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

Home Care can Benefit Students with ADHD

Autism Home Support ServicesAhh September. Nights are getting cooler, football is back in season, and kids are heading back to school. While the start of school is often a stress reliever for parents, it tends to have the opposite affect on kids suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

ADHD is a type of developmental disorder that affects between 8-12 percent of children and is characterized by behavioral problems such as inattention and hyperactivity. As a result, kids with ADHD find it hard to focus in a traditional school setting and often struggle to keep up with their peers.

Those with ADHD (especially young children and teens) require constant support from family and friends to stay successful in school. Family members are usually more than willing to help, but the time and energy they have to offer is often not enough. This is where professional home care services come in.

At-home care provided by a qualified personal care assistant can greatly benefit children affected by ADHD and their families. Here are some of the ways that home caregivers can help your loved one with ADHD:

Ensuring Safety: Kids with ADHD are prone to accidents and injury at home. A PCA will oversee your child’s activities, ensuring they remain safe at all times.

Implementing Routine: Those with ADHD behave better in a well-structured environment. A home care professional can help introduce and maintain a routine with your loved one.

Tutoring Assistance: A home care provider can assist your student through a teaching plan created by the child’s teachers, therapists, and you as parents. Tutoring not only helps your child keep up in school, but can boost their self-confidence and ambition as well.

Click Here to Learn More Ways At Home Care Services Can Benefit Students With ADHD

As a Minneapolis home care agency, Best Home Care has helped provide home care services to many students in the Twin Cities. Contact us to learn more about how in home supportive services can benefit your child and how to begin home care services today!

Capture the Benefits of Learning a Second Language for Senior Home Health

bigstock-home-caregiver-7540770Learning to speak a second language has many advantages for a young child’s development. In fact, bilingualism in children has been attributed to an increased aptitude for solving problems, better listening skills, and improved social skills. However, did you know that speaking a second language can help keep the minds of adults and seniors sharp as well?

A recent study from Northwestern University found that speaking more than one language provides a mental workout for the speaker and prepares the mind for more challenging tasks. Increased mind sharpness is especially beneficial and can improve the quality of life for the elderly and those receiving senior home care. There is also evidence to suggest that speaking a second language can help delay the effects of Alzheimer’s, the memory-stealing neurodegenerative disease.

The benefits of speaking a second language for the home health of a senior are obvious. Learning a second language is easier said than done but the truth is, you are never too old to learn a new language. In fact, many communities offer language classes specifically for adults and seniors! Consult your city’s community education program or senior center to learn more about their offerings. Seniors can also benefit from the different types of language learning computer programs on the market today.

Home caregivers should encourage those they provide in-home supportive services for to learn a second language. Caregivers can help by:

  • Researching community education language classes
  • Suggesting appropriate language learning software
  • Listening to music in a foreign language
  • Watching foreign language movies with English subtitles

Even though it may be more difficult for adults and seniors to pick up a second language, even the slightest bit of knowledge will help sharpen and engage the brain.

To learn more about the benefits of speaking a second language for senior home health, contact Best Home Care. Our team of home care professionals can also work with you to manage the administrative work that comes with providing home care services.

Financial Scams in Home Health Care

Avoid Financial Scams in Home CareA sad trend that has developed over the last decade is the prevalence of financial fraud by home health care providers. Each year, hundreds of millions of Medicaid dollars are paid out for home care services that were unnecessary or weren’t provided at all. In 2014, it is estimated that fraudulent home care charges totaled $60 million of taxpayer dollars in Minnesota alone.

How does this happen? In most situations the personal care assistant or home care agency responsible for providing care will exaggerate the amount of service provided or make it up entirely. With no effective way to monitor the validity of these billings, Medicaid or the insurance company pays out the money in good faith. All the while, the patient is unaware that he or she is being taken advantage of.

Why does this happen? In short, the reward often outweighs the risks for caregivers looking to make an extra buck. Last year, The Star Tribune reported that, “Of the 425 home caregivers and agencies notified of wrongful billing practices since 2008 in Minnesota, just one in four were ultimately convicted.” Over the last decade, Minnesota’s Medicaid program has exploded while fraud referrals have stayed stagnant or dropped. Without proper monitoring, legislation, investigation, and enforcement, these crimes will likely continue.

What is being done? Six states now require electronic verification whenever a caregiver visits a patient. This process helps deter fraud by eliminating easily falsified paper timesheets. Federal data mining tools are also helping state governments monitor Medicaid claims for fraud. Minnesota is not participating in any of these practices yet.

Andre Best, founder of Best Home Care, has been fighting against home care fraud for years. Best has spoken with legislators about the need for better monitoring of home care services and has even developed software to help address this problem. His smartphone application creates a digital record of all services billed to the state and documents the care that the patients receive. Best Home Care currently uses this app and Best hopes other home care agencies will join as well.

Learn more about our founder’s fight against fraud as well as options for proven care services by contacting our trusted home care agency today.

Give Back and Get Involved with Your Community This Holiday

Donate or Volunteer to Combat Caregiver StressDecember is an exciting time of year. The air is filled with childish wonder as stores stock their shelves with the latest toys and stunning holiday decorations. Friends and family come from all over to celebrate together and plan for the new year ahead. It’s certainly a wonderfully hectic time of year.

The holidays are a time for parties and celebration, but they can also be stressful. This season can be especially difficult for those providing home care as they struggle to manage their demanding caregiving duties. Avoid caregiver stress this year and enjoy the season by taking a break to give the gift of your time.

Giving back to the community is something we here at Best Home Care believe in whole-heartedly. Volunteering is a great way for caregivers and those they provide home care for to shake up their daily routine and do something fun any time of the year. Caregivers and their recipients can make a difference this holiday season and get involved in their communities by volunteering at:

  • Food Shelves: Donate non-perishable goods or volunteer your time and spend a couple hours helping out.
  • Toy Drives: Donate gifts or volunteer to wrap them.
  • Meals on Wheels: Deliver hot food right to the doors of people in need.
  • The Salvation Army: Be a bell ringer, sing carols, serve food and much more.

Every town has their own specific holiday activities and volunteer opportunities, so be sure to do research to make sure you aren’t missing out on anything! City and community organization websites are great places to search for this information. The website Volunteer Match is another great resource to find volunteer opportunities near you anytime of year.

We here at Best Home Care understand that this time of year can be stressful for home caregivers and their loved ones. Combat caregiver burnout, get involved in your community, and share an activity together by making a difference in another person’s life this holiday season.

Best Home Care provides a wide range of home care resources to support personal care attendants and their recipients. If you have questions about PCA services or need administrative assistance as a home health care provider, connect with our team today.

Find the Perfect Gift for a Caregiver in Your Life

Gifts for CaregiversWith Thanksgiving behind us, we here at Best Home Care are deep in the holiday spirit. It’s fun to plan gift lists and reflect on great presents from past holiday seasons. When you are working on surprises for loved ones, pay special attention to those providing home health care. Five of the best gifts for caregivers this holiday season include:

Caregiver Gift #1: Your Time

Home caregivers are the busiest people we know. Volunteering to help with their caregiving duties or run errands is an easy way to share your time and make their life easier.

Caregiver Gift #2: A Break

Give them the chance to get away for a little bit. Consider a gift card to a spa or salon for a good pampering, or dinner out at a great restaurant.

Caregiver Gift #3: Food!

Baskets of food are perfect for the personal care assistant who struggles to find time to get to the grocery store. Better yet, offer to prepare a hot meal for them.

Caregiver Gift #4: A Clean House

A messy house is inevitable when you are providing home care. Arrange for a cleaning company to freshen up their entire house or save money by offering to do the cleaning yourself.

Caregiver Gift #5: Home Care Resources & Education

There are thousands of books and articles written on personal care services. Send them a couple that match their specific situation and help them learn more about caregiving.

Above all else, let the caregiver in your life know that you are there for them and you care about them. Simply asking, “How can I help?” or checking in with a weekly phone call can boost a caregiver’s morale in ways no other gift can.

For more information about home care providers and how to support those with caregiver jobs, connect with Best Home Care. There are a number of online resources available at www.besthomecaremn.com, and our team is always ready to answer your questions.

Caring for the Caregiver: Difficult Emotions and Finding Support

Caregiver HealthFor an individual suffering from a disability, illness, or other condition that makes living independently a challenge, having a loved one provide home care is an incredible blessing. While it is a vital and valuable role, being a home caregiver is still much like other jobs in that there are ups and downs. Taking care of a family member or dear friend can be very fulfilling, both personally and professionally. Some times, however, providing at-home care can elicit many difficult emotions and create stress that affects a caregiver’s health.

At Best Home Care, we know that the wellbeing of a caregiver is a crucial part of home care. In order to prevent these emotions from developing into a serious health issue, a caregiver must first recognize and accept these feelings.

Common emotions for caregivers:

  • Guilt: You may feel guilty that you aren’t doing enough as a home caregiver to provide for your patient.
  • Grief: Providing care often comes with a number of losses, including time otherwise spent, a plan you had envisioned, or the loss that comes with caring for a terminally ill patient.
  • Burnout: The exhaustion that comes from being pulled in many different directions is common among caregivers who also work and provide for their family.
  • Resentment: You may be angry with other family members or friends for not doing more to support you or your patient.

These emotions often present themselves in the form of lack of sleep or appetite or an unwillingness to interact with others. Seek medical help immediately if you feel these emotions are negatively affecting your health or ability to provide quality home care.

It’s important for a home caregiver to understand that having these feelings is normal and help is available. Start combating tough emotions by sharing your feelings, both positive and negative, with others.

A caregiver may find emotional support from:

  • Family members or friends
  • Church or religious groups
  • A therapist or counselor
  • Community caregiver support groups

Know that you are not alone and that there are many resources to encourage and support you. At Best Home Care, we understand the stress home caregivers deal with every day and we work to help in any we can. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about finding caregiver support.