Help for Hoarders

At Best Home Care, we understand that providing quality home care consists of so much more than just basic home healthcare. We know that the best personal care assistants, home nurses, and home caregivers understand the importance of good mental health as well as physical health.

 

One mental health disorder that affects many seniors is hoarding. This condition has gotten much attention lately in the media with TV shows dedicated to helping hoarders. In order to help loved ones better understand this problem, here are important recommendations for families to consider when assisting someone with a hoarding problem.

 

 

  • Hoarding is a disorder: It has symptoms and behaviors like any other disorder. It is important to consider the underlying cause behind the behavior. Hoarding is characterized by extreme difficulty parting with possessions, despite their value (or lack thereof).
  • Hoarding may be part of something bigger: In particular, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and dementia can lead to developing a hoarding disorder.
  • Start help right away: Acknowledge the problem right away rather than putting it off or waiting, as it may just get worse. Seek professional help from the beginning. There are experts trained to deal with not only the physical conditions of certain environments but also the mental health aspects.
  • Don’t get frustrated: When conditions get bad or unhealthy, most people want to find a quick solution and get to work throwing stuff out. However, throwing everything out can lead to worse mental health conditions for the person hoarding as the experience can be very traumatic.
  • Find quality help: Knowing that this is a mental health disorder, it stands to reason that the person struggling needs to find suitable therapy and treatment. Finding the right doctors and professionals and being consistent with treatment is essential to getting better.

 

For any questions and concerns regarding hoarding or anything related to finding homecare services for seniors, people with disabilities, or children, be sure to visit our website. You may also call us at (651) 330-2550 or send us an email at info@besthomecaremn.com.

Music Streaming and its Benefits for Seniors

Music and Homecare ServicesAt Best Home Care, we pride ourselves on being up to date on all the new and innovative therapies that can assist in elderly care, senior homecare, pediatric homecare and home health care for the disabled. One major form of art therapy that has been growing quite a bit in the last ten years is music therapy.

 

Home healthcare aides and personal care assistants have been able to incorporate music therapy in their homecare services. While it has proven to aid in reducing anxiety and stress, it can actually provide all those benefits and more for seniors. Music can be extremely beneficial to those suffering from dementia. It helps to reminisce on past experiences and memories and serves as a mood booster.

 

Here are some of the most popular artists for the elderly based on their age:

  • Age 90 and up: Try some classics from the 30’s by the Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland.
  • Age 80-90: Some popular singers of this generation include Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, Patti Page, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, and Glenn Miller.
  • Age 70-80: Bring back some classic songs from the 50’s. Include The Rat Pack, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Conway Twitty, and Connie Francis.
  • Age 60-70: The 60’s had some great artists and you will definitely want to include Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Simon & Garfunkel, The Supremes, and Roy Orbison.

 

While Best Home Care specializes in helping families find quality homecare services, we also want you to have every advantage when it comes to caring for your own loved ones. That is why we are always available to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to call us at (651) 330-2550, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or visit our website today for more information on our services and everything we can do to help you feel peace of mind knowing your loved ones are in good hands.

How to Know if Your Long-Distance Relatives Need Homecare Services

family home caregiver, home care professionalAt Best Home Care, we know that the best part of the holiday season is getting together to see family, especially family that you don’t get to see very often. However, when you get together with your elderly long-distance relatives, there are certain things you should keep an eye out for. As your loved ones get older it can be harder for them to live independently and it’s important to be there for them when help is needed.

 

Below are some things to look out for that may indicate that your parents or grandparents need a home caregiver, home nurse, or personal care assistant to help them out:

 

Check for changes in mental function:

  • Are they more forgetful?
  • Have they been losing or misplacing things often?
  • Do they spend most of the day sleeping?
  • Is their diet unhealthy or have they lost a lot of weight?
  • Have they lost interest in their favorite hobbies?
  • Do they experience sudden or extreme mood swings?
  • Do they show signs of confusion or uncertainty when performing familiar tasks?
  • Have they missed any important appointments?

 

Check for changes in physical function:

  • Do they have trouble standing up from a sitting position?
  • Do they struggle with walking or any other mobility?
  • Have they struggled with balance?
  • Have you noticed any bruising or injuries?
  • Have they stopped caring for their physical appearance or normal grooming habits?
  • Is their home dirty or more cluttered from neglecting household responsibilities?

 

If you notice one or many of these issues when you visit your aging relatives this year, it could be time to think about finding them home healthcare assistance.

 

Best Home Care can help you find the ideal elderly homecare for your loved ones; whether that is just some routine visits from a caregiver or 24-hour homecare. With expert administrative services, we’ll help you find the perfect caregivers that will give you peace of mind knowing that your family members are in good hands when you can’t be there to look after them.

 

Visit our website for more information on the services we offer, or feel free to call us at (651) 330-2550!

 

Holiday Activities for Senior Home Care Recipients

Home Health Care Agency, Minneapolis Home CareAt Best Home Care, we know the importance of finding quality homecare for your loved ones, especially during the cold winter months. However while we specialize in helping those in need find the right personal care assistants, home nurses, and home caregivers, we know that as loved ones and family members, you’d want to be aware of how you can make holiday gatherings and activities safe and fun for the seniors in your life.

We have come up with some fun activities for the holiday season that are great for the elderly whether they have homecare services or not! Here are some of our favorites!

 

  • A card game tournament! Everyone enjoys a good card game whether it is Crazy 8’s or a rousing game of Go Fish!
  • Play a board game! Classic board games like Monopoly or Clue are a great way to break out during a holiday gathering. Pick up a junior board game like Sorry or Chutes and Ladders to keep the kids entertained too!
  • Cookie decorating! This is a fun Christmas time activity for all ages. Bake some cookies or gingerbread men ahead of time to bring to the party then provide different flavor frostings, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and of course some gumdrop buttons!
  • Decorating stockings! Pick up some plain stockings from a craft store and some fun paints, glitter, and pompoms to stick on to each stocking. This is a great activity to do with the grandkids!

 

Best Home Care specializes in finding home healthcare services for the elderly, children and disabled. Whether you or your loved one is in need of 24-hour homecare, dementia homecare, live in homecare or just occasional visits, we can help you find the ideal services for you. For more information on our services or for any questions you may have, feel free to visit our website, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or call us at (651) 330-2550.

Holiday Gift Guide: Buying for Seniors Who Have Everything!

It is no secret that gift giving can be tricky at times. When it comes to buying for seniors, it can be even more difficult.

 

The good news is that finding the best gifts for seniors is usually simpler than we may think. Best Home Care specializes in finding quality homecare for children, the disabled, and seniors with expert administrative services. Even though this is what we do every day, we know there is more that goes into enjoying the holidays than just having great personal care assistants, home nurses, and caregivers. Around the holidays, what most seniors (and most people) want is a gift from the heart. Here are some gift ideas they will be sure to appreciate:

 

  • Quality Time Together: Whether it is having a holiday party, going out to lunch or even a movie, being together with loved ones is always a great holiday gift. Talk about their favorite Christmases/Hanukkahs/Kwanzaas and share some of yours!
  • Warm Clothes for the Season: It’s no secret that winter (especially in Minnesota) can be flat out brutal. It can be especially tough for seniors though! So finding some warm sweaters, jackets, or even some warm fuzzy socks can be a nice, practical gift they are sure to appreciate.
  • A Homemade Craft: Having the grandchildren paint a picture or decorate a frame for their grandparents is a great gift that is sure to mean a lot. Even painting a flowerpot with handprints of the kids is a simple, yet meaningful gift that is sure to be well received!
  • Homemade Treats: While we are on the subject of homemade, there is no gift quite like homemade cookies, pies, and other desserts. Put them in a nice box and bring them to any holiday gathering to add some warmth and cheer.

 

At Best Home Care, we know the importance of finding home caregivers that treat your loved one like family. Having the best homecare services possible is the best gift you can give to those in need this time of year. Visit our website for more information on the services we provide in helping find a homecare solution for everyone.

Holiday Gift Guide for Seniors: What to Get Dementia Patients

At Best Home Care, our goal is to help those in need find the best home healthcare services. While we specialize in providing quality homecare administrative services, be it homecare for seniors, children, or the disabled, we also want to help family members and friends learn how to make the most of their time with their elderly loved ones. After all, homecare aides, personal care assistants, and home nurses often become like family and there’s nothing better than enjoying the holidays with family and friends.

 

When a loved one is struggling with dementia however, it becomes much harder to enjoy the holidays together. That is why we have come up with some great gift ideas that will be perfect for your loved one who is living dementia or Alzheimer’s. Here are our favorites!

 

  • Easy jigsaw puzzles: There are specially designed puzzles for those with disabilities or dementia. These can come in many designs, even vintage magazine covers that they may remember from when they were young!
  • Companion animals: No, not an actual live animal, more like a very realistic stuffed animal. These can help ease feelings of loneliness as well as bring some comfort to those with dementia, without the work of caring for an actual pet. Some even make sounds and respond to touch!
  • Therapy dolls: These dolls can bring back good memories from childhood. They can also help alleviate feelings of isolation and depression.
  • Music boxes: There are special MP3 music boxes that resemble an old radio. By lifting and closing the lid the music starts and stops. Music is known to be soothing and can make all the difference for those with dementia.
  • Amazon Echo! (Dot or 2nd Generation): This handy device can answer questions for your loved one if no one else is there to do so. It also can tell time, weather, and play music!

 

To learn more about how Best Home Care can help you and yours enjoy this holiday season, visit our website for more information on our services!

Give Thanks for Intergenerational Living!

At Best Home Care, we strive to stay up to date on the latest developments in providing the best quality home care possible, whether that is homecare for the elderly, pediatric homecare, or homecare for the disabled. When it comes to home healthcare services, we know that there are new innovative ideas springing up every day.

 

A new trend in senior home care is proving to be extremely successful! College students in need of housing have been living with the elderly in a retirement home in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to having someone around to help with things like walking the dog, this new living situation has been extremely beneficial for seniors as well as students.

 

While students that qualify for financial assistance are able to have free housing in the midst of rising tuition costs, the situation is extremely helpful for seniors too! Here are a few of the ways:

  • Assists in fighting dementia
  • Regulating blood pressure
  • Better social well-being
  • Less chance of mental and physical disorders.

 

This idea came from a nursing home in the Netherlands that began allowing students to live there rent-free. Students participate in activities with the elderly residents, like watching television, having parties, and providing daily company. Social isolation is a growing problem with many seniors and having the students around helps to bring more energy and warmth into their lives.

 

These ideas are good to keep in mind when looking for homecare services might be something to consider when finding the right personal care assistant, home nurse, or home caregiver. Finding someone with positive energy and a cheerful disposition is important in assuring that your loved one is receiving the best homecare possible. That is our goal at Best Home Care.

 

If you have any questions be sure to call us at (651) 330-2550, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or check out our website for more information on our services!

Andre Best Testifies Before Minnesota Senate Committee

home care services, pca on demand app, personal care servicesOn November 1, 2017, Andre Best of Best Home Care testified before a Senate committee about the shortage of at-home caregivers in the state. In his testimony, Best covered several topics regarding the recent staffing shortages of homecare workers in Minnesota.

 

Below is an outline of topics covered in Best’s testimony:

 

Dangers of the State’s Caregiver Shortage

He first covered the dangers this shortage of caregivers causes for those in need of services. When a home caregiver is absent, it is often very difficult to find a replacement. The traditional PCA model requires recipients to call their agency in order to find a replacement, which is not usually found quickly, and results in gaps in care that can be extremely dangerous for those who depend on it.

 

Pay Increases for Caregivers Offer an Incomplete Solution

Best explained that pay increases are not adequate enough incentives to solve these staffing shortages. Many home caregivers are part-time and work around 10-20 hours per week. Raises of a couple dollars per hour will not provide sufficient incentive to retain workers in the industry, so the incentive has to come from elsewhere.

 

The Promises of Technology

Best positioned technology developments as a possible solution for the shortages in staffing. The PCA On Demand mobile app allows recipients to connect with with caregivers instantly, as well as record their time and attendance. It also gives those in need the opportunity to “self-staff” up to two months in advance. Recipients are also able to establish criteria for their personal caregivers or browse through a list of caregiver profiles.

 

Individual Affiliations Divide the Labor Pool and Enrollment Delays Hurt Recipients

Best explained that we are underutilizing the existing workforce, because more than 75% of workers are employed part-time. Best suggested a possible solution to the caregiver shortage is to get these individuals working full time. This could be accomplished by removing the barriers preventing workers from working for any agency in the State. Best suggested that after initial enrollment a PCA should be able to work with any recipient in the State. When coupled with the PCA On Demand app, this would give recipients access to all the workers in the State.

 

Best Home Care specializes in finding quality homecare for seniors, the disabled, and children. By addressing this shortage of personal care assistants before the senate committee, Andre Best hopes to make a difference in providing even better care for those in need of homecare services.

 

At Best Home Care, we know that having peace of mind that your loved ones are in good hands makes a world of difference and we want to make it easier than ever to find the ideal home caregivers for each individual. For more information on our services or to learn more about the PCA On Demand app, be sure to visit our website, or for any questions feel free to call us at (651) 330-2550, or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Tips from Best Home Care

November is usually the month we are all getting ready for Thanksgiving and preparing the perfect turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie to share with the family. This month is also Diabetes Awareness Month and a time to be mindful about of the risks and causes of the disease.

 

At Best Home Care, we focus on helping individuals find the ideal home healthcare plan, whether that be with personal care assistants, home nursing, or senior caregivers. Home caregivers should be trained in prevention and care for type-2 diabetes but it is equally as important to be informed as a family member.

 

Below is a list of facts and prevention tips for seniors who have or are at risk for developing diabetes:

  • If your loved one has diabetes be sure they are screened regularly for depression, as it is common with seniors that have diabetes.
  • Speak to doctors regularly and make sure you attend appointments with your loved one so you can address any concerns you have.
  • Speak regularly with caregivers about concerns in diet and exercise as well as making sure medications are being administered.
  • Make sure your loved ones get regular exercise, there are plenty of exercises designed for diabetic seniors that can also be of use for prevention.
  • Know the risks of diabetes in the elderly. They are more likely to experience problems with hearing, vision, bones and joints, and memory.
  • Keep food and exercise journals. Make sure your loved one is eating properly and exercising regularly but also remember to document it. It is easier to keep track of habits and can also help doctors, home nurses and caregivers to make sure they are staying healthy.

For any more questions about finding quality homecare for seniors, the disabled, or children be sure to visit our website to learn about the services we provide at Best Home Care. Also, feel free to contact us at 651-330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com if you have any questions.

How to Talk About Senior Home Care for the First Time

Best Home Care makes it our mission to make finding quality homecare for seniors easier. In addition to finding the ideal home caregivers, personal care assistants, and home nurses for each person’s individual needs; we want to make the process of finding homecare for seniors better by addressing the important issues you should talk about.

 

Here are a few of the main topics you should be sure to address when talking about senior home care to caregivers and loved ones. Be sure you are in a comfortable and familiar setting where everyone can easily express his or her concerns:

 

  1. Address Safety Concerns: Is it more difficult for your loved one to get around the house? Speak openly about concerns regarding a safe environment. This includes getting to and from the car in hazardous weather conditions for example. Be sure to listen to their concerns as well.
  2. Talk Openly About Medications: Taking medications can be tough to remember especially if they have to be taken multiple times a day. Being in communication with caregivers about medication needs is very important.
  3. Educate Yourself, Your Loved Ones, and Caregivers: Learning more about the home care options for seniors will provide everyone with a better idea of what type of care will be the best fit.
  4. Show Empathy for the Senior in Your Life: Imagine it was you in this situation, how would you want to be spoken to? Be kind and calm to show you care and remember there is no rush to make a decision. It can be very overwhelming to feel pressured to make a big decision right away so be sure to have multiple conversations on the subject.

 

If talking about senior healthcare is completely new for you and you feel confused about the process, remember that is why we are here! Best Home Care can help with all your questions and concerns. For more information on our services, feel free to call us at 651-330-2550, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or visit our website today!