One of the most common questions we get is “What is the difference between personal aide and home health?” To confuse things more personal aide services are also often referred to “home care”. The terms “home care” and “home health” sound similar, but they provide distinctly different services.
COPD – short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – is a progressive lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. COPD is also known as emphysema, which is a result of permanently damaged air sacs in the lungs, and chronic bronchitis, which is chronic inflammation of the airways.
If you have family in Florida or have visited the state you may have noticed seniors in the stores bundled up in a winter coats while the temperature is a comfortable 70 degrees. Or you may be visiting your elderly parent who resides in Florida and have noticed that they keep their house temperature 5 degrees warmer than you are accustomed to.
With the mild winter temperatures comes the extreme heat of the summer. Florida heat can be dangerous for anyone not use to it; however, seniors are at an even greater risk for heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat. Seniors are also taking multiple prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat.
There is nothing easy about assisting your aging parents in growing old or convincing them to accept in-home care. As your parents’ age your roles become reversed as you become the parent and the guiding force in their lives. This is a scary transition for your parent as well as yourself. An in home health aide and be a great bridge to eventual long-term care in a facility.
The A1C test measures the average amount of glucose in your blood over a period of 6 to 9 weeks.
If you are a Type 2 Diebetic you should know your A1C and track your A1C every 3 months. This number allows you to track changes in your diabetic health and make educated appropriate adjustments to your diet, exercise and medication regimens.