Monday, July 10, 2017

Precautions for In Home Senior Care: Part 1


We’ve been talking about the hazards of loneliness, but let’s take a moment to talk about some of the everyday risks that may come up around the home. Whether you care for an elderly family member full time or stop by when you can, taking extra safety precautions while providing in home senior care is important. Here are a few tips that can help keep your loved one safe. 

Bathroom Hazards 

More injuries occur in bathrooms than most other locations in the house. Fortunately, there are many simple steps that can make the bathroom safer for your elderly family member when providing in home care giving services.  

Burns 

In order to avoid burns, adjust the water heater temperature to have a high of around 120 degrees. (On many water heaters, this is as simple as setting it to “low.”) This helps prevent scalding and burning.  

If your loved one lives in an apartment and the water heater is not readily available, talk with the property owner to see what can be done. 

Falls 

Place rubber mats on the bathroom floor and inside the shower to reduce slipping. Install grab bars by the toilet and in the shower and bathtub to make moving easier.  

If your family member struggles climbing out of the tub, consider having a tub chair installed. For a bit more money, you might be interested in installing a bathtub with a door that opens so that your loved one can simply walk into the tub.

Fans 

Make sure the vent fan inside the bathroom is working properly. This helps remove moisture from the aid and reduces condensation buildup following a shower.  

Safety precautions for in home senior care are an important part of avoiding serious accidents and in ensuring your elderly family member a happy, healthy life.  

Call us at (707) 205-4343 for a free in-home assessment or follow us on Facebook. Our Home Care Advantage team offers quality 24/7 elderly care giving services in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Windsor, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Calistoga, Kenwood, Occidental, Geyserville, and Guerneville.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Proactive Ways to Overcome Loneliness in Seniors: Part 3


We've spoken before about the issue of loneliness that senior citizens often face. While hiring in-home senior care can go a long way towards ensuring your senior relative's needs are taken care of, there are other steps you can also take to alleviate any feelings of loneliness they may experience, such as:

Providing Them With A Pet

Loneliness can lead to your elderly loved one wondering if there is any purpose left to live for. To prevent such thoughts, you can provide them a pet to take care of. The time spent nurturing the pet will distract your senior family member from lonely thoughts and provide them with a daily purpose.

Employing Adaptive Technologies To Enable Social Interaction

In addition to providing professional senior care giving to help alleviate loneliness, it is essential to ensure your elderly loved one has access to walkers, hearing aids, chair elevators and other such pieces of modern technology can help compensate for any physical and mental disabilities your relative may suffer from. Provide them with as many of such technologies as possible to reduce their dependence on others and inspire self-confidence.  Adaptive technologies allow for your senior family member to be mobile and alert to be able to socially interact with ease.

Being Physically Demonstrative

Your elderly loved one needs reminders that they are still valuable in your family life and that they are not as alone as they might believe. Demonstrate this with frequent displays of affection in the form of hugs, kisses and time spent in their company.

Remember that while loneliness is not a medical problem in itself, prolonged bouts of loneliness can lead to depression and a general disinterest in continuing to live. So any effects of loneliness your senior family member may experience must be alleviated as quickly as possible.

For more information, feel free to contact us via Facebook or call (707) 205-4343 to set up a in-home assessment.  Whether you need a companion senior care giver or respite care for your elderly loved one, Home Care Advantage is hear to help. We provided 24/7 elderly in home care for many cites and towns Sonoma County region, from Santa Rosa, to Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Windsor, Occidental, Sonoma and more. We customize our senior care giving services to whatever your elderly loved one needs. Don’t try to go it alone, let us help you today!
 

 

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Proactive Ways to Overcome Loneliness in Seniors: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we touched on the issue of loneliness among seniors both living independently and in assisted living facilities. If you're an in home care giver for a parent or other family member, you risk burn out and loneliness yourself by dedicating 100% of your time to caring. Hiring in home senior care services even for just socialization, helps overcomes loneliness in both seniors and their family care givers.
Relieve the Primary Caregiver
First, professional senior care giving relieves the spouse, child, or other related caregiver so they can go meet with friends, take care of errands, or just relax at the park for a few hours. This prevents the caretaker from accidentally isolating themselves and the senior.
Introduce New Faces
And secondly, it’s vital to always be introducing new faces. Whether it be because of other health issues, dementia or any cognitive related conditions that caused their isolation, be sure to always be expanding the social reach of your elderly loved ones.  An occasional visiting senior in home care giver can introduce a new element to the daily routine that can preserve memory and mental function. Introducing new faces while a senior still has strong cognitive abilities can prevent disruption later when hiring a professional is absolutely necessary. Making friends and building a relationship with one or a few care givers helps establish a wider group of friends for someone who does not react well to complete strangers.
Plan Mini Excursions
A third tip to add to your list is to plan mini excursions to provide stimuli for your senior family member.  Whether that be to the local mall or children’s playground to people watch or to take a trip to a local craft fair or festival, musical performance or live theater, each outing helps seniors who are isolated have a renewed sense of belonging to a community. Bringing in home care giving support would make it easier to take trips and also get you and your senior loved one out of the house more, while alleviating the isolation factor for both.
At Home Care Advantage, we provide in home care 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.  Whether your family member needs in home senior care in Santa Rosa, California or the surrounding Sonoma County region, we’re here to help.  Each in home senior caregiver is carefully vetted, bonded, insured, reliable and trustworthy.  Our elderly care giving 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.
 

 


 

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.
Conclusion
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.

To know more about our services and our dedication to elderly care giving, feel free to join our Facebook family or simply follow us on Twitter. In order to know if Home Care Advantage is the right fit for you or your elderly loved one, please call us at 707-205-4343 to request a free in-home assessment from Staffing Director Kim McKenzie herself to ensure that the people you love get the best care that they deserve.
 
 

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!