All it takes is one wrong step and the next thing that happens is an ankle bends or twists the wrong way. If you have an elderly parent that you’re providing care for and she recently sprained or strained her ankle, here are some ways to help her recover at home.

Once you are sure it’s only a slight sprain or strain, you’ll want to enlist as much help for your parent as you can while she recovers. It may only be a few days but recovery time could last longer. This is a great time to do some research into getting some companion care at home for your parent. Companion care at home is hiring a professional who is trained in helping your parent with her needs from rewrapping her ankle to doing chores around the home that your parent should take a break from. You can hire someone to provide companion care at home for whatever period you’d like.

Here are the best ways to take care of that injured ankle. For ease in remembering the four courses of action, think of

RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

  • Rest. For some people who like to go, go, go, this can be the hardest task – the task of doing nothing. Finding your parent a good place to rest, surrounded by activities he enjoys will be the easiest way to help her stay motivated to stay off her ankle. She doesn’t need to stay in bed, but a good chair or couch, with either her favorite book or even the remote within reach, will encourage her to stay put.
  • Ice. To reduce swelling, apply ice packs throughout the day. This can be a great task that your companion care at home provider or another family member can do. The hope is that your parent doesn’t have to get up to get her own ice packs refreshed, eliminating her from succeeding at the first course of action, Rest.
  • Compression. Compressing the ankle with an ACE bandage or compression socks can also help reduce swelling and pain. Make sure the wrap is tight enough to compress but isn’t cutting off any circulation.
  • Elevation. When creating the location or locations that your parent will rest during the next few days as the ankle heels, make sure the area is set up so her ankle can be elevated as it heals. It’s important that it’s elevated as high as possible while still being comfortable. If it can be level with the hip, that is best. A long couch makes a great place to keep the leg elevated or even a comfortable ottoman that is level with the chair. Even better is one of those reclining chairs where the feet can be slightly higher than the hips.

Remember as your parent recovers to avoid any activities that will increase swelling such as hot showers or heat compresses. Follow the RICE plan and your parent’s ankle should feel better shortly. If it doesn’t, take a trip to the doctor to see if any more treatments need to take place.

Source
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sprained-ankle/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353231

If you or an aging loved one is considering companion care at home in Maple Grove, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.

Are you trying to help your elderly loved one fight the aging process? If so, it can all start with the foods they need to avoid. Research shows there are certain foods that are filled with chemicals or harsh ingredients. They can cause cells to break down faster and lead to symptoms of aging – such as early wrinkles. Learn which foods your elderly loved one should avoid to fight the aging process. Then, share this list with them today.

Sugary Drinks

While not a food, your elderly loved one should avoid sugary drinks if they want to fight the aging process. Research shows that sugary drinks can lead to the following:

  • Formation of wrinkles
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • Increased pain

All these things can not only make your elderly loved one feel older than they are, some of them can make them look older, too. If you or companion care at home providers need to spend more time with your elderly loved one to help them avoid having sugary drinks, then maybe that should be done.

Vegetable Oil and Margarine

Research also shows that vegetable oil and margarine can speed up the aging process. Did you know that vegetable oil and margarine can lead to the following:

  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Lacking energy

If you want to help your elderly loved one feel and look younger – and to stay healthier overall – you should encourage them to avoid eating vegetable oil or margarine. If they need something like this, you or the companion care at home providers should advise them to use olive oil instead.

Baked Goods

Does your elderly loved one eat a lot of baked goods? Maybe, they love cookies, cakes, brownies, and other baked goods. If this is the case, you should really try to encourage them to, at the very least, eat healthy baked goods such as baked apple chips. You or a home care provider can do some research online. It wouldn’t take much time to come up with a list of healthy baked items for your elderly loved one to add to their diet. They can use these healthier options to replace with the unhealthy baked goods they have been eating.

Conclusion

These are some of the foods and drinks that can help your elderly loved one fight the aging process. If they need even more healthy foods and drinks to add to their diet, you or a senior care provider can help them to look up healthy recipes online.

Sources
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11426286
https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/is-your-diet-aging-you

If you or an aging loved one is considering companion care at home in Burnsville, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.