Senior Home Care Blog - Barrington IL

Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver

You might have heard the term “aging in place.” It refers to the elderly, dementia, and Alzheimer’s patients aging at home for as long as possible. But how do you make sure that you as a caregiver survive this task and get the rest you need as well? Read on!

How to Reduce the Symptoms of Sundowning

Alzheimer’s Disease has a component that might be familiar for caretakers and their loved ones—it’s called sundowning, and it’s the increased level of confusion that tends to happen in the later part of the day. You may notice that they become more agitated as the evening wears on, and confusion increases. It happens more often as the disease advances, but there are things you can do to lessen the effects. Here are some tips….

Tips for Helping Aging Parents Stay Independent

For seniors all over the country, their main desire as they grow older is to stay in their homes for as long as they possibly can. Their independence is incredibly valuable to them, so it’s important to know the signs to look for that may indicate they might need some extra help. Here are some signs to look for if you are concerned about their well-being living alone.

Tips to Keep Seniors Hydrated

For many seniors, the warm summer months are favored over winter, due to achiness and pain associated with colder temperatures. While summer brings warmer days and more activities outdoors, it also brings the danger of dehydration. It’s easy for any of us to become dehydrated, but it can be especially dangerous for seniors. Here’s why…

Avoiding Family Feuds over Power of Attorney

Deciding who will have Power of Attorney can affect family dynamics for years to come. That person will oversee major decisions, both medical and financial. Even if your parents plan ahead while they are fit and healthy, it can still cause problems in the family dynamic if not handled carefully.

Preventing Falls in Seniors

Many things can cause falls in Seniors and none of them are fun. The good news is that with a few tips and preventative actions, you can help the senior in your life to avoid becoming injured from a fall. Let’s look at a few simple things you can do to create a fall-proof environment for the senior loved one in your life.

Tips for Coping with Repetitive Questions from Alzheimer’s Patients

Have you ever noticed that people who suffer from Alzheimer’s often repeat things? It’s natural to have tons of grace for the same questions being asked for a short while, but you can easily run out of patience as the disease progresses. So, what to do? Here are some tips that will help

Outdoor Activities Seniors and Caregivers Can Enjoy

Getting out of the house to enjoy some outdoor activities with the senior in your life is easier than you might think. Spring has sprung in most areas of the country and any doctor will tell you that getting outdoors is good for all of us, especially after a long winter! Sunshine carries significant vitamins and other benefits that affect mood, balance and overall health. Want to know more?

5 Superfoods Seniors Will Love

Superfoods have gotten rather trendy lately. As we have learned more about them and all their benefits, it’s become increasingly clear how important it is for seniors to have superfoods in their diets. If you are a caregiver, here are several superfoods you should know about!

How Alternative Sweeteners Can Help Alzheimer’s

It is now known that sugar has a serious impact on Alzheimer’s Disease, so if you know or care for someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, now is the time to help them cut sugar out of their diet because their overall health depends on it! Let’s look at some tips and info that will help you stay aware of the sugar your household is consuming and what you can do about it. There are many myths revolving around the great sugar debate, so we will now break down some of the more known ones.

Tips for Reducing Agitation in Seniors with Dementia

Sensitivity to the surroundings around them is one of the main issues among seniors who struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In order to soothe agitation and lessen difficult behaviors, it’s important to create a calm and relaxing environment. Here are 5 ways to help create a calm environment for the older adult in your family.

Part 2 - Tips for Discussing the Aging Process with Your Parents

A lot of friction can happen when a family must watch their parents age. The old phrase, “age gracefully” doesn’t always seem so graceful, especially when it refers to those we love most. Communication skills are vital to any relationship! Last week we looked at tips for discussing the aging process with your elderly parents. Here are even more great tips for caregivers and family members to have a meaningful conversation with aging parents.

Helping Seniors Have Good Health Through Good Nutrition

As a society, we have never been more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet to preserve our health and live longer. This is also true of seniors today! Just like children have certain dietary needs, seniors and older adults do too. Our bodies and metabolism slow as we age, making it easier to eat fewer calories. Fewer calories, however, does not mean less nutrition! Let’s look at the role nutrition plays as we age….

Tips for Hiring a Transportation Caregiver for Your Senior

Seniors have a variety of needs that require transportation that is reliable and safe. If the day has come when your older loved one can no longer drive themselves safely, you may want to consider hiring a professional caregiver. Family or friends may not always be available, so it’s helpful to have other options on the table. Here are a few tips to help you hire a caregiver who can transport the senior in your life.

Caregiver New Year's Resolutions

If you're like me, every December you get a ton of free advice about what should be on your list of New Year's resolutions ranging from the obvious to the impossible. Well, here's my list.

Experience the Times of Your Life

The memories will be more vivid and the experience more gratifying if we give the gift our loved ones really want: Our presence.

The Only FALL We Like to Celebrate Is The Season.

I want to formally thank all of you on the caregiving team for your hard work and dedication. Home Helpers of Barrington and Palatine is a lifelong dream of mine and you are the day to day face of that dream coming true.

In Gratitude for Caregivers

November is Family Caregivers Month and that’s as good a reason as any to remind ourselves to show appreciation.

Seniors, Caregivers and the End of Daylight Savings Time

As the end of Daylight Savings Time approaches, some look forward to “getting back” that hour of sleep we lost in the spring. But many of us who care for those experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s have seen how it can worsen the effects of sundowning. Preparing in advance can help your loved one ease into the change and minimize sundowning issues.

Taking Care When a Caregiver Isn’t There

In-home monitoring serves millions of families, allowing seniors to live independently with dignity and offering priceless peace-of-mind to those who love them.

In-Home Support for the Vision Impaired

Caregivers often encounter families with one or more members experiencing a profound loss of vision. October 15 is White Cane Safety Day in the United States, an occasion to celebrate the equality of blind Americans and to affirm our commitment to their right to independence.

Caring Options for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

While we are confident we can find a cure together, we know that for families living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, their current situation is a much more pressing consideration. That’s why Home Helpers is so grateful for the caregivers who share their lives with those afflicted with this terrible condition.

Caregivers Respond to Behavior Changes of Loved Ones

In preparation for World Alzheimer’s Day September 21, we’re highlighting some of the unique challenges faced by in-home caregivers supporting those afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

What Grandparents Really Want August 31, 2017 By Em

As professional in-home caregivers and families of those who count on our support, we know how much grandparents treasure their connections to family. But as Grandparents Day approaches, we're thinking about how this translates to the 21st Century.

Senior Citizens Day - August 21

Since the 1930s, American have marked one day in August to celebrate our seniors, the lives they’ve lived and the contributions they continue to make to our communities. Since the 80s, we’ve celebrated on August 21.

Eye Health Beyond Age 60

It’s important that we include regular – at least annual – vision exams in our caring plans. Senior citizens, in particular, should be screened for some specific conditions that affect them disproportionately.

In-Home Care Doesn’t Have to Pre-empt the Family Vacation

Whether it’s young children or an older adult, vacations can be a special kind of challenge for in-home caregivers. Our professional caregivers have noted some activities and attractions you can enjoy with younger and older members of the family, together.

When Home Caregivers Become Navigators

Caring for someone in their home means supporting their independence in many ways, and that usually includes their interaction with health care professionals.

Summer Reading for Those in In-Home Care

This summer, rather than recommending the books we’re reading that might be of interest to other caregivers, we’d like to suggest subjects that will interest our older loved ones.

In Home Care, Every Day Is about Independence

In-home caregivers celebrate independence every day. In fact, perhaps members of no other profession appreciate the importance of personal independence more than those who support the dignity of seniors hoping to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Finding Freedom At Home

As we enter this time in celebration of our Country’s “Freedom and Liberty;” let us also remember these privileges and Independence that we all desire to have in our homes.

Caregivers Can Protect Elderly Even When They Can’t Be There

In-home caregivers are aware of the potential hazards our loved ones face while we’re with them. But one of the important roles of elder care is to anticipate and address situations that may be safety risks when we’re not there.

Home Caregivers Help Seniors Beat the Heat

With summer upon us, these tips for providing in home care during the hot months will help caregivers and their elderly family members be better prepared.

Father’s Day Technology and Home Care

Gift-giving for seniors aging in place is always going to be complicated, and there’s no single perfect gift for every situation. However we’ve found some of the current technologies remarkably user friendly.

You're Closer to Hunger Than You Think

Feeding America, the national network of food banks and food pantries, notes that almost one in 10 seniors who live alone are food insecure, which is defined as lacking reliable access to nutritious food. Many others may have the financial means to purchase a sufficient amount of healthy foods but lack the resources to go to the grocery or the ability to prepare it properly.

Memorial Day: We Remember with Them

Memorial Day weekend is a time when officially we stop to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their country

Senior Fitness Should Be Fun

With Senior Health and Fitness Day approaching, there are plenty of ideas for how to encourage your older loved ones to take their strength and conditioning seriously.

Home Helpers of Barrington Honors Service Members with Donation to Lake County Veterans Group

To honor the many veterans its serves, Home Helpers of Barrington makes donations to the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation (LCVFSF). Home Helpers considers it a privilege to help armed forces members who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. We are excited to partner with organizations like Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation who share the same goal of supporting these brave men and women.

The Elderly Appetite: Causes of Change or Loss and How to Stimulate It

It’s natural that we experience changes in appetite or loss of appetite. However, these can also be signs of malnutrition or other health problems. Seniors might not need as much food as when they were younger, but they still need the right nutrition to keep them as healthy as possible. Learn more.

Elder Care and Role Reversal

No matter how much you think you have planned ahead, the day your aging parent can’t cope on his or her own comes as a shock. You begin to reverse roles: you become the “parent” and your aging parent becomes your “child” as the scope of Mom or Dad’s needs begin to mimic those you had when you were a child. It’s going to change the dynamic of your household. So what level of care will you need to provide?

Why Seniors Need a Living Will

No one wants to talk about end of life issues. Especially if those issues involve a beloved aging senior who isn’t near the end of his life. But no matter how hesitant family members might be to broach the subject, it’s crucial that a living will be discussed and legally documented while your senior is still able to make known his or her wishes for end of life care!

Five Tips to Improve Seniors’ Quality of Life

Life, as are many things, is often not always about quantity so much as it is about quality. Aging seniors often face losses in the quality of their lives well before they face the end of their days. Here are five tips you can use to help improve your aging senior’s quality of life.

Visiting Elderly Parents - Checklist to Track Their Health and Well-Being

At some time, you will find yourself wanting to keep abreast of changes in your elderly parents’ health and well-being. This will require a bit of subtle sleuthing and a lot of observation on your part. You might feel a bit like Sneaky Pete, but it’s for your folks’ good. Here's some tips on what to look for!

Caregiver Employment Opportunities at the AARP Virtual Career Fair

AARP is hosting their next Virtual Career Fair on September 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. This live online event provides those 50+ with the opportunity to recharge their job search and connect with local and national employers – all from the comfort of home.

Seniors at Highest Risk of Hospitilization-Related Delirium

It’s important to know about delirium because in older patients, it’s often misdiagnosed as dementia. If that happens, they won’t get the right treatment and could even be sent to a nursing home. Learn more.

Keeping Aging Parents at Home

Many caregivers run themselves ragged trying to keep loved ones, especially seniors, out of assisted living or nursing facilities. Here are some ways to facilitate keeping your aging parents at home.

How to Deal with Denial About Seniors Needing Help

When family members refuse to face the fact that their aging loved one needs help, they can create anger, stress, and frustration for family caregivers. Here’s some techniques that will help.

How to Cope with Sundowning

Having trouble managing sundowning symptoms? Read our report for the best tips.

Why In-Home Care Is Better than Nursing Homes

If you’re trying to decide between getting in-home care or putting your elderly loved one in a nursing home, this article will help you make the right choice.

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