A caregiver is defined as a person who provides direct care to another. Many people take on the role of caregiving during their lifetime, whether it be for their own children, family members or parents as they age.
When COVID-19 first hit the United States there was concern about how the pandemic would impact Western New York’s healthcare system. As our region braced to deal with an overwhelmed hospital system, Elderwood had the foresight to be a part of the solution by opening the first dedicated COVID-19 post-acute unit in the region.
There’s a common misconception that the older you are, the more you sleep: think of the stereotypical grandma nodding in her rocking chair, or grandpa snoring in front of the TV after dinner. Most seniors don’t really sleep more, nor do they need more sleep than adults 20 or 30 years younger. While adults should aim for about seven to eight hours of sleep a night, seniors may have a harder time reaching that goal.
Winter’s snow and ice makes it an especially dangerous time for seniors due to the increased risk of falling. Snow and ice on untreated walkways, parking lots and stairs result in uneven and slippery walking surfaces. This significantly increases the risk of falling – especially for seniors.
At Elderwood our core values drive the care we provide. They are easily summed up and remembered through an appropriate acronym – I CARE: Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence. Our dedicated nursing team offers, perhaps, the best example of how we live our core values.
We celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2019) to recognize professionals across all nursing disciplines for the incredible life-affirming and often life-saving work they do every day.