New Year Nutritional Goals: Eat More Antioxidants

The calendar year changed but this fact won’t: antioxidants are good for your health! When the holiday feasting subsides, all sorts of healthy eating resolutions emerge. But most people don’t have the support to maintain motivation to keep eating healthy throughout the year. The experienced home care specialists at Best Home Care suggest that senior home care patients ask a trusted caregiver to help hold them accountable all year long.

Why should you care about antioxidants? The Mayo Clinic explains that these powerful substances may protect your cells against the harmful effects of free radicals, molecular bad guys that your body accumulates. Consuming antioxidants can provide protection for individuals receiving at-home care against:

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New Year Nutritional Goals: Eat More Probiotics

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At the risk of sounding like Jamie Lee Curtis in a yogurt commercial, eat more probiotics in 2017! Anytime is a great time for seniors receiving PCA services to make a long-term commitment to eating healthy. However, as the New Year rolls around, people are extra motivated to do better. Best Home Care is here to support your resolutions, nutritional and otherwise, by offering quality home care resources throughout the whole year.

Probiotics are living microorganisms that are good for your health, per data from the Mayo Clinic. The idea that bacteria can be beneficial is often difficult to understand. We take prescribed antibiotics when we are sick and compulsively carry antibacterial hand sanitizer around on key chains. But the right bacteria, like probiotics, can do wonders for home health care patients.

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Best Home Care 2016: A Year in Review

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We are fast approaching the end of 2016 and it’s the perfect time for reflection. Maybe your last 12 months were as bright and shiny as the ball that drops in Times Square. Or perhaps this period was filled with changes and challenges that your devoted home care professionals helped you overcome. It is healthy to celebrate the highs, mourn the lows, and embrace the new. Whether you’re heading to a glitzy get-together or the living room couch to ring in the New Year, join Best Home Care in using the next weekend to reflect on the past 365 days.

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Pamper a Deserving Caregiver with the Perfect Gift

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We’ve all learned, likely from a motivational poster or two, that actions speak louder than words. It’s no secret that gift giving is the best way to show someone that you appreciate them this time of year. It doesn’t matter how expensive a gift may be, a token of appreciation is heartfelt if it’s genuine. Remember to include home caregivers on your list when you check it twice this holiday season. Caregivers come from all walks of life and can be friends, relatives, nurses, doctors, therapists, and any other professionals who provide care every day. This holiday season, return the favor and pamper a special home care professional with one of these gift ideas from Best Home Care.

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Massage Therapy and Home Care Services: The Perfect Combination

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Sure, it will help you relax. But massage therapy can do much more than that, especially for extended home care clients experiencing common complications associated with growing older. With the rise in the number of Baby Boomers, massage therapists are developing techniques for a new group: the PCA program clients of premier home care agencies like Best Home Care. Massage therapy no longer carries a connotation of indulgence. Research from the American Massage Therapy Association proves that this natural practice offers both physical and emotional benefits for seniors. Below are Best Home Care’s five favorite massage therapy benefits.

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Avoiding Slips in the Winter Weather

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It may be too early in the season to bust out a spirited rendition of jingle bells, but it’s not too early for seniors utilizing home care resources to think about winter safety. One of the most threatening hazards this time of year is the potential for extended home care patients to slip on a patch of ice. When snow begins to fall, don’t follow its lead. Abide by these tips from Best Home Care to prevent falls that cause bumps, bruises, or broken bones.

To Avoid Slips, Do:

  • Look Before You Step: Proceed slowly wherever you roam and watch the ground in front of your feet. Shuffle when you see a spot of ice and hold onto the arm of a home care provider or when possible, avoid slippery routes altogether.
  • Switch Out Your Shoes: Wear boots with textured soles to trek through the snow even if they are more bulky than stylish. If necessary, bring shoes to change into when you arrive at church, your physical therapist’s office, or a relative’s house.
  • Keep Entry Ways Clear: Be your own advocate, ask a personal care attendant to find someone to help remove snow if the front steps are not safe. This tip applies inside too, watch out for melting snow from other people’s shoes on the tile floor.

To Avoid Slips, Don’t:

  • Carry a Bunch of Items: Accept that offer from the teenager bagging groceries to also take your bags to your car. Or, ask your home care agency to recommend a delivery service that will bring goods right to your door so you can stay indoors.
  • Keep Hands in Pockets: Use gloves instead of shoving your freezing fingers into two jacket pockets. If your arms aren’t glued to your sides it will help with balance and leave your hands free to brace your body in case of a fall.
  • Let Your Body Tense Up: Sounds rather strange, but it is a good idea to relax your muscles instead of fighting a fall that you couldn’t prevent Even though it’s a natural reaction, tensing up to a surprise slip can cause you to hurt yourself more.

Take precautionary steps now to avoid a slip and ensure the wellbeing of your elder home care client through the holiday season and beyond. Take time to review even more winter home care safety tips for seniors here.

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Respecting Privacy When Providing PCA Services

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In the extended home care industry, we see and hear confidential information every day. Eventually, we become quite comfortable with handling patient’s sensitive data privately and appropriately. Quality home care service providers cannot forget how important it is to keep this information private. That is why home healthcare agencies such as Best Home Care review the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regularly and identify opportunities to better maintain privacy. Here are three reminders for personal care aids to review.

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Travel Dos and Don’ts for a Safe and Successful Holiday Season

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The holidays are here again and for many people that means traveling by plane, train, or automobile to head ho-ho-home to visit family. With a senior travel companion now receiving elderly home care services, dodging hundreds of probing but only slightly differentiating questions from every relative might not be your largest obstacle this year. Traveling with someone who is accustomed to around-the-clock home care requires a good deal of research and planning. Get started by skimming Best Home Care’s list of dos and don’ts for a safe and successful holiday season!

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5 Ways Seniors Should Prepare for Upcoming Winter Weather

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The birds are heading south and outdoor thermometer readings are plummeting in that direction too. Albeit beautiful, winter weather creates challenges for everyone. At times, it can be particularly problematic for seniors who need extended home care through a PCA services program. Snow storms and the accompanied slippery sidewalk aftermath can contribute to a wide range of injuries and illnesses. Here are some ways that seniors should prepare for the season from the home healthcare experts at Best Home Care.

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Celebrate National Caregivers Month with Best Home Care

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They are dependable, compassionate, patient, and strong. They are caregivers. It’s important to recognize the impact home caregivers employed by Best Home Care and other in home care agencies make every day, but especially during November since it marks National Caregivers Month.

Beginning in 1994 with President Clinton, each successive president has signed a proclamation to set aside a month to honor individuals in the PCA healthcare industry and their home care contributions to the community. In 2015, President Obama wrote “I encourage all Americans to pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.”

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