Senior Home Care Blog - Western Cook & Eastern DuPage Counties

Signs Your Senior Loved One Needs Assistance

Everyone wants to be independent and healthy as long as possible, and most seniors fear to be a burden to their loved ones above all else. If your older adult is showing signs of needing more care and assistance to have a full life, it’s best to approach it slowly and transition gradually. Read on to discover our tips and suggestions about easing your loved one into assisted living.

Tips for Caring for Someone with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease changes everything for a person. Taking care of someone with the disease can be difficult and stressful. This article will give you some helpful tips for coping with the caretaking skills required to help the loved one stay as independent as possible for as long as possible!

How to Be the Best Caregiver You Can Be

If caregiving is new to you, it’s normal to feel some anxiety about your new position and what it may require of you. This article will give you the skinny on what you need to know to be the best caregiver you can be!

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.

Adopting an Exercise Regimen that Works for Seniors

While it may take a little longer for us to heal and bounce back from things as we age, an appropriate level of activity is ALWAYS a good thing, no matter how old we get! If your older adult has physical limitations or health problems, you might be surprised how easy it is to find some exercises that can be done safely. Let’s look at some benefits!

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.

Play Explores Dementia's Effect on Families

Following each performance of "Too Much, Too Much, Too Many," Jackie Raschke, certified dementia practitioner from Home Helpers Home Care, will answer questions about Alzheimer’s and dementia and offer information about the resources available to help patients and families.

Fight the Effects of Dry Winter Air

If you get a shock every time you touch a metal doorknob or find socks stuck to the insides of your sheets, chances are your house is suffering from a lack of humidity caused by dry winter air.

The Dos and Don'ts of Drinking Coffee

To reap the benefits of coffee without the drawbacks, it's best to follow these helpful tips for healthy coffee consumption.

Warm Up With These January Events

With the excitement of the holidays behind us, January can be long, cold and rather dull. But it doesn’t have to be. We’ve compiled a list of events and programs geared toward older adults. All are close to home, affordable, and sure to help you shake the post-holiday blues.

Try Our Ideas For Preventing Winter Depression

It’s true that getting outside can be tough during the year’s coldest, iciest months, but there are ways to liven things up and to ward off winter depression. Give some of our ideas a try!

Let Home Helpers Help You Prevent A Cold This Winter

There are things you can do to help prevent a cold. Here are a few things to try yourself, along with a few ways that Home Helpers can help make this winter a healthy one for you and your loved ones.

Don't Let Bad Breath Get in the Way of Your Holiday

Bad breath can be a problem at any age, but it often becomes more common in older adults. Here’s a look at three common causes of bad breath, and what you can do to freshen it up.

Plan Ahead to Talk About Care

The holidays bring families together. Sometimes, they’re surprised at what they come home to, and surprised that it might be time to talk about care.

Home-Delivered Meals Bring Comfort To Your Door

Enjoying your favorite fall dishes is as easy as making a call to Home Helpers. Home-delivered meals are one of the many ways Home Helpers makes life easier for seniors and their families.

Free Event Could Save Your Life

A woman is her own best defense against breast cancer. Learn breast self-examination techniques, and what to look for, during a special event at Riverside Public Library at 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

Fall is the Time to Get Outdoors

Now, before winter beckons us indoors, is the time to get outdoors and enjoy the crisp temperatures and beautiful views of fall.

Could Your Pain Be Fibromyalgia?

Lady Gaga is among the millions of Americans suffering from the pain of fibromyalgia. Could it be the cause of your pain, too?

Stand Up to the Dangers of Sitting Too Much

Research suggests the simple act of sitting too much is bad for our health and longevity. We've put together a few ideas to help break your sitting habit.

Let Us Plan Your Weekend Outing

Home Helpers' monthly calendar of events is filled with free and affordable options for seniors to enjoy alone or with their families. Here are a few to enjoy this weekend!

Simple Changes for Fighting Fatigue

Before heading to the doctor for a sleep study or a battery of tests, consider fighting fatigue with one of these simple lifestyle changes.

Free Events Help You Age Well

Like Home Helpers, Aging Care Connections in La Grange is committed to helping people remain safe, healthy and happy as they age.

Hawaii Becomes First State to Compensate Family Caregivers

Hawaii’s Kupuna Caregivers Act, signed by the state’s governor on July 11, offers unpaid family caregivers up to $70 per day to help ease the stress and financial burden that can result from caring for an aging loved one.

Get Out And Enjoy a Free Summer Concert

Don’t spend this summer watching reruns on television. Instead, pack up the family, the lawn chairs and some bug spray (just in case) and settle in for a pleasant evening with neighbors, friends and live music.

Ideas for a Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast

For people with diabetes, eating a diabetes-friendly breakfast is important, and it can be tricky. We've come up with a few tasty options.

9 Ways to Help a Friend Avoid Caregiver Burnout

If you have a friend who is caring for someone in need of constant care, you might feel there is little you can do to help. But there are things you can do to offer relief, support, and reassurance that your friend is not alone.

These Father's Day Gifts Need No Wrapping

It’s true that your time is the greatest gift you can give your dad. This Father’s Day, make your time extra special by doing something special. We have a few ideas that we think fit the bill.

Fresh Greens: They Aren’t Just For Salads Anymore

Before the tomatoes are ripe or the zucchini have reached their peak, the warm days of spring yield bumper crops of healthy fresh greens. From spinach to kale to good old iceberg lettuce, these leafy vegetables pack a nutritional punch and make for a flavorful addition to any meal.

Don't Ignore the Risk of Lyme Disease

Summer is a time to get outside to enjoy the sunshine, picnics, cookouts and family. But there’s danger lurking out there in the form of tiny, disease-carrying ticks.

Learn the Many Perks of Working for Free

No one needs to look far to find an outlet for their time and talent. No matter your area of interest, there’s an organization not far from home who could use your help. All it takes to get started is an email or a phone call.

Don't Face Parkinson's Care Alone

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month – a good time to remind caregivers that they’re not alone, and that help is available.

Vital Vitamins for Senior Nutrition

Two letters show up more than the others when reading about older adults and senior nutrition. Those letters are B and D, as in vitamins B12 and D.

Add Flavor to Your Food While Cutting Sugar and Salt

Perhaps because taste buds don’t work as well, or because medications interfere with the flavors of food, some seniors turn to salt and sugar to make their diets more palatable. But there are healthier ways to flavor food without adding calories or sodium.

Confusion Could Mean a Urinary Tract Infection

Your mom seems more confused than usual, and she’s uncharacteristically short-tempered. Before you start worrying about the onset of dementia, consider whether something far less chronic – a urinary tract infection – could be to blame.

Five Fun Ways to Boost Brain Power

Looking for a fun way to spend a chilly winter day? All you have to do is act like a kid again. The same games we enjoyed as children can boost brain power in older adults.

Aging Nails Need Extra Care

Like every other part of our bodies, nails on both our fingers and toes are affected by age. A little extra attention can keep them looking healthy and attractive.

Age is a Risk Factor for Glaucoma

Researchers estimate that more than 1.5 million Americans are living with glaucoma and don’t even know it. One of them could be you.

7 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter

All it takes is a little effort and creativity to bring a little sunshine to the dreary days of January.

Rediscover Your Public Library

If you still think of your local library as a building full of dusty books and kindergarten storytimes, you’re missing out on a whole new world.

Keep Walking in Winter

Don’t let cold, snow and ice put the chill on your fitness routine. These local facilities make it easy for you to keep walking all winter long!

8 Tips to Fight Dry Winter Skin

Dry winter air means dry winter skin. And for older adults, it can be much more than a nuisance. Try these tips to keep skin healthy all winter long.

5 Christmas Gifts for Seniors

Struggling with what to give a loved one who has moved to a nursing home? We have some ideas for Christmas gifts for seniors that are sure to be appreciated long after the holiday is over.

Keep the Thanksgiving Conversation Flowing

Making conversation with older relatives can be difficult. If you would rather not spend Thanksgiving dinner talking to Grandma and Grandpa about the weather or the food in their assisted living center’s dining room, it might be best to come prepared with a few Thanksgiving conversation starters.

Is Your Loved One Safe at Home?

Many people are determined to stay in their homes as they age. But is it safe to do so? As you enjoy your holiday visits this year, watch for these signs that it might be time to call in some help or even to re-evaluate a loved one’s living arrangements.

Home Helpers Makes Life Easier With In-Home Nursing Services

Injections and wound care are two of the many in-home nursing services that can be performed by Home Helpers. Since obtaining its medical license in 2013, Home Helpers has made life easier by providing medical services in a client’s home.

It's Time for Your Medicare Checkup

October 15 marks the start of Open Enrollment season for those with Medicare coverage. From Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, those eligible for Medicare can make changes to their coverage choices, which will go into effect Jan. 1.

It's Flu-Shot Season

Getting a flu shot isn’t just about protecting yourself. It’s about protecting those around you, including older adults for whom the flu can be serious and even deadly.

Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer

September is ovarian cancer awareness month – a time to get familiar with the signs of ovarian cancer, its causes and what can be done.

Art is Good for the Mind, Body and Soul

Seniors who participate in drawing, painting or some other form of creative activity reap benefits such as improved cognitive function, stress relief, better hand-eye coordination and of course, relief from boredom. Even if you or your senior loved one has rarely put a brush to a canvas or a pencil to a sketchpad, it’s not too late to get started.

Hinsdale Chorale Gives Seniors a Voice

The Hinsdale Encore Chorale offers singers 55 and older a chance to reap the many joys and benefits that come from singing in a choir. There are no auditions and no experience is necessary.

Depression Looks Different in Older Adults

Older adults who are depressed are often more grumpy than sad. Rather than tears, their depression shows itself in irritability. Depression in seniors is not something to be ignored, or to be passed off as a normal part of aging.

5 Surprising Ways to Cut Back on Sugar

Sugar is lurking in places where you would least expect it. By July 2018, manufacturers are required to list added sugars, in grams and as a percent of daily value, on food labels. Until then, here are a few places where sugar could be hiding.

CareZone App Assists Family Caregivers

CareZone is a web application designed to help family caregivers manage the many aspects of their job, all in one place. And the best part? It’s free.

Help Cyber-Savvy Seniors Avoid Internet Fraud

According to the FBI, seniors are often vulnerable targets of smart, clever thieves. In fact, they are twice as likely to become victims of internet fraud. Help protect them with these internet safety tips.

Free Concerts Fill Area Parks This Summer

Free summer concerts are held nearly every night of the week at venues that are close to home and welcoming to the entire family. Don’t spend this summer watching reruns on television. Instead, pack up the family, the lawn chairs and some bug spray (just in case) and settle in for a pleasant evening with neighbors, friends and live music.

You Don't Have to Look Far for Father's Day Fun

Looking for something fun to do with Dad this Father's Day? No problem. We’ve assembled a list of some special events that are sure to make for a day that you both will remember.

Step Outside for a Healthy Dose of Vitamin D

Weak bones aren’t the only result of too little vitamin D. Research by scientists at Rutgers University has shown that older adults with low levels of the nutrient have an increased risk of cognitive decline.

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