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

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. Read More

Amazing Apps that Benefit Children with Autism

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Over 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: Read More

Smartphone Apps that All Home Caregivers Need to Know About

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The 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. Read More

Life Changing Apps for Seniors Receiving Home Care Services

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At 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: Read More

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