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    Tips for Dealing With Loss of Appetite in Seniors

    Last updated 5 months ago

    The gradual loss of appetite among seniors is often considered a normal part of aging. However, if your loved one’s elderly caregiver notices that he or she isn’t eating as much as normal, it’s always best to consult the doctor to rule out potential health issues. Your loved one’s doctor may be able to treat underlying medical conditions or change medications to increase your loved one’s appetite. If your loved one is no longer eating as much due to physical limitations or fatigue, then perhaps arranging for additional assistance with an in-home care provider would be beneficial.

    Often, social contact during meals can encourage seniors to consume more food. If you’re unavailable to sit with your loved one during meals, an in-home care provider can do so. It can also be helpful to serve foods to your loved one that are high in calories compared to the portion size. For example, add some peanut butter to apple slices or drizzle some olive oil on pasta.

    The in-home caregivers of Home Helpers work closely with clients and their loved ones to provide needed services, such as meal preparation, feeding, companionship, and much more. Families in the Philadelphia area can connect with a caregiver today by calling (855) 241-4724.

    Facing Early Dementia

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When a person develops dementia early in life, he or she faces the same challenges as those who develop it later in life. However, the diagnostic process may take longer because healthcare providers may attribute memory loss to other causes, such as stress. If a loved one is facing early onset dementia, he or she can begin taking medications that can slow the process of decline. Some forms of dementia may even be reversible, such as those that are caused by dietary deficiencies, infections, and hormonal dysfunction.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, there are plenty of resources available for those with early onset dementia. Family members can also take advantage of support groups and other resources for coping, such as in-home care services.

    Home Helpers, a comprehensive home care service, provides the Friendly Visit Program to introduce the idea of in-home care gradually to your loved one. You can learn more about our caregiving services by calling (855) 241-4724.

    Advice for Traveling with a Senior Loved One

    Last updated 5 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 5 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 6 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.

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