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    3 Different Forms of Dementia

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Dementia is a progressive condition that can rob a vibrant person of his mental acuity and personal independence. It may begin with a frustrating inability to recall certain words or names but can then advance to behavior harmful to both the sufferer and those around him. Individuals with severe dementia may keep the oven on for hours at a time or forget to take medication imperative for health. For this reason, in-home care services can become a lifeline for families who cannot be there to watch over a loved one who suffers from one of the following forms of dementia.

    Trauma-Induced Dementia

    Doctors often warn families with elderly loved ones to supervise their activities for fear of dangerous fall accidents. A slip and fall incident can cause a fractured hip, which may force the sufferer to be immobile for months. However, if that person also hits his head during the fall, the trauma may be severe enough to stimulate the beginning of dementia. In fact, any type of serious blow to the head could bring on dementia-related symptoms such as forgetfulness and incoherent speech.

    Multi-Infarct Dementia

    Older individuals are also at a higher danger of suffering from strokes. A stroke prevents oxygen from reaching one or more areas of the brain, which can result in cellular death and brain damage. Depending on the region of the brain that suffered damage during the stroke, the resulting injury can provide the catalyst for the onset of dementia.

    Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent form of dementia. This condition can take months or even years to develop. Because it can progress so slowly, sufferers and their family members may not notice the condition in its earliest stages. Unlike stroke, which causes the rapid death of brain cells, Alzheimer’s damages cells over time. As the disease continues to harm brain cells, however, sufferers tend to show more of its symptoms, including speech issues and confusion.

    Do you have a loved one who is suffering from dementia? Home Helpers can provide the compassionate in-home care you need. To find out more about the types of senior care services we provide for individuals living in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, call (855) 241-4724.

    Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about In-Home Care

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Do you have an elderly loved one who still lives alone? Do you worry that he may not be able to take care of his health and home needs on his own? Then it may be time to consider in-home care. A home care service can give your loved one the senior assistance he needs and the peace of mind you want. If you have never used elderly care services, these questions and answers can help you become better acquainted with them.

    How can in-home care help my loved one?

    In-home care experts can tailor their services to fit the individual needs of those they help. If your loved one is not readily mobile, senior care specialists can take care of his cleaning, laundering, and grocery shopping needs. Should your loved one suffer from occasional memory loss, a home care service can make sure that he takes his medications as directed. In-home care experts can also attend to the personal hygiene needs of your loved one when he requires help.

    Who comes to help my loved one?

    As with any other type of relationship, building a trusting bond with an in-home care expert demands consistency. To provide your loved one with the highest level of security and comfort, an in-home care service can see to it that the same associate comes during each visit. If your loved one does not readily connect with a given associate, arrangements can be made for another expert to come in the future.

    When should we use in-home care services?

    It is up to you and your loved one to decide when in-home care is appropriate. For a loved one who can still walk and drive with ease, a visit once or twice a week can help to alleviate the burden of handling more intensive tasks such as tidying up the house or mowing the lawn. More frequent visits may be necessary if your loved one has serious medical needs that demand consistent supervision.

    Would you like to learn more about how in-home care can enhance the quality of life for your loved one? Then call Home Helpers at (855) 241-4724. We can schedule a consultation at our Philadelphia office to discuss your senior care preferences.

    Identifying the Symptoms of Stroke

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The risk of stroke increases with age. Identifying the signs of stroke could help you save the life of an elderly loved one.

    This video describes common stroke symptoms. One sign is loss of limb function. If a loved one suddenly cannot use the arm on one side of his body, he may be having a stroke. Another sign is facial weakness. A person suffering from stroke can experience visible drooping on one side of his face. If you see these signs in a loved one, ask him to speak a simple phrase. If he cannot do so without slurring his speech, seek emergency medical assistance as soon as possible.

    Home Helpers can help you look after the health of your elderly loved one. Call (855) 241-4724 today to learn more about the senior care services we offer to the Philadelphia community. 

    We're Looking to Grow the Home Helpers Team!

    Last updated 8 months ago

    We have a fantastic opportunity for folks who are looking for a flexible, part-time job where they can make a difference in someone’s life! Home Helpers is experiencing some real growth in Montgomery & Bucks County. We’re hiring caregivers to provide companionship, care and support in the homes of our clients. Whether you're a professional caregiver, empty nester, student, mom with school-age kids, or someone looking for flexible part-time income, we'd love to talk with you! You may apply online by entering your contact information and telling us why you think you'd be a great addition to the Home Helpers team in the comment box. Or you may contact Katie Thompson at (215) 631-9126 or kthompson@BuxMontHomeHelpers.com. We look forward to meeting you!

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