The days are slowly getting longer, the winter thaw is upon us, and yes, that means spring is in the air! More than likely, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of spring is the desire to get outside and enjoy the warming weather, chirping birds, and plentiful outdoor activities. Older adults are no exception, and a considerable benefit to receiving care at home is the flexibility to enjoy some time outdoors. Countless activities can allow senior adults to reap the benefits of … [Read more...] about At-Home Spring Activities for Seniors and the Elderly
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When is it Time to Hire a Home Health Care Aide or Nurse?
Are you responsible for the care of a sick or aging loved one? As your friend or family member continues to need increasing care, it becomes nearly impossible to meet all of their needs as well as your own. Recognizing when you need outside support is good for you, and your loved one, too! Like most care decisions, knowing when to take this step can be difficult. Most people don’t realize the amount of in-home services that are available. You don’t need to jump to round-the-clock care! In fact, … [Read more...] about When is it Time to Hire a Home Health Care Aide or Nurse?
The Top 6 Foods That Protect Against Cold and Flu
This time of year can be stressful for those with loved ones who are immunocompromised or elderly. Colds, flus, and other respiratory illnesses are just a few of the common illnesses that are known to spread during the colder months. Now, throw in the added concerns of a rampant COVID-19 variant, and many family members/friends feel more discouraged than ever. You may not be able to completely protect your loved one from all of these ailments, but you can help boost their immune systems to fight … [Read more...] about The Top 6 Foods That Protect Against Cold and Flu
How to Support Your Client’s Mental Health This Winter
Now that the holidays are over and the days have grown darker, grayer, and colder, it’s normal for people to feel a bit melancholy, especially for those dealing with illnesses or advancing in age. Chilly weather makes it difficult to get outside as often, which also means you’re receiving much lower levels of sunlight. Research has shown that less sun exposure during shorter winter days can cause changes in brain chemistry, like serotonin and melatonin levels. These biochemical changes can cause … [Read more...] about How to Support Your Client’s Mental Health This Winter
6 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress
Being a home health care worker can be incredibly rewarding, but can sometimes leave you feeling burnt out or overwhelmed. Add in a holiday season filled with financial strain, extra commitments, social obligations, and more, and it’s easy to see why this time of year can be taxing for some. That’s why we put together six tips to help you focus on and simplify the things that you can control! 1. Preventative Self-Care As a home health care worker, you’re hyper-focused on your client’s health … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress
What to Gift Your Sick or Aging Loved One for the Holidays
The holidays can be a wonderful time filled with traditions, parties, special treats, and much more. However, they can also be a challenging time, especially for those dealing with chronic illness or missing close companions who have passed on. Though no physical gift can take away that pain, small gestures can go a long way to elevate sadness. That’s why we came up with five great gifts for your sick or aging loved one that will bring a smile to their face. Try also discussing with their home … [Read more...] about What to Gift Your Sick or Aging Loved One for the Holidays
How to Help Elderly Clients Stay Happy at Home
Gradual decline in overall health and cognitive function is inevitable with advancing age. Studies have shown that seniors who challenge their brains, keep moving, and maintain social connections reap many benefits, including a higher level of fitness and resilience. As a home health care worker for seniors, there are many ways that you can help provide and encourage a fulfilling environment for your client. That’s why we put together below a list of five ways you can set your clients up for … [Read more...] about How to Help Elderly Clients Stay Happy at Home
The Best Foods for Brain Health
As a caretaker for an ill or aging loved one, their cognitive decline is something you may be concerned about. Today, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect more than five million people in the United States. Cerebral health can be affected by age-related changes in the brain, injuries such as stroke or traumatic brain injury, mood disorders such as depression, substance use disorder or addiction, and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. While some of these factors affecting … [Read more...] about The Best Foods for Brain Health