Napa Home Care Planning


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 »



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 »



Is It ALS? Learn the Symptoms and Stages to Watch for from Hired Hands Homecare.

Posted on August 20th, by Mark Winter in Health, Napa Home Care Planning, Senior Health. No Comments

Being given a diagnosis of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) can bring up a lot of questions and concerns, for both the individual diagnosed and his/her family members. What causes ALS? What are the symptoms of ALS now, and how will they be changed in the years to come? Where can I go to find needed support?

More than 30,000 Americans are currently diagnosed with ALS , and nearly 5,600 new patients are diagnosed with the disease each year. And even though the actual cause is not clear, some scientific studies point to confusing risk factors, such as a doubled risk of ALS in veterans who served during the Gulf War.

Though each individual can be affected by ALS in different ways from others, the advancement of the disease does seem to follow certain phases. Learning about these stages can … Read More »



Tips for Smooth Discharge Planning from Hospital to Home

What a relief it is when the medical personnel informs you that your elderly loved one is ready to be discharged from the hospital after surgery. But as they hand you that stack of discharge papers and directions, a certain amount of anxiety may start to creep in. Will your family member be able to care for herself at home?

The Napa senior living team at Hired Hands Homecare wants to help you arrange for smooth discharge planning from hospital to home by outlining the questions you’ll need to get answered prior to surgery:

Who will pick up prescriptions? Do I need to depend on a family member for this job? Will he/she be readily available when a refill is needed?
Who will answer questions about the prescriptions? Should I contact the doctor, the pharmacist, or does the hospital have someone else for me to contact with … Read More »



Let’s Talk… Home from the Hospital!

Posted on May 30th, by Mark Winter in Benefits of Home Care, Homecare, Napa Home Care Planning. No Comments

Today, we’re proud to be presenting to hospital Discharge Planners and Case Managers at the 15th Annual Case Management Conference in Napa.  Kirsten, Phyllis and Erick are discussing our innovative Coming Home Program, where we work very closely with Discharge Planners and Case Managers BEFORE patients are discharged from the hospital.  Building this bridge establishes new standards of communication, assuring superior transitions home, resulting in better outcomes and reduced hospital re-admissions.  We’ll even bring our Caregivers in to the hospital for specialized training before the Client is sent home.  We’re working together.  Better Communication = Better Care!

For more information, please contact us at Info@HiredHandsHomecare.com, or by phone at 866-940-4343.

 



Quality Matters – Who to Choose for Enhanced Senior Living Santa Rosa CA

When an older adult needs in home care services, there are a number of available options, and deciding where to turn can be intimidating. For instance, should you work with a professional home care agency, an independently hired caregiver, or utilize a caregiving registry? And how can you identify which home care solution is best for your loved one’s unique needs? There are benefits and drawbacks with most choices, but when it comes to senior care at home, the solution is clear: hiring a professional agency for the in-home senior living Santa Rosa CA families need, like Hired Hands Homecare, is the ideal choice for the highest quality care for numerous reasons:

You don’t need to perform a search for a safe, trained caregiver. A reputable home care agency not only checks references and performs in-depth background and driving record … Read More »



At Home Caregivers Give Seniors What They Want

There truly is no place like home, and the majority of adults age 65 and over, 90% per a study from AARP, desire to age in place in their own homes as they age. But how does that have an impact on senior independence?

Although the desire to remain living at home as opposed to moving to a nursing home is quite common, it can pose many difficulties for seniors who are in need of assistance with daily tasks such as driving, fixing meals, showering, walking, etc. The encouraging news is that at home caregiver services, like those offered by Hired Hands Homecare, are structured to support senior independence and enhance wellbeing and confidence both inside and outside the home.

At Hired Hands Homecare of the Tri Valley, we offer expert senior care services that support seniors … Read More »



2 Acronyms You Should Know When Considering Hiring At Home Caregivers

Hand it to the health care industry to come up with yet another couple of acronyms to add to their extensive list – ADLs and IADLs. These are prevalent terms in the healthcare field used to describe the routine self-care activities that an individual engages in on a regular basis to stay independent and healthy. It is also common for these acronyms to appear in conversations if you are looking for in-home care options for an older person, or if you are researching the cost of long-term senior care for yourself or someone you know.



Exploring Tri Valley Home Care Services Instead of a Nursing Home

“I never want to live in a nursing home.”

If you’re the child of an elderly parent, you’ve probably listened to your loved one speak those words or a similar sentiment signifying your parent’s wish to continue to age at home instead of moving to a long-term care facility. Truthfully, the majority of seniors want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible – for a variety of reasons. Home is the place they’ve lovingly created, so it’s where they feel the most comfortable. Living at home also brings meaning and purpose to one’s life. Something as simple as looking at one’s belongings, reading the mail, or relaxing on the porch are more meaningful in one’s own home than in a long-term care facility because it is the home that creates the framework of one’s life. … Read More »



Moving Forward…

Posted on October 20th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Caregivers, Napa Home Care Planning, North Bay Home Care. No Comments

Greetings Friends and Families,

The past two weeks will be remembered as a time of profound tragedy for our Community.  We’re extremely thankful to CalFire and ALL the first responders for finally getting the fires contained and under control.  We’re also extremely thankful for the safety and well being of all Hired Hands Employees, Families, and Clients.

During the toughest of times, our Management Team, Emergency On-Call Coordinators, and dedicated Caregivers exceeded all expectations in their efforts to keep our Clients as safe and comfortable as possible.   This was particularly impressive over the past two weeks as the situation changed constantly.  Our office operations had to relocate due to power outages.  Families were evacuated multiple times, often to far away locations.  Evacuees even slept in our offices.  Together, we worked around the clock as a focused Team, doing the best we could, … Read More »