UMCH has a history of innovation, ranging from establishment of the first child care center in Grand Rapids to the first senior meals program. UMCH also serves as the first agency to offer meal services to senior citizens; initially funded by private donations, Senior Meals became part of a federal network of senior meals programs in 1975.
Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for both seniors and family caregivers. Here are a few holiday caregiving tips from our team to reduce stress.
Falls threaten the independence and safety of seniors daily. We want our loved ones to be aware that falling does not have to be a normal part of aging; there are steps they can take to prevent falls. By spreading knowledge and building awareness about falls prevention, we hope to help seniors stay safe in their own homes for as long as possible.
Recognizing that a loved one is in need of home health care is a challenging process for many families. This change can be a difficult transition in life for caregivers and family members to experience as many seniors appear to be healthy and happy living on their own. Unless there is a major accident or health concern it might be difficult for many families to see the change in health and independence occur.
School days bring congestion: Yellow school buses are picking up their charges, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.