Physicians Choice Private Duty hosts first #srcarechat today at 3 p.m. EST!

Physicians Choice Private Duty is proud to announce we’ll be hosting our very first Twitter chat today at 3 p.m. EST. We’ve named it Senior Care Chat using the hashtag #srcarechat. Whether you’re a caregiving family member or professional, we invite you to join in on today’s conversation, which will focus on the best ways to offer care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Here are today’s questions:

1. As a caregiver, what are the most important steps to take when dealing with a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s?

2. What sort of living environment best suits someone with Alzheimer’s?

3. When should family consider moving a loved one with Alzheimer’s into a nursing facility?

4. What setbacks should be anticipated when moving a loved one to a hospital or nursing home?

5. What are some ways to make sure someone with Alzheimer’s takes their medication as prescribed?

6. How do you explain to a young person that a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s?

7. What are some ways to prevent caregiver burnout?

8. What resources are available for families with loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s?

Feedback is always welcome, please let us know what you think in the comments or on Twitter.

On a side note, we’ve found that Twitter chats are a great place for caregivers and healthcare professionals from across the world to gather and discuss the issues currently facing the world of elderly care. With so many people sharing their insights and personal experiences, Twitter chats can be a great resource to draw from, helping us all to make the services we provide better and better.

Physicians Choice Private Duty currently serving Omaha, Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa provides seniors and their families a complete understanding of the available care options and helps families maneuver through the challenges of the system.All Physicians Choice Private Duty services are directed by registered nurses or social workers with no long-term contracts. Contact us today for help with your senior care needs.

“Physicians Choice Private Duty solves the problems families face in finding home health care providers they can trust. Providers who will focus on strategies that keep parents in their homes. To learn more about our health care services, visit https://private-duty.firstcareco.wpengine.com/services/.

Is napping important for the elderly?

Is napping important for the elderly?

Is napping important for the elderly?For decades now, researchers have been studying how napping affects overall health. While some studies link napping to certain health problems, new findings bring positive news, suggesting regular napping is associated with a sharper mind. This is especially encouraging to the elderly population, as surveys show that more than half of people over 75 nap at least twice a week, according to the AARP.

Some of the benefits associated with napping include:

  • Enhanced visual learning
  • Improved memory
  • Better problem solving

Still, to take advantage of the benefits, it’s important to know how long, how often and during what time of day someone should nap. A person’s age is also a factor since seniors naturally require less sleep than, say, someone in their 30s.

“I think most of us agree it’s wise to avoid taking a nap too close to bedtime, which may make it harder to fall asleep at night,” Timothy A. Roehrs, a sleep researcher at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, told the AARP. He goes on to say that, in general, the best time to take a nap is between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., a period when it’s easier to sleep as the body’s 24-hour circadian rhythm is normally in a lull.

Napping red flags

Even though many studies show health benefits associated with napping, there are other studies that link napping with health problems. For one, older people who nap tend to have more health problems than non-nappers, according to Michael V. Vitiello, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington. Many of these people who nap regularly have other sleep-related problems, such as depression, sleep apnea and nocturia. If this is the case, a common treatment for someone with chronic insomnia is to restrict sleep, i.e. less time spent in bed will lead to an improved quality of sleep.

Still, Vitiello tells the AARP that napping is perfectly OK for most people. “Experiment with different length naps. If you feel more refreshed, great. If not, maybe napping isn’t for you.”

Physicians Choice Private Duty currently serving Omaha, Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa provides seniors and their families a complete understanding of the available care options and helps families maneuver through the challenges of the system. All Physicians Choice Private Duty services are directed by registered nurses or social workers with no long-term contracts. Contact us today for help with your senior care needs.

“Physicians Choice Private Duty solves the problems families face in finding home health care providers they can trust. Providers who will focus on strategies that keep parents in their homes. To learn more about our health care services, visit https://private-duty.firstcareco.wpengine.com/services/