Senior Health


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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



Elder Care Santa Rosa, CA | Safety vs. Independence for Senior Parents

Posted on October 24th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, Senior Fall Prevention, Senior Health, Senior Independence. No Comments

It’s a disagreement that develops for a number of families, not just in Santa Rosa, CA, but everywhere: senior parents adamantly like to age in place in their own homes, while their relatives are worried about their safety. And there’s a debate to be made in both scenarios. Seniors, especially those who live alone, confront many different risks: falls that could bring about serious injury, challenges in preserving way of life to which they’ve become accustomed as aging advances, even a susceptibility to fraud artists. Yet independence is vital to self-worth, regardless of age.

Defining a balance that suits the requirements of both sides may very well be difficult, but there are several important factors to bear in mind that will help.

Let go of ageism. While there is certainly credibility to worries over health and safety for aging parents at home, … 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 »