Home Helpers is a premier provider of quality non-medical and personal in-home care to the Philadelphia area.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is a form of medical care that is provided to patients who are at an advanced stage of an illness. Rather than trying to prolong a patient’s life, hospice care aims to make the patient’s life as comfortable as possible, emphasizing quality of life over trying new treatments for an illness. Along with offering relief for a patient’s pain and symptoms and providing the medical resources necessary to ensure the patient’s comfort, hospice care removes the burden of caring for a patient from his or her family. Hospice care is not solely for patients who are terminally ill; it can be beneficial to anybody who has a prognosis of 12 months or less.

Recognizing the Signs of Diabetic Neuropathy

If the blood sugar of a person who has diabetes stays at an elevated level for too long, it can cause damage to the nerves. Nerve damage that results from complications of diabetes is known as diabetic neuropathy. If you notice any of the signs of diabetic neuropathy—which include a tingling or numbed sensation in the extremities—you should talk to a medical professional as soon as possible. Diabetic neuropathy tends to worsen over time, and the sooner you get medical assistance, the less extensive the damage is likely to be.

Diabetic neuropathy is one of many medical issues that people often have to deal with as they get older. If your loved one is in need of personal care for a chronic condition, Home Helpers offers the services you are looking for. To find out more about the services we provide, call us today at (215) 334-2600.

Examining the Benefits of In-Home Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

If you have a loved one with a developmental disability, you may be concerned about ensuring that he or she receives the proper care. In-home care is an option that enables an individual to get the appropriate level of care while still being able to continue living at home. These are some of the advantages of in-home care for adults who have development disabilities:

Minimal disruption to a person’s life. For most people, the prospect of spending the rest of their life in a medical facility—however comfortable—is not a happy one. Most of us would rather be in a familiar setting with our loved ones. In-home care allows a person to continue to enjoy their regular routine at home while still getting safe and responsible medical care.

Capable care by a trained professional. When you have in-home care, you will be treated by a caregiver who has prior knowledge of the developmental disability that you are dealing with. Whether your disability is cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, an intellectual disability, or another condition, you will have the benefit of access to an experienced medical professional who will know what to do in an emergency.

Improved quality of life through better care. When a person is receiving the proper care for his or her developmental disability, it means that his or her overall quality of life will be better. This is also true for the person’s family; when safe and dependable care is on hand, family members will not be stressed and distracted by the various tasks involved in providing someone with full-time medical care.

Home Helpers provides specialized home care for people with developmental disabilities, along with seniors, new mothers, and other people in need of capable medical assistance and home support. When you’re in need of a professional caregiver at home, contact us today at (215) 334-2600.

Comparing Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Dementia is a term that is used to refer to a number of conditions characterized by decline of mental abilities such as memory and language. Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are two of the most common forms that dementia takes; both conditions may result in the need for specialized home care. While the two conditions are similar enough to share many of the same symptoms, they are not the same. Read on to learn more about these two conditions and how they differ.

What is vascular dementia? Vascular dementia is a form of dementia that is usually brought on by brain trauma, such as that caused by a stroke. Thus, conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease can make a person more vulnerable to vascular dementia. The condition can make it difficult for a person to make decisions, and it can lead to trouble concentrating or following directions.

What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that slowly erodes a person’s memory and thinking skills. It is a gradual, progressive ailment, so the symptoms of Alzheimer’s will worsen with time. The precise causes of Alzheimer’s are still unknown, but it is thought that the disease begins with nerve cell damage in the brain, which grows more widespread over time.

How prevalent are these conditions? Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent type of dementia, affecting more than 5 million Americans. Vascular dementia is much less common, affecting only about 1-4 percent of Americans age 65 or older, but it is still the second most common type of dementia.

Do these conditions have physical complications? People who have vascular dementia often develop physical impairments, especially if the condition resulted from a stroke or other brain-related issue. People with Alzheimer’s disease may not initially have physical problems, but as the disease progresses they may begin to have trouble walking or keeping their balance.

If you have a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or another long-term condition, Home Helpers can help. To learn about our home care services in Philadelphia, contact us at (215) 334-2600.

Spotlight on Our Safe Escort Service

Here at Home Helpers, we realize that it can be challenging to get to and from important appointments when you are recovering from surgery, have a disability, or are in the process of rehabilitation. For this reason, we are dedicated to helping our clients remain safe and independent through our Safe Escort Service and personal care services.

The Home Helpers team is fully screened, bonded, and insured, and our Safe Escort Service can provide you with the transportation that you need to get to and from surgical centers, medical offices, and rehabilitation centers. This simple and reasonably priced service can get you where you need to be simply, safely, and on time.

If you would like to learn more about our Safe Escort Service or any of the other programs that we offer for personal care in Philadelphia, like our Total Care Plan or in-home elderly care, then please give Home Helpers a call today at (215) 334-2600.

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