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Home Care: Medication Safety in Older Adults

7 Questions to Ask when a doctor prescribes a new medication.
Medication Safety should be a top concern among seniors and their families. Partners in Senior Care provides medication reminders to seniors who receive in home care from a Partners in Senior Care caregiver. It's important that medication is taken as prescribed.

Here are some facts, so we understand how very important this is for everyone, especially the senior population.

67% of Americans over 50 years of age take an average of 4 prescription drugs daily—that’s an average! So, many are taking greater than 4 prescription drugs daily. Many of these prescription drugs are taken are taken more than once a day.

Older American use many OTC medications: low dose aspirin, vitamins, and calcium. Just to name a few!

Obviously, the more pills one takes, the greater the margin of error.
We have provided several resources to assist seniors and their families. Here is a powerpoint and link to a webinar on medication safety.

In this webinar on medication safety, Trisha Menoni, RN, BSN, refers to the following handouts:

Keep these handy when speaking with your doctor about your loved ones care. And if you know a senior who could benefit from a caregiver providing them with medication reminders throughout the day, call Partners in Senior Care for a free in-home consultation at 847-548-1330.

Lunch and Learn Webinar: Today!

My Mom Isn't Like this Webinar

Hope you can join us today - Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at Noon CST for our Lunch and Learn Webinar Series for those who may be caring for a loved one or parent.
Today's topic is: “My mom isn’t this way when she is home!: Is it dementia, delirium or denial?”
A hospitalization or infection can change everything. What is dementia and what is normal aging?  Trisha Menoni from Partners in Senior Care will provide insight to help you determine if it’s dementia, delirium or if you may be in denial.

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Download our handouts here.

Health & Resource Fair at DesPlaines Frisbie Senior Center

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Visit me at the DesPlaines Frisbie Senior Center for their annual Annual Health, Housing and Resource Fair October 12, 2016.

I love to attend senior fairs. It's such a highlight of my position here at Partners in Senior Care. I love to talk about how home care can help seniors remain as independent as possible for as long as possible at home. Everyone wants to age at home. Partners in Senior Care can help, after all, it’s our family taking care of your family. Sometimes seniors believe that if they rely on a caregiver for assistance, they will lose their independence. Nothing can be further from the truth. A caregiver can help prevent the crisis that may send a senior to the hospital or emergency room.

Look for my resource table. I will have lots of information on hand to help seniors make informed decisions about home care. Assistance with dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders or just caring companionship – as few as four hours a day - will help seniors stay healthy and engaged at home. We can even help when a senior has been discharged home after surgery. Read More...

Home Care: A Person is More than a Disease

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In the course of the 13+ years, we have taken care of thousands of patients. Greater than 50% of the clients we care for have a primary diagnosis of dementia and that could be Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, frontal lobe dementia, or even Lewy Body dementia. We have also taken care of clients who had a stroke, congestive heart failure, COPD, cancer, Parkinson's (check out our special training for the needs of the Parkinson's Patient), ALS and diabetes. Read More...

Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

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February is American Heart Month. Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men an women? Anyone, including children, can develop heart disease. Heart disease occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in your arteries. When this happens, your arteries can narrow over time, reducing blood flow to the heart.

Your risk is increased when you smoke, eat an unhealthy diet, and lead a sedentary life. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes can also increase your risk. Speak with your doctor about ways to manage or prevent these medical conditions. Read More...

Memory and Aging Presentation at Mundelein Senior Center

Today, our founder and owner, Trisha Menoni, RN, BSN, CMC, gave a talk at the Mundelein Senior Center on Memory and Aging. Here are the highlights:

Our Parents whispered the word Cancer when we were growing up—there was rarely a cure. It was a painful horrid death! We haven’t cured Cancer, but we are less afraid of it—we all know cancer survivors.

Our generation doesn’t whisper Alzheimer’s, but we fear it! It is a slow death sentence, causing pain not to us, but the ones we love. It is the long good-bye.
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Do you have a loved one with diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious disease (click here for a factsheet about diabetes). People get diabetes when their blood glucose level, sometimes called blood sugar, is too high. Diabetes can lead to dangerous health problems, such as having a heart attack or stroke. Many complications can result from diabetes, including vision loss, slow healing of wounds, and neuropathy (damage to nerves that results in loss of movement or sensation) in the feet or hands.   Many complications can be prevented by following nutritional treatment plan and prescribed plan of care.  Read More...

Memory Loss: What's Normal?

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. 

Alzheimer’s remains one of the biggest fears and worries about aging.  We often meet with families who want to know if their loved one’s forgetfulness is a normal part of aging or if it is the start of dementia.
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May is Older Americans Month

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May is Older Americans Month.  As I reflect on all that Older Americans have given us, I was reminded of a PBS program I watched last year about Fred Rogers.  It was entitled “Mr. Rogers and Me” and contained interviews with those that had been touched by Fred Rogers and focused on what set him apart.  The recurring theme was that when you had a conversation with Mr. Rogers he was totally focused on you!  He accepted you for who you were:  “I like you just the way you are.”  What a wonderful lesson that should be for all of us and how we interact with everyone, but especially the elders in our lives.  We need to be with them in the moment and accept them just the way they are.  In doing this we provide them with the gift of acceptance and love, but more importantly we open ourselves to the gifts they can give us. 

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Home Care in Lake County: Hydration Tips for Seniors

Dehydration is ranked in the top ten most frequent reasons for Medicare hospitalizations. The average cost of this is nearly three thousand dollars. Half of all patients hospitalized with dehydration as the primary diagnosis, die within one year. Read More...

Home Care in Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry Counties: 7 Questions to Ask When Your Doctor Prescribes a New Medication

  1. 7 Questions to Ask When Your Doctor Prescribes a New Medication
  2. 1. What is the name of the medication?
  3. 2. How often should I take it?
  4. 3. Why is it being prescribed?
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Home Care in Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties: Heart Disease Prevention

Chest Pain and Shortness of Breath
Chest pain and shortness of breath are commonly caused by high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Managing these diseases will help with prevention of symptoms and overall well-being. Read More...

Home Care Chicagoland: Your Healthy Eating Questions Answered

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Having Problems with Food?
Does your favorite chicken dish taste different? As you grow older, your sense of taste and sense of smell may change. Foods may seem to have lost flavor. Also, medicines can change how food tastes. They can also make you feel less hungry. Talk to your doctor about whether there is a different medicine you could use. Try extra spices or herbs on your foods to add flavor. Read More...

Heat Stroke Prevention

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Almost every summer there is a deadly heat wave in some part of the country. Too much heat is not safe for anyone. It is even riskier if you are older or if you have health problems. It is important to get relief from the heat quickly. If not, you might begin to feel confused or faint. Your heart could become stressed, and maybe stop beating.
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Partners in Senior Care Wins Case In Point Platinum Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Partners in Senior Care Wins Case In Point Platinum Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Grayslake, IL – May 10, 2012 – The annual Case In Point Platinum Awards Luncheon, recognizing the most successful and innovative case management programs working to improve healthcare, took place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday. During the awards ceremony, Partners in Senior Care’s innovative Navigator Program for Successful Aging® won in the Wellness/Prevention category and received an Honorable Mention in the Integrated Case Management category. All categories focus on the delivery of quality healthcare in America. (Click here for a full list of winners.) Read More...