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Holiday Shopping With The Disabled

Thanks to medical advances and technology, the definition of “shut-in” has changed, and society is better for it. Spotting someone on a walker or in a wheelchair is no longer rare.

Mindfulness - Based Caregiving

Coping with one crisis after another can leave little time to appreciate or acknowledge what’s working and going well. Today, many caregivers are turning to Mindfulness - based stress reduction for family caregivers. Giving caregivers skills to manage the daily chronic stress and the emotional challenges of caregiving may provide a long-term benefit.

Tulsa Senior Care - Hunger Awareness Month

September is National Hunger Awareness Month. In Oklahoma one out of every ten seniors over 55, fails to meet the government’s dietary guidelines. Unfortunately, this holds true for one out of every ten caregivers, and one out of every five in-home, home-bound and immobile patients

Tulsa Senior Care - Summer Days, Cooler Nights

Caregiving is affected by the weather in an abundance of ways. As you enjoy these last days of warm weather, summer rains and the emerald green of Green Country, be sure the loved one you are caring for can enjoy it too.

Tulsa Senior Care - A Willing Spirit

Caring for loved ones in the home means finding resources, services and support organizations to fill in while everyone is away at work or school. It also means including them in evening and weekend activities.

Tulsa Senior Care - Opioids

From 1996 to 2010, the number of opioid prescriptions provided to older patients increased 9-fold. It is important to understand what an opioid is, how opioids are used, the physical and psychological effects of opioids, and how to identify symptoms of dependency and misuse.

Tulsa's Senior In-Home Care - Helping Hands

TULSA'S SENIOR IN-HOME CARE. “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it,”.... Ziad K. Abdelnour

Respite For The Caregiver

Researchers report, “thirty-five percent of caregivers find it difficult to make time for themselves, while 29% have trouble managing stress, and another 29% report difficulty balancing work and family.”

Summer Safety Tips For Seniors

As summer approaches with brighter days and warmer weather, senior care for home-bound patients requires some basic precautions.

Memorial Day - Dissociative Disorder

In older seniors, veterans and the elderly Memorial Day can trigger symptoms and signs of dissociative disorder, the process through which individuals experience a disruption of discontinuity in one or several aspects of their psychological functioning.

Caregiver Self-Care

Whether it's senior care, elder care, dementia care or veteran care, Home Helpers team of professionals are available to give you the tools needed in your toolbox to meet your patient’s specific needs. Don’t try to take this on alone.

Why Home Helpers Home Care

Researchers report patients recovering from surgery or an injury, coping with a long-term illness, or managing an ongoing medical condition, heal faster, live longer and experience a greater sense of well-being when cared for in their home or in the home of a family member.

Celebrate Spring

In-home patients can share in a celebration of rebirth and renewal. It can be a mood booster not just for the patient but for the caregiver and the entire family.

Elderly Online Bullying

Despite doing what's best for their family and meeting specific needs, many caregivers miss one of the fastest growing behavioral challenges the elderly face in today's technological environment; senior and elderly online trolling and bullying.

The Spousal Caregiver

The rewards of in home care-giving are just as numerous as the challenges. Healthy, well-informed, well-trained caregivers who maintain relationships, take breaks and seek help when needed reap the rewards and shoulder the challenges

Sleep Disorders In Immobile Patients

Thanks to cognitive behavioral therapy prominent advances have been made in the area of sleep disorders in immobile and home-bound patients.

Valentine's Day

THE IN-HOME CAREGIVER. Giving of oneself and sharing Valentine’s Day with family, co-workers, neighbors and friends – prior to sliding into that arm chair can induce feelings of happiness and ease the feeling of missing out.

Therapeutic Massage Therapy

In-home Caregivers are often diagnosed with Repetitive Motion Disorder of the arms or wrists caused by continual lifting, turning, and meeting a patient’s general mobility needs. Patients suffer from stiff joints, sore muscles and circulatory problems. Therapeutic Massage helps both the caregiver and the patient deal with the mental and physical demands associated with caregiving.

Senior Bullying

Seniors and the elderly report being subject to insult, criticism, taunting and bullying by family members, friends, neighbors, spiritual leaders and medical professionals.

Caregiving During Winter Months

The weather is definitely offering some challenges. One day it is freezing and the next day in the 50s and 60s. As Caregivers it is important to keep your patient as comfortable and protected as possible.

Checking In On Mom and Dad

The holidays are a perfect time to check on older family members. Physical, emotional, mental and cognitive behavioral changes in older family members are more apt to be observed by visiting family members.

Caregiver Health & Wellness

Improved recognition and treatment of physical and psychological symptoms among caregivers is a growing health concern. Nearly two-thirds of home based caregivers reported being overweight or obese, stressed, anxious and emotionally drained.

How Changing Temperatures Affect The Elderly

Stormy weather and cooler temperatures affect both the very young and the very old. Sore muscles, joint pain, headaches and allergies can all be attributed to changes in the weather and in the atmospheric - barometric pressure.

Caring For Adult Children With Disabilities

Many parents of adult children with disabilities don't make advance care plans in the event of the parent's or other caretaker's death or disability.

Parasocial Loss & Grieving

In Parasocial Relationships patients can experience a profound sense of loss and sadness for someone they never meet and never interacted with.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression usually begins within weeks of giving birth. “It is linked to chemical, social and psychological changes associated with having a baby.”

SENIOR SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

A safe “hot” summer can be enjoyed by all with proper and extensive preparations.

RECUPERATIVE / RESPITE CARE

Whether the person you are caring for wants you there every minute of the day, or realizes you too require “care”, there are a few things you can do to make life easier for both of you.

Accepting The Diagnosis- Alzheimer's & Dementia

Little by little dementia invades the brain; a slow destructive progress, robbing them of the ability to reason, remember, think and make decisions. Understanding the disease, its progression, side-effects, and coping techniques is crucial.

Elder Abuse

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time

New Mom Care - The Flu

Changes in the immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum more prone to severe illness from the flu.

New Mom Care - Returning to Work

"The American Academy of Pediatrics reports a child who is emotionally well adjusted, well loved, and well cared for will thrive regardless of whether his mother works outside the home.”

The Caregiver's Diet

The psychological and physiological effects of giving or receiving care must be considered when introducing a major lifestyle change

HOLIDAY HALLUCINATIONS

Seniors and the elderly can experience an increase in hallucinations during the holiday season.

Senior Care - The Changing Seasons

Seniors who are physically or emotionally ill experience weather changes more acutely. Chronic pain, lethargy, fatigue and depression are affected by changes in weather.

Weather's Effect on Seniors

While warm days in winter months are great for outdoor activities, they can be dangerous for the elderly. As temperatures rise or fall throughout the day, people 65 and over can experience a chilling cold, or overexposure to heat

New Mom Care - Breastfeeding

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding. This month we focus not just on the reasons why it’s important to breastfeed, but on how to make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.”

Recuperative Care - Confinement

No one enjoys spending a bright, beautiful summer day indoors, yet seniors and the elderly recuperating from hospital admissions, surgeries, or outpatient procedures may find themselves bedridden or confined to one room.

New Mom Care - Adoption

New moms come in all forms and babies enter their lives from varying sources. Adopting a child is just as exciting, rewarding, overwhelming and draining as the aftermath of giving birth, and the stresses of postpartum.

New Mom Care - Motherhood

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting and busy time with lots of new schedules and needs. Home Helpers Caregivers can help care for you and your family, letting you rest and spend time with your new bundle of joy!

Senior Care - The Child Caregiver

Children can find themselves caring for ill and/or disabled family members – providing emotional, personal and hygiene care

Recuperative Care

Whether it’s after a surgery, a serious illness, recuperating or suffering from a mental disorder, your Caregiver is by your side, day and night, 24/7, tending to your every need. Caring for an older or ill family member can be enormously rewarding, but it can be emotionally and physically draining

Senior Care - Heat Stress

Heat stroke and symptoms related to hyperthermia can lead to serious unrelated illnesses and negatively affect prescribed drugs and medications.

New Mom Care - Coping

You appreciate the company, yet you long for peace and quiet. You wish everyone would leave you alone, yet when they do, you’re overwhelmed.

Senior Care - Isolation

Hours of sitting alone in front of a television directly affects mood, emotions, behavior and thinking.

New Mom Care - Welcome To New Mom Care

Whether it’s the first child or the fifth, when friends, relatives and neighbors are gone and spouses, partners and roommates have returned to work newborn care becomes a reality

Senior Care - Allergies

The temperatures are rising, trees are budding, daffodils are blooming and our beloved seniors can’t stop sneezing. April showers bring May flowers, but it’s just April 1st and the showers are more like storms backed with flooding rains, strong winds and a change in barometric pressure

Respite Care - The Snorkel Approach

Engulfed in a 24/7 emotional attachment, settling-in and acceding to every whim creates objective stressors in the patient and in the caregiver.

Senior Care - Keeping Mom and Dad at Home

Seniors living alone with little to no care can experience mental disorders, physical illnesses, anxiety and depression. In less than 30 days their lives can change drastically.

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