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.
Last updated 2 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Last updated 3 months ago
Although caregiving is a labor of love, it’s also a lot of hard work. It’s challenging to juggle the responsibilities of being a senior caregiver while fulfilling work obligations and family needs. The demands on your time are not only stressful; they can make it difficult to care for your own well-being. In fact, family members who provide senior care are more likely to suffer emotional burnout and physical illness. Fortunately, there are ways of easing the emotional toll of providing senior care.
Care for Your Physical Health
While it may seem counterintuitive, one of the first steps you should take to ease the emotional toll of being a senior caregiver is to care for your physical health. Senior caregivers often neglect their own nutritional needs and sleep requirements, and they may be more likely to self-medicate with alcohol. Treat yourself to nutritious, home-cooked meals, schedule in time for sufficient sleep, and resist the urge to indulge in alcohol when you’re stressed. Improving your physical health lends itself to better emotional wellness.
Nurture Your Emotional and Spiritual Health
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your senior caregiving duties, consider talking to a professional counselor. Connect with friends on a regular basis – if only for a cup of coffee on the way in to the office. Many senior caregivers find that joining a support group or talking to a spiritual leader is helpful.
Choose Respite Care
Even if your elderly loved one isn’t ready for a home care service yet, you could sign up for respite care. Respite care is a short-term solution for family members who need a few hours or a few days off from caregiving duties. Many people schedule respite care on a regular basis. Doing so will enable you to return to your loved one feeling refreshed and invigorated.
When you need respite care, the professional senior caregivers of Home Helpers are here to help! Call our home care service at (855) 241-4724 and ask us about our Flexi-Rest Program, which is a short-term, affordable respite care program designed specifically for the needs of home caregivers and their loved ones. Visit our website to learn how our senior caregivers work closely with family members to design an optimum care plan.