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    Understanding the Progression of Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Finding out that a senior loved one is facing Alzheimer’s disease is upsetting, but knowledge is power. Understanding what is ahead can help you make a plan for care now and in the future. Initially, you may be able provide sufficient care, but eventually, you will likely need to share the duties with an in-home care assistant. Although no two cases of Alzheimer’s are exactly the same, the following information provides an overview of the typical progression of the disease.

    No Impairment to Mild Cognitive Decline

    In the initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease, there may be few, if any, symptoms. While changes in the brain may be occurring, no signs of dementia may be present during a medical interview. With progression, the sufferer may begin to notice his or her own memory decline, but it may not be obvious to other people. Eventually, while the disease is still in its early stages of progression, friends may notice the start of memory problems, particularly when it comes to recalling names or finding everyday objects.

    Moderate to Moderately Severe Decline

    At the moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the signs of the disease should be clear during a medical interview. Expect your senior loved one to exhibit impaired short-term memory and difficulties with task planning and completion. He or she may also become withdrawn and moody. As the disease progresses, your loved one may not be able to recall his or address and phone number, and he or she may struggle with basic arithmetic. He or she may need help choosing proper clothing and generally need more assistance during the day. In-home senior care can help.

    Severe and Late-Stage Decline

    When severe decline occurs, your senior loved one will need help with most of his or her activities, including eating and using the bathroom. His or her sleep will also become disturbed. Major personality changes are common during this stage. 

    Home Helpers can provide compassionate in-home care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease to help ease the caregiving burden on family members. We provide senior assistance ranging from respite care to full-time in-home care. Schedule a consultation by calling (855) 241-4724 to see what kind of care is right for your needs.

    Warning Signs That Your Parents Need Home Care Assistance

    Last updated 2 months ago

    After many years of depending on your parents, you may eventually find that your parents need to depend on you. It’s important to stay in-tune with your parents’ wellbeing so you can help them stay healthy and independent for as long as possible. Enlisting the help of in-home senior care aides when your parents need assistance can help them stay safe in the comforts of their own home. When is it time to consider in-home care? Look out for these red flags.

    Decline in Personal Hygiene

    When you visit your parents, does their grooming appear to be the same as it always has been? As people age and face problems like dementia and physical impairment, their personal hygiene often begins to suffer. If it seems that your parents aren’t bathing, washing their clothes, or brushing their teeth as much as needed, they may need a home care assistant to help them with basic grooming tasks.

    Change in Home Condition and Cleanliness

    For seniors, keeping up with household chores can sometimes be overwhelming. Physical difficulties can make it challenging to do the cleaning tasks they used to do. Keep a close eye on the condition of your parents’ home. Is laundry piling up? Is the home uncharacteristically dirty? Are the cupboards and fridge bare? These factors can all be indicators that your parents need help staying on top of chores. Senior in-home care assistants can take care of light housekeeping and laundry, and can even help with grocery shopping.

    Signs of Memory Loss

    Memory loss is common in seniors and doesn’t always mean Alzheimer’s disease. However, whatever the cause of memory loss, it can impact your parents’ safety at home. Forgetting to do things like turning off appliances and taking medication can be dangerous. Take your parents to the doctor for evaluation if you note mental decline, and enlist the help of a senior care assistant for medication reminders and in-home safety supervision.

    Home Helpers is dedicated to making independent living possible for seniors. Let our home care aides ease your concerns about your parents’ safety with our supportive services. Learn more about our senior assistance programs by calling (855) 241-4724.

    Tips for Managing Diabetes in Seniors

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Diabetes can take a devastating toll on seniors’ health, but it doesn’t have to. With careful management, seniors can keep their diabetes under control and avoid complications like nerve and kidney damage.

    Watch this video for easy tips for keeping diabetes in check. Diet plays a major role. Seniors should eat plenty of whole grains and lean proteins as well as fruits and vegetables. When you go out to eat, help your senior loved one look for dishes that are prepared without a lot of sugar or fats, and encourage him to bring part of the meal home for the next day to conserve calories. Excess weight exacerbates diabetes, so keep an eye on portion sizes.

    Home Helpers’ in-home senior care aides can help ensure your elderly loved one is getting the healthy meals he needs to keep his diabetes under control. Find out more about how our home care service can help your family by calling (855) 241-4724. 

    Strategies for Facing Common Conflicts with Siblings Over Parental Care

    Last updated 3 months ago

    As parents age, questions about how to best care for them can sometimes lead to disagreements between siblings. Siblings may have different opinions about the right kind of care, or resentment can build when one sibling shoulders more of the senior care burden than the others. It’s important to find healthy ways to cope with these conflicts so that these disputes don’t put undue stress on elderly patients or irrevocably strain family relationships. Consider these strategies for facing common conflicts so that your parents’ care doesn’t suffer.

    Confront the Issue

    Caregiving is a team effort, and you can’t give your parents what they need if everyone can’t get behind the same plan. Although strong opinions may make coming to a consensus difficult, sweeping the disagreements under the rug won’t work. Agree that it may take time to negotiate a plan everyone feels comfortable with and focus on short-term goals that you can achieve. Set some basic ground rules—for instance, each sibling must contribute in some way—and work from there. Regular meetings to fine-tune your care plan will help you establish a schedule that works for everyone.

    Consider Gender Roles

    If the women in your family are taking the lead on caregiving, you’re not alone. Two out of three caregivers are women. These gender roles can cause resentment among siblings when the daughters seem to be doing more than the sons.  Are caregiving duties broken down along gender lines in your family, and if so, is everyone comfortable with that? Consider dividing up duties differently, even if your senior parents see caregiving as a duty primarily for daughters.

    Be Flexible

    Senior caregiving is a fluid process. Your parents’ needs will change, as will the lives of all the siblings involved in care. Be open to changes to your routine so that siblings and parents alike are cared for.

    Home Helpers can alleviate stress for children caring for elderly parents. Our senior assistance programs range from specialized in-home care to respite care to give caregivers a break. Schedule a consultation with us by calling (855) 241-4724 and find out how we can help your family! 

    Job Fair-Monday May 19th - Caregiver/CNA/HHA/Nursing Students (Lansdale)

    Last updated 3 months ago

    *You must have your own car, valid driver's license, and car insurance.

    We are looking to hire Caregivers, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Home Health Aides to help our elderly clients remain in the comfort of their own home.

    Please come to our Open House Job Fair on Monday May 19th 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm.

    Home Helpers
    213 N Broad Street - Suite 3
    Lansdale, PA 19446

    Come and fill out an application and get an on the spot interview from a member of our HR Dept.

    http://www.homehelpersphilly.com/career-form/

    We are looking to hire caregivers who live in the Montgomery/Bucks County areas.

    Home Helpers is the premier provider of in-home, non-medical Caregiving services, including personal care, homemaker, and companionship. We care for seniors, people coping with a lifelong illness or disability, and those recuperating from a recent surgery or hospitalization. Our caregivers make a Remarkable difference in the lives of others while helping them maintain independent living in the comfort of their homes. Home Helpers is an agency, not a registry. We employ caregivers who are thoroughly screened using our exclusive Care Check System. We also provide comprehensive training, support and RN supervision.

    Job Responsibilities :
    Personal Care assistance (bathing, dressing, toileting)
    Companionship 
    Light Housekeeping 
    Meal Preparation
    Medication Reminders
    Running Errands / client transportation
    Alzheimer's & Dementia care 

    Must have own car, valid driver's license and auto insurance
    Pass a comprehensive set of background checks, have verifiable references and a good work history
    Must have current 2-step PPD (Tuberculosis) skin test or Chest x-ray
    Must have High school diploma or GED
    Must have access to the internet and a cell phone
    Must be able to work independently and with minimal direct supervision
    Must be at least 18 years of age

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