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    A Look at Dental Health Risks for Seniors

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Individuals of all ages benefit from going to regularly scheduled dentist visits. However, for seniors, this is particularly important because seniors may lack the dexterity necessary to thoroughly clean the teeth. If you’re concerned about your loved one’s oral health, consider exploring home care services. A senior caregiver can help your loved one with daily personal needs, such as oral hygiene. Your loved one’s senior caregiver can also be on the lookout for the possible signs of dental problems.

    Xerostomia

    Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a common oral care problem among seniors. As a person grows older, there is a greater possibility that he or she will be prescribed medications that can cause dry mouth. Xerostomia can also occur as a result of some medical conditions, such as Sjogren’s syndrome. It may occur after a person receives radiation therapy to the head or neck area. Xerostomia is a cause for concern because insufficient amounts of saliva in the mouth increase the risk of cavity formation.

    Gum Disease

    Gum disease is a concern for people of all ages. However, seniors may be at a higher risk of gum disease due to poorly fitting dentures and bridges, which can trap food particles. Poor nutrition and medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes can also contribute to gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can progress to the point at which tooth loss may occur. If detected in its early stages, dentists can easily treat this problem.

    Denture-Induced Stomatitis

    This condition refers to the inflammation of the mouth. Specifically, the tissue underneath dentures becomes inflamed. This is commonly the result of dentures that do not fit poorly. It may also be caused by oral thrush, which refers to the accumulation of Candida albicans fungus in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can contribute to the problem. Senior caregivers can help remedy the problem by bringing seniors to the dentist for a denture adjustment and by assisting them with oral hygiene routines.

    Home Helpers is a bonded and insured home care service that provides flexible, personalized senior care plans. Our friendly senior caregivers can help your loved one with everything from personal hygiene to medication reminders to errands—and so much more. For more information about our senior assistance programs, give us a call at (855) 241-4724.

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    How to Ensure Grandparents and Grandkids Maintain Strong Relationships

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Grandparents play an essential role in a child’s life. They instill valuable life lessons and create positive memories that can last for the child’s lifetime. If you’re a grandparent who is looking for ways of building a strong relationship with a grandkid, it can be helpful to first talk with your adult child. Let your child know that you would appreciate more visits from your grandchild, if possible, or that you’re interested in visiting their family more frequently. Additionally, using a home care service that provides senior caregivers may improve opportunities for relationship building because grandkids may be more apt to visit you at home, rather than in an assisted living community.

    Attend Important Events

    Attending the important events in your grandchild’s life lets the youngster know just how important he or she is to you. Make a point of trying to attend as many ballet recitals, soccer games, and similar events as you can.

    Start a Shared Project

    Working on a shared project together can promote closeness and may serve as an icebreaker for meaningful conversations. Find shared projects that speak to your interests as well as your grandchild’s. For example, the two of you might create a family cookbook together with treasured family recipes. Older children and teens might be interested in joining a fantasy sports league with you.

    Encourage Regular Correspondence

    Even if your grandchild lives nearby, corresponding with him or her the old-fashioned way is an opportunity to strengthen your relationship. Your grandchild will be thrilled to receive mail addressed to him or her. In addition to communicating with letters, consider staying in touch with help from the Internet. Your senior caregiver can help you open and send emails, and launch videoconferencing software such as Skype.

    If you think you might need a little more help around the house, yet you aren’t ready to embrace regular senior caregiving, consider the Friendly Visit Program available from Home Helpers. Our flexible elderly care program enables you to smoothly make the transition to in-home care. Families in the Philadelphia area and beyond are welcome to call our home care service at (855) 241-4724 to schedule a consultation.

    Tips for Dealing With Loss of Appetite in Seniors

    Last updated 18 days ago

    The gradual loss of appetite among seniors is often considered a normal part of aging. However, if your loved one’s elderly caregiver notices that he or she isn’t eating as much as normal, it’s always best to consult the doctor to rule out potential health issues. Your loved one’s doctor may be able to treat underlying medical conditions or change medications to increase your loved one’s appetite. If your loved one is no longer eating as much due to physical limitations or fatigue, then perhaps arranging for additional assistance with an in-home care provider would be beneficial.

    Often, social contact during meals can encourage seniors to consume more food. If you’re unavailable to sit with your loved one during meals, an in-home care provider can do so. It can also be helpful to serve foods to your loved one that are high in calories compared to the portion size. For example, add some peanut butter to apple slices or drizzle some olive oil on pasta.

    The in-home caregivers of Home Helpers work closely with clients and their loved ones to provide needed services, such as meal preparation, feeding, companionship, and much more. Families in the Philadelphia area can connect with a caregiver today by calling (855) 241-4724.

    Facing Early Dementia

    Last updated 25 days ago

    When a person develops dementia early in life, he or she faces the same challenges as those who develop it later in life. However, the diagnostic process may take longer because healthcare providers may attribute memory loss to other causes, such as stress. If a loved one is facing early onset dementia, he or she can begin taking medications that can slow the process of decline. Some forms of dementia may even be reversible, such as those that are caused by dietary deficiencies, infections, and hormonal dysfunction.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, there are plenty of resources available for those with early onset dementia. Family members can also take advantage of support groups and other resources for coping, such as in-home care services.

    Home Helpers, a comprehensive home care service, provides the Friendly Visit Program to introduce the idea of in-home care gradually to your loved one. You can learn more about our caregiving services by calling (855) 241-4724.

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