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

Picking the Right Components of Your Loved One's Care Plan

At Home Helpers, we understand that no two families have the same home care needs. That is why we work closely with family members to build a care plan that meets their specific needs and budget. We provide a wide range of services, which allows us to give your family the right kind of support.

We are also available to help you choose the right home care components to supplement the care you’ve providing yourself. Some of the services we can provide include assistance with personal hygiene, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, and transportation. Our caregivers can also simply provide companionship for your loved one when you can’t be present.

Whether you need a Total Care plan with a live-in care provider or an occasional drop-in through our Friendly Visit program in Philadelphia, Home Helpers can play an important role in your loved one’s care. Start building a plan today by calling (215) 334-2600.

Could These Dishes Help Alzheimer's Patients Eat More?

For those providing home care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive issues, mealtime can be especially challenging. In this video, learn about a set of dishes designed specifically to make eating easier for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

For people with Alzheimer’s, eating can become challenging because it can be difficult to handle plates and utensils and because it may be hard to see the food on the plate. These dishes and utensils feature curved bowels and spoons that make scooping food easier, suction cups on the bottom so they don’t spill, and bright colors that make the food stand out better.

At Home Helpers, we understand the challenges of being a caregiver and are here to assist with specialized home care in Philadelphia. To learn about our home care programs, including the Friendly Visit Program and our Total Care Plan, call (215) 334-2600.

Tips for Easing Anxiety in Your Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease

Anxiety is a common issue in people with Alzheimer’s disease. It can be triggered by medication interactions, other medical conditions, and the symptoms of the disease itself. When someone with Alzheimer’s disease becomes anxious, he or she may become restless, begin to pace, and become emotionally upset. Fortunately, you and everyone involved in your loved one’s home care can take steps to ease these feelings of anxiety and make your loved one more comfortable. Try these tips to reduce anxiety in your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

Build a Calming Environment

Bright, noisy environments can trigger anxiety in people with Alzheimer’s disease, so try to create a soothing environment for your loved one. Reduce background noise, such as the television or music, and dim any bright lights. Glare from the sun can cause anxiety, so draw the blinds if the room is bright. If you can’t control the stimuli in the room, then consider moving your loved one to a quieter place.

Monitor Your Loved One’s Comfort Levels

Your loved one may not always be able to tell you when something is bothering him or her, so be alert for the signs yourself. Could your loved one be hungry or thirsty? Does he or she have skin irritation, stomach upset, or fatigue? When your loved one’s needs are not being met, the frustration could cause anxiety. Try to anticipate the things your loved one will need to be comfortable, so he or she doesn’t feel anxious.

Be Physically Active

Providing opportunities for your loved one to move around can help him or her work off nervous energy. Try taking a walk, dancing together, or even gardening. Any physical activity can redirect your loved one’s anxious feelings and help him or her feel calmer.

Make Home Helpers part of your caregiving team with specialized home care that is tailored to your family needs. We can provide around-the-clock home care or simply drop-in as needed with our Friendly Visit program in Philadelphia. Call us today and learn more about our home care services at (215) 334-2600.

Caring for a Loved One with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable illness, which can make it especially challenging for caregivers. Since you don’t know exactly what kind of care a loved one may need and when, it can be difficult to plan anything, from an evening out to a home care schedule. Although you can’t change the nature of the disease, there are some things you can do to make managing your responsibilities as a caregiver easier. Here is what you need to know.

Create a Care Team

Because of the unpredictable nature of MS, you won’t always be able to anticipate when your loved one will need care and the level of care they may need. For this reason, it is helpful to have a team of caregivers you can call on as needed. Have a short list of friends and family members you can call when you need help, and find a specialized home care provider who can offer rapid care for when you need urgent assistance. Knowing that you have a team of caregivers ready to help will take away the stress of worrying about what you will do if your loved one has a flare-up of symptoms when you have an important work or personal obligation.

Be Flexible with Planning

Your loved one with MS may go through periods where his or her symptoms aren’t active, only to experience a flare-up without warning. Being flexible is an essential part of living with the disease for both you and your loved one. Whenever you make plans, be flexible for tweaking them as needed. It can helpful to focus on the things you can do instead of the things you cannot.

Don’t Neglect Emotional Care

Both you and your loved one will need emotional support to cope with MS. As you support your loved one, make sure you are also seeking support for yourself. Recognize the signs that you are burned out and arrange for respite care so you can get a break. Share the responsibilities with a trained home care provider so you can manage your own needs.

Home Helpers provides Rapid Care Response in Philadelphia to help our clients meet the quickly changing needs of their loved ones, as well as our Flexi-Rest program to help caregivers get a much-needed break. For assistance in creating a care plan, call (215) 334-2600.

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.

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