Liberty at Home today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Liberty at Home, located in Ambler, PA., is a partnership between Liberty Lutheran and the Lutheran Community at Telford that offers home health services to adults throughout the Delaware Valley.
Louise Birett’s journey to recovery through Liberty at Home initially began with a stay at Artman, a senior community in Ambler, in October. Louise lived with chronic back pain for several years. Following back surgery and a hospital recommendation for a short-stay at Artman, she was introduced to the staff and services of Liberty at Home. Continue reading →
-Karen Read, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator
“Within all of us resides the need to be whole.” – Oliver Sacks, M.D.
Americans are living longer lives than ever before. In fact, it’s estimated that 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day. But with that, it seems, we are also hearing about more cases of dementia. Chances are that we have or will cross paths with someone who is diagnosed with dementia symptoms. The more we know about dementia, the more help we can get for those battling the disease. Continue reading →
A home should be a safe haven. But for many seniors, falls and other accidents at home can be devastating, even deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three adults ages 65 and older has a fall every year, and two million are treated in an emergency room for fall-related injuries. Older adults can live safe, healthy, independent lives in a home environment that is free of clutter and other hidden dangers. Now that the weather is warming up, it is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning for better home safety.
- Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
- Store items within easy reach and avoid using step stools or stepladders.
- Make sure you have good, bright lighting in your home. Use nightlights in your bedroom, hall and bathroom. Hang lightweight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
- Make sure rugs are firmly fastened to the floor or use nonskid backing.
- Move electrical or phone cords so they are not lying on the floor in walking areas.
- Ask family members or neighbors to arrange furniture so you can safety navigate through the house without bumping into anything.
- Change the batteries in all smoke alarms.
- Make sure your porch and sidewalks are clear of debris and plant overgrowth.
It’s also important to get some exercise to strengthen your body and lessen the risk of falling. Be mindful of medications that can have side effects like dizziness or drowsiness, which can increase your chances of falling. Also be sure to get your eyes checked every year, because poor vision can make it more difficult to get around safely.
For more information about home safety visit www.libertyathome.org or contact Dana O’Donnell, Executive Director, Liberty at Home, 215-643-6335 ext. 147.
By Karen Read, MSN, RN, Nurse Education, Liberty Lutheran
“Caregiver fatigue”, “caregiver burnout”, “compassion fatigue” are just a few of the terms used to define a phenomena affecting a growing number of people as individuals in the United States continue to live longer. One of the biggest health care crises looming over the nation, say doctors, psychologists and social workers, is the exhaustion and depression faced by those who minister care to aging relatives and friends—sometimes for decades (New York Times). Continue reading →