ADL’s, or Activities of Daily Living, are the basic tasks and functions that an individual performs to maintain their personal hygiene, health, and overall well-being. These tasks are essential to our daily lives and include activities such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and eating.
For individuals who require assistance with ADLs due to disabilities, aging, or other health conditions, caregivers are available to help. Caregivers are trained professionals who provide in-home support and assistance to individuals in need.
Below is a list of the most common ADLs and the types of support that Horizon Care caregivers can provide:
- Bathing: Caregivers can assist with bathing, showering, and grooming, ensuring that the individual is clean and comfortable.
- Dressing: Caregivers can help with choosing appropriate clothing, putting on and taking off clothing, and fastening buttons and zippers.
- Toileting: Caregivers can assist with using the bathroom, changing adult diapers, and providing incontinence care.
- Eating: Caregivers can help with meal preparation, feeding, and ensuring that the individual is adequately nourished.
- Mobility: Caregivers can assist with walking, transferring from bed to chair, and using a wheelchair.
- Medication management: Caregivers can ensure that the individual takes their medications on time, manage medication schedules, and monitor any side effects.
- Housekeeping: Caregivers can assist with light housekeeping tasks, including laundry, dishwashing, and vacuuming.
- Transportation: Caregivers can provide transportation to appointments, errands, and other daily activities.
- Companionship: Caregivers can provide social and emotional support, engage in conversation, and participate in activities with the individual.
- Safety: Caregivers can ensure the individual’s safety by preventing falls, managing wandering, and providing supervision.
This list is not exhaustive, and the type of support provided may vary depending on the individual’s specific needs and preferences. Caregivers can provide a wide range of services, from basic assistance with ADLs to more comprehensive care, including help with managing chronic health conditions and providing hospice care.
In conclusion, ADLs are essential tasks that are necessary for individuals to maintain their health and well-being. Our caregivers are trained professionals who provide in-home support and assistance with these tasks, ensuring that individuals receive the care they need to live their daily lives with dignity and independence.
The 4 age related conditions we’re going to shed light on are arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and mental health conditions, all of which will only benefit from a diverse routine exercise program with cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching.
This disease is progressive and chronic and often shows face the older we get. Perhaps as a teenager, you over-trained in a particular sport; causes tremendous joint, muscles ligament, and bone stress; then as you got older you decided to not exercise at all, losing muscle and bone strength, decreasing mobility, motility, and stability. Now you have a perfect environment for inflammation and stiffness of the joints to flare up and limit your ability to function without pain.
Arthritis afflicts thousands of older people and it is the leading cause of disability. Prevention is everything; avoid overuse, commit to regular exercise and workout regularly.
Keeping your weight in check also helps deter this annoying and often painful disease. Take action to also include lots of stretching because this is going to help you increase the elasticity and flexion of your ligaments and ultimately leave your body loose and more able.
Research shows exercise is one of the more important actions you can take to guard against a diverse range of cancers. Fact is, up to 33% of cancer-related deaths are because of a lazy lifestyle and obesity, including colon and breast cancer.
The Huffington Post reports women that exercise regularly can lower their risk of breast cancer by up to 40%! The trigger is the high level of estrogen in the blood. Women that exercise have lower levels of estrogen. That’s a pretty good reason to commit to regular exercise in your day.
Your heart is a muscle and when it stays in shape, it is able to effectively pump blood through the body with less effort than if you were a certified couch potato. Exercise ensures your blood vessels and arteries stay flexible, which means you have great blood flow, and maintain low levels of blood pressure and a healthy cholesterol level.
The American Heart Association says just 30 minutes a day will help reduce your risk considerably for cardiovascular disease.
Of course, it’s always wise to check with your healthcare provider before you start a new exercise regimen, just in case you have a pre-existing underlying condition and need to modify your routine.
Mental Health Conditions
The American Psychological Association reports psychologist rarely include regular exercise in their treatment programs for mental health conditions, but that’s changing. Experts admit the exercise-mental health connection is pretty much impossible to ignore.
Natural endorphins from rigorous exercise boost your mood, help control or level that natural fight-or-flight response, and buffer the brain. Experts believe exercise helps with chronic depression by boosting serotonin levels, and by promoting the growth of neurons.
Exercise may actually help biologically strengthen the brain and make it more resilient from slipping into bouts of anxiety and depression.
Bottom line is, prevention is everything, and we can’t turn back time.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to run marathons or train for 5 hours a day, in fact, even 20 minutes of regular rigorous activity, like walking, cycling, or aerobics 5 days a week can go a long way to improving your overall physical and mental health and preventing chronic illness in your older years.
It’s vitally important that you make the time to fit regular exercise into your day so you can live your live in an optimal fashion for a long, long time. By the way, it is never too late to start exercise, no matter your age!
Are you over the age of 50, and thinking about starting a workout routine?
Maybe you are apprehensive, thinking that today’s workout “fads” are for youngsters, or that you’re not ready physically to workout? Which begs the question – how do you expect to live a long fulfilling life if your heart, bones, and muscles are functioning in an un-serviced 50% efficiency mode?
There’s always hope; and it’s NEVER too late to start working out and get fit- even beyond your younger days.
Not convinced? Keep reading to learn why it’s never too late to start!
You’re More Likely To Die Of A Fall Than Exercise
Yes, you read that right; exercise won’t kill you as long as you’re smart about it. In fact, a fall occurring because of poor flexibility, and weak bones and muscles is much more likely to kill you, or leave you with a serious injury. The best way to prevent this? Regular exercise.
Fitness Is the Enemy Of Disease
Healthy and fit seniors worry less about chronic disease. Diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure can be prevented or better controlled with a pre-emptive exercise plan. Seniors with the best cardiovascular health profiles regularly exercise, and have good eating habits.
Have you been told that you’re a “grumpy old man/lady?” it’s likely because you don’t have a healthy outlet for stress relief. Exercise takes so many forms and there’s no one mold fits all template.
Don’t like lifting weights? That’s fine, do yoga.
Don’t want to run? No problem you can walk.
Hate walking? Then swimming is a solid form of cardio exercise, which is good for hearth health.
Whatever you enjoy, will soon become the best for you, physically, mentally and emotionally.
You will also sleep better, and have less aches and pains, definitely more reasons to smile and enjoy life!
The Golden Years Can Be The Best
You’ve worked hard in your younger days- had to pay off a mortgage, put the kids through college and ensure everyone was well clothed and fed. Maybe time was limited; or maybe money was an issue. Whatever it was, it’s time for you. Your many responsibilities have probably been lifted, so now there’s a lot of time spent with your spouse doing nothing.
So, why not go hiking, join a gym, take long walks, go dancing, or take a Pilates class to get some fun workouts and boost quality time spent with your spouse or a workout partner.
Fitness doesn’t have to be hard; above all, it needs to be enjoyable and not forced.
Maybe you have a friend who appears to have aged 10 years in just 2 years, it happens all too often, primarily because of not caring for your body when you were young, or not actively trying to get fit.
Before morbidity comes knocking on your front door (being resigned to the bed) make changes now.
If you’re a woman, menopause doesn’t have to be as miserable as it is for many because exercise can alleviate hot flashes, mood swings and the associated myriad of pain. Your body will thank you, and you will feel better and consequently look better.
You Don’t Have To Go Hard
No one has ever said that exercise has to be gut wrenching to be effective, simply pace yourself and keep progressing.
If you’re planning a walk today for the first time in decades, start small- walk around your block. Do it every day if possible, and after a week walk around twice. Following this method of progression adds up over time, and leads to higher levels of fitness.
Have you ran out of excuses yet?
Because every minute you spend at home worrying about “starting,” there’s another person who just got serious in making positive changes, and in one short year will be miles ahead of you.
The time is now; enjoy your new found fitness!