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Learn the Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout and How to Prevent It

Providing care for an older loved one, in spite of being incredibly rewarding, can also include a high level of caregiver stress. The full-time responsibility of meeting a loved one’s needs can quickly escalate to caregiver burnout – a dangerous condition which can cause loss of patience and emotional outbursts. This has an impact on not only the caregiver herself, but on her senior loved one as well.

It’s crucial to discover if you might be in danger of developing caregiver burnout, and seek assistance if needed. The questionnaire below from the Sonoma home care experts at Hired Hands Homecare can help you determine if you might have crossed the line from caregiver stress to caregiver burnout:

Do you no longer find enjoyment in favorite activities or hobbies?
Are you suffering from back pain, headaches, fatigue, and/or feelings of sadness or … Read More »



The Top 5 To-Dos When Caring for Parents

Posted on October 17th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, Homecare, Petaluma home care. No Comments

Now that your mom is no longer able to drive, and is starting to move around a bit more slowly, you and your siblings have decided to split her care needs amongst yourselves. One of you will have to take her to the doctor’s office, grocery store and beauty shop. Another person needs to help with her household chores and laundry. And of course, the yard and flower beds need to be maintained. But there are additional crucial aspects to caring for parents that need to be addressed as well, yet often go unnoticed until there’s a problem.

The following list of to-dos to keep in mind when organizing a plan of care for your aging parents is a great place to start:

File all important personal documents like financial information on all assets and liabilities, insurance policies, medical information, power of … Read More »



Caring for Aging Parents? Don’t Let Sibling Rivalry Get in the Way!

Posted on October 4th, by Mark Winter in Benefits of Home Care, Caregivers. No Comments

As kids, we were taught to share our toys and also our parents’ attention. Not surprisingly, the feelings associated with those memories can carry with us well into our adult years. As wonderful as it is to have brothers and sisters, there are also times when it leads to increased stress levels, such as when caring for aging parents. While loving each other and considering your siblings’ feelings were impressed upon us at an early age, a lingering sense of sibling rivalry can remain an obstacle when making tough decisions and making an effort to fairly share caregiving needs for our aging parents.

Gregory French, president-elect of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, explains, “What a family member considers ‘fair’ is very much dictated from that family member’s perspective…there’s a lot of family baggage that comes out, like: ‘Mom paid … Read More »



Your Top Alzheimer’s Questions Answered by the Professionals at Hired Hands Homecare

Posted on September 12th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Benefits of Home Care, Dementia. No Comments

Facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease in a senior loved one raises a multitude of questions: Is it truly Alzheimer’s, or could it be another type of dementia? What’s the cause of Alzheimer’s? What treatment possibilities are there? And how is it diagnosed, anyway? With our comprehensive experience in caring for those who have Alzheimer’s, Hired Hands Homecare’s Santa Rosa, CA in-home care team has collected responses to some of the most frequent questions we receive:

What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Researchers don’t yet fully realize what causes Alzheimer’s disease. However, chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, diet, exercise, and social engagement may possibly have an effect on whether or not an individual develops Alzheimer’s.
What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
Dementia is the symptom and Alzheimer’s is the cause of the symptom. In other words, an individual can … Read More »



Effective Dementia Communication Tips

Posted on September 6th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Dementia, Sonoma Elder Care. 1 Comment

Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia have a strong influence on language. The disease has an effect on speech and making use of words, as well as the comprehension of words. As the disease advances, language as a method of connecting will become less effective, and family and friends may need to choose different methods for communicating to interact with their loved one.

Hired Hands Homecare, top providers of the professional elderly care Santa Rosa families need, offers the following tips to help in communication and understanding with a loved one with dementia:

Make sure to use a kind tone – slower, lower, smiling.
Always treat the individual as an adult with the utmost respect, and make your best effort to be patient, flexible, supportive and calm.
Be sure there are reduced distractions from things like the television or radio, and maintain eye … Read More »



Provide Better Care for Someone with Lou Gehrig’s Disease with These Tips

Posted on August 27th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Senior Health. No Comments

As a degenerating neurological disease, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) can lead to a variety of physical concerns that can lead to clinical depression. For family caregivers providing in-home care for ALS patients, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and to feel uncertain about how to best help the individual live life to the fullest and stay optimistic.

When it comes to providing in-home care for someone with ALS, it is essential for caregivers to understand the struggles that the disease produces so they can provide the very best care.

Hired Hands Homecare, the Marin, CA home care experts, has put together the following techniques to help caregivers provide the best care for individuals with ALS:

Individuals with muscle diseases like ALS are proficient thinkers even if they are not able to communicate clearly. Examine choices openly and make mutual … Read More »



Does Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Lapse into an Alternate Reality?

Posted on July 27th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Dementia, Sonoma Elder Care. 1 Comment

Alzheimer’s disease alters someone’s mind so that memories surrounding more recent incidents are forgotten or mixed up while memories about the more distant past often continue to be intact. This might cause past years to make more sense to an individual with dementia than the present. An individual’s alternate reality can be his or her method of making sense of the present through previous recollections.

People with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia often have problems expressing themselves, and sometimes their alternate reality has more to do with a desire or a particular feeling they are trying to express than it has to do with the things they are saying.

For instance:

“When will my husband be home?” This question could possibly be more about a desire for affection or acceptance than it is about desiring to see her husband, who died many … Read More »



Dementia Home Care Strategies: How to Respond to Hallucinations and Illusions

Posted on July 18th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Benefits of Home Care, Caregivers. No Comments

For family members providing dementia home care for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease or another kind of dementia, a number of complex effects have to be very carefully handled, but perhaps the most overwhelming consist of hallucinations, illusions, and suspicions that other individuals are out to cause him problems or ill will. False perceptions such as these arise typically in the more advanced phases of progressive dementia as a result of changes within the brain. It’s essential to first recognize the reasons behind these emotions and behaviors, and to deal with the root cause.

Hallucinations/Illusions

Causes for hallucinations may perhaps be the result of a general confusion, a medicine side effect or an infection. Seek advice from the doctor to rule out medication side effects or infections, but also monitor the person’s environment.

For example:

If the person keeps hearing someone talking: Is a … Read More »



Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Tip: Dealing with Home Confusion

Posted on July 12th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Dementia. No Comments

Like the saying goes, there’s no place like home; but what do you do when a senior loved one firmly insists on going home – when he/she already IS at home? Sadly, when caring for an elderly person with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, this is an all too common conundrum. And the confusion and plaintive yearning being conveyed are simply heartbreaking – and, if we’re truthful, aggravating.

At Hired Hands Homecare, our specially trained Alzheimer’s and dementia care team helps family members handle complex situations such as this, and we encourage trying the following to help restore peace to an unsettled senior with dementia:

Rather than rationalize, validate. Reasoning or disagreeing with someone with dementia can actually boost agitation and unrest. Even if the senior is in the exact same home she’s resided in for more than thirty years, … Read More »



Need Help Transferring a Senior from a Bed to a Wheelchair? Prevent Back Injury with These Tips.

Posted on June 28th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, Napa Home Care Planning. No Comments

The odds are certainly not in our favor: more than half of all caregivers are incurring injuries as a result of lifting or transferring an older adult. With so many family members providing care for senior loved ones, it’s imperative for them to learn proper lifting and transferring techniques, and Hired Hands Homecare, providing home care in Sonoma and the surrounding areas, is happy to share the following, which can both prevent back injury for a caregiver and protect the older adult from injury as well.

Follow the steps below carefully in the order they’re listed:

Place one foot on a footstool beside the bed (if the bed is low) to relieve pressure on your lower back.
Place the wheelchair as close as possible to the bed and perform a quick safety check on the wheelchair’s position. Make sure the brakes are locked … Read More »