Our Eastern Shore subsidiary, Coastal Home Care, is proud to be the “Silver Sluggers” sponsor of the Demarva Shorebirds! Click here to learn more

The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class “A” Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and are located in Salisbury, MD. The Shorebirds welcomed Coastal Home Care as the new title sponsor of the Silver Sluggers program – the official 55-years of age and up ticket club. Silver Sluggers get tickets to all Wednesday home games (9 games) for only $18 total! Call Shawn Schoolcraft at 410-219-3112 ext. 168 to order.

Chronotherapy is timing the consumption of your medication for optimal benefits and minimal side effects

Medication and Care Management
Capital City Nurses offers two levels of assistance to make it easier for clients to set up and maintain their medication schedules:

Registered nurses are available to coordinate medication orders with a client’s physicians.  Registered nurses visit on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to prepare and pour medications for a client.

Nursing assistants help clients keep track of medication schedules and provide medication reminders.
Care Management services include a detailed nursing & psychosocial assessment. On-going services can include:

  • Regular nurse visits
  • Facilitation of needed resources
  • Advocacy & liaison between medical providers
  • Status reports to family

AARP reports on this important medication strategy
Michael Smolensky, adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Texas, Austin says, “The body doesn’t respond to medications in the same way at different times of the day, Some drugs are not as effective or as well tolerated if they’re taken at the wrong biological time. It’s not that they’re not effective at all, but they’re certainly much less effective.”

In fact, drugs labeled “take one a day” often work better when taken at night. Modifying the timing of drugs to achieve the greatest benefit with the lowest risk of unpleasant side effects is called drug chronotherapy.

There have been tremendous advances in timing treatments for hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis, for example, according to Smolensky.

Although chronotherapy is a hot topic these days, your doctor or pharmacist may not be aware of it.

“Unfortunately, there’s a disconnect between what’s taught to doctors and what we know from chronotherapy research,” says circadian biologist Georgios Paschos of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. “Except for a few conditions, clinical medicine hasn’t yet caught up with our findings,” he says. But, he predicts, this will change in the next decade or two.

Click here for more information from AARP

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Click here to learn more

Capital City Nurses’ TeamOn a beautiful day in October, the Capital City Nurses’ Team contributed to the total raised amount of $698,010.

If you can’t be with your loved one during the holidays (or any other time), our Daughter/Son Down the Street services may be the answer!

“Daughter/Son Down the Street” Companion Service
Some clients don’t require medical assistance, but would like a friendly visit or a companion on excursions about town.  A “Daughter/Son Down the Street” is available to visit the National Gallery of Art, take afternoon tea, have lunch at the club, play a game of chess, or attend a concert at the Kennedy Center.

A stimulating companion helps keep seniors involved in activities they’ve enjoyed in the past. Keeping their world as “open” as possible helps avoid depression & feelings of isolation.

Dr. Vicki Rackner, MD shares this advice about ‘holiday blues’ and depression
The holiday season is quickly coming upon us. If you are a caregiver for an elderly loved one, you may notice a change in your loved one’s mood as the holidays approach. Perhaps you are one of many, who visit elderly parents and family during the holidays who live a distance away. When you visit you may notice that loved ones are not as physically active, or they show symptoms of fatigue or sadness and have no interest in the holiday or in their surroundings.

According to the National Institutes of Health; of the 35 million Americans age 65 or older, about 2 million suffer from full-blown depression. Another 5 million suffer from less severe forms of the illness. This represents about 20% of the senior population — a significant proportion.

Depression in the elderly is difficult to diagnose and is frequently untreated. The symptoms may be confused with a medical illness, dementia, or malnutrition due to a poor diet. Many older people will not accept the idea that they have depression and refuse to seek treatment.

As a care giver or family member of a depressed older person, make it your responsibility to get involved. The elder person generally denies any problems or may fear being mentally ill. You can make the difference in and remove the Holiday Blues from seniors suffering from depression. The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation offers a “Depression Tool Kit.”

Click here for more information and the tool kit

When the first case of Ebola was reported on American soil, panic broke out among media outlets and the general public. Though the cases have been contained, and only one person has died in America from the disease, Ebola is still earning headlines in national and local news.

With all this focus on Ebola, it’s easy to forget a much more dangerous illness that effects thousands of Americans each year: The Flu. Many Americans underestimate the dangers of the flu, but this year is a terrible time to be caught unprepared. The CDC has already reported that December began one of the worst flu seasons America has seen in the last 11 years. A mutated strain of the virus effects the infected quickly and lasts longer than more common forms of the flu.

This strain is especially dangerous to populations who are susceptible to infections – the youngest and oldest Americans – and has already claimed at least 6 lives. According to the National Council on Aging “adults aged 65 and older typically account for 60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations and 90 percent of flu-related deaths”. That’s a scary number, but it doesn’t have to be. So, how do you avoid this deadly virus during the height of flu season?

The first step is always prevention. If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, make an appointment to get the vaccine immediately. The CDC urges “Children under age 2, adults older than 65, pregnant women and people with other health conditions including asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes” to seek out the vaccine, as they are at risk. If you’re over 65 and have Medicare Plan B, the vaccine is a benefit that requires no copay.

Americans over the age of 65 have a few options for vaccines: A standard-dose vaccine and a higher-dose vaccine designed specifically for older Americans with declining immune systems. The needle phobic can also opt for a flu mist vaccine. It’s important to talk to your doctor to determine which vaccine will be most effective for you.

Limit your exposure. Vaccines won’t guard against every strain of the flu, so don’t consider yourself immune once you’ve received your shot. Encourage your loved ones and people you interact with frequently to get flu vaccines. Avoid people who are sick. Wash your hands frequently, especially if you’ve been in a public space.

Most importantly, if you feel sick, don’t wait. Seek treatment immediately if you start experiencing any of the common symptoms of the flu, including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, muscle soreness, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you suspect you have the flu, contact your doctor to confirm the diagnosis.

At Capital City Nurses, we know that the news can make viruses like Ebola seem like a pressing danger. But it’s time to ignore the headlines and protect yourself from the pressing threat. Protect yourself and your loved ones from a terrible winter and help us eradicate flu infections. To find out where you can get a flu shot, visit here.