Home Helpers is a premier provider of quality non-medical and personal in-home care to the Philadelphia area.

Why Companionship Counts for Seniors

For seniors, health risks aren’t just about high blood pressure and cholesterol. One of the most significant factors in overall wellbeing is companionship. Loneliness can lead to a long list of physical and mental health issues and is even tied to earlier death. For seniors, companionship is a crucial part of staying healthy, which is why in-home elderly care is so important for the elderly and their families.

Seniors who have companionship report greater satisfaction with life, including feelings of happiness, increased independence, and a sense of worthiness. When seniors have regular companionship, they may also get better healthcare, because friends and family can notice and respond to physical symptoms and changes in behavior. Depression is a serious health risk in the elderly, but companionship helps to keep it at bay.

Home Helpers’ care providers in Philadelphia can offer companionship to your senior loved one even when you can’t be around with our Friendly Visit program and Direct Link Home Emergency Monitoring. To find out how we can help your loved one stay connected, please call (215) 334-2600.

What Are Shingles?

Shingles can affect anyone who has had chickenpox in the past. The virus that causes chickenpox remains dormant in your body after an infection and can become reactivated by stress or re-exposure to chickenpox. If shingles develops in you or an elderly loved one, a home care aide can assist with personal care during the infection.

Watch this video to learn more about how shingles affects the body. An outbreak appears as a painful skin rash with blistering sores. Although it usually goes away on its own, people with lowered immunity and those whose faces are affected by the rash should see a doctor for care.

The in-home caregivers at Home Helpers can offer medication reminders and companionship as your senior loved one copes with health challenges. Find out more about our care programs in Philadelphia, including the Total Care plan and Friendly Visit program, by calling (215) 334-2600.

Join Us On October 11th for the Ruby Run!

Home Helpers will host the 5th annual Home Helpers Ruby 5k Run & family walk on Sunday, October 11 at 9:00 am in Rose Tree Park, Delaware County. The Ruby Run raises funds in memory of John Squires and Adam Brown (former owners of Home Helpers franchises). All proceeds will be donated to local organizations for families suffering from cancer.

Participants can register as a donor, or as a runner at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Media/RubyRun5K. Day of the event registrations opens at 8:00 am. Awards will include top 3 male and female categories and top 3 children under 18. Raffle items are also available.

For more information, contact Karen Krissinger at kkrissinger@gmail.com.

What to Expect If Your Loved One Has Alzheimer's Disease

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it is not always easy to know what comes next. By understanding how the disease progresses and what to expect at each stage, you can make important decisions about specialized home care now, before the need arises. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, so your loved one’s needs for personal care will increase over time. The speed with which symptoms progress varies from person to person, but most people with Alzheimer’s go through these stages.

Subtle Changes

In the very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, no changes may be apparent at all. Subtle changes may begin to occur, but because they are mild and don’t interfere with daily activities, these changes may not be attributed to Alzheimer’s. The first signs of mild cognitive decline include forgetting something after just reading it and struggling to remember names. Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s usually occurs at this time. Your loved one may only need occasional help with personal care at this point.

Noticeable Memory Loss

At this time, Alzheimer’s symptoms become more pronounced. Your loved one may have difficulty with basic daily activities, such as cooking and cleaning, and will need home care. He or she may also struggle to remember personal information and be unable to determine what is appropriate to wear for the season. It will become more important for your loved one to have constant supervision so that he or she feels comfortable and is safe.

Pronounced Cognitive Changes

The final stages of Alzheimer’s are marked by significant cognitive decline, including delusions. Your loved one may no longer be able to eat or use the bathroom without assistance. He or she will eventually need assistance sitting up and walking and will only be able to eat soft foods. Around-the-clock care is required at this point in the disease.

Home Helpers is here to assist you in making important decisions about Alzheimer’s care for your loved one. We offer a variety of specialized home care programs in Philadelphia to meet your loved ones needs, including our Total Care program and the Flexi-Rest program that allows family caregivers to get a break. For additional information, please call (215) 334-2600.

Congrats to Home Helpers!

Congratulations to the Home Helpers, Media Office who teamed up with Preston Elliot and Casey Boy from WMMR’s Preston and Steve’s Morning Show, to win the 11 th Annual Divine 9 Open benefitting Bringing Hope Home. Home Helpers Media has participated in this event for the past two years.

The annual golf tournament raised over $100,000 to assist Bringing Hope Home in providing unexpected amazingness to local families with cancer through financial and emotional support. Bringing Hope Home pays a one-time grant to pay essential household bills for families with cancer in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Pictured: Bob Diken, Tom Carroll and Preston Elliot. Casey Boy had to leave after the 11 th hole

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