The Beauty of Aging at Home

There is something beautiful about having your elderly parents or loved ones living out their lives at home. When the elderly can no longer live alone, it is a stressful and emotional time for them. Giving up that feeling of independence is difficult, but it may be possible for them to continue living at home with help from Help at Home Homecare.

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Help at Home is Here for You

If you or a family member is in need of private home healthcare and nursing, Help at Home Homecare is here for you. Our home health agency is dedicated to helping individuals receive the care they need from the comfort of their own home, or anywhere else. When working with us, your family can feel secure knowing that we employe compassionate, well-trained, and professional staff to care for those who need it.

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Dental Health for Seniors

Dental health is important for everyone at all ages, but especially for seniors. Help at Home would like to bring to your attention to some common conditions for older adults and present you with information on how to protect your aging loved one from potential problems.

Older teeth are susceptible to tooth or root decay, so brushing and flossing twice daily is vital. Teeth are more vulnerable to decay at the gum line or near fillings, so be sure to choose a toothpaste with fluoride to help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Some aging seniors may need assistance with their dental health and hygiene routine, and our licensed Home Health Aides are happy to provide help.

Special consideration for dental health is in order for seniors for another reason. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a side effect associated with a number of medications. Seniors who are taking prescription medications should be especially aware of this, as dry mouth can increase the risk of tooth decay.

Periodontal disease is also a risk for seniors, as it has been shown to be linked to other health issues like heart disease, stroke, respiratory problems, and diabetes. If your aging loved one has health conditions that put them at risk for periodontal disease, taking extra care to stick to a good oral hygiene routine is in order. This includes regular cleanings and dental checkups in addition to brushing and flossing.

As seniors age, they don’t have to lose their beautiful, healthy smile. As your loved one gets older however, their ability to carry out daily tasks like brushing and flossing may decline. Seniors may not be able to drive themselves to the dentist. Help at Home is here to assist you and your family with taking care of your aging loved one. Contact us to learn more about senior well-being and our in-home care services.

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Is a Senior Care Career Right for Me?

It’s never too late to change jobs. Some people are lucky enough to know what kind of a career they want right from the start, while others may need to explore a series of options until they find their dream position. The licensed professionals at Help at Home understand that while many individuals are at least somewhat familiar with the duties of being an in-home care worker, not everyone can tell at first glance whether a senior care career would be right for them.

Helping Seniors and Their Families as a Professional Caregiver

Seniors who do not want to move to a nursing facility or retirement center can thrive at home if they have family, friends and professionals available to provide assistance and keep them safe.

As much as family members would like to, no one can help a senior full-time without taking regular breaks. Adult children of seniors in particular run the risk of burnout when they try to take care of their own kids as well as their parents. You can be there for them whenever they need time off to recharge their batteries.

Characteristics of Excellent In-Home Care Providers

Members of the Help at Home team share a number of character traits and abilities, including:

  • Compassionate
  • Empathetic
  • Intelligent
  • Organized
  • Attentive
  • Trustworthy

In-home care professionals usually have a sincere desire to help others. The best ones are also willing to continue with their education, since medical science is constantly evolving.

If you’re committed to a career path that allows you to use your natural abilities and make the world a better place, in-home care may be just the job you’ve been looking for. We are proud to offer service in the Bradenton, Naples and Sarasota, Florida region and beyond. For details about senior care career opportunities, please connect with Help at Home today.

 

 

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Elder Care in Bradenton FL: Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Elder Care in Bradenton FL: Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention
Elder Care in Bradenton FL: Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Skin cancer can strike people of any age, including the elderly. Detecting skin cancer early leads to the best chances of treating and curing the disease, but prevention is the best course of action. Being informed about skin cancer is an important step in protecting your parent from the disease. Once you’re armed with information, you and your parent’s elder care providers can work as a team to help reduce your parent’s chance of getting skin cancer.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and occurs in around one million Americans each year. Skin cancer occurs when skin cells grow abnormally. It usually develops on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun the most, but can also develop on skin that is not commonly exposed. There are three common kinds of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Of the three, melanoma poses the greatest threat since it is difficult to treat once it has spread, so early detection is imperative.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of skin cancer depend on the type of skin cancer. Below are the symptoms for each of the three types of skin cancer.

Melanoma Symptoms

  • A mole that changes in feel or size or that bleeds.
  • A lesion with irregular borders with parts that appear blue, red, white, or bluish-black.
  • A big brown spot with speckles that are darker.
  • Dark lesions that appear on the soles, fingertips or toes, palms, or on mucous membranes.

Basal Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

  • A waxy bump.
  • A pearly bump.
  • A lesion that is flat and flesh-colored or brown and scar-like.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

  • A nodule that is firm and red.
  • A lesion that is flat and has a scaly or crusted surface.

How can I help prevent my parent from getting skin cancer?

One of the best things you or your parent’s elder care provider can do in terms of protecting them from skin cancer is to make certain they wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. Here are some other ways to help prevent skin cancer:

  • Use at least 2 tablespoons of sunscreen all over the body, and apply it 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, after swimming, or after heavy sweating.
  • Do not allow the skin to burn.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible, especially from 10 AM to 4 PM.
  • Wear clothing that protects against the sun, including a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses that protect the eyes from UV rays.
  • Examine the skin on the entire body each month and have a doctor conduct a professional
    exam yearly.

Sources
https://nihseniorhealth.gov/skincancer/skincancerdefined/01.html
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/skin-cancer/basics/definition/con-20031606
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/prevention-guidelines

If you or an aging loved-one care considering hiring elder care in Brandenton, FL, talk to the friendly staff at Help at Home Healthcare.

Sarasota, Florida
(941) 388-3117

Bradenton, Florida
(941) 795-7000

Naples, FL 34102
239-494-1039

Sarasota/Charlotte Co. Lic. #299993609

Manatee County License #299993726
Lee/Collier County License #299994308