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  • A Home Helpers Owner Shares Her Expertise for Families Living with Alzheimer’s A Home Helpers Owner Shares Her Expertise for Families Living with Alzheimer’s As CEO of Home Helpers ® Home Care, it’s my privilege to work with the best and most dedicated group of home care professionals in the industry. This extends to both our staff at the National Support Center as well as the owners who operate offices that serve more than 1,000 ... Read More
  • Caring Options for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia 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 ... Read More
  • 15 Songs to Spark Awareness – Alzheimer’s Playlist 15 Songs to Spark Awareness – Alzheimer’s Playlist Earlier this month, Home Helpers published a blog post about Music Therapy . The post detailed how music provides “awakenings” for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia, including the story of Glen Campbell’s final tour , and the Alive Inside ... Read More
  • Home Helpers Memory Keepers Walk to End Alzheimer’s Home Helpers Memory Keepers Walk to End Alzheimer’s On October 4 th , the Home Helpers Memory Keepers participated for the fifth consecutive year in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Staff from the Home Helpers National Support Center, family members and pets gathered on a chilly Saturday morning to walk ... Read More

Care Tips

  • Product Focus: Direct Link Can Help Keep You Out of the Hospital Product Focus: Direct Link Can Help Keep You Out of the Hospital According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 50 percent of patients do not take their medications as prescribed. It’s estimated in the United States that among seniors the percentage is even higher. More than 80 percent of seniors regularly take two or ... Read More
  • Real Examples of Medical Alert Devices Making a Difference Real Examples of Medical Alert Devices Making a Difference Any of us would be startled – and probably pretty scared – to hear a doorbell sound in the middle of the night. So you can imagine what Dorothy*, a senior living alone, must have been feeling the night that happened to her. As she went to see who was at her door, two ... Read More
  • Happy Father's Day... Happy Father's Day... I think one of the benefits of growing older is gaining perspective. The concept of time, for example, can’t really be explained to a younger person that makes them really understand how fleeting our time is here on Earth. But to today’s high school graduates, for example, ... Read More
  • Celebrating International Day of Families Celebrating International Day of Families In 1993, the United Nations decided that May 15 of every year should be observed as “The International Day of Families.” Its intent is to “promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes ... Read More

Caregivers

  • Looking to 2020 with a Clear Vision Looking to 2020 with a Clear Vision I’m going to let you in on a little secret: While our top priority is to always provide Exceptional Care in more than 1,000 communities across the United States, we’ve also been busy laying some important groundwork this year so we can launch what we’re calling “Home Helpers ... Read More
  • New Year, Same Commitment to Exceptional Care New Year, Same Commitment to Exceptional Care Each New Year brings a promise of a new beginning. It’s a chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew. Many of us make resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, devote more time to family, bring more energy to our work, etc. I think we’d agree that those are all admirable ... Read More
  • Make Time for You this Holiday Season Make Time for You this Holiday Season I believe most of us are aware of the “holiday blues” and how stress can aggravate depression during this time of the year. All the things that many of us look forward to and enjoy, such as parties, celebrations and spending time with family and friends, can be sources of ... Read More
  • Truly Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving Truly Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving I enjoy everything about Thanksgiving. In my part of the country, the change in weather is refreshing after a hot and steamy summer. The air feels cool and crisp (ask me in February, though, and that same “cool and crisp” leans more toward “cold and gray”). There’s a sense ... Read More

Direct Link

  • Personal Emergency Response Systems Can Ease Your Worries Personal Emergency Response Systems Can Ease Your Worries The first priority of most older Americans is to preserve as much of their independence as they can for as long as they can. For us as caregivers, that means being present enough to offer support without interfering. This can be challenging for some families, as we can’t ... Read More

Elder Abuse

  • We All Need to Know the Signs of Elder Abuse We All Need to Know the Signs of Elder Abuse Most of us have no tolerance for any type of abuse, especially to those who aren’t able to defend themselves. Each year, it’s estimated that five million seniors – that’s 5,000,000 people aged 65+ – are abused physically or taken advantage of financially. Even sadder is the ... Read More
  • The Elder Abuse Problem: How to Protect Your Loved Ones The Elder Abuse Problem: How to Protect Your Loved Ones It seems like one of the common principles that unite all cultures: Respect your elders. But sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. An under-appreciated problem The problem of elder abuse in our country — and it is a serious problem, with the Department of Health and Human ... Read More
  • Top 8 Tips to Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse Top 8 Tips to Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse Average loss incurred by victims of elder financial abuse: $90,000 Elder financial abuse is something every family should be aware of and discussing with their loved ones. At Home Helpers, we are committed to bringing awareness to the issue of elder financial abuse. ... Read More
  • Home Helpers is Raising Awareness for Elderly Abuse & Neglect Home Helpers is Raising Awareness for Elderly Abuse & Neglect In support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Home Helpers is raising awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults remains a hidden problem that is largely under-recognized and under-reported. ... Read More

Family Caregiving

  • National Caregiver Month: Join Us in Celebrating Caregivers National Caregiver Month: Join Us in Celebrating Caregivers Some of my favorite blog posts each year come when we have the opportunity to recognize our Exceptional Caregiver Award finalists . These wonderful people provide the heartbeat to Home Helpers ® Home Care offices across the country and are the reason we proudly proclaim ... Read More
  • A Home Helpers Owner Shares Her Expertise for Families Living with Alzheimer’s A Home Helpers Owner Shares Her Expertise for Families Living with Alzheimer’s As CEO of Home Helpers ® Home Care, it’s my privilege to work with the best and most dedicated group of home care professionals in the industry. This extends to both our staff at the National Support Center as well as the owners who operate offices that serve more than 1,000 ... Read More
  • Improving Family Dynamics by Acknowledging Caregiver Personas Improving Family Dynamics by Acknowledging Caregiver Personas When you first start taking care of an aging parent or loved one it can, we know from experience, be an unnerving, even scary process. 5 Overarching Caregiver Personality Types Our research on caregiver isolation and family dynamics has yielded some insights on how the ... Read More
  • 4 Summer Heat Tips for Family Caregivers 4 Summer Heat Tips for Family Caregivers This is the season of heat advisories and air-quality alerts that can chase older people and anybody with a breathing condition into the sanctuary of their home. When just crossing a parking lot or going to the mailbox is exhausting, it makes sense to hunker down during the ... Read More

Health and Wellness

  • A Home Helpers Owner Shares Her Expertise for Families Living with Alzheimer’s A Home Helpers Owner Shares Her Expertise for Families Living with Alzheimer’s As CEO of Home Helpers ® Home Care, it’s my privilege to work with the best and most dedicated group of home care professionals in the industry. This extends to both our staff at the National Support Center as well as the owners who operate offices that serve more than 1,000 ... Read More
  • The Most Important Lesson about Stroke Awareness? Act FAST! The Most Important Lesson about Stroke Awareness? Act FAST! With May being Stroke Awareness Month, I would implore anyone reading this to take to heart one thing: If you think you or someone close to you – at work, at school, at home – might be suffering a stroke, it’s vital that you get help quickly. The faster a stroke victim gets ... Read More
  • Challenges of Senior Nutrition Change with Time Challenges of Senior Nutrition Change with Time I can’t get my mother to eat enough. It’s not uncommon for us to hear this or something similar when a family first comes to Home Helpers . The importance of proper nutrition is perhaps more important as we age than at any other time in our adult lives. Here in the United ... Read More
  • 10 Uplifting Quotes Every Family Caregiver Needs to Read 10 Uplifting Quotes Every Family Caregiver Needs to Read We could all use some words of wisdom from time to time. Whether you're a professional in-home caregiver or you're a busy family member providing care for an elderly loved one, these quotes can help you get through the tough times. Which of these sayings resonates with you? ... Read More

Holiday Season

  • Noticing the Need During the Holidays Noticing the Need During the Holidays The Holidays can be a time of stress as we make out our gift lists, finish our shopping, plan get-togethers and get everything “just so.” There may also be some travel involved we don’t normally do, which can be a total stressor all on its own. But the reason we do all these ... Read More
  • Celebrate Independence at Every Age Celebrate Independence at Every Age When we’re young, we celebrate every new symbol of our emerging self-reliance: Going to the store by ourselves for the first time. Getting a driver’s license. Heading off to college. Paying our own rent or mortgage. While we take pride in these accomplishments in the ... Read More
  • Thoughtful Gifts for the Elderly Thoughtful Gifts for the Elderly The seniors we love are always at the top of our holiday gift lists. So why are they so often the last people we buy for? It could be because older adults are among the most difficult gift puzzles to solve. Do we get them something practical or personal? Functional or ... Read More
  • Holiday Gift Ideas for a Family Caregiver Holiday Gift Ideas for a Family Caregiver In serving older adults across the country, we often help those who have served in the military. Many members of my family have served, so it is a great honor to be able to say that we help these elderly veterans each day. There are quite a few members of the Home Helpers ... Read More

Home Care

  • New Year, Same Commitment to Exceptional Care New Year, Same Commitment to Exceptional Care Each New Year brings a promise of a new beginning. It’s a chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew. Many of us make resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, devote more time to family, bring more energy to our work, etc. I think we’d agree that those are all admirable ... Read More
  • National Food Bank Day: How Food Banks Work National Food Bank Day: How Food Banks Work It’s been 52 years since St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance was formed in Phoenix, Arizona. A local soup kitchen volunteer, John van Hengel, was inspired by a story from a young woman who told him that she depended on soup kitchens and food discarded in grocery store dumpsters to ... Read More
  • Five Common Misconceptions About Home Care Five Common Misconceptions About Home Care Let me begin by stating this unequivocally: I love the home care business! And I am passionate about it from every angle. Whether it’s watching one of our local owners grow their business and become successful or hearing the stories of our Exceptional Caregivers once again ... Read More
  • In-Home Support for the Vision Impaired In-Home Support for the Vision Impaired 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. Caregivers often encounter families with one or more members experiencing a profound loss of ... Read More

News

  • Halloween: Here Are Some Memorable Tricks and One Treat Halloween: Here Are Some Memorable Tricks and One Treat Although Halloween is thought of as a fun and frivolous holiday today, it has taken time to evolve. In the United States, it began in the 18 th and 19 th centuries when European immigrants (usually from the Celtic regions) brought their traditions with them. The emphasis was ... Read More
  • D-Day: Service, Accomplishment and Sacrifice D-Day: Service, Accomplishment and Sacrifice June 6, 1944 will always be one of the most important dates in the history of the free world. If you’re younger, the 75 years that have passed may seem like a long time ago. But for those of us who have been around awhile, and who understand how quickly time passes, it’s a ... Read More
  • Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice For many of us, Memorial Day represents the “unofficial beginning of summer.” After all the weather has finally turned warmer across the entire country and we have a 3-day weekend. But I also believe that most of us know that Memorial Day has a much deeper meaning than that ... Read More
  • Let’s Celebrate Seniors on August 21! Let’s Celebrate Seniors on August 21! August 21 marks the 30 th Anniversary of National Senior Citizens Day in the United States. President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring this day to honor the contributions and vital role that older adults make to the country. Reagan himself personified that, as ... Read More

Senior Care

  • Aging Statistics Aging Statistics Important Facts About Aging The more we know, the better we can prepare for the changes ahead for our elderly loved ones. These aging statistics offer valuable knowledge about getting older that allows us to understand the needs of our older loved ones and make life easier ... Read More
  • Product Focus: Direct Link Can Help Keep You Out of the Hospital Product Focus: Direct Link Can Help Keep You Out of the Hospital According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 50 percent of patients do not take their medications as prescribed. It’s estimated in the United States that among seniors the percentage is even higher. More than 80 percent of seniors regularly take two or ... Read More
  • Keep the Thrill of a Good Book Going for the Senior in Your Life Keep the Thrill of a Good Book Going for the Senior in Your Life One of the biggest drawbacks of our busy, information-packed lives today is finding the time to watch all the great shows available, listen to music and, perhaps saddest of all, finding the time to read a good book. I know that by the time I’ve consumed reports and reviewed ... Read More
  • How to Keep Seniors Independent – and Safe How to Keep Seniors Independent – and Safe If you’ve ever seen any of our Exceptional Caregiver videos, you’ll see that Home Helpers ® Home Care has all types of Caregivers who are focused on one thing: providing Exceptional Care. Having Caregivers of diverse origins and experiences enhances our ability to find the ... Read More

Senior Safety

  • Real Examples of Medical Alert Devices Making a Difference Real Examples of Medical Alert Devices Making a Difference Any of us would be startled – and probably pretty scared – to hear a doorbell sound in the middle of the night. So you can imagine what Dorothy*, a senior living alone, must have been feeling the night that happened to her. As she went to see who was at her door, two ... Read More
  • How to Keep Seniors Independent – and Safe How to Keep Seniors Independent – and Safe If you’ve ever seen any of our Exceptional Caregiver videos, you’ll see that Home Helpers ® Home Care has all types of Caregivers who are focused on one thing: providing Exceptional Care. Having Caregivers of diverse origins and experiences enhances our ability to find the ... Read More
  • Shorter Days Impact Seniors in Many Ways Shorter Days Impact Seniors in Many Ways Since we’ve just had our clocks “fall back” to standard time across most of the country, that means darkness is already settling in even as we drive home from work. Less light, more cold (often accompanied by precipitation of some sort and/or wind) can have a debilitating ... Read More
  • Keep Seniors Safe and Warm in Their Homes Keep Seniors Safe and Warm in Their Homes Record-breaking low temperatures are all but inescapable this winter, with every state except Hawaii recording below-freezing weather on one recent morning. Staying warm in the middle of an Arctic blast is always a hassle, and we certainly endorse all the good advice offered ... Read More

Veterans

  • Memorial Day: Those Making the Ultimate Sacrifice Deserve a Place in Our Thoughts Memorial Day: Those Making the Ultimate Sacrifice Deserve a Place in Our Thoughts Memorial Day is often referred to as the unofficial start of summer. By the time it hits each May, the thermometer has risen to a level where the low temperature each day would be welcome in December. It’s a holiday weekend, so most of us are able to enjoy three days away ... Read More
  • A Powerful Way to Say A Powerful Way to Say "Thank You" on Veterans Day On Veterans Day, many Americans have difficulty finding the best way to thank a veteran, but simply being a friend to a veteran may be the best strategy. If you just go by the advertising you see, you might get the impression that Veterans Day is all about discounts on fall ... Read More
  • The Battle Continues at Home: In Home Veterans Care The Battle Continues at Home: In Home Veterans Care Today, as we reflect on the service and honor the bravery of the veterans whom have served in our military, we must not forget that once these soldiers return home, many are faced with different types of battles such as life-long challenges and injuries. No one comes home ... Read More
  • The Aid & Attendance Benefit for Veterans The Aid & Attendance Benefit for Veterans This blog courtesy of Kyle Laramie, President and Co-Founder of Veterans Care Coordination, a national organization that assists veterans and spouses in obtaining the Aid and Attendance benefit. This blog courtesy of Kyle Laramie, President and Co-Founder of Veterans Care ... Read More