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Top 4 Falling Hazards for Seniors

According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among seniors, with more than 2.8 million fall-related injuries treated every year. Keeping your loved one safe from falls should be a major priority. Here are the top four falling hazards in the home and what you can do to keep your favorite senior safe.

1. The bathtub and shower.
Getting in and out of the tub or shower can be hazardous for many seniors. These quick fixes can dramatically reduce the risk of falls:
  • Install grab bars on the walls surrounding the tub or shower.
  • Place nonstick appliques on the shower or tub floor.
  • Install a liquid body wash dispenser on the wall.
  • Install a hand-held shower head.
  • Use nonskid mats on floor surfaces that can get wet.

2. Rugs, carpet, and cords.
Throw rugs, loose carpeting, and wayward cords are serious falling hazards. Remove throw rugs, and make sure any carpet is free of stretched spots and wrinkles. Secure larger area rugs to the floor with double-sided tape. Secure loose cords next to the wall with velcro straps.

3. Poor lighting.
Our eyes change as we age, making it difficult to perceive depth and see in dim conditions. To make your senior’s living space safer:
  • Make sure that stairways and hallways are well-lit.
  • Install a nightlight in the bedroom and bathroom.
  • Place a touch lamp next to the bed.
  • Place brightly colored tape to the face of steps and along any uneven transitions from hard flooring to carpeting.

4. Furniture
Furniture can pose a falling hazard to seniors with mobility challenges. To make living areas safer:
  • Remove any unnecessary or flimsy furniture.
  • Remove caster wheels from furniture.
  • Make sure chairs, couches, and the bed are easy to get into and out of.
  • Keep floor lamps out of the way.
  • Choose a sturdy coffee table without sharp corners.
Remember, seniors’ eyesight, hearing, and balance aren’t what they used to be. Taking a few minutes each time you visit your loved one to minimize falling hazards will go a long way toward keeping her safe.
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Saucon Valley Residents Unlock Holiday Spirit Through Art Therapy

This week at Saucon Valley Manor, the activities staff held a holiday painting event. The event, similar to popular public painting classes, consisted of the activities instructors helping the residents to paint a similar piece of Winter artwork – all with their own unique, personalized twist.

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10 Helpful Gadgets for Seniors with Arthritis

 According to the Centers for Disease Control, 49.6 percent of people over the age of 65 report having been diagnosed with arthritis, making even the simplest tasks painful and difficult.
Here are ten great gadgets available on Amazon that can help your loved one struggling with arthritis complete a variety of  everyday tasks.
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Manor Residents Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve at Parkway Lanes

Today, the activities team at Saucon Valley and Whitehall Manor brought a group of excited seniors to the newly re-opened Parkway Lanes of South Allentown.

The resident’s had a great time with some friendly competition and filling meals prepared at the alley.  Below are some photos of our residents showing off their bowling skills!

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7 Apps Tech-Savvy Seniors Love

More and more, seniors are turning to technology, from joining social media to reduce feelings of isolation to using their smart phone for event reminders and for navigating the Internet in search of information on any range of topics.

Here are seven popular apps for the tech-savvy senior in your life.

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Resident Portraits Gain Online Attention of Senior Living News Company

The Manors of Lehigh Valley (Saucon Valley Manor, Whitehall Manor, and Bethlehem Manor) love spreading the love for our residents at each of our locations by taking monthly portraits of new residents and birthday residents. These portraits are then promoted on social media, on the website, in email blasts, and (the one the resident’s love the most) digital billboards in the Lehigh Valley area!

The residents look forward to having their portrait taken during their birthday month and even pay special visits to the manor salons to prepare for their closeups. The residents love telling their family members about their 15 minutes of fame and the families love how involved the staff is with their loved ones.

McKnights Senior Living, a senior care News, Perspective and Analysis company, recently shared an article mentioning the special attention the Manor’s pay to their residents by offering the birthday and new resident portraits. Read the article here>

 

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The Manors of Lehigh Valley pride themselves on standing out from other assisted living facilities in the area by not only providing monthly social events, outside trips and support groups, but also individualized attention with the portraits. Below are just some of our favorite portraits.
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How to Help Your Aging Loved One Adjust to a New Home

When the time comes that your aging loved one can no longer take care of herself in her own home, moving her into a facility will be one option. Whether she’s suffering from dementia or at a high risk of falling at home, moving her into a high quality assisted living facility will help keep her safe and ensure she has the help and support she needs to continue living as independently as possible.

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5 Ways Seniors Can Combat Loneliness

Loneliness is a serious problem for some seniors, especially if they have mobility problems or health issues that make it hard to get out and about. Studies show that loneliness and feelings of isolation are linked to memory loss, stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure, among other problems. In fact, the AARP says that the health threat of loneliness and isolation is equivalent to smoking almost a pack of cigarettes a day.

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4 Reasons Why Seniors Love Facebook

The 65 and older set is the fastest growing demographic on social media, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. In 2013, more than 50 percent of people in that age group were on social media, compared to just 16 percent in 2000. Here are the top four reasons why seniors love Facebook.

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