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    Tips for Talking to Your Aging Parents about Their Care Needs

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Talking to your parents about their need for care is never easy. It forces everyone to face uncomfortable issues about aging and the changing nature of the parent-child relationship. However, discussing things like in-home care and senior assistance programs with your parents now can prevent future conflicts. Delaying the conversation can force you to make important decisions about care in response to a crisis, when stress is high. Here are some tips for starting this important talk with your parents.

    Choose the Right Time

    Don’t start a conversation about in-home care in the midst of an argument or at a big family gathering. Instead, bring it up gently while you’re enjoying a quiet visit together, or consider taking your parents out for a meal to have a calm conversation in a neutral setting. If your parents are already on edge about another issue, put off the talk until they are in a better frame of mind. You’ll have a better outcome if you keep the conversation casual and relaxed.

    Understand Your Parents’ Perspectives

    What might seem like a simple decision for you can mean much more to your parents. Deciding that they need in-home care means sacrificing independence and admitting to the ways their lives are changing. Listen to their concerns and come to an agreement on a way to explore their care options without committing to anything. Once your parents sit down for a consultation with an in-home care provider, for instance, they may see how that kind of assistance can fit into their lives.

    Continue Working Together

    Treat decisions about caregiving as a team effort with your parents. Revisit the conversation regularly and make tweaks to your care plan as needed. As your parents age, their caregiving needs will change. By approaching these changes as a team with your parents, you’ll come to decisions everyone can feel comfortable with.

    A great way to take the next step in exploring senior assistance with your parents is to set up a consultation with Home Helpers. We can evaluate your parents’ needs and recommend the right kind of in-home care for them.  Call us at (855) 241-4724 for more information.

    Simple Tips for Cutting the Risk of Falls

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Falls are a serious health risk for seniors. One in three people over the age of 65 fall each year, and the risk goes up with age. The good news is that there are many things you can do to help prevent falls and the loss of independence that comes with them. This video explains more.

    The first step in preventing falls is ensuring that the home is well lit. Use night lights to illuminate the halls and have a table by the bedside so you never have to fumble around in the dark. Arrange furniture so that there are clear pathways and tuck away any cords. Area rugs should be removed or their edges should be secured to the floor with double-sided tape.

    In-home senior assistance can help with both fall prevention and recovery.  Make Home Helpers a part of your care plan for yourself or your aging parents. You can learn more about our services by calling (855) 241-4724. 

    Special Health Considerations for Senior Citizens

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Although aging is certainly not a disease, it’s often accompanied by an increased risk of many different health concerns. Senior care often involves juggling many different medications for conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis, and osteoporosis. You may wish to hire a home care service that provides medication reminders. Additionally, as your loved one grows older, he or she may require special dietary needs. You should also consult your loved one’s doctor requiring physical activity and mental stimulation.

    Physical Activity

    Physical activity is a necessary component of healthy aging. It can help your loved one reduce his or her risk of falls by improving muscle tone, balance, and coordination. Plus, exercise offers cognitive benefits. However, it’s always advisable to consult your loved one’s doctor before implementing an exercise routine. As long as your loved one is in good overall health, he or she should strive for 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week and strength training two days per week. Seniors may modify their activity plans in accordance with medical needs. For example, if your loved one has arthritis, swimming might be a good activity.

    Mental Stimulation

    Mental stimulation helps stave off dementia in older adults. In those who already have dementia, it may help slow the decline. Your loved one’s senior care plan might include companionship services; engaging in activities in a social context is a healthy form of mental stimulation.

    Dietary Considerations

    Each senior has unique dietary needs, depending on his or her medical conditions and medications. For example, seniors who are on warfarin may need to limit their intake of vitamin K. While your loved one’s doctor can provide specific dietary advice, in general, ensure he or she eats a well-balanced mix of produce, lean protein, and whole grains. Dairy products are also helpful because the calcium and vitamin D can help with osteoporosis.

    Home Helpers offers a comprehensive suite of in-home care services, including RN Assist, which involves a professional home care plan evaluation by a Registered Nurse. The mission of our home care service is to provide the highest quality of care to help your loved one remain as comfortable, healthy, and independent as possible. Schedule a consultation for senior care today by calling (855) 241-4724.

    FREE Caregiver Seminar: Communication & Hospice 101

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Home Helpers will be holding two in-service seminars in April on Communication and Hospice. This seminar is free of charge, and refreshments will be served. Both classes will be held at the Home Helpers Drexel Hill Office.

    You must sign up for the class prior to attending.

    Seeking Seasoned Certified Nursing Assistants

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Our growing franchise home care agency is seeking seasoned certified nursing assistants to fill a variety of part-time and possible full-time positions. In addition to our immediate openings, we are hiring 5+ caregivers/week to join our growing team.  We offer flexible start dates in a variety of locations throughout the Montgomery County and Bucks County areas. 

    **Multiple openings, flexible shifts, flexible start dates, and work near your home*** 

    Click here to apply for an interview! 

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