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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to share a great meal with family and friends you may not often see throughout the year. Many people overindulge in the meal and enjoy every bit of it, but you can still maintain healthy habits while doing so. Simple substitutions and alternatives can make for diabetes-friendly Thanksgiving dishes everyone can feel better about. And while you’re planning for hosting guests during the holiday, think about accessibility products like a threshold ramp to ensure everyone can arrive and leave safely. Here are some great diabetes-friendly dishes to consider preparing this Thanksgiving.

Sweet Potato And Apple Hashbrowns

If you enjoy the sweet potato casseroles topped with sugary marshmallows, then you may love this alternative. Slice sweet potatoes and apples into sticks and cook them in a small amount of oil in a skillet. Season them with your favorite seasonings and top them with a pinch of cinnamon for a sweet touch. It’s a simple and unique recipe that won’t take you long to prepare and can be enjoyed by everyone.

Apricot And Cranberry Sauce

Anyone who enjoys cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving should try this apricot and cranberry sauce recipe. Blending cranberries with dried apricots will reduce the sugar content of the dish, as well as provide beneficial minerals and antioxidants. With no added sugars, this is a side dish you can enjoy without feeling as guilty as you may feel with regular cranberry sauce.

Potato Medley With Roasted Herbs

This may be one of the simplest diabetes-friendly dishes that will be the biggest hit at your Thanksgiving meal. Baby purple potatoes are used since they can help you keep your healthy habits in check. Olive oil and fresh herbs are the ingredients that give these potatoes amazing flavor. Simply drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes, sprinkle them with fresh herbs and bake them in the oven for a healthy Thanksgiving dish.

Cauliflower Stuffing

Stuffing is one of the most popular Thanksgiving dishes, but it’s also one of the unhealthiest. If you’re preparing the stuffing this year, consider taking out the bread and substituting it with cauliflower pieces instead. With all of the other ingredients, herbs, and spices, your guests may not even be able to tell the difference in the taste.

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits With Greek Yogurt

The problem with traditional pumpkin pie is it’s not very healthy, and it’s easy to eat too much. Instead of eliminating pumpkin pie, consider creating a unique pumpkin pie parfait using Greek yogurt. The ingredients include pumpkin pie puree, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and nuts for a healthy sweet treat at the end of your great meal.

Next Day Access wants to help you plan your Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends. Whether you’re providing senior care or will be hosting seniors with mobility limitations, we can help you take the worry out of hosting people. A threshold ramp is simple to use temporarily and can make your guests feel more comfortable. Then you can just focus on preparing a great meal. If there’s anything we can do to help you this Thanksgiving, feel free to contact us at any time.

Whether you’re a senior living at home or have a physical disability that limits your mobility, bathroom safety should be a top priority. According to the National Council on Aging, falling is the result of nearly three million emergency department visits every year. What may be even more surprising about that statistic is most of the falls are preventable. Improving bathroom safety should begin with evaluating your current bathtub or shower and deciding whether a walk-in tub or shower could be beneficial. Here are the main factors to consider between the two.

Benefits Of A Walk-In Tub

Seniors striving for independent living can benefit from a walk-in tub in many ways. The anti-slip surface provides better traction than traditional bathtubs or showers to help prevent slipping and falling. The lower threshold also means you don’t have to lift your feet as high to enter, so it’s not as difficult to maintain your balance. A walk-in tub is shaped differently from traditional tubs since they are taller but not as wide. This means you can more easily submerge your body in the water and allow the hydrotherapy jets to target your aches and pain points. 

Walk-In Showers Have Some Limitations

If you’re used to primarily taking a shower instead of a bath, then you may be considering upgrading to a walk-in shower. These can be more spacious than traditional shower-tub combinations, but the problem is they don’t allow for sitting and taking a bath if you want to. For a senior living at home, having this option is important so you can sit and relax after a long day, or if you get to a point where standing for several minutes becomes more difficult. 

Consider Your Current And Future Needs When Deciding

Some of the things to consider when deciding whether a walk-in tub or a walk-in shower is right for you include:

  • Any mobility limitations you have
  • Whether you would benefit from hydrotherapy jets to target pain points
  • Possible slip hazards
  • Whether you enjoy sitting and relaxing occasionally

It’s essential to think about these factors for your current situation and what you may want in the future. A walk-in tub or a walk-in shower is a significant investment, so it’s important to get what you need for the long-term since the decision is difficult to reverse once installed. A walk-in tub is usually the popular choice for a senior living at home. It is easily accessible and suitable for aging in place without risking safety as much.

Next Day Access strives to help seniors with their independent living efforts. Walk-in tubs and walk-in showers are popular upgrades to bathrooms, but you have to think closely about which one is most ideal for you. Most seniors opt for a walk-in tub, and it’s easy to see why with all of the luxury features they have available. Safety is always the number one concern for a senior living at home, and a walk-in tub can enhance it. If you’re thinking about upgrading your bathroom, contact us, and we would be thrilled to provide you with a free home assessment and help you learn about the options available to you.

Shower safety is something that should be prioritized for seniors focused on independent living. Slipping and falling is common in the bathtub or shower, but many times it’s preventable by adding something as simple as a shower chair. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly three million people ages 65 and older are treated in the emergency department, and about one out of every five falls lead to severe injuries. Since the shower is one of the most likely areas of the home where falls occur, here are some tips for creating a safe shower environment for seniors.

Invest In A Shower Chair

A shower chair is a simple investment that can make showers more enjoyable for seniors. Standing for several minutes at a time could be challenging for seniors in general, and it adds to the stress on the body when they are worried about every step they take on the slippery surface. A shower chair can be positioned where they can sit and relax while still bathing properly and easily.

Strategically Place Grab Bars In The Shower Area

Placing grab bars in and around the shower area may be the most valuable addition to a senior’s shower space. These are much more sturdy than a towel bar and can provide a significant amount of stability when they need it most. Just have them installed at the proper height and in locations along the wall where you commonly stand or walk, and you can have peace of mind knowing you can maintain or regain balance when grabbing them.

Use Non-Slip Mats And Rugs On The Floor

Regardless of whether you have a traditional shower or a walk-in shower, the mats and rugs used on the floor can be problematic. Non-slip mats and rugs are essential to ensure they won’t slip out from under your feet when you step on them. Some rugs and mats are also slippery by nature when they get wet, so be sure to replace those as well. And as far as inside the shower goes, consider purchasing an anti-slip mat to reduce the risk of slipping and give you a little more traction at the same time.

Consider A Walk-In Tub

If getting in and out of the shower is becoming a challenge as you get older, it may be time to consider investing in a walk-in tub. These are designed for people to walk in and out of the tub with ease and without having to lift your feet very high. They come equipped with important safety features like an anti-slip surface, a comfortable seat, and items to grab onto to help maintain stability.

Bathroom safety is a high priority for seniors, and Next Day Access is here to help you create the safest environment possible. Whether it’s installing grab bars or renovating your entire bathroom to install a walk-in tub, we are here for you every step of the way. Preventing slips and falls in the bathroom is much easier than people think, and we can help identify potential hazards with a free home assessment. Be sure to contact us to schedule an appointment and create a safe bathroom environment.

The bathroom is widely regarded as the most dangerous room in a home, especially for seniors with limited balance and mobility. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, more than 33% of people age 65 and older will fall each year, and falling is the leading cause of emergency department visits and injury-related deaths. Many of these falls happen in the bathroom for various reasons, but the good news is many of them are preventable. Here are some bathroom safety tips to consider for every part of the bathroom.

Shower And Bathtub Modifications

If you prefer taking a shower over a bath, consider investing in a shower chair so you can sit and bathe. Anti-slip mats in the shower are also valuable to reduce the risk of slipping and falling significantly. And regardless of whether you primarily take a shower or bath, installing grab bars can help you maintain balance and regain balance if you feel like you’re slipping or don’t feel comfortable. Sometimes seniors get to the point where they need to sit down and take a bath but have a hard time getting in and out. If that’s true for you, then walk-in tubs are available to make the process easier, but they are more costly and require more extensive modifications.

Make The Bathroom Floor Safer

As careful as you may be when you’re in the bathtub or shower, you have to be even more careful when walking on the bathroom floor. Anti-slip rugs or mats should be used immediately outside the bathtub or shower, as well as in other areas you walk in the bathroom. Taking a warm shower can increase the humidity level in the bathroom significantly, and you may not realize the floor is slippery. Installing grab bars along the walls where you have to walk can help maintain balance as well.

Sink, Toilet, And Bathroom Storage Safety

If you have a hard time turning the water faucet on in the sink, consider replacing it with handles that are easier to grab and move. And if the sink or toilet is too high or low for you to access comfortably, then you may consider replacing them with newer versions that suit your needs a little better. Bathroom storage should also be a consideration since you need to be able to access certain items occasionally but don’t want them to be in the way. Consider storing extra rolls of toilet paper on top of the toilet tank, and keep your towels and other accessories in cabinets high enough to reach conveniently.

Next Day Access understands the importance of bathroom safety, and we are here to make the space as safe as possible. Sometimes all it takes are minor changes to improve the safety of a room significantly. With the increased risk of slipping and falling in the bathroom for seniors, the investment of grab bars or other safety products is well worth it. If you’d like us to provide you with a free home assessment and make suggestions to improve bathroom safety in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Caring for a loved one with diabetes is more common than people think. According to the American Diabetes Association, over 10% of the United States population had diabetes in 2018, which equates to more than 34 million people. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious complications, including heart attack, stroke, hearing impairments, kidney failure, and many more problems. Seniors often need assistance managing their diabetes, so here are some caregiver tips to consider.

Commit To Lifestyle Changes With Them

Eating a strict diet and committing to an exercise routine can be difficult for seniors, especially if it hasn’t been their normal lifestyle for many years. When caring for a loved one with diabetes, consider committing to lifestyle changes with them so they can see you’re thoroughly engaged with helping them manage it. That way, you can talk to them about the challenges of the new lifestyle and what you experienced that made the situation better. Knowing they aren’t alone can help make healthy habits easier to achieve.

Work To Manage Stress

High levels of stress can harm a person’s blood sugar levels. Find out what triggers stress in your senior loved one and work with them to manage it. If watching the news on television makes them feel stressed, then make sure they don’t watch it, and you can just give them important information they need to know. You may also suggest they participate in stress-relieving exercises like yoga or meditation or picking up a new hobby to focus their attention on other things.

Promote Self-Monitoring

Even when you’re primarily responsible for caring for a loved one, there will be times when you can’t be present. Self-monitoring is important for seniors with diabetes to track blood sugar levels and understand what is healthy and unhealthy for them. Promoting self-monitoring may mean helping them keep a journal of what they do throughout the day and then explain how they feel afterward. They may be able to identify particular stressors and eliminate them or realize that exercise makes them feel great and participate more.

Strategically Coordinate Physical Activities

Exercise is important even for seniors with diabetes. However, it may not be safe to exercise when your senior loved one’s blood sugar levels are low. The most ideal times to engage in physical activities are roughly an hour after eating a meal, which correlates to when blood sugar levels are at their highest. Just be sure to keep water, snacks, and glucose tablets handy when exercising in case they get overexerted.

Developing healthy habits doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require some discipline. These caregiver tips can help make the process of managing a senior loved one’s diabetes easier, which can also give you some peace of mind. Caring for a loved one can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life and can significantly increase their quality of life at the same time. If you would like more tips about how to improve your senior loved one’s quality of life, contact Next Day Access today.

Cold and flu season is upon us. Now is an important time to revisit safety and prevention tips to keep seniors as safe and healthy as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seniors are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu due to having weaker immune systems. Because of this, the vast majority of deaths caused by the flu occur in people ages 65 and older. Maintaining healthy habits during the winter is important, and here are some other tips to help prevent getting the flu or a cold.

Get A Flu Shot Early

The flu vaccine is designed to reduce the risk of getting the flu. Seniors need to get the flu vaccine, as well as anyone providing senior care. The earlier in flu season you can get the vaccine, the better. However, it’s not too late to get it even if you wait until several weeks into the season.

Keep Exercising

Since a weak immune system is one of the main reasons why seniors are more vulnerable to the flu, finding ways to strengthen it can reduce the risk of getting it. Exercising regularly can significantly boost your immune system, so it’s important to incorporate it while practicing independent living. If it’s too cold to exercise outside, make a little room in your home to do some light exercising. Even a small amount of exercise daily can go a long way in boosting your immune system and fighting off the flu.

Practice Proper Hygiene

Proper hygiene includes washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your nose, eyes, and mouth, disinfecting surfaces, and much more. Stock up on soap and hand sanitizer for this fall and winter season, so you’ll always have it available when you need it. When you get into the healthy habits of having great hygiene practices, you can significantly reduce the risk of getting sick.

Avoid Large Crowds When Possible

No matter how great your hygiene or overall health is, you increase your risk of getting a cold or flu when you are in large crowds. With the holiday season upcoming, avoiding crowds may be challenging, but you can still safely enjoy your time. Take necessary precautions by maintaining your hand-washing routine, try not to go in spaces without proper ventilation, and avoid contact with people who may not be feeling well.

Eat A Nutritious Diet

Boosting your Vitamin C intake can boost your immune system and potentially reduce the chances of getting a cold or the flu. Proteins like fish, yogurt, and eggs are also valuable for boosting the immune system. If you are unable to consume these regularly for any reason, consider asking your doctor about a supplement you can take to compensate.

Sometimes it’s the healthy habits you incorporate into your daily life that are more impactful than anything else when reducing the risk of getting the flu. Taking action now to boost your immune system and being diligent about it can help keep you safe and healthy all fall and winter long. If you need any other tips about fall or winter safety this year, contact us at any time at Next Day Access.

Aside from changing out the clothes in our closets from short sleeves and shorts to long sleeves and pants, we have to make some other adjustments as the seasons change and bring colder temperatures. Seniors practicing independent living may need assistance getting the home prepared for the winter, but they should also focus on themselves and what changes they will endure. Shorter days can lead to less physical activity and not as many social engagements, and now is the time to address them. Consider these ways seniors are impacted by the seasons changing.

Physical Challenges

Shorter days and less-than-ideal weather conditions during the winter lead to fewer opportunities to engage in outdoor activities. However, the aging population still needs to find ways to be physically active to maintain good overall health. Physical exercises don’t have to be strenuous, and sometimes simple stretches or balance exercises can be enough to keep the heart healthy. But by being inactive during the colder months, seniors could lose strength and balance and make it hard to recover and get back into being physically active when the weather warms up.

Nutritional Obstacles

We sometimes take for granted how beneficial it is for our bodies to be in the sun. With less daylight in the winter, you may not get as much natural vitamin D from the sun and need to pursue other alternatives. Consider eating foods high in vitamin D, like eggs or salmon, and drinking plenty of milk. And if it’s challenging to get your hands on fresh fruits and vegetables in the winter, stock up on frozen varieties to ensure you get enough vitamin C to remain as healthy as possible. The important thing is to be conscious of what you are putting into your body and prioritize foods and drinks with high nutritional value.

Fewer Social Interactions

Social interactions are important for senior living. While seniors may spend a lot of time outdoors socializing with neighbors or friends during the summer, the cold weather of the winter forces people inside their homes. Mental health is a focal point for senior living during the winter months. Even if you are unable to visit people in person as often, consider using video technology to talk to people and see their faces. Talking to someone every night can keep seniors socially active and maintain good mental health at the same time.

At Next Day Access, we want to help seniors make the transition to different seasons as easy and seamless as possible. The aging population usually spends the majority of their time indoors during the late fall and winter months, and sometimes home modifications can make the experience more pleasant. You should be able to feel comfortable and confident navigating your home, especially since you’ll be spending a lot of time in it. We would be happy to provide you with a free home assessment and discuss your needs, so feel free to contact us at any time.

As seniors get older, they often believe they don’t have to exercise as much, or they are afraid of falling while doing so. However, it’s critical to continue exercising in some form to continue healthy senior living and maintain great heart health and avoid a reduction in muscle mass. According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, by age 75, roughly one of every two women and one of every three men will be largely inactive, and reduced physical activity can directly lead to loss of stamina and strength. Continuing to exercise even as the weather gets cooler is critical, and here’s why.

Your Heart Works Harder When You’re Inactive

A person’s resting heart rate largely remains the same throughout their life. However, as they get older and become more inactive, the resting heart rate can increase and work harder than it should consistently. Continuing to participate in physical activity can keep your resting heart rate as low as possible, so it won’t have to work as hard when you aren’t active. Protecting your heart is critical as you get older, and engaging in as much physical activity as you can is one of the most ideal ways to do it.

Maintain Muscle Mass

A natural part of aging involves losing some muscle strength and mass over time. However, if exercise is not part of your senior living regimen, then you’ll likely lose more muscle strength and mass than those who participate in some sort of physical activity regularly. Inactivity speeds up the process of muscle loss as well, and can even expedite conditions like osteoporosis. If seniors have not been participating in many exercises as they’ve gotten older, it’s not too late to start building up muscle mass again. Doing so can increase strength and stability and potentially reduce the risk of falling and getting injured.

What Exercises Are Ideal To Engage In?

Physical exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous for seniors to remain healthy. If you’re providing senior care to a loved one, make sure they are set up in their home to do some physical activity when it gets cold outside. Having open space big enough to stretch or do some resistance training exercises can encourage more activity. Balance exercises can also be beneficial to strengthen the legs, core, and other important muscles. Even if a senior is unable to walk outside due to colder temperatures, physical activity should be maintained inside the home.

Next Day Access can help make exercising for seniors easier, even as the weather turns colder. We offer a wide variety of mobility products that can help make navigating the home easier, like a stair lift, a lift chair, a wheelchair ramp, a threshold ramp, and many more. Independent senior living may mean making some home modifications to make mobility simpler and safer. As we transition into cooler outdoor temperatures, contact us at any time if your home could use some updates and you need some advice.

The holiday season is meant to be a relaxing time to enjoy good food and fellowship with friends and relatives. If you don’t get to see your aging parent’s home too often, the holidays present a great opportunity to visit them and see how they are doing with independent living. Take a close look at their living situation to see if any modifications need to be made, check on their overall health, and engage in positive conversations about the future to make the most of your visit.

Look At Their Living Situation

A senior striving for independent living may need some assistance with home modifications. While you’re at your aging parent’s home, evaluate their living situation and make note of what could be improved. Look at everything from cluttered living spaces to slippery bath rugs and how the overall open space is in the home. Feel free to ask them about any observations you make and see if they indicate anything else has been problematic for them. It’s simple enough to go buy new rugs or install a few grab bars while you’re visiting, and it could make a world of difference for their independent living efforts.

Check On Their Emotional, Mental, And Physical Health

Make it a point at least every holiday season to check on your aging parent’s emotional, mental, and physical health. When you do this annually, you can make notes of any changes in their attitude or overall perspective on life and intervene when you believe it is necessary to do so. Sometimes an aging parent simply needs to talk things through with you, even if it’s uncomfortable. And if you notice their actions have changed in recent years or months, it may be time to have a conversation with them to point out your observations and try to find the source.

Speak Positively About The Future

There’s enough negativity in the world today just by reading or watching the news. Speaking about current events is easy to do at holiday gatherings, but focus positively on the future this holiday season. Talk to an aging parent about their future plans, including whether they want to continue independent living as long as they can, whether they want you to take care of them at their home, and what they want to do for the rest of their life. These are conversations people generally don’t have with their aging parent, but chances are they will appreciate the thoughtfulness, and it can get their mind off of other things.

Next Day Access is here to help make home modifications for seniors whenever they need it. Whether you know modifications should be made before the holiday season or if you want to wait until afterward, we are ready to serve you. And if you know your aging parent needs some help around the house, but aren’t sure what would be most beneficial, we would be happy to provide a free home assessment and present various options. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time to learn more.

The fall season can be particularly difficult for seniors. They may have gotten used to the warm temperatures, and their bodies don’t react as well to cooler temperatures. This can often lead to them staying inside, reducing physical activity, isolating themselves, and other things that could hurt their independent living efforts. As a caregiver, keeping your senior loved one active mentally and physically can help them remain healthy throughout the fall season. Here are some caregiver tips and ideas to consider for fun activities this fall.

Homemade Decorations

Making homemade decorations can be a great way to keep the mind stimulated and engage in creative activities. The fall season brings plenty of opportunities to create new decorations depending on the holidays and occasions you celebrate. Start with small decorations that could be hung on the wall, then focus on bigger decorations for the outdoors. Your senior loved one may experience a sense of satisfaction when they look around their home and see all of the great decors they created.

Brush Up On Cooking Skills

Cooking can be a fun activity for a senior to participate in, and you can engage in the activity with them. Get creative with the dishes you make and incorporate various healthy foods in every meal. If your senior loved one has a habit of making a lot of food and eating leftovers for the week, consider suggesting that they cook every night, so they have something to look forward to every day. This can also help promote creativity in every dish they make.

Prepare To Have Guests Over

If your senior loved one is planning on having guests over during the holidays, start preparing the home early. You may be thriving with independent living in your home, but if guests require mobility assistance, then you can evaluate your home and make adjustments. A temporary wheelchair ramp can be installed, as well as a stair lift and other products. They may feel a great sense of accomplishment when they realize they have taken all of their guests’ needs into consideration.

Enjoy The Scenery And Cool Air

Finally, the fall season brings cooler air and beautiful foliage on trees. Take the time to go on a walk and enjoy the scenery. If walking is challenging due to mobility limitations, then you can rent or purchase a mobility scooter for your senior loved one so they can enjoy the great outdoors. Sometimes getting out of the house and enjoying the little things in life can go a long way in improving mental and emotional health.

Next Day Access wants to help seniors practicing independent living feel as comfortable as possible in their home. Participating in activities is a great way to ensure seniors remain active, but they sometimes need some help moving around also. Our mobility products are designed to make every home more accessible, so seniors with limited mobility can enjoy theirs. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time to see how we can help prepare your home this fall.