Getting older, it happens to us all. As much as we wish we could avoid it, we all reach a point in life that caring for ourselves becomes difficult. The simple tasks in life like using the restroom or getting a glass of water in the middle of the night becomes cumbersome to do alone, and for some, may begin to have some risk. Aging affects everyone eventually. Maybe you’ve noticed mom or dad slowing down in their daily actives, or maybe there has been a recent fall. Help at Home is available 24/7 in times of need to help keep your mind at ease as we provide home care assistance.
According to the National Safety Council, 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year from fall injuries, most from a head injury or hip fracture. There are alternatives to help prevent fall risks and help seniors maintain their mobility and independence.
Senior care provided at their home is often a needed stage as your elderly parent or spouse becomes frail. While we cannot say that an injury from a fall will never happen to a patients, our caregivers who provide at-home elderly care are trained to look for fall risks, to assist with transfers in and out of bed or to the toilet, and to help the senior remember to keep a cane or walker close at hand.
Help at Home has been dedicated to helping older adults and seniors for more than 40 years. Help at Home is different from nursing homes, we provide in-home care to our clients. With our well-trained staff, your mom or dad can live comfortably in their home, while their care is our number one priority. Help at Home focuses on enhancing the lives of seniors, the disabled and their families by providing in-home senior care.
Realizing your family member needs help is never easy; when you turn to Help at Home, you’ll have the relief of knowing they’re receiving the best care, while being comfortable in their own home.
For the spouse or an adult child of an aging senior, facing the changes associated with their aging can be difficult. If you are beginning research in home care for seniors, you may come across the term “companion care” and have questions about what that includes.
At Help at Home, our home care services provide a wide range of interactions with our elderly clients. Typically, companion care refers to non-medical care that is related to homemaking services or social engagements instead of hands-on care related to medications or the activities of daily living.
Depending on the client’s need, companion care services might include light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping, limited personal grooming (things like brushing hair or polishing fingernails, but not to include help with toileting or showering); companionship through cards or games, reminiscing, or watching TV; or accompanying them to doctor’s appointments or events.
Companionship care may be provided occasionally or as needed, such as giving relief to a family member who is the primary caregiver, or on a consistent schedule, such as sitting with a patient in a long term care facility or hospital.
There are no set packages or levels in companion care services. Together with the client and his or her family, we set up a plan for the care that is needed. That’s why our at-home assessment is important, so that we understand the care needed and also the senior’s personality so that we best match a caregiver.
If you have questions about companion care services, or would like to schedule a no-cost at-home consultation for home care services, please contact Help at Home at 941-388-3117. We serve Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties, serving Florida seniors and their families.
In the last few years, the term “aging in place” has grown in use. By definition, aging in place refers to the ability of the aging adult to continue to live in his or her home instead of a health care facility, using products and services to allow that for as long as possible.
Aging in place may mean some accommodations are necessary, such as adding products designed for accessibility like a wheel chair ramp or a walk-in shower instead of a bathtub. Likewise, it may mean adding services to provide additional care as it is needed.
Senior care at home is a common service to allow older adults to maintain their home and their independence. Levels of care may change as needed; for example, the senior client may first choose companionship care in order to remain mentally alert and engaged, then as physical changes happen over time, he or she may need support with meal preparation in order to have proper nutrition, assistance with activities of daily living such as toileting, showering, or eating, or medication management.
Home care may also provide light housekeeping, transportation to appointments, or respite care when family member caregivers are unavailable. Home health care is customizable to the senior’s need, and offers a much more affordable solution than an assisted living facility or long-term care center.
More importantly, it provides great comfort to the senior to be able to age in place in their own home, and to family members who have a trusted provider to help care for the parent.
If you have questions about home care to allow aging in place, or would like to schedule a no-cost at-home consultation for home care services, please contact Help at Home at 941-388-3117. We serve Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties, making it easier and safer for Florida seniors to age in place in their homes.
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.
As summer approaches, seniors with arthritis dread the heat and humidity. Joints contain sensory nerves that respond to changing temperatures and weather conditions, so if your aging loved one has arthritis, you will want to do everything you can to keep them comfortable in the months ahead. At Help at Home, we work with many seniors with arthritis, and we’ve learned a few tricks to help allay the pain.
Arthritis and Summer Heat
Stay hydrated. Temperature changes can lead to changes in fluid levels in the body, according to some studies, and this can be bad news for seniors with arthritis. Keeping your body hydrated can help keep joints lubricated, which means a lot less pain. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water, especially during the warmer summer months.
Stay indoors if necessary. If it’s too hot and humid outside, stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment. Spending too much time outside in heat and humidity can increase joint inflammation and make anti-inflammatory medication less effective.
Choose the right clothing. Wearing light colors and loose-fitting styles in natural fabrics can help. Wearing breathable fabrics in loose styles allows you to move and keep you cool when it’s hot out.
Go swimming! It’s important to stay active, but many activities are hard on the joints. Swimming is great exercise, and it’s a low-impact activity that is easy on your joints.
If you care for an aging relative, you can help them stay comfortable this summer with these tips. Don’t let the heat and humidity keep you or your loved ones from enjoying this beautiful season! If you need help caring for your senior or are interested in our in-home senior care services, contact Help at Home today!
Spring is here, and as it gets hotter outside, seniors are advised to stay in and keep cool. Seniors can be especially prone to heat-related illness, so staying comfortable is of utmost concern for seniors and their caregivers. But staying safe and comfortable in spite of the heat doesn’t have to be boring! Help at Home has compiled this list of fun summer activities for seniors:
- Visit a local bookstore and enjoy an iced coffee while reading a book or a magazine.
- Go for a swim or take a water aerobics class.
- Go see a movie.
- Visit a museum like the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, or the Ringling in Sarasota.
- Go to a festival or antique fair. If the festival is outdoors, be sure to bring plenty of water and limit the amount of time spent in the heat.
- Go to the library and check out books. If reading is difficult, consider audiobooks. Many libraries also offer classes and workshops for the community.
Staying active, healthy and safe is a priority for every senior. If you are taking care of an aging loved one and find that you need help, contact Help at Home. Our home caregivers will be happy to answer any questions you have about our services and offer assistance with whatever you need.