Senior Care Blog

Helping Seniors to Prevent AFib

Elder Care in Anna Maria FL: Atrial fibrillation, often called AFib for short, is a condition that causes the heart to beat in an irregular fashion.

Company News: Our Elf!

Our Community Liaison and "Elf", Joshua Salka, hit the streets this week to bring some Christmas cheer to our community!

Local Owner Earns National Awards

Jonathan Marsh, Owner of Home Helpers of Bradenton, received multiple awards in late March at the 2019 Home Helpers® Home Care National Conference in New Orleans.

August Is Gastroparesis Awareness Month

One purpose of having a Gastroparesis Awareness Month is to bring attention to this difficult-to-manage condition. In this article are answers to some commonly asked questions about gastroparesis, to help broaden your awareness and understanding.

How to Pay for Home Care: Part One

Part one of a two-part article to explain how to pay for home care, excerpting from our “Florida Home Care Guide.”

Community Spotlight: Dr. Karen Draper of The Hearing Spa

The Hearing Spa is a family-owned business that works with adults and children for hearing testing, hearing aid fitting and repair, and cochlear implant programming. The Hearing Spa has been in the Bradenton/Sarasota area since 1981, and the Moore family has owned the practice since 1999. Dr. Karen Draper, an audiologist, works at The Hearing Spa with audiologist Dr. Vicky Moore and licensed hearing aid specialist Noel C. Moore, a father/daughter team.

Community Spotlight: Hudson Harbor Chiropractic and the Benefits of Chiropractic Care

As a chiropractic physician, Dr. Heather Crawford of Hudson Harbor Chiropractic relieves patients’ pain and prevents future pain with chiropractic adjustments. She and her staff spend a lot of time educating patients about care for their spine and joints as well. They focus on better spine alignment and education that focuses on improved health.

What Is Home Care and How Does It Differ from Other Care in the Home?

What Is Home Care and How Does It Differ from Other Care in the Home? The “Florida Home Care Guide” provides a few more details and starts by defining the overall area of home care. “Home care is essentially support or non-medical care services provided in the home. This care also can take place in another location where the person receiving the care is living (for example, in a skilled nursing facility).”

Key Questions to Ask to Help Choose a Care Facility for a Loved One

Choosing long-term care for a loved one is never an easy task. Whether you are looking for assisted living, continuous care (where the living facility advances as your loved one’s care needs change), or a nursing home, there are some similar questions you should ask as you visit facilities.

Do You Know Your Risk for Skin Cancer? Find Out Now

The continuous sunshine of Florida is one thing that draws residents and visitors to the aptly named Sunshine State. Unfortunately, one consequence of our sun-rich environment is the need for an even greater vigilance for skin cancer, including the deadly form of melanoma. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a perfect time to find out your risk for skin cancer.

Community Spotlight: Muscle Eze

Got strange muscle pain? Have you had an accident and need pain relief? Then give Neil Holmes at Muscle Eze of Bradenton a call.

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths affecting both men and women, with more than 90% of colorectal cancers occurring in people age 50 or older. The good news is that colorectal cancer is highly preventable. In our blog, we share useful information about diagnosis and prevention.

Florida Home Care Guide - Press Release

Read the recent press release about our downloadable free Florida Home Care Guide. When searching for home care, it’s important that you find the best care for you or your loved one. In Florida, that search can be overwhelming, given all the available options. This guide will help you navigate the home care landscape in Florida.

February 16 is National Caregivers Day

Friday, February 16 is National Caregivers Day! Take time to celebrate and give an extra "thank you" to those working in hospice, long-term care, or in a family caregiving role.

Community Spotlight: Freedom Village

Amy Bailey, Business Development Director, discusses with us the living options available at Freedom Village at Bradenton, a continuous retirement care community in Bradenton, FL. Freedom Village at Bradenton is ready to meet all care needs as loved ones get older—from independent living to assisted living to memory care.

Here Are 5 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

February is American Hearth Month. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, including deaths from heart disease and stroke. Here are 5 tips to focus on heart health.

Home Helpers of Bradenton Receives 2018 Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award

“We are thrilled to now have received the Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice award for the second year in a row,” says Jonathan Marsh, Owner of Home Helpers of Bradenton. “We appreciate all of our employees' dedication, including that of our caregivers as well as our administrative staff. Our staff has really bought into our culture that is centered around our motto 'We're not just caregivers, we're family.' The award is truly a testament to the great service they provide to our community day in and day out,” Marsh added.

Thyroid Is a Small Gland, but it Has a Big Role in Your Health

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, so this is a great time of year to call attention to the myriad health problems connected to the thyroid, including cancers, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease, and hypo- and hyperthyroidism.

Making Healthier New Year’s Resolutions

It’s almost time for 2018! If you’re like many people, once you recover from New Year’s Eve, you’re going to set some New Year’s resolutions. Here are some ideas for healthy New Year’s resolutions.

What Are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis?

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, Dec. 1–7: Home Helpers of Bradenton shares a few facts about these serious inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in honor of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, Dec. 1–7.

Myths About Palliative Care blogger, Troy Diffenderfer, shares with us myths about palliative care.

Community Spotlight: Dr. Dominique Vonador, Acupuncture Physician

Think about the health problems you deal with regularly. How do you treat these problems? If you’re not already seeing acupuncture physician Dr. Dominique Vonador of Acupuncture & Herbal Solutions, now’s the time to give acupuncture a try.

Exceptional Caregiver of the Year Award

Exceptional Caregiver of the Year Award. At Home Helpers, we love to recognize our Exceptional Caregivers. Consider nominating your Home Helpers caregiver for our prestigious 2018 Caregiver of the Year award! Nominations must be received by Nov 30.

In Gratitude for Caregivers

Home Helpers of Bradenton shows gratitude for caregivers in Family Caregivers Month.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

There’s a diabetes epidemic in the U.S. right now, particularly for Type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, the rise in diabetes coincides with the obesity epidemic in the U.S. This blog includes just a few of the staggering statistics and some interesting facts about diabetes.

7 Tips to Prevent Falls Outside the Home

Not all falls happen at home. Those at risk for falls can also fall at the store, at doctors’ appointments, or at a workplace. Here are some tips to try and lower the risk for falls at places outside the home.

12 Ways to Prevent Falls at Home

September 22 is the first day of fall this year, and that’s an easy way to remember that it’s also the 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging.

8 Easy Ways to Start the Conversation

Having difficulty talking to an older parent or other loved one about their living arrangements and whether they’ll need help? Here are 8 Easy Ways to Start the Conversation.

8 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day on September 10th

We give lots of love to the moms and dads in our lives on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. How about sharing the love with grandparents this Sunday, September 10, for Grandparents Day?

Discount Med Direct Helps Customers Buy Reduced-Cost Meds

The cost of medications continues to skyrocket. However, there is help to manage your medication costs. Discount Med Direct is a mail-order medication service that obtains more than 14,000 generic and brand-name medications from a network of licensed U.S., Canadian, and international pharmacies to provide customers the best prices on prescription meds. Discount Med Direct typically saves customers 30% to 80% on their medications.

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.

Did you know that July is Social Wellness Month and how important Social Wellness is for your health? Here are 7 tips for Social Wellness.

July is Social Wellness Month! Just what does that mean? Social wellness means taking care of yourself and the relationships in your life. “The health risks from being alone or isolated in one’s life are comparable to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity,” the University of Minnesota reports.

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.

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.

June is Elder Abuse Month: Watching for Signs of Elder Abuse

June is Elder Abuse Month. Unfortunately, some of our community’s seniors become victims of elder abuse and don’t have the power to speak up for themselves. Here are different kinds of elder abuse and some common signs.

Happy Father's Day

Wishing all fathers in our community and beyond a Happy Father's Day!

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.

Learn more about one of our areas of service: Respite Care

Respite care provides the break you need to refresh and recharge – it’s a planned break from caregiving routines that still allows your loved one to be cared for at home, where they truly belong. Let Home Helpers help you take a needed break. We offer "Respite Care Services". Call us at 941.999.1960 or visit our website at for more information.

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.

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.

Learn more about one of our areas of service: Personal Care

Sometimes our loved ones need help with basic activities of daily living, including hygiene and nutritional needs to stay in their homes living enriched, engaged, and independent lives. Home Helpers can help. We offer "Personal Care Services". Call us at 941.999.1960 or visit our website at for more information.

6 Ways To Help Prevent A Stroke

A stroke can be a serious, even fatal, health emergency. As scared as you might be of a stroke, do you know what to do to lower your risk? May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and here are 6 things you can do to help lower your risk for a stroke.

Learn more about one of our areas of service: Companion Care

We love spending time with our loved ones. However, most of us can’t be there as much as we’d like to provide that needed companionship. Home Helpers can help. We offer "Companion Care Services". Call us at 941.999.1960 for more information.

Home Helpers of Bradenton Receives 2017 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice Award

“Receiving this award is truly an honor for Home Helpers of Bradenton. It demonstrates the dedication of all of our employees, from our administrative staff to our caregivers, to providing excellent in-home care,” says Jonathan Marsh, Owner and Administrator of Home Helpers of Bradenton.

Home Helpers of Bradenton Becomes Member of the Better Business Council

Bradenton, FL – October 13, 2016 – Home Helpers of Bradenton today announced that it has become a member of the Manatee Chamber's Better Business Council (BBC). This distinction illustrates Home Helpers of Bradenton’s commitment to its clients.

What can I do to prevent Alzheimer’s naturally?

The purpose of this blog is to bring awareness to our community of the ways to prevent Alzheimer's. Despite genetic predispositions to Alzheimer's, it is largely a preventable disease. It comes down to lifestyle choices, similar to aging in general.

Common Reasons for Emergency Room Visits of Our Elderly Community

The purpose of this blog is to help to familiarize our community with some of the common issues that result in visits to the ER by our elderly population. We may be able to help to prevent an ER visit or, at the very least, have a better understanding of how to handle certain situations.

June is Cataract Awareness Month

The purpose of this blog post is to bring more awareness to the community about cataracts and the importance of an individual's eyes to their overall health.

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month

The purpose of this blog post is to promote June 2016 as National Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is a condition that very common in stroke victims. According to the National Aphasia Association (NAA), “aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language."

Retirement Planning Is More Than Financial

The purpose of this blog is to shed some light on the importance of being proactive as it relates to your retirement planning, which involves your financial future as well as decisions that will affect your quality of life.

May is Stroke Awareness Month - Create a Caring Partnership

This blog post is directed towards that may become the primary caregiver and discusses creating a team to assist in the recovery of a stroke survivor. Doing so is vital in their successful recovery.

Parkinson's Disease: Bringing Awareness To Our Community

The purpose of this blog post is to bring more awareness of Parkinson’s disease to the community so that we may all be aware of both the motor and non-motor symptoms.

Home Helpers of Bradenton hires new Office Manager, Amanda Lunsford

Home Helpers of Bradenton is proud to introduce our new office manager, Amanda Lunsford. Amanda’s experience as well as her sincere desire to help others will greatly benefit Home Helpers, our clients and our caregivers. She is excited to help continue the Home Helpers tradition of making a difference in our clients' lives.

Common Questions Asked During An In-Home Consultation

This blog post captures a few of the questions that we typically receive during in-home consultations with individuals or their families that are looking for care. These questions deal with cost, acceptable methods of payment, caregivers, insurance, and medical alert systems.

May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is stroke awareness month. In this article are some helpful things for a caregiver of a stroke survivor to know and do to aid in the recovery.

Love Everyone

This blog is a little encouragement to simply love everyone.

How old do you want to be?

This blog post will help you understand that how we age is primarily related to lifestyle and environment. Your decisions play a very large role in how you age, more so than genetics. You are not necessarily destined to live with a chronic condition if you make healthy choices.

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