We expect a lot from our feet. They get us to all the places we need to go, while providing the anchor and balance crucial to physical activity. Our ability to stay active often depends on keeping our feet healthy.
Nursing students begin their careers with the understanding that caring for ill and frail people will include having a large population of seniors as their patients. And while caring for them in times of greatest need is vitally important, they often never have the opportunity to get to know patients as people and relate to their more specific medical needs associated with aging.
For patients who want to be home but need ongoing care that can't be managed by friends or family, home health care services can be invaluable. Patients with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, particularly benefit from receiving care in a familiar environment.
Flexibility, creativity, and consistency all come into play when providing home care services to this population: It's about promoting maximum independence while maintaining safety.
At a time when people 65 and older are one of the fastest-growing groups online and social media use among seniors is exploding, many older adults are embracing technology and incorporating it into their busy lives.