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Senior Safety in the Kitchen


August 13, 2018 in: Nutrition (Hydration/Food/Etc.),

Did you know most accidents occur in or near the home? When you reach a certain age where mobility begins to decline, it is important to be safe around the house. The kitchen is one area of the home where safety is extremely important. Here are some safety tips for seniors in the kitchen.

Kitchen Safety

The kitchen can be a dangerous place for seniors with declining mobility because there are many hazards such as fire, slips, electrocution through appliances and more. For those elders, who are above 65, their limited physical abilities make them vulnerable to all these hazards. Whether they are using a wheelchair or a cane in the kitchen, a safety plan needs to be in place.

Lighting

  • There must be enough lighting near the sink and above the countertop, so that no mishap happens when washing dishes and chopping
  • Night lights should be installed, so that the senior doesn’t fall searching for the light switch
  • Eliminate slippery work surfaces
  • If there are two entrances for the kitchen, light switches must be located beside both doors
  • Install an overhead light above the stove

Food Preparation and Cooking

When cooking food, seniors need to be extra careful:

  • Always wear an apron
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothes or shirts with loose long sleeves
  • Keep sharp objects such as knives in a holder and away from the prep area
  • Keep handles of pans and pots turned away from you and the burner
  • Do not leave anything unattended on the stove, even boiling water
  • Keep pot holders beside the stove

Appliances

Appliances should be maintained and regularly checked to make sure that they are working properly.

  • Unplug all counter appliances when they are not in use
  • Keep appliances away from the sink area
  • Keep large appliances away from curtains
  • The cooktop and oven should have an automatic shut-off system and a pilot light
  • Controls on the oven must be easy to use and clearly marked, so that there’s no problem when lighting the burners
  • The oven’s exhaust hood must have removable filters, so that they can be properly cleaned every now and then
  • Make a habit of using the microwave for heating food most of the times

While independent living does give seniors the freedom to do as they please, they still must take precaution in a few things. It’s important to remain vigilant at all time when cooking because any mishap can quickly become a health hazard.

How to Deal With the Phoenix Heat


July 31, 2018 in: Nutrition (Hydration/Food/Etc.), Senior Health,

The winter weather in Phoenix is simply amazing. Cool evenings and pleasant daytime temps are simply magical. It’s why more and more people are moving to Phoenix all the time.

But in the summer it’s hot. You already know it’s hot in Phoenix. But with an air conditioned home, air conditioned car and air conditioned everything, you manage to get by. Oh, and swimming pools certainly help, too.

But if you want to get some fresh air or spend more than just a few minutes outside, you need to be prepared for the heat to stay safe and healthy. And if you’re older, you need to take even more precautions. Here are few tips to safely deal with the heat:

  1. Stay hydrated

    1. This is probably common sense, but make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day when it’s hot. You lose a lot of water because the humidity is already low – add higher temps and evaporation increases even further.
  2. Know the signs of heat stroke

    1. Signs of heat illness begin with thirst, then progress to something more serious—cramping, exhaustion, nausea and vomiting. If you don’t get fluids at this point you could be at risk for heat stroke.
  3. Keep your car cool (ish)

    1. If you have to take your car to the mall, do your best to keep it cool. If you can find a cherished tree to park under, do it. It’s worth the extra walk. Use windshield reflectors to limit the heat in your car and protect your dash. The heat can actually melt and warp your dash…really. You’ll also thank yourself when your steering wheel isn’t too hot to touch. Also leave your windows cracked just a little to let the hot air out. If you can afford it, get an automatic starter that you can turn on before you get into the car.
  4. Maintain your AC

    1. Get you home AC checked before the season gets hot. There is nothing worse than a home that is 110 degrees inside. Not to mention it’s unsafe. It will also cost more because AC repairman charge more for emergencies during the heat.
  5. Get outside very early or very late

    1. Temps in the early morning or late evening are still pretty hot, but not as intense as mid-day. If you need to get out for a walk, do it when the sun isn’t going to bake you.
  6. Head for the Mountains

    1. If you can get out of town and up to the mountains, do it. It’s good for your health and good for your soul.

Top 3 Heart Healthy Diets for Seniors


February 09, 2018 in: Nutrition (Hydration/Food/Etc.), Senior Health,

Considering that it is such an important organ of the body, it makes sense why one should look after it accordingly as well. Poor cardiac health continues being one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

The good thing is that with just a few lifestyle changes, you can improve your heart health significantly. One of these lifestyle changes is making heart-healthy choices in terms of the food you eat.

Seniors especially need to take care of their heart since aging demands that a person should pay more attention to their health. If you are looking for some heart healthy diets that the seniors can follow, here are a few suggestions.

1: Fat-Free/Low-Fat Diet:

 A diet where you eat less fat or eat food items that are naturally low in fat is a good diet option to consider. Whether the seniors  are at a risk for developing a heart disease or are just looking to improve their heart health, a low-fat or fat-free diet can be of immense help. The emphasis in such a diet is on vegetables and fruits more and lean protein.

2: Low-Carb Diet:

While too much at can result in heart problems, more and more research is indicating that carbohydrates are even more of a culprit than fat in damaging the heart.

A low-carb diet would also be one where focus is laid on fruits and vegetables and processed food, junk food are kept away. Not eating junk food can be a bit of a struggle, but remember that your cardiac health matters more.

3: Low-Sodium Diet:

Did you know that if there is too much salt in your body that makes the body retain the water, what this does is that the fluid just keeps on building up inside the body which can ultimately be very threatening to the heart!

Another healthy diet for seniors with cardiac concerns is one which in low in sodium/salt.

Ideally, the best diet for a healthy heart is one which has low fat, low salt and low carbs. Instead of just following any of these one particular diets, try to go for a more eclectic approach where you eat less fat, monitor your salt intake and do not load up on carbs either.

Your beloved seniors deserve the best of everything. If you are looking for a good senior community where they can have their needs accommodated nicely and can even interact with other senior members of the society, Palazzo Senior Living Community Phoenix, AZ is a great choice.

The Palazzo Senior Living Community Phoenix, AZ has several amenities that are more than perfect for you or the seniors in your life. From medical requirements to more personal ones like grooming, all are handled wonderfully at The Palazzo.

Care for Your Loved One’s – Ways to Reduce Chances of Malnutrition in Senior People


June 15, 2017 in: Nutrition (Hydration/Food/Etc.), Senior Health,

Old age comes with its own set of weaknesses and disadvantages. The impact of aging on health may include weak memory, achy joints, and an overall fading health.

Malnutrition is one of many factors attributed to old age. Malnutrition in old people is not quite the same as in young people. When the body stops receiving the nutrients it requires, it leads to malnutrition in extreme cases. However, old age makes elderly people more prone to it due to their already deteriorating health state.

 

CAUSES OF MALNUTRITION

  • When people reach old age, they usually lose interest in many activities, primarily because of their health, and disturbed mental state. 
  • Senses start weakening when people reach old age. Their senses become dull, especially their sense of taste, which is why they lose their motivation to eat.
  • Old people are mostly suffering from some health issues, which require them to take medication on a regular basis. However, medications have a side effect, which may affect their appetite, disturb their digestion and leave a bitter taste in mouth.
  • Weak gums and aching teeth may sometimes keep them from eating properly.
  • Living in old houses or all alone affects their emotional state a lot. It is normal that an old person may want someone to sit with them and eat. However, this does not happen usually. The loneliness takes away their desire to eat.
  • Memory problems such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, leaves them in a confused state, as whether or not to eat.
  • Lastly, old people are subjected to depression easily. And depression affects one’s health and eating habits greatly.

However, there are always ways, which can help in reducing the chances of malnutrition in senior people. We are listing down the top ways to reduce the chances of senior malnutrition

 

WAYS TO REDUCE THE CHANCES OF MALNUTRITION

  • Exercise helps in boosting up one’s mood and appetite. You can encourage the elderly people to exercise a little everyday to promote a feeling of goodness.
  • Prepare a diet plan for them that include fruits, nuts, butter, cheese, meat and grams. In addition, when preparing meal, try to add herbs and spices in them to bring the flavors out for their dulled taste buds. Present the food in an appealing way so it looks tempting and nice.
  • Plan events with their senior friends and turn those events into an eating gathering where they all sit and eat together. Make sure to do this on weekly basis, as it will also help them cope with their depression.
  • Add supplements to their meals to promote rejuvenation of health. However, do consult the doctors before choosing any nutritional supplement for them.
  • Develop the habit of midday snacking in them so they can keep taking small doses of calories and carbs, throughout the day.

Phoenix, AZ, Assisted living facility, The Palazzo, is the place to turn to for answers when it comes to when it becomes too difficult to care for your senior loved one. Nutrition and accompanying repsonsibilities of a senior family member can very hard to manage and keep with. When that happens, and at some point it will, give The Palazzo a call at 602-433-6300.

Stopping Senior Malnutrition


February 09, 2017 in: Nutrition (Hydration/Food/Etc.), Senior Health,

Seniors nutritional requirements are different from younger grownups and they often are on a variety of medications along with ongoing personal health issues such a hyper-tension, diabetes, and heart disease. Plus many seniors do live alone. Each of these factors add up to a large segment of the senior population being adversely affected by them when it comes to have a quality good nutrition diet. Seniors are struggling with several issues and as they become older and older a good diet tends to not be high on their list of daily priorities.

Be aware of the signals and the indications of your loved one becoming malnourished and then do what is needed from a daily strategy to keep it from happening, which will affect them adversely

Things Negatively Impacting Senior Malnutrition

  • Dementia and Depression
  • Ability to get to the grocery store is taken away for a variety of reasons
  • Medicine cost impacts ability to afford food
  • Low income negatively impacts ability to purchase high nutrition food
  • Poor dental health negatively impacts ability to eat high nutrition food.
  • Lost drive to cook each day
  • Alone and does not feel like eating by themself
  • Food stops tasting good due medicine, dental and health issues
  • Likes drinking beer or liquor instead of eating
  • Difficulty swallowing food
  • Appetite suppression from medicine side effects
  • Lack of interest in cooking
  • Living alone and eating for one
  • Changing taste buds
  • Medication side-effects that supress appetite or create bitter tastes
  • Restricted diets such as low sodium or low fat diets
  • Preferring to drink alcohol over eating
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble chewing due to sore gums or poor dental health
  • Limited income to buy nutritious food
  • Expensive medications leave little room for food
  • Lack of mobility - unable to get to the store
  • Depression and dementia

Stopping Senior Malnutrition Review Steps

  • Take in 8 glasses of water daily to maintain hydration
  • Set up diet strategy to include foods with 5 critical nutrients and vitamins
  • Check for changes in health and big weight swings
  • Review what’s in the refrigerator and watch what’s being eaten and how often
  • Ask for help from professionals when it makes sense and without hesitation

Phoenix, AZ, Assited living facility, The Palazzo, is the place to turn to for answers when it comes to when it becomes too difficult to care for your senior loved one. Nutrition and accompanying repsonsibilities of a senior family member can very hard to manage and keep with. When that happens, and at some point it will, give The Palazzo a call at 602-433-6300. 


 

Great Ways to Keep a Senior Fully Hydrated


February 06, 2017 in: Nutrition (Hydration/Food/Etc.), Senior Health,

Many people do not know this, but one of the premier reasons seniors arrive in the emergency room is because they are not adequately hydrated. Be smart about it and use the 8 glasses of fluids per day rule and follow it.  The fact of the matter is, the best type of liquid is water, but each type of liquid will help with hydration. It is critical to keep a close eye on the intake of sugar and to stay away from alcohol intake. Featured here are several sources of hydration you can put into play to keep your loved one hydrated:

  1. Water - This is #1 on the list
  2. Milk - Chilled cow’s milk, rice milk, or soy milk.
  3. Coconut Water - This is great for natural electrolytes
  4. Iced Tea - Fruit-flavored herbal teas and black tea
  5. Popsicles - All fruit natural are awesome
  6. Coffee with Milk or Half and Half - It’s all about the liquid
  7. Soup - Great for quality nutrition and fluid intake
  8. Smoothies - Fantastic for calories and fluids. Include protein powder, yogurt and fruit
  9. Tea - Herbal tea or caffeinated tea
  10. Juice - Make it 100% juice if at all possible. Great for nutrition and hydration

Hydration is important at all ages, but staying hydrated is critical to the health and well-being of seniors. It is very important to set up daily strategies that you and your loved one follow so they stay hydrated each and every day.

At Phoenix, AZ, skilled nursing facility, The Palazzo, we know it is important for caregivers to know stroke rehabilitation very well so you can make arrangements to provide the right level of care your loved one needs after a major stroke.  

Reasons for Dehydration in Seniors


January 03, 2017 in: Nutrition (Hydration/Food/Etc.), Senior Health,

Reasons for Dehydration in Seniors

Dehydration in seniors is because of the following possibilities:

  • Illness that include diarrhea and vomiting
  • General Illness
  • Reduction in kidney function due to ageing
  • Loss of awareness of thirstiness as we age
  • Medications in use that cause sweating and or which are a diuretic
  • Medications in general

Senior Dehydration Solutions

Be certain your cherished senior family member does not develop dehydation by having them intake fluids each day. Be sure they eat healthy food daily, including foods like fruit, soups and vegetables rich in water content. Each day look at the color of their urine (urine dark in color is a sign of dehyration) and make sure the amount of urine being produced is sufficient.

Providing explanations to your senior about the importance of daily fluid intake is critical to being certain they stay hydrated. One way to help the hydration of your senior is to place a water bottle near where they spend a lot time like their night stand, and end tables in living room, to improve water intake. Make it as convenient as possible to take a drink of water throughout the day for your senior.

When your senior is living in a Phoenix AZ assisted living facility, be certain that their is a program for daily hydration in place. It needs to provide fluids during the day and provide help taking in the fluids and and provide an ongoing selection of different fluids. Be certain your loved one’s mental, physical status and weight is checked on each day on an ongoing basis. Review their hydration status with the staff and the staff doctor along with any medication they are taking and ask for it to be changed if it is necessary.

Addressing hydration before it becomes a problem is critical.  Taking action now that keeps your senior from becoming dehydated is much better than dealing with it later and putting them at risk.

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