“Across the nation, patients are foregoing home health visits out of concerns they will be exposed to the virus that causes Covid-19. According to a Home Care Association of America survey, nearly 90% of home health agencies reported their clients canceled one or more visits because they feared possibly contracting the virus from home health providers coming into their homes.
One large home health company recently received 8,000 visit cancellations within a week. While some patients have had family and caregivers step in to provide non-medical support, others are delaying necessary medical care which could lead to clinical deterioration and increase their risk of complications….”
Read the full article here: https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2020/05/19/home-health
“‘Marsha Pallanck used to be a social butterfly in her Carmichael assisted living facility. Her best friend Kathy Midgley, who lives in Rocklin, says she was so busy, it was hard to get her on the phone.
“She’d play bingo after dinner and at about 7:10 that was the best time to reach her,” Midgley said. “Because otherwise she wasn’t in her room except to go brush her teeth and then go to the next activity.”
But Aegis Living Carmichael cancelled bingo and other social events due to COVID-19. So Pallanck started passing the time on a chair in her doorway.
“And she just sits there and looks out, and when people go by, ‘Hi! How are ya?'”
Most California facilities are asking residents to stay in their rooms. They’re also canceling visiting hours, group dining, and anything that could put vulnerable seniors at risk of infection. More than 250 of the state’s 1200 skilled nursing facilities have had a COVID-19 outbreak.
Many people with a loved one in a facility are concerned about the toll this isolation period is taking. Experts and advocates say as senior care homes take steps to prevent disease, they also need to find ways to help residents connect with each other, and with the outside world.
“Restaurant owners can make up to $12,000 per week with the program, but it’s unclear when they’ll be paid for their services.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — During a Zoom press conference on Wednesday, Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced the launch of the Great Plates feeding program for Sacramento seniors.
Thirty restaurants are participating, and Zion Taddese owner of Queen Sheba is one of them.
“Fifty meals, every other day,” Taddese explained. “So we will be doing breakfast lunch and dinner every day.”
” TUESDAY, April 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Eating a Mediterranean diet that’s high in vegetables, whole grains and fish could reduce your risk of mental decline, two studies from the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI) suggest.
“We do not always pay attention to our diets. We need to explore how nutrition affects the brain and the eye,” lead author Dr. Emily Chew said in an NEI news release. She is director of the institute’s division of epidemiology and clinical applications.
The researchers analyzed data from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and the follow-up study, AREDS2. The studies, which included 8,000 people in all, were set up to explore the eye disease age-related macular degeneration.
At the start of both studies, participants’ diets were assessed, including their average consumption of specific Mediterranean diet components over the previous year. Besides veggies, whole grains and fish, this type of meal plan is rich in whole fruits, nuts, legumes and olive oil.
A Mediterranean diet also features lower consumption of red meat and alcohol.
AREDS tested participants’ mental (cognitive) function at five years, and AREDS2 tested mental function at the start and again two, four and 10 years later.
Those who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet had the lowest risk of mental impairment…”
Read the full article here: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-04-14/which-foods-might-reduce-your-odds-for-dementia