Timely Tips for Caregivers

Outsmart Winter with a Senior Storm Kit

Prepare elderly loved ones in your care for possibly life threatening conditions this winter by assembling a Senior Storm Kit containing items that could come in handy if they find themselves stranded during a snow storm, or any other type of inclement weather. Include bottled water, a flashlight with fresh batteries, a first aid kit, socks, gloves, a weekly pill box, cereal bars and a winter safety checklist.

Take Advantage of Free Wellness Exams & Preventive Screenings

A new year often brings a new motivation to plan for good health. If you’ve had Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly “Wellness” visit to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. This includes a health risk assessment, medical/family history review, prescription information update, routine measurements (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.) and plans for preventive screenings. And it’s totally free if you’re on Original Medicare and your doctor accepts assignment. For more information, view the Medicare Guide to Preventive Services.

Nursing Home Residents Face Risks from Antibiotics Misuse

Antibiotics are prescribed incorrectly to ailing nursing home residents up to 75 percent of the time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who recently advised all nursing homes to do more to protect more than 4 million residents from hard-to-treat superbugs that are growing in number and resist antibiotics.

Antibiotic-resistant infections threaten everyone, but elderly people in nursing homes are especially at risk because their bodies don’t fight infections as well. The CDC counts 18 top antibiotic-resistant infections that sicken more than 2 million people a year and kill 23,000. Those infections contribute to deaths in many more cases. Learn more about the 18 most drug-resistant threats.

The CDC has launched a public education campaign for nursing homes aimed at preventing more bacterial and viral infections from starting and stopping others from spreading. A similar effort was rolled out for hospitals last year.


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