Falls prevention week 2020
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) more than one out of four people 65 and older fall every year, and over 3 million are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
We can do our part to help prevent these falls. As Falls Prevention Week 2020 kicks off this week, as providers, caregivers, family and friends of older adults, we play an important role in preventing these devastating falls.
The CDC’s STEADI Initiative includes three elements to reduce fall risk: Screen, Assess, and Intervene.
Learn more about the STEADI Initiative to reduce the risk of falls.
Are you a caregiver in the Norfolk, VA area looking to help older adults stay independent and in their homes? Check out our “Jobs” page and apply today to join our team!
Responding to covid-19
Open Arms Personal Care is dedicated to keeping the health and well-being of our caregivers and the families we serve our top priority. As we navigate COVID-19, we want to do our part in supporting the Hampton Roads communities that we serve and share valuable information on how we can all stay safe. Check out these resources from the CDC and World Health Organization about:
WE ARE HIRING!
Open Arms Personal Care is hiring CNAs, PCAs, and HHAs in the Norfolk, Virginia area.
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Baby Boomers and Home HEALTH care
For the most part, as we age, we usually would like to continue residing in our familiar environment where we can live out the rest of our days. So the choice is pretty simple. So as Baby Bloomers gets closer and closer to this lifestyle, home care agencies should be preparing for the influx.
According to a survey that was conducted by NBC News, 89% of those aged 50 and older would like to stay in their own homes as they age. 95% of those 65 and older said they too wish to remain in their home or near relatives.
With that said, most of our elderly population would prefer to continue in their familiar environment as they complete their cycle of aging. At this point, we are looking at retirement for most of our baby boomers now considered as senior citizens, and we will, at some point in time, need the assistance of the home care industry. The industry will be growing, and we have to be prepared to be able to offer the care that will be necessary for our seniors. Agencies are popping up every day, joining the ranks of currently operating agencies. I don't know if coming into the industry is going to be enough. Ask the owner of a home care agency; I asked myself the following six questions:
In the future, more home care agencies will be required to make senior care not only possible but also more effective.
Doreen A. S. Larkin, RN is the founder and CEO of Open Arms Personal Care Inc., located in Norfolk, Virginia. She is also the President of NCNW Tidewater Section.