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The January Edition | January 11, 2018
Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Message from the President

Greetings friend, and welcome to the January Comfort Connection! 
I recently listened to the Dec 16th episode of White Coat, Black Art. Listen as Dr. Brian Goldman interviews two women living in a personal care home and asks what it is really like. There are so many nuggets in this episode! But I will only focus on one today: 
When asked what are the most pressing needs in a personal care home, the ladies brought up the issue of the increasing number of "new" type of residents coming in – those with the disease of dementia. They said the staff, which are too few, do their best, but these two residents identified the staff needed more training. The people with dementia present many behaviour problems including a lot of yelling, which is very disturbing to the other residents. The insight these women express is if their basic needs could be taken care of more regularly, they would not be so agitated.
Wow! Tremendous insight from someone who lives there! The solution seems so simple! As it turns out, Comforts of Home – Care specializes in providing training for people who care for those with dementia.
In my November newsletter, I mentioned the Dementia Capable Care Course – offered through Dementia Care Specialists in our company. We received an overwhelming number of phone call inquiries about the course. I am pleased to announce a number of upcoming sessions and would like to invite those who are interested to join us!
There are two free sessions on January 24 and March 6 at 6:00 pm. All courses scheduled are being offered at the Comforts of Home – Care building at 262 Marion. Please call the office to register. All are welcome!  
This White Coat Black Art episode was so chock-full of good material, I’ll continue with my musings from this interview in my next newsletter! Stay tuned!


Katherine Peters
President & CEO

P.S. Be sure to sign up for this documentary series on brain health, starting January 17th! This may be the solution we all so badly need!

6 Tips to Prevent Senior Falls

Comforts of Home - Care can help you with many of the tips outlined below. Get in touch for an evaluation.
Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. As you get older, physical changes and
health conditions—and medications used to treat those conditions—may make falls more likely.

Consider six simple fall-prevention strategies:

1) Make an appointment with your doctor.
Be prepared to answer questions such as:
  • What medications are you taking? Make a list of your medications and supplements, and review with your doctor for side effects that may increase your risk of falling.
  • Have you fallen before? Write down the details, including when, where and how you fell. The details may help your doctor identify specific fall-prevention strategies.
  • Could your health conditions cause a fall? Be prepared to discuss your health conditions and how comfortable you are when you walk—for example, do you feel any dizziness, joint pain, shortness of breath, or numbness in your feet and legs when you walk? Your doctor may evaluate your muscle strength, balance and walking style (gait) as well.
2) Keep moving. 

Physical activity is important for fall prevention. With your doctor's approval, consider activities such as walking or water workouts or a home exercise routine. Such activities reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, coordination and flexibility.

If you have specific concerns about your risk for falling, your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist who can create a custom exercise program aimed at improving your balance, flexibility, muscle strength and gait.

3) Wear sensible shoes.

Evaluate your footwear as part of your fall-prevention plan. Wear properly fitting, sturdy shoes with
nonskid soles. Sensible shoes may also reduce joint pain.

4) Remove home hazards.

Take a look around your home. Your living areas may be filled with hazards. To make your home
  • Remove boxes, newspapers, electrical cords and phone cords from walkways.
  • Move coffee tables, magazine racks and plant stands from high-traffic areas.
  • Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or a slip-resistant backing—or remove loose rugs from your home all together.
  • Repair loose, wooden floorboards and carpeting.
  • Store clothing, dishes, food and other necessities within easy reach.
  • Immediately clean spilled liquids or food.
5) Light up your living space.

Keep your home brightly lit to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see. Also:
  • Place night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways.
  • Turn on the lights before going up or down stairs.
  • Store flashlights in easy-to-find places in case of power outages.
6) Use assistive devices.

Your doctor might recommend using a cane or walker to keep you steady. Other assistive devices
can help, too. For example:
  • Hand rails for both sides of stairways.
  • Nonslip treads for bare-wood steps.
  • Nonslip mats in your bathtub or shower.
  • A raised toilet seat or one with armrests.
  • Grab bars for the shower or tub.
  • A sturdy plastic seat for the shower or tub — plus a hand-held shower nozzle for bathing while sitting down.
If necessary, ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist. He or she can help you
brainstorm other fall-prevention strategies. Some solutions are easily installed and relatively
inexpensive. Others may require professional help or a larger investment. If you're concerned about
the cost, remember that an investment in fall prevention is an investment in your independence.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Recipe of the Month: Cream of Broccoli Soup

For a creamy dish that tastes indulgent without being too rich, look no farther than this classic Cream of Broccoli Soup recipe. Heavy on the broccoli with just the right amount of spices for flavour, you can enjoy this soup all winter long. 
Broccoli is anti-inflammatory and contains plenty of antioxidants. Many studies show that broccoli is unique in its cancer-prevention abilities – just another good reason to make it a staple in your diet.
For an extra immunity boost, consider adding some of your favorite herbs and spices or tossing in a few extra veggies to this soup! 

Click here for the recipe

Video: What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's

In this TED video, Lisa Genova (author of Still Alice) outlines ways you can prevent Alzheimer's, regardless of your age... and shares inspiring words for all of us. 
"Diagnosis doesn't mean you're dying tomorrow. Keep living. You won't lose your emotional memory. You'll still be able to understand love and joy. You might not remember what I said five minutes ago, but you'll remember how I made you feel. And you are more than what you can remember."

Click here to watch the video now

Job Opportunity in Winkler/Morden

Are you a Health Care Aide looking for more hours?
Comforts of Home – Care is currently seeking Health Care Aides in the Winkler/Morden area!
Take the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with your clients. Spend the time you know is necessary for their well-being. You no longer need to leave someone alone to rush off to another person who desperately needs your care!
Positive work environment, control your schedule, health spending account available. Hours are offered not assigned. In return, we expect commitment to your clients. All qualified applicants may have a phone interview, as well as an orientation held in Winkler, to alleviate commuting into Winnipeg.
If you are interested in pursuing this rewarding opportunity, please call our employment line at 204-989-3232 and complete our online application and Caregiver Assessment
We look forward to having you join our team in rural Manitoba.

Joke of the Month

While my parents were making their funeral arrangements, the cemetery salesman pointed out a plot that he thought they would like.
"You’ll have a beautiful view of the swan pond," he assured them.
Dad wasn’t sold: "Unless you’re including a periscope with my casket, I don’t know how I’m going to enjoy it!"

Source: https://www.rd.com/jokes/old-age/
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