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Talking to Kids About Changes in a Grandparent's Health

For grandchildren, watching a grandparent become ill can be a confusing and distressing experience. It can be helpful for parents to keep an open line of communication with their kids to encourage them to ask questions when they have them, and when appropriate, include them in decisions about home care and other needs. If your parent has been diagnosed with a medical condition that is going to significantly impact his or her health, here are some tips for explaining these changes to your children.

Use Honest Language

It is tempting to use language that minimizes the circumstances when you are talking to children about serious health issues, but doing so often results in confusion and increased anxiety. Instead, explain the situation to your children in a clear, honest way that is age appropriate, and avoid euphemisms. For instance, referring to major injury as a boo-boo or talking about a terminally ill loved one going to sleep sometime soon can make children fearful about minor injuries as well as going to bed at night. Being as clear and honest as possible will help children feel confident.

Encourage Questions

Your children are likely to have questions about their grandparent’s health, particularly if it is a progressive condition in which his or her deterioration is obvious. Let them know that you are available to answer their questions about any time, and speak openly about the situation when possible. Children are comforted by feeling like they are involved in helping to make choices about home care and more.

Continue Visiting

You may be concerned that a grandparent’s condition will be distressing to your children, but severing the relationship is likely to be more upsetting. Children and their grandparent will all benefit from spending time together, and these visits give you an opportunity to have more discussions with your children.

Home Helpers of Philadelphia understands the importance of the connections between your family and how difficult it can be to make decisions about home care. Call us now at (215) 334-2600 and find out how we can help you with everything from comprehensive care in our Total Care Plan and occasional support in our Friendly Visit Program.

What Exactly Is the Peanut Butter Test?

The peanut butter test is a tool that can be used in some patients to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in early stages. The earlier you find out a loved one has Alzheimer’s, the sooner you can make important decisions like who will provide home care and when you will need specialized home care when your loved one’s condition deteriorates. Watch this video to learn more about this promising test.

During the peanut butter test, doctors test patients’ abilities to smell peanut butter from a distance. Dementias like Alzheimer’s often affect the first cranial nerve, that also controls smelling, early in the disease process. A change in the ability to smell things could be the first indicator of a neurological issue.

When the time comes to make decisions about home care, let Home Helpers assist you with our Total Care Plan in Philadelphia, Friendly Visit Program, and more. Call us at (215) 334-2600 for more information.

Finding a Caregiver for a Loved One with an Intellectual Disability

When most people think about home care, they think of in-home elderly care. Although seniors do frequently benefit from having a caregiver, people of all ages with disabilities also need support. Finding someone to offer home care for a person with an intellectual disability requires a different set of criteria than finding care for a senior loved one. Here is what you need to know.

For a person with an intellectual disability, finding the right caretaker is critical. The caregiver should provide specialized home care and focus on developing a relationship with your loved one. Before hiring a caregiver, ask about his or her experience in providing the kind of specialized care your loved one needs, and let them meet so you can see if there might be a good match.

At Home Helpers, we understand the unique needs that people with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health problems have for home care in Philadelphia. We provide rapid care responses and multiple levels of care, including our Care Check system. To learn more, call (215) 334-2600.

The Benefits of Companionship for Alzheimer's Patients

When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, his or her need for companionship does not end. In fact, maintaining connections with loved ones can be therapeutic for people suffering from Alzheimer’s, even if the nature of those relationships is changed by the disease. This is one of the reasons specialized home care is helpful for families who are creating a care plan for a loved one with the disease. Home care aides can provide companionship when family members cannot be present. Here is a look at some of the benefits of companionship for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Less Stress

When people have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the confusion they experience is often frightening and stressful. Being with another person, whether they are recognizable or not, is calming, especially if they maintain a patient and friendly demeanor. Simply engaging in a task with your loved one or speaking to them gently can ease fears and help reduce anxiety. When you can’t be present, a home care aide can offer that kind of companionship to help your loved one feel soothed.

Better Emotional Memories

Even after someone with Alzheimer’s disease can no longer recognize family, friends, or details about events, they remember feelings. Their emotional memories remain and remind them how certain situations made them feel. Even if they cannot pinpoint any of the details about time you spent with them, they remember feeling happy and relaxed. These feelings can be comforting to your loved one, even if the specifics of the memories are forgotten.

Enjoyable Times

Your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t have to recognize you to enjoy spending time with you. Your companionship can be enjoyable even if your loved one perceives you as a stranger. These visits can be a bright spot in days that could otherwise be isolating and confusion.

Home Helpers is pleased to offer home care in Philadelphia that can be tailored to your family’s needs, including our Flexi-Rest Program and Friendly Visit Program. Find out more by contacting us at (215) 334-2600.

Matching Your Aging Parent with the Right In-Home Caregiver

Home care can be an extremely valuable resource for seniors and their loved ones as they navigate the health concerns that accompany aging. When your parents can no longer take care of themselves without help, home care gives them the chance to get the help they need without giving up their home. The key to making a successful transition to home care is to choose the right care provider. Here is what you need to know.

Start by considering exactly what kind of care your parents need. Seniors are often reluctant to accept help, so you can minimize the concerns they have about losing their independence by choosing the right care services. For instance, if your parents only need a minimal amount of help, then having an aide visit periodically may be the right fit. You should also take time to let your parents get to meet potential care providers.

Home Helpers understands how difficult this transition can be and can offer valuable advice as you make decisions about home care in Philadelphia. For information about our Flexi-Rest Program, Care Check System, and more, call (215) 334-2600.

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