Aging


Struggling with Diabetes Burnout? Hired Hands Homecare Can Help!

Diabetics know that living with diabetes is an ongoing struggle, and constant diabetes self-care can at times feel relentless and unending. To overcome the fatigue and avoid diabetes burnout, sometimes all it takes is a little helping hand.

For instance, partnering with Hired Hands Homecare, the home care company North Bay, CA families trust, helps diabetes patients with medication reminders, healthy meal planning and preparation, personal hygiene needs, and even housework and running errands. Additionally, implementing the following tips will go a long way towards improving your outlook and reducing the chance of diabetes burnout:

Exercise regularly. You’re better equipped to overcome stress when physically fit.
Stop smoking.
Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake.
Set reasonable goals and expectations.
Get sufficient sleep. Your body needs quality rest time to recover from stress.
Learn to use stress management techniques and coping mechanisms, like deep breathing and … Read More »



A Heartfelt Thank You!

Posted on November 21st, by Mark Winter in Aging, Benefits of Home Care, Caregivers, Holiday Care, Home Care Staff. No Comments

On this most important Holiday, we would like to extend an enormous heartfelt Thank You to all of our outstanding, dedicated and compassionate employees.
Together, our efforts go far in improving the happiness, well-being & quality of life of hundreds of seniors and families in the communities we share.
It is both an honor and a privilege to be of such service, and to work with such an extraordinary group of dedicated professionals.

Wishing all a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving,
Lynn, Erin & Mark Winter



Diabetics: Learn to Manage Your Diabetes Better with These Tips!

Checking glucose levels, monitoring blood pressure and monitoring food intake—these are just a few of the daily activities known all too well by diabetics.

Effective diabetes care requires consistent, ongoing care management—realizing that ignoring diabetes can result in serious health complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure and even diabetic coma. Thankfully, there are steps diabetics can take to alleviate the stress of diabetes care and remain hopeful and healthy.

 Most importantly, identify barriers to care. Barriers to diabetes care management can include:

Requiring additional information and education on proper diabetic care
Avoiding circumstances that might disrupt the diabetes care schedule
Overcoming excuses related to getting more exercise
Eating habits that could be driven by emotions instead of actual hunger
Depression or other emotional problems

 Accept help. Family, friends and coworkers can offer an understanding shoulder to lean on. Diabetics need to let them … Read More »



The Diabetes Symptoms You May Not Be Aware Of

Let’s get serious and take a hard look at the statistics: as many as 29 million Americans are currently diagnosed with diabetes—over 9 percent of the entire population.

Diabetes is more rampant in the United States than ever before, and providing care for a loved one impacted by diabetes symptoms is an everyday event. While each person’s experience with the disease is unique, there are certain diabetes symptoms that can crop up with little to no warning, requiring that diabetics and their care providers alike be on the lookout each and every day.

Following are just a few important examples from the American Diabetes Association of diabetes symptoms to watch for on a routine basis:

 

Overwhelming fatigue
Blurred vision
Cuts and/or bruises that are slow to heal
Reduced weight – even when you are eating more
Tingling, numbness, or pain in the hands and/or … Read More »



Are Your Glucose Levels Unstable? Watch for These 7 Red Flags in Diabetes.

As many as 25% of all adults over the age of 60 are currently living with diabetes – a  demanding disease that should never go untreated and that requires careful, ongoing management. If neglected, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and even amputation.

Managing diabetes is an everyday occurrence, and there will be certain days that you naturally will feel better than others. Yet, there are some particular diabetes effects that should never be ignored, and that call for the immediate attention of a physician:

 

Urinating frequently
Feeling extremely hungry or thirsty
Feelings similar to drunkenness
Unusual behaviors, which may also indicate low blood sugar
Infections, bloody or swollen gums, or foot sores
Sudden changes in the eyes: vision, pain, or seeing lights or spots floating within the field of vision
Any signs that could indicate heart problems or disease

 

For … Read More »



Its About Quality of Life!… Halloween with Mr. B.

Posted on November 2nd, by Mark Winter in Aging, Benefits of Home Care. No Comments

Mr. B has traditionally loved Halloween, and handing out treats to the neighborhood kids each year.  Unfortunately, there were some concerns that he just might not be up for it this year.  With his family’s support, our amazing Caregivers worked their magic, and kept this joyous tradition alive for Mr. B.  Needless to say, it was a spooky, but very pleasant evening, with smiles all around!

After all, its about Quality of Life!  Happy Halloween Mr. B!



Join Hired Hands Homecare at our TWENTY-FIFTH Marin Senior Information Fair!

Greetings! Join us today, Oct. 24 from 9am – 3pm at the Marin Senior Information Fair.  There’ll be tons of great information for and about Seniors.  Get your Flu vaccine, and make sure you stop by the Hired Hands Homecare booth to say hello to Blake and Kirsten.  We’d love to answer any questions you may have about how we can help families and their senior loved ones!

Hired Hands Homecare is proud to celebrate 25 years of participation in the Marin Senior Information Fair, and supporting the seniors and families of Marin County.

For more information about the Marin Senior Info Fair, please visit https://marinseniorfair.org.

 



How to Determine the Best Care Solution for Your Aging Parents

One of the most selfless decisions adult children can make is to move an elderly parent into their home. Since our parents took care of us when we were little, it seems only right that we should reciprocate when it becomes difficult or unsafe for Dad or Mom to live alone. But there are a variety of factors to consider with your siblings before taking this step. Hired Hands Homecare, the top home care company Santa Rosa CA seniors need, outlines some important questions to think through to ensure the best care solution for your senior loved one:

Do any of your siblings, or you yourself, have sufficient space? If setting aside a room for Dad will result in rearranging your children’s own rooms, such as doubling up to share a room or leading to the need for someone to sleep … Read More »



The Responses You Need for Challenging Alzheimer’s Disease Behaviors

Posted on September 25th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Alzheimer's, Caregivers. No Comments

Alzheimer’s disease often presents complex issues for both the person diagnosed and his or her loved ones. As the disease progresses, those with Alzheimer’s tend to increasingly express their needs through behaviors instead of language, and these behaviors can often be inappropriate in nature. For instance, seniors with more advanced Alzheimer’s disease may display the following:

Agitation and aggression
Inappropriate sexual behavior such as:

Taking off clothing or touching themselves in public
Using obscene language
Accusations that a spouse is having an affair

Hallucinations
Depression

Behaviors such as these can be embarrassing and troubling for Alzheimer’s caregivers, but they can also be extremely confusing and frustrating for the person with Alzheimer’s, who most likely cannot understand why the behavior is inappropriate or upsetting to others.

As an Alzheimer’s caregiver, it’s essential to keep in mind that any difficult behaviors the senior displays are the result of the disease — … 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 »