Andre Best Testifies Before Minnesota Senate Committee

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On November 1, 2017, Andre Best of Best Home Care testified before a Senate committee about the shortage of at-home caregivers in the state. In his testimony, Best covered several topics regarding the recent staffing shortages of homecare workers in Minnesota.

Below is an outline of topics covered in Best’s testimony:

Dangers of the State’s Caregiver Shortage

He first covered the dangers this shortage of caregivers causes for those in need of services. When a home caregiver is absent, it is often very difficult to find a replacement. The traditional PCA model requires recipients to call their agency in order to find a replacement, which is not usually found quickly, and results in gaps in care that can be extremely dangerous for those who depend on it. Read More

Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Tips from Best Home Care

November is usually the month we are all getting ready for Thanksgiving and preparing the perfect turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie to share with the family. This month is also Diabetes Awareness Month and a time to be mindful about of the risks and causes of the disease.

At Best Home Care, we focus on helping individuals find the ideal home healthcare plan, whether that be with personal care assistants, home nursing, or senior caregivers. Home caregivers should be trained in prevention and care for type-2 diabetes but it is equally as important to be informed as a family member. Read More

How to Talk About Senior Home Care for the First Time

Best Home Care makes it our mission to make finding quality homecare for seniors easier. In addition to finding the ideal home caregivers, personal care assistants, and home nurses for each person’s individual needs; we want to make the process of finding homecare for seniors better by addressing the important issues you should talk about.

Here are a few of the main topics you should be sure to address when talking about senior home care to caregivers and loved ones. Be sure you are in a comfortable and familiar setting where everyone can easily express his or her concerns: Read More

Halloween Fun for Senior Home Care Patients!

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Halloween is always a fun time of year with pumpkin carving, trick or treating and dressing up in crazy costumes, but the fun doesn’t have to for those receiving home care. At Best Home Care, we want our personal care assistants, home caregivers, and healthcare aides to be aware of fun ways that everyone can enjoy Halloween regardless of age! There are plenty of ways to have fun safely while receiving home healthcare.

Below are a few fun ideas to keep in mind when celebrating the season with home care patients and loved ones:

  1. Halloween Movie Marathon: This is a must for any scary movie lover during the fall. Break out the old classics from their time and a few newer movies, then pop some popcorn and have a binge-fest!
  2. Pumpkin Decorating: Maybe the senior in your life isn’t one who enjoys a good scare. Try something creative, relaxing, yet fall themed like decorating pumpkins. Carving isn’t necessary if it is too physically difficult, break out some colorful paints and create some wacky and festive decorations.
  3. Halloween Board Games: Everyone enjoys a fun board game, and with classics like Clue or Mystery Mansion it is easy to have a game night with a fun Halloween twist! Senior caregivers can even look up Halloween themed Pictionary or Charades topics for even more game night options.
  4. Have a Fall Food Picnic: Invite family, friends and neighbors out to a park and bring some fall food classics like caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and apple cider to enjoy in the crisp fall weather.
  5. Scary Stories: Nothing says Halloween like telling ghost stories. Light a fire and share some spooky stories together. If you don’t have any of your own, look up some from the Internet and print them off, then trade off reading with friends, family, and home health aides.

For more ideas on how to make the most of your home healthcare experience feel free to call Best Home Care at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com. If you are interested in seeing all the homecare services we provide be sure to visit our website today! Read More

Caring for Those Living with Tinnitus

At Best Home Care, our focus is finding quality home care for those in need, whether that is homecare for the elderly, pediatric homecare or homecare for those with disabilities. Each individual receiving home care services has unique needs that to be addresses and those suffering from Tinnitus are no different. Tinnitus is a condition that is characterized by a ringing or buzzing sound in one or both ears.

Below are some tips to help home caregivers meet the needs of those living with Tinnitus:

  1. Know the Triggers: Oftentimes, the symptoms of Tinnitus can be made worse by consuming caffeine, alcohol, sodium, and smoking.
  2. Play Music: Listening to soft music or ambient sounds can help distract from the constant ringing. There are plenty of apps for music or soothing sounds to check out that may be beneficial!
  3. Plan Relaxing Activities: Stress can severely aggravate Tinnitus. Incorporating yoga or tai chi into a daily routine can make a big difference as well as just regular exercise like walking.
  4. Ensure Quality Sleep: Fatigue can make symptoms worse and if Tinnitus impacts sleep, it can turn into a vicious cycle. Keep a regular sleep schedule, keep the bedroom dark and cool, use a white noise machine, and keep patients from eating or exercising 2-3 hours before going to sleep.
  5. Find a Support Group: Talking and sharing about experiences with Tinnitus can provide some support as well as give the opportunities to share these tips with others and pick up some new ones!

The home care employees at Best Home Care are here to support the quality of life for those in need receiving 24-hour homecare, home nursing, or personal care assistants. We understand the importance of having peace of mind that a loved one is in good hands. To learn more about our team and services, contact us at 651-330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com. Read More

Providing Home Care for Those with HIV/AIDS

It can be overwhelming to think about home healthcare for a loved one with HIV or AIDS. At Best Home Care, we want to help get the conversation started on what important needs have to be met by the home caregivers, home nurses, and home health aides that are taking care of your loved one. Here are some important things to address when meeting with potential home care assistants.

  1. Education: Learning about HIV and AIDS is imperative to providing quality homecare. There are courses given by The American Red Cross, state health departments, and HIV/AIDS service organizations. These courses can help with knowing what to expect and how to care for loved ones.
  2. Comfort Levels: The caregiver should have a comforting presence that your loved one will feel at ease around. Understanding what needs to be done in order to meet comfort levels around the home as well as in the relationship between caregiver and patient is huge in providing great care.
  3. Preventative Care: Caregivers need to be up to date on all immunizations and be extremely cautious about the spread of germs around someone with HIV or AIDS. Be sure they wash their hands regularly and are prepared with rubber gloves and disinfectant and are aware of all precautionary methods to take to avoid the spread of bacteria.
  4. General Healthcare: It is important for both the caregiver and patient to be focused on general health. Eating properly washed and prepared foods that are nutrient rich.

At Best Home Care, we make it our mission to help those in need find their ideal home healthcare services; whether that means home care for the elderly, pediatric homecare or homecare services for the disabled. For more advice on homecare for those with HIV/AIDS or information on our services, call us at 651-330-2550, or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com. If you are interested in how we can help you or your loved ones, visit our website. Read More

Benefits of Yoga for Senior Citizens

At Best Home Care, we believe in helping others to find their best quality homecare through personal care assistants, home nursing, and home caregivers. But we know that there is so much more that goes into improving the quality of life of those in home healthcare. That is why we make it our mission to stay up to date on all new treatments and activities that can improve life for seniors, children, and the disabled.

This week, we have found some amazing benefits of yoga for seniors. Yoga classes for seniors are available at many yoga studios and community centers and there are even some simple videos online that can be done at home with a homecare assistant. Read More

Fall Activities for Seniors Receiving Home Care Services

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Fall is a beautiful time of year and we here at Best Home Care want seniors and their families and home caregivers to make the most of it. After all, we don’t solely focus on helping people find quality homecare for seniors, pediatric homecare, and homecare for the disabled; but ensuring good quality of life for those receiving and providing homecare services.

Getting out and enjoying the crisp fall air is a great way to enjoy some time together! Here are some fun ideas on how to enjoy the fall with older loved ones and senior caregivers: Read More

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: Read More

Strengthen Your Bonds this Grandparents Day

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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: Read More