Helping Older Adults Beat the Winter Holiday Blues

By THE MEDICAL TEAM

The holiday season truly feels like a wonderful time of the year for so many people, but for some older adults it can bring about feelings of wistfulness and loneliness. Loss of loved ones, physical challenges, and remembrances of seasons past can dampen the holiday spirit for seniors. Fortunately, we can all help brighten the lives of our older loved ones.

THE MEDICAL TEAM’s in-home senior care experts offer the following suggestions to bring joy to this year’s winter holidays for seniors in your life:

  • Host a decorating party at the senior’s home. It can be difficult for a senior who lives alone to manage holiday decorating. At the start of the holiday season, bring family and friends together at the older person’s home. Coordinate a potluck lunch or order in a festive holiday meal, and spend an enjoyable afternoon reminiscing over favorite ornaments, decking the halls, and filling the home with festivity.
  • Make a special holiday treat together. Pick a favorite holiday cookie recipe and spend an afternoon making it together and then enjoying the rewards of your efforts. Baking fills the home with delicious aromas to warm the heart and brighten the mood, and sticking to one recipe keeps it simple and enjoyable.
  • Get involved in community activities. Community centers, schools, churches, and more offer opportunities to go caroling, watch plays and holiday musical programs, attend bazaars and luncheons, and more. Pull together a list of community events and provide transportation for seniors to attend and enjoy holiday happenings.
  • Help another. Nothing boosts the spirit like helping those in need. Older adults can fill a great many needs over the holidays. They can visit other seniors who are alone, collect blankets, food, and other needed items for animal shelters, donate books or toys to the local children’s hospital, and write cards for veterans. Talk with the senior to find out what needs he or she is most passionate about, and then implement a plan to help.

If you’d like more ideas on ways to brighten the holidays for seniors, contact THE MEDICAL TEAM. We can also provide hands-on assistance to help seniors live happier, healthier, and more independent lives at home, through customized skilled home health care services, friendly companionship to keep isolation at bay, assistance with home care needs such as bathing, dressing, meals, light housekeeping, and more, specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic conditions, and so much more.

Serving seniors throughout New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Dallas and the metro DC area, contact us any time to learn more about how our in-home care solutions improve quality of life for older adults, right in the comfort of home.

Alone for the Holidays? Not With THE MEDICAL TEAM!

By THE MEDICAL TEAM

Holidays are a wonderful time of family togetherness, filled with joyful surprises, delicious meals and treats, and a chance to strengthen family ties. However, a number of factors can interfere with a picture-perfect holiday season for seniors. Families often live at a distance from one another, and travel can be difficult due to finances, health factors, the needs of young children, and more.

Of course, no one wants an older adult to spend the holidays alone. One solution to help seniors enjoy the holiday season is engaging the services of a professional in-home care provider, such as THE MEDICAL TEAM. Here’s why:

We serve as partners in care. We work in tandem with families to ensure that each senior’s lifestyle is upheld as he or she wishes. We truly listen to what’s important to both the senior and his or her loved ones, and incorporate those needs into an individualized plan of care.

We alleviate loneliness. Seniors living alone can feel isolated, and this can be magnified during the holidays. We brighten days for seniors with the compassionate care and friendly companionship that keeps loneliness and isolation at bay.

We enhance safety. Seniors who live alone are safer with support. We monitor health conditions, assess the home for fall risks, provide therapy services and exercise programs, and serve as a skilled team of eyes and ears to pick up on any changes that may require a doctor’s intervention.

For those who are visiting a senior over the holidays, we’ve created a checklist of changes to look for that can help determine if additional assistance in the home could be beneficial.

To help keep a senior you know happier and healthier this holiday season, contact the in-home care experts at THE MEDICAL TEAM. We can provide a free in-home consultation to learn more about the senior’s unique situation, and devise a personalized plan of care to ensure his or her needs are fully met.

Whether just a little help around the home and some companionship are needed, or full-time, around-the-clock skilled nursing care, THE MEDICAL TEAM is on hand to provide professional, personalized care for seniors – right in the comfort of home. Contact us to learn more about our New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Dallas, and metro DC home care services.

Honor and Service: Covering the Comprehensive Home Health Needs of US Veterans

By THE MEDICAL TEAM

They’ve dedicated their lives to serving our country, to keeping each of us safe, to protecting our freedom, and to placing their own needs second to those of their fellow Americans. Nearly 50% of all veterans are at least 65 years old. As they age it’s our turn to give back to them and to ensure their needs are met.

At THE MEDICAL TEAM, we’re honored to assist veterans with maintaining the dignity they so deserve as they grow older, by providing the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home with individualized care. We realize that veterans often face certain unique challenges, such as:

  • PTSD and other mental health concerns. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one well-publicized condition that can occur in those who’ve served during a time of war, or experienced other traumatic events firsthand. Veterans often face additional mental health challenges, such as depression, substance abuse, and even an increased risk of dementia, all of which require specialized care.
  • Physical injuries. More than half of all veterans report ongoing, chronic musculoskeletal pain, particularly in the shoulders, knees, back and neck. As a result, physical therapy and physician-guided exercise programs are often an integral part of a veteran’s plan of care.
  • Infections. A number of infectious diseases are prevalent in veterans who have been deployed, which most other Americans never have to face, including parasitic diseases and several strains of bacterial infections that can linger for years after exposure.

Other conditions can range from traumatic brain injury to urologic concerns, hearing impairment or pain and numbness from noise and vibration exposure, and more.

THE MEDICAL TEAM is fully equipped to help veterans with skilled, personalized care services to address all of these needs, allowing for a higher quality of life, enhanced safety and maximum independence through:

  • Home health care: Covering everything from homemaking and home health aide services to skilled nursing care services.
  • Catastrophic care: Rehab and recovery assistance for those who require continuous care due to severe or multiple traumas.
  • Specialized care: For conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, cardiac concerns, diabetes, joint replacement, and others.

We also offer a unique veteran outreach program to help veterans meet diverse, ongoing health challenges. If you’d like to help a veteran realize a much-deserved higher quality of life, contact THE MEDICAL TEAM, serving New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Dallas and the metro DC areas.

Traumatic Injury Care Restores Hope

By THE MEDICAL TEAM

It’s something few of us even think about, but a traumatic injury can happen in the blink of an eye, changing our life forever. When faced with traumatic injury, or when caring for a loved one who has been injured, it’s important to become aware of and utilize any and all available resources to reduce stress, enhance independence, and learn, over time, to adapt to a new normal.

THE MEDICAL TEAM is skilled in providing assistance to help those who’ve suffered catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, to maximize recovery at home. The following tips can help:

  • Adjust to a slower pace. Life for an individual pre-injury may have been filled with hectic and rushed tasks and obligations, and adjusting to a slower routine can be challenging. It’s important to realign expectations to a new standard, particularly during periods of re-learning tasks that were previously simple to complete. If frustrations and stress level become elevated, taking a break for a calming activity, such as meditation, reading, or talking with a friend can be beneficial.
  • Set new goals. Setting realistic, achievable goals can provide the sense of motivation that boosts self-esteem and value, and reaching those goals provides the encouragement needed to then set another goal. Enlist the help of family members, friends, or an in-home caregiver for help in staying on track, and to celebrate when goals are achieved.
  • Plan and prioritize. Creating a routine can be especially comforting to those recovering from a catastrophic injury. It restores a measure of control to the person, and enhances feelings of productivity and balance which can help recovery and emotional wellbeing. Begin with a plan that incorporates tasks that must be performed – such as activities of daily living (meals, bathing, dressing, etc.), physical, occupational and speech therapy, as needed, medical appointments, etc., and then fill in with enjoyable, fulfilling activities.

THE MEDICAL TEAM is on hand to assist with recovery at home and to restore as much independence as possible to those who’ve experienced a traumatic injury through our unique catastrophic care program.

Call on THE MEDICAL TEAM for a partner in care to ensure the highest possible quality of life. We serve those with traumatic injuries and many other conditions where in-home care can enhance quality of life. Our services are available in New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Dallas, and the metro DC areas. Contact us to learn more.

Moving Through the Pain with Physical Therapy

By THE MEDICAL TEAM

More than 50 million Americans battle chronic pain. Often caused by arthritis, chronic pain can be the result of a variety of other illnesses and diseases as well. Although our first impulse when dealing with pain is to reduce activity level, surprisingly, the best way to lessen chronic pain is often by moving more.

With the help of a professional physical therapist, those struggling with pain can learn techniques and exercises to not only help reduce the level of pain, but to ward off the additional complications that often accompany it, such as depression, isolation, avoidance of an active lifestyle, and reduced overall health.

There are a variety of community-based programs, endorsed by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to supplement one-on-one physical therapy for chronic pain, including aquatic programs, low-impact aerobics and strengthening exercises, and instructor-led walking courses.

The first step is to see the physician for a referral to a licensed physical therapist. From there, he or she can create an individualized program with attainable goals for reducing pain. THE MEDICAL TEAM offers personalized physical therapy services right in the comfort of home. Our professional therapists perform evaluations, devise personalized treatment plans, and work with seniors to implement exercise programs, walking and transferring assistance, instruction on body mechanics and safety, and training to family members to reinforce the benefits of treatment.

We also provide home health aides to help seniors adhere to a recommended exercise program, assist with other care needs in the home, prepare meals and help with housework and laundry. If needed, we can provide a full range of skilled medical services, specialized dementia care, hospice care, and so much more.

Contact us any time to learn more about how our professional in-home care services, available in New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Dallas and the metro DC areas, are helping seniors live more fulfilling, safe, and independent lives.