A disease, caused by damage to the optic nerve, glaucoma, impacts approximately 3 million people throughout the United States.
It is also a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the country. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with this condition, it is important to make helping them manage with the effects of the disease a consistent part of your care approach. While there are treatments available to help reduce the negative impact of glaucoma, if your senior has not pursued treatment, did not start treatment until the disease was already progressed, or is still showing increased symptoms, it is important to help them deal with the visual effects of their disease, so they can continue to enjoy an active and fulfilling lifestyle.
Use these tips to help your senior deal with glaucoma:
-Make sure your parent fully understands the condition, their treatments, and their prognosis. This helps them feel more in control and makes them an active and engaged part of their treatment and management. If they do not fully understand, encourage them to ask as many questions as they need.
-Encourage your senior to comply with all medications and treatments recommended for them by their eye doctor. It is important for them to be as compliant as possible so they can get the maximum benefit from these medications and treatments.
-Help your parent to manage any health issues they might have that could impact their eye health, including diabetes and high blood pressure. The better managed these health issues are, the better they will be able to manage their eye disease.
-Encourage your senior to carry a magnifying glass with them so they are better able to manage tasks such as reading throughout the day.
-Look into occupational therapy or vision rehabilitation therapy. These are designed to help your parent learn how to perform basic daily tasks even while coping with low vision.
If you have been trying to find a way to enhance our seniors quality of life, help them pursue a healthier lifestyle, and encourage them to find more fulfillment in their later years, elder care may be the ideal solution.
An elderly home care services provider can step in to provide your aging parent with a highly personalized approach to care and support that is designed specifically for them. This means they will get the assistance, care, and support they need, when they need it, to help them manage their challenges and issues in the ways that are right for them, while also encouraging them to pursue more independence, autonomy, and control over their own health and well-being. As their family caregiver, this can help you to experience less stress, focus your energy and attention in the most effective ways, and experience a better relationship with your parent.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Southport IN, please call the caring staff at Home Services Unlimited. Serving Greater Indianapolis Area. Call for Immediate Info & Assistance: (317) 471-0760
As a practicing Registered Nurse, Etelka was keenly aware of a void in quality patient care that could be provided in the home. She embarked upon a journey to develop a home health care agency that would exceed all expectations and become a trusted partner to physicians and patients.
A Distinguished Career From Nurse to Director of Nursing to President of Home Services Unlimited
Etelka’s distinguished career followed a logical progression to her position as President of Home Services Unlimited. She graduated as a nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Nursing (RN) in 1972 from Meshgorya University in the Ukraine, close to where she lived with her family. She married her husband Phil in 1973 and decided in 1977 that they would relocate to the United States to be closer to family and to come to this land of opportunity. With an eagerness to continue her budding career, Etelka sat for and passed her Boards in the U.S. in 1979.
A Love and Talent for Working with the Elderly
Etelka began her nursing career in the U.S. at Colonial Crest, now part of Golden Living, where she was the In-service Coordinator, the Director of Training and Education and Director of Nursing, a position she occupied for several years.
With a group of partners, she co-founded Adept Corporation, which operated group homes for the mentally challenged. The business was successful and in 1996, Etelka sold her share to return to her roots, caring for the elderly.
In January of 1997, Etelka opened Home Services Unlimited as a fully licensed business to provide home health care. In her quest to learn to do better for her patients, she had already obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in May of 1990 from the College of St. Francis. As President of Home Services Unlimited, Inc., Etelka guides the trusted, experienced care model Home Services Unlimited uses to continue providing excellent home health care.
Giving Back to the Community of Indianapolis
Volunteering for community services is a high priority for Etelka. Her memberships include the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Executive Women in Health Care and the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.
Etelka has also served on the Board of Directors with Hooverwood Home, a highly regarded geriatric facility, since 1997 and as the President for 2005-2006. Through her community work, she has received several awards and accolades, including the Nora McFarland award in 2002, from the Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.