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. Read More

Stroke Prevention 101 for Home Caregivers

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Last 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. Read More

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: Read More

The Amazing Potential Cloud Services Hold for Homecare

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Technology 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. Read More

PCA on Demand App is Available Now!

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It seems like there is an app for everything these days, and quality home care is no exception. Best Home Care wants to tell you about a brand new app called “PCA On Demand.” This app is simple to use and allows those in need of home care and PCA services to connect with their caregivers through their mobile devices easily and efficiently.

Here is what the new app has to offer!

For Home Care Recipients:

  • View home caregiver profiles
  • Schedule and cancel services and visits
  • Leave reviews after visits
  • Access more caregivers to ensure quality of care

For PCA’s

  • Communicate with recipients
  • Create a profile with information about your experience, qualifications, certifications, etc.
  • Find home caregiver jobs for your own availability
  • Fill out and access your timesheets

PCA Partners, who aim at improving the quality as well as the efficiency of the home healthcare industry, developed this app. This app seems to be a huge step forward in making home PCA services easier for both the recipient as well as the caregiver. Click the links below to download the app now! Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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: Read More

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: Read More