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    A Guide to Caring for Yourself While Caring for a Loved One

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Caring for a family member is a labor of love. Many caregivers enjoy the sense of self-fulfillment they gain from helping a loved one live as independently as possible. However, as your loved one requires a more intense level of in-home care, you may find yourself becoming stressed out and overwhelmed. Caregiver burnout is all too common; however, it can be avoided. Learn to recognize the signs of caregiver burnout, which will allow you to seek help from a home care service before you suffer ill effects.

    Know When to Seek Help

    It can be quite difficult to manage a loved one’s home care needs by yourself. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help from family members or from a senior care service that can connect you with highly qualified caregivers. When you’re providing intensive care for a loved one, you’re likely to experience a range of emotions including anxiety, guilt, and grief. When you start to feel overwhelmed, give yourself a break by taking advantage of respite care at a senior assistance program. You should also look for help if you experience any ill physical effects, such as sleep deprivation.

    Care for Your Physical Health

    Since caregiving requires a great deal of time and energy, many caregivers neglect their own physical health. Support your own well-being by getting plenty of sleep and eating healthy foods. Schedule time to exercise and remember to make medical appointments as needed for yourself as well as for your loved one.

    Nurture Your Emotional Wellness

    You can reduce your risk of caregiver burnout by scheduling some time to relax each day, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. Pick an activity you enjoy, such as reading a novel, connecting with a close friend, or meditating. Avoid becoming socially isolated; make time to meet a friend for coffee, volunteer at an animal shelter, or join a social group.

    Home Helpers offers flexible in-home care plans for seniors and those suffering from various disabilities. Our comprehensive and integrated services provide as much or as little care as your loved one requires. We invite families to contact us at (855) 241-4724 to learn more about our home care services, including in-home emergency monitoring.

    Helping a Loved One After a Stroke

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Before you can care for your loved one following a stroke, it’s important to become fully informed of their issues. Coordinate with your loved one’s medical team to learn more about the long term effects of a stroke and the extent of the care that they will need. The care manager at the hospital can help you learn about your loved one’s medication needs and other ongoing care needs, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy. Your loved one will likely need an escort to their future medical appointments and therapy sessions.

    The exact type of care your loved one will need depends on the extent of the brain damage. They may need help with personal hygiene tasks, feeding, and meal preparation. Additionally, you can help lower their risk of suffering a second stroke by working with their dietitian to develop a healthy eating plan, and by talking to the doctor about following a suitable exercise program.

    Providing in-home care for a loved one who has suffered a stroke can be a daunting task. When you need respite care, contact Home Helpers at (855) 241-4724 and ask about our Flexi-Rest Program™, which is a short term, flexible in-home care program.

    Our Mission at Home Helpers

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When you use Home Helpers for your elderly loved one’s needs, you have at your service a team of professional caregivers who provide secure, compassionate, and personalized care. Our mission is to give in-home care that facilitates a high quality of life for each patient and those that attend to them. If you are a caregiver, you understand how comprehensive the needs of an older loved one can be. In some cases, those needs may warrant a move to an assisted living facility—unless the elderly care you require can be given at home. Home Helpers can offer the crucial companionship and support your loved one needs to remain as independent as possible. We also make sure that each of our caregivers has the necessary expertise and bedside manner to ensure the highest level of care for your loved one.

     

    Are you interested in finding out more about the senior care services that Home Helpers provides? Call us at (855) 241-4724 to speak with a representative about our senior assistance programs. We also encourage Philadelphia, Drexel Hill, and Lansdale residents to visit our website for additional details.

    Understanding the Risk Factors of a Stroke

    Last updated 5 months ago

    A Stroke can cause widespread disability in those that suffer from it. In worse cases, it can lead to death. Though this devastating condition often affects older individuals, it is highly preventable across all demographics when measures are taken to stop it. Knowing the risk factors of a stroke can help save your life, or the life of someone you love.

     

    Elevated Cholesterol Levels

    Cholesterol is an essential substance for healthy cellular function, but the body produces all of the cholesterol that it requires for cells. As a result, cholesterol consumed through meals can facilitate the buildup of plaque on the arterial walls. When the arteries suffer from plaque accumulation, they can no longer pass blood easily. Arterial passageways may become more narrow and rigid. As the collection of plaque increases, so does the risk of a total blockage or rupture that could cause a stroke.

     

    Weight Issues

    High cholesterol and weight issues often present together. The foods that typically contain unhealthy cholesterol, including baked goods and processed meats, normally have a high calorie content as well. As a person gains weight, it becomes harder for the heart to effectively pump blood throughout the body. If cholesterol is also an issue, it can further complicate the attempts of the cardiovascular system to provide oxygen-rich blood to organs such as the brain.

     

    Sedentary Habits

    The cardiovascular system needs regular exercise to maintain optimal function. When the body performs little rigorous activity, it can weaken the cardiovascular system. If the heart cannot pump blood as necessary, or the arterial walls lose their flexibility, blood clots can form and the arteries can rupture. Either circumstance can lead to a stoppage of blood to the brain, which causes a stroke to happen.

     

    Are you worried that your loved one could suffer a stroke or other serious health problem while at home alone? Home Helpers can provide the peace of mind you want and the safety support your loved one needs. For more information on the senior assistance services we offer for Philadelphia and Drexel Hill residents, call us at (855) 241-4724.

    Home Helpers Success Story: We're Here For You Whenever You Need Us!

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Peggy called Home Helpers Tuesday evening about getting some help for her mom, Mrs. A, who’d fallen and broken her wrist.  Mrs. A lives in an assisted living community and suffers from anxiety; Peggy was told by the nurses in the community to call some agencies about getting some additional assistance for her mom.  Before calling us, Peggy said she called a few other companies who didn’t even answer the phone after 5pm.  When she called Home Helpers that evening, she was so thankful to speak with our team member, Kim, who was able to immediately get her in touch with an owner who could answer her questions and start the process of putting in place the care she needed for her mom.  Peggy felt confident that we’d be there for Mrs. A on Wednesday morning; as promised, Mrs. A is receiving the extra support she needs to remain as independent as possible in her home. 

    When talking this morning with one of our nurses, Peggy extended her gratitude to our whole company, stating that “what we do matters.”

     

    Home Helpers is proud to help our clients -  whenever they need us!

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