Superfoods for Senior Home Care Patients

Last week, we wrote a bit on certain spices that can help the elderly better manage inflammation. We here at Best Home Care thought we would expand on that with some super-foods for seniors that can not only improve their overall health but prevent common health problems and even help to slow the aging process.

Here are some easy and everyday superfoods that have great benefits and should be easy to find at the supermarket:

  • Tomatoes: Whether you think they are a fruit or vegetable, there is no denying the health benefits of tomatoes. They contain something called lycopene, which helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers as well as promotes bone health.
  • Green Tea: Tea has been known to improve brain function, reduce risks of diabetes and depression as well as certain cancers. Many studies also show that green tea provides many anti-aging benefits!
  • Red Wine: Wine increases the good kind of cholesterol while also lowering the risk of osteoporosis, gingivitis, and tooth decay.
  • Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate in its most natural state (without being overly processed or lots of extra sweeteners) is actually very good for you! Its antioxidants help to reduce risk of heart disease and improve brain function.

Best Home Care is always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for seniors and others receiving home care. Whether it be a large or small change, we know that sometimes just that extra little bit of thought can make a big difference in the comfort and care of seniors.

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Healthy Summer Cooking for Senior Home Care Patients

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Everyone loves a barbecue! It is one of the best parts of the summer months, and enjoying summer cookouts is something everyone can be a part of. However, seniors receiving home care services and their PCAs can find it tricky to balance eating healthy and eating deliciously. Especially for those dealing with a chronic disease, finding the right foods to eat and what to avoid can have a significant impact on their health.

At Best Home Care, we want to make health and happiness coincide as easily as possible. So we have found several spices that can help reduce inflammation.

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Father’s Day Fun for Seniors Home Care Recipients

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We have finally made it to June, which makes it officially summer and time to enjoy the warm weather with pool parties and barbecues. Conveniently, it is also the same month as Father’s Day! But celebrating Father’s Day can be tricky as dad gets into his later years. As dad gets older, it’s important to make the day as special as possible to let him know how much you care. Here are some fun ways to enjoy Father’s Day with fathers receiving senior home care services:

  • Take it Outside! Especially if your dad is an outdoorsman, he will appreciate going out for a walk, boat ride, fishing, or even seeing a local baseball game to enjoy the warm weather.
  • Explore His Interests! If your dad likes art music or history, take him out to a museum or exhibit. You could also check out events like plays or lectures or even battle reenactments if your dad is a true history buff.
  • Plan a Day Inside! If your dad is more of a homebody, plan a day of fun indoor activities. Enjoy a baseball game on the TV, play board games or have a potluck with family while watching old home videos.

The home care professionals at Best Home Care know that spending time with your loved ones is so important, especially in their later years. We provide home care services for the elderly as well as disability home care for all ages. Since our start in 2005, Best Home Care has made it our mission to provide quality home care and PCA services to give you peace of mind that your loved ones are in good hands when you are not there.

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Finding the Right Caregiver

At Best Home Care, we understand the importance of finding an at home care provider that you can trust. We make it our mission to provide the kind of service that gives you peace of mind that your loved ones are in good hands when you aren’t around. But the process of finding the right caregiver isn’t always a simple one, and if this is your first time looking for a home care provider it can be even more daunting.

Our Home care professionals have compiled some important factors to consider when you meet and interview with potential personal care assistants, home attendants, and home nursing providers:

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The Benefits of Art Therapy for Home Care Patients

At Best Home Care, we know that art is such an important part of self-expression. Many of us realize this at an early age with finger paints and crayons but as we get older, art still has the ability to help us express ourselves and find peace. For instance, maybe you’ve seen those adult coloring books that help to promote mindfulness and reduce stress? Or those group painting classes that allow students to immerse themselves in creating an image while connecting with others.

Art offers the freedom to create and express, and art therapy is an amazing development in improving the quality of life for seniors. Here are some ways it can enhance the lives of senior home care patients:

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Mother’s Day Fun for Senior Home Care Patients

Mother’s Day is coming up and here at Best Home Care, we know how important it is to spend quality time with our family, especially as they enter their senior years. Whether your mother is more of a homebody or if she is more adventurous than you, here are some fun ideas of ways to spend time with mom this Mother’s Day.

  • Take her out for lunch or dinner at her favorite spot! Or pick up take out and have a nice dinner at home.
  • Enjoy the springtime scenery and visit a botanical garden for a relaxing outdoor activity.
  • If relaxing isn’t her speed, try taking her out to a ball game! Even heading out to watch a local minor league team play can be a fun way to spend an afternoon.
  • If she is more likely to enjoy staying in, you can throw a small potluck party. Invite family and friends and enjoy some homemade food along with each other’s company.

At Best Home Care MN, it is our job to care for your family like our own and provide the best in-home care possible. We know the importance of having someone you trust to care for your loved ones. We specialize in senior in home care services, homecare services for adults with disabilities, and care for children with disabilities. View a complete list of home services we offer click here!

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Making Allergy Season Easier for Seniors

As springtime begins, we all enjoy getting back outside to enjoy the warmer weather. But one unfortunate downside of springtime is the many allergens in the air. Here at Best Home Care, we know that these allergens make it an especially challenging time of the year for seniors.

Most antihistamines are not recommended for seniors as they can interfere with other prescription medicines and increase blood pressure, but there are other ways to weaken the effects of seasonal allergies. Here are some tips from Best Home Care on how to make allergy season easier for seniors receiving home healthcare:

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Video: How to Get Paid for Taking Care of a Disabled Family Member or Friend

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One of the most common questions we receive at Best Home Care is: Can I get paid for taking care of my family member or friend? and the answer is yes! Over the last year and a half, we have created a number of resources, including blogs, web pages, and a white paper, to help PCAs and family caregivers discover their different options for getting paid to provide home care.

In the State of Minnesota, there are a number of options available opportunities to get paid for providing home care for a family member, however it can be difficult to accurately understand the details of each. As a leading Twin Cities home care agency, our team at Best Home Care makes it a priority to educate personal care assistants on the available options and guide them through the process of getting paid to care for a family member.

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Breaking the Stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Everyone that has had a friend or family member suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease understands what a tragic and heartbreaking disease it can be. For family caregivers providing Alzheimer’s home care for a loved one, the disease can present challenges that most personal care assistants don’t have to deal with.

In addition to the day-to-day struggles of providing Alzheimer’s home care for a senior, the stigma around the disease can make it difficult to educate your loved one about what they are experiencing. These stigmas often prevent patient from seeking help and can prevent them from living the best quality of life possible.

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The Magic of Reading for Home Care Patients

Smartphones, TVs, computers, and tablets consumer our daily lives. In fact, Americans spend an average of 10 hours a day staring at a screen. Whether used for work or entertainment, technological devices have quickly become an integral part of our daily lives. Part of the allure of these devices is their ease of use and accessibility to nearly any content the user desires. However, studies have also shown that staring at a backlit screen for long periods of time can have negative effects on brain patterns and strain our eyes.

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