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Midwest Home Care offers compassionate in home health care services.

Summer Safety Tips for your Elderly Loved Ones

With summer coming to Northeast Ohio, it is important to know how to beat the heat and ensure that your loved ones stay safe. Use these quick safety tips to help make this summer a healthy, fun one!

  • First, stay hydrated! The bodies of elderly individuals don't conserve water as well and have less perception of thirst which can lead to dehydration and serious issues if not properly managed. To combat this, keep a water bottle next to their bed or chair so that individuals can drink throughout the day. Foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables (Strawberries, Cucumbers, Watermelon, Celery, etc.) can also help meet the daily requirements for water. Lastly, know some of the warning signs of dehydration, which include headaches, dry mouth, cramping, fatigue, thirst, and dizziness.
  • Ensure that elderly individuals have access to cool environments because even slight increases in temperature can affect their health. To keep homes cool, use an air condition system (if applicable), use portable fans in common areas/bedroom, and keep sunshine out by using drapes and blinds. If an individual does not have air conditioning, consider going to air-conditioned public areas such as shopping malls, movie theater or libraries on days with high temperatures.
  • Stay connected! Ensure that you or other family members and neighbors are checking in on elderly loved ones throughout the week. Meet the neighbors who live around elderly loved ones and ask if they would be willing to check in occasionally, especially when you cannot be there. Make sure that other family members and neighbors know who to call in case of emergency or if they have questions. Create an emergency call list and give a copy to neighbors/family members and place it in an easily accessible area of the home.
Midwest Home Care offers compassionate in home health care services.

Vacation Travel for Elderly

Summer is a time for sun, fun, and relaxation! This summertime bliss can be affected when caring for an elderly loved one. Being a primary caregiver can be especially stressful when it comes to thinking about summer vacations and traveling. Midwest Home Care wants to ensure that you and your family have the best possible vacation, so we have provided you with some tips so that your loved ones can more easily participate in the summer fun while traveling.

  • First, contact Primary Care Physician to ensure that your loved one is healthy enough to travel. It is also very important, especially when traveling outside of the country, to contact the Physician to make sure that all vaccines are up to date.
  • Research is key for any great trip, especially with aging loved ones that may need extra assistance. Whether traveling by car, airline, train, cruise ship, etc. research what special services are available based on your loved one's needs; such as special dietary requirements, wheelchair accessibility, hearing or visual assistance, etc. Many amenities available for the elderly are a phone call away such as calling ahead for special services for going through the airport, asking for a disabled travelers row on an airplane, making sure that the hotel has proper amenities and is wheelchair friendly if needed.
  • Medication is a fact of life for most of the elderly. It is a good idea to research any special medical forms needed if your loved one is traveling with an oxygen tank or other medication. A note from the doctor describing medical conditions and medication reasoning should be included just in case. Along with research, make sure that medication is properly stored. Medication should be stored in carry-on bags in case of need during the flight or drive and in case of lost baggage. Medication does not have to comply with the 3oz or single quart-sized bag rule when flying but it should be in the original, labeled containers, all together in one location, and be a reasonable quantity for the length of stay whether flying or driving.
Our home health care services include occupational and physical therapy, nutritional services and general nursing care.

Providing Daily Home Care

Taking basic care of your home for many is simple, but for the elderly, it can fall to the wayside. At Midwest Home Care, not only will our registered nurses and Licensed Professional Therapists be able to provide in Home Nursing Care, but we also provide Daily Home Care Aid. This includes things like:

Here are a few precautionary measures you can take to lower your risk this winter.

  • Basic Housekeeping - We offer options for light housecleaning such as vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, doing laundry, etc.
  • Errand Running - Our staff can perform basic errands for Home Care Patients such as running to the grocery store, the post office, the bank, the pharmacy etc.
  • Meal Preparation - Midwest Home Care staff are qualified to prepare hot and healthy meals for your loved one that provides them with their specific dietary needs.
  • Assistance with Daily Task - These tasks include assistance bathing and dressing patients as well as helping with medication reminders and daily testing for specific medical needs.
  • Companion Services - Often patients need assistance outside the home so our staff can accompany them to doctor's appointments, outings, and other engagements.

Having a tidy home is important to living a healthy lifestyle but making sure the right people are doing it is paramount. Employing a company with trusted and certified Home Care Aids, like Midwest Home Care, will provide your loved one not only with excellent Daily Home Care but also outstanding medical care, all in one.