Senior Care Blog - Nampa, Caldwell, Emmett

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.

Tips for Reducing Agitation in Seniors with Dementia

Sensitivity to the surroundings around them is one of the main issues among seniors who struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In order to soothe agitation and lessen difficult behaviors, it’s important to create a calm and relaxing environment. Here are 5 ways to help create a calm environment for the older adult in your family.

Part 2 - Tips for Discussing the Aging Process with Your Parents

A lot of friction can happen when a family must watch their parents age. The old phrase, “age gracefully” doesn’t always seem so graceful, especially when it refers to those we love most. Communication skills are vital to any relationship! Last week we looked at tips for discussing the aging process with your elderly parents. Here are even more great tips for caregivers and family members to have a meaningful conversation with aging parents.

Helping Seniors Have Good Health Through Good Nutrition

As a society, we have never been more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet to preserve our health and live longer. This is also true of seniors today! Just like children have certain dietary needs, seniors and older adults do too. Our bodies and metabolism slow as we age, making it easier to eat fewer calories. Fewer calories, however, does not mean less nutrition! Let’s look at the role nutrition plays as we age….

Tips for Hiring a Transportation Caregiver for Your Senior

Seniors have a variety of needs that require transportation that is reliable and safe. If the day has come when your older loved one can no longer drive themselves safely, you may want to consider hiring a professional caregiver. Family or friends may not always be available, so it’s helpful to have other options on the table. Here are a few tips to help you hire a caregiver who can transport the senior in your life.

How Pet Ownership Can Make Seniors Happier

Pets not only fills the need to nurture and take care of something, but they can also improve our health! Did you know that the benefits of owning a pet goes far beyond companionship? It’s true! Studies have been done that proves how a pet lowers blood pressure and heart rate, lowers the risk of heart disease and stress, and even prevents depression. If you or your senior loved one is considering a pet, think about the following pros and cons:

How Caregivers Can Overcome Winter Challenges

Ice, snow and other winter weather is difficult for everyone, but when you are a caregiver it can take even more challenges. Doctor’s appointments, social activities, church, grocery store runs….all of this can be far more difficult in the winter months. There’s no doubt that falling is a huge risk for seniors, but they are especially vulnerable during cold weather. Here are some fantastic tips to keep your senior safe from falls:

Encouraging Seniors to Remain Independent

If you are caring for seniors, you already know how important it is to protect their sense of pride and respect. You want to encourage them to stay active and stay independent. But how? Read on.

Boredom Can Be Dangerous to a Senior’s Health

We’ve all heard the phrase, “bored to death”. All of us need to feel purposeful in life, and seniors are no exception. While boredom makes most people lethargic, it can have even greater consequences for seniors. Even to the point of being life-threatening.

Why Most Seniors Prefer Home Care

If at all possible, most seniors will choose to stay in their homes as long as possible. They may need some care or assistance and home care workers make that a viable choice. Everything from housekeeping, meal and medication oversight and skilled nursing can all be done within the home. Let’s look at some key reasons that home care for seniors is the preferred course of care…

How to Bring Joy to Seniors with Dementia Through Reminiscence Therapy

When a person has Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, it is most often the short-term memory that is affected first. They are able to recall memories from long ago, which can make reminiscence therapy very effective in bringing joy to this group of seniors. Memories can be associated with specific parts of the brain, so doing the following activities can help stimulate brain function. Get creative!

Preventing the Flu in Seniors and Their Caregivers

It’s that time of year again where flu season is upon us. Did you know that seniors, as well as their caregivers, are more vulnerable to the flu? It’s true, but there are things you can do to protect yourself and shorten the lifespan of the illness if it does happen. To help you prevent colds and flu, here are some important tips:

Keeping Seniors Safe in Cold Weather

All of us get cold in the winter, but seniors are even more prone to being unable to warm up easily during those cold months. Most of us grew up with our mothers warning us we would get sick if we’re cold, but this is especially true with elderly people. They really can get dangerously sick just from being cold. Why is that? Read on…

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and How to Prepare

If you have notices signs and symptoms in your elderly loved one that concern you, you’ll want to understand some of the warning signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Let’s look at a few of those signs:

How Seniors Can Boost Energy Levels

Let’s face it—all of us want to live well and age well. It all starts with creating healthy habits that will last a lifetime. But even if you’re late in creating healthy routines, it’s never too late to start! Here are some ways to boost your energy and feel great as a senior!

10 Tips for Helping Seniors with Personal Hygiene

As we age, routine tasks become more difficult. For many seniors, good personal hygiene can be especially challenging and may require some assistance. Here are some tips to help you help the senior in your life!

How to Help Joint Pain During the Colder Months

It’s not uncommon for seniors to have increased pain in their joints and muscles during the winter. Doctors will tell you that there are more prescriptions written for aches and pains during colder temperatures than other times of the year. Here’s some helpful tips for reducing joint pain and discomfort in seniors:

Thanksgiving Survival Tips for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for Americans, meant to enjoy loved ones, good food and a relaxed atmosphere. Planning for all this fun and relaxation can sometimes be a bit stressful, especially if you’re a caretaker for the senior loved one in your life. But fear not! Our tips will help you get through Thanksgiving with ease, so you can get back to enjoying what the day is all about—giving thanks for the special loved ones in your life.

Communicating with Dementia Patients

Witnessing a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be a very painful experience. As they progress in the disease, memory problems become more noticeable. Eventually, that impairment causes the loss of self and they may not even recognize their friends and family. Communication with loved ones who have dementia can be tricky at times, but not impossible. Here are some tips on how to communicate with your loved one with dementia:

Protecting Seniors Against Scams

Each year, seniors are among the most targeted age group for scammers to work their dirty tricks. Criminals prey on seniors due to the simple fact that older people are deemed more trusting and willing to give up their financial information. This is a BIG problem. Here are some typical frauds attempted on seniors:

How to Determine When a Pet Has Become Too Much for Seniors

One of the difficult parts of pet ownership is knowing when to let go. If your senior parent has a pet, they are most likely very attached. The emotional bond between seniors and their pets can be a very powerful one, so navigating this subject can be tricky. Here are some signs to look for and helpful solutions to consider:

Benefits of Home Care for Seniors

Home care is the preferred option for most seniors today. There are many benefits that come with seniors remaining in the comfort of their home. If you are trying to determine if it’s the right choice for you, consider the following reasons home care is often the best care:

How to Plan Successfully for Aging-in-Place

There are times when staying at home becomes impractical or even dangerous. If you’re among those who want to age in place or have a loved one that does, consider the following questions:

Helping Seniors Who Refuse Help

What do you do when your senior loved one is refusing help? Unfortunately, this is a common issue for caretakers. All seniors want to stay independent as long as possible, so it can be a delicate balance to strike. Here’s some tips to help you:

Tips for Helping Seniors Downsize

If downsizing is to occur, you must help your senior loved one tackle this task. Instead of dreading it, why not have some fun and learn from them as they tell the story behind special items! Here are some tips to get you started:

Choosing the Right Home Security System for Seniors

When it comes to seniors, especially those who have dementia, not just any alarm system will do! Here are some things to look for when choosing a home security system for the senior in your life.

Benefits of Music Therapy for Seniors

Did you know that bringing in music therapy for seniors who struggle with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease can make a huge difference? Well, it can and does! So, how do you utilize music into your senior loved one’s life? Read on and let’s learn!

How to Create a Memories Book for Seniors

Caregivers for seniors have a beautiful opportunity to help them preserve their family memories so that generations to follow will be able to enjoy their legacy. Preserving memories will not only stimulate their minds, but also gives them a way to express their love and affection. Studies show that memory books combat anxiety and depression and promotes well-being. So how do you help the senior in your life create a memory book? Here are a few tips and helpful hints to get you started!

Benefits of Regular Exercise in Seniors

Medical research has proven without a doubt that exercise is just as important for seniors as it is for anyone else. Staying physically fit has many benefits for seniors! Here are just a few….

5 Tips for Managing Stress While Being a Caregiver

Anyone who has ever been in a caretaking role for senior adults knows that it can be very rewarding, yet very stressful. The stress that comes along with that “round-the-clock” availability can be overwhelming for anyone, regardless of how good you are at managing stress. So, how do you handle it and what do you do?

AARP Virtual Career Fair 2017

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.

Staying Socially Active as You Age

According to experts, staying engaged socially is one of the top ways to feel young. Let’s look a little deeper…

Checklist for Hiring Senior Home Health Care

Before you make the decision to hire in a senior health care agency, there are a few things you should check into. Following is a list of important check points to help you get the best home care possible.

5 Tips for Helping Seniors Accept In-Home Care

Do you have a senior loved one who adamantly refuses the idea of having someone come into the home to provide care? This is a difficult spot to find yourself in, as you no doubt need a break from the ongoing task of caretaking. Here are a few tips that will help you broach the subject with love and compassion.

Managing Hoarding Behavior in Dementia Patients

This can be troubling for loved ones caring for them and dealing with dementia makes it even more difficult. So how do you know when they are just collecting clutter or crossing the line into hoarding?

Understanding Your Odds for Developing Dementia

While genetics and age can greatly affect the risk of developing dementia, they aren’t the only factors involved. You may not be able to do anything about your genetics but there are definitely things you can do to help improve your odds. Learn more:

Proper Diet for Seniors with Diabetes

Eating right is the first and foremost way for seniors diagnosed with diabetes to live longer and healthier lives. In this informative article, learn our tips for the most important foods and tips for shopping to manage diabetes.

5 Ways to Prevent Heat Stroke in Seniors

Heat stroke can be deadly in seniors. As the summer heats up, so does the risk of heat stroke. It is a potentially fatal condition and can happen before they realize they are in the danger zone. As we age, our bodies become less responsive to heat, so it’s important that seniors understand the signs of a heat stroke.

The Benefits of Home Health Care vs Hospital Care

The vast majority of Americans assume that the best way to care for our elderly is to place them in a nursing home or other skilled care facility. But did you know there are many reasons why allowing seniors to recover at home is better? In this article, we’ll explain the differences between home health care and nursing home care.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

With warmer weather approaching, so are thoughts of Spring cleaning. This can often be an overwhelming task if you don't know where to start. Here are some helpful tips for getting the job done.

The Value of Reading at Any Age

As we age, we can become less independent and feelings of isolation may be prominent. Books offer an opportunity to connect with not only the characters, but their situations as well. Reading can become an enjoyable hobby itself, and also provide ways to expound knowledge on current or new-found interests. Whether fiction or not, books can help reduce stress levels as well as many other benefits.

Stress Relief Tips for Caregivers

Your role as a Caregiver can bring anxiety and stress, here are some tips for relieving those feelings and remembering to take time to relax, rewind, and recharge.

Ways to Support the Caregiver in Your Life

Whether it's your spouse, friend, family member, or someone else who is a caregiver, any support you offer can play an important part in relieving the stress they feel while taking on this challenging role.

Recognizing the Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Learning the signs of caregiver burnout is crucial. Once you reach the point of burnout, caregiving is no longer a healthy option for those you care for or for yourself.

Caring for the Caregiver

Caregiving can take a toll and leave us feeling depleted, suffering from stress and caregiver burnout. Join us throughout the month of February as we discuss the importance of Caring for the Caregiver.

The Importance of Quality of Life

Living a life that is both satisfying and fulfilling is vital to everyone's well being, especially in the lives of seniors.

Home Organization Tips for Seniors

The start of a New Year is a perfect time to tackle the project of getting organized, use these helpful tips to get started what can often seem like an overwhelming task.

Coping With Role Reversal

As our parents age, we can find ourselves facing the challenge of role reversal. Making decisions and providing care are some of the tasks that come with this transition.

Senior Safety Tips

In-home care is on the rise as the majority of seniors are choosing to remain in their homes for as long as possible. The New Year is a great time to check your loved one's home for potential risks and make any necessary changes for a safe and healthy 2017.

The Importance of Brain Health

As we approach a New Year, resolutions are at the forefront of our minds. Physical fitness is the number one goal on Americans' lists, but have you considered the fitness of your brain?

Gift Ideas for Family Caregivers

This time of year we take the opportunity to show appreciation for those who mean the most to us. Among those is your caregiver, someone you rely on and makes life easier.

Resolutions At Any Age

Setting attainable goals is possible at any age and can lead to a richer, more fulfilling life.

Gift Ideas for Seniors

Coming up with gift ideas for a senior loved one can be a challenge, especially when they've had a lifetime of gifts. We've compiled a list of ideas to help you find something that will bring a smile to your loved one's face.

Tips for Caregivers During the Holiday Season

As a caregiver, it's your job to ensure the well-being of those you care for. It's just as important to take the time needed to allow yourself to enjoy the holiday season as well.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Also known as seasonal depression, seasonal affective disorder affects over 3 million adults in the US, usually occurring during the fall or winter months.

Staying Safe in Winter Weather

Winter weather can pose numerous threats to seniors. It's important to stay safe while maintaining an active lifestyle.

Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's doesn't affect only the individual with the disease, it affects the entire family. When caring for someone with Alzheimer's, it's important to know where to go for help.

The Caregiving Dilemma

Every day, families struggle to provide the necessary care for aging loved ones while juggling the daily tasks required in their own lives. Spouses, sons, and daughters find that relationships are strained because of these caregiving duties.

Breast Cancer in Seniors

Breast cancer is just one of the many diseases plaguing the elderly, and it's important to be informed and prepared. Early detection is key at any age.

"You Can Do Anything, But You Can't Do Everything"

When it comes to in-home Senior Care, despite the best of intentions it's practically impossible to solely provide constant care round the clock. This can lead to Caregiver Burnout and strained family relationships, no matter how much we enjoy spending time with our loved ones. Although caring for an elderly or disabled family member can be tremendously rewarding, it's also a very stressful role, putting caregivers at an increased risk of illness and depression. No one can do it alone.

Fall Prevention

Preventing falls can reduce the risk of emotional and physical issues resulting from injury.

Here To Help

When considering the options for Senior Home Health Care, we at Home Helpers understand you have numerous choices.

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