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When it comes to falls, the odds are stacked against our aging loved ones.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every four seniors will fall this year – it’s the number one cause of injuries among people age 65 and older,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “Of course, falls often result in injuries, like broken hips, but they can also cause a senior to become fearful or depressed – making it difficult for them to maintain their independence.”

September 18 – 23 is Fall Prevention Awareness Week, so we’re joining with other organizations to share practical tips to reduce the risk of falls. Goetz says there are 10 simple things you can do to help keep your aging loved ones on their feet. Continue reading 10 Tips to Help Seniors Prevent Falls

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Does your mom’s arthritis make it difficult for her to button a blouse or open a jar of mayonnaise?

Is your dad struggling to read the labels on prescription bottles because of macular degeneration?

“Nearly 85 percent of seniors live with at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and dementia,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “Without support, these conditions can significantly impact a seniors quality of life and threaten their independence.”

Continue reading Helping Seniors Manage Chronic Conditions

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Did you know that loneliness can pose a health risk as deadly as smoking? It’s a growing concern – one that recently was addressed by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

“In recent years, about one-in-two adults in America reported experiencing loneliness,” Murthy says in an advisory. “And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic cut off so many of us from friends, loved ones, and support systems.”

Older people are at an increased risk for loneliness and isolation increases for a variety of reasons – driving may no longer possible, mobility issues, chronic illnesses and hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Continue reading Sounding the Alarm About Loneliness

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Your dad passed away about three months ago, and you’re beginning to realize just how much your mom depended on him.

He did all the driving… now she rarely leaves her home.

He was the cook… now her most of her meals come out of the microwave.

He did the laundry… now she sometimes wears the same outfit day after day.

You know she needs help, but she doesn’t want to leave the home she shared with her husband for more than 60 years.

“This is a very common situation,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations director at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “It’s completely understandable that mom or dad wants to remain in the family home – especially after the loss of a spouse. Thankfully, they don’t always need to move to assisted living to get the help they need. Families now have options to help their aging loved ones live safely in their homes for as long as possible – including enlisting the help of a professional caregiver.”

Continue reading What Does an In-Home Caregiver Do?

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How many prescription drugs do your aging parents take? If they’re like most seniors, they take at least one – probably more.

While medicines can help us live longer and healthier, taking them the wrong way or mixing certain drugs can be dangerous – and, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 55% of seniors fail to take their medications as prescribed.

“Managing medications can be difficult for a variety of reasons,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations director at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN).  “For example, it can be hard for seniors to read the small print on the pill bottles and, seniors who have memory issues, often simply don’t remember to take the right pills at the right time.” Continue reading Ten Tips to Help Manage Meds

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Your parents have been very clear, repeatedly – they do not want to move to a senior living community… at least not yet.

“An overwhelming majority of seniors want to remain in their homes as they age, and a new study shows they’re doing whatever it takes to make that possible,” said Mark Goetz, co-founder and president of Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “The study, which was conducted by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, found that in 2020 and 2021, more than 1 million homeowners over age 65 made at least one home improvement to make their homes more accessible for those with limited mobility. In fact, older homeowners are now the fastest-growing age group when it comes to total home improvement expenditures.”

While some homes may require major renovations, others may only need a few modifications. Goetz recommends going room by room – looking for potential hazards or ways to make them more senior friendly. Continue reading Making Home Safe for Mom and Dad

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She hasn’t said anything, but you suspect your mom is struggling to take care of herself and her home.

“Older people rarely ask for help. They’re afraid of losing their independence, and they don’t want to burden family members or friends,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “Unfortunately, that often means they’re not getting the help they need with things like housekeeping, meal preparation and personal care.”

So how do you know when it’s time to give mom a little extra help at home? Goetz advises looking for the following red flags:

Continue reading 7 Signs Your Senior Might Need a Little Extra Help at Home

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Your aging mom is failing. She doesn’t need skilled nursing or assisted living yet – just a little help with things like light housekeeping, meal prep and getting in and out of the shower. You’ve heard a lady from your mom’s church sometimes works as an independent caregiver, but is that the best option?

“Private caregivers make up what we call the ‘gray market’ – providers who are unrelated to the client, not working for a regulated agency and potentially uninsured  and untrained,” said Mark Goetz, co-founder and president of Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “While hiring one of these independent caregivers might seem like a good idea, families should be aware of the risks.”

Continue reading The Risks of Not Hiring In-Home Care Through an Agency

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As the temperature rises, so does the risk for heat-related problems – especially for older adults.

“Summer is here, which means we’ll all be spending more time outdoors soaking up the sunshine,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “While sun exposure does have benefits – including mood improvement – too much exposure can be harmful. For seniors, the risk of heat- and humidity-related problems is much higher.”

Below are ten tips to help you and your aging loved ones beat summer’s sweltering heat.

Continue reading 10 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

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New Tudor Oaks Home Care scheduling manager, Linda Belonger, was in Omaha, NE last week with the Home Care Advocacy Network (HCAN) team. Linda and the HCAN team take a deep dive into implementing a comprehensive program that offers multiple levels of service to seniors in the Muskego area. Linda states, “Helping clients and families understand the choices available to them and the benefits of home care are essential to developing a comfortable and beneficial relationship”.

Tudor Oaks Home Care enables seniors to have Tudor Oaks Senior Living Community quality care and support they have come to rely on and trust, in the comfort of their own home. The new services offer seniors and families a variety of supportive home care services to those who wish to remain independent, safe and healthy living in their own home.

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