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Did you know mismanagement of medication is one of the leading causes of hospital readmission and even death in older adults?
Jodi Wood, RN, BSN

Go Red This Month
 

February is National Heart Awareness month, in particular creating awareness around heart disease, the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

This is the 10th anniversary of Go Red for Women an awareness program designed to highlight ways to be more health conscious for women of all ages.

Put yourself first this month. Take a moment to review some of the resources available including heart healthy snacks, fast food tips, exercises and stress relievers that are available on the Go Red for Women website.  

As a caregiver, it is just important that you take care of your own health needs as well as your aging parent. Check out this article: Busy Parents & Caregivers Must Care for Themselves.
 

You are important to us!

Jodi Wood, RN


Here's what one client has to say:

"Thank you for sending our wonderful caregiver, Teresa. She and mom got along wonderfully. Even though mom's time was brief, we felt very comfortable leaving her to Teresa's exceptional care. Thanks for everything you did for our family."

Did I Remember to Take My Pills Today?


The older we get, the more medication, vitamins, and other preventative pills we seem to require. Some are twice a day, others are with meals, still others are once a day at the same time each day.

If I can’t remember where I put my car keys, how will I ever manage my medication?

This is a common concern among aging adults and caregivers of seniors. Whether the medication is for an on-going condition like high cholesterol or a temporary drug due to a recent illness or injury, keeping track of medication accurately is challenging.

To make matters worse, Medicare doesn’t cover prescription set-up or medical management. So where do you turn?

Visiting Angels in Akron is offering a service that will help get you set- up and even keep your medicines managed going forward.
  • Once a month we visit you or your parent and:
  • Pick up new or updated RXs from pharmacy
  • Put together pills in pill boxes
  • Education you or your parent on the medication system
  • Answer questions throughout the month from client or their caregiver/family member
  • Conduct on-going discussions with doctors on your behalf
  • Management medicine changes or additions
Some of the Visiting Angels of Akron employees, including owner Jodi Wood, RN, are registered nurses and are also certified to review medications and be aware of any possible interactions between medicines.

We can come in once for an initial medication set-up or come back on a regular basis thus relieving you from the stress of ensuring your loved one’s medication is accurately managed.

Medication is meant to help keep us healthy but if, through poor medication management, we don’t take our pills when we need to, they can have an adverse effect.

Give us a call to learn more or click on our website page for more details about our Medicine Management Program.  http://www.visitingangels.com/akron/medication-managment
Visiting Angels Akron - OPEN HOUSE
Come visit our new location and enjoy refreshments, networking and fun! 
February 28, 2013 5:30-8:30 pm

It's Flu Season!


Visiting Angels suggests you have these items on hand for your Flu Kit:
  • Paper towels - use instead of hand towel to reduce the spread of germs.
  • The Medisim TempleTouch thermometer - if seniors have a fever over 102 degrees, it could indicate they have the flu.
  • Vitamin C or little boxes of orange juice.
  • Pocket-size hand sanitizer with aleo - keep your skin germ-free without drying out sensitive skin.
  • Pens - avoid using pens in public places which can be germ-filled.
  • Lysol spray - spray doorknobs,handles, light switches, etc.
  • Hand soap - wash hands in warm water frequently.
  • Hand sanitizer wipes - handy in your purse or pocket.
Visit this link http://www.flu.gov/at-risk/seniors/index.html# for more information on the flu and seniors.

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