LifeCare Alliance, in partnership with Meals on Wheels America and The Home Depot Foundation, helped provide basic but vital safety improvements at an Army widow’s home.
When 75-year-old Isabelle contacted LifeCare Alliance for home repairs, she was grateful to learn of the help she could receive through the Helping Hometown Heroes program. Most of the repairs to Isabelle’s home were to keep her safe and secure in her own home. The improvements included the installation of motion-activated outdoor lighting, a small wheelchair ramp, a new security door, a window with locking device, and drywall in her bedroom.
“I really appreciate the motion lamp. When I come home at night, the light turns on,” Isabelle said, adding that she feels safer with the new wheelchair ramp and a window that locks. “You guys have helped me tremendously, and I appreciate it,” she said.
Isabelle said the improvements have allowed her to stay safe and independent in her home, where she wants to be. The repairs, unfortunately, had been more than she could afford.
Her husband, served in the Army during the 1960s and ’70s.
The Helping Hometown Heroes program helps veterans and spouses improve their homes to address mobility challenges and avoid unnecessary injuries, hospitalization and homelessness. The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $200 million in veteran-related projects since 2011.
“I would like to thank the Home Depot Foundation and LifeCare Alliance for all they do for our veterans,” Isabelle said.
LifeCare Alliance has a team of registered nurses and registered dietitians on staff, providing wellness services to the central Ohio community.
During the summer, seniors are among the most vulnerable populations when it comes to heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Our Columbus Foundation fellow, Radhika Pandit, explains the two conditions and how LifeCare Alliance can be of service.
Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke
There are two main types of heat-related illnesses:
- Heat exhaustion occurs when the body overheats and becomes dehydrated. Symptoms include profuse sweating, dizziness, and nausea.
- Heat stroke results from untreated heat exhaustion that has reached a critical stage. Symptoms become more severe and one may stop sweating completely due to extreme dehydration.
If you suspect someone is experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 911 immediately.
Who is at a Higher Risk for Heat-Related Illnesses?
Older adults are at higher risk because they commonly take medications or have medical conditions that affect their body’s ability to regulate heat.
“Seniors need to be more mindful of their environment and take more preventative measures,” said LifeCare Alliance nurse Peggy Parisot, MSN, RN.
How Can I Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses?
In order to prevent heat-related illnesses, follow these tips from Nurse Peggy!
- Avoid exposure to outdoor heat during the hottest periods of the day, generally 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Stay well-hydrated on hot days.
- Wear light, layered clothing.
- Avoid consuming alcohol because it causes rapid dehydration.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen in the sun.
- Look out for others and notice if they’re expressing symptoms of heat exhaustion.
Beat the Heat Fan Campaign
Living in a house without air conditioning can leave you vulnerable to heat exhaustion or heat stroke during the hot summer months.
If you are in need of a fan to cool down your house, join us during a fan distribution day. Fans are distributed at LifeCare Alliance’s Harmon Avenue facility (670 Harmon Ave). Call the Fan Hotline at 614-437-2870 for information on the next distribution event!
LifeCare Alliance offers diabetes management education through its wellness program and the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. We can assist with blood sugar testing, corporate events, meal planning, and much more.
When it comes to understanding diabetes, there are some basics that should be covered. Our Columbus Foundation fellow, Radhika Pandit, explains what diabetes is and some ways patients can live their best life with it.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the insulin produced by your pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that is extremely important in maintaining proper blood glucose (sugar) levels. Insulin is released into the bloodstream following a meal to stimulate the uptake of the glucose in your meal into the cells to be utilized for energy. If this hormone is not working properly, glucose is trapped in the bloodstream, blood sugar levels spike, and cells are deprived of energy.
What is the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2?
There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.
- Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks and destroys its own insulin-producing pancreatic cells. Patients require insulin therapy.
- Type 2 diabetes results when the body starts to become resistant to the effects of insulin. Type 2 tends to present later in life, although it is becoming increasingly common for children to present with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 in children can be influenced by family history, genetics, eating habits, physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.
Diabetes can lead to a range of complications if not properly managed. These include peripheral nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), eye disease (glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy), and kidney failure.
How Can I Manage Type 2 Diabetes?
In order to manage your type 2 diabetes, make sure to follow these 5 tips!
- Transition to a more plant-based diet: Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your meals and limit processed foods and sugary drinks
- Exercise regularly: At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week
- Take your diabetes medication as directed by your physician
- Monitor your blood glucose levels regularly
- Schedule regular doctor’s visits