Friday, July 3, 2009

Loneliness: A Treatable Elder Illness

When taking care of all the physical symptoms of a loved older person, we often overlook their mental and social well-being. A new study has found that loneliness in seniors is linked to more frequent onset of dementia. Other research suggests lonely people are at risk of other health problems such as cancer and high blood pressure.

Loneliness is an easily treatable ailment, cured easily by attention to the daily social interactions of those we care for. With the goal of keeping a loved one in their home, caregivers may consider hiring an in-home caregiver or sending their loved one to adult day care. Both of these options allow the senior to live at home while maintaining daily social interactions.

Monday, June 29, 2009

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Remote Monitoring Offered in Hawaii

Hawaii Healthcare has started offering remote monitoring services to its clients. Read the full article here.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Is your home fit for aging in place?

A vital part of home care is ensuring the home is a safe, user-friendly place to live. Making a home fit for older adults involves more than just brightening dim lighting and preventing falls. Does your shower require you to step (or roll) over a ledge to enter? Or does it provide smooth entry from the bathroom to the interior? Do tubs and toilets have grab-bars to assist standing up? Are appliances easy to use and easily accessible?

A growing field, called Universal Design, directs home designers to put all the elements in a home that make it livable for anyone. One subspecialty of Universal Design is design for aging in place. Engineers, architects, contractors, and other home builders can study to become Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS), trained to make a house a home for a lifetime. These specialists will often come to your home to evaluate the best steps you can take to make your home suitable to meet all occupants' needs.

Outfitting your home for aging in place doesn't have to be expensive. You can find simple solutions like adding more light, installing motion sensors for lights, putting telephones within easy reach, and installing lever-type handles on doors and faucets. To assist invidivuals with poor eyesight or arthritic fingers, consider buying big-button remote controls and computer keyboards, and big-handled kitchen utensils. '

Lever Door Handles Discounted 15% through Honolulu Home Care

In a generous partnership with Honolulu Home Care, The Key Guy 24 Hour Locksmith Services has agreed to give a 15% discount for installation of lever-type door handles. Lever-type handles are easier to manipulate for inviduals of all abilities. The Key Guy stocks a wide range of levered handles suitable for interior and exterior doors.

You don't have to be a Honolulu Home Care client to receive this special offer. Just mention it when you call The Key Guy at 808-377-4999, or visit their website for more information.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Seniors Feeling House-Locked by Economy

Because housing prices have fallen so far, some elderly citizens are "locked" into remaining in their houses. They face the choice of selling their homes now and relocating to a care community, or waiting it out, living independently at home. This situation places a burden on family members to either become caregivers or hire a professional to do the job.

Hiring a professional caregiver through a home care company is advantageous because family members don't have to worry about insuring the caregiver, nor do they have to worry about finding a replacement when their privately-hired caregiver cannot make it.

Many studies have shown that length and quality of life are vastly improved by remaining as independent as possible within one's own home. The assistance of a caregiver makes it easier to achieve in-home independence and retain dignity in later years.


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Friday, June 19, 2009

Honolulu Home Care Launch!

Honolulu Home Care is excited to provide nonmedical, in-home caregiving for Oahu residents island-wide. We are looking forward to our Grand Opening in 2009. Until then, interested parties can check this blog for regular updates on the company.

Honolulu Home Care is a kama'aina, woman-owned, minority-owned business operated by Tsameret Gadiel and Kimberly Tordjman.