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

Healthy Liquid Snacks for Alzheimer's Patients

Mealtime problems are common for people who have Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, patients may lose interest in eating, may forget to eat, and may struggle with chewing and swallowing. This failure to eat properly can cause dehydration and constipation. Fortunately, home care providers can turn to liquids to make eating easier for Alzheimer’s patients and to give them the nutrition they need.

Nutrition shakes and smoothies can be very effective for Alzheimer’s patients. Home care providers can purchase prepared, high-calorie meal shakes or can prepare them at home. Buy a can of protein powder and use a blender to add it to a milkshake, or combine protein powder with fruits and vegetables to make smoothie. Be sure to also offer plenty of water, fruit juices, and other nutritious beverages to fight off dehydration. Avoid or minimize caffeinated beverages, which can cause agitation.

Home Helpers provides specialized home care in Philadelphia for patients with dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease. Our Rapid Care Response means we can provide the support you need fast, while our Care Check System ensures that only qualified, compassionate caregivers enter your home. To learn how we can help with home care needs, call (215) 334-2600.

Understanding the Challenges Faced by Those with Intellectual Disabilities

If a loved one has intellectual disabilities, the family often faces significant issues surrounding care. Fortunately, with specialized home care, a loved with disabilities can remain in the home while the family gets the support they need to provide adequate care.

Watch this video to learn about some of the challenges faced by those with intellectual disabilities and their families. Often, loved ones struggle with worry about who will care for their family member when they can’t be around and how they can ensure that their loved one is being treated with compassion and respect.

At Home Helpers, we provide extensive home care services for people with disabilities as well as the elderly. Contact us today at (215) 334-2600 to find out how our programs, from our Friendly Visit program to our Flexi-Rest program in Philadelphia, can help you manage the demands of being a caregiver.

When Should an Aging Parent Stop Driving?

As parents get older and children become caregivers, the issue of driving is one of the many questions that come to the forefront. It’s natural to have concerns about an elderly person behind the wheel, and it’s also natural for seniors to be hesitant to give up the independence that driving brings. As you deal with issues like the need for home care, be sure to also confront the issue of driving and whether it is safe for your aging parent. Although getting older does not automatically mean that someone should stop driving, here are some signs that your parent should reconsider getting behind the wheel.

Significant Medical Event

With age, the risk of major medical events, such as a stroke or heart attack, goes up. Although suffering one of these conditions does not necessarily negate the ability to drive, it could. For instance, someone who needs home care after a stroke because of mobility or cognitive issues might also have difficulty operating a car safely. After a medical crisis, consider discussing the lasting impacts your parent may experience with his or her doctor and whether those new symptoms could make driving unsafe.

Failing Eyesight

Good vision is an essential component of driving. Many age-related eye health changes, including cataracts and glaucoma, can impair vision and make driving dangerous. Encourage your parent to have an annual eye exam and to discuss driving with the doctor. In some cases, the doctor may recommend not driving, and in other cases, corrective lenses can make driving safe.


If your parent is showing signs of confusion or memory loss, driving may be unsafe. He or she could become lost and panic, and his or her reaction times may be slowed, which could lead to accidents.

Home Helpers understands the pressures of become a caregiver to aging parents and the adjustments required of the whole family when issues like home care arise. That’s why we’re here to help with a variety of care plans to meet your specific needs, including specialized home care in Philadelphia, our Friendly Visit Program, and Total Care Plan. Learn more about our services by calling (215) 334-2600.

Debunking Myths About Hospice Care

As your loved one approaches the end of his or her life, hospice care can be enormously beneficial for both the patients and the family. Hospice services can be provided as a type of specialized home care, so that your loved one can enjoy his or her final days at home surrounded by family and friends. However, myths about hospice care can make people reluctant to seek it for a loved one when he or she could benefit from it. Don’t let these myths about hospice compromise your loved one’s home care.

Myth: Hospice care means staying in a nursing home or hospital.

Although there are facilities that are designed to specifically provide hospice care, hospice is a type of care, not a location. Hospice can be provided as a home care service so that your loved one doesn’t have to choose between being in familiar surroundings and receiving care that will make him or her feel comfortable. If it is necessary for your loved one to be in a skilled nursing facility or other setting, hospice care providers can go there as well.

Myth: Hospice care means giving up on getting better.

Choosing hospice care is not about giving up hope but about making days as full and enjoyable as possible. Hospice caregivers not only provide symptom management but also support both the person who is ill and their loved ones’ emotional and spiritual needs. Many families find that hospice gives them a chance to bond and come to terms with the illness and the changes that may be ahead. At no point does care end. The hospice team works closely with physicians for symptom management and any other care the family chooses.

Myth: Hospice is for elderly patients.

Hospice is for patients who are facing a life-threatening illness at any stage of life. Likewise, hospice is not only for cancer patients. If you have questions about whether a loved one could benefit from hospice care, talk to his or her physician.

Home Helpers in Philadelphia is pleased to offer hospice care as a form of specialized home care in our Total Care Plan. Call us at (215) 334-2600 to find out if hospice care is right for your family.

The Value of Medication Reminders

Medication reminders are beneficial to both young and older adults. Whether you have in-home elderly care, you have a busy life, or you can be forgetful sometimes, using medication reminders can help maintain your health and wellbeing.

By using medication reminders, you can take better care of yourself. Many medications require a certain amount be taken at the same time every day. Some medications may even lose their efficiency or cause harmful side effects if not taken at the correct time. Without a medication reminder, you may be at risk for these side effects. It is best to set an alarm with notification of the required medicine and dosage to take. This will help you to take the correct medicine at the right time.

In addition to medication reminders, the caregivers at Home Helpers can offer disabilities care, Rapid Care Response, and the Friendly Visit Program. Whether you have an elderly parent in your life, or you are seeking someone to help with your own specialized home care near Philadelphia, Home Helpers is here to help. Please call us at (215) 334-2600 to speak with one of our friendly staff members.

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