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Next Day Access Reopening San Antonio Location

San Antonio, Texas, August 31, 2020: Next Day Access is pleased to announce that it has re-opened its San Antonio, Texas business under new ownership. The Next Day Access San Antonio franchise, which provides home accessibility and mobility products, is owned by Staci Gonzales and Eric Smith. They have 22 years of experience working together in other franchise businesses, the last four years of which was with Next Day Access of Orange County, CA. Individuals interested in Next Day Access can easily find everything the company has to offer right on the Next Day Access website, where you can browse through all of the products and services they offer including but not limited to wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, grab bars, bathroom safety products, portable showers, and walk-in tubs.

Next Day Access also provides its clients with a variety of solutions to help them lead better and more productive lives in the homes they love, allowing seniors to age in place rather than in an assisted care facility.  Some of those services and options include home modifications such as door widening and bathroom modifications, automatic door openers, rental and rent-to-own programs for non-custom products, and financing options where available.

Next Day Access looks forward to serving the San Antonio community with its products and services and is pleased to bring to the city its “Whole Home-Whole Life” approach. This approach means they are a consultative business offering solutions rather than pushing products or making hard sells to be profitable. 

According to owner Staci Gonzales, “The entire team at Next Day Access San Antonio location is passionate about the opportunity to serve individuals and provide them with the tools they need to lead happier and healthier lives. It’s our mission to help our clients have the accessibility they need at home and beyond. Next Day Access aims to give the freedom of mobility and access back to people who have had it stolen or experienced a sudden loss of ego due to aging or unfortunate circumstances.”

Individuals with limited mobility or baby boomers who wish to age in the comfort of their own home can now turn to a locally owned business, backed by a national brand, they can trust to meet all their needs in an expert and professional manner. In addition to the San Antonio, Texas franchise, Next Day Access has locations across the country. Visit www.nextdayaccess.com for a list of locations to find the store able to serve you. 

About Next Day Access: Next Day Access provides individuals with mobility and accessibility products and services, including residential and commercial wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, vehicle lifts, pool lifts, porch lifts, grab bars, and walk-in tubs. Next Day Access also takes pride in being responsible members of the communities they serve.

A person’s vision is one of the most common things taken for granted until it’s gone or begins deteriorating. Like going to the doctor or dentist for a checkup annually, doing the same with an eye doctor can detect problems early and potentially correct them before any major harm is done. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 61 million Americans are considered to have a high risk of developing vision loss at some point, and of that number, just 50% have visited their eye doctor in the past year. If you’re the primary caregiver for an aging parent, be sure to take them to regular eye doctor visits to prevent these eye diseases that contribute to senior vision loss.

Cataracts

Cataracts are when the lens at the front of the eyeball becomes blurry, leading to deteriorated vision in some situations. Symptoms usually aren’t severe at first but can worsen over time if left untreated. Most of the symptoms include having blurry vision in general, inability to see well at night, needing bright lighting to see anything and not being able to distinguish different colors easily. These vision problems can make independent living dangerous, so visit an eye doctor when symptoms appear.

Glaucoma

When there is excessive pressure on the optic nerve that connects to the brain from the back of the eye, glaucoma can develop. Some of the signs of glaucoma include eye pain, sudden visual disturbances, blurry vision in general, frequent headaches, seeing halos around lights, blind spots and more. Glaucoma can worsen over time, so it’s important to take your aging parent to the eye doctor as soon as possible to preserve their long-term vision.

AMD

AMD stands for age-related macular degeneration and impacts the middle of a person’s vision the most. If your aging parent has AMD, they will likely experience fogginess in everything they see, lines or waves in objects that are straight or a dark and blurry patch in the middle of their vision. Without proper action taken, AMD can lead to permanent vision problems and the potential for legal blindness. It does not lead to complete blindness since it does not impact a person’s peripheral vision.

Diabetic Eye Disease

A primary caregiver needs to monitor their aging parent with diabetes closely. Not properly controlling diabetes can lead to diabetic eye disease, which is referred to as diabetic retinopathy. When this occurs, the small blood vessels on the back part of the eye rupture and lead to blind spots or dark patches in certain areas of your vision. 

We shouldn’t take our vision for granted because we don’t know when it could be taken away from us. However, with annual vision exams, eye doctors can discover potential issues early and may be able to prevent them from developing to the point where vision loss is a reality. Everyone should be able to enjoy their home and surroundings to the fullest extent, so contact Next Day Access if there’s anything we can do to help with home accessibility.

Many times the aging population will experience changes in their cognitive ability, but this doesn’t always mean they’ve developed a cognitive disability. Alzheimer’s is one of the first things that comes to mind for seniors and caregivers alike when cognitive abilities begin changing. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by a slow decline in thinking, memory and reasoning skills. A senior may not realize they are experiencing these declines in cognitive ability, so it’s important to observe their actions and seek medical advice and assistance if you notice any of these signs.

Frequent Memory Loss

We’ve all had moments where we’ve forgotten something, lost our keys or can’t remember why we walked into a room. Younger people often call this a brain freeze and seniors may call it having a senior moment. These episodes may happen occasionally, but when they become more frequent is when there should be some worry about the development of a cognitive disability. 

There are also different levels of memory loss that can signify Alzheimer’s development compared to just having a senior moment. Losing track of time and missing a medical appointment can happen occasionally and may be viewed as normal for the aging population. However, leaving the home on time for the appointment, but then forgetting where you are going once in your car is not normal and could be a sign of Alzheimer’s development. Those signs make independent senior living dangerous, so any caretaker or loved one should take appropriate action when noticed.

Neurological Concerns

Problems with basic motor skills, personality changes, inability to carry a conversation and other similar characteristics may be signs of neurological problems and potentially Alzheimer’s. Again, you’re looking for major changes or repetitive actions that cause concern, since everyone has days where their mood may be different than the previous day. But when a person’s mood changes swiftly and for no apparent reason at all, it may be worth taking a closer look at other actions they are doing. Your loved one may also be experiencing depression, which is dealt with differently by every person and should be addressed immediately before it escalates. 

Visit A Doctor If Concerning Signs Persist

If you notice any of these signs or character changes in your senior loved one, reach out to a doctor as soon as possible. People striving for independent senior living may not want to hear about your reasons for concern, but it is important for them that you take action. Alzheimer’s can develop suddenly and quickly and, if left undetected, can be dangerous for anyone living alone. The earlier you can detect Alzheimer’s the better you can prepare for helping them live their life as normally as possible.

Senior living can be challenging with a cognitive disability. If there’s anything you need to help your senior loved one increase their mobility at home, contact Next Day Access.

Each individual of the aging population has a unique view about how their life will look 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years from now. Those who strive for independent living may want to continue doing so, but aren’t sure if their cognitive ability will remain strong for so many years. The National Institute on Aging suggests that aging doesn’t have to be completely negative on the brain. The inability to remember certain things comes with aging, but can also be an early sign of dementia. Understanding the differences between the two is critical, especially if you’re caring for a loved one.

How Dementia Develops

Dementia develops as a result of damaged brain cells prohibiting those cells from communicating with one another. Many different cognitive functions can be impacted, depending on which brain cells are affected the most. Like aging, dementia occurs over time for the aging population and can significantly impact how a person interacts with others and behaves in general. 

Cognitive Changes Are Normal For The Aging Population

Certain components of the brain can shrink as you get older, as well as decreased blood flow and increased inflammation. All of these can lead to cognitive decline or at least a disruption in cognitive abilities. One of the most difficult things to do is notice these signs when caring for a loved one and determining whether they are simply part of the aging process or early signs of dementia. Many of the signs are the same, but the typical cognitive changes that are seen as normal include occasional loss of short-term memory, difficulty paying attention to others when they speak, difficulty concentrating on specific tasks and other similar signs. How you can tell these signs are just a part of getting older is if a senior just experiences these signs occasionally and appears to be sharp cognitively otherwise.

Common Signs Of Dementia

When a person has dementia, independent living is rarely an option. Most of the time a person with dementia is unable to complete everyday tasks, is forgetful most of the time and rarely finishes anything they begin. The decline in cognitive function tends to be more rapid for a person with dementia and some of the signs to look out for include:

  • Change in personality
  • Repeating the same questions
  • Not recalling events that just happened
  • Inability to use the right words appropriately
  • Constant confusion
  • Being apathetic in many aspects of life

It’s important to look out for any gradual or sudden changes in cognitive ability when caring for a loved one. If you have any suspicions or concerns, visiting a medical professional early may lead to early detection of dementia and help you and your loved one manage it a little easier.

At Next Day Access, we are here to help aging seniors succeed at independent living by providing them the tools and solutions they need to move freely. If there is anything we can do to help your aging loved one, contact us at any time to schedule a free home assessment.

Seniors who can still drive a car safely are usually doing very well with independent living. Sometimes, though, they may be driving the same car for many years and it doesn’t provide them with the comfort, safety or versatility needed anymore. Most seniors want to avoid all the bells and whistles that come with many new cars today, but features like a rear-view camera can be beneficial so they won’t have to strain their neck or back looking behind them when the vehicle is in reverse. This is just one example of what a senior should consider when choosing a new car and here are several other considerations.

Safety Is The Number One Priority

Safety should be the number one priority for anyone shopping for a new vehicle, but especially seniors. Technology has advanced tremendously when it comes to automobile safety. Features like rear-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, modern airbag technology and automatic emergency braking are just a few of the features that create a safe driving experience. Seniors may have to get used to the sounds and lights the safety features make in the vehicle, but it’s well worth it because of the safety it provides on the road.

Buying A Used Car Can Save Money

Unless a senior is sold on just buying a new vehicle, it’s worth it to take a close look at pre-owned vehicles. When you do some research and know the vehicle’s accident history, whether there are any recalls and how many owners it has had, you can feel more confident in your purchase. There are plenty of high-quality used vehicles on the market offering the safety features you need at a lower price. 

A common thought seniors have is they don’t believe they need a big vehicle just for themselves, so they opt for a small car since it’s less expensive. However, small cars are typically more dangerous simply because of their size. But when you shop for pre-owned vehicles, you may find a great option on a mid-size vehicle for a similar price as a brand new small car.

Choose A Vehicle With Minimal Distractions

Sometimes the more features you have, the more distractions can be present, which makes the vehicle less safe. Luxury features like a microphone to talk to people in the back seat, bigger screens in the front and other features aren’t usually necessary. While practicing independent living at home, you could take the time to learn about these features more so they become less of a distraction, but you also have to justify whether they are needed.

Have An Auto Lift Installed

If you have a wheelchair or mobility scooter for getting around easier, consider asking the car dealer to install an auto lift before you purchase a vehicle. A good auto lift can be installed on virtually any vehicle and can make mobility much easier for you. Even if you don’t need assistance walking right now, consider having it installed anyway so you have it if you ever need it several years down the road.

Next Day Access provides high-quality auto lifts and other accessibility products to help seniors thrive with independent living. Feel free to contact us at any time to learn more about our products.

For seniors, gardening is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable activities they can participate in. However, not all seniors are fortunate enough to be able to do so because of a physical disability or some sort of mobility limitation. This doesn’t mean those seniors have to refrain from gardening completely. There are many different opportunities with indoor gardening to take advantage of. Here are some of the many benefits seniors can experience with an indoor garden.

Develop A Connection With Nature

Successful independent living means spending time both indoors and outdoors. But if a physical disability limits the amount of time you can spend outdoors, then bring nature with you inside with a garden. There’s something about a colorful flower or other greenery in the home that can help you develop a connection with nature. You may experience a relaxing effect simply by seeing your indoor plants rather than just walls all the time.

Be Prideful Of Gardening Accomplishments

Your indoor garden can be as basic or robust as you’d like. Gardening indoors is a bit different from outdoors since you have to experiment with where to place your plants to get the ideal sunlight, how often to water them and more. Once you find the perfect combination of sunlight and water, you may feel a sense of accomplishment. Nurturing plants gives some people emotional benefits, similar to caring for a child and seeing them thrive. It’s important for a senior practicing independent living to feel accomplished in life and gardening is a great way to achieve it.

Reap The Health Benefits Of Indoor Gardening

Health benefits of indoor gardening can come in physical or mental form. Herbs like thyme, rosemary and basil are popular for growing indoors and can help develop healthy habits to incorporate in your diet. Those herbs also give off a refreshing scent, as do plants like lavender and mint. Breathing in these refreshing scents of nature can be stress-relieving and make you feel like you’re outdoors on a nice spring or summer day.

Spark Creativity With A Garden

When it comes to indoor gardening, you can be as creative as you’d like. If you simply want to grow small flowers on a windowsill that require little maintenance, you can enjoy them just as much as you might a robust garden with various herbs. The main thing to remember is to not let a physical disability or mobility limitation deter you from gardening if it’s an activity you enjoy doing. 

Next Day Access is here to help seniors achieve independent living by providing an extensive line of mobility products. The feeling of being limited in your home can be difficult to live with, and sometimes all it takes is something like a stair lift to expand access to other areas of the home. The important thing is to continue doing what you enjoy as you get older, so feel free to contact us at any time if we can help you achieve this.

The mental health of seniors is just as important to focus on as their physical health. According to the World Health Organization, roughly 15% of adults ages 60 and older deal with some sort of mental disorder. Many of these issues can be prevented by being proactive and keeping the brain and mind as sharp as possible while practicing independent living. Small daily activities can contribute to a sharper mind and here are a few simple ones to focus on.

Read And Write

Reading and writing later in life can go a long way in stimulating the mind and keeping your memory sharp. Consider subscribing to a magazine you enjoy, joining a book club, volunteering to read to a children’s group or anything else that suits your interests. You could also keep your writing skills sharp by blogging or writing stories about your past. The important thing to remember when reading and writing is to focus on topics you enjoy so you don’t get too burned out on them too quickly.

Get Quality Sleep

Quality sleep is critical for everyone, especially the aging population. Sleeping for eight hours each night can help with focus, memory, concentration and keep cognitive skills functioning at high levels. The quality of sleep you get at night could depend on the activities you do during the day. Limiting the intake of caffeine and alcohol a few hours before you go to bed can reduce sleep disruptions. Getting plenty of exercise and avoiding fatty foods right before bed can also lead to a better night of sleep.

Exercise Frequently

What’s good for your body is usually good for your mind as well. Exercising is an important component of independent living and should be completed in some form every day. If you aren’t physically inclined enough to go on long runs or participate in sports, go for a walk every day or join an exercise group with other people sharing your skill level. The main thing is to stay active to keep your blood flowing and you may experience mental clarity and sharpness at the same time.

Pick Up A New Hobby

If you’re focusing on independent living at home, consider learning a new hobby. You can learn to do just about anything by watching YouTube videos or attending specific classes. Some great hobbies that stimulate the brain and mind include knitting, sewing, gardening, carpentry, golfing, photography and much more. And if you’re not tech-savvy, consider learning how to operate a computer, smartphone or tablet and you may feel a sense of accomplishment by doing so.
Next Day Access wants the aging population to live their lives to the fullest. Everyone has different physical needs and requirements, and we have many different solutions to offer. Whether you need caregiver tips for caring for a loved one or if you’re a senior striving for independent living, contact us today and we would be happy to discuss various options with you.

When seniors strive for independent living, they often have a hard time accepting the fact they need help when the time comes. This makes it important for you to be on the lookout for signs they need some assistance around their house before they injure or harm themselves inadvertently. Memory problems and cognitive concerns could also be early warning signs of dementia, as explained by this AARP article. The earlier you can detect these signs, the quicker you can provide them with the senior care they need to be safe.

Damaged Or Broken Fixtures And Appliances

When you visit the home of an aging parent and either notice broken items or hear them talking about them, offer to fix them. At the very least, ask if there’s a reason why they haven’t fixed them yet. It could be that they haven’t had to use their broken oven in a while, don’t have the money to get it repaired or replaced or other reasons. Living with fixtures and appliances that don’t work properly can be damaging to the mental health of a person striving for independent living, so do what you can to help.

Cluttered And Dirty Rooms

If rooms in your aging parent’s home are becoming cluttered with items or are dirty in general, don’t simply overlook them. You can approach the situation in a caring manner by asking if they need help with cleaning anything. They may indicate they don’t have the energy or physical ability to clean as much anymore, which can be a sign that you need to provide them with more senior care.

Lack Of Interest In Specific Activities

Pay attention to the overall demeanor of an aging parent and point out to them anything that may be different than what you’re used to. It’s completely natural to lose interest in certain activities over time, but if the interest isn’t replaced with anything else, then they may be suffering from a larger issue. Asking why they are losing interest in doing activities they previously enjoyed is perfectly acceptable and may get them to open up about concerns they have, or at least give you some insight into their thoughts so you can take action as needed.

Forgetfulness

An aging parent may need some additional senior care if you notice they are forgetting things more than usual. It’s common for older people to not remember what day of the week it is, where they put their keys or other minor things. However, if they constantly forget these things or tell you they forgot to take their medication, then it may be time to intervene. Independent living is wonderful for seniors who can do so, but it can also be dangerous if they become forgetful over time.

Paying attention to your aging parent is important. They may not realize they are changing, so it’s up to you to recognize certain characteristics and act as you feel appropriate. Next Day Access is here to help with any mobility concerns or limitations your senior parent may have, so contact us at any time to learn about our products.

Caring for an aging parent can be difficult. You have to balance providing great senior care with living your own life. It’s easy to forget about the relationship you may have had with your parents amid the challenges of balancing different lifestyles, but it’s important to maintain those relationships as much as possible. The aging population has a hard time relating to new technology and things that go on in the world today, so these are some great questions to make them think, bring back memories and build your relationship with them at the same time.

What Is The Thing You Remember Most From Your Childhood?

Older people may not remember back to their childhood, but it doesn’t hurt to ask them about it. You may be surprised at the things they tell you that you hadn’t heard before growing up with them. And most importantly, this question allows them to think back as far as they can and you can see how vividly they remember certain aspects of their childhood.

What Fun Things Did You Do With Your Parents And Grandparents?

This may be the most fun question you can ask your aging parent. Chances are the fun things you learn about that they did with their parents and grandparents are similar to the fun things they did with you. Bringing back fun memories can strike great conversations about how great life was back then and even relate to certain situations that may go on in your life today.

Who Has Been The Most Influential Person In Your Life?

The aging population has seen numerous influential people during their life. You could ask this question to a dozen different older people and there’s a decent chance you’ll hear a different name each time. When you hear how and why a particular person influenced them, you can ask follow-up questions as you see appropriate. You may even get a history lesson as they are telling stories.

What Are You Most Proud Of?

Parents sometimes ask their kids what they are proud of in life, but the question doesn’t always get asked the other way around. They may give the standard answer by saying they are most proud of their kids, but make them try to dig a little deeper. You may be able to relate to something that makes you proud in your own life and can have a nice conversation about certain experiences.

What Are Some Unexpected Challenges You’ve Faced Getting Older?

This could be a sensitive question depending on the health of your parent, whether they have a cognitive disability or other concerns. It still might be worth asking the question regardless just to hear their opinion on the challenges they’ve faced. It could provide an opportunity for you to help them with something they hadn’t mentioned before and can strengthen your relationship with them as a result.

Next Day Access is here to help you provide the senior care you need to your aging parent. When you don’t have to worry about accessibility concerns, you can focus on maintaining solid relationships. Feel free to contact us at any time to see how we can help.

Providing care for a loved one can be extremely rewarding. However, it also comes with plenty of challenges along the way. According to a study by AARP, roughly 33% of caregivers provide care for more than 21 hours each week, while 21% of caregivers do the same for more than 41 hours per week. As you can see, being a primary caregiver is like having a full-time job sometimes with the amount of time you spend caring for a loved one. Finding a balance with your personal life is critical to mix with these everyday responsibilities as a caregiver.

Housekeeping Duties

The aging population doesn’t always have the physical ability to perform regular housekeeping duties. Simple tasks like taking out the trash, washing dishes, vacuuming, doing laundry or anything else may be difficult or dangerous for them to do. You may be able to hire someone to do outside work to save you time and keep the yard maintained, but you can also develop a schedule for when you perform certain tasks to keep a routine.

Understanding Medical Needs

One of the most important responsibilities of a primary caregiver is understanding your loved one’s medical needs. Know their medication schedule, what ailments they are dealing with, when their medication is getting low and more. It could even be valuable to go with them to their medical visits so you can listen to the doctor and ask questions as needed. Help them out by creating a schedule with reminders on when to take certain medication so it doesn’t get missed.

Meal Planning And Preparation

A fun part of caring for a loved one can be planning and preparing meals. Some caregivers like to cook so much that they do it every night. Others will take one day to cook meals that will last a week or longer. It’s nice to have a prepared meal ready to go in the refrigerator or freezer when time is short or you’re too exhausted to cook. Just remember your loved one relies on you for proper nutrition, so be sure to offer meals for a balanced diet.

Arrange Transportation

Using public transportation may not be a great option for a senior with limited mobility and who can’t drive a vehicle on their own. You may have to either arrange for other forms of transportation or be the person who takes them where they need to go. Investing in an auto lift to carry their wheelchair or scooter can make this task much easier for you and safer for them.

Help With Emotional Needs

Both you and your loved one have emotional needs that need to be addressed. For a primary caregiver, this may mean taking frequent walks to clear your mind or talking to a friend on the phone regularly. For an elderly person, this could mean simply talking to them about their childhood, playing games, talking about their family or anything else that makes them happy. Being strong emotionally can be difficult when you are limited in the things you can do, so don’t ignore the emotional aspect of being a primary caregiver.

Next Day Access can help make caring for a loved one at home easier. We offer free home assessments and provide suggestions and solutions for common household accessibility problems, so contact us today to speak with a representative.