Benefits of Home Care


Caregivers Can Help CHF Patients Watch for These Signs of a Flare Up

Posted on February 14th, by Mark Winter in Benefits of Home Care, Heart Care, North Bay Home Care. No Comments

CHF, or congestive heart failure, is a condition that results when the heart doesn’t pump blood as efficiently as it should. CHF can be caused by several conditions, including high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. People with CHF sometimes experience flare-ups, or sudden worsening of symptoms. Professional Hired Hands Homecare caregivers, providing senior care in Napa, CA, can help their clients watch for signs of a flare-up and take steps to manage the condition.

If you or a loved one has CHF, watch for these changes that could indicate a flare-up:

Sudden weight gain. If you gain three or more pounds in the space of one or two days, it could mean that your body is retaining fluid. Excess fluid can worsen CHF. You should weigh yourself every day and keep a record of your daily weight. That way you’ll know … Read More »



Is Family Caregiving Impacting Your Business? Find the Help You Need Here!

The number of families providing care for a senior loved one is on the rise, with many overly-stressed full-time employees having to leave work in order to provide care for a loved one. Is family caregiving impacting your business? The Sonoma home care team at Hired Hands Homecare suggests asking yourself the following questions:

Do you have employees who are arriving to work late or leaving early to tend to family caregiving issues?
Are your employees taking unpaid leaves of absence or using personal or sick days to provide care for family members?
Have any of your employees refused new assignments, relocation opportunities, or work-related travel because of family caregiving issues?
Has an employee left your business to provide full-time care for a family member?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, now is the time to look into partnering with … Read More »



Family Caregivers, You’re Not Alone! Find Relief with Respite Care Services

In spite of spending plenty of time with a senior loved one, family caregivers can often feel very isolated and alone. These feelings, although normal, can result in depression and other health problems if not kept in check. When family and friends are not available to help provide respite care services, there are several community service options that can help family caregivers care for their loved ones.

Senior Centers and Other Senior Organizations: Local senior centers often have programs or can offer other resources to family caregivers in need of respite.
Veterans’ Programs: Family caregivers who are caring for a veteran can explore whether the person is qualified to receive financial coverage for home care or adult day care.
Adult Day Care: For seniors who are well enough, an adult day care center can provide family caregivers with needed breaks during … Read More »



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 »



Improve Life for Those with Dementia with Fun Activities for the Elderly

Posted on December 31st, by Mark Winter in Benefits of Home Care, Dementia, Sonoma Elder Care. No Comments

As our senior loved ones advance through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease (or any other form of dementia), their ability to engage in everyday activities lessens, in spite of their need to remain busy and to feel productive. As a result, discovering ways to engage in fun activities for the elderly can be a challenge.

If you’re encountering this now, you know that each stage of Alzheimer’s disease presents its own unique challenges. The first obstacle may be helping your loved one remain interested in an activity – even one that had been a favorite hobby at one time. Another concern may be finding an activity that matches her physical ability. Reading, for instance, may have been a beloved pastime when she was younger. But if her eyesight is failing and her comprehension has become more limited, reading may now be too … Read More »



Two of the Best Activities for Older Adults: Art and Music

Posted on December 23rd, by Mark Winter in Benefits of Home Care, Companion Care Services, Sonoma Elder Care. No Comments

We often hear about the importance of the arts in our children’s education, but what about when we grow older? Art plays a valuable role in learning throughout our lives, and is, in fact, one of the best activities for older adults because of the many benefits it provides.

For many older adults, in particular those who have lost a spouse or who struggle with getting out because of mobility issues, everyday life can become monotonous and feelings of despondency and isolation are common. However, the addition of activities for older adults can help combat these feelings and provide a therapeutic way for older adults to express themselves. Incorporating arts and music into daily care not only provides emotional enrichment, but can significantly enhance quality of life and even improve the senior’s physical and mental capacities.

In fact:

Drawing and painting can help improve mental … Read More »



Try These Tips to Make Everyday Life Better with Fun Activities for Seniors

Posted on December 14th, by Mark Winter in Benefits of Home Care, North Bay Home Care, Senior Independence. No Comments

Millions of Americans find themselves in a role of providing senior care for an older loved one, and although being a family caregiver is extremely fulfilling in many ways, the everyday tasks involved with senior care can become monotonous for both the caregiver and the older adult. Hired Hands Homecare, providers of the professional senior care Sonoma, CA residents need, wants to help you put the fun back in your loved one’s daily routine. All it takes is a little creativity! Try some of these ideas to help brighten your loved one’s day and make everyday senior care more enjoyable:

Add Style

These tips can add some style and fun to dressing, laundry, and other chores:

Ask the senior to help with laundry (sorting/folding/putting away). Utilize this time to discuss your day, a TV show you both enjoy, etc.
Go window shopping, try on clothes together, look … 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



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!