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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Need information Free Transport from Springfield to Coatesville Medical Center Veterans, click here

Need information on Veterans Benefits here in Delaware County? If so, here is link to Delco Veterans Media office website. This page shows the information for free transportation to Coatesville Medical Center from Springfield Hospital for Veterans.

http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/vet_affairs/news.html

Monday, May 5, 2014

Special Pension Aging Veterans - Get help in home if you qualify

Comfort Keepers® Is Honored to Serve Our Nation’s Veterans

Home Care for VeteransWe feel privileged to provide home care for veterans who served our nation in its time of need. We provide you with the information to work through the paperwork to help you avoid potential pension claim delays. Once you become an approved participant in a VA program, Comfort Keepers will provide the quality home care and companionship our veterans deserve. There are several veteran in-home care programs for which an individual may qualify:
  • Improved Pension Benefit Program
  • Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program
  • In-Home Respite Program

Who Qualifies?

If you or your spouse served 90 consecutive days of active military duty – at least one of those days during a U.S. declared war – you may qualify or be partially qualified.
Other qualifications include specific financial criteria and documented physical need for in-home care.
To begin the application process, you will need:
  • Original discharge certificate
  • Marriage certificate (divorce papers from any prior marriages, if applicable)
  • Death certificate of veteran (if applicable)
  • Social Security numbers for the veteran and spouse
If you think you may qualify for one of the VA programs, give Comfort Keepers in Springfield PA a call at 610-543-6300 or go to our website at www.comfortkeepers.com/office-326/ to get more information.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Aging at Home: United Way Program Upper Darby, Darby Lansdowne PA Read All About It!

For more information on this program please click HERE.
Are you 60 years of age or older and a resident of the eastern Delaware County communities of Aldan, Colwyn, Darby, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, or Yeadon? Do you need assistance with chore services and home-repair referrals to continue maintaining your home? Do you need convenient door-through-door transportation to the doctor or grocery market? Would you like to be a member of an active senior center where you could receive hot lunches, enjoy fitness classes and engaging lectures, find purpose-filled volunteer opportunities and meet new friends? Maybe a membership to Aging at Home: A Community Network (which includes a membership to Friendship Circle Senior Center) is the answer for your peace of mind and ability to stay living in your own home.
The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UNGPSNJ) has launched a new model of community-based programming to help seniors age in good health in their homes and communities. UNGPSNJ selected Senior Community Services to pilot this exciting program in Delaware County.
The above information taked from the Senior Community Website at: http://www.scs-delco.org/programs/aging-home/

Monday, April 28, 2014

Helping seniors to managing medications, why elderly have hard time with prescriptions, understanding, taking and managing

Living independently is important to all of us, but especially to seniors. As they age, seniors face unique challenges, such as losing a spouse and elderly friends, changes in physical and mental abilities, and other general lifestyle changes that often occur during the golden years. Living in a comfortable and familiar environment becomes paramount to a senior’s happiness and feelings of well-being. As the relative, friend or caregiver of a senior, it is important for you to help seniors achieve this goal.

One area that deserves special attention with seniors is managing medications they take. Chances are the number of medications they are required to take increases with age, as seniors are often prone to medical conditions that are regulated by medicine. Taking the medications is important. However, it is equally important for seniors and their family caregivers to understand what medicine the senior takes, to become knowledgeable about side effects, and also to determine whether there appear to be adverse effects of taking different types of medications at the same time. Mismanagement of medications can be detrimental and sometimes even life threatening.

Medication mismanagement can be minimal or extreme. Forgetting to take medication can cause obvious problems but may not be of great concern if it does not happen often. But, combining some types of medicines can cause critical adverse reactions and if a senior is required to take painkillers, addiction can raise its ugly head. For these reasons it becomes essential to keep seniors well informed of the hazards mismanagement of medications can cause and to keep the doctor informed all of medications the senior is taking and of any apparent adverse side effects.

Signs of medication misuse include dizziness, nausea, confusion and memory issues, increased falls, troubled sleeping patterns, incontinence, and even hallucinations. Malnutrition can also indicate improper medicine administration, because confused seniors may not eat properly. Seniors who become addicted to painkillers may become secretive regarding their use of those drugs and seek prescriptions from various doctors and pharmacies. In extreme but not uncommon cases, some medications – when mixed – can cause death.

Seniors who have trouble successfully managing medications are not alone. In fact, research indicates that approximately 40% of people entering nursing homes do so because they are unable to self-medicate in their homes. In addition, 30% of all hospital admissions for people over age 65 are directly attributable to missed doses or overdoses of medication.

With these statistics in mind, the medical community has offered advice and other solutions to help seniors manage medications in their own homes. When family members visit, it is an opportunity to remind seniors to take their meds at designated times. If possible, seniors are encouraged to keep logs of the times they take their medications in order to keep track, determine the time of their next dose and to prevent over-dosage. Home health care companies, such as Comfort Keepers®, offer solid solutions in the form of medication reminder devices. The Safety Choice® TabSafe Medication System by Comfort Keepers stores medication and dispenses the proper dosage into a locked drawer at the bottom of the unit. If a dose is missed, the unit places a call to designated Comfort Keeper or other contact persons who can then call to remind loved ones to take their medicine. If no one is reached, a call to the monitoring station prompts a call or visit to the client or caregiver.

The use of one or all of these strategies can assist seniors who take multiple medications. It is also essential to make sure their doctors know of all medications seniors take so they can coordinate care and prescribe additional medicine, when needed, that will not cause adverse effects when combined with other meds. Others should keep a close eye on seniors who take medications to ensure seniors are properly administering their own meds.

Research shows seniors who live alone are more likely to inadvertently misuse medications. Knowledge is power, but control is key regarding medication management. The reward in helping seniors properly manage their medication is helping them achieve their ultimate goal of living healthy, independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible.

References
Comfort Keepers (2012). Safety choice® products. Retrieved on February 10, 2012, from http://www.comfortkeepers.com/technology-solutions/safetychoice-products.
Agingcare.com (2012). Seniors and prescription drug addiction. Retrieved on February 10, 2012 from http://www.agingcare.com/Articles/help-for-elderly-prescription-addictio....
Agingcare.com (2012). Surprising list of medications cause majority of senior overdoses. Retrieved on February 10, 2012 from http://www.agingcare.com/Articles/senior-drug-overdose-148701.htm.
Caregivingstress.com (2012). The warning signs. Retrieved on February 10, 2012 from http://www.caregiverstress.com/senior-safety/health-information-manageme....
Marek, Karen Dorman. Ph.D., M.B.A., R.N., F.A.A.N. Antle, Lisa. A.P.R.N., B.C., A.P.N.P
U.S. National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health (2012). Chapter 18 medication management of the community-dwelling older adult. Retrieved on February 11, 2012, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2670/.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

COSA looking for 100 year olds for 2014 Luncheon

On May 14, 2014, Delaware County Council, along with the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA), will host their annual Centenarian Luncheon. This will be the 12th year for this event and is always one of the highlights of the year. Anyone turning 100 or older in 2014 is welcome to attend this luncheon at the Drexelbrook Banquet Center.
Last year, we had 47 centenarians attend the luncheon and COSA visited 25 additional centenarians in the community.
Centenarians and one guest are admitted for free. Additional guests may purchase tickets for $25.00 each. Guests also receive a commemorative photo from the day along with a special proclamation from Delaware County Council.
The organization or facility that brings the most centenarians to the luncheon will receive a prize.
For more information or to register to attend the luncheon, contact Debbie Hedgepeth at (610) 872-1686.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

In-home Senior Care launches new websites

Comfort Keepers, an in-home senior care provider has launched a new website with great information and resources. To see their new website click on www.springfield-326.comfortkeepers.com