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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 »



Discover the Benefits of Respite Care – A Win/Win for Seniors and Their Loved Ones

Meeting the ongoing care needs of an elderly or disabled loved one is a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding job, requiring time for the family caregiver to rest and relax on occasion. Respite care allows for the relief needed from the daily tasks of caregiving, allowing the family caregiver to also care for himself or herself.

Here are the basic principles of respite care:

Relief from ongoing care responsibilities allows seniors to still receive the attention they deserve.
Respite care provides family caregivers with care that is planned, temporary, intermittent and substitute.
Time required for respite can vary, from just a few hours one day to ongoing, scheduled, routine relief.

How to help a family caregiver:

Offer to take turns in providing care. Even if you can only help once in a while, it lets the family caregiver know that you are thinking … 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 »



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 »



Enhancing Home Care Services with Enrichment Activities for Elderly Adults

Posted on December 7th, by Mark Winter in Companion Care Services, North Bay Home Care, Senior Health. No Comments

Is your senior loved one participating in activities for elderly adults on a regular basis, or is she stuck in a rut that mainly consists of TV-watching, eating, and sleeping?

At Hired Hands Homecare, we believe that enhancing senior home care services with enriching activities is a key component to ensuring the highest quality of life. Hired Hands is one of the leading Marin County senior care providers, in part because we believe our clients should be honored with activities that engage them and keep them involved in living life to the fullest on a daily basis. This means personalizing activities to engage our clients’ unique interests, hobbies, and ability levels.

Our person-centered care begins with learning as much as possible about the senior’s preferences, dislikes, dreams, hobbies and life history. We get to know the senior through an interview that can include other family members … Read More »



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 »



World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15

Wikipedia defines Elder abuse (also called “elder mistreatment“, “senior abuse“, “abuse in later life“, “abuse of older adults“) as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”  Abuse can be physical, psychological/emotional, financial, or even sexual, and often comes in the form of neglect, abandonment, and direct abuse.

Since 1994, Hired Hands Homecare has proudly provided services that support Bay Area seniors in staying safe and well in their own homes.  Our professional Caregivers and Management Team spend significant time with our senior clients, and keep trained eyes out for any signs of undue influence and elder abuse.  Trust and Security are foundational to our company culture.

Hired Hands is proud to celebrate this day by participating in the North Bay … Read More »



Best Ways to Provide Older Relatives a Sense of Purpose and Senior Independence

“Here, I can help you with that.”

“Don’t overdo it now!”

“Why don’t you sit here and rest? I’ll handle that.”

How often have we made comments such as these to older adults—with the very best of intentions, of course? We want to do what we can to help our older loved ones, to help them stay safe and to take care of them in the same way they took care of us when we were growing up. However, there’s a concealed risk in trying to do too much for older individuals and depriving them of the ability to do as much as possible for themselves – the threat of harming their self-esteem and sense of purpose in life and making them feel robbed of their senior independence.

Take, for example, an elderly gentleman who spent his entire life … Read More »