Making Your Home Safe for Visiting Seniors

Do you have seniors visiting your home? The holidays will be here soon so now’s a great time to be thinking about ways to make your home safer for elderly parents, family, and friends who might be visiting.

You won’t have to start an entire remodel. A few easy steps can help make your home safe and reduce the likelihood of falls.

Bathroom

  • Most hardware stores carry grab bars that easily clamp on the sides of tubs or walls of shower fixtures. You can even get temporary models that easily detach when they’re no longer needed.
  • For those unsteady on their feet, a lightweight safety bench for the tub makes it much safer for seniors to use bathroom facilities.
  • Install bathtub strips or a non-slip bathtub mat.

 

Bedroom

  • Add night lights to the bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways so your guests can easily see their way through the house at night.

 

Living Room

  • Remove clutter, electrical cords, and any toys that can cause a fall.
  • Loose rugs send thousands of seniors to the hospital every year. Secure rugs in place with two-sided tape or carpet mesh.
  • Keep a flow through the living room by arranging furniture with clear walking paths.

EasyCall is your partner in providing care for our senior loved ones. With customizable response plans and a lifetime guarantee, you’ll know you’re getting the best care possible. EasyCall: help at the touch of a button.

Brookings Residents: What to Do After a Break-In

Being the victim of a robbery is something you’ll hopefully never have to live through. However, if it does happen, you need to know the steps to recover from the break-in both financially and emotionally.

Here are six things to do in Brookings, Ore., after your home or business has been broken into.

 

Call the Police and File a Report

If you’re in the home when someone one is trying to break in, call 911 immediately. Do the same, if you arrive home and suspect someone is in your house. You definitely don’t want to confront a burglar on your own.

However, if you’re certain the burglar has fled, now’s the time to call the police or sheriff. In Albion, call the Brookings Police Department at (541) 469-3118.

Resist the urge to start cleaning up police have arrived and told you it’s ok to do so.  Otherwise, you might disturb key evidence that police need to investigate the break-in.

 

Call Your Insurance Company

Now that you’ve informed the proper authorities be sure to contact your homeowners or renters insurance company within 24 hours of the incident. The company will likely send an insurance adjuster to inspect the break-in and make an estimate to cover damages. Be aware, you may be asked to provide receipts or other proof of ownership for any expensive items that were stolen, like TVs, jewelry, or other goods.

 

Begin to Clean Up and Put Pieces Back Together

Once the police have finished with their investigation and you’ve contacted your insurance companies, it’s time to start to clean up. Reach out to contractors to replace windows or fix busted doors or any other damage. It can be helpful to have carpets cleaned or rooms painted, this can help remove the sometimes painful memories of a break in.

 

Reach out for Help

A break in can be an emotionally draining experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and families during this time and don’t be surprised if it takes a while to feel comfortable in your home. As with any traumatic experience, you will feel better with time and the support of those around you.

 

Review the Security of Your Home

After you’ve mentally recovered from your break in, it’s time to think about home security and how you can prevent another incident from occurring. The best ways to improve the security of your home include getting a security system installed, adding motion sensing lights to the exterior or your home, and working with your neighbors to report any suspicious activity. Apps like NextDoor (https://nextdoor.com/) can make that easy. After all, most burglars will stalk a neighborhood before attempting a break-in, looking for vulnerable houses that will be easy to get into.

Advanced Security Systems has security solutions for homes of all types and sizes in Brookings. Contact us today for a free, no obligation security consultation at 707-464-1975.

Learn more at http://advancedsecurity.us

Using Technology to Age in Place

Ninety percent of older Americans want to live in their own home as they age, according to AARP.

It’s no surprise. Many adults have spent years or decades in their current homes, and the idea of leaving behind a place with so many memories can be too much to bear.

Thankfully, its easier than ever for older adults to stay in their homes. With a few upgrades in technology, seniors can make their homes safe and comfortable for years to come.

Medical Alert Systems

A medical alert system can deliver peace of mind by summoning help at the push of a button. Plus, these devices are getting more and more sophisticated. EasyCall’s Freedom Stands model features automatic fall detection, so seniors can get immediate help in the event of a fall without having to press the alert button.

Smart Home Technology

New technologies are letting us connect and automate the systems in our homes in new and exciting ways. These advances spell big benefits for seniors too. Already, there are systems available that can automatically control heating and cooling and lighting.

New sensors are available that can detect a senior’s sleep quality, breathing, heart rate, and daily movement to ensure they’re staying active and alert a loved one or health professional if anything changes.

Telehealth

Telenurse and teledoctor services have been around for a while, but these services have significantly improved with the introduction of smartphones and tablets. With video calling now commonplace, seniors can stay in frequent contact with care providers without having to travel to medical offices.

Regular contact improves general health and enhances communication between patient and provider, leading to better overall care and health outcomes.

Technology will play a major role in the future as more baby boomers retire and look for ways to stay in the homes. EasyCall will be there with leading medical alert technologies to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Caregivers: Follow these Steps to Relieve Stress

Last week we discussed signs that you’re stressed as a caregiver to your loved ones. It’s so important to take care of your own health and wellbeing to ensure you’ve got the stamina to be there for others.

Today, let’s explore some ways you can control your stress and ensure you’re putting your health as a priority.

EasyCall is your partner in managing the care of your loved ones. With help at the push of a button, you can rely on EasyCall for peace of mind.

1. Find a connection

Join a support group for caregivers either in person or online. There are care groups targeted at all sorts of issues, from Alzheimer’s patients to those caring for seniors.

2. Accept What You Cannot Change

You can’t change the fact that your loved ones are aging, but you can control how you react.

3. Reach Out for Help

Most cities have respite and healthcare resources for seniors available. Taking advantage of these aids can give you a much-needed break and can be one of the best ways to reduce stress.

4. Focus on Your Health

Visit your doctor for regular check-ups, stay physically active, eat a healthy diet and try to get enough sleep.

5. Take Time Off

If your loved one experiences a sudden change in health, it might be time to take a break from work. Employers covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to care for relatives.

EasyCall is committed to helping caregivers manage the stress in their lives. With an EasyCall medical alert system, your loved ones are never truly alone. Get peace of mind with EasyCall.

Caregivers: Learn To Recognize These Signs of Stress Before It’s Too Late

Let’s face it: It can be tough being the care provider for elderly parents.

Without taking care of yourself, that stress can put your wellbeing at serious risk.

Finding ways to deal with stress and getting the help you need is vital to making sure you’re at your best and take care of your loved ones.

EasyCall is your partner when it comes to taking care of the elderly in your life. With EasyCall, they’re never truly alone, and help is ready at the push of a button.

Here are 5 signs you’re experiencing caregiver stress. Next week, we’ll look at 5 ways you can develop a more relaxed approach to being a caregiver.

1. Exhaustion

A major sign of stress is waking already feeling exhausted.

2. Changes in Eating Habits

Sudden weight loss or gain are both signs of stress and can lead to illness.

3. Anger

If you’re stressed, it’s not uncommon to begin snapping at your loved ones or family members, especially if you feel like they’re not helping as much as they could.

4. Depression

A constant feeling of sadness and hopelessness are both signs you’re under major stress and experiencing depression.

5. Anxiety

If you’re worried about facing another day or what the future holds, you’re experiencing anxiety.

Recognizing these signs of stress is an essential part of being a good care provider. EasyCall can help you provide outstanding care.

With a customizable response plan, you can be sure your loved ones are never truly alone and can always summon help with the push of a button.

Learn more about EasyCall today.

Hiouchi Residents: What to Do After a Break-In

Being the victim of a robbery is something you’ll hopefully never have to live through. However, if it does happen, you need to know the steps to recover from the break-in both financially and emotionally.

Here are six things to do in Hiouchi after your home or business has been broken into.

 

Call the Police and File a Report

If you’re in the home when someone one is trying to break in, call 911 immediately. Do the same, if you arrive home and suspect someone is in your house. You definitely don’t want to confront a burglar on your own.

However, if you’re certain the burglar has fled, now’s the time to call the police or sheriff. In Albion, call the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 464-4191.

Resist the urge to start cleaning up police have arrived and told you it’s ok to do so.  Otherwise, you might disturb key evidence that police need to investigate the break-in.

 

Call Your Insurance Company

Now that you’ve informed the proper authorities be sure to contact your homeowners or renters insurance company within 24 hours of the incident. The company will likely send an insurance adjuster to inspect the break-in and make an estimate to cover damages. Be aware, you may be asked to provide receipts or other proof of ownership for any expensive items that were stolen, like TVs, jewelry, or other goods.

 

Begin to Clean Up and Put Pieces Back Together

Once the police have finished with their investigation and you’ve contacted your insurance companies, it’s time to start to clean up. Reach out to contractors to replace windows or fix busted doors or any other damage. It can be helpful to have carpets cleaned or rooms painted, this can help remove the sometimes painful memories of a break in.

 

Reach out for Help

A break in can be an emotionally draining experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and families during this time and don’t be surprised if it takes a while to feel comfortable in your home. As with any traumatic experience, you will feel better with time and the support of those around you.

 

Review the Security of Your Home

After you’ve mentally recovered from your break in, it’s time to think about home security and how you can prevent another incident from occurring. The best ways to improve the security of your home include getting a security system installed, adding motion sensing lights to the exterior or your home, and working with your neighbors to report any suspicious activity. Apps like NextDoor (https://nextdoor.com/) can make that easy. After all, most burglars will stalk a neighborhood before attempting a break-in, looking for vulnerable houses that will be easy to get into.

Advanced Security Systems has security solutions for homes of all types and sizes in Hiouchi. Contact us today for a free, no obligation security consultation at 707-464-1975.

Learn more at http://advancedsecurity.us.

Five Tips to Maintain Mental Sharpness

Did you know as we age, our brain shrinks resulting in a loss of connections between our nerve cells?

Researchers believe this shrinkage, accompanied by a loss of blood flow in the brain, are what causes a loss of cognitive function in older adults. As caregivers, we can help prevent this decline by taking simple steps to keep our loved ones’ minds active and sharp as they age.

Here are five ways caregivers can help the seniors in our lives stay mentally sharp.

Focus on Cardiovascular Health

Studies have shown having healthy blood pressure and cholesterol level is associated with better brain function. Be sure you’re regularly checking vital signs and making sure your loved ones are regularly visiting the doctor for blood work.

Schedule Regular Exercise

Exercise is a great way to stimulate blood flow to the brain, which is associated with lowering risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Even a few minutes a day, done consistently, can yield big results.

Commit to Life Long Learning

Playing a challenging game can improve brain function, plus it’s fun! Puzzles, challenging reading, and other mentally stimulating activities are all great ways to keep the mind working.

Make Sure They’re Getting Enough Sleep

Often as we age, we don’t feel like we need as much sleep. But studies have shown, those who regularly get 7-8 hours of sleep are less likely to suffer from cognitive decline.

Encourage Limited Alcohol Consumption

Enjoying one drink per night is associated with beneficial health outcomes, but more than that can cause problems. To keep your mind functioning at its best, urge your loved ones to avoid excess alcohol and limit drinks to one per night if possible.

As your loved ones age, you can rely on EasyCall as your always-on medical alert system. With EasyCall, you can create a custom call list so we’ll immediately call emergency services, your family, or whoever you want, in the event of an emergency. Immediate help at the push of a button.

Learn more about EasyCall today.

Gasquet Residents: What to Do After a Break-In

Being the victim of a robbery is something you’ll hopefully never have to live through. However, if it does happen, you need to know the steps to recover from the break-in both financially and emotionally.

Here are six things to do in Gasquet after your home or business has been broken into.

 

Call the Police and File a Report

If you’re in the home when someone one is trying to break in, call 911 immediately. Do the same, if you arrive home and suspect someone is in your house. You definitely don’t want to confront a burglar on your own.

However, if you’re certain the burglar has fled, now’s the time to call the police or sheriff. In Albion, call the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 464-4191.

Resist the urge to start cleaning up police have arrived and told you it’s ok to do so.  Otherwise, you might disturb key evidence that police need to investigate the break-in.

 

Call Your Insurance Company

Now that you’ve informed the proper authorities be sure to contact your homeowners or renters insurance company within 24 hours of the incident. The company will likely send an insurance adjuster to inspect the break-in and make an estimate to cover damages. Be aware, you may be asked to provide receipts or other proof of ownership for any expensive items that were stolen, like TVs, jewelry, or other goods.

 

Begin to Clean Up and Put Pieces Back Together

Once the police have finished with their investigation and you’ve contacted your insurance companies, it’s time to start to clean up. Reach out to contractors to replace windows or fix busted doors or any other damage. It can be helpful to have carpets cleaned or rooms painted, this can help remove the sometimes painful memories of a break in.

 

Reach out for Help

A break in can be an emotionally draining experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and families during this time and don’t be surprised if it takes a while to feel comfortable in your home. As with any traumatic experience, you will feel better with time and the support of those around you.

 

Review the Security of Your Home

After you’ve mentally recovered from your break in, it’s time to think about home security and how you can prevent another incident from occurring. The best ways to improve the security of your home include getting a security system installed, adding motion sensing lights to the exterior or your home, and working with your neighbors to report any suspicious activity. Apps like NextDoor (https://nextdoor.com/) can make that easy. After all, most burglars will stalk a neighborhood before attempting a break-in, looking for vulnerable houses that will be easy to get into.

Advanced Security Systems has security solutions for homes of all types and sizes in Gasquet. Contact us today for a free, no obligation security consultation at 707-464-1975.

Learn more at http://advancedsecurity.us

Fort Dick Residents: What to Do After a Break-In

Being the victim of a robbery is something you’ll hopefully never have to live through. However, if it does happen, you need to know the steps to recover from the break-in both financially and emotionally.

Here are six things to do in Fort Dick after your home or business has been broken into.

 

Call the Police and File a Report

If you’re in the home when someone one is trying to break in, call 911 immediately. Do the same, if you arrive home and suspect someone is in your house. You definitely don’t want to confront a burglar on your own.

However, if you’re certain the burglar has fled, now’s the time to call the police or sheriff. In Albion, call the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 464-4191.

Resist the urge to start cleaning up police have arrived and told you it’s ok to do so.  Otherwise, you might disturb key evidence that police need to investigate the break-in.

 

Call Your Insurance Company

Now that you’ve informed the proper authorities be sure to contact your homeowners or renters insurance company within 24 hours of the incident. The company will likely send an insurance adjuster to inspect the break-in and make an estimate to cover damages. Be aware, you may be asked to provide receipts or other proof of ownership for any expensive items that were stolen, like TVs, jewelry, or other goods.

 

Begin to Clean Up and Put Pieces Back Together

Once the police have finished with their investigation and you’ve contacted your insurance companies, it’s time to start to clean up. Reach out to contractors to replace windows or fix busted doors or any other damage. It can be helpful to have carpets cleaned or rooms painted, this can help remove the sometimes painful memories of a break in.

 

Reach out for Help

A break in can be an emotionally draining experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and families during this time and don’t be surprised if it takes a while to feel comfortable in your home. As with any traumatic experience, you will feel better with time and the support of those around you.

 

Review the Security of Your Home

After you’ve mentally recovered from your break in, it’s time to think about home security and how you can prevent another incident from occurring. The best ways to improve the security of your home include getting a security system installed, adding motion sensing lights to the exterior or your home, and working with your neighbors to report any suspicious activity. Apps like NextDoor (https://nextdoor.com/) can make that easy. After all, most burglars will stalk a neighborhood before attempting a break-in, looking for vulnerable houses that will be easy to get into.

Advanced Security Systems has security solutions for homes of all types and sizes in Fort Dick. Contact us today for a free, no obligation security consultation at 707-464-1975.

Learn more at http://advancedsecurity.us.

4 Ways Tech is Helping Seniors & Caregivers

Technology is changing how we live our lives. For seniors and their caregivers, advances in tech can make life easier and safer.
Here’s a look at 4 ways technology can benefit today’s seniors and their loved ones.

1. Tech Keeps us Social

From video chat to social networks, we’re more connected than ever and this is great news for seniors. Studies show that our social lives are critical to our health and wellbeing.

Apps like Facebook, Apple’s Facetime, Skype, and more, are free, easy to use, and can keep us connected to friends and family and aware of community events.

2. Tech Keeps us Safe

The vast majority of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age, and medical response systems like EasyCall can help. A personalized medical response button is worn at all times and allows the wearer to summon help with the push of a button.

EasyCall is monitored 24/7 by professional dispatchers who will connect users to family or emergency services in an instant. This technology is keeping more people in their homes and helping them maintain their freedom.

3. Tech Helps with Meds

With smartphone apps and smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa, seniors can get help keeping track of their medication. Older adults often have a number of medications to keep track of, and juggling 5 to 10 different prescriptions can be a major challenge.

Smartphone and smart devices can give visual or audible reminders when meds are due and smart pill boxes can even keep track of medications and contact the pharmacy when it’s time to renew the prescription.

4. Tech Keeps us Active

It’s important to stay active as we age and technology can help us here too.

With video games like Wii Fit and smartphones tracking our steps, it’s easier than ever to make sure we’re getting enough exercise to keep us healthy and active as we age.