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March 2019 Caregiver Newsletter (English)

When we eat, our body breaks down food into glucose (sugars) that our cells need. Diabetes occurs when the body can no longer process glucose as it normally would. Insulin is the chemical produced in our pancreas which allows cells to take in the processed glucose. When the body doesn’t produce insulin or when the body attacks the insulin-producing pancreas, sugars build up in the body. This is diabetes and it is a life-long disease and can be very serious.

There are two types (Type 1 and Type 2) of diabetes

  • Type 1: Is an auto-immune disease and generally acquired at birth
    • OCCURS when the body’s immune system attacks its own insulin-producing cells in our pancreas
    • CAUSED by genetics and possibly environmental factors
    • SYMPTOMS include:
      • Increased thirst (followed by frequent urination)
      • Fatigue
      • Extreme hunger combined with weight LOSS
      • Blurry vision
      • Mood change
    • TREATMENT for diabetes doesn’t include any cures. Those with diabetes can only monitor their condition and keep their insulin levels at acceptable levels through diet, exercise, insulin injections, and
  • Type 2: The body doesn’t create ENOUGH of its own insulin, requiring injections, and is the most common type. Generally, people contract this later in life.
    • OCCURS when body is unable to recognize the insulin and how to use it properly
    • CAUSED generally by unhealthy eating/exercise habits and obesity
    • SYMPTOMS include:
      • Increased thirst (followed by frequent urination)
      • Fatigue
      • Extreme hunger combined with weight LOSS
      • Blurry vision
      • Mood change
    • TREATMENT for diabetes doesn’t include any cures. Those with diabetes can only monitor their condition and keep their insulin levels at acceptable levels through diet, exercise, insulin injections, and

Here’s a good article that discusses diabetes in greater detail if you’re interested. For those of you who perform meal prep tasks for your clients, please refer to the graphic below to see what foods to eat and what foods to avoid.

The Diabetic Diet

Remember, while monitoring your clients, you also need to be vigilant of yourself and how you manage your stress. Stress comes from a variety of sources but it all impacts us the same way.

Sources of Stress

Stress can cause headaches, upset stomachs, insomnia, chest pain, and rapid heartbeats. Fortunately, there are quick and easy ways to reduce stress that anyone can do in 15-60 minutes. Best of all, they are free!

  • 15 minutes – find a quiet place where you can sit or lie down, clear your mind and focus on your breathing. Breathe in slowly through your nose for 7 seconds, hold your breath for 4 seconds, and then let the breath out slowly out of your mouth for 8-10 seconds). Repeat this over and over for 15 minutes and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
  • 30 minutes – if you can exercise for 30 minutes every day, I can assure you that you will see a reduced amount of stress. Aside from keeping weight in control and keeping your heart healthy, exercise releases adrenaline and cortisol throughout the body which is helpful for restoring mind and body functions.

I found some tips for good stress management and also think that it is important to mention the significance of a healthy diet as well. Remember, you don’t have to start doing these things in large amounts, start small! Add a little more time to your exercise and meditation each day and before you know it, you’ll be feeling less stressed, more focused, and overall, healthier.

Here’s how some of us deal with stress in our life:

  • Davina – rehabilitates and decorates vintage furniture
  • Kelli D. – gardens
  • Kelly G. – hangs out with her grandchildren
  • Martin – works on his car
  • Matt – bakes bread
  • Michelle – goes to the beach
  • Susi – lifts weights


As your lead associate, I AM ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU. If you’re feeling stressed, reach out to me and we will get through it together.

Susi

February 2019 Caregiver Newsletter (English)

STAYING AWARE OF EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

As Caregivers, we provide care in a lot of ways—each specific to that client. But one of the most important, and one that all clients receive from Seacrest at Home, is vigilance. We watch out for our clients. We make sure their homes are safe and free of hazards, we ensure they take their medications, we get them where they need to go. We should also all be vigilant of their emotional condition.

Just like you in your own lives, your clients want to be assured that they are loved, are safe, and are valued by family and friends. We are all human and are fueled by many of the same satisfactions. I found this article very informative in explaining the importance of a support system and how it leads to proven physical health benefits like a strong immune system. This article, goes further in discussing how every care plan for an aging adult should include emotional support and that that emotional care should deal directly with “vulnerability, loneliness, boredom, and isolation,” all things you and I know many seniors suffer from. Our care plans call for this under the umbrella of companionship, but it’s always nice to deliver service above and beyond our clients’ expectations. You are part of their human interaction. Make the best of it!

Remember, our older clients have lived a long life full of experiences both good and bad. Some of them are Holocaust survivors—a shrinking group of people who witnessed the worst aspects of humanity at industrial scale, something we (thankfully) don’t know anything about. Many of our clients have stories to tell and perspectives we can all learn from.

 

PROVIDING PROACTIVE PERSONAL CARE

We all know that a bath or shower can be one of the great joys of life and our clients feel no differently.

But as we age, our skin produces less oil and therefore, it is important to keep an eye out for this. Clients with dry or sensitive skin should be bathed less than those without. If you are unsure about what to look for, you may want to give this article a read. If your client’s care plan does not include bathing/showering, but you see that your client’s skin may be irritated, here’s an article you could read with them or print out for them to read later.

You also want to watch out for bony prominences (bony parts that stick out) like elbows, shoulder blades, tailbones, hops, knees, ankles, heels, and toes as they are at a higher risk of skin breakdown on all people. Women (and some heavier men) typically get irritation under the breast as well.

What is skin breakdown? It is skin that appears to be pale, white, or extremely red. Check out these two links (1 & 2) to learn about the many stages of skin breakdown and how (and when) you should let us know about it.

Here are a couple basic skincare procedures:

  1. provide daily skin care (clean and dry) even when not showering
  2. bedbound clients reposition every 2 hours
  3. change of clothes often
  4. circular stroke massages increase circulation avoid using pressure on bony areas (do not massage skin if it has begun to breakdown)
  5. during transfer, be aware of pulling or tearing sensitive skin
  6. pay attention to overweight clients as their skin may fold, allowing it to remain moist and prone to irritation

 

Have a great month and please stay in touch and let me know if I can help you.

Susi

February 2019 Caregiver Newsletter (Español)

MANTENERSE AL TANTO DEL APOYO EMOCIONAL

Como cuidadores, brindamos atención de muchas maneras, cada una específica para ese cliente. Pero uno de los más importantes, y uno que todos los clientes reciben de Seacrest at home es la vigilancia. Cuidamos a nuestros clientes. Nos aseguramos de que sus hogares estén seguros y libres de peligros, nos aseguramos de que tomen sus medicamentos, los obtengamos donde necesitan ir. También todos debemos estar atentos a su condición emocional.

Al igual que en sus propias vidas, sus clientes quieren estar seguros de que son amados, esten seguros y son valorados por sus familiares y amigos. Todos somos humanos y estamos alimentados por muchas de las mismas satisfacciones. Encontré este artículo muy informativo al explicar la importancia de un sistema de apoyo y cómo conduce a los beneficios comprobados de salud física como un sistema inmunológico fuerte. Este artículo va más allá en la discusión de cómo cada plan de cuidado para un adulto mayor debe incluir apoyo emocional y el cuidado emocional debe tratar directamente con la “vulnerabilidad, soledad, aburrimiento y aislamiento”, todo lo que usted y yo sabemos que muchas personas mayores pueden sufrir. Nuestros planes de atención requieren esto bajo el paraguas de la compañía, pero siempre es bueno ofrecer un servicio que vaya más allá de las expectativas de nuestros clientes. Eres parte de su interacción humana. Haz lo mejor de ello.

Recuerde, nuestros clientes mayores han vivido una larga vida llena de experiencias tanto buenas como malas. Algunos de ellos son sobrevivientes del Holocausto: un grupo cada vez más pequeño de personas que presenciaron el peor aspecto de la humanidad a escala industrial, algo (afortunadamente) del que no se sabe nada. Muchos de nuestros clientes tienen historias que contar y perspectivas de las que todos podemos aprender.

PROPORCIONANDO CUIDADO PERSONAL PROACTIVE

Todos sabemos que un baño o una ducha puede ser una de las grandes alegrías de la vida y que nuestros clientes no se sienten diferentes. pero a medida que envejecemos, nuestra piel produce menos aceite y, por lo tanto, es importante estar atentos a esto. Los clientes con piel seca o sensible deben ser bañados menos que aquellos sin piel. Si no está seguro de qué buscar, le recomendamos que lea este artículo. Si el plan de atención de su cliente no incluye bañarse / ducharse, pero ve que la piel de su cliente está irritada, aquí hay un artículo que puede leer con ellos o imprimir para leerlos más tarde.

También debe tener cuidado con las prominencias óseas (partes óseas que sobresalen) como los codos, los omóplatos, los rabos, las caderas, las rodillas, los tobillos, los talones y los dedos del pie, ya que existe un mayor riesgo de descomposición en todo el cuerpo. Las mujeres (y algunos hombres más pesados) también suelen irritarse debajo del pecho. ¿Qué es la ruptura de la piel? es la piel que parece ser pálida, blanca o extremadamente roja. echa un vistazo a estos dos enlaces (1 y 2) para conocer las muchas etapas de la ruptura de la piel y cómo (y cuándo) debes informarnos al respecto.

Aquí hay dos procedimientos básicos de cuidado de la piel:

  1. Proporcione cuidado diario de la piel (limpio y seco) incluso cuando no se esté duchando.
  2. Los clientes en cama se reposicionan cada 2 horas.
  3. cambio de ropa a menudo
  4. Los masajes circulares aumentan la circulación, evitan el uso de presiones en áreas óseas (no masajee la piel si ha comenzado a romperse)
  5. Durante la transferencia, tenga cuidado de tirar o rasgar la piel sensible
  6. Preste atención a los clientes con sobrepeso ya que su piel puede doblarse, lo que le permite mantenerse húmedo y propenso a la irritación

Tenga un gran mes y manténgase en contacto y avíseme si puedo ayudarle.


Susi

January 2019 Caregiver Newsletter

Proper body mechanics is crucial when it comes to keeping your client comfortable and making sure you stay safe and healthy. This website has a good acronym that I like to use when I’m thinking about the correct way to do a transfer or similar action. It is B.A.C.K.:

  • Balance – Feet, shoulders, and hips should be wide apart
  • Align – your back over your hips
  • Contract – your abdominal muscles
  • Knees – make sure to bend them (and notyour back)

Your posture (the way you arrange your body when you work) should always be top of mind when you are engaging your clients. Just because a client doesn’t have a lot of weight to move, it is good practice to ALWAYS keep your body and muscles in the habit of maintaining a good posture all the time. If you’re looking for something that provides a little more information about body mechanics during a transfer, check out these videos of transfers — one using a gate belt and one without a gate belt. By the way, if you need a gate belt, let me know.

Remember, a transfer can take place in a variety of environments (from bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to toilet, etc.) and so it is important to consider your surroundings before engaging in a transfer. Also, if you need help, ASK! That is what I’m here for!

And lastly, a word on the subject of exercise. It is as important for YOU as it is for anyone; in fact, maybe even more since you need to maintain your health in order to do that for others successfully. I know you all work very hard—believe me—and have a lot of other commitments like family, school, and more in addition to your clients, but please try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. The National Academy of Sports Medicine says that “30 minutes a day is where we see great health benefits” in this article in the Washington Post. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be strenuous. Even a brisk, daily walk (a little faster than you walk normally) for 30 minutes will reduce blood pressure and help with neurological performance. Again, I know you’re busy, but please promise you will try. It would mean a lot to me, your clients, and your families.

Okay, I’m off my soapbox now. 😊

 

Have a great month and please stay in touch and let me know if I can help you.

 

Susi

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