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Home care providers recognize that every decade in life brings new adventures and challenges. For people over 50, certain foods are beneficial for healthy cholesterol and blood pressure, and for strong hearts, minds and bodies. Other foods need to be moderated to avoid health complications. Share these home care health tips with your aging loved ones to show them that it is possible to still enjoy their favorite foods and receive all the healthy, necessary nutrients:
- Eat a variety of food. It is easy to get into food “slumps” and to eat the same three meals every day. To increase the likelihood of getting all necessary nutrients, switch up your diet frequently. Close family members or home care services can provide nutrition assistance in planning and preparing a variety of delicious, healthy meals.
- Eat a hearty high-protein, low-carb breakfast. Try a poached egg with oatmeal and pair with a few berries or an apple and a cup of green tea. Eating a breakfast that is larger than the rest of your meals will help give you energy and fuel your day.
- Watch your sugar levels. Sugars can be sneaky, and will hide in tasty foods and beverages like tomato sauce, ketchup, fruit juice and wine. If you take sugar in your coffee, switch to natural sweeteners like Stevia® or Truvia®.
- Substitute the salt. Some sodium is necessary in the diet, but most people consume much more than they need, increasing the risk of high blood pressure. If your food needs a little something extra, replace the salt with salt-free spices, herbs or lemon juice.
- Listen to your body. If you are hungry, eat. If you are full, stop eating. It seems simple enough, but many of us eat too quickly to process when we are actually full and eat more than we need. Eat slowly and savor each bite. This will allow your body time to tell your brain when you are full.
- Drink water. You may not often feel thirsty, but people over 50 should drink several glasses of water each day. Drinking water will also help you feel fuller faster, reducing the chance of eating unnecessary calories.
- Talk to your physician. If you would like to know how many calories you should consume each day or how much fiber or protein you need, talk to your physician. She or he will be able to determine the healthiest plan for you based on your height, weight, age and health concerns. Share this information with your family members and/or home care provider so they can support you.
- Communicate your goals with your caregivers. If your family provides part-time home care or you have a home care service provider, it is important to share your health goals with them. Discuss ways to incorporate healthy foods, habits, and activities so they can provide assistance and encouragement.
Finding a Home Care Provider
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty home care services to people of all ages with offices conveniently located nationwide. Each office makes life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own homes. ComForcare offers elderly care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its home care services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
ComForcare Home Care
2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Home care services support the needs of elderly care clients who are showing early signs of memory loss and dementia by assisting with personal care and household tasks.
When it comes to health, disease prevention is always encouraged, and a new study performed by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota suggests there may be a clue in common lifestyle habits. The study suggests that there is a link between computer use and exercise, and preventing the early onset of mild cognitive impairment in seniors.
Dr. Yonas Geda of the Mayo Clinic of Arizona studied more than 900 patients over the age of 70 in Minnesota who were questioned about their exercise habits, computer use and other technology uses. Of the 314 participants who both exercised and used a computer, only 6 percent showed early signs of mild cognitive impairment when screened by a medical professional. Of the 205 study participants who did not use a computer or exercise, nearly 20 percent showed early signs of mild cognitive impairment.
With results like this, it makes sense to encourage seniors to participate in daily exercise and to engage in technology and computer use. While study researchers cautioned that these results do not prove that this prevents mild cognitive impairment, they did suggest that exercise and computer use may be markers for individuals who make healthier lifestyle choices in general.
Helping Home Care Clients Exercise
There are ways to help home care clients or elderly family members choose healthier habits. If they are able, suggest that they get outside each day for an early morning or evening walk. It can be as simple as a short walk to the end of the street or a stroll through a nearby park or garden. Home care service agencies such as ComForcare Home Care can provide experienced, compassionate caregivers to accompany seniors who wish to stretch their legs with a walk outside or with light exercises indoors.
Elderly Care Technology Tips
Home care service providers can also help seniors use a computer to keep up to date with family, news, and events. Home care companions are available to assist with email, writing letters and watching films or shows on TV or online. Staying up to date with friends and family through technology is a great way to continually stimulate the mind and help prevent memory loss.
Family and friends can assist seniors by setting up a computer with a large screen and accessible keyboard. Personal notepads or tablets are also a great choice for family members who have difficulty sitting at a desk, since they can be used while seated in a comfortable chair or in bed.
Learn About National Home Care Services
ComForcare Home Care is a premier provider of private-duty home care services to people of all ages with offices conveniently located nationwide. ComForcare makes life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare caregivers provide elder care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its home care services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
ComForcare Home Care
2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
GREENSBORO, NC, June 1, 2012 – ComForcare Home Care Services today announced that it has been recognized with Home Care Pulse’s “Best of Home Care” distinction. Awarded to the top 25% of agencies in client and employee satisfaction scores from Home Care Pulse, ComForcare Home Care is now ranked among a select few of the best agencies in the country.
“We know that sometimes it is difficult to make care decisions when you don’t have specific experience with an agency. It was our goal to provide families with the ability to make an informed decision, have tangible ways to measure quality and help them find a comfort level when choosing an agency to work with,” commented Aaron Marcum, founder of Home Care Pulse.
Home Care Pulse, a company which measures client and employee satisfaction, created the award to identify those agencies in the private duty home care space that demonstrated a passion for client and employee satisfaction. Home Care Pulse believes that honoring such companies can both educate and help families to make better care decisions for their aging loved ones.
“We chose Home Care Pulse to survey all of our clients and employees about our level of performance and responsiveness to market demands and needs,” says Richard Bober, owner of ComForcare Home Care Services in Greensboro, NC. “With this information, we have learned to make improvements and adjustments to our operations. Our goal is to be the premiere provider of in-home/non-medical services in the greater Guilford County area,” continues Mr. Bober. “The best method to do this is by surveying our clients and employees with a third party agency; and that’s what Home Care Pulse follows through on.”
The selection process for the “Best of Home Care” includes the evaluation of client and employee satisfaction in areas such as agency training, communication, overall quality of care, caregiver performance, caregiver morale, response to problems and recommendation of services to name a few.
“We want to congratulate ComForcare Home Care of Greensboro, NC for winning the “Best of Home Care” award and commend their commitment to placing high priority on client and employee satisfaction,” concluded Marcum.
To find out more about the “Best of Home Care” award or Home Care Pulse, please visit http://www.thetriad.comforcare.com.
About Home Care Pulse
Home Care Pulse was launched in 2008 and is a company specializing in measuring and benchmarking client and employee satisfaction for private duty home care agencies. Recently Home Care Pulse conducted the largest study ever performed on behalf of the private duty industry. Home Care Pulse helps agencies promote and drive business, improve service quality and increase employee loyalty. Visit http://thetriad.comforcare.com for more information.
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare Home Care Services is a provider of in-home/non-medical services and was founded in 2009. Its mission is to help people maintain their independence and quality of life in a their home setting in a dignified manner. Further information can be found at http://www.comforcare.com.
Free Webinar will present proactive approaches to managing Customer Ratings and Reviews
May 7, 2012 (Birmingham, MI/Houston, TX): Melih Oztalay, CEO of Smartfinds Internet Marketing (http://www.smartfindsgeographicmarketing.com) and Paul Segreto, CEO of franchisEssentials (http://www.FMDpro.com), will present a webinar discussing Customer Ratings and Review Management for businesses. Interested parties can register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/875579678 for the May 22, 2012 one hour free webinar.
6 in 10 consumers make their buying decisions based on the experiences from your customers who have posted their ratings about your business and their reviews about the experience they have with your staff, products and services.
In addition search engines are and will be basing their decision to rank a local business listing or website based on the star ratings, which are quantitative and make for a easy mathematical equation.
How does a business manage this very overwhelming problem when there are over 200+ websites and databases in geographic marketing for local business listings for consumers to post their ratings and reviews?
Smartfinds Internet Marketing (http://www.smartfindsgeographicmarketing.com), an Internet Marketing pioneer for more than 20 years and leader in web marketing including Geographic Web Marketing and Local Web Marketing, will present the issue and solutions by Melih Oztalay, CEO of SmartFinds Internet Marketing.
“As a web marketing agency working in an ever changing environment of web technologies and requirements, we have to find solutions that will support businesses not only in their search engine rankings, but also in their online reputation.” said Melih Oztalay, Smartfinds CEO.
franchisEssentials (http://www.FMDpro.com) CEO, Paul Segreto, and Founder at both the FranchisEssentials Media Group and FranSummit, brings unique perspective, entrepreneurial spirit and extensive industry experience to franchise management, marketing and development. For over twenty years he has exclusively served the franchise industry as consultant and coach, senior-level corporate executive, advocate, multi-unit franchisee and area developer.
“We have been experiencing growing concerns over customer ratings and reviews over the past 5 years, since they were first introduced to the internet community by franchise owners.” said Paul Segreto, franchisEssentials CEO.
The webinar event will be recorded and available for download after the event for all registrants. While we will have a focus on franchise owners, businesses in general are invited to learn more about the proactive approaches to managing customer ratings and reviews. The idea of passively waiting for customers to control your businesses online reputation is no longer an option.
You can register and learn more at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/875579678.
About Smartfinds Internet Marketing
The most critical element of SmartFinds Internet Marketing services is the creativity and imagination to apply the technological aspects of the digital marketplace to the marketing objectives of a particular business. Initial research provides SmartFinds the ability to develop a digital strategy that can be measured every step of the way to insure business growth and revenue generation. Some of SmartFinds’ clients have included ComForcare Home Care, Delphi, Flagstar Bank, Guardian Industries, McCann Erickson, Penske Automotive Group, Soave Enterprises, Wendy’s, Ziebart and others. You can learn more about SmartFinds at http://www.smartfindsmarketing.com and their Geographic Marketing website at http://www.smartfindsgeographicmarketing.com
Dedicated to franchise success at all levels, franchisEssentials CEO, Paul Segreto consults with founders and franchise executives of start-up and emerging franchise concepts, current franchisees experiencing difficult challenges in their daily operations, and with independent small business owners discovering franchising as a business expansion strategy or income diversification plan.
Understanding the franchise sales process from lead generation through franchise award, and the importance of forming an interdependent relationship between franchisee and franchisor, Paul has successfully developed and executed marketing and development strategies for franchisors across a variety of franchise segments. As franchise candidates and consumers have become more sophisticated and technologically advanced, Paul has embraced social technology and social media marketing, and has identified both as essential to future franchise growth at all levels.
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