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    Advice for Traveling with a Senior Loved One

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Traveling with your senior loved one is a wonderful way to strengthen family relationships. Despite the support of an in-home caregiver, seniors often find a change of pace refreshing. Before leaving on your vacation, do a little extra research to ensure your destination is senior-friendly. Talk with your loved one’s senior caregiver about his or her special needs and schedule a trip to the doctor.

    Consult the Doctor

    As your loved one’s senior caregiver is likely to recommend, seniors should always get medical clearance before traveling. This is particularly important if your loved one has a medical condition. Talk to the doctor about symptoms to watch out for and whether the travel destination is ideal for your loved one.

    Bring Medical Information

    While at the doctor’s office, ask him or her for a list of all of your loved one’s medications, including the generic names and brand name equivalents. It’s always best to bring extra medication along, but in case you do need to fill a prescription, it’s handy to know the alternative drugs your loved one could take. Bring along other basic medical information for the trip, such as the doctor’s contact information and your loved one’s Medicaid card. Create a lanyard for your loved one with your contact information and your loved one’s medical information.

    Consider Travel Destinations

    Before choosing a destination, consider whether it is ideal for your loved one’s physical abilities. For example, if your loved one has mobility challenges, doing a great deal of walking may not be a good idea. Choose a hotel that is handicap accessible, and convenient to local attractions and restaurants.

    For more than a decade, the senior caregivers of Home Helpers have provided a proactive, flexible continuum of home care services to families in Philadelphia and beyond. Our continuum of care runs the gamut from respite care to hospice support. If you’re exploring senior care services for your loved one, give us a call at (855) 241-4724 or visit our website to learn more about our home care service.

    Signs That Your Elderly Loved One's Care Needs Are Changing

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Increasingly, many seniors prefer to stay at home for as long as possible with the help of a home care service. A senior caregiver can ensure that a loved one enjoys companionship, eats regular meals, and has his or her personal hygiene needs met. Home care services often offer individualized care plans, which means that your loved one may have started out with a few visits from a caregiver throughout the week. However, if you notice any of the following issues, it could be time to arrange for a more intense level of care.

    Worsening Physical Limitations

    Many seniors experience physical limitations. If your loved one suffers from fatigue, joint problems, or other health issues that limit his or her mobility, he or she may have trouble caring for him-or herself. For example, your loved one may not receive adequate nutrition due to mobility issues that interfere with grocery shopping and cooking. An in-home caregiver can help your loved one by performing the tasks that he or she can no longer do.

    Failing Health Conditions

    Although home care services may be non-medical in nature, a senior caregiver can greatly assist an individual suffering from failing health. Since senior caregivers spend a great deal of time with their clients, they are often the first to notice symptoms that should be brought to a doctor’s attention. They can also transport seniors to doctor’s appointments and provide medication reminders.

    Declining Personal Hygiene

    Have you noticed your loved one wearing the same clothes two days in a row? Or perhaps he or she isn’t paying attention to oral hygiene or bathing needs. If this is the case, your loved one could benefit from additional help from a senior caregiver.

    Home Helpers offers flexible, evolving senior care plans, which means your loved one can upgrade to a higher level of senior assistance whenever he or she needs to. In addition to our personal care and home support, our home care service provides specialized in-home care for those with particular medical concerns, including Alzheimer’s and physical challenges. To speak with a friendly and knowledgeable representative at our home care service, please call (855) 241-4724.

    Give Your Loved One a Direct Link to Safety with Home Monitoring

    Last updated 3 months ago

    When you enlist the in-home care services of Home Helpers, your loved one will not only have access to personal care and specialized senior care; he or she will also be more secure with our 24-hour personal emergency response system, Direct Link. With Direct Link, your loved one is never alone. It is a two-way communication system that instantly connects your loved one to a friendly, helpful professional with just the touch of a button.

    After signing up for Direct Link, the system will be professionally installed for you. Direct Link is easy for your loved one to use. The button is worn around the neck or the wrist. Upon pressing the button, a helpful representative will evaluate the situation, dispatch an ambulance if necessary, and notify family members. This personal emergency response system is essential for seniors who are living in their own homes. In the event of a fall, a fire, or other catastrophe, it can save your loved one’s life.

    Learn more about Direct Link by contacting Home Helpers at (855) 241-4724. We also invite you to explore our other in-home care services on our website.

    How to Deal with Anxiety in Seniors

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Depression and anxiety among the elderly are often viewed as normal and inevitable components of the aging process. In fact, depression and anxiety are never normal and are a cause for concern. If your loved one is displaying indicators of these problems, consider bringing him or her to a professional counselor. It's also a good idea to talk to your loved one’s primary care physician because some medications may contribute to anxiety or irritability.

    For more information on senior care and mental health, watch this video. This professional counselor explains some of the signs of depression and anxiety to watch out for in your loved one. He also discusses some common reasons for depression among seniors.

    The compassionate senior caregivers of Home Helpers provide important social contact for the elderly. If you would like to explore the benefits of in-home care for your loved one, give us a call today at (855) 241-4724.

    How Seniors Can Protect Their Vision Health

    Last updated 3 months ago

    With increasing age, seniors often require specialized care or other types of senior assistance provided by a home care service. Families can protect their elderly loved ones by working with an in-home care service that focuses on the total well-being of the senior, including his or her health. Preventive wellness is important for seniors. Unfortunately, eye health is often overlooked. Remind your elderly loved one to take the following steps for better eye health.

    Use Sun Protection

    The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun aren’t only harmful for the skin; they can also damage the eyes. A senior caregiver can remind your elderly loved one to wear a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses while enjoying the outdoors.

    Maintain Good Nutrition

    Your loved one’s senior caregiver can also ensure that he or she follows a nutritious diet. The eyes need foods that contain antioxidants such as vitamins A and C. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for vision health. Your loved one should eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and other colorful produce, in addition to oily fish or flaxseed.

    Avoid Smoking

    Smoking leads to many adverse health conditions. Research suggests it can even damage the eyes. If your elderly loved one uses tobacco, encourage him or her to visit the doctor to explore smoking cessation methods.

    Exercise Regularly

    Exercise is critical for eye health because it boosts circulation, providing the eyes with much-needed oxygen. Your loved one can talk to his or her doctor about starting an exercise regimen. Consider exploring the resources available at the local senior’s center; many offer exercise classes tailored for the unique needs of the elderly.

    Schedule Ophthalmology Appointments

    Your loved one’s senior caregiver can take him or her to regularly scheduled ophthalmology appointments. The early detection of eye diseases often lends itself to improved outcomes.

    You can safeguard the health of your loved one by choosing the RN Assist senior care program available from Home Helpers. Our home care service also provides other flexible care plans, including Rapid Care Response, and Personal Care and Home Support. Families in the Philadelphia area who are exploring their senior care options are welcome to call (855) 241-4724 for more information.

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