Caregivers


7 Ways to Ease Hygiene Care for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Make hygiene care for someone with Alzheimer’s more comfortable with these tips.

Of the numerous challenges related to caregiving, the Alzheimer’s Association indicates that the most prevalent challenge is hygiene care for someone with Alzheimer’s, for various reasons:

Decreased sense of vision and smell
Comfort found in familiarity (i.e., desiring to wear exactly the same clothes repeatedly)
The challenges of bathing, compounded by cognitive impairment and confusion
Fear of falling, the noises and feelings associated with the water, and more

Cajoling, arguing, and logical thinking are hardly ever practical strategies with those impacted by Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Rather, attempt these innovative techniques if your loved one resists hygiene care:

Arrange the bathroom in advance so that the room will likely be comfortable and you will not have to juggle collecting supplies along with assisting your senior loved one. Warm the … Read More »



Caregiving Tips to Ensure You’re Motivating Without Bullying

Make sure you’re not crossing the line from motivating to bullying with these caregiving tips.

As a family caregiver, you obviously encounter an array of feelings throughout the day: shared laughter over a joke with your senior loved one; worry due to a health concern; and certainly, from time to time, irritation. We want only the best for those we love, and if a senior loved one is resistant to doing an activity we realize is beneficial, it could be tough to identify the most appropriate response. 

The key is to try to offer motivation and support, while remaining cautious not to ever cross the line into bullying your senior loved one. These caregiving tips are good to remember:

There’s no one-size-fits-all. An approach that has worked on a single occasion may perhaps be entirely ineffective in another. In … Read More »



One Simple Way to Replace Caregiver Stress with Joy

Rediscover joy and watch caregiver stress melt away with this one simple tip.

Our facial expressions divulge so much to those around us, and when you’re feeling an unusual level of caregiver stress, well-meaning family members will certainly recognize it, possibly encouraging you to essentially, “Cheer up, buttercup!” In reality, of course, it takes a whole lot more than a couple of words to turn our mood around.

Nonetheless, recent research does support the concept of positive thinking as a method to minimize levels of depression and anxiety which might develop when we’re bombarded with stress – something critical for busy family caregivers to take to heart to decrease the possibility for burnout.

Judith Moskowitz, head psychologist in the research project who consequently established a program to combat the downward spiral of emotions so typical in individuals providing … Read More »



Refer a Friend – $250 times TWO!

Posted on April 16th, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, Family Caregivers, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

We’re extremely busy… and are seeking to add outstanding new Caregivers to our Team!  Thus, we’re bringing back our popular “$250 Times Two Referral Bonus” program!

Our Caregivers are like Family!

HIRED HANDS is extremely proud of our diverse, professional care team.  For over 27 years, we have focused steadfastly on being the BEST homecare provider in our Communities.  We are
honored to have many Caregivers that have worked with us for ten, Fifteen, and even TWENTY Years!

Growing to Serve our Community.

While we continue to grow, serving our community’s challenges and needs, we are seeking to ADD additional outstanding Caregivers to our Team.  Thus… we’re bringing back our popular $250 Times Two bonus.  That’s right… any current employee who refers a great new Caregiver will get a $250 bonus.  On top of that… the newly referred friend will also get a $250 bonus … Read More »



Apo is Such a Star!

Posted on April 15th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

Please join us in congratulating our friend Apo as our most recent Caregiver of the Month.   We’ve had the distinct pleasure of working together with Apo since early last year.  He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in caregiving, and our clients that have had the opportunity of working with him recognize this!  On top of that, not only is he an pure joy to work with, but he has also referred some family members to work with Hired Hands as well. In his spare time, he really enjoys playing piano.  Not only is Apo a joy to be around, but he can handle almost any level of care, and works well with so many different sorts of people.  Put that all together, and there’s no question why Apo has quickly become one of our most requested caregivers!

 

Apo, Congratulations, … Read More »



Try These Tips to Help with Appetite During chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can affect how foods taste, but there are steps you can take to help.

Good nutrition is crucial during cancer treatment and recovery, yet not always easy to achieve. Appetite problems during chemotherapy are common, as a result of the way the treatment impacts how foods taste. Many people undergoing chemo treatment complain of a metallic aftertaste in foods, and this can even occur in plain water. When combined with another prevalent side effect of chemotherapy – nausea – sticking to a healthy diet can be a challenge.

Clinically known as dysgeusia, it’s a condition that affects as many as 65% of patients receiving chemotherapy, sometimes lasting for just a few days or even up to several months. Nutritionist Ginger Hultin, RDN, explains, “Taste changes can really turn people off to eating enough food. Patients can start … Read More »


Are You Torn Between a Career and Caregiving?

Many family caregivers are faced with the difficult decision to choose between a career and caregiving responsibilities.

Not long ago, actor Rob Lowe brought caregiving into the spotlight by sharing his story of caring for his mother and the toll it took on his own life. He said, “When you’re caring for a loved one, there’s nothing you won’t do to give them as much comfort and peace of mind as you can possibly provide. Often that means you’ll skip your social obligations, wreck your diet, suffer sleep deprivation, and even risk your career.” So, does that mean you need to choose between a career and caregiving for an older loved one?

Obviously, this topic is not anything new to the 75% of the United States workforce who are concurrently providing care for a parent at home. Based … Read More »



To ALL the Amazing Women of Hired Hands Homecare

Posted on March 8th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, Home Care Staff, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

Today, on International Women’s Day, we enthusiastically raise our glasses to ALL the amazing women of Hired Hands Homecare! Bottom line… Your tireless daily contributions, both at work and otherwise, simply keep the world spinning in the right direction. Thank you for your care and compassion and guidance and humor as we all do our best to walk through this crazy thing called life. It is an absolute honor to know and work with such amazing women!

Sincerely,
The HIRED HANDS HOMECARE Team



Saluting Our Heroes – Happy Caregiver Appreciation Day!

Posted on February 18th, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, Caregivers, Homecare, OUR Caregivers, Sonoma Elder Care. No Comments

Today, we whole heartedly honor and celebrate the outstanding Caregivers of HIRED HANDS HOMECARE, and all the Caregivers who give so much to keep our loved ones safe, healthy, and content. Every day, they make such an important impact in our communities, and the families we serve.

Happy CAREGIVER APPRECIATION DAY
from the Hired Hands Homecare family!



4 Reasons to Consider Dementia Care at Home

Seniors with dementia can very often continue to live where they’re most comfortable, with dementia care at home.

While countless older adults are struggling with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, an even greater number of family members are trying to cope with providing dementia care at home. Incredibly, nearly 75% of family caregivers are managing their older loved ones’ dementia care needs by themselves, with only 26% reaching out for professional care support.






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7 Ways to Ease Hygiene Care for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Make hygiene care for someone with Alzheimer’s more comfortable with these tips.

Of the numerous challenges related to caregiving, the Alzheimer’s Association...

Caregiving Tips to Ensure You’re Motivating Without Bullying

Make sure you’re not crossing the line from motivating to bullying with these caregiving tips.

As a family caregiver, you obviously encounter...

One Simple Way to Replace Caregiver Stress with Joy

Rediscover joy and watch caregiver stress melt away with this one simple tip.

Our facial expressions divulge so much to those around...