Exercise Program at Bellevue Adult Family Home

Exercise is for more than just staying fit. It enhances the quality of life. At Bellevue Adult Family Home, we understand this. While exercise is often considered something that only the young or the physically fit can do, it is possible for older adults and those who are either out of shape or have a physical disability to do regular exercise.

It’s a matter of knowing your limitations and staying within those limitations while slowly extending them to increase endurance. In fact, endurance is the most important type of physical exercise for older adults. While building muscle tone is important, the point is not to become a weight lifter or a gymnast. Endurance enhances the quality of life for older adults and enables them to participate in life in a more active manner.

Endurance exercises are sometimes referred to as aerobic exercises.

Aerobic exercises strengthen the cardiovascular system, such as the heart and blood vessels, and improve lung function. They do this by increasing heart rate and improving lung function. These are both vital to improving endurance. Examples of endurance or aerobic exercises are walking; swimming, jogging and even sweeping, raking and dancing are aerobic exercises.

While older adults usually cannot do the strenuous aerobic exercises that younger people can do, like gymnastics, they can participate in an exercise program that is designed for their physical capabilities. At Bellevue Adult Family Home, we understand that everyone is different and strive to create exercise programs that are tailored to each individual’s personal needs.

We help people build up slowly. We understand that older adults can only do so much exercises and endurance building activities at one time. We help them exercise to the point of building endurance and to slowly increase what their bodies can do. We want them to win at these exercises and be motivated by the physical improvement that they see in themselves.

By staying within limits and building slowly. They can advance to a more enjoyable and productive life.

We encourage regular stretching exercises. Stretching protects against injury and increases flexibility and range of motion.

It is important to balance building muscle tone with endurance exercises that increase stamina and we provide a good healthy diet of nutritious food to ensure that older adults get the nutrition that they need. At Bellevue Adult Family Home, our first concerns are the comfort and health of our residents. We are dedicated to providing the best care possible because we understand that each person is an individual of value and deserves respect and assistance, regardless of their stage of life.

Care for Clnical Depression

While we all feel unhappy now and then, such unhappiness usually passes in a relatively short while. This is not true of people who suffer from clinical depression. Also called depressive disorder, clinical depression is chronic sadness or anxiousness that doesn’t go away or recurs frequently, usually several times per day.

Although the death of a loved one can cause depression and grief is a natural reaction, death can cause clinical depression in older adults who have suffered a loss. The elderly do not have as much future to fall back on and so any large loss can more easily create a sense of hopelessness that does not easily go away. Most older adults do eventually adjust to loss, but some do not. These people may need the type of assistance provided by Bellevue Nursing Home.

It should be recognized that depression is not just a normal element of aging. While most older adults are satisfied with their lives, those that do suffer from depressive disorder are less likely to talk about it, or do not show the obvious symptoms that younger people usually show.

Clinical depression can interfere with life activities. It can destroy the ability to work, can interfere with sleep and can sometimes result in loss of appetite or, conversely, overeating. Such an episode of depression may occur once in a person’s life and may take a long time to recover from. However, dysthymia (a type of depression) is somewhat less severe but considerable more long lasting. If it becomes chronic and the person does not recover, then that person may need the type of treatment and assistance provided by Bellevue Nursing Home. It is vital that a person who is suffering from depression regain emotional balance as much as possible. This may require short or long term treatment, as the case may be. They should be in a caring, quiet environment where their depression is less likely to be triggered and where they can get the psychological and medical attention that they need.

Depression is a cruel emotional affliction that can rob a person of hope, trust and, in the case of suicidal depression, can even rob them of their lives. It is a disorder that requires wisdom and understanding form those who care for an individual who suffers from depression. The staff at Bellevue Nursing Home understand how devastating depression can be, and have the skills and knowledge to assist a loved one who suffers from any type of depression.

CAM, Defined

Complementary medicine, also known as alternative medicine, is rapidly loosing the stigma that was attached to it in the 1950s and 1960s. This is all for the better as complementary/alternative medicine, sometimes known as CAM for short, can offer natural support methods that go beyond standard medical care. And the support of our clients is important at Kirkland adult family home.

But, what is CAM and how does it differ from standard medical practice? Complementary medicine is based on what are called support protocols. These are systems, procedures or actions that have proven to be affective in the past, although they are not always backed up by scientific testing. A support protocol is a number of steps taken in a particular sequence with the intention of achieving a certain result.

CAM has grown in popularity because standard medical treatment is often restricted to treating symptoms with drugs, as these are the only “approved” methods. And doctors are often restricted in what they can do to treat a disorder by what the patient’s insurance company is willing to pay for.

At Kirkland adult family home we believe that natural protocols can be very useful. Natural protocols take things such as diet and environmental conditions into consideration; they also address the whole body as a functioning system, rather than addressing only the disorder.

CAM and standard medicine are slowly moving toward each other and are beginning to form what is know as “integrative medicine.” This form of medicine blends standard and CAM practices into a whole approach. A patient’s physical problems are addressed by both methods concurrently.

Complementary and alternative medicine has originated in a number of different cultures and countries over many centuries. Different cultures have different practices and the practices of a culture or country are referred to as whole medical systems. These systems usually include the use of natural supplements or “medicines” derived from natural sources as well as body based practices as well as using the mind to positively affect the body.

While drug treatment is useful and important in many cases and standard medicine is certainly worthwhile, it’s important to keep an open mind. Many people have had excellent results through natural support methods or integrative medicine that blends both standard medicine and natural support.

While there are people who cannot be helped by natural support methods and may need conventional medical treatment methods, there are many others who can benefit from natural support methods.

While there are some people who cannot be helped by CAM, others can be. It’s important to know what methods will get the best results in each individual case and Kirkland adult family home has the knowledge and experience to address each resident’s needs accurately and with compassion.

Surviving Cancer and Assisted Living

The good news is that cancer survival rates are on the up swing. Earlier diagnosis, better treatment and greater awareness on the part of the public are all having a positive affect. For example, over sixty percent of the people diagnosed with cancer in the last five years are still alive today. The majority of theses people are over sixty because cancer affects older adults more frequently than it affects younger people. And so, there are many older cancer survivors in the Seattle area who may need Seattle assisted living.

An assisted living environment provides the support and care that individuals who are recovering from the devastation of cancer often need. Cancer treatment is also one of the more aggressive treatment methods and it’s often necessary to recover form the treatment as well as the disease.

While some cancers, such as pancreatic and liver cancer have a low survival rate; others like breast, skin cancers and prostate cancers now have an increasing rate of remission. Whatever the type of cancer an individual may suffer from, the need for ongoing care is often vitally important. It isn’t always possible to immediately return to a normal life. This is especially true of older people.

Since older adults may have other health issues, such as heart disease or diabetes, that can affect and complicate cancer treatment, recovery time may be extended. Age also affects treatment in other ways, causing a slower rate of drug assimilation into the body and an inability to tolerate radiation or chemotherapy. These circumstances can result in older people needing Seattle assisted living.

Also, although many cancer survivors can return to a normal life, there are many who have been sufficiently stressed by treatment that they will need follow up care in a Seattle assisted living environment. Not only must people cope with the emotional affects of cancer, as well as social and relationship changes brought on by the disease, they must deal with the pain and fatigue that often accompanies recovery. In such situations, it’s important to provide people with a caring and calm environment in which to recover.

Those who provide Seattle assisted living know what cancer patients are going through. They have the professional knowledge and compassion to help cancer patient’s progress on the road to recovery. Whether it’s long term care or short term care, helping recovering cancer survivors cope with daily problems or make vital lifestyle and health related decisions, those who provide Seattle assisted living are here to help.

About Long Term Care

Nursing homes in Seattle often provide long term care. And long term care is designed to meet a variety of needs for a relatively short of longer period of time. The intention of the many services offered through long term care is to help people love as safely and independently as possible when they cannot perform the normal everyday activities of life on their own.

Family members in the home often provide long term care and it is also provided by special facilities such as nursing homes in Seattle. The need for long term care has increased over the years as the population in general has aged. Age itself is often a reason for long term care and the larger percentage of the elderly in the population has put a bit of a strain on resources and care facilities in the last decade or so.

Helping with normal everyday activities, such as grooming, dressing and bathing is the most common form of long term care. Such care is usually afforded the elderly either at home by family members or paid providers or at nursing homes in Seattle. Long term care is also needed when people have long term health problems or need assistance while recovering from a serious illness or injury. Most of the time however, the need for long term care evolves slowly as a person ages or a disability or illness worsens.

Long term care can last only a few weeks, as in recovery from an injury, or for several months as a person receives rehabilitation therapy in a nursing home in Seattle. It can also be ongoing due to a serious illness like Alzheimer’s or stroke. While many people receive care at home from family members or paid services others live permanently in nursing homes in Seattle if their needs are such that they can no longer be supported at home. More elderly and those in need of long duration care are entering nursing homes and other special facilities due to the increasing economic need for all working age family members to work, due to the high cost of living.

The need for long term care depends on many variables. More women need long term care than men, simply because they live longer. Single people are more likely to need care from some kind of paid provider because they often have no one at home who can care for them. And people who get little exercise or have poor eating habits are more likely to need long term care as they get older.

Understanding Blood Pressure

A healthy blood pressure is an important part of staying alive. Blood pressure happens when your heart beats and pumps oxygenated blood through your body. Blood pressure is the force of this pumping. It is measured in two numbers, what is called systolic pressure which is the pressure of your blood pressing against your arteries when your heart beats and diastolic pressure, which is the natural pressure in your arteries when your heart relaxes between beats.

While blood pressure is necessary to keep us alive, it can malfunction just like any other part of the human anatomy. And so, people with high blood pressure, or on the rare occasion, pressure that’s too low, may be able to function on their own in society or may need to live in an adult family home.

Blood pressure is always measured in two numbers. These numbers represent systolic and diastolic pressures. Both are extremely important. For example, if your blood pressure is 120/80 that means that it is 120 systolic and 80 diastolic. This would be said as 120 over 80.

Blood pressure varies throughout the day. It is generally lowest when the person is asleep and highest during moments of physical activity, excitement or stress.

Hypertension is high blood pressure. Blood pressure is considered high when it is above 139/89. Hypertension, high blood pressure, can be a considerable problem if a person has diabetes or kidney disease. They may need to live in an adult family home in order to receive continuous care.

High blood pressure generally has no symptoms. Although it may cause the occasional headache. Hypertension can lead to such life threatening conditions as stroke, kidney failure, heat failure and heart attack. It can also lead to vision changes or even blindness.

There is such a thing as pre-hypertension, that is if your systolic pressure is above 120 but less than 140 and your diastolic pressure is above 80 but less than 90.

People with high blood pressure or pre-hypertension should consult their health care provider and take steps to lower their blood pressure and get it back down to normal or as close to normal as possible.

People with hypertension have a higher chance of developing high blood pressure. This can increase the chances of heart disease or stroke up to one-hundred percent in women and up to forty-five percent in men. So, lifestyle changes are required. Which may require living in an adult family home.

Anxiety Disorders and Assisted Living Seattle

Anxiety disorders are when worries and fears become chronic. And long term. While anxiety is often a normal part of aging, older adults tend to be less subject to anxiety disorders than young people. However, whether old are young, a person with an anxiety disorder may need assisted living in Seattle.

There’s a difference between simple anxiety that can be caused by life circumstances, such as disease or the loss of a job, and anxiety disorder.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including social phobia, the fear of being judged by others and panic disorder which is characterized by sudden attacks of panic, a sense of unreality and fear of impending doom. This can cause people to behave in an erratic manner and may require assisted living in Seattle.

Perhaps the anxiety disorder that has got the most press in recent years is post-traumatic stress disorder. Experiencing a traumatic event, such as an accident or an act of violence causes this. Post traumatic stress disorder was once called shell shock and was first diagnosed in World War One. It was thought at the time that the symptoms, hysteria, exaggerated nervous reactions, and flashbacks to traumatic events were caused by exposure to the toxic chemicals in bombs. It was only later that the cause was mental and not physical.

Another famous anxiety disorder is obsessive/compulsive behavior. This is characterized by performing certain actions over and over, such as repeatedly needing to check that the house is locked before getting in the car or any other of the many “rituals” such as having the same thoughts over and over. Other types of anxiety disorders include specific phobia, which is an intense fear of something that presents no immediate danger, such as fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of dogs or the sight of blood. And general anxiety disorder, which is the flip-side of specific phobia and is expressed as a generalized fear where a person is worried and anxious over many trivial matters or keeps running down a list of fears, such as health, family problems or money. Even though there really is nothing to worry about.

Constant anxiety can be incredibly debilitating. It takes all the fun out of life and puts the person in a prison of fear. It’s not like they want to be afraid. They can’t help it. Anxiety disorders appear to be the mind’s attempt at avoiding being overwhelmed by the world or being confronted with circumstances that cannot be corrected. Such disorders make living difficult and people suffering form these disorders may not be able to take care of themselves and may need assisted living in Seattle.

Caring for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s a sad fact that some 5.1 million people in America either have or will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease in the near future.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s do not appear in the first stages of the disease and usually begin after the age of sixty. There may come a time when someone you love may contract Alzheimer’s and will need to be cared for in an adult family home.

While the disease can sometimes affect even people in their thirties and forties, it is mostly associated with older people, although, unlike the urban legend, Alzheimer’s Disease is not a symptom of aging or necessarily a part of aging. The lack of public understanding of Alzheimer’s is common, and although many people try to care for afflicted loved ones at home, they often need the kind of professional care that they can only get in an adult family home.

Let’s clear up a few misconceptions. Simple forgetfulness is not always a symptom of Alzheimer’s. But, when coupled with other symptoms, such as asking the same questions over and over or putting objects down in odd places or becoming chronically angry or worried, then the possibility that the person is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s is increased.

Other problems can cause similar symptoms to Alzheimer’s disease, such as vitamin deficiency, the side effects of medication or even kidney or liver disorders can create similar effects. Stress, anxiety and depression can create emotional problems that that can create the appearance of dementia. This is why it is important to consult a specialist in brain disorders if you suspect that someone you love may have Alzheimer’s.

There is also a disorder know as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) which has some of the same symptoms and while it is sometimes a symptom of the early onset of Alzheimer’s, it doesn’t have to be. People with mild cognitive impairment can still look after themselves and do not need to be placed in an adult family home.

As yet, we still do not know the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. We do know that it can start as much as ten years or more before symptoms become noticeable. We do know that Alzheimer’s itself consists of anomalous protein deposits in the brain that form tangles and plaque, cutting off the ability of nerve cells to communicate with each other. The nerve cells eventually die, causing the brain to shrink. Brain tissue has shrunk considerably, in the later stages of the disease.

Alzheimer’s is the forth largest cause of death in Western Society. It comes in after heart disease, cancer and strokes.

Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered Alzheimer’s in 1906, when an autopsy was performed on a woman who had died of an unknown brain disorder.

Alzheimer’s destroys the quality of life in a way that few other diseased do. Those who are afflicted with this disease should get the best care possible. And that may mean placing them in an adult family home.

Parkinson’s Care Facility


Parkinson’s Disease breaks down communication of the brain to the nerve endings that control movement. There is a more technical description, but that’s the gist of it. Untreated Parkinson’s can be like total paralysis. Even with Parkinson’s care, the patient can have symptoms like freezing in place, or not being able to swallow or speak. Not every Parkinson’s patient has the same symptoms. We have been to Parkinson’s support groups where each participant had none, some, or little outward symptoms of this disease. My husband was often the only wheelchair patient.

My husband’s Parkinson’s Disease was diagnosed in 1998. For the first few years there were very few visible symptoms. Now, as the disease progresses, his symptoms are moderate to severe, changing from day to day.

In late 2006 he developed problems swallowing. He could not swallow water or applesauce and therefore could not swallow his pills. He could not swallow the pills that would allow him to swallow. It was a continuing downward spiral. I started looking at cemetery plots.

He wound up in the hospital for 5 days on intravenous fluids to rehydrate him. Once stabilized, they sent him home with a feeding tube installed because he still could not swallow food or water. His pills were administered through the feeding tube for a few days. Finally some of his muscle control returned and he was able to take his pills again. Soon he was able to swallow liquids and within 2 weeks he was eating solid food again. His feeding tube was removed eight weeks later.

After that he began taking his Parkinson’s care more seriously, taking his medications somewhat on schedule. He was able to get around much better, not walking but able to assist in moving himself. He had a poor attitude about the disease from the beginning. Depression was making him miserable. I finally spoke to his doctor about his depression and a low dosage of anti-depressant was prescribed. My husband HATES pills. I had a hard enough time to get him to take his other medications, how would I get him to take this new, additional pill?

Fortunately, or not, depending on the agenda for that day, husband was staying in bed longer in the AM. I started giving him his first medications around 6 am before he got out of bed so that if he slept in, he would not have missed his first dosage of meds. With this system in place I was able to “hide” this new pill with the others and he never found out. Still doesn’t know. If he knew what it was for he would not take it. It has made a wonderful difference. He does not dwell on thoughts of doing himself in, he’s much more pleasant, and he’s more tolerant of taking his other pills throughout the rest of the day. He still gets depressed when mobility of any sort is nearly impossible, its understandable and we get through it.

He recently coined a new phrase, “I have to carry my own casket”, used when he does not receive the assistance he expects (and needs) but I am not physically able to offer him. He must participate in transferring himself from the bed to the wheelchair, from the wheelchair to the toilet, or to the stair glide, or to step out the front door to get onto his scooter. He weighs about 145 lbs. and I am not strong enough to lift him. Without his participation he is dead weight. At those times I agree with him, “Yes, you have to carry our own casket because you’re too heavy for me to carry it alone.” The strength comes from somewhere and we do get him moved.

Recently he has had extreme difficulty moving anywhere. We are currently avoiding difficult moves and realigning furniture to accommodate his new bout of rigidity. His lack of flexibility has to be compensated for with flexible surroundings.

Caring for my husband these 12 years has given me a genuine understanding and sympathy for other caregivers and their individual situations. I am always looking for a better, easier way to help him through the day. If he’s happy then we’re both happy.

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Why Choose A Dementia Care Home Over Home Caring

main-im-dementiaFor many people, the thought of placing an elderly loved one into a nursing or care home is a horrifying one. Doing everything possible to keep a parent or grandparent at home may become a top priority. This priority may change if there is a diagnosis of dementia. Whether from Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis or any number of causes, a diagnosis of dementia should prompt people to rethink having their loved ones stay at home rather than receive treatment and care in a dementia care home.

Typically, there are several stages of dementia and in the early stages, home care may be appropriate. Early stages of dementia may include forgetful behaviour and minor mood swings. For the most part, people experiencing early dementia may just need a helping hand with their day-today activities. As the condition progresses, however, the level of care required increases significantly and may make home care both inappropriate and un-affordable. Before it reaches this point, loved ones should research and consider a place like the Skylark Senior Care or a dementia care home.

These care homes provide 24-hour, trained staff to assist with a dementia sufferer’s needs. Whether that means providing companionship and activities or assisting with basic care such as feeding and hygiene, staff at these facilities are familiar with and well skilled in dealing with dementia. Nursing and medical staff are onsite to oversee the patient’s care and respond to medical emergencies. Dementia specialists make sure that the patients are receiving the appropriate level of care and that everything that can be done to ensure quality of life is being done for these patients. Home care, even if it is around the clock, cannot offer a similar level of care.

Of course, not all facilities that call themselves dementia homes or dementia care actually specialize in treating dementia. Loved ones should be sure to fully investigate a care home before placing a dementia patient. True dementia care facilities will take steps to ensure a calming, quiet environment; this includes being located in a low-traffic area in order to protect patients who may wander. Staff will be sufficiently trained and include a dementia specialist. A quality facility will have a high staff to patient ratio, allowing for more in-depth care. Security precautions such as locked doors will be in place to protect patients. Finally, if a dementia care facility is part of a larger nursing home complex, it will be segregated from the general nursing home population so that its staff can focus on the needs of dementia patients.

Although keeping a parent or grandparent at home in their old age may be a noble goal, a diagnosis of dementia should cause loved ones to rethink this option. Once dementia has progressed to a later stage, sufferers require a higher level of care than home care can provide. The best option for stable, healthy living is a care home that specializes in the treatment of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The trained staff in these facilities can provide an appropriate level of care to these patients.

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