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    Coping with Stress as a Caregiver

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Assuming the role of a family caregiver involves many changes, including changing family dynamics, increased demands on your time, and usually, an increased level of stress. Because of the constant stress, family members who are serving as senior caregivers are more likely to suffer from severe emotional challenges and poor physical health. These challenges are only likely to become more evident as your senior loved one progressively requires more help. Senior caregivers often advise family members to seek help well before they suffer from caregiver burnout.

    Consider Respite Care

    Family caregivers can get the resources they need to cope with stress by working with a home care service that offers respite care. Respite care is a type of program in which a professional senior caregiver visits your loved one at predetermined times to provide temporary or short-term care. Home care services are highly flexible. You can schedule respite care on an occasional or regular basis, according to your unique needs.

    Renew Your Mindset

    One of the many sources of stress for family caregivers is the feeling of losing control. You may be worried about your loved one’s failing health and you may experience anxiety when you consider the future. Try to work toward acceptance. That is, accept that you cannot control everything, but that you can manage your reactions to situations. You can also focus on the rewarding aspects of caregiving and other positive influences in your life.

    Enjoy Favorite Activities

    While your elderly loved one is being looked after by a professional senior caregiver, use the time to nurture your emotional health. You deserve some time to relax and enjoy your favorite activities. By taking a walk in the park with a friend, watching a movie with the kids, or simply pampering yourself with a day at the spa, you can return to your caregiving duties more refreshed. You’ll likely find that giving yourself breaks enables you to provide better care for your loved one.

    When you need affordable, flexible respite care for your loved one, look no further than the Home Helpers Flexi-Rest Program. You can easily add more of our home care services later, when your loved one needs an increased level of care. Families throughout the Philadelphia area can learn more about in-home care on our website or by calling us at (855) 241-4724.

    Examining the Healing Powers of Pets for Seniors

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Seniors often suffer from social withdrawal and loneliness, especially when they live alone at home without a senior caregiver. While working with a home care service can significantly help your elderly loved one, you might also consider suggesting that he or she acquire a pet. Taking care of an animal with the help of a senior caregiver is an incredibly enriching experience for your elderly loved one.

    Understanding the Benefits of Cognitive Stimulation

    For seniors, cognitive stimulation on a regular basis is a must. It helps to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and it improves quality of life. Senior caregivers often provide cognitive stimulation by encouraging seniors to engage in social activities, such as playing Scrabble. However, pets can provide cognitive stimulation for your loved one during the senior caregiver’s off-duty hours. For example, your loved one may wish to read books and articles on the particular type or breed of animal, and learn how to take better care of him or her. Your loved one may even enjoy interacting with the veterinarian. Wellness visits for the animal may provide a welcome change of pace for seniors accustomed to seemingly endless rounds of doctor’s visits.

    Enjoying Constant Companionship

    With a pet in the home, your senior will never be alone. The unconditional love and companionship of an animal can help seniors stave off depression and loneliness. And since animals live only in the present—without worry for the future—your loved one may find his or her own fear of the future diminished. Plus, the companionship of an animal has been shown to have incredible healing powers. Pet owners have been shown to have reduced blood pressure, lessened anxiety, improved dopamine levels, and an overall sense of well-being.

    For more than a decade, Home Helpers has been providing customized, flexible senior care plans for families in the Philadelphia area. Whether your loved one needs companionship care or specialty care for medical conditions, our highly trained senior caregivers are here for you. If you have any questions about our home care services, give us a call at (855) 241-4724 or fill out the simple contact form on our website.

    How Our Care Check System Ensures Quality Care for Your Loved One

    Last updated 20 days ago

    At Home Helpers, we understand that you need the very best senior caregiver for your loved one. It isn’t easy to let a stranger into your loved one’s home to care for him or her, which is why our home care service goes the extra mile to ensure that all of our caregivers are professionals who provide exceptional, compassionate care. Before we hire any caregiver, he or she must pass our rigorous Care Check System.

    Our Care Check System consists of a thorough background check and a personality profile. Our personality profile not only enables us to ensure each caregiver is trustworthy and responsible; it also lets us match each client to the caregiver who is best suited to him or her. Each new client receives an on-site consultation, which helps us match the client to his or her new caregiver. An experienced supervisor carefully manages each client-caregiver relationship with periodic assessments.

    All of our employees are bonded and insured, giving you even greater peace of mind. To learn more about the in-home care available from Home Helpers, you can explore our website or give us a call at (855) 241-4724.

    How Is Osteoporosis Managed?

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Osteoporosis is common among seniors, particularly in post-menopausal women. The loss of bone density increases the risk of bone fracture with a fall. Although a senior caregiver can help improve your loved one’s safety at home, he or she might also benefit from having an osteoporosis screening. If osteoporosis is detected, the physician may recommend bisphosphonates or other drugs, and sufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D. Weight-bearing exercises can also be beneficial.

    You can hear more about the risk factors of osteoporosis and the treatments for this condition by watching this video. You’ll also hear about a promising new drug for osteoporosis that may help increase bone formation.

    With RN Assist available from Home Helpers, you can have a registered nurse thoroughly evaluate safety concerns within your loved one’s home. Call our home care service at (855) 241-4724 for more information about our in-home care.

    A Look at Dental Health Risks for Seniors

    Last updated 1 month 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, 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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