Communication Tips for Dementia: Try Nonverbal Techniques

Sometimes, the most effective way to communicate with someone with dementia is nonverbally.

Conversations with a senior battling with all the challenges of Alzheimer’s, especially in the middle and later stages, is often discouraging – both for you and also for the person with Alzheimer’s. Brain changes impede the ability to listen, process, and respond appropriately to conversations, and it is up to us to employ innovative approaches to communicating to more effectively connect with an individual with dementia.

It’s quite a bit easier than it might appear, however. We already communicate nonverbally in many ways:

Touch
Posture and body movement
Eye contact
Facial expressions
Gestures
Personal space

Consider these communication tips for dementia to include increased nonverbal communication into your interactions with a senior loved one:

Offer reassurance through gentle touch. If a senior loved one is comfortable with touch, hold and pat the … Read More »



A Humble and Sincere Thanks!

Posted on November 24th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Caregiver Careers, Family Caregivers, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

As we embark on Thanksgiving,
we would like to extend an enormous and heart felt
THANK YOU to all our our outstanding employees.
Without their tireless dedication and compassion,
we would not be able to function as pillars of 
support in the communities that we serve.

It is an absolute honor to work side by side
with so many absolutely amazing individuals.
To you, and what we accomplish together.
we give great thanks!

~The HIRED HANDS HOMECARE Team



Fall Prevention for Seniors Begins with Pre-Planning

Fall prevention for seniors is most effective when handled proactively.

Falls among older people are all too frequent and may have serious outcomes. Taking protective measures is key in effective fall prevention for seniors, such as assessing the home for fall dangers like area rugs or other trip and fall hazards, insufficient lighting, and a lack of appropriate grab bars and railings. But there is a new strategy being strongly recommended now: making a fall plan of care, which, when utilized correctly, has been shown to reduce fall-related emergency room visits up to 40%.

So while we absolutely do not want to plan for a senior loved one to fall, we are able to be better equipped by helping the person take the following actions:

Remain vigilant – Avoid letting your brain wander and instead keep your full focus … Read More »



We Salute You!

Posted on November 11th, by Mark Winter in Companion Care Services, Senior Independence. No Comments

HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

Today, we whole heartedly salute the American men and women who have served our country, and sacrificed so much for our freedom and safety.

With much gratitude and respect,
The HIRED HANDS HOMECARE Family



Help for Dementia Caregivers: Coming to a Place of Acceptance

Posted on November 10th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Alzheimer's, Care Manager, Caregiver Support Tip, Dementia, Senior Safety. No Comments

Discover how to reach a place of acceptance in dementia caregiving.

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-altering – for the person being diagnosed, of course, but just as much for his or her loved ones. It’s important for family caregivers to allow themselves ample time to process the changes to come and to find a healthy way to work through the various emotions that arise.

Because Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, one of the difficulties for caregivers is finding peace in the midst of each stage. And while providing care for a senior loved one is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding roles we can take on, it’s not without its challenges as well. It can be helpful to use reflection as a tool to better cope with the challenges and changes. Hired Hands Homecare’s … Read More »



Watch for These Signs of Dementia This Holiday Season

Posted on November 4th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Alzheimer's, Care Manager, Caregiver Support Tip, Dementia. No Comments

During holiday visits with seniors, keep an eye out for these signs of dementia.

From the second the door swings open and your elderly loved one wraps you in a warm embrace, through the joyous holiday meal and each timeless family custom, possibilities abound for not simply quality time together, but also to assess how your parent is really doing and if any warning signs of dementia are noted. 

There are specific indicators which can suggest cognitive issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Because Alzheimer’s is now more and more common in seniors, and because early diagnosis and treatment are fundamental, the dementia care team at Hired Hands Homecare recommends monitoring for any of the following common signs and symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s disease throughout your holiday visit this year:

Social differences. According to John Ramsay, CEO of Shift … Read More »



What Elephants Are Teaching Us About Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on October 27th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Medical News, Senior Health. No Comments

Researchers are gleaning information from elephants to help us better understand Alzheimer’s disease.

The old adage is true: elephants truly do have amazing memories, even into their later years. To illustrate, they’re able to recollect and go back to highly specific locations decades after visiting them, irrespective of age. Exactly what can we glean from elephants that may result in helping us better understand Alzheimer’s disease and to maximize our own cognitive performance later in life?

Remarkably, older elephants’ brains show no buildup of the amyloid plaques some researchers are linking to Alzheimer’s. Even though other health professionals tout the need for sufficient sleep to permit the mind the chance to clean away plaques, elephants are tromping over that theory, sleeping as little as 2 hours daily.

But one factor rises above the rest which may be the main key: socialization. … Read More »



Thank You Jessica!

Posted on October 22nd, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, Home Care Staff, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

We are honored to recognize Jessica L as our October Caregiver of the Month! 

Hired Hands Homecare has had the pleasure of working with Jessica since early 2019.  Since then, she has continued to build caregiving knowledge to her skill set and has become a favorite of her many clients. She is pictured here with Jim, one of our most wonderful clients, whom she has assisted for the past year.  By the way, that bicycle you see… Jim rode that cross country from East Coast to West.  What an accomplishment!

Today, Jim and the entire Hired Hands Homecare Team salute Jessica for her outstanding dedication and compassion!  Jessica, you are a STAR!

~The HIRED HANDS HOMECARE Team



How Is Caregiving Different for Male Caregivers?

Posted on October 20th, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, Caregivers. No Comments

A different support system is often needed for male caregivers.

If you painted a picture of a typical family caregiver, you’d probably portray a middle-aged woman, perhaps cooking and serving a meal, assisting with baths or getting dressed, an transporting a loved one to doctors’ appointments. And this assessment would be accurate; AARP reports the typical caregiver profile is a 49-year-old female helping with acts of service such as these for a 69-year-old female relative who is facing long-term health concerns.

Yet there’s a growing trend of male caregivers stepping into – or sometimes, falling into by default – this crucial role: nearly 40% of all caregivers, as a matter of fact. And though there are some trending differences in caregiving difficulties between the genders (such as a greater likelihood of discomfort for men in helping with personal hygiene tasks), … Read More »



The Disturbing Statistics About Dementia and Firearms

Posted on October 13th, by Mark Winter in Dementia, Senior Safety. No Comments

Dementia and firearms are a dangerous combination.

With a heated level of debate rivaling the Hatfields and McCoys, it seems impossible to come to a resolution in the issue of gun control. Yet no matter which side of the issue you are on, there’s one little-spoken-of situation which should cause us all to take pause: the worrying mixture of dementia and firearms.

About 33% of all older adults in the U.S. report owning a gun, and an additional 12% are living in the house of a gun owner. Bearing in mind that approximately 9% of individuals over age 65 have some kind of dementia (and that figure is expected to more than double by the year 2050), it equates to scores of seniors with dementia living with guns. Coupled with erratic states of confusion, aggression, and other difficult behaviors, having … Read More »






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Communication Tips for Dementia: Try Nonverbal Techniques

Sometimes, the most effective way to communicate with someone with dementia is nonverbally.

Conversations with a senior battling with all the challenges...

A Humble and Sincere Thanks!

As we embark on Thanksgiving, we would like to extend an enormous and heart felt THANK YOU to all our our outstanding employees. Without their...

Fall Prevention for Seniors Begins with Pre-Planning

Fall prevention for seniors is most effective when handled proactively.

Falls among older people are all too frequent and may have serious...