Life Changing Apps for Seniors Receiving Home Care Services

Senior Home Care, Medical Alert SystemsAt 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:

 

  1. Pillboxie: This app reminds its user to take medications at the correct time throughout the day. Not only can this app help seniors manage their meds, it helps homecare assistants know which meds have been taken and when.
  2. Silversurf: This free app makes smartphones and tablet usage easier by providing the ability to zoom in, make buttons larger, and adjust the contrast of the screen. This app can make a great difference for those who struggle to see the tiny display on a smartphone.
  3. Voice Reading: Another innovative app for those who struggle with reading text, this app reads aloud emails, articles, text messages and more. You are even able to adjust languages and accents.
  4. Easy Facebook for Seniors: Everyone wants to stay up to date with family and friends. This app is perfect for grandmas and grandpas who want to see pictures with a cleaner, less confusing display.
  5. Goodreads: Here is another fun app for the avid senior reader in your life. Goodreads lets users rate and review books as well as share books with family and friends.

 

For even more senior-friendly apps, click here. If you’re interested in getting additional information on finding the perfect home care experience, visit Best Home Care. Get answers to your questions on at-home medical care by calling us at (651)-330-2550, emailing us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or visiting our FAQ page!

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.

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.

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.

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.

What are the Best Clothes for Senior Home Care Patients?

With the snow melting and the weather warming up, most Minnesotans are putting away their winter clothes and bringing out the short sleeves. For PCAs providing in-home supportive services for seniors, now is the perfect time of year to evaluate your patient’s wardrobe and help them make the best decisions on what to wear this summer. Instead of basing their wardrobe on fashion, personal care assistants and family caregivers should focus on comfort, cleanliness, and accessibility.

 

There are several factors to consider when purchasing new clothes for seniors this spring:

 

Comfort: This is especially important for home care patients with sensory issues. Choose soft and loose fabrics that won’t irritate the skin. Rip off the tags to help avoid the annoyance of rubbing. Ensure that clothing is not too tight around the wrists and ankles as this can reduce circulation to extremities

Cleanliness: Many times an Alzheimer’s home care patient will only wear a few select clothing options leading them to get dirty very quickly. Consider buying duplicate options of those clothes so that they will always have clean options to wear.

Accessibility: Seniors suffering from arthritis and other joint problems or disabilities can have a difficult time putting on clothes each day. Easily accessible clothes can help make it easier for them to dress themselves. Button-up or zip-up shirts and pants with elastic waist bands are great options for seniors with these issues.

 

If a senior has trouble dressing themselves, personal care assistants and family caregivers should provide assistance to ensure the senior’s safety and comfort.

 

For more information on best practices for senior summer clothing, contact the home care professionals at BestHomeCare. As a leading Minnesota home care agency, we are proud to help PCAs and family caregivers prepare for summer and provide the best home care possible.

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

Senior Home Care, Personal Care AssistantsThe 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!

 

 

This Holiday Season, Do:

  • Remember to be realistic: Your travel capabilities will likely differ from those of seniors. Small tasks, like carrying a suitcase, may seem impossible to them. Act generously and volunteer to lift or move heavier objects for your senior home care patient.
  • Call airlines ahead of time: Thankfully, airlines provide plenty of amenities to assist PCA healthcare, but PCAs should contact airlines about wheelchair accessibility before traveling. If special needs are mentioned last minute, the staff has no obligation to accommodate them.
  • Keep a consistent schedule: Most home care providers, especially specialists from the Best Home Care, agree that creating and maintaining a consistent schedule is important. This includes medication, therapy, and meal times.

 

This Holiday Season, Don’t:

  • Forget about medical records: Bring extra medication and a first-aid kit. Keep phone numbers for and prescriptions from doctors handy in case of emergency. If your senior home care patient has a pacemaker or other internal devices, ask an security official and medical professional if they can go through a metal detector.
  • Take a flight with connections: Do your best to avoid booking tightly scheduled connecting flights since seniors will have trouble rushing through a busy airport. Similarly, try to break up a long car trip into smaller chunks.
  • Underestimate travel time: Seniors often opt for the elevator or escalator when you might be used to the stairs. You should also expect the number of bathroom breaks to increase.

 

Traveling with seniors is a wonderful way to create lasting memories. Complete your research and planning sooner rather than later for an incredible trip. Contact a helpful home care specialist from Best Home Care for additional advice concerning spending the holidays with seniors.

Call a TV Time-Out: Five Television Alternatives for Seniors

bigstock-home-caregiver-7540770With hundreds of cable channels available, it is understandable for seniors receiving PCA services to get sucked into a fifth episode of The Golden Girls on TV Land, a second feature film starring Clint Eastwood, or third hour of up-to-the-minute sports news coverage on ESPN. In fact, retirees spend more than half of their leisure time watching TV according to a study from U.S. News & World Report. That adds up to about four hours per day on average.

 

While television time at a quality home care center can be relaxing, Best Home Care is confident that seniors are searching for more meaningful ways to spend the rest of their retirement. Call a TV time-out and share these five fun screen time alternatives from Best Home Care with your favorite retiree or personal care assistant.

  1. Volunteer Work
    • It can be difficult for professionals to immediately stop working after spending years committed to a career. Volunteering at a local hospital, library, food pantry, or art center is a positive way to contribute to the community and share your skill set.
  2. Adventurous Cooking
    • So many aspects of our daily lives, including meals, seem rushed (like daily life at a personal care agency). Additional leisure time allows seniors the opportunity to slow down, relax, and enjoy the process of preparing and eating food. Try substituting some of your favorite frozen dinners or take-out dishes with healthier, home-made versions. Get started by skimming our Eating Right for Seniors blog series.
  3. Home Improvements
    • Stop watching a carpenter craft a solid oak side table or an interior decorator sew pillow covers for some outdated accessories on HGTV and tackle these projects in real life!
  4. Physical Activity
    • Balance every hour of TV time with a bike ride around the block, journey up and down the stairs, or stroll through the garden with a friend or your home attendant. Incorporate some stretching before and after exercising to help prevent sore muscles. Best Home Care recently revealed their top five stretches for seniors in elderly care homes here.
  5. Reading Literature
    • Cracking open a book is more mentally stimulating than staring at a screen. If you lack motivation to start a book or have trouble selecting titles, join a book club. These meetings also provide an excellent opportunity to socialize and meet people who share common interests, perhaps even another suggestion on this list!

Contact Best Home Care to learn more about incorporating TV alternatives into your premier home care plan!