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8 Tips for Healthier Skin

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Pat dry! Rubbing skin with a towel can cause irritation.

Unless you’re addicted to skincare, you probably don’t pay too much attention to how you treat and care for your body’s largest organ. That’s right, the skin on the average adult is 22 square feet and ways around 8 pounds. It’s a huge part of our body’s that many of us don’t pay much attention to.

In this article, we want to give you some simple tips that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine that will help you keep your skin fresh, healthy, and glowing.

Now, but easy, I mean that these tips really are easy. There’s no huge changes needed to your lifestyle or diet. You may need to pay more attention to what you’re putting into your body, but that’s the most effort you’ll have to put in.

Let’s get started!

  1. Wear sunscreen!
    As a Florida-based company, we know the benefits or wearing sunscreen, and the dangers of being outside for too long without it. It’s super important to apply at least SPF 15 sunscreen and reapply it every 2 hours. Don’t miss those easy to forget spots like the neck, scalp, and tops of the feet.
  2. Clean your phone
    You may think this has nothing to do with skin but it really does. Your phone carries lots of bacteria around on the surface, and when you decide to make a call, now those items are now on your face. Take an anti-bacterial wipe and clean it at least once a day.
  3. Don’t pick at your skin
    As tempting as it is to pull off a zit or pop a pimple, it’s important that you refrain. Doing these things can result in long lasting scars that are difficult to remove.
  4. Turn the water temperature down
    If you love long hot showers, this may be tough for you. A hot shower will actually dry out your skin and remove oils. It’s best to take warm showers and baths instead.
  5. Don’t rub your skin
    When you dry off with a towel, how do you do it? The best way, to ensure your skin does not get irritated, is to pat yourself dry.
  6. Moisturize!
    If your skin gets any bit dry, it’s time to hydrate it with some moisturizer.
  7. Remove strong detergents and soaps
    These can irritate many peoples’ skin. It’s best to use fragrance-free soaps and laundry products that are softer on the skin.
  8. Clean makeup brushes
    When was the last time you did this? If you can’t remember, it’s time to do so. Best practice is to clean these brushes and sponges every 2-3 weeks.

If you enjoyed these tips, be sure to check out our other article on sun safety tips which include many ways you can keep yourself and your skin safe in the sun.


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Meet the Just Like Family Services

That’s right! Just Like Family is not only about home care. We’re about providing a suite of complementary services to help you or your loved ones when they need it.

Just Like Family Home Care

If you’ve read our blog before, you’re probably familiar with our Home Care service. We focus on providing the best care to you and your loved ones whether it’s to help run errands, cook, and clean or to perform medical assistance or help with plastic surgery after care. You can choose from companions to those with specialized degrees like RN or LPN.

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Concierge Transport Services

Our next service is Concierge Transport Services. This is a customized transportation option servicing Southwest Florida with the ability to travel anywhere from Miami to Tampa. For those in need of local transport, we provide one-ways and round-trips all at a fair price. There’s also no worrying about how much to tip, it’s included in our price so you won’t have to even think about it.

Our lineup of vehicles include everything from a non-emergency vehicle suited for stretchers, wheelchairs, and scooters to our luxury Mercedes sedan ready to take you to the airport for a business trip or to make your next date night extra special. Our drivers are well-known for their care and assistance and are always willing to go the extra mile for those they are transporting.

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Concierge Medical Transport

Concierge Medical Transport started after Concierge Transport. We noticed a need in the Southwest Florida area for more medical-related transportation. This includes hospital discharges, skilled nursing facility appointments, and inter-facility transfers. On October 28, 2015, a unanimous vote by the Board of Collier County Commissioners awarded Just Like Family Concierge Medical Transport a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Class 2 Advanced Life Support.

Call & Care

Our Call & Care service developed out of our desire to give you peace of mind when you’re away from your older loved ones. Our service provides and engaging, reliable calling service to help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Call & Care is a consistent connection for your loved one if you plan to be away or just want to provide them with more socialization.

 


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How can you help seniors in the community?

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Maybe you don’t have a grandparent nearby you can help out. Or maybe you understand the hardships that many seniors in our country and even our local community go through. Many are unable to drive, which prevents them from going to the store easily, or visiting the doctor, or just going out to eat or visit the library. Some do not have family members in the area and are alone for the holidays.

There are plenty of ways you can help seniors in your area though. You can volunteer to drive them to one place each week. You can spend time with them, watch tv, knit, play board games. You can donate gifts to senior charities during the holidays.

Since our Just Like Family headquarters is in southwest Florida, we are going to focus on how to help seniors in this area.

Alzheimer’s Support Network

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Support Network is to make the lives of caregivers easier and enrich the lives of patients. The Alzheimer’s Support Network exists to assist families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive disorders. Providing a compassionate and loving support system for families is our prime purpose. As a network, we connect families with each other, local resources, and wider coalitions aimed at caring for caregivers and establishing the best possible treatment for patients. As navigators we guide families through all aspect of the disease process, including providing educational programs to families and the community at large. As advocates, we strive to ease the burden of caregivers, enrich the lives of patients, and foster broader social awareness, respect and understanding of those with Alzheimer’s and their families.

JFCS of Southwest Florida

They run programs and services including mental health services, community services like financial assistance and a food pantry, and senior services like their Senior Center, outreach and support, and dementia respite support services.

As a volunteer you can be a driver, help in the Senior Center, visit adults who are isolated due to illness, age or disability, and more.

Click here to find more volunteer opportunities.

Collier Senior Resources

The Golden Gate Senior Center has plenty of volunteer opportunities:

  • Do Spanish-to-English Translations
  • Tutor / Teach Computer Skills
  • Lead Crafts and / or Art Projects
  • Play Music or Provide Entertainment
  • Be Handy, Garden, Paint, etc.
  • Lead Exercise Classes —Tai Chi or Other?
  • Help us with administrative work
  • Let Us Know Your Special Skills … We Need Help in Many Areas!

Reach out to Terry, the Volunteer Coordinator

Meals on Wheels of Lee County

They’re in need of drivers to deliver meals a few hours each week. They need more help in the spring and summer due to seasonal help moving back up north.

Harry Chapin Food Bank

Their mission is to fight hunger. Volunteers help with “product recovery, work in our fast-paced warehouse, provide administrative support, conduct their own food and fund drives, and assist with special events. The Food Bank depends upon volunteers who help us to distribute millions of pounds of food throughout Southwest Florida.”

They also cater to special interests like photography, computers, carpentry, and more.

Hope HealthCare

Our mission is to provide exceptional care and support to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. Our vision is to create an environment in which life’s journey is cherished.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities including:

  • Visitor &Transportation
  • Sewers & Artisans
  • Office Help & Special Events
  • Hope Chest Resale Store
  • Pet Program
  • Honor Gaurd for Veterans

Garden of Hope and Courage

The Naples Community Hospital Garden of Hope and Courage is looking for Concierge Volunteers. You will be providing patients going through clinical treatments with a respite in the garden.

Requirements

  • Outgoing personality
  • Ability to push a wheel chair
  • Coordinate patient garden tours with NCH Staff
  • Complete NCH Garden of Hope and Courage training program
  • Must also be willing to work on patient floors when not needed in the Garden of Hope and Courage

 

Do you know of an opportunity that we missed? Leave it in the comments and we will be sure to add it!

 


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Pet Friendly Naples

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Love for a pet is unlike any other. They would do anything for you and vice versa. You want to spend as much time with them as possible, but where is there to go?

We put together this list of pet friendly spots in Naples that accept you and your four legged friend. These include the beach, restaurants, and stores. Where will you take your pet first?

Dog Parks

The first spot you’d think to take your pooch is to a local dog park. Luckily Naples is home to a few.

Central Bark aka City of Naples Dog Park

This cleverly named dog park is located at Riverside Circle near the intersection of Goodlette-Frank Road and Central Avenue. It’s complete with 2.5 acres of room to roam as well as water fountains, dog wash stations and areas separated for big and small dogs.

Rover Run

Located in Veterans Community Park in North Naples, this dog park is one of the most popular. The park is open from 7:30am to dusk, and has an area for small dogs and one for bigger breeds.

The Beach

Keewaydin Island

Despite the large number of beaches in Naples, not many allow you to bring your dog. Keeywadin Island lets you bring your pooch as long as they are leashed. You’ll need a boat to get to the island, and there are no facilites. But come during a weekday when we’re not in season and you’ll have the island to yourself.

Dog Beach

It’s referred to as the dog beach. It’s the only one in the area that allows dogs and doesn’t require a boat to reach. It’s just north of Bonita Beach and south of Lover’s Key State Beach Park. It’s even off leash!

Stores

Pucci and Catana

This luxury pet boutique is right at home on 5th Avenue South. You can find luxury designer items for your pet like Gucci Pet, Burberry Pet, and more. Bring in your four-legged friend to truly enjoy the store.

Mercato Shops

Mercato is a favorite destination for humans and dogs alike. Many restaurants will allow you to dine with your dog on the patio, and quite a few shops including Charming Charlie’s, Nordstrom Rack, and Gallery on Fifth, even allow you to bring in your pet.

Fergie’s Closet Doggie Boutique

Formerly located at The Shoppes at Naples Bay Resort, this boutique caters to the pet who loves having a full closet. The store is relocating to a larger space, so check their website to find out when they re-open.

Restaurants

Dog-Friendly Patios at Mercato
There are over a dozen restaurants that allow you to dine with your pet on the patio including Masa, Naples Flatbread, Taps, The Capital Grille, and many more.

Fit & Fuel Cafe
This cafe is located right next to the Naples Cyclery at the Pavilion Shopping Center. They allow for outdoor seating with dogs and even have a water bowl outside to keep them hydrated.

M Waterfront Grille
Want something a little more upscale? Dine with your pup outside at this restaurant at the Village on Venetian Bay.


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How to make a beach trip safe for seniors

When you decide to live in Florida it’s most likely because you love the beach. You try to get out there as often as you can, and it never gets old! You can fish, swim, read a book, take a nap (under an umbrella with lots of sunscreen on!). The beach is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

It’s a shame when you can’t take advantage of a beautiful sunny day. This is something many seniors must consider. The sun and sand are essential parts of the beach (what is a beach without them?). But those two elements make these areas dangerous for seniors and the elderly.

How can we make the beach safer for our senior friends and family members?

What to bring?

When you’re planning a trip to the beach with an elderly loved one, you will need a few extra items you might not normally bring. First of all, make sure they have on sneakers, loose fitting, light clothes to block the sun, and have on tons of sunscreen. Bring a hat and sunglasses to protect the face and eyes.

It’s a good idea to bring a cooler to keep water nice and cold all day long. Also, bring along a portable, battery-operated fan. These can be found at convenience stores and are a great way to provide a little breeze if there isn’t any that day.

Bring along enough food to last the time you will be there. Even an Ensure or other protein-filled drink is a good idea to provide maximum nutrients.

Battling the Sand

Before you can ever worry about what to do at the beach, you have to worry about actually walking onto it. The sand, for many of us, is just an uneven surface we plod through to get to our destination. For seniors, the sand can prove hazardous, especially for those that lack the mobility to get through it. Sand is difficult even for the fully able-bodied person.

How can you make it easier for seniors to get through the sand? First, pick a beach that will require as short a walk as possible. Don’t pick the beach where you have to trek a quarter of a mile in order to get away from the masses.

Next, make sure they are wearing sneakers. Nobody likes sand in their shoes, but sneakers will ensure that there aren’t any footwear issues.

Be sure to provide support as they walk. Have someone on either side helping them up just in case of any missteps.

The last way to solve this problem is to get a beach wheelchair (yes they’re a thing). Beach wheelchairs feature large wheels that are designed just for getting through sand. This is the safest way to get your loved one down to the beach.

Beating the Heat & Sun

As mentioned above, be sure your loved one is wearing the proper sun-protecting gear. This includes sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, loose fitting shirt and pants, and sneakers. If it is much too hot for long sleeves and pants, opt for shorts and a short-sleeve shirt.

You will also need an umbrella that they can comfortably sit under throughout the day. Every two hours you will need to reapply sunscreen to ensure it won’t wear off.

It probably isn’t a great idea to spend the next 6 hours at the beach. About 2 hours may be a good amount of time. Because as we age, our skin becomes more and more sensitive especially to the sunlight. We must be cautious of this when we plan trips to the beach.

 

There you have it! Some simple tips to help get your senior friends and family members out to the beach with you.


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Healthy eating as we age

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Eating well should be a goal at any age, but especially as we get older. When we age, we need to watch how the changes in our bodies interact with the items that we’re consuming.

A healthy diet is key to living a better life. It will help improve energy levels, allow you to better fight off illness, and give you the mental acuteness you need.

How does our body change?

There are multiple processes that take place in our bodies as we age.

These include:

  • Lowered senses: Our sensitivity to salt and bitter leave first, which may make you want to add more salt to items.
  • Digestion slows: Your digestive system slows down, meaning it is more difficult to process certain vitamins and minerals that are important for mental alertness.
  • Metabolism slows: Adopting a healthy diet and exercise routine will help avoid unnecessary weight gain

What should I be eating?

The key is the find foods that are healthy and delicious. It is one thing to try to eat lots of kale and spinach, but if you dislike the taste you will end up getting sick of the items quickly.

Here are some foods you should be including in your diet:

  • Fruit: (2-3 servings per day)
  • Vegetables: (2-3 cups per day) of dark, leafy greens (spinach, broccoli) and colorful veggies (carrots)
  • Grains: (5-10 ounces) Stay away from processed white flour and try more whole grains with nutrients and fiber
  • Oils: (5-8 teaspoons) Eat foods full of healthy oils like olives, avodacos, and nuts
  • Calcium: Limit your milk consumption to 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat types. 1 cup of yogurt, 1-1.5 oz of cheese, 1 cup of cottage cheese.
  • Protein: (5-7 oz) Eggs, tofu, nuts, peanut butter, fish, poultry

Snack smart

You can snack between meals if you feel yourself getting hungry. But be sure that they are healthy snacks low in calories, sodium, saturated and trans fat. These include items like Greek yogurt, nuts, seeds, and grilled chicken.

More fiber

As we age, our digestive systems become less efficient. That means we need to be eating much more fiber than we used to. Women over 50 should be eating at least 21 grams per day and men over 50 should eat at least 30 grams.

Here’s how you can get your fiber in:

  • Whole grains
  • Wheat cereal, barley, oatmeal
  • Beans and nuts
  • Vegetables like carrots, celery
  • Whole fruits (including the peel)

Skip the sugar & empty calories

We probably don’t need to be reminding you, but stick to drinking water. Sugary drinks like soda, sweet tea, and energy drinks may taste great but they are not doing your body any good.

Also stay away from “empty calories” which include many items in the middle aisles of the grocery store including cookies, alcohol, and chips.

Resources

Healthy Eating after 50
National Institute on Aging

Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors
National Council on Aging

Eating Well As You Get Older
NIH Senior Health


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How to travel while caring for an elderly family member

It’s a tough question to ask, and for many of us, we feel selfish for wanting to take a trip or go on vacation while we’re caring for an elderly family member.

You need to allow yourself a break every once in a while and a trip is one of the best ways to reset yourself and put yourself in a new mindset. You come home refreshed, excited, full of new ideas.

But then you remember that your grandmother will have nobody to watch over her. How can you leave and let her stay at home by herself?

Luckily, there are plenty of options to help give you peace of mind, and give your loved one the best care possible.

In-Home Care Service
This type of service involves 24 hour care, where a nurse, home health aid, or other healthcare professional will live in the home with your loved one. This is generally best for those family members that require constant care and attention. Finding an in-home care service in your area is simple, finding one you trust can be more difficult. We recommend asking around first. A testimonial from someone you know can put you at ease. Also take a look at online reviews to see what people are saying about that company. Then call and make an appointment to meet and talk to whoever will be taking care of your loved one. If you don’t feel comfortable, say no. It’s up to you to decide the home care service you want to use.

Daily Visits
The homecare service you find will also likely provide daily visits from a healthcare professional. They can perform routine tasks like cleaning, laundry, cooking, running errands. You can have a specialist like an RN stop by if your loved one requires certain medical treatments daily.

Stay in touch
Once you decide on the homecare service you’d like to use, and found a provider who you feel comfortable leaving to care for your loved one, figure out how you’ll stay in touch. Maybe you’d like a phone call or email each day from the provider. You could set up a Skype account and use an iPad or laptop in your loved one’s home, and have the provider set everything up so you can video chat at different times during your trip.

Emergency Plan
In the unfortunate case of an emergency, know what you’d like your provider to do. Leave the number of your loved one’s doctor with the provider. Also leave contact information for another relative or someone you trust nearby in case you cannot be reached or are out of the country.

With the availability of trustworthy, professional home care services you are bound to find someone capable of caring for your loved one while you’re away. If you’re in the Southwest Florida area and ever need some extra assistance caring for someone, or are planning a trip and would like some peace of mind, call Just Like Family Home Care at 239-431-6661.

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