Seasonal Allergies and Seniors- How to Enjoy the Fall Weather

Fall is a beautiful time of year and a great time to enjoy the outdoors! At Best Home Care, we want our home caregivers and their patients to be able to make the most of it. But with the cool crisp air and changing leaves comes a downside – Allergies! Fall can be a time of year where sneezing, runny noses, and itchy watery eyes, as well as colds and sinus infections, start popping up everywhere.

 

Since we are in the business of helping personal care assistants and at home nurses provide the best quality homecare, we have found some tips for managing allergies in senior homecare:

  • Be conscious of windy days! Pollen is released in the morning and on windy days it is almost unavoidable. It may be a good idea to wear a scarf or mask around your face if you’ll be out early.
  • Check pollen levels along with the weather. If you know you’ll be outside on a certain day, be sure to check how high the pollen levels are so you can prepare and plan around that.
  • Shut windows. Especially on those windy days, irritants can and will blow right through the window.
  • Set up an appointment with your primary doctor. They may be able to recommend some medications or even refer you to an allergist if necessary. It is always best to do this sooner rather than later especially for seniors with cardiovascular disease.
  • Check meds for side effects. Allergy meds tend to come with side effects like dizziness and drowsiness, which means they can increase the risk of a dangerous fall for seniors. Always check side effects to be safe!

 

At Best Home Care we want our caregivers and home health aides to be aware of all issues that could impact seniors and their home healthcare experience. If you have any questions about finding homecare services for seniors, children, or the disabled contact us today. Call (651) 330-2550, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or stop by our website for more information about us, and our services!

Strengthen Your Bonds this Grandparents Day

home care services, pca services,Best Home Care specializes in helping those in need find quality homecare services with personal care assistants, caregivers, and home nurses. But we know that the quality of life depends on more than just homecare services. Nothing means more for grandparents than spending time with loved ones and keeping in touch with family is important to keep special traditions alive.

 

Enjoying regular family time can make all the difference in a home healthcare experience. Here are some ways to bond with your grandchildren or grandparents this coming Grandparents Day on September 10th:

 

  • Plan a visit to someplace fun! Head out to an art museum, zoo, or movie.
  • Share a special hobby! Maybe once a year on Grandparents Day head out to the golf course, have a poker tournament, or go pick out flowers to plant in the garden together.
  • Have a slumber party! Watch some movies and pop some popcorn then enjoy some story time with the grandkids.
  • Take a little trip! Head out for a camping or fishing trip for a weekend. Or even take a day trip to a lake, rent a boat, and bring the tube for the kids!
  • Take a shopping trip! If long distances don’t work and since it is back to school time, start a tradition of going back to school shopping together.

 

Traditions are so much more than just a way to spend the day. They create bonds and memories for families that will last a lifetime. The more unique you go, the better! Sometimes it is the little things that make the most special memories and traditions.

 

At Best Home Care, we help take home care to a new level- not just physically caring for patients but understanding mental and emotional needs as well! We help find ideal homecare for seniors, pediatric homecare, as well as care for the disabled.

 

For more information on our services, visit our website or contact us by email at info@besthomecaremn.com, or by phone at (651) 330-2550.

Innovative Therapy for Dementia Home Care Patients

Best Home Care likes to stay up to date on all types of therapy and treatments that can aid in helping seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s. We are especially excited this week to share with homecare patients, home caregivers, personal care assistants, and homecare nurses some information on Reminiscent Therapy.

 

This type of therapy can be beneficial for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Reminiscent Therapy uses various items to help trigger memories as well as help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning any type of therapy program.

 

Here are some examples of how Reminiscent Therapy can benefit home care patients:

 

  • Vintage Designs- Lots of memory care facilities now feature interior designs that are reminiscent of those from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. These designs can help retrieve memories as well as bring comfort to those with dementia.
  • Photo and Memory Walls- These can include different themes such as cars, travel, pets, and hobbies. Specific themes like these can help to prompt certain discussions and questions such as what was your favorite vacation? Other photo options could include pictures from memories like weddings or birthdays.
  • Memory Stations- Create a memory station by setting up an area for your patient or loved one to enjoy a favorite activity. For example, a keyboard with music, a sewing corner, a small workshop with tools, or even a vintage desk with an old telephone. All of these things can help to trigger memories of enjoying favorite activities.

 

Best Home Care knows the importance of spending time with loved ones especially if they are struggling with dementia. We take great care to help you find the best home health care services for the unique needs of you or your loved one.  We specialize in elderly homecare services, as well as pediatric homecare and disability homecare.

 

For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 651-330-2550, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or visit our website for more information on our home health care services.

Amazing Apps that Benefit Children with Autism

Tech Trends in Home CareOver the past couple weeks at Best Home Care, we have explored some innovative apps that can help make life easier for not just the elderly but their home caregivers and at home nurses. In addition to these helpful apps for seniors in homecare and personal care assistants, we wanted to provide some helpful apps for children in pediatric homecare, specifically children with autism.

 

Approximately one in 68 children in the United States has some form of autism and it seems that there is new information coming out every day on way to help those with this disorder. These smartphone apps are specifically designed to help autistic children with emotional and social development:

 

  • Learn with Rufus uses a character that teaches words regarding emotions, facial expressions, and seeing and recognizing these in others.
  • Model Me Going Places 2 helps children understand appropriate behavior while out in places in the community such as the doctor’s office, grocery store, mall, restaurants and parks.
  • The Social Express is an interactive app that works to address certain situations a child with autism may struggle to comprehend, such as school, being social, and enjoying successes in life. It also encourages social interaction and helps in practicing it!
  • Autism Express helps children to identify emotional and facial expressions in others as well as indentifying and expressing their own!
  • Grace teaches special needs children how to better communicate by building sentences. This mobile app is customizable with specific words and images.

 

Best Home Care is proud to help individuals in the Twin Cities find their ideal home healthcare solution, as well as helping home healthcare aids find patients they can help on their unique schedule. Each day we help people of all ages and care situations find the homecare services they need. Our homecare professionals love to take it one step further and offer all the tips we can for whatever challenges you or your loved one are facing.

 

Visit our website for more information on our home care services, and for any questions, comments or concerns feel free to email us at info@besthomecaremn.com or call us at 651-330-2550.

Smartphone Apps that All Home Caregivers Need to Know About

Tech Trends in Home CareThe Best Home Care team loves embracing new technology, especially when it helps make life easier for seniors and their personal care assistants. Last week, we talked a bit about some apps that help make life easier for the elderly by helping them keep in touch with friends or making smartphone usage easier.

This week, we have found a put together a list of apps that can greatly benefit those working in home healthcare, such as PCAs, home nurses, and caregivers:

 

  • Carezone: The goal of this app is to help organize and keep track of the needs of patients. Including meds, allergies, and even insurance information. Caregivers are also able to make lists and set reminders for appointments and medications.
  • CaringBridge: This app specializes in keeping caregivers in communication with each other, which is essential to providing healthcare. This app helps to monitor symptoms and changes in health as well as helping all caregivers to work as a team.
  • First Aid by American Red Cross: This app is perfect for helping anyone (not just caregivers) with first aid instructions as well as how to handle any emergency health situation. It also includes a symptom checker!
  • AARP: The AARP app gives plenty of information and tips on providing care to the elderly. It allows symptom monitoring and communication with family members as well as other caregivers.
  • Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy: This unique app provides tips on helping to manage Alzheimer’s symptoms and emotional stresses. It also provides activities that can help to stimulate brain activity for those suffering from the disease.

 

For more information on how to find or provide the best quality homecare possible, contact us at Best Home Care! We make it our mission to help patients find their ideal home healthcare services, whether that is homecare for the elderly, pediatric homecare, or homecare services for the disabled. Visit our website, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or feel free to just give us a call at (651) 330-2550.

Life Changing Apps for Seniors Receiving Home Care Services

Senior Home Care, Medical Alert SystemsAt Best Home Care, our home care professionals help seniors find the ideal homecare services for their unique needs every day. But we know that finding comfort and peace of mind goes beyond just home nursing, personal care assistants, and home health care. New advances in technology have created many options for fun and practical smartphone apps that can make life easier for seniors and their home caregivers.

If you are providing home care services for seniors, be sure to check out some of these apps:

 

  1. Pillboxie: This app reminds its user to take medications at the correct time throughout the day. Not only can this app help seniors manage their meds, it helps homecare assistants know which meds have been taken and when.
  2. Silversurf: This free app makes smartphones and tablet usage easier by providing the ability to zoom in, make buttons larger, and adjust the contrast of the screen. This app can make a great difference for those who struggle to see the tiny display on a smartphone.
  3. Voice Reading: Another innovative app for those who struggle with reading text, this app reads aloud emails, articles, text messages and more. You are even able to adjust languages and accents.
  4. Easy Facebook for Seniors: Everyone wants to stay up to date with family and friends. This app is perfect for grandmas and grandpas who want to see pictures with a cleaner, less confusing display.
  5. Goodreads: Here is another fun app for the avid senior reader in your life. Goodreads lets users rate and review books as well as share books with family and friends.

 

For even more senior-friendly apps, click here. If you’re interested in getting additional information on finding the perfect home care experience, visit Best Home Care. Get answers to your questions on at-home medical care by calling us at (651)-330-2550, emailing us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or visiting our FAQ page!

Providing Homecare Services for those Recovering from a Stroke

Over the past few weeks, Best Home Care has covered some important blog topics including stroke prevention and the warning signs of a stroke. This information is crucial for personal care assistants, home caregivers, home nurses, and family members wanting to provide quality home care for elders. However, what happens after a stroke occurs?

 

Here are some important things to consider when providing homecare for seniors that have recently suffered a stroke:

 

  1. Learn about Medications– Doctors will typically prescribe new medications to someone that has a stroke. It is important to be aware of how these meds work and what kind of side effects they may have. Be sure to ask questions as well so you can be better aware of how to make the rehabilitation process easier.
  2. Be Aware of Risks for Another Stroke– 1 in 4 people who have had a stroke will have another one. This can be prevented by making changes to diet and lifestyle. You can learn more about which changes to make in our earlier blog on stroke prevention.
  3. Consider Physical Therapy– A physical therapist can make a big difference in recovery. Many individuals suffer from dizziness and have difficulty walking and getting around as a result. By receiving help from a physical therapist, these everyday movements can become easier and more comfortable.
  4. Take Precaution for Falls– Because of the dizziness that occurs after a stroke, falls are very common. But that does not mean they are to be taken lightly. If a fall results in more than just minor pain or bruising, seek emergency medical attention.
  5. Watch for Changes in Demeanor and Attitude– If your loved one is showing an inability to control their emotions or reactions, or are just generally seeming out of character, be sure to let their doctor know. Anxiety and depression are common after a stroke and symptoms should not be ignored.

 

Best Home Care knows that finding the best at-home healthcare and personal care services can be stressful. Luckily, our home care professionals are here to help make the process much easier. For more information on stroke recovery and finding the perfect homecare services for your unique needs, visit our website. For any questions and concerns, feel free to call us at 651-330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

Stroke Prevention 101 for Home Caregivers

family home caregiver, home care professionalLast week, our blog focused on understanding the warning signs of a stroke. Stroke and heart attack are two of the most common and life threatening health risks for the elderly. The home care professionals at Best Home Care have provided the following tips for reducing the risk of a stroke for at-home caregivers, personal care assistants, home nurses and family caregivers:

 

  1. Take Steps to Control Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is the largest factor that contributes to stroke. You should always consult your doctor when about combatting high blood pressure. Maintaining a blood pressure below 120/80 can be done by limiting sodium intake, avoiding foods high in cholesterol (meat, cheese, and ice cream), and eating lots of fruits and veggies.
  2. Quit Smoking: Quitting this habit will help lower blood pressure, which in turn will help reduce the risk of a stroke.
  3. Limit Alcoholic Beverages: Drinking more than two 5 oz glasses of alcohol per day can increase your risk of stroke.
  4. Treat Atrial Fibrillation: A-Fib is a form of irregular heartbeat that can cause clots to form in the heart which can travel to the brain causing a stroke. If you have heart palpitations or shortness of breath, see your doctor!

 

At Best Home Care, we know the best treatment is prevention! Being aware of the risks and what you and your home care assistant can do to lower them can make all the difference. However, if you or a family member lives alone, it can be difficult to find that peace of mind.

 

This is why at Best Home Care we make it our goal to help find the best quality home care for you or your loved one. We will guide you through the process of finding home care services for the elderly, the disabled, as well as pediatric home care.

 

Contact us today to learn more about our Twin Cities home care agency and how we can help you find the home caregiving solutions you need!

 

Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Stroke?

At Best Home Care, we know that as our loved ones get older it is important to be aware of any and all health conditions that could be a danger to them. There is nothing worse than being present during a medical emergency and not knowing how to help or what to do.

 

One of the most dangerous health risks for seniors is a stroke. This occurs when there is an interruption of blood to the brain. The lapse of blood triggers the death of brain cells by depriving them of oxygen.

 

Strokes can cause permanent brain damage, paralysis, or even death. But being aware of warning signs and knowing how to handle the situation can make all the difference in the outcome. Here are some warning signs of a stroke to look out for:

 

  1. Facial Drooping: If one side of the face is lopsided or drooping, ask the person to smile. In looking at their smile if one side of the face is still uneven, this could be a sign of stroke.
  2. Arm Weakness: There is usually weakness in one side of the body, in the arms and legs, as well as a side of the face. If you ask the individual to hold both arms up and one is hanging lower, this is a strong sign of something bigger.
  3. Confusion: Showing signs of confusion or difficulty speaking, forming sentences, and understanding what is being said is another sign of a possible stroke.
  4. Dizziness: Especially sudden and severe dizziness and loss of balance or coordination is something to take note of.
  5. Headache: Ask the individual if they have any pain in their head, especially pain that comes on suddenly and strongly.

 

If you or someone you‘re with is experiencing these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately to seek prompt medical attention.

You can learn more about finding quality home care for the elderly, pediatric home care, or home care for those with disabilities by visiting our website. Our team of home care professionals specialize in helping those in need find the best personal care assistant, home nursing, home caregivers, or home care assistance for their own unique needs.

 

For any questions or concerns about home care services, call Best Home Care at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

The Amazing Potential Cloud Services Hold for Homecare

Senior Home Care, Medical Alert SystemsTechnology has no doubt become a huge part of our everyday lives. We all use different apps on our phones throughout our day to check the weather, get traffic reports, and be in contact with others. At Best Home Care, we are always excited about how technology can be further used to improve quality homecare for both the caregiver as well as the recipient.

 

Cloud technology, in particular, is proving to hold great potential for caregivers to communicate with each other and assist with PCA training and home healthcare.

 

Here are just some of the ways cloud technology can benefit PCA’s:

  • Recipients can upload information and care instructions onto the cloud. This makes it easier for training regular PCA’s as well as substitute workers who are unfamiliar with the recipient’s needs.
  • Recipients can upload videos on more complex procedures so new caregivers are able to understand exactly what needs to be done in providing care and services.
  • Recipients can develop and upload custom care plans for the recipient with specific notes to ensure high quality as well as consistency in their homecare.
  • Recipients can create and share folders that include care plans, notes regarding their schedules, favorite meals, past-times, etc.
  • Caregivers can communicate and share notes regarding a Recipient’s needs with each other.

 

Cloud services provide many new opportunities in the home care industry, especially for temporary caregivers, by making it easier home caregivers to receive accurate and current information about the person they are caring for. For example, morning, day and evening caregivers can easily give updates about their shifts, how the recipient was feeling, and what they would recommend for the next visit.

 

For more information regarding PCA care and training, and how to be sure you or your loved one is getting the best quality homecare services contact Best Home Care today! Best Home Care specializes in helping those in need find quality homecare services. We will guide you through the process of finding a PCA and starting homecare services for seniors, pediatric home care, and homecare and services for the disabled.