Stroke Prevention 101 for Home Caregivers

family home caregiver, home care professionalLast 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.

 

This is why at Best Home Care we make it our goal to help find the best quality home care for you or your loved one. We will guide you through the process of finding home care services for the elderly, the disabled, as well as pediatric home care.

 

Contact us today to learn more about our Twin Cities home care agency and how we can help you find the home caregiving solutions you need!

 

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:

 

  1. Facial Drooping: If one side of the face is lopsided or drooping, ask the person to smile. In looking at their smile if one side of the face is still uneven, this could be a sign of stroke.
  2. Arm Weakness: There is usually weakness in one side of the body, in the arms and legs, as well as a side of the face. If you ask the individual to hold both arms up and one is hanging lower, this is a strong sign of something bigger.
  3. Confusion: Showing signs of confusion or difficulty speaking, forming sentences, and understanding what is being said is another sign of a possible stroke.
  4. Dizziness: Especially sudden and severe dizziness and loss of balance or coordination is something to take note of.
  5. Headache: Ask the individual if they have any pain in their head, especially pain that comes on suddenly and strongly.

 

If you or someone you‘re with is experiencing these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately to seek prompt medical attention.

You can learn more about finding quality home care for the elderly, pediatric home care, or home care for those with disabilities by visiting our website. Our team of home care professionals specialize in helping those in need find the best personal care assistant, home nursing, home caregivers, or home care assistance for their own unique needs.

 

For any questions or concerns about home care services, call Best Home Care at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

The Amazing Potential Cloud Services Hold for Homecare

Senior Home Care, Medical Alert SystemsTechnology 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.

 

Here are just some of the ways cloud technology can benefit PCA’s:

  • Recipients can upload information and care instructions onto the cloud. This makes it easier for training regular PCA’s as well as substitute workers who are unfamiliar with the recipient’s needs.
  • Recipients can upload videos on more complex procedures so new caregivers are able to understand exactly what needs to be done in providing care and services.
  • Recipients can develop and upload custom care plans for the recipient with specific notes to ensure high quality as well as consistency in their homecare.
  • Recipients can create and share folders that include care plans, notes regarding their schedules, favorite meals, past-times, etc.
  • Caregivers can communicate and share notes regarding a Recipient’s needs with each other.

 

Cloud services provide many new opportunities in the home care industry, especially for temporary caregivers, by making it easier home caregivers to receive accurate and current information about the person they are caring for. For example, morning, day and evening caregivers can easily give updates about their shifts, how the recipient was feeling, and what they would recommend for the next visit.

 

For more information regarding PCA care and training, and how to be sure you or your loved one is getting the best quality homecare services contact Best Home Care today! Best Home Care specializes in helping those in need find quality homecare services. We will guide you through the process of finding a PCA and starting homecare services for seniors, pediatric home care, and homecare and services for the disabled.

PCA on Demand App is Available Now!

Tech Trends in Home CareIt 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!

 

App Store – Download PCA On Demand App

Google Play – Download PCA On Demand App

 

For any questions regarding this app or finding the right caregiver for you or your loved one, be sure to contact Best Home Care. We specialize in helping those in need find the best PCA, or home caregiver for their own personal needs. Whether that is senior home care, pediatric home care, or home care services for those with disabilities. Visit our website at www.besthomecaremn.com or give us a call at 651-330-2550.

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.

 

Best Home Care specializes in providing quality home care in the form of PCA services, daily caregivers, and 24-hour nursing. We provide elderly home care, pediatric home care, as well as disability home care and in-home counseling services.

 

For more information on how we can support your homecare services, feel free to give us a call at (651) 330-2550 or send us an email at info@besthomecaremn.com.

Healthy Summer Cooking for Senior Home Care Patients

Options for Senior CareEveryone 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.

 

This summer, personal care assistants that are cooking for senior home care patients should try adding:

  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Garlic

 

Inflammation can be a source for a lot of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Some other healthy summer foods to keep close by that help to lessen inflammation are:

  • Fish – (especially salmon) contains healthy omega 3’s as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Dark Leafy Greens -Especially spinach, kale and collard greens.
  • Blueberries – These provide many antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • Tea – Matcha tea is a type of extremely nutrient rich green tea that supports immune function and heart health.

 

Throw together a salad with some spinach, kale, and some blueberries as a healthy side dish at your next barbecue or just make a big bowl of it and bring it to your loved one to eat throughout their week.

 

The home care professionals at Best Home Care know that keeping good health doesn’t have to come at the expense of enjoying the golden years. We’re ready to support you with quality home health care services including home care for seniors, pediatric home care, home care services for those with disabilities, and 24-hour home nursing care. Learn more about the services we provide click here.

 

For more information on all the services we provide click here, For any questions regarding Best Home Care and our services you can call (651) 330-2550 or send us an email at info@besthomecaremn.com

Father’s Day Fun for Seniors Home Care Recipients

home care services, pca services,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.

 

Browse our website to learn more about our Twin Cities home care company or contact us directly to learn more about how we can help you provide the best home care possible! For information on our home care services, give us a call at (651) 330-2550, or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

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:

 

  • Experience: It’s important to know that the person you’re entrusting to care for your loved one is someone who has experience in home care. This may include experience with dressing, cooking, bathing, transferring from wheelchairs and administering medication. Experience also comes with knowledge. Having someone close by that is knowledgeable and that you can express concerns with is extremely beneficial to both the person being cared for as well as their family.
  • Training: What training have they completed? Are they CPR certified? It’s important to think about what is important to you in a PCA. They also may have documents from PCA training and a list of references from other families that they have cared for in the past. Checking out this information may help you decide if they are going to be the right fit.
  • Availability: As with any job, it is important to discuss hours. Some people may feel more comfortable with overnight in-home care while others may only need someone to check in once a day. These are important things to communicate with your potential caregiver.

 

For any additional questions you may have about finding the right home care assistance, feel free to contact Best Home Care. We specialize in senior home care services, pediatric home care, behavioral home care, and home care for those living with physical and mental disabilities. Call us at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com

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:

 

  • Art in any form can be very beneficial to seniors struggling with dementia or memory loss. Studies show that painting and sculpting can help to challenge the brain as well as cognitive functioning.

 

  • Art provides a method to communication and expression for those struggling with dementia and may have a hard time expressing their feelings and memories.

 

  • Art also helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Activities like painting or even writing can have a very calming effect and promote a more relaxed way of life.

 

At Best Home Care, we strive to always be aware of new activities and therapies that can improve the quality of life of those we serve. We are a home care agency that specializes in senior home care services, pediatric home care services, behavioral home care services, and at home care for those living with disabilities. We make it easy to provide the best care possible based on individual needs, whether that be 24-hour home care, in-home nursing care, or frequent home health care visits.

For more information on our home healthcare services and PCA services, give us a call at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

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:

 

  • Know The Pollen Levels: If there are specific days you plan on being outside, like Memorial Day for instance, check the pollen levels along with the weather report. You can also plan outings when the levels are going to be low, making for a much more enjoyable day.
  • Wash Away the Allergens: To prevent pollen from spreading inside your house, wash your hands once getting inside and toss your clothes and linens in the dryer rather than hanging them outside. Pollen and other allergens can collect on our clothes and get in the home.
  • Run The Air Conditioning: Having the windows shut and preventing the wind from blowing in irritants can make a big difference in managing allergy symptoms. This can be tricky for seniors though, who do not get as hot in the summertime. But if allergies are a concern, having the windows closed and the air conditioning on makes for much more comfortable senior homecare experience in the spring and summer months.

 

Best Home Care knows the importance of providing quality homecare for seniors and can answer all of your questions regarding home healthcare services.

 

For more information on how to make allergy season easier on the seniors in your life or if you have any questions regarding elderly homecare, contact our home health professionals at (651) 330-2550. We can help answer any questions you may have regarding in-home care services, home nursing services, or in-home care costs.