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What Exactly Is the Peanut Butter Test?

The peanut butter test is a tool that can be used in some patients to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in early stages. The earlier you find out a loved one has Alzheimer’s, the sooner you can make important decisions like who will provide home care and when you will need specialized home care when your loved one’s condition deteriorates. Watch this video to learn more about this promising test.

During the peanut butter test, doctors test patients’ abilities to smell peanut butter from a distance. Dementias like Alzheimer’s often affect the first cranial nerve, that also controls smelling, early in the disease process. A change in the ability to smell things could be the first indicator of a neurological issue.

When the time comes to make decisions about home care, let Home Helpers assist you with our Total Care Plan in Philadelphia, Friendly Visit Program, and more. Call us at (215) 334-2600 for more information.

Finding a Caregiver for a Loved One with an Intellectual Disability

When most people think about home care, they think of in-home elderly care. Although seniors do frequently benefit from having a caregiver, people of all ages with disabilities also need support. Finding someone to offer home care for a person with an intellectual disability requires a different set of criteria than finding care for a senior loved one. Here is what you need to know.

For a person with an intellectual disability, finding the right caretaker is critical. The caregiver should provide specialized home care and focus on developing a relationship with your loved one. Before hiring a caregiver, ask about his or her experience in providing the kind of specialized care your loved one needs, and let them meet so you can see if there might be a good match.

At Home Helpers, we understand the unique needs that people with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health problems have for home care in Philadelphia. We provide rapid care responses and multiple levels of care, including our Care Check system. To learn more, call (215) 334-2600.

The Benefits of Companionship for Alzheimer's Patients

When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, his or her need for companionship does not end. In fact, maintaining connections with loved ones can be therapeutic for people suffering from Alzheimer’s, even if the nature of those relationships is changed by the disease. This is one of the reasons specialized home care is helpful for families who are creating a care plan for a loved one with the disease. Home care aides can provide companionship when family members cannot be present. Here is a look at some of the benefits of companionship for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Less Stress

When people have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the confusion they experience is often frightening and stressful. Being with another person, whether they are recognizable or not, is calming, especially if they maintain a patient and friendly demeanor. Simply engaging in a task with your loved one or speaking to them gently can ease fears and help reduce anxiety. When you can’t be present, a home care aide can offer that kind of companionship to help your loved one feel soothed.

Better Emotional Memories

Even after someone with Alzheimer’s disease can no longer recognize family, friends, or details about events, they remember feelings. Their emotional memories remain and remind them how certain situations made them feel. Even if they cannot pinpoint any of the details about time you spent with them, they remember feeling happy and relaxed. These feelings can be comforting to your loved one, even if the specifics of the memories are forgotten.

Enjoyable Times

Your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t have to recognize you to enjoy spending time with you. Your companionship can be enjoyable even if your loved one perceives you as a stranger. These visits can be a bright spot in days that could otherwise be isolating and confusion.

Home Helpers is pleased to offer home care in Philadelphia that can be tailored to your family’s needs, including our Flexi-Rest Program and Friendly Visit Program. Find out more by contacting us at (215) 334-2600.

Matching Your Aging Parent with the Right In-Home Caregiver

Home care can be an extremely valuable resource for seniors and their loved ones as they navigate the health concerns that accompany aging. When your parents can no longer take care of themselves without help, home care gives them the chance to get the help they need without giving up their home. The key to making a successful transition to home care is to choose the right care provider. Here is what you need to know.

Start by considering exactly what kind of care your parents need. Seniors are often reluctant to accept help, so you can minimize the concerns they have about losing their independence by choosing the right care services. For instance, if your parents only need a minimal amount of help, then having an aide visit periodically may be the right fit. You should also take time to let your parents get to meet potential care providers.

Home Helpers understands how difficult this transition can be and can offer valuable advice as you make decisions about home care in Philadelphia. For information about our Flexi-Rest Program, Care Check System, and more, call (215) 334-2600.

Why Seniors Need Vitamin D

For seniors, good nutrition and getting the right amount of vitamins can help keep age-related health concerns at bay and prevent existing chronic health conditions from getting worse. Vitamin D is one the essential vitamins seniors need in their diets. Watch this video to learn more about why getting enough vitamin D is an important part of home care for seniors.

Among other benefits, vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which in turn protects the skeletal system. Stronger bones mean fewer fractures for seniors and better overall health.

Protect your senior loved one’s health with home care from Home Helpers. We provide specialized home care that can be tailored to your needs, including rapid care response and our Friendly Visit program. Find out more about home care in Philadelphia by calling (215) 334-2600.

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