• Roy W Digital Manager

September 12, 2020, is World First Aid Day, an annual campaign to promote the importance of first aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives.

Caring Means Being Prepared

As we age chronic disease and decline in mobility, sight, hearing & cognitive abilities can contribute to accidents. The ability of a family caregiver to respond to emergencies can make the difference between life and death. This is especially true when a heart attack, stroke or falls are involved.

In addition to learning life-saving procedures, first aid can help with day to day comfort for seniors. Keeping within their qualifications and abilities, a caregiver can treat minor conditions. From removing an eyelash from inside the eye & treating minor cuts to removing obstructions from someone choking & removing splinters, the ability to treat minor injuries and conditions can help seniors feel more comfortable. With these abilities comes confidence from elders about the care that they are receiving and can help family caregivers with their confidence in providing care for their loved one.


Easy as 1,2,3,4

  1. Choose a reputable organization for your training. While there are many, we are recommending St.Johns Ambulance, Red Cross or partners of.

  2. Choose a program that includes CPR.

  3. Ensure that you keep a first aid kit that reflects your training and abilities at home and fully stocked at all times.

  4. Keep your certification up to date. First aid evolves and procedures change in order to be relevant in the world today. It is very important to understand the improvements in first aid procedures so you can provide the very best care for your loved one.


Stick to your training

First aid is your first line of defence in emergency and non-emergency situations. It is extremely important that you act on your training. A first aid course does not replace the need for medical professionals. Training or no training you should always call 911 in emergencies and always seek advice or assistance from a medical professional such as a registered nurse or doctor when you are dealing with situations outside of your training.

From Sidney to Victoria BC, Pacific Coast Health Services provides home healthcare for seniors and persons with disabilities. From respite care & 24-hour care to dementia care & advanced foot care, our care line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year. To book your free in-home healthcare assessment.

Call (250) 389-0202 or Email tjohnson@pchservices.ca.


This post was a collaborative effort with our friends at Lions Gate Home Care


  • Roy W Digital Manager

Updated: Aug 26

Games and puzzles for elderly adults can be not only interesting and entertaining, but can also improve memory, daily life skills, and overall mental health. In addition games and puzzles can be a fantastic respite from routines and daily stresses.


As caregivers, we can help slow the decline of our loved one's memory and cognitive abilities by keeping seniors busy with games and activities that stimulate the brain and challenge their mental, functional and physical abilities. This can help them to remain as independent for as long as possible.


Here are 5 Brain-Boosting games for seniors.

Video Games


Whether alone or with someone else video games can be a fantastic way for caregivers and seniors to bond, have fun and exercise the brain. Video games can help with hand-eye coordination and in cases with first-person sports games, they can help with getting physically active. In addition video games can help with concentration, strategic thinking, stimulate the brain and release endorphins. According to Medical News Today "Evidence demonstrates that playing video games increases the size and competence of parts of the brain responsible for visuospatial skills – a person’s ability to identify visual and spatial relationships among objects. In long-term gamers and individuals who had volunteered to follow a video game training plan, the right hippocampus was enlarged".

Soduko,

As a number puzzle Sudoku challenges the mind. Think of it like a crossword puzzle that uses numbers. This powerhouse brain exercise does not require any math, they are just well-organized numbers. In fact, Soduko puzzles can be done with letters, colours or symbols as well. If you are looking for some free printable Soduko puzzles look no further than here https://www.puzzles.ca/sudoku/.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles exercise the left and right side of the brain simultaneously. For this reason, Jigsaw puzzles are not only fantastic for seniors but a powerhouse brain exercise for elder adults with Alzheimer's disease.

The left side of your brain is the logical side and works in a linear fashion. Your right brain is creative and intuitive. While doing a jigsaw puzzle, both sides are active and engaged. This helps improve problem-solving skills and increase attention span.

Chess

Like all mind sports chess can have a positive effect on the brain. Chess is mentally stimulating since it exercises strategic thinking, planning and responses. Getting tired? No worries, pause your game and come back later. While not continuously around the clock, chess matches have been known to carry on for days, weeks or months.

Card Games

For many seniors in Victoria, BC, cards are a past time, a passion and a wonderful way to socialize with caregivers or other elder adults. What they might not know is that they are exercising their brains. From cribbage and rummy to crazy 8's and Gin, card games can be a lot of fun and are great for the brain. Card games can include strategy, counting, concentration and memory.


Pacific Coast Health Services recognizes that there are many more brain-boosting games for seniors as such we are sharing some of our favs from over the years.

From Sidney to Victoria BC, Pacific Coast Health Services provides home healthcare for seniors and persons with disabilities. From respite care & 24-hour care to dementia care & advanced foot care, our care line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year. To book your free in-home healthcare assessment.

Call (250) 389-0202 or Email tjohnson@pchservices.ca.

  • Roy W Digital Manager

How Art is Beneficial to Elder Adults

Making art can help all of us in times of stress, loneliness or boredom. In addition, for seniors, art is a fantastic way to exercise the brain, help maintain hand-eye coordination, create memories and an inexpensive way to give a gift to loved ones. When we are in a playful art-making mode, our brain lights up & can release endorphins - helping us to access memories that are linked to a meaningful life.


In fact, alzinfo.org suggests that "artistic engagement may help to ease common behavioural symptoms of dementia like anxiety, agitation and depression. It may also boost mood and self-esteem, and possibly help stimulate memory. By having a beneficial effect on those with Alzheimer’s, caregivers may find relief as well".


Without further ado, let's get busy exercising our brains.


What you will need

  • led string lights

  • 1 square piece of origami paper per lantern (any size is ok but we are using 15cm x 15cm)

How to make Origami Balloon Lanterns

Step 1: Layout your square piece of origami paper

Step 2: Fold in half diagonally into a triangle - make sure there is a solid crease by pressing down.

Step 3: Unfold and rotate, ensuring you have a sharp crease

Step 4: Fold the other half as in the previous step

Step 5: Unfold

Step 6: Flip origami paper over and fold in half. (rectangle)

Step 7: Unfold

Step 8: Fold in half the opposite way making a rectangle again

Step 9: Unfold

Step 10: Follow the crease to fold in half (triangle) as shown

Step 11: Push flat and fold corners of the top layers as shown

Step 12: Repeat on the opposit side

Step 13: Flip over and repeat the previous steps 2 steps

Step 14: Fold right and left corners into the centre as shown

Step 15: Should look like this

Step 16: Flip over and repeat the previous step

Step 17: Fold right and left bottom flaps into the center

Step 18: Making sure you have a good crease. Fold bottom flap into the side flap

Step 19: Do the same for both sides

Step 20: Repeat on the opposite side. Both sides should look like this

Step 21: blow air into the opening to puff out your lantern. Adjust shape as needed

Here is how your lantern should look like.

Step 21: Using the hole in your lantern place led lights inside. Make sure they are secure.

Step 22: Hang your lanterns up and enjoy!



From Sidney to Victoria BC, Pacific Coast Health Services provides home healthcare for seniors and persons with disabilities. From respite care & 24-hour care to dementia care & advanced foot care, our care line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year. To book your free in-home healthcare assessment.

Call (250) 389-0202 or Email tjohnson@pchservices.ca.


 

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