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    Understanding the Risk Factors of a Stroke

    Last updated 8 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 8 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!

    Tips on How to Preserve the Quality of Life for Your Aging Parent

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Taking care of an elderly parent requires attention to their financial, physical, and emotional needs. In this video, you will learn about how to preserve the quality of life for your aging parent.

     

    While your parent is still capable of making their own decisions, now is a great time to discuss their will and power of attorney wishes. You should also talk about their ability to remain at home, and if they want to stay in their own house, how elderly care can help. Senior care can provide you with the time you need to attend to other areas of your life. A home care service can also give your parent the chance to socialize and bond with others.

     

    Home Helpers offers comprehensive in-home care services for families in the greater Philadelphia area. Call us today at (855) 241-4724 for more information on our senior assistance options.

    Home Helpers Promises to be There For You No Matter What the Weather May Bring!

    Last updated 8 months ago

    It's been extremely cold, wet and frozen in the Philadelphia area lately. While most businesses have closed their doors so that the employees don't have to travel in these conditions, the Home Helpers employees are doing the exact opposite!

    Pictured below is one of our caregivers, Natalie. While on her way to a client's home this morning, her car got stuck in the snow. Instead of thinking about herself and how she was going to get her car out, she suited up and WALKED the rest of the way to her client's house to make sure she was there for any situations that required her help.

    Natalie is the perfect example of how Home Helpers will go above and beyond for our clients. We are proud to have all of our caregivers on the Home Helpers team, and they are the reason we are the premier home care agency in the Philadelphia area. Thank you for your dedication this morning, Natalie!

    A Look at the Services Provided by Home Helpers

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Home Helpers strives to give our senior clients and their families the assistance they require to maintain healthy and balanced lives. Our comprehensive range of services cater to the differing needs of those we serve. If you are the caregiver to an elderly loved one, Home Helpers can facilitate your care with our various support options.

     

    Domestic Assistance

    Especially when you have your own home to maintain, trying to take care of an elderly loved one’s residence can become an overwhelming task. That is why Home Helpers offers a diverse array of in-home care services to ease your domestic responsibilities. If you require assistance to keep your loved one’s home clean and in order, we can help with tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, and dish washing. We can also make sure that your loved one has freshly laundered linens and clothing.

     

    Emotional Support

    Being able to live at home can afford your loved one a tremendous sense of independence, but they may not have the resources or capabilities to leave the house and maintain relationships with friends and family. The absence of these positive relationships could negatively affect your elderly loved one’s emotional wellbeing. In addition to providing the necessary domestic tasks that can make their experience at home comfortable and safe, Home Helpers can offer the emotional camaraderie that your loved one needs, as well, to feel connected with others.

     

    Personal Hygiene Help

    In the event that your loved one can no longer attend to their personal hygiene needs, Home Helpers can assist with these tasks. Our associates provide the highest level of professional care, so if your loved one requires help, you can rest assured know that they will receive the discretion and respect deserved as we perform these sensitive tasks.

     

    Would you like to learn more about how Home Helpers can help your elderly loved one? To set up a consultation with one of our Philadelphia associates, call (855) 241-4724. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your loved one’s individual in-home care needs. 

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