Tips to help avoid cold stress
The elderly population is disproportionately affected by hypothermia (commonly known as cold stress), caused by excessive body heat loss and exposure to cold. Those who don’t dress warmly enough; live in a cold room or house; lack shelter from the snow, rain, wind, and water; eat poorly and take certain prescription medications* are at risk for cold stress. Cold stress can happen indoors, even at temperatures as mild as 60°- 70°F. People can protect themselves by following some simple guidelines, according to Sharon Congleton, RN, BSN, health promotion nurse supervisor at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).
PCA joins in ‘Home for the Holidays’ campaign
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) joins in “Home for the Holidays,” a national campaign led by the the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the Eldercare Locator, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and Dementia Friendly America. The goal of the campaign is to ensure that older adults and their caregivers are aware of the many local resources available in communities around the country to support individuals with dementia.
Caregiving from a distance
In 2015, my mother, after whom I am named, died after nearly a decade of shuttling among hospitals, rehab facilities and her Somers Point, New Jersey home, where my younger brother, Kevin, took care of her. Over the years, I witnessed Kevin leave his job, go into depression, gain way too much weight, and isolate himself while taking care of Mom. My oldest sister, Karen, was busy caring for her son and an adult daughter who has epilepsy while overseeing the building of a handicapped-accessible home. When needed, she stepped up to help me navigate the nightmare of helping to care for ailing parents from a distance.
‘Dom Care’: Providing supportive homes
Domiciliary Care, or “Dom Care,” is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. It was established in 1977 to provide a home-like community living arrangement for adults 18 and older who are unable to live independently and need help with activities of daily living. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) administers the program in Philadelphia. Dom Care “providers” open their homes to individuals who need supervision, support and encouragement in a family setting. Providers cannot be related to their residents.
‘Dom Care’ provider opens home, heart
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Sylvia Robinson-Hite has opened her home to two men who can’t live independently and need help with the tasks of daily living. She is a “provider” with the Domiciliary Care, or “Dom Care,” Program run by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA). She has found the experience profoundly satisfying. “I’ve been very blessed with David and Jeffrey*,” she said. “That’s the way I look at it.”
Recent Headlines: December 13, 2017
Meeting spousal caregiving challenges
“In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part” is a promise often made in wedding vows. However, many blithe bridal couples don’t anticipate what really lies ahead in the event of sickness and disability and the anguish that can accompany spousal caregiving as they grow old.
Recent Headlines: December 6, 2017