Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Proactive Ways to Overcome Loneliness in Seniors: Part 1

Loneliness in seniors may not seem like an earth-shattering issue, but  it is a widespread condition that affects many older citizens, and by extension, their loved ones. Almost half of all Americans over 65 are either divorced, widowed, or separated, and nearly as many are also disabled in some way. In-home senior care can help overcome this loneliness in some of the following ways.
Arrange for transportation
When seniors cannot drive themselves, and lack the means to get around town, they begin to withdraw from society in general, and participate much less in the world around them. Those who are assisted by senior care-giving and have transportation provided for them, can still go grocery shopping, visit friends, and attend social events beyond the confines of the home.
Keep socially active
Studies have shown conclusively that seniors who stay socially active, will live longer and fuller lives, compared to those who are relatively confined to their homes. There are any number of activities which seniors can and should be involved in, so as to increase their sense of well-being, and improve their outlook on life. Shared activities like exercise classes, arts and crafts, field trips, movies, and entertainment events can help keep seniors involved and enjoying life.
Loneliness is the inevitable result for seniors when they cease participating in life around them. With a program of senior in-home care that includes keeping your loved one active and socially engaged, you will be contributing significantly to their overall quality of life.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Tips for Choosing In-Home Caregivers for Your Elderly Loved One: Part 3

Choosing from the many in-home caregivers is a complex process, but turning to outside sources for help makes it a lot easier. No matter where you're located, there are many resources for researching the various in-home senior care options available to you and your family. Knowing where to turn to for references or background information is simply a matter of researching regional and local advocates for the elderly.
A great resource would include advocacy groups.  Many people are already aware of national groups like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), but there are more locally focused advocacy groups for senior care giving in all parts of the country. These local chapters and independent organizations focus on collecting information about 24/7 elderly care and other services in the area so they can make informed recommendations to families who need help.
Start your search by contacting the nearest senior center or other senior care organizations that are a non-profit or state-funded group.  Even when these groups don't have the information you need, they can put you in touch with advocates who have the ratings and research necessary to help you choose the best in-home senior care provider.
And if needed, note that there are special advocacy groups who focused on a mental disorders or illnesses that affect your loved one's care needs. These groups often work hard to certify and train in-home senior care givers as well, so would be able to make recommendations to those needing special services.
Home Care Advantage has well trained and compassionate in-home senior care givers ready to help with your elderly loved one in any capacity needed, include respite care. We serve clients in Sonoma County, from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Healdsburg and the many towns between. Call us today at (707) 205-4343 to schedule a in-home assessment or contact us via Facebook for more information on how we can bring you and your senior family member peace of mind to ensure you are well taken care of 24/7.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tips for Choosing In-Home Caregivers for Your Elderly Loved One: Part 2

After you have completed an interview and asked the potential in-home caregiver questions about different situations, you will have to make a decision about who will provide quality in home senior care for your loved one.
As you know, it is important to select someone who you feel will properly handle the events of the day and react appropriately.  Know as much as you can about your loved one's illness, disability or limitations before you ultimately select the worker because this will only help!
Keep in mind that you also want to select an in home senior care giver that will encourage the independence of the person being cared for! For example, could your new home care worker do things to improve the memory of your senior? Or even tips to maintain optimum health and an active exercise plan?
Trust your instincts when you make the decision about who will care for your loved one. Remember that you do not want to try to do too much and you need time to relax. The need for a break in assisting your elderly loved one is why you are looking for an in-home care worker! Select the senior in home care giver who will effectively balance caring for the loved one while also giving him or her enough of a sense of independence.
As you can see, selecting the right caregiver is an important decision and you may have some doubts about who is the right fit, but also keep in mind that if you need more advice, you can schedule a FREE in-home care giving assessment for your situation by calling Home Care Advantage experts at (707) 205-4343 or contact us on Facebook!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tips for Choosing In-Home Caregivers For Your Elderly Loved One: Part 1

In-home senior care is not a one-person job. Even if you're the primary caregiver, you'll still need help from family and friends. In some cases, you may need help from respite in-home caregivers to lighten your load further. 

Nevertheless, selecting the right person for the task isn't easy. You have to be thorough with your screening process in order to choose someone you can trust. 

The best place to start is with your interview. Before sitting down to talk to a candidate, prepare a set of questions that will help you know more about their character. You won't find that kind of information on a resume, so you'll have to draw it out of them. 

Some questions to ask are: 

           What kind of patients have you taken care before?

           What is the most fulfilling part of being a caregiver?

           What is the most challenging part of being a caregiver

           Can you work the hours the patient needs?

           Is driving the patient around part of your service? 

Aside from general questions, present scenarios that you have experienced while providing in-home care to your elderly patient to see how the candidate would react.  

Examples are: 

* My mother doesn't want to perform the daily exercise regimen her doctor prescribed. What will you do? 

* My father with dementia escaped the house without his medical ID. How will you find him? 

Answers to such questions should give you a clear insight to the kind of person the in-home caregiver is and helps you select the best candidate for your elderly loved one.  At Home Care Advantage, we work hand in hand with families to ensure that there is a compatibly matched caregiver for your senior parent’s unique needs, not only physically and emotionally, but personality as well.   

For more information, visit our Website, join us on Facebook or call us at (707) 205-4343 to schedule your free in-home care giving assessment today!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Helpful Suggestions for In Home Caregivers: Part 2

Just because you’ve accepted the role of primary caregiver doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. Otherwise, you’ll soon burn out. Don’t let that happen when help is within reach:

             Family and friends

Approach them with a specific request. For example, if your sister is a great cook, you can ask her for help with preparing meals. When you appeal to people’s strong points, they’re more likely to say yes.

             Local community

Look for organizations that provide resources for caregivers. For optimum efficiency, use Eldercare Locator, a free public service of the US Administration on Aging. You can search by zip code, city, state, or topic.

             Medical personnel

Ask your counselor, your family member’s doctor, and other medical personnel involved in the patient's healthcare administration. Because they have a full understanding of your situation, they can give tailored advice.

             Online forums

Connect with people who are in the same position as you. Experienced caregivers can provide useful tips on in-home senior care, while new caregivers can offer comfort through the fact that you aren’t alone. Caregiver Action Network and Aging Care are good places to start.

             Professional services

Consider hiring experts in 24/7 elderly care who are bonded, insured, and qualified senior caregivers, such as our compassionate staff at Home Care Advantage. As respected professionals in the field, we know how to develop an effective caring plan that works best for you and your family member.  We also offer respite for those times you need a break!

Caregiving for seniors isn’t easy, but if it gets tough, be sure to reach out for support you need and know that we’ll be there for you. 

Our 24/7 care givers not only serve elderly folks who need in-home care in the following Sonoma County areas: Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Occidental, Kenwood and Windsor, to name a few, but we also strive help seniors be more socially active and enjoy better health and happiness. To learn more, follow us on Facebook or call us at (707) 205-4343 for an in-home assessment.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Helpful Suggestions for In Home Caregivers: Part 1

Although caregiving is a fulfilling experience, it can also be a challenging one, especially if you are a younger family member who hasn't done it before. The additional responsibilities that come with in-home elderly care can feel heavy if you don't get enough support in your role as a caregiver.
But before you can accomplish your tasks effectively, you have to deal with your emotions first:
Fear -- You're worried about whether or not you're able to carry out your caregiving duties on top of your other responsibilities.
Anger -- You can't help but feel resentful that you're burdened with delivering caregiving services while your peers and family members are living a carefree life.
Guilt -- You love your elderly family member, so you feel bad about being angry at the thought of looking after them.
Grief -- You feel a sense of loss over the dreams you put on hold in order to become a caregiver, and also the health of your senior family member as they become frail in their old age.
Instead of denying the existence of these normal emotions, acknowledge and accept what you're feeling so that you can find the support system you need as soon as possible. You can turn to other family members or friends who are willing to lend an ear. If you're in touch with your spiritual side, you can go to a place of worship. You can also seek local and national caregiver organizations. If things get much tougher than you expected, don't hesitate to visit a therapist or a counselor. Always remember that good caregivers take care of themselves.
At Home Care Advantage, we provide in home assessments and respite care for family caregivers to ensure you have peace of mind when you need a break from caring for your elderly loved one in Santa Rosa, California and the surrounding Sonoma County region. Each in home senior caregivers is carefully vetted, bonded, insured, reliable and trustworthy.  Our elderly caregiving services are tailored to the requirements of individual clients to provide comfort and assistance to the people you care about most. 
Reach out to us on Facebook or call us at (707) 205-4343 for more information.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tips for Seniors to Improve Memory: Part 7

For several months now, we’ve been sharing tips on how to improve memory, and we can all agree that whether we’re a senior or not, we could all use some added positive mental, emotional, social and physical stimulation in our lives, not to mention improved healthy practices.  Although memory loss can be one of the biggest challenges of aging, it can be manageable as long as you're open to a lifestyle change.
So let’s recap the last several months of tips by starting with your diet.  Not only does a fish-rich diet boost your memory because of Omega 3s, but other natural “fats” such as organic, virgin, “un-refined”, cold pressed coconut oil (up to 4 tablespoonfuls a day!), avocados and walnuts are also excellent for recharging memory brain cells.  That coupled with antioxidants from fruits, especially berries and dark green leafy vegetables, helps your brain cells have a better chance against free radicals.
Start making healthy choices today to ensure you are feeding your brain and coordinate with your in home senior caregiver to help you maintain the nutrient rich diet you need.  Next on the list of memory tips would be to get up and dance! While exercise in general provides cognitive improvement, dancing in particular works best because of the way the brain is activated through dance steps coupled with music, which brings us to our next point.
Studies show that music stimulates the brain's left and right parts, so when you're dancing to a good tune, it’s like a double work out for your brain, and your body too. Above and beyond dancing, it is essential to listen to music all day, especially classical music, as it literally acts as a brain stimulant. Also remember to pick up your favorite musical instrument or learn a new one, as that triggers your brain to create new pathways to improve your memory, so start strumming on that guitar!
Another great way to exercise the brain is to expose it to added mental stimulation. Word and number games logic such as Sudoku, Scrabble, and card games are excellent ways keep your brain active -- plus they're fun! Of course, these games are best enjoyed with friends and lucky for you, socializing is also an awesome way to maintain your cognitive sharpness.
Interacting with people makes your memory sharper and steers you away from depression, which is a common problem for seniors receiving 24/7 in home elderly care. The feeling of isolation can creep in without the proper intervention. So reach out to friends and neighbors, young and old to come join in a fun afternoon of game playing and be sure to include your senior caregiver too!  If you want to take it a step further, sign up for volunteering, especially with children as there are some great programs coupling seniors with kids for a stimulation and meaningful experience.
At Home Care Advantage, we hire passionate and dedicated senior caregivers who not only care about your physical needs, but also care about your mental and emotional health as well, and are ready and willing to work with you in achieving the best qualify of life in your golden years!  We offer in home care giving services in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Windsor, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Occidental, Kenwood and all over Sonoma County.  Find us on Facebook to learn more, or call (707) 205-4343 for an in-home assessment today!