. After all, it is the season of giving, and one simple act of kindness – be it giving or sharing-  can offer support and bring comfort to those who have gone before us. Below are some suggestions of things that we can do which can have a meaningful impact on a senior’s life.

·         Call – Make the connection. A quick call to say hello and remind them that they are not forgotten.

·         Offer help – How can I help you? A simple gesture that implies a willingness to help.

·         Check-in during storms or inclement weather – This is important especially to seniors living alone. Ensure that walkways are cleared and salted in an effort to prevent injuries.

·         Reach Out – People like to know that they are a part of something. Include seniors in activities or family gatherings. It gives them something to look forward to and reinforces their value. Proving that even in their advanced years they still have much to offer.

·         Send a card – Make an effort to remember days that are meaningful to them. Such as birthdays and anniversaries, etc.

·         Share a dish – Food is always a great way to celebrate and cement relationships.  Be aware of any diet restrictions.

·         Give a gift –  It is the season to give. Gifts no matter how big or small indicates a thoughtful and kind gesture.

 Give of your time – A moment of your time to sit and talk could be just what is needed. Take a coffee break, you  may be surprised by what you learn.

I recently came across a quote by Pearl Buck that deeply touched me and eloquently states, “Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” So during the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, reach out and share the love, joy and spirit of the holiday with a senior.

From the heart of Wellspring Homecare Services, in whatever way you choose to celebrate the holidays, here is wishing you, your family members, friends and the seniors who are an important part of your life a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year.

Wellspring Homecare where living well matters.

Visit us online at www.wellspringhomecare.net.

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