12 Ways to Support Senior Veterans

The reason Americans proudly declare that America is ‘the land of the free and home of the brave’ is because of a special set of people who bravely fought for the country we all enjoy. Many service members dedicated their lives to fight for the nation’s freedom.

Whether a veteran is a family member, an acquaintance, or a total stranger – any form of support is very welcome. Especially when their health starts to deteriorate and their resources start to decline. It couldn’t hurt to take a little chunk of your time to show them that you are grateful for their service by supporting them in your own little way.

One way to show appreciation is to gather your family together and commit to visit your elderly family member on weekends, once a month, or during Veteran’s Day. Here are 12 simple ways to show support and gratitude to other senior veterans:

 

1. Visit A Senior Veteran

You can freely visit senior veterans who are residing in assisted living facilities or nursing homes on appropriate time or dates. Even just devoting 15 minutes of your day can be a big deal for them. You can also show gratitude simply by saying ‘thank you’. There is always a positive impact whenever someone says a heartfelt thank you to war veterans, even if they are no longer in service. A Paradise for Parents always has several veterans who would welcome a chat or visit.

Take it up a notch by actually sitting down with them and lending them an ear. Be ready to hear a lot of interesting stories of survival, camaraderie, and loyalty. But remember to be cautious since there are veterans who feel anxious when they talk about their experiences.

You can ask for assistance by contacting your local VA hospitals. After the visit, you will surely feel positive and you’ll keep coming back for more.

 

2. Deliver Food to Veterans

Food can be an easy tool to approach people. You can contact food banks in your vicinity or delivery services to help you to deliver food to veterans. Check out Area Agency on Aging for more information.

 

3. Visit Service Members Who Are Wounded

Your veteran family member undeniably needs someone to talk to, someone who can relate to their experiences. You can contact veterans’ hospitals near you to ask about the visiting hours of the wounded soldiers so you can spend time with them. Better yet, bring a senior veteran with you. Aside from the benefit the senior veteran gets, they are also able to offer friendship and encourage these veterans. There is a huge difference when a fellow soldier is able to give advice. It’s definitely going to be nostalgic and therapeutic.

 

4. Extend A Helping Hand

If an elderly veteran lives within your neighborhood, find ways to help them – even in the littlest things. You can offer to mow their lawn, plant flowers, clean their house, or bring him/her food. The veteran will surely appreciate the much needed assistance you give them.

 

5. Go to ‘Honor A Veteran’ Nights

A bunch of sporting events such as basketball or soccer games often show their gratitude by saluting veterans and active military personnel. You can invite your veteran loved one so they will not only feel appreciated, but also might enjoy the game itself. A court or arena full of grateful people will let veterans know that their efforts do not go unnoticed. Through this event, they can also meet with other veterans so they can widen or create their social circle.

 

6. Watch Out For Discounts for Senior Veterans

Many companies offer discounts to veteran or military people. If you are a business owner, the least you can do is to offer one. They are able to enjoy discounts whenever they go shopping, eat at restaurants, watch movies, and the like. Or you can also do some research yourself and look for a list of discounts for veterans. Here is a list of veteran discounts to start.

 

7. Give Back to A VFW in Your Area

The budget for supporting VFWs is greatly reduced. Active service members who return home from wars and tours of duty, as well as elderly veterans, are in need of continued support. It is greatly beneficial to extend any form of help financially to your local VFW or Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. You can give back through conducting a neighborhood fundraiser and donating the money to the organization.

 

8. Bring A Veteran To A Special Event

For senior veterans who live alone or spend most of their day in a nursing home, taking them out for the day can be really exciting for them. If you do not have a veteran friend or a family member, you can contact the local VA office and arrange a visit. Inform them that you wish to take a veteran out for the day.

It’s as simple as eating snacks together, walking around the park, or watching a movie. Usually, the veteran will not care about the nature of the activity, he/she will be elated by the fact that someone wants to spend time and be with them.

 

9. Volunteer at Your Local Hospice

In every four deaths in America, at least one of them is a veteran. By volunteering in a hospice, you may give veterans the last bit of appreciation and hope. Simple ways to express your gratitude can make up for the years of lacking recognition from other people, especially to veterans who have no family or have never been welcomed home. Encourage them and love them up until the veteran’s last breath.

 

10. Listen To Them

How would you feel if you didn’t have anyone to talk to or no one would listen to what you have to say? The least you can do for veterans is to strike a conversation and then listen to them. Even just by asking, “Any favourite memories?” and the will start a great conversation. Help them to celebrate their accomplishments.

 

11. Open a Support Network for Senior Veterans

With the help of talented friends and family, you can start a support network for veterans within your community. Ask the members to check on them regularly, take them out for brunch, or you even invite them into your own house.

 

12. Get Involved with Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude is an organization that primarily focuses on honoring veterans and appreciating what they did for the country. Every year, they honor veterans by sending out over 200,000 care packages filled with foods, personal hygiene, hand-made crafts, and letters of appreciation.

The organization’s mission aptly states that they help lift the spirits of the people who loyally served the country and be an avenue for people who truly care. They become totally involved and appreciated by veterans.

There are a lot of ways in which you can extend your help in Operation Gratitude and support service personnel as well. If you do not have the time, you can

  • Make a simple donation
  • Participate in collection drives
  • Write letters to servicemen
  • Help organize special events, and
  • Spread the word about Operation Gratitude.

Most of their lives, veterans are so used to serving the country and the people – it’s their purpose, their way of living. Imagine being stripped of that responsibility and left with nothing to do. This is one of the reasons why veterans often struggle as they age. It is exactly why it is important to engage with them and encourage them. Make them feel appreciated. Connect with a senior veteran and invite them for a cup of coffee or walk with them in the park. Helping veterans to be more sociable prevents them from being socially isolated. They will feel a sense of pride and satisfaction when they tell you their story.

Northwest Valley Connect: Senior Transportation Made Easy

Aging is inevitable and there will come a time where it will be physically impossible for people to get on with their daily routine without much assistance. It is undeniable that one of the major challenges your aging loved one will face is access to transportation. Driving to and from appointments is not an option for many seniors because ailments that come with age such as:

  • Eye problems
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • And more

may hinder the elderly from driving.

As result, doctor’s appointments, trips to the grocery store, essential errands, emergencies, visits with family and friends are often compromised, heightening the risk of social isolation – especially when your loved one lives alone. To solve this problem, you will need to find a platform that can help your loved one get around the city easily and efficiently as well as maintain their social independence. The Northwest Valley Connect does just that and helps your loved ones stay active and connected with the people around them.

There are over 375,000 residents that make the northwest Phoenix metropolitan area their home. This number also includes around 100,000 seniors living in the age-restricted areas of Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Sun City, and other neighboring areas that do not have immediate access to public transportation. To make matters worse, a local non-profit transportation service that mainly caters to seniors stopped its operations in 2010. Due to this incident, Maricopa County and other local cities made it possible to expand the services of Dial-a-Ride (link to Dial-a-ride blog post) to ease the inconvenience.

There is still a lack of awareness and there are gaps in the service. A local community survey of seniors conducted in 2013 confirmed that the issue of accessing public transportation is still one of the top issues in the area.

To help solve the problem, two non-profits that have served Northwest Valley for more than 85 years, Benevilla and Sun Health, merged together and created Northwest Valley Connect (NVC).

What is Northwest Valley Connect?

Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) is a one-call service that aims to meet the transportation needs of the people in Northwest Valley. Since its launch in September 2014, NVC has given its users a Mobility Management service that helps residents access available public, private, as well as volunteer transportation resources depending on their need.

You can view these resources on their website or through your phone with NVC volunteer operators to assist you. NVC provides a personalized service that presents the transportation options in the area. Additionally, NVC attempts to fill in the gaps found in accessing public transportation through the utilizing volunteer-based transportation services that aim to help more seniors get to medical appointments, obtaining medical supplies and daily needs, and keep them socially active.

Dial-a-Ride’s services are currently available throughout Maricopa County and Phoenix. But these services are limited by age depending on the location and are generally only available on Mondays to Fridays, 7 am to 5 pm, with a 24-hour notice. This serves as an opportunity for NVC to enter the game and provide transportation past 5 pm and on weekends and therefore, improving the transportation in the area. NVC would be extremely helpful for people who need transportation to:

 

  • Various medical appointments on the same day
  • Urgent care or emergencies
  • Shopping
  • Social activities on weekends
  • Church
  • Any after-hours or weekend appointments
  • And the like.

 

The NVC senior transportation service is professionally managed by paid dispatcher services. A transportation-specific software program makes sure that the company is always efficient in serving clients. For trips, NVC uses passenger vehicles, a combination of volunteer-owned cars and other vehicles that are donated by community residents.

Since NVC operates with passenger vehicles and does not have options for vans or buses with wheelchair lifts, the service may not be suitable for passengers in wheelchairs. However, to ensure your wheelchair-dependent loved one will still get the transportation they need, you can talk to NVC’s Mobility Manager so he or she can refer you to other available resources within the area.

You can also ask for assistance from the Mobility Manager – without fee – to help you and your loved ones to connect with public, private, and volunteer transportation that is available in the area near you.

What Are The Services They Offer?

NVC mainly provides transportation services for people in the Northwest Valley, but they technically offer two services to their clients.

1.    Call-Click-Connect Mobility Center

Connecting Residents to Local Transportation Resources

NVC is the point of contact within the community and they are able to give you information regarding existing travel options so they are armed with information that is easy to understand and that can assist residents in planning and organizing their transportation needs.

NVC also plans on working with the government, private, non-profit or volunteer transportation providers so they can inform residents on new and available transportation resources and give them more options regarding transportation.

2.    Ride Connect – Transportation for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Providing Additional Options to Meet Needs

Additional options to meet needs pertains to facilitating people who are 65 years old or older who reside in Northwest Valley to plan local trips to doctors, the pharmacy, the grocery store, or other social gatherings, appointments, and errands. The riding fee of NVC is comparable to or slightly lower than a taxi. Subsidized rides are also accessible to riders who have low income.

Northwest Valley Connect provides services to the residents of:

  • Sun City
  • Sun City West
  • Surprise
  • El Mirage
  • Youngtown
  • Parts of Peoria and
  • Certain areas in the region that are unincorporated.

These cities are found in the northwestern area of the metropolitan region of Pheonix, home to more than 375,000 residents.

Some transportation options in the area focus on benefiting specific riders with certain qualifications regarding age, disability, income, or veteran status. However, the transportation services where NVC operates do not usually have specific qualification criteria and can be availed without the need to qualify.

If you need more information regarding available transportation and needed qualifications (if any), you can call NVC’s number (623) 282 9300 or you can access their online database of available transportation resources by clicking here.

Do You Need A Ride?

All you have to do is request one! If you need a ride or if you want to know more about Northwest Valley Connect and ask for personal advice or guidance, you can call them or fill out a form found on their website The people from NVC are always willing to help.

Give them one to two business days before you expect to get a response from them. If your concern requires immediate attention, you can call NVC’s call center at (623) 282-9300. Their call center staff are composed of specially trained operators that are friendly, informative, and are able to provide you with options that can best meet your needs. Their operating hours are usually on Mondays to Fridays, 8 am to 12 noon and will resume at 1 pm to 5 pm.

MusicGlove: Helping Stroke Victims Recover

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the US. It also kills more than 130,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over 700,000 people suffer from a stroke per year or about one person every four seconds 

Through the advancement of technology, there are numerous treatments that help stroke survivors regain their lost abilities. The only drawback is that only a few stroke survivors continue with their therapy after they leave the hospital. They usually get bored with the repetitive exercises their therapist gives them, so they tend to discontinue their therapy. 

Nizan Friedman, the founder of Flint Rehabilitation Devices – a company that develops effective and engaging rehabilitation aids that are backed by science, made it a point to remedy this problem. Friedman is not only an entrepreneur, he is also a musician and an engineer. He came up with an idea that fused all of his passions together while working on his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of California.   

To help stroke patients, he wanted to combine robotics and music therapy but upon realizing that a robotic hand would be too expensive, they came up with MusicGlove instead which worked better than they could’ve hoped for.

 

What is MusicGlove? 

MusicGlove is a wearable hand therapy device that is specifically made for stroke survivors. It helps people who had neurological and muscle injuries improve and regain their motor skills. The glove has tiny sensors that can detect the patient’s hand movements. 

The glove is designed similarly to the game Guitar Hero. Patients can play a musical game that includes pinching and gripping music notes that you can see on a tablet screen (or your laptop) while a song is playing. The glove takes into account the speed and strength of the movements so stroke survivors are able to track their improvement after a time of playing.  

 

MusicGlove helps in increasing the patient’s attention span, neuropsychological scores, cognitive function, well-being, recovery, and encourages them to be independent.  

For a quick overview of MusicGlove, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-0DF58FUDo  

 

MusicGlove is the first rehabilitation device that is approved by the FDA and clinically validated to make at-home therapy sessions fun and effective for stroke survivors. Using the glove is similar to the exercises a patient does after leaving the hospital. The key to a fast recovery is high repetition, which means that the patient needs to do a movement repeatedly and being motivated to do it every single day. 

MusicGlove aims to take away the boredom that comes with doing the same thing over and over again. With the use of catchy songs and gamification principles, the patient will never see therapy as a chore again.  

Aside from being FDA approved, MusicGlove is also clinically proven to develop hand mobility in just two weeks.

 

How to Use MusicGlove 

Using MusicGlove is fairly simple. You have to wear the device on your hand and plug it into your personal computer of Flint tablet and then press play. When the music plays you just have to follow through and make the right pinching movements when musical notes start floating down the screen. It is as easy as that.  

It is portable, easy to set up, and user-friendly. Unlike most of the innovative rehabilitation devices, MusicGlove allows you to practice effective therapy right in the comfort of the patient’s home or on the go. Setting the device up takes less than two minutes of your time and does not require any knowledge on how to use a computer. 

When you buy a MusicGlove, it comes in with everything you need to get started: a 10-inch tablet for the home version or a 21-inch monitor for a clinic version, the glove, custom headphones, a user manual, and connection cables. Since it is FDA approved, you can purchase MusicGlove without a prescription.  

One session of musicGlove is about 45 minutes long, and each session enables the patient to do over 2,000 repeating movements.  

(Caption: Guitar Hero simulates playing a real guitar through following electronic cues on a screen) 

MusicGlove is not for people with no hand movement. However, there is one testimonial of a man with a paralyzed hand who used MusicGlove similar to mirror therapy. He thought all hope was lost but after numerous sessions, he started to regain hand movement. There is no assurance that a stroke survivor would reap the same benefits but this inspiring story leads you to believe that there is hope.  

 

(Caption: Mirror Therapy helps trick the brain into thinking there is movement in a limb without pain when there really isn’t any.) 

To use MusicGlove, the patient is given a choice on how many grips he or she wants. They can start with a single pinch or several pinches, depending on the need and comfort level.  

Flint Rehabilitation Devices recommends this regimen: 

  1. Start with a 15-minute session on the easy level.  
  2. Increase the duration of the session gradually until the patient is able to complete sessions that are 45 minutes or an hour long. 
  3. If the patient can master the easy level or can hit 90% of the notes perfectly, he or she can move onto the next difficulty level.  

The main goal is to constantly challenge the brain to help it rewire itself and have the stimulus it needs to recover. As the patient’s MusicGlove skills are improved, the patient should take it up a notch and try harder songs. Always focus on getting better – consistency and repetition are the keys to attain full recovery.  Two tips to increase the effectiveness of MusicGlove include: 

  • Follow a regular schedule 
  • Pick a specific time each day to do rehab exercises until it routinely becomes a part of your loved one’s day.  

To give you a demonstration on how MusicGlove works, take a look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM-2L7028TA

 

Who is MusicGlove For? 

MusicGlove has been used to effectively rehabilitate the following conditions: 

  • Stroke 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury 
  • Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Developmental Disability 
  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Neurologic and Muscular Injury 

MusicGlove has helped thousands of stroke survivors all over the world. Its users reported that they regained the ability to perform simple day-to-day tasks with their hands such as buttoning a button, brushing their teeth, and opening doors. These are significant improvements for people who actually thought they’s be paralyzed for the rest of their lives. 

You can purchase a MusicGlove for your loved one here, starting at $349. Their 30-day return policy, free shipping within the US, one year warranty, and customer support (you can call 1-800-593-5468) ensures that you get the most out of your purchase.  

Five Tips for Aging Well 

Nearly everyone has met an older man or woman who seems to have a zest for life. These individuals have tapped into the secret of aging well – not just living longer, but living well for as long as possible. Living well isn’t just dependent on your bank account, either. Following any of these five strategies will help you maintain a higher level of health longer and possibly prolong your life. One study found, however, that combining all these strategies tripled your chances of healthy aging over any single strategy which gave you a 50% increase in success. 

 

Maintain a Healthy Diet 

It’s difficult to overstress the importance of maintaining a healthy diet as you age. Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, balanced by lean proteins and good fats, is essential to maintaining optimal physical and emotional health.. Studies have shown that men with waists measuring over 40 inches, and women with waists over 35 inches, are at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. Specifically here are foods to avoid: 

  • Any and all sugar – Fructose in particular creates advanced glycation end products (AGE) which are associated with many diseases in elderly people such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Cancer. 
  • Carbohydrates – Foods such as breads, pastries, pasta and cookies which break down into sugar in your body may directly affect the genes which govern youthfulness and longevity. See an interesting ‘TED’ talk about aging here. 

Our nutritionist at A Paradise for Parents can recommend some great diets for people as they age to help with their appearance and mobility. 

 

 

Keep Moving

 

One excellent type of exercise you can do that has shown to help ageing at the cellular level is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This is where you do an exercise at your max ability for a short time (say 20-30 seconds) followed by a short rest period of a minute to 90 seconds or so. Then repeat the cycle anywhere from 4-8 times. You don’t have to break Olympic records, just push yourself to the max you can do.

HIIT will release Human Growth Hormone (HGH) which is essential for youthfulness, vigor and vitality. Some of the more specific benefits of HGH and HIIT include:  

  • Firms your skin and reduces wrinkles 
  • Dramatically improves muscle tone 
  • Lowers body fat 
  • Boosts your energy and sexual desire 

The intensity level is totally up to the individual. Some people will receive great benefits with something as simple as fast walking followed by cooling down with slow walking. You could also use a treadmill or elliptical device, weight or resistance training, swimming, or something fun like taking a boxing workout class.

Let us introduce you to our personal trainer at A Paradise for Parents who can help you design an exercise routine that can really help. 

 

Exercise Your Brain 

While some degree of cognitive decline is natural, regularly practicing mental activities such as games, word puzzles, and problem solving activities, can challenge your brain and help you stay mentally sharp. Learning a new language, or joining a book club or discussion group, helps you practice and maintain conversation and interaction skills, while also providing mental stimulation.

One great way to help improve your cognitive ability is to listen to music. Known as the ‘Mozart Effect’, listening to music has been shown to improve mental focus and verbal fluency skills amongst adults. We really believe in the power of music, and regularly have live musicians play for our residents. We also play music in our homes at meal times to help our residents feel more comfortable. 


Don’t Skimp on Sleep
 

While many seniors find themselves sleeping less than when they were younger, this is not necessarily favorable. Sleeping well allows you to function at optimal levels during the day, whether you’re working or doing leisure activities.

Sleep helps ‘reset’ your brain so you can look at problems from different perspectives. Your brain can grow when neurons are stimulated by new events or information – a process called plasticity. Lack of sleep may inhibit genes that are essential for plasticity and so make it more difficult for your brain to keep functioning.

And don’t feel bad about taking a nap either. Tests on people who take naps showed an increase in the ability to recognize patterns in new information, plus an improvement in memory. 

 

Reduce Stress Levels 

Excess stress triggers the generation of cortisol, which takes a toll on your body and accelerates the aging process. Cortisol is a hormone associated with inflammation and abdominal fat – and is possibly linked with the development of Type 2 diabetes.

Stanford University study showed there are five key ingredients that raise our stress levels:  

  • You feel like you have no control 
  • You don’t know how long a challenge will be (how long it will go on, what you will have to give up etc.) 
  • You feel you have no way out 
  • You think things are getting worse, not better 
  • You don’t have a ‘shoulder to cry on’ (you think you are all alone in solving the problem) 

Practicing activities that reduce stress, such as yoga or meditation, can reduce stress. Simple actions such as journaling or spending time with family and friends can also decrease harmful stress levels. Sharing laughter with friends and loved ones can also improve your immune system and even reduce chronic pain.

Nearly everyone can follow at least one of these five tips for preventing some of the detrimental effects of growing older. The more tips you follow, the higher your chances of enjoying life at any age. 

Personal Chef to Go: Fresh Meals Delivered to You

When it comes to malnutrition, seniors are the most vulnerable. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, one out of four American seniors suffer from poor nutrition. 80% of people aged 65 years old and older are stricken with chronic conditions that can be worsened by an unhealthy diet.  

 

An older adult who lives alone or wishes to reside in their own home is constantly facing the challenge of preparing nutritious meals. Since their capacity to cook and prepare healthy meals for themselves lessens, most seniors opt to satisfy their hunger through  

  • Take-out meals 
  • Frozen or packaged or  
  • Skip a meal altogether. 

Pre-packaged foods and takeaways from fast food restaurants are generally loaded with added sugar and sodium plus they are high in calories and artificial preservatives that negatively affect the body.  

If you’re looking to remedy this problem and provide fast and healthy meals for your elderly loved one, meal delivery services such as Personal Chef to Go may be a convenient alternative for you.
 

Personal Chef to Go 

 

Personal Chef to Go is a meal delivery service that provides nutritious and delectable meals nationwide. They follow the guidelines set by the American Heart Association ensuring their customers are eating real, whole food. They also offer various meal plans that are suitable for different lifestyles and taste buds. To give their customers a little taste of the world, they incorporate unique cuisines such as Asian, Mediterranean, American and more into their menu.  

One of the advantages of Personal Chef to Go is that the food they ship is never frozen. It is always fresh – devoid of any artificial preservative and additives – and ready to eat. Even though they incorporate different flavors, their menus are mainly inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine.  

Personal Chef to Go likes to switch things up, literally. You’ll never get bored of your food. Their menu changes every nine weeks with at least 12 different dishes available. Their meals are nutritious and contain all the necessary ingredients to keep you healthy and give you enough energy throughout the day. Personal Chef to Go meals usually contain lean protein sourced from beef, pork, chicken, cold water fish and shellfish, as well as different kinds of vegetables, fruits, sauces and dressing, legumes, and whole grains.

 

How it Works 

There are three simple steps to ordering food from Personal Chef to Go: 

  1. Select a delivery date and meal plan that best suit your lifestyle and schedule.
  2. Order online securely for easy and safe express home delivery.
  3. Food arrives at your home. Heat and eat in mere minutes! 

Personal Chef to Go places your orders in refrigerated containers to ensure they stay fresh and delicious before handing them over to Federal Express Ground or Second Day Express. The meals arrive at your home after a day or two, so make sure to plan ahead.  

Watch the Video Here  

Personal Chef to Go offers gift cards that can serve as gifts to show someone that you care. You have the option to choose between e-cards that can be sent through email or physical gift cards that can be mailed to you or directly to the recipient through USPS.

 

Meal Plans 

Since they are committed to providing meal plans that fit their customer’s lifestyle, Personal Chef to Go has curated five meal plans that are designed for a range of different family situations: 

1. Busy Singles ($99.95 to $109.95) 

This plan is for people who are busy and have no time to prepare meals. Since busy singles need a lot of energy to get things done, they are entitled to enjoy a little treat by the time they get off from work. This plan gives you five individual meals including side dishes that you can eat for dinner and three entrée salad meals for lunch.  

2. Couples On The Go ($129.95 to $139.95) 

This plan consists of five delectable entrees, two servings each, along with side dishes prepared by the chef. This plan is designed for people who want to spend quality time with their significant other without worrying about preparing and cooking food or even going out to eat. Bond over gourmet meals that are delicious and healthy.  

3. Family Favorites ($89.95 to $99.95) 

Gather the whole family and enjoy each other’s company over a delicious meal that people of all ages will love. This plan includes the main course, side dishes, and rolls that will give you four wonderful family meals a week. You can choose between two size options.  

4. Dinners Only ($69.59 to $74.50) 

This plan is the most affordable meal plan on the list. It includes five evening meals taken from the Couples To Go menu but with only a serving for each meal. If you are curious about how the meals from Personal Chef to Go taste, you can start with this plan. Additionally, you get to enjoy the night off without having to worry and plan for meals.  

5. Lunch and Dinner ($124.50 to $134.50) 

Personal Chef to Go’s Lunch and Dinner plan is their most flexible meal plans on this list and it is perfect for seniors. This plan includes five lunches and five dinners for one person. The lunches are composed of three gourmet entrees and two salad meals while the dinner includes dishes from the Busy Singles menu.  

The prices of the plans depend on whether you are a subscribed member or not. Essentially, if you are a one-time customer, it will cost more per meal than if you have a subscription. There might be an additional $10 charge if you have special dietary needs or requests.  

You are able to see the current, previous, and future menus for their meal plans along with the nutritional information on all meals on their Our Menus page.

 

Delivery Area 

You can shop for yourself or place an order for someone else and have it delivered to anywhere in the United States. Personal Chef to Go’s kitchen is based in Mechanicsville, VA where they display their products. So if you are in the area, you can sample their meals or purchase the same dishes as the ones shipped.  

If you want you or your elderly loved one to eat healthy, gourmet meals without having to shop, cook, and clean up, you might want to seriously consider Personal Chef To Go. You get to choose the perfect meal plan and taste new and exciting dishes.  

If you have more questions about Personal Chef to Go, they are more than happy to answer your questions and provide you with more information. If you can’t find the answers in their comprehensive FAQ section, you can contact them during their live chats or via their email and phone number 

Understanding Dementia Care Needs

When dementia begins to set in, you may notice disturbing new behaviors in your aging loved one. Dementia doesn’t just bring about memory loss, and the secondary symptoms associated with dementia can be quite difficult to understand, let alone deal with. As a caregiver for someone with dementia, you may find it confusing to know what care you should be providing.

Communication Issues  

Patients with dementia often have trouble with communication, and may communicate with anger or sarcasm. This is often due to their own feelings of frustration, or it could be they are experiencing secondary symptoms of dementia associated with behavioral issues. 

When someone with dementia says something that is not factually correct, the temptation is to explain to them what is actually going on. This may lead to confusion and frustration on the part of the person with dementia. Before caregivers correct the person with dementia, they should think about how important it is for the person to know they are wrong. If it’s not that important, caregivers can just play along and make the person with dementia feel good that they have someone who listens to them. 

 

Behavioral Issues 

Dementia is a condition of the brain that can affect personality and behavior. The dementia patient may behave in unfamiliar ways that cause concern. These changes in behavior may include physical aggression toward the caregiver, self, or others, and may also include an unwillingness to get out of bed, wandering, or drastic mood swings. When choosing an assisted living care home for your loved one with dementia, make sure the facility has guidelines and precautions in place to compassionately and effectively deal with the common behavioral issues related to dementia. 

Many times people with dementia think they will be perfectly fine staying at home. They don’t need the care. It’s very hard for someone to admit they can’t be on their own anymore. Because of this, many of the residents who come to our homes demand to go home during the first couple of days of their stay. It makes it even more difficult if the resident’s family is with them during this transition period. We highly recommend to our families that they need to stay away from visiting their loved one for a couple of days to a week after move-in. After that the resident is usually pretty well adjusted and the family can start regular visits. 

 

Personal Hygiene Issues 

Dementia patients have something in common with depressed persons in that they may have problems maintaining personal hygiene. You may find that your loved one with dementia either forgets to groom himself or herself or shows no desire to do so. In these instances, it’s imperative that a caregiver or hired professional monitor personal hygiene habits and be prepared to step in when necessary to make sure the dementia patient is physically cared for. Depending on the level of dementia, this care may include: 

  • Washing and combing hair 
  • Brushing teeth 
  • Tending to toilet cleanliness 
  • Bathing/showering 
  • Dressing 
  • Clipping nails 
  • Trimming excess hair 

 

Nutrition Needs 

Some people are surprised to learn that dementia patients can forget how to eat. They may lose an interest in eating, forget meal times, or even forget how to use a knife and fork. Healthy nutrition is a critical component of caring for a dementia patient, and the caregiver or paid professional must take steps to ensure that daily nutritional intake is being managed and recorded. In this way, the dementia patient will have the best possible prognosis for the future. 

There are many foods that can help slow-down the progression of dementia. Please feel free to contact us if you would like some recommendations. 

Caring for a dementia patient can be extremely challenging, especially for a family or friend caregiver, who must also manage their own personal life and job responsibilities. Understanding dementia, and the special care needs that may arise are the first steps to helping a loved one that may be in the beginning stages of dementia.