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Should Your Elderly Loved One Move In with You?

Adult children will often find that their elderly parents need more and more care as they age. If you have found yourself in this situation, you might be wondering what is best for your aging parent.

Mildew in Your Mom's House Isn't Something to Ignore

Homecare in Los Altos CA: When you're at your mom's house, you've noticed mildew on the bathroom ceiling. Maybe, you're seeing mildew forming on her vinyl window frames. It's not something to ignore. High humidity levels and lack of airflow can cause it.

Four Tips That Help Your Mom Adjust to a New Caregiver

Your mom needs home care services or her caregiver is leaving. She's about to work with a new caregiver. You're worried about her adjustment to the change. Make it easier for her by implementing these four tips.

Signs Your Senior Has Been a Victim of Fraud

No one wants to learn that their senior parent or loved one living alone while receiving elder care in their home has been financially exploited by scammers. But, for some 5 million Americans each year that is an unfortunate reality.

What Vaccines are Recommended for Senior Citizens?

Even senior citizens should be getting vaccines. Many people think that vaccines are only for younger children, but that isn’t true. There are many vaccines for the elderly that could make all the difference in protecting their life.

5 Tips to Caring for Aging Parents While They Retain Self-Control

It’s hard for anyone to accept that life is coming to the end of the line, especially when it comes to aging and certain disabilities. Whether it is health or physical troubles, self-control of life is something that everyone wants to keep, even during their elder years.

September 15-21 is National Eczema Week

September 15-21 is designated as National Eczema Week. Take some time during this week to learn about the various forms of eczema, what causes it, and what you can do to treat and manage it.

Scoping out How Your Senior Is Really Doing

Elderly Care in Los Gatos CA: It’s really important for you to get a full picture of how your senior is really doing so that you know what to do for her.

5 Ways to Deal with Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes older adults to experience strange sensations in their legs. The sensations are relieved when they move their legs.

5 Ways Being A Caregiver Can Impact Your Health

Being a caregiver to an older adult with a chronic medical condition is one of the most difficult things you may ever find yourself doing. It’s incredibly time consuming, tiring, and stressful. Because of the strain, many family caregivers find themselves in declining physical and mental health.

What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancers

Senior Care in Los Gatos CA: According to the American Cancer Society, over 101,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 44,000 new cases of rectal cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2019.

4 Tell-Tale Signs Your Parent Needs Elder Care

Sometimes the signs that an aging relative needs help aren’t clear. They can be subtle, like those that Greta noticed. If you’re debating whether an older adult needs elder care, here are four signs they may.

Helping Seniors Manage Dry Eyes

Dry eyes occur when a person’s eyes don’t produce enough tears or make poor quality tears. That leaves the eyes dry and feeling gritty.

Home Helpers Awards 2019

We received a couple of awards from and Home Care Pulse for Service Excellence and Provider of Choice.

Benefits of Keeping Seniors Socially Involved

Elder Care in Los Gatos CA: When compared to serious health issues that many seniors encounter, feeling lonely may not seem as serious. However, isolation and loneliness can have a significant effect on an elderly adult’s quality of life and make a real impact on their overall health and wellness.

Fun Activities That Connect Generations During the Holidays

Family gatherings are usually a mix of generations. Your family likely has grandparents and parents, teens and preteens, and toddlers and infants. Here are some fun activities that connect all of these generations together for holiday fun.

Consider In-Home Caregivers for Struggling Seniors

Do you know if your aging relative is struggling with day-to-day activities and putting their health and wellness at risk? As people age, they often have trouble in doing all the things they did when they were younger.

How to Plan Ahead as a Caregiver

Caregivers in Palo Alto CA: When you can become an expert in planning ahead, this gives you a serious leg up as a caregiver.

Seniors Should Create a Long-Term Care Plan

Although October is Long Term Care Planning Month, it’s extremely important to have such a conversation with an elderly relative anytime the chance arises.

Companion Caregiver / Home Health Aide (HHA) / CNA

Home Helpers of Santa Clara Valley is looking for full-time caregivers (30-40 hrs/week) to help our wonderful clients! We are family owned company based in Silicon Valley/Bay Area, CA.

5 Tips for Preventing Falls Outside

Elder Care in Los Altos CA: Spending time outside, enjoying some fresh air, is important for all people, including seniors. Unfortunately, that could put them at risk for falls.

Is Stroke Different for Women?

Stroke is the fifth most common cause of death for men, but the third most common for women. According to the National Stroke Association, 55,000 more women than men suffer stroke during a year.

Are You Still Trying to Be a Perfect Caregiver?

You might think that it's best to strive for perfection. After all, that's where everyone should be, right? Unfortunately perfectionism does more harm than good, especially for caregivers.

The Link Between Shoes and Falls in Seniors

If you are a caregiver for an aging loved one, or if you have hired a senior care aide, you might have accepted that a fall will be an inevitable part of your loved one’s life.

Service Dogs for Seniors with Dementia

Most people are familiar with guide dogs for the blind and some of what they do for their owners. But, did you know that dogs are now being trained as service dogs to older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?

What Conditions Can Cause Heart Failure?

Heart failure affects more than five and a half million people throughout the United States according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than ten percent of deaths in this country have heart failure listed as a cause or contributing factor.

5 Ways to Ensure Your Senior Stays Safe While Driving

As your aging adult grows older and her health changes, driving can become more of a challenge for her. These steps can help her to stay safe while driving and keep you from fearing for her every time she gets behind the wheel.

Frequently Asked Questions About Stomach Cancer

While stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, has been on the decline in recent decades, it is still affecting nearly 30,000 people every year in the United States alone. Family caregivers like you should take a little time to learn more about this pervasive type of cancer and how it affects elderly adults.

Simple Decisions Your Parent Can Make Each Day

Making decisions is an important part of independence. Through these decisions you are expressing yourself, evaluating your own wants and needs and honoring them, stimulating your mind, and ensuring that you are an active participant in your daily life.

Tips for Reducing Stress Around Holiday Celebrations

The holidays are often considered the most wonderful time of the year, and it is certainly filled with joy and excitement. Along with all of this happiness and festivity, though, can come a tremendous amount of stress.

Could Eyes Predict Physical Health?

Many people think that when they go to the eye doctor, the only health conditions the ophthalmologist can detect are those related to the eye. The truth is that they can also detect other health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

Feature Company – Silicon Valley Tracker, Asset, Fleet and Personal Tracking Solution

Have you ever wished there was a way to track the location and movement of a loved one who needs extra care and support throughout the day? Silicon Valley Tracker is now making this possible with their line of devices that help caregivers or adult children stay in touch with their elderly loved ones or the members of the family who need an extra level of supervision.

How Can You Manage a Caregiving Team from Afar?

As a long-distance family caregiver, you can't be there as much as you want to be in person for your aging adult. This is where getting organized about your long-distance care team comes in handy.

Preparing Your Parent for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner you are likely thinking about how you can make this holiday as meaningful and memorable as possible for your senior. If your aging parent has been suffering from cognitive functioning decline, memory loss, or other such challenges, however, you may find that this preparation is more difficult than it has been in previous years.

Is Your Aging Adult Feeling Out of Touch?

As your elderly family member ages, she might feel more and more out of touch with both family members and the world around her. This is compounded if your senior's health tends to keep her at home. These ideas can help.

What is Eczema?

Have you ever seen a young child with red, itchy, and sometimes scaly patches of skin? If so, you’ve probably seen eczema—and children aren’t the only ones who get it.

Common Scams that Target Seniors

Family caregivers can help the older adults in their lives to avoid being the victims of scam artists by knowing about common scams and teaching seniors about them.

Feature Facility – SarahCare, Adult Recreation & Health Care

Senior Adult Recreation and Health Care (SarahCare) has been providing day services for seniors since 2001 in the Santa Clara County city of Campbell, CA. Here, seniors receive high quality caregiving along with meaningful socialization among peers, 6 days a week at their centrally located facility.

Understanding a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Learning that your father has been diagnosed with prostate cancer can cause a range of emotions. You may be worried about what the future could bring, sad at the thought of losing your dad, and confused about what the diagnosis means.

Coping with the Effects of Wandering

Senior Care in Los Gatos CA: Wandering can leave those that love the people suffering from Alzheimer’s in a panic. If they are unprepared, it may feel like their whole world is crashing down around them.

Heeding the Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout

As a family caregiver, you are the gardener in your parent’s life. You sow the seeds of contentment. You water and nurture their sometimes wounded body. You provide the sunshine and stability to a life that has undoubtedly seen much change as the years have accumulated.

Does Your Parent Say They Are Not Thirsty?

June 23 is National Hydration Day. As a family caregiver, this is the ideal time for you to evaluate your parent’s routine and ensure that they are getting the proper amount of hydration to support their health and well-being as they age in place.

How Diet Can Help Fight Depression in Seniors

If you are responsible for the elderly care of an aging loved one, you might have noticed that they are experiencing some symptoms of depression. Here are some of the best foods for helping to fight this condition.

Feature Facility - Stephanie Leung, Geriatric Care Manager

Stephanie Leung is a Geriatric Care Manager in the Bay Area, where she pursued her higher education and started her professional career. Stephanie graduated with a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from San Francisco State University in 2016.

Why Isn't Your Elderly Loved One Bathing Anymore?

Suddenly you realize that it's been a few days since you've been able to coax your loved one to bathe and she's really digging in her heels about the issue. What could be the cause?

Changes in Vision and Perception Associated with Dementia

It’s important to understand the changes that are occurring with your parent who has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Understanding how their perception of the world has changed allows you to see through their eyes and provides you with the insights that, as a family caregiver, makes your day-to-day exchanges that much easier.

What to Do If You Suspect Your Aging Loved One Has a Brain Injury

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. This is the ideal time for you as a family caregiver to learn about this extremely common, but potentially severe, form of injury, and how to handle them effectively should your elderly parent experience such an injury during the course of your care journey with them.

Feature Optometric - Los Altos Optometric Group

Home Helpers of Santa Clara Valley is proud to feature Los Altos Optometric Group in Los Altos, CA. Any place a senior calls home, Home Helpers can provide extra supportive care.

Finding the Perfect Caregiver Support Group

Finding someone who understands your caregiving situation is not always easy, possibly leading you to feeling lonely or isolated from the outside world. However, caregiver support groups are filled with people who understand your situation.

Is All Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease?

Whether you are just getting started on your care journey or you have been caring for your parent for some time already, you have likely heard the term dementia and been concerned about how your elderly loved one would experience such a condition.

Choosing a Cat for your Elderly Parent

When people think of companionship, their minds tend to wander to man’s best friend—the dog. Cats are, after all, known for their independent and aloof personalities. But what makes them a little standoffish at times is also what makes them great pets for seniors.

The Effects of Alcohol for Older Adults

There has been a debate for some time over whether or not alcohol is good for us. Some believe that there are a number of health benefits if it is consumed in moderation, while others believe no amount of alcohol is good for the body, especially the liver.

Cardiac Arrest and Elders: Causes and Prevention

A weak heart could be susceptible to a wide range of heart health problems, including cardiac arrest. It is very different from a heart attack because this condition involves having the coronary artery blocked and is usually the result of a severely abnormal heart rhythm.

Are You Finding it Difficult to Communicate with Other Family Members?

When you're a primary family caregiver, it's difficult sometimes to communicate with other family members about what needs to happen for your elderly loved one. Sometimes it's a problem you can't resolve on your own, but other times you can change subtle aspects of how you communicate to make the situation better.

How Older Adults Can Keep Their Livers Healthy

Taking care of the body does not just mean watching your weight, but also means keeping the body’s organs healthy. By following these steps, your loved one’s body and liver will thank them.

Helping Your Aging Parent Eat Healthy

By simply making some healthier eating choices, your senior loved one may be able to prevent diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues.

How to Prevent Falls Among Elders With Alzheimer’s Disease

Senior Care in Los Altos: As devastating as it is to see a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, there are several products on the market that will greatly reduce the risk of the elder slipping and severely injuring themselves.

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