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Author Archives: Louise Savoie

Looking After Seniors: Mental Health Matters

Senior citizens make important contributions to their families, their communities, and our society at large. While most are in good mental health, many older Americans are at risk for developing mental health disorders. According to the Center for Disease Control, mental health disorders affect about 20% of older adults in the United States. These disorders … Continue reading

Posted in Senior Care

Promoting Elders’ Positive Mood While Sheltered at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant change to our daily lives. Activities and social gatherings have been cancelled or moved to a virtual platform. Travel and even local visits with extended family have been minimized. This is particularly challenging for seniors, since 1. they are vulnerable to the illness and are being extra cautious, and … Continue reading

How and When is a Ventilator Used?

The simple process of breathing air in and out of the lungs can be challenging for some individuals. When a person cannot breathe efficiently and he or she has difficulty maintaining sufficient levels of oxygen, the body is suffering from respiratory failure. Breathing difficulty can also result in carbon dioxide retention in the body, which can … Continue reading

Intravenous Nutrition

For some patients, receiving essential nutrients is not possible without the help of intravenous (IV) nutrition. If the digestive tract can no longer adequately absorb nutrients or there are temporary periods that the tract should be free of food, IV nutrition is a method of getting nutrition into the body through the veins. This is … Continue reading

Racial Equality

Recent events in our nation have led to an outcry for racial equality. As we process our individual thoughts, feelings, and experiences regarding disciminiation and social unrest; we must maintain a goal to grow, understand, and move forward. At Passionate Private Duty, our team is made up of individuals from a variety of backgrounds who … Continue reading

Posted in Social Unrest

Helping Seniors Cope with Pain While Minimizing Medication

Pain management for older adults is complicated, as many seniors have more chronic health conditions. Medication for pain relief often has negative effects on the aging body. There are alternative pain relief methods to effectively help elderly patients manage pain. Many of these methods can be provided at home in a comfortable, familiar setting to … Continue reading