Social Constraints in Our Older Adults

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2015 at 2:43 am

According to a recent article by AARP 90% of all older adults want to remain in the comfort of their own homes.  The down side to this is a lack of socialization; a big part of this is the lack of transportation.  Those of us who have chosen caregiving as our path in life understand how to determine when to “take the keys” but actually “taking the keys” is another story!  I am a council member for the United Way’s Elder Service Provider Network (ESPN) and we have been planning our July 2015 meeting entitled “Driving – Independence vs. Safety.  During our last council meeting we discussed a program that Baylor College of Medicine has that involves a simulator and they actually have older adults get into the simulator and drive.  The technician shows them the results of their driving and how safely or how reckless their driving really is.  This has a very big impact on individuals who are not easily convinced by family and friends that it is time to give up the keys. There are many ways to approach “giving up the keys” when talking to our older adults.  Which one is the best one depends on the person. 

One of the best ways to address the issues of socialization and transportation is an experienced, knowledgeable, licensed and insured caregiver.  Our Home Care Agency, You’re First Home Care, develops an Individualized Plan of Care (IPC) for every person we care for.  All IPC’s include not just physical care but social and emotional care as well.    Our care program is very unique but we recognized years ago that if we truly care about the truly well-being of a person, then we must be concerned with them mind and body!

Remember, allowing an older adult to remain in the comfort of their own home does not have to mean isolation.  Quite the contrary!  Our clients are more social, better taken care of and happier than they have been in years.  The right company and the right Plan of Care makes all the difference in the world.  It does not have to break the bank and all without the keys!

mature woman in sunglasses driving automobile

Reference:  http://www.vox.com/2015/6/12/8768827/seniors-aging-car-driving?sf38628533=1



In Uncategorized on May 5, 2015 at 8:55 pm

First and foremost I want to say thank you to Cheryl, my boss at You’re First Home Care for this opportunity to share my goal and life story.  My name is Paul Francois Kameni, born in Cameroon, Africa.  I am married to a beautiful woman named Audrey who gave me 3 wonderful kids: Nora, Kessy and Jerry.  I grew up in the belly of indigence, not having any money to purchase materials of academic relevance, yet I was fueled by my dreams and a vision of being a better man and making a difference in my life.  I used to walk 8 miles just to hear and learn about science, chemistry and math, unknowing of the strength and perseverance it would bestow me later in life.

I have probably walked over 1000 miles in total to receive basic math lessons.  I vowed to use my acquired knowledge to share with anyone willing to learn.

I came to America with a focused and tireless passion to achieve my goal of education and to make a difference for underprivileged and underrepresented people.

After 3 years spent in Bay City, Michigan I moved to Houston with my family to achieve my Bachelor in Chemical Engineering.  I was blessed to get a job as a caregiver and Certified Nurse Aide while attending school with one of the best home care companies in Houston; YOU’RE FIRST where I work hard to keep their high standards of service.

I am always happy every night when I leave my house to work because it is a pleasure for me to know that I am going to give care to someone and make them happy.

I always ask my kids to follow this quote of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well.  A person should do their job so well that no one could do it better.”

I have achieved a lot in such a short time with little money, which says a lot about my resolve and passion.  I want to express my deepest gratitude for allowing me this opportunity to share my story.  I know I can serve this country with the utmost dedication and resolve.  This is more than a goal and dream; this is a national anthem of my aspirations that I live and breathe every day!  And I am truly grateful that You’re First works with me to allow me to pursue my education!

Thank you and God Bless!

Paul Emp of Qtr with Adams

Thank you and God Bless!

Paul F. Kameni

Certified Nurse Assistant

You’re First Home Care

Dehydration and Our Elders

In Health on May 5, 2012 at 3:49 am

With the warm weather upon us it is imperative we keep our Elders hydrated. As we age we get drier. Dehydration in our Elders often goes unnoticed until it is severe, however the complications that accompany dehydration can be avoided. Thirst plays a big role in elderly dehydration. Older persons do not feel as thirsty as they did when they were younger. Have you ever noticed an elderly person’s mouth and how it can look dry yet they are not thirsty? We ask why…

* Studies show they do not perceive thirst like they did when they were younger.
* The elderly get used to having “dry mouth”. Drinking more water will bring back some sensation.
* Over time as we start drinking less water the loss of thirst is our body’s way of dealing with the fact that water is not going to be consumed.
* The perceptions of thirst and hunger come from the same part of the brain. Thirst and hunger become confused in the minds of many older people; they eat when they should be drinking or drink when they should be eating.
* When our brains do detect thirst too many elders settle for a few ounces of water or sugary and/or caffeinated drinks instead of water.

I hear a lot of elders say they don’t like water. To get our elders to drink more water there are some good powder mixes with little or no sugar that will flavor the water.

Dehydration in our elders is something we can observe (in ourselves as well). Look at their skin, hair and mouth. Dehydration can have serious effects including confusion, dizziness, falls and even death. Given the fact that these symptoms are often mistaken for other health problems or “just because they are old” dehydration often goes undetected. If the elder in your life is experiencing some of these symptoms the solution may be as simple as getting more fluids into them. So let’s all drink to our health!