Senior Independence


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 »



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 »



Napa Senior Living: Senior Safety Gets a Boost with These Simple Exercises

The CDC reports that as many as one-third of all seniors fall each year, and surprisingly, less than half of those seniors talk to their doctors about it. When a senior experiences a fall, even if it does not cause serious injury, she can develop a heightened fear of falling, which may result in limited activities, reduced mobility, loss of physical fitness, and in turn, an increased risk of falling again.

In our last blog post, we discussed some home modifications you can make to improve senior safety and reduce the risk of falls. In addition, there are a number of exercises that seniors can do on a regular basis to increase muscle strength and improve balance, which will not only help reduce the risk of falls, but also provide the senior with more confidence and overall improved … Read More »



Prevent Senior Falls with These Top Tips from the Home Care Marin CA Experts

Falling is never fun, but for an older adult, a fall can result in devastating effects, like a fractured hip, which can escalate to a full range of additional health problems. A full 25% of seniors who fracture a hip end up dying within six months of the injury; a shocking, yet preventable statistic.

Taking time to make some simple modifications to the home can help create a safer environment for your senior loved ones and help prevent dangerous senior falls. Below are some easy home modification ideas from the home care Marin CA services team at Hired Hands Homecare that can be implemented to help lower the risk of falls for the elderly.

Lighting:

Replace light bulbs routinely to ensure there is sufficient illumination in the home

Utilize nightlights or motion sensor lights … Read More »



Petaluma Home Care Tips: Better Balance = Better Senior Health

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mproving balance is one of the best ways to improve senior health, particularly when it comes to preventing falls. Once an older adult has experienced a fall, the initial impulse may be to decrease physical activity to lower the possibility of falling again, but it’s essential for older adults to optimize their overall muscle strength and balance and stay as active as possible.

These balance exercises, recommended by the National Institute on Aging, are a great place to start (after first receiving approval from the senior’s primary care physician):

One Foot Stand: Grasping a sturdy chair for balance, lift one leg just a bit and hold the position for 10 seconds. Repeat the exercise 10-15 times and then switch legs.

Heel to Toe Walk: Position the heel of one foot directly in front of … 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 »