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Healthy Skin Tips for Seniors

Your skin ages with you, and it is normal to develop fine lines and wrinkles. This is a natural occurrence, but it is still important to keep up with a proper skin care routine to keep your skin radiant and healthy.

Other health-related skin problems that arise include dry skin and itching, bruises that take longer to heal, age spots, skin tags, skin cancer, and more. These health concerns should be addressed in order to maintain comfort, health, and safety.

Seniors should keep a steady skin care routine as a part of their daily healthy lifestyle. There are some simple tips that seniors can instill into their lives.

1. Eat a Nutritious Diet

A balanced diet that is rich in vitamins, nutrients, and essential minerals will keep you healthy from the inside out.

Good nutrition helps the body repair and strengthen skin. Foods that are rich in vitamins help to make a senior’s skin less prone to bruises and skin damage.

Vitamin A helps prevent infection in damaged skin, Vitamin C helps heal wounds faster, and Vitamin E prevents damage to cell membranes. Eating foods that are rich in these vitamins is an ideal way to care for your skin.

2. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is good for people of any age. It helps promote healthy skin by keeping you hydrated from the inside out.

Water can flush out toxins, moisturize the skin’s surface, and ultimately be an essential tool for staying healthy.

3. Soothe Dry Skin

There are many ways you can treat your dry skin. You want to make sure to use moisturizing soaps and lotions; however, do not wash your skin excessively. Too much washing will actually cause more dryness in your skin.

You can also use a humidifier, especially during the winter season. Dry air contributes to dry skin, so adding moisture into the air can aid in skin hydration. Humidifiers are simple to use and can even be used while you sleep.

4. Wear Sunscreen

Sunlight is healthy in small amounts; however, it can harm your skin if you’re exposed for too long. Seniors are especially at risk for damage due to more fragile skin.

Too much sunlight can lead to skin cancer, sunburn, and a heightened risk of skin discoloration and wrinkles. Be sure to always wear sunscreen at SPF 50 or higher and don’t stay out in the sun for too long. Also wear protective clothing when possible, to avoid too much exposure.

5. Check Your Skin Often for Skin Cancer

It is important to be aware of any changes on your skin. Call your doctor right away if you notice any changes that concern you. It is better to be cautious rather than ignoring any potential problems.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Arthritis Care

Arthritis can be a debilitating disease due to joint pain, stiffness and fatigue; however, with proper arthritis care, seniors can have a high quality of life and feel more at ease.

Many times, arthritis can be chronic and can result in reduced mobility. Seniors with arthritis may have a difficult time going through their days and are unable to partake in typical daily tasks. According to care.com, there are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis and more than 50% of seniors 65 and older have osteoarthritis in at least one joint. Older patients also experience more severe stiffness in their joints, so it is crucial to take proper measures for arthritis care.

Rheumatologists can provide professional care to seniors with arthritis through medications and creams. Getting proper treatment from a doctor should be the first step in helping a senior with arthritis. Doctors can help to pinpoint the exact treatment a senior will need to manage their joint pain.

In addition to seeking professional medical care for arthritis, there are additional arthritis care treatments that can help seniors. Caregivers and family members can help assist the senior with these various care tips if the senior cannot perform these tasks on their own.

Ways to Manage Arthritis 

This type of therapy can provide temporary relief of arthritis pain. You can use warm towels, hot packs, or a warm bath or shower. The heat increases blood flow, which helps to ease pain and stiffness. Cold packs can also help to numb the pain in your joints and can help reduce swelling. Try to experiment with both hot and cold treatments to see which provides the most relief for you.

If you’re experiencing painful inflammation, it’s best to hold back from exercising until the pain subsides. However, exercise is helpful for arthritis care because it can strengthen your muscles and bones and help keep your joints flexible. Resistance training will help to support your muscles and joints affected by arthritis. Try out aerobic exercises to help you lose weight. Maintaining a healthy weight relieves stress on painful joints. Before beginning any exercise routine, be sure to consult your doctor or physical therapist to be sure that exercise is a proper treatment for you.

t’s important to eat a balanced diet when you have arthritis, because a variety of nutrients can help ease your symptoms. Foods with vitamin C, such as fruits and vegetables can help with arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and fish oil, can also help your symptoms. Eating healthy meals filled with nutrients can help to reduce inflammation and provide some relief to your pain.

Regularly having a good night’s sleep can help you to better cope with the pain and stress of arthritis. Follow a strict sleep schedule each night. This will help you feel well-rested mentally and physically. Have a nighttime routine before going to bed, such as reading or meditating. Getting relaxed before bed will help you to have a better sleep. Make sure you are comfortable in your bed. If you experience discomfort in your joints while lying in bed, make adjustments to your pillows. Additionally, if you continue to have sleep problems, consult your doctor for medical advice.

Sprints and braces can help to make you more comfortable and can help prevent injuries. Other helpful aids can include electric can openers, shower chairs, devices to pull up zippers, and devices to extend a person’s reach. These aids help an arthritic senior perform tasks that are challenging and painful. It’s a good idea to take advantage of any types of aids and devices that make life a little easier.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Winter Safety Tips For Seniors

As the temperature drops and hazardous weather conditions approach us, it’s crucial for seniors to learn about winter safety.

Staying inside would be the ultimate solution; however, in some cases, the outdoors is difficult to avoid.

Here are five specific tips to keep in mind and some preventative measures you can take.

Winter Safety and Health Tips

Dress Warmly

Seniors are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia in the winter months. According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65.

When going outside, dress in loose layers. The air between the layers helps keep you warm. Make sure no skin is exposed to the cold air.

Dressing warmly protects you from the harsh conditions of below zero temperatures.

What To Wear

  • Heavy Coat
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Hat
  • Scarf

Avoid Slipping

It’s important to avoid serious injuries that occur from slipping and falling on ice and snow. Seniors tend to face complications while trying to recover from fractures and lacerations. You can avoid injuries by taking these winter safety precautions.

When walking outside you should wear shoes with good traction and avoid walking in areas with patches of ice. Black ice can be especially dangerous because it is hidden, so make sure to be aware of your surrounding and get assistance with walking if necessary. Additionally, if using a cane, be sure the tip of your cane isn’t worn down to assure safety.

When going inside, remove wet shoes to avoid slipping on the floor.

Be Proactive Against Germs

This is the season where cold and flu viruses tend to linger longer due to the cold air and lack of humidity.

Protect yourself from germs. Wash your hands regularly and use a paper towel to open doors in public places. Use a disinfectant wipe to wipe off phones and surface areas. Try to avoid places that are overly crowded.

These actions will decrease your chances of getting sick this winter.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

In addition to taking precautionary measures against germs, it’s also important to keep up with a nutritious and vitamin-filled diet to prevent illnesses. Make sure you understand your individual dietary needs in order to keep a healthy diet.

In general, take Vitamin C to support your immune system. You can also eat fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin C, such as strawberries, oranges, pineapples, broccoli, and kale. Also consume foods high in zinc, such as fish, poultry, and eggs.

Maintaining a healthy diet will help in the prevention against illness and it will help your body and mind feel healthier overall during the winter.

Fight Against Wintertime Depression

It’s easy to become depressed during the wintertime due to increased indoor time and less travel. But there are things you can do in order to elevate your mood during these months.

Friends and family should take more time to visit seniors in the wintertime. If visiting is not possible, schedule regular phone calls. Having constant interactions will help increase happiness.

Seniors should also continuously be involved in their favorite activities. Whether it be knitting, playing games, or doing crossword puzzles, keeping busy with activities will help fight against wintertime depression.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Talking With Your Doctor

It is common in this day and age for doctor and patient to have more of a communicative relationship. You, as the patient, can take an active role in your care. This means asking questions and fully understanding how your health is being managed.  For seniors it is especially important because there may be more health conditions and treatments that need to be discussed. How well you and your doctor talk to each other is key in getting the right care for your needs, but there can be obstacles on either side.

  • Patients often struggle to say exactly what they want to say and knowing how to say it.
  • Doctors, according to the National Institute on Aging, will start to interrupt the patient in an average of 18 seconds.

How, then, can a patient ensure they are asking the right questions and understanding the doctor’s information? We’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your appointments.

Before Your Appointment

Be Prepared

* Make a list of concerns

* Bring a list of your current medicines

* Have all of your medical information available

* Make a note of all health and life changes since your last appointment


Make Sure You Can Hear and See

* If you you need glasses to see, bring your glasses

* If you have a hearing aid, make sure you wear it to the appointment

* If you require an interpreter (family member or otherwise) talk to them about it ahead of time.

* Side note: having an interpreter is helpful in avoiding misunderstandings of certain words and phrases.


Consider Bringing a Family Member or Friend

* Another can often ask questions that you may not have thought of

* Having another set of ears is helpful because they may have heard information that you missed.

During Your Appointment

Be Honest

* Tell all of your symptoms

* Give the names of all of your medications

* Be truthful about your habits and the frequency of them (smoking, drinking, etc.)


Take Notes 

* Bring a notepad and pen/pencil

* Record the appointment so that you can go back and listen to it. Let the doctor know that you are recording


Ask Questions and Discuss Any Diagnosis 

* Ask about possible side effects of prescriptions

* Talk about what you can expect – how your diagnosis will physically make you feel, when you should notify a doctor, what steps do you need to now take

* Clarify about any new prescriptions and their instructions

* Get written (or record) information about your treatment plan.

After your appointment do not hesitate to talk to family members about what was said and brought up. If you have any questions, uncertainties, or concerns, call or e-mail your doctor. Remember that the more information you share and the more clarification you get, the better that you and your doctor can jointly and effectively manage your health!

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Fall Prevention

With the first day of Fall (and the aptly designated Falls Prevention Day) occurring this past Friday we decided to take this week to go over some tips to help prevent falls!

The Necessity of Preventing Falls

According to the CDC, one out of every five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones, fractured hip, or a head injury. And for seniors, over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized due to a fall injury.

As we age, physical changes and health conditions can make falls more likely, but does not need to incite fear. Instead, educate yourself with tips on how to prevent falls.  Or as I like to put it: B.R.A.C.E yourself!

Fall Prevention Tips

Be active. With doctor approval, participate in activities such as walking, water aerobics, tai chi, etc. Participating in physical activity can improve balance and coordination.

Review Medications. Talk with your doctor about your health conditions, if you’ve fallen before, and what type of medications you are taking. Certain medicine side effects can make you tired, cause dizziness, etc. Your doctor can help identify some prevention strategies and see if there are any alternatives to the medicines you are taking.

Add grab bars and handrails. Installing these safety tools in your home can help with managing stairs, using the bathroom, and getting in and out of the bathtub without injuring yourself. When using these aids, taking your time is key to safety!

Check your vision and hearing at least once a year. Your ability to hear and see affects your balance. Having these checks done annually can help your doctors catch any vision or hearing loss, and implement the correct remedy.

Evaluate your home for tripping hazards. Boxes, non-slip rugs, phone cords, and other items can cause falls if they are in pathways, loosely strewn, or not securely fixed in place. Removing objects and clutter and moving items out of high traffic areas can reduce falls.

Preventing Falls = Preventing Injuries

Preventing falls means preventing injury. By using and following fall prevention techniques you are taking control of your health. Remember that these are not the only fall prevention tips, and this is not a singular journey! Talk to your doctor, and involve your family and friends.  Working together can help everyone stay safe!

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

The Effects of Music on Seniors

The Importance of Music

There is something about music that triggers our emotions. Upbeat, rhythmically heavy tunes that make your toes tap can cause happiness. Slow, drawn out melodies in minor keys can tug at the heart strings. Add lyrics that relate to a sadness you’ve known or that you can sympathize with and you very well may have tears streaming down your cheeks. Music can calm the soul, incite happiness, and provoke sadness in children, teens, adults, and seniors alike.

Not only is music pleasing to the ear, but for seniors it can also aid in improving health.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Studies have shown that music stimulates the brain. For seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, music can help improve memory as well as brain processing. Music evokes memories from decades ago, bringing about significant responses and recognition. This helps seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia to connect the music with various memories of places and people.

Parkinson’s and Stroke Patients

When it comes to seniors who have had strokes or who are in various stages of Parkinson’s disease, rhythmic music can provide comfort. There are studies that have shown that music therapy can help regain some functioning of their body. Part of that therapy includes listening to slow and steady rhythms or pulsing pitches.  These rhythms helps the patient’s body move more steadily as it reacts to the beat.

Distress and Moods

Stress and anxiety are present from the time that we‘re little children and doesn’t necessarily go away, we just find ways to manage it. Seniors can experience stress or anxious situations daily, but people who listen to music regularly tend to be happier. This can also be attributed to the fact that listening to calm music can settle down those who are agitated, and listening to upbeat music can increase serotonin, which elevates our moods…making us happy!

If you feel like introducing more music into your/your loved ones schedule, here are some easy ways to begin:

  • Playing music in the background throughout the day can provide a calm atmosphere. Make sure you are noticing the effects that music is having. If you notice a particular song or genre begins to agitate your loved one, then try not to play that song or type of music.


  • Find a music program or encourage singing or the playing of an instrument. Participating in music programs where they can sing, play, or just listen to music can increase socialization, lower the heart rate, and provide a sense of accomplishment.


  • Find live music to enjoy! Many park districts and cities have free concerts, especially in the summer.

Don’t forget that participating with the senior in your life can also help improve their health. Enjoying the activities we love with the people we interact with helps to maintain relationships, create more connections, and allow for more memories to be built.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Seniors and the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July can be a fun time for all: Celebrating with people! Being out in the sun! Seeing the fireworks!

However, those crowds, fireworks, and sun exposure can also be difficult for seniors. As you are gearing up for festivities, be mindful of the senior in your life. See how they are coping with the events of the day, and take steps to ensure that the day is a pleasant one for everyone involved! Here are some tips to help your senior loved one experience a great Fourth of July.

Plan Senior-Friendly Activities

Having activities where the senior in your life can relax and enjoy their time while still being with the family is important. Here are a few popular and easy activities:

  • Barbecues are a popular activity on the 4th of July, and something that most seniors will enjoy and fondly reminisce on.
  • Involve your senior in crafts and cooking such as: making patriotic themed snacks, helping the children make flag crafts, throwing water balloons to cool off the rest of the family!
  • Watching movies inside to cool down from the heat. There are many patriotic themed movies to choose from!

Prepare for the Weather

If the weather cooperates with most people’s hopes and wishes then it will be a nice, hot day. Make sure that you/your senior loved one has sunscreen on. Bringing along hats and umbrellas can also help shield from the sun. If you are staying for the fireworks, or if it begins to rain, make sure to have a light jacket or blanket for warmth.

Allow For Quiet and Rest

Fourth of July can be a long day of festivities. It is helpful to have a spot where the senior in your life can rest. This can look like:

  • Having a room to retreat to if you are at a house.
  • Bringing a special chair for them to sit in if you are out at the park or beach.
  • Telling the grand kids and other family members to let the person rest for a little bit!

Whether you are having a small barbecue at home, or a large gathering at the park, including your senior relative and making them comfortable will help create positive memories for years to come!

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Travel Tips

The Look of Travel

The things we focus on changes throughout the various stages of our lives. This is true for travel, as well. As a kid your focus may have been solely on the fun places you would go. As a young adult or parent, your focus changes to making sure everything is planned correctly, that there are diversions for your children, and that everyone gets through the trip relatively happy and unscathed.

For seniors, travel can also look a bit different. Health affects the way we move about and the activities that we take part in, but this shouldn’t stop you from traveling. It just means you need to prepare in different ways. Let’s take a look at some travel tips to help you feel equipped and ready for any adventure!

Enjoy Yourself

Remember that you don’t have to do or see absolutely everything! If you are exhausted and in pain the whole time then your trip will not be enjoyable and it could affect your health.  Make note of the sites that you want to see, but also take time to rest your body. This will help make your trip one that is both fun and memorable.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.