Partying with Grandma: Building a Social Life In Your Later Years

Losing a spouse, retiring, or even moving to a different address can have an overwhelming effect on a senior. Remembering what you used to love is a big part of returning to your old social life, or if you wish, building a new one.  We found a really interesting article on a WIKIhow about getting your groove back as a senior citizen. Tip number one, provided by the Wiki Authors is to pick up from where you left off, or try new, similar activities. Use your local newspaper to keep abreast of upcoming events of interest.  Visit university lectures on topics you know nothing about to stretch your imagination and improve your knowledge. Tip 2 suggests fitness. “Return to keeping fit. While climbing Mt. Everest may no longer be in the cards, there is certainly nothing stopping you from continuing physical activities involvingwalking clubs, senior’s gym or other fitness activities made available especially for seniors. Staying fit is a sure way to build confidence and regain a healthy outlook on life!” Tip 3- Make a friend!  Invite a friend or neighbor to attend events with you. Get back into the rhythm of meeting new friends. Tip 4- Try new things. “This may feel uncomfortable at first, especially if it involves new technology. Consider trying new activities that are possible given your level of health and fitness, and that you find interesting. Try not to react negatively to suggestions from others who try to help. Think things through before rejecting the ideas altogether. You may discover something you wished you’d tried earlier.” To read the full article, make sure you...

Per Diem Memorial Day Tribute

    Happy Memorial Day! We would love to take this time and show our thanks and dedication to the men, women and animals serving our country to ensure our freedom and protection.   Freedom Is Not Free – Kelly Strong I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, He’d stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears? How many pilots’ planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No, freedom isn’t free.I heard the sound of TAPS one night, When everything was still I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That TAPS had meant “Amen,” When a flag had draped a coffin Of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn’t...

Caring For A Loved One With Developmental Disabilities

Acting as a primary caregiver is a big deal, especially when the person you are caring for has a developmental disability or mental retardation. Here are a few helpful tips we have compiled to ease the load of caregiving. Who should make medical decisions for someone who has MR/DD? When your child is a minor, you will make all of the medical decisions. If your child is unable to make his or her own medical decisions as an adult, a person who is legally responsible for making these decisions for him or her must be named. This person should be named in a legal document called a health care “durable power of attorney.” The document allows that person to make health care decisions for the patient. This person is called a health care attorney-in-fact. The attorney-in-fact should talk to the doctor about treatment decisions or end-of-life care for the patient. The doctor should write these decisions in the patient’s medical chart. How can I tell if caregiving is putting too much stress on me? Caregiving can be very stressful. Common signs of caregiver stress include the following: Feeling sad or moody Crying more often than you used to Having a low energy level Feeling like you don’t have any time to yourself Having trouble sleeping or not wanting to get out of bed in the morning Having trouble eating or eating too much Losing interest in your hobbies or the things you used to do with friends or family Feeling angry at the person you are caring for Read more here.   Growing up with developmental disabilities: 9 tips...

Would You Like To See 100? Part. 2

100 years is a great accomplishment and we wanted to celebrate a few centenarians with some articles we have discovered while searching the internet. 100 Year Old BFFs PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – A Southwest Florida man celebrated a milestone birthday while checking off a bucket list item. Ervin Yoas took his first helicopter lesson at the age of 100 Tuesday at the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda. Read More Here: http://www.wptv.com/news/state/ervin-yoas-florida-man-celebrates-milestone-birthday-with-helicopter-lesson   Even Dodge has jumped on the 100- year bandwagon. How a 100-year-old great-grandma stays in shape   Elizabeth “Nan” Smith turned 100 years young Saturday and if that’s not amazing in itself, she has been inspiring those who meet her — young and old — with her years-long dedication to exercising.Nan joined NYSC Garden city at the age of 89 after learning about the senior-tailored fitness program Silver Sneakers from her insurance company. Read...

Would You Like To See 100? Part 1

Today’s blog came from another local business owner named Tamara Willingham of TamaraTCM Acpuncture and Herbs. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 100 YEARS…AND COUNTING! Would you like to live to be 100?  You would be surprised at how many people would answer “no” to that question.  Many people are in such poor health that it is a physical and emotional struggle to get through each day, let alone an entire century.  It doesn’t have to be that way. Actually, if we are living properly, enjoying the rich quality of life that we are entitled to, we should all be thrilled to live to 100!  In fact, the hard part should be figuring out how to squeeze all of our goals and accomplishments into such a relatively short period of time. It’s true that we are living longer than our ancestors, but while the medical profession is quick to point out that our lifespan is increasing, what remains hidden in the fine print is the atrocious quality of life that our senior population must endure.  Twinkies® have a long shelf life, but it would be a stretch to call them healthy. A balanced meridian system is the foundation of health and longevity, and it is like a bright light glowing deep within.  Dim the light and your quality of life dims along with it.  Extinguish the light and you die. The key to living a long, healthy life is to maximize the function of the meridian system as long as possible.  Acupuncture does exactly that. Understand that longevity is built right now.  Today.  This very...

Chiropractic Benefits for Seniors

Many seniors are unaware of the outstanding benefits that are possible through regular chiropractic care. In an article written by Dr. Naumov, he compiled a list of seven of the most frequent benefits that chiropractic care provides for seniors. Although Dr. Naumov is located in New Jersey, we have a large chiropractic community right here in the Northwest Ohio Area. 1. Pain Relief Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and safest forms of health care to treat pain due to spinal related conditions. 2. Increased Range of Motion of the Spine and Extremities Chiropractic care has been shown repeatedly to increase not only the range of motion of the spine but also in the extremities. 3. Increased Balance and Coordination Many problems in balance and coordination in the aging population have been shown to come from injury or degenerative changes to the cervical spine (neck region). 4. Decreased Joint Degeneration A subluxated (misaligned) spine is much like a misaligned wheel on an automobile. This misalignment will cause the spine (and the wheel) to wear out prematurely. 5. Increased Health and Well-Being We commonly ask our patients what changes they notice once they are out of pain. Here are some regular responses we hear every day: I feel great!   I can sleep through the night! Now I can play in the garden! I have so much energy! 6. Decreased Incidence of Falling Injuries due to falling are extremely common in the elderly population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are responsible for 90% of the 850,000 bone fractures which occur annually among Americans...

Going Above and Beyond

   The woman next to the clown is a Per Diem client. The woman in the clown costume is her care nurse.  Simple, sure. By looking at this picture, you would assume the patient loves clowns; and you would be correct- kinda. The patient in this picture is celebrating her birthday and the wonderful clown just happened to show up on her day off to help celebrate. It’s not the fact the care nurse dressed up as a clown to help a client- she took time out of her schedule and came to the birthday party of a friend. Per Diem staff are not just any normal set of employees- they go above and beyond for the comfort and happiness of their patients. We take pride in our staff. We hire them for their experience and willingness to do more than the standard RN, LPN, Aide or other position we have in our company. When we received this picture, we couldn’t wait to share it with our amazing followers. How has a Per Diem staff member exceeded your expectations? Let us know and you could be our next blog post.    ...

ThE mAd HaTtEr tEa PaRtY

Join the madness! PerDiem is participating and hosting the Mad Hatters Tea Party on April 26th, 2014 from noon to 5pm! Come and participate in the Scavenger Hunt. At the different business you will find the Mad Hatter and all his friends-as they hide in different locations. The event is sponsored by Clayful Arts, Mettler Studios, LLC,  PerDiem Nurse Staffing and Home Care and the Silver Lining Gallery in downtown Waterville, Ohio. Bring your friends, sisters, daughters and mothers for an afternoon of fun. Visit each of the four businesses for: Complimentary teas and refreshments! Special activities! Super door prize drawings! For the latest information, make sure you visit the Mad Hatter Tea Party Facebook Event page.   “Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers but I’ll tell you a secret all the best people are.” -Mad...

Adult Brief Changing Tutorial

When you are out and about with someone who wears adult diapers or briefs, it’s always best to be prepared for the inevitable to happen. However, rather than worrying about changing  in a public place,  we are going to teach you how to change the brief without the hassle of removing pants and shoes. Yes, it sounds crazy, but you can do it. Mary is the star of the show, as she demonstrates the easy way to tidy up. Make sure you click the link below to watch our lovely demonstration video. Brief Changing...

Trivia Part 2

  It’s that time again! We have 10 more questions for you to share with your friends and family members.  What memories do these bring back? Share your favorites with us in the comment section. 1. In the quaint greasy spoon jargon of yore, what did “knock the horns off one, and drag it through the garden” mean? a. 86 the customer, then kick him out the back door b. Rare hamburger or steak with tomato and lettuce c. Cooties 2. Lincoln Logs were for what use? a. A diary of the presidency b. Keep track of fat cats who sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom c. Building toy structures 3. Ward and June bring what to mind? a. A popular TV series called “Leave it to Beaver” b. A Chicago family of butchers and knife sharpeners called The Cleavers c. Inventors of the clicker, Jack Ward and Ernest June 4. Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and Zorro are all forms of what? a. Alcoholic beverages b. Capitalism c. Children’s play 5. What was the cheapest way to turn a bicycle into a motorcycle? a. Baseball cards in the spokes b. Rig an electric motor with a very long cord c. Turning left into the path of a Harley 6. Tinkertoys date back to when? a. 1914 b. 1949 c. 1967 7. In grade school, what was the worst thing that could happen to you when being picked for a team? a. Getting picked last b. Getting your uniform dirty c. Not having the team tattoo 8. If we dared to sass our parents, we immediately found out what...