Peace of mind matters
These are crazy, uncertain and even scary times we live in. Political upheaval, COVID-19 pandemic fears, financial stresses and the normal challenges of life can sometimes be more than the average person can bear alone.
Seniors need encouragers and caregivers in their lives NOW more than ever! Going to the grocery store is now more than just a physical inconvenience for an elderly person... it could be a matter of life or death. With facility, city & even statewide lockdowns and fears about infections, loneliness has taken it's toll on our senior population to a major degree. Many families are opting to keep their loved ones at home now longer simply because they have a greater concern about the potential health risks of moving them into a long-term care facility.
The members of the Oklahoma Professionals for Home Care are experts at providing peace of mind for families and seniors during the topsy turvy world we all live in! Our skilled and experienced, essential health care staff are equipped to provide personal care services, assistance with tasks of daily living and to offer the vital companionship seniors so desperately need, but in the safety and security of their own homes.
Our member agencies have trained their team members on safety protocols, the use of PPE(Personal Protective Equipment) like masks and gloves, and how to best care for the needs of the elderly, while keeping the senior, family members and our staff all safe and healthy!
Want to know more about what home care services are available, and how one of our member agencies could better serve your needs? We would love to serve you and your loved ones!
Just go to the top of the page, click on About Us, then Membership Directory for an OPHC Member agency near you!
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The inner ear matters!
One in three adults over the age of 65 fall every year. Many times, this leads to long hospital stays, disability and long-term care placement. Many reasons exist for why seniors fall, but one reason is problems with their inner ear.
Our ears are comprised of three parts. The outer ear funnels noise into our ears. The middle ear has three bones that vibrate and transmit sound waves. Lastly our inner ear has fluid, a semicircular bone, and tiny hairs to continue sending sound waves to our brain to interpret. The fluid in the inner ears also tells our brain where our body is in space and how to balance ourselves.
A few years ago, my dad said he felt like there was a treadmill moving under his feet. His primary doctor did some tests but that did not resolve Dad’s problems. As a geriatric nurse I encouraged Dad to see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor. About 40% of seniors who have balance problems have calcium crystals which normally float in the inner ear; get stuck in the semicircular bone causing dizzy spells. The doctor does a head maneuver adjustment that knocks those calcium crystals loose.
Some people will feel worse after this procedure and will need someone to drive them and stay with them a couple of days. Sometimes the procedure needs to be repeated. After a couple of weeks of having the procedure done by an ENT, my Dad no longer had vertigo and I had increased peace of mind about him not falling. Other problems with the inner ear can also include inflammation or infection. Take all vertigo seriously and keep investigating to find a solution so your loved one can stay home safely.
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