Community Blog

What Makes Being a Caregiver to Seniors so Rewarding?

Caregivers promote healthy living for seniors by preparing and sharing nutritious meals; ensuring medication reminders are given so proper doses of meds are taken when necessary; and encouraging physical activity (whenever possible), all of which are beneficial for the physical and mental well-being of the senior and the caregiver!

Respite Care for Family Caregivers is Essential

Respite care for family caregivers is essential to everyone maintaining a healthy quality of life. It doesn’t mean the caregiver has failed, it means they are human and need a break.

See to it that Seniors get Annual Eye Exams

Good eye health is important for everyone. August is Eye Exam Awareness Month, so see to it that the special seniors in your life make their annual appointment, or better still, try to accompany them to it.

Threat of Elder Abuse is Real

The threat of elder abuse is real. The National Council On Aging reports “approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.”

Senior Social Groups Slow Mental Decline

Recent research suggests the social interaction of seniors can have a direct impact on their brain health, loss of memory and cognitive function, which are all symptoms of brain diseases and disorders, like dementia.

Importance of Nutrition for Aging Adults

Preparing nutritious meals with good sources of protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables is vital for seniors to maintain better overall health, without the unknowns of costly vitamins and supplements.

Tips for Caregivers Assisting Seniors with Autism

For families, friends, and caregivers of seniors with autism, it is important that we, too, adapt to their way of life to minimize their agitation and frustration, and keep them as comfortable as possible.

Caregivers for Family Members Require Respite

If you are a caregiver for a family member or friend and you need respite; or if, perhaps, you simply need another pair of hands, Home Helpers® is available to provide non-medical assistance.

Ways to Get Paid as a Family Caregiver

There’s a question I am frequently asked when talking to potential clients’ family members: “How can I get paid as a family caregiver for my loved one?”

Gift Ideas for Seniors at the Holidays or Any Day

One of the most prized gifts an older adult can receive is a visit from their loved ones. It only costs a little of your time, and in most cases, minimal transportation expenses.

Keeping Seniors Safe this Holiday Season

Since the vast majority of our clients at Home Helpers are seniors, I think it’s very important to address senior safety during the holidays.

Six Senior Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be: fun and festive. Unfortunately, year after year it seems our communities become scarier places, thanks to all of the horrible scenarios that play-out in the news every day.

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

The American Academy of Periodontology states that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease or heart disease, than those who do not suffer with oral conditions.

Breast Cancer Self-Exam Important to Senior Women

Do you know a senior who has been diagnosed with breast cancer? They may very well need assistance with light housework, meal preparation, or transportation assistance while undergoing treatment.

Seniors Benefit from Physical Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of any kind is not easy, but seniors benefit from rehabilitation, even though it can be a huge challenge for them. It is important to encourage them and keep their minds focused on the prize, which is the overall improvement of their physical condition.

Self-Care Awareness Vital to Serve Others

It almost seems fitting that September is National Self-Care Awareness Month, because it serves as a reminder that we each need to do our own personal inventory to examine our needs as individuals and take care of those needs, so we can best serve others.

Senior Scams: The Crime of the 21st Century

The Federal Trade Commission saw fraud complaints involving Americans age 60 and older rise as much as 47% from 2012-2014, and estimates that this fraud has cost seniors anywhere from $3 billion to $30 billion dollars, collectively.

Medical Alert Options for Seniors

Did you know that August is Medic Alert Awareness Month? Don’t take chances with the health and welfare of special seniors in your life.

Importance of Caregivers for Senior Independence

If you know a senior who struggles with activities of daily living, but who wants to remain independent in their own home, I am happy to offer a FREE in-home consultation to discuss their needs, and I will personally select the perfect, professional caregiver to assist them!

7 Recommendations for Senior Safety and Hurricane Preparedness

June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season each year, and I hate the idea of seniors being alone and in need during a severe storm. I am happy to find the perfect, compassionate caregiver to help keep seniors safe and hurricane prepared!

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.

Sudden Signs & Symptoms of Stroke

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. It is crucial that action is taken quickly when someone suffers a stroke. It could mean the difference between life and death.

“Exceptional Caregiver” Awarded Locally to Home Helpers Clearwater

It takes a special person to step into the life of someone in need and change the quality of that life for the better. Home Helpers Clearwater is proud to have a number of these special people on staff, but one in particular has been selected for an “Exceptional Caregiver Award” on a national scale.

Seniors and Alcohol: A Lethal Combination

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Seniors and alcohol don’t always mix well. As we age, our metabolisms change, and our bodies do not process adult beverages like they once did. Furthermore, when alcohol is consumed with some medications, be they over-the-counter or prescription, it can have profoundly negative effects on the kidneys, liver and heart.

Parkinson’s disease in Seniors Mimics Natural Aging

April is Parkinson ’s Disease Awareness Month, and in 2017, there is still no definitive cause for the disease. Clinical trials continue to provide research which will, hopefully, answer that question, and one day, lead to a cure.

In-Home Help Recommended for Senior Colonoscopy Prep

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which got its start thanks to President Bill Clinton in 2000. According to the American Cancer Society, “Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.” Their estimates for new colorectal cancer cases in America for 2017, exceed 135,000.

The Many Forms of Dementia

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with some form of dementia, and you are unable to be a caregiver to assist them with activities of daily living, please reach out to me at 727.942.2539

Plan a Healthy St Patrick’s Day for the Elderly

Let’s face it. Everyone is a little Irish on St Patrick’s Day! Even mature adults, like me, choose something green to wear, eat corned beef and cabbage, and perhaps, add a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream to their morning cup of Joe. There is nothing wrong with these things, but there are healthier ways to maintain the joyful spirit of this beloved, spring day, without compromising taste or fun!

Senior Care Should Include Regular Pedicures

Pedicures are not just for women anymore! Men of all ages are often found getting manicures and pedicures in nail salons and spas, and senior men are no exception! It is equally as important for men to keep their feet and toenails clean and healthy, especially if they suffer from the maladies of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Good Dental Health Promotes Heart Health and More in Seniors

Have you ever taken time to look at an elderly person’s hands? They usually show the wear and tear of many decades of use. Many elderly adults suffer from enlarged joints, crooked fingers and weakened grips, thanks to arthritis after years of repetitive actions. This can negatively affect a senior’s dental health, which in turn affects the heart and other areas of the body.

Help Seniors Suffering From Broken Heart Syndrome

Seniors suffering from Broken Heart Syndrome may easily be misdiagnosed as having had a heart attack, because both can cause severe chest pain, irregular heartbeats and similarities of blood substances that appear during both. However, the dynamics between the two conditions are different.

Caregivers an Asset to Seniors Following Hospitalization

There are thousands of reasons why seniors are hospitalized each year. Regardless of the diagnosis, patients always receive doctor’s orders when they are discharged from the hospital. Unfortunately, seniors are known for having a more difficult time following their doctor’s recommendations when they are alone, which can significantly impact their recovery. This is when caregivers prove to be real assets to seniors following hospitalization.

Primary Challenges of Seniors Undergoing Cancer Treatments

As we recognize World Cancer Day 2017, February 4th, it is important we raise awareness to the plight of seniors undergoing cancer treatments for this dreadful disease and the issues they experience. There’s no better time to review these difficulties and the ways you and I can help.

Seven Red Flags to Recognize Seniors with Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be overlooked in seniors, because, if you think about it, many elderly adults tend to be thin and frail. Read my blog post to learn about the seven red flags to recognize seniors with eating disorders.

Five Rewards of Being a Caregiver

It takes compassionate women and men to step-up as caregivers when a family member or friend needs in-home care and assistance. With the aging population in our slice of Florida paradise, more and more individuals require help to manage and maintain a healthy quality of life.

Seniors with Glaucoma Face Numerous Challenges

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and as I look ahead at the New Year, I am moved by the studies that indicate a higher percentage of seniors with glaucoma in Florida*, who are visually impaired and cannot see well enough to perform even basic activities of daily living. Of course, we have a larger population of migrant seniors in Florida, thanks to our beautiful climate, but the stats are disconcerting, nonetheless.

Learning Works Both Ways for Youth and Elders

I want to revisit a topic touched upon in my last blog, because it is vital to emphasize the importance of minimizing and eliminating the generation gap between today’s youth and their elders, and there’s no time like the present and the beginning of a New Year! We younger generations have a great deal to learn from seniors, and conversely, seniors can learn a lot from the younger generations, as well.

Avert Elderly Loneliness and Depression over the Holidays

I recently received correspondence from a senior reader of our blogs. She reached out all the way from Sydney, Nova Scotia, with a very important message about elderly loneliness and depression I feel compelled to share.

Safe Gifts for the Elderly this Holiday Season

With Direct Link® monitoring and medical alert systems, Godmother, Uncle Joe, and I could have peace of mind knowing they have Help at the Touch of a Button™. Monitoring services and medical alert systems are literally life-savers for seniors striving to maintain their independence, recovering from injuries, or requiring in-home care.

Seven Hints to Support Seniors During the Holidays

The holidays can be a very lonely time for seniors who do not reside close to family members. I am proud of my team of caregivers who are available 24/7/365, to be there when you cannot. Don’t allow your special senior someone to go it alone during the holidays. Call Home Helpers today, and I will make sure a compatible, compassionate caregiver takes care of practically any need, eliminates loneliness, while providing companionship and love this holiday season, or anytime throughout the year!

Ways to Assist Seniors with Diabetes

My compassionate team of caregivers at Home Helpers are available to assist seniors that have Diabetes, with tasks such as grocery shopping, planning and preparing meals, transporting to doctors appointments, picking up prescriptions from the pharmacy, and reminding when it is time to check blood sugar or take medications.

Top Three Reasons for Senior Smokers to “Butt-Out”

Although, I’ve never been a smoker, I have friends and family members who do. Smoking is an addiction much like that of illegal drugs and alcohol, and it usually results in horrible diseases that can be debilitating, if not fatal, unless prevention intervenes. Senior smokers, beware of what you are facing if you don’t kick-the habit, and consider “butting-out” for the Great American Smoke-Out, November 17th.

Five Frightful Facts for Senior Safety at Halloween

Keep seniors safe at Halloween by joining in their evening and protecting their best interests. If you cannot be there, Home Helpers has a perfectly-matched caregiver available to provide companion care when they need it most. 727-942-2539.

Prevent Illness and Infections in Safety Harbor

We’ve all seen them as we enter our local supermarket or superstore, but do you use them like I do? I’m talking about the free-standing dispenser of sanitized wipes available to (hopefully) clear our shopping cart handles of any germs, viruses, or bacteria that may be looming from the previous users’ sneezes, coughs, or pre-schooler’s grubby hands.

Home Helpers Clearwater is Home Care Pulse Certified™

Being Home Care Pulse Certified Providers™, also known as Certified – Trusted Providers, is a big deal for all who hold this certification, including Home Helpers Clearwater, because our professional caregivers are among the most trusted in the industry, based on feedback about our caregivers and services from actual clients and family members.

Seniors Benefit from Monitoring Services in Hudson, Florida

Don’t take chances with the health and welfare of special seniors in your life. Keep them safe and secure by learning more about Direct Link® monitoring services in Hudson. Please take a few moments to reach out to the professional caregivers at Home Helpers®, and schedule a FREE consultation about Direct Link® monitoring and medical alert options, and all of the available services through Home Helpers®. They are continually “Making Life Easier℠.” 727.942.2539

Celebrate Healthy Aging in Safety Harbor

September is Healthy Aging Month, making it the perfect time to examine your lifestyle. If you are a senior, or about to become one, be proactive in making the most of time, happily and healthily!

Prevent Senior Suicides in New Port Richey

September is National Suicide Awareness Month, and September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. If a senior in New Port Richey has come to mind while reading this blog, reach out to them.

Include Seniors in Holiday Fun & Festivities

Remember to include seniors in holiday fun and festivities, because not only is it a great opportunity to bond and share entertaining stories and precious memories with a generation who has seen the world and the workforce dramatically change since their youth, but it is vital to keep seniors active and engaged.

Notice the Need for Senior In-Home Care in Clearwater

It is wonderful to have an aging population full of wisdom and knowledge, so much of which is untapped by today’s generation, living among us, or moving to our little slice of paradise here in Clearwater!

National Senior Citizens Day – Celebrate Seniors in Palm Harbor

National Senior Citizens Day was established to remember and honor our elderly loved ones, friends and neighbors. Simply by sharing a brief conversation on the phone, FaceTime, or Skype, you can lift the spirits of a lonely senior, and renew the spirit of family and friendship.

Keep Immunizations for Seniors on Schedule

If you are age 60 or older, it is recommended that you consult with your physician about vaccines you should have based upon your health, occupation, and geographic location.

Veterans with PTSD in Tarpon Springs are Not Alone

If you or a Veteran you love qualifies for Aid and Attendance, which includes in-home care from a recognized organization, the professional caregivers at Home Helpers are ready to assist. They will guide you to the proper websites and get you on the right track with the processes.

Senior Independence in Safety Harbor an Attainable Goal

For our elderly population, there are few things more important than being able to live independently in their own homes, or maybe an assisted living community, embracing retirement and the golden years.

Six Storm Safety Tips for Seniors in Clearwater

If you know a senior in Clearwater is alone in a severe storm event, and there is no one to stay with them to make sure they are safe, consider the option of a compassionate caregiver, available 24/7, 365. They can make certain the home is safe, go grocery shopping for water, food and snacks; provide transportation to safe places; and be a companion when the weather is scary, dreary and dark.

The Five Best Ways Seniors with Cataracts can Impede the Condition’s Progression

Don’t you just love the Sunshine State and especially Dunedin? Snowbirds flock here every winter, and most residents participate in water sports, hit the links, go boating or sailing, and take advantage of any number of outdoor activities during the summer months. This is all fine and good, unless you suffer with cataracts.

Senior Men’s Health and Wellness is a Priority of Everyone

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.” – Congressman Bill Richardson, Congressional Record May 24, 1994

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse and the Administration on Aging, “every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Get Seniors Moving to Help Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis [OA], also known as degenerative joint disease, is a chronic condition of a joint or joints that affects people of all ages, but is...

Eight Most Common Forms of Arthritis

May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and it is important to recognize that arthritis does not discriminate. It is a malady that affects young people and...

Seniors and Alcoholism: A Lethal Combination

Remember being a young teenager, looking forward to the milestones we deemed important: our 16th birthday, so we could get our driver license; our 18th...

Senior Personal Care Services for Easter

On the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Vernal equinox, Christians the world-over celebrate the resurrection of their Lord and Savior, Jesus...

Focus on Seniors and Nutrition in March

It’s been said, “With age comes wisdom.” We know what we should and should not do in terms of our health and well-being, but do...

AMD/Low Vision Prompts Home Care Services

A great deal of emphasis has been placed on heart health in February, because it is National Heart Health Month. However, February carries more than...

The Compassionate Heart of a Caregiver

It takes a very special individual to be a caregiver. Their heart is golden and bursting with compassion for others. Their focus is intent on...

Heart Healthy Tips for Heart Health Month

February is recognized annually as Heart Health Month, to bring awareness about heart disease and the ways each of us can adjust our lifestyles to...

Home Care vs Home Health Care for Seniors

Home health care for seniors is most often the preferred option when a mature adult requires assistance following surgery or when ill. This can be...

Time to Talk Senior Home Services

She is a widow who lives alone. Her back is permanently hunched-over from more than forty years of being a medical technologist. Her balance is...

Consider Senior In-Home Care in 2016

As we prepare to ring in New Year 2016, it’s a great time to take stock of our individual selves and our families, and develop...

How to Make Holidays Happy Days for Seniors

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are traditionally spent with family and friends. It is important that the seniors involved feel part of the celebration and...

Give a Senior the Gift of a Lift to Church

Religion is a subject that stirs controversy in many these days, but that is not typically the case among the elderly. Over the decades, elder...

Holiday Home Services for Seniors

We all have our favorite family traditions we observe during the holidays, and that is especially true for seniors. They’ve been celebrating Christmas or Hanukah...

Notice Senior Needs this Holiday Season

During the holidays, nearly 92 million Americans will spend time visiting and celebrating the season with senior loved ones. Whether it is aging parents, grandparents,...

Alzheimer’s Home Care Benefits for Veterans

Our nation’s Veterans are a special breed. It takes patriotism, courage, strength, and incredible physical, mental and emotional fortitude to endure the dangerous conditions many...

Senior Care Services Help Prevent Scams

The Federal Trade Commission saw fraud complaints involving Americans age 60 and older rise as much as 47% from 2012-2014, and estimates that this fraud...

Senior Fall Prevention Starts at Home

“Home Sweet Home.” Many of us remember seeing a hand-embroidered, framed rendition of this popular phrase on Grandma’s wall, usually in the foyer. “Home is...

September is Fall Prevention Month

We all know a senior someone who has battled gravity and lost. Have you seen the statistics on falls among seniors reported by the National...

How to Talk to your Parent About In Home Care

When it’s Time to Have “The Talk” with Your Aging Parent Sensitive life topics often make conversations difficult for families. Just as you can’t imagine...

Fall Prevention

Each year, one out of every three people over the age of 65 has a fall. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury...

Caring for a Person With Dementia

Dementia is a disease that affects 5.4 million people in the U.S. and is predicted to double every 20 years. While dealing with Dementia can...

9 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

As a caregiver, you may find yourself facing many new responsibilities. With the pressures of household disruption and concerns of financial strain, it’s easy to...

Is Companion Care Right for your Aging Parent?

Your parents are older and you’re worried about their well-being. You may have noticed their needs changing over time or it could have happened overnight. Determining...

The Difference Between In Home Health Care and Companion Care

While some things in life can be avoided, aging is one element of our lives that we have very little control over. Exercising and healthy eating have proven to add years of life, but getting older will still adversely treat some better than others. When choosing the right place for a loved one to receive the care they need at this stage of life, it can be overwhelming researching through all of the available options.

Load More