Senior Home Care Blog - Barrington IL

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.

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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