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!


Halloween Fun for Senior Home Care Patients!

home care tips, personal care assistant adviceHalloween is always a fun time of year with pumpkin carving, trick or treating and dressing up in crazy costumes, but the fun doesn’t have to for those receiving home care. At Best Home Care, we want our personal care assistants, home caregivers, and healthcare aides to be aware of fun ways that everyone can enjoy Halloween regardless of age! There are plenty of ways to have fun safely while receiving home healthcare.


Below are a few fun ideas to keep in mind when celebrating the season with home care patients and loved ones:


  1. Halloween Movie Marathon: This is a must for any scary movie lover during the fall. Break out the old classics from their time and a few newer movies, then pop some popcorn and have a binge-fest!
  2. Pumpkin Decorating: Maybe the senior in your life isn’t one who enjoys a good scare. Try something creative, relaxing, yet fall themed like decorating pumpkins. Carving isn’t necessary if it is too physically difficult, break out some colorful paints and create some wacky and festive decorations.
  3. Halloween Board Games: Everyone enjoys a fun board game, and with classics like Clue or Mystery Mansion it is easy to have a game night with a fun Halloween twist! Senior caregivers can even look up Halloween themed Pictionary or Charades topics for even more game night options.
  4. Have a Fall Food Picnic: Invite family, friends and neighbors out to a park and bring some fall food classics like caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and apple cider to enjoy in the crisp fall weather.
  5. Scary Stories: Nothing says Halloween like telling ghost stories. Light a fire and share some spooky stories together. If you don’t have any of your own, look up some from the Internet and print them off, then trade off reading with friends, family, and home health aides.


For more ideas on how to make the most of your home healthcare experience feel free to call Best Home Care at (651) 330-2550 or email us at If you are interested in seeing all the homecare services we provide be sure to visit our website today!

Seasonal Allergies and Seniors- How to Enjoy the Fall Weather

Fall is a beautiful time of year and a great time to enjoy the outdoors! At Best Home Care, we want our home caregivers and their patients to be able to make the most of it. But with the cool crisp air and changing leaves comes a downside – Allergies! Fall can be a time of year where sneezing, runny noses, and itchy watery eyes, as well as colds and sinus infections, start popping up everywhere.


Since we are in the business of helping personal care assistants and at home nurses provide the best quality homecare, we have found some tips for managing allergies in senior homecare:

  • Be conscious of windy days! Pollen is released in the morning and on windy days it is almost unavoidable. It may be a good idea to wear a scarf or mask around your face if you’ll be out early.
  • Check pollen levels along with the weather. If you know you’ll be outside on a certain day, be sure to check how high the pollen levels are so you can prepare and plan around that.
  • Shut windows. Especially on those windy days, irritants can and will blow right through the window.
  • Set up an appointment with your primary doctor. They may be able to recommend some medications or even refer you to an allergist if necessary. It is always best to do this sooner rather than later especially for seniors with cardiovascular disease.
  • Check meds for side effects. Allergy meds tend to come with side effects like dizziness and drowsiness, which means they can increase the risk of a dangerous fall for seniors. Always check side effects to be safe!


At Best Home Care we want our caregivers and home health aides to be aware of all issues that could impact seniors and their home healthcare experience. If you have any questions about finding homecare services for seniors, children, or the disabled contact us today. Call (651) 330-2550, email us at, or stop by our website for more information about us, and our services!

What is the Minnesota HomeCare Association?

How Home Care Workers Ease the Caregiving Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease - caring for dementia patient at homeLike any industry, home healthcare has associations to represent and provide a voice for home care agencies and personal care assistants. The Minnesota HomeCare Association (MHCA) is a non-profit trade association that represents home care providers within the state of Minnesota. The MHCA’s mission is to “Represent and support Minnesota home care providers committed to high quality home care service.”

The MHCA began as a council of the Minnesota League for Nursing and in 1970; it was organized as the Assembly of Home Health Nursing Agencies and consisted of only 15 provider members. The Assembly continued to add more Minnesota home care agencies to its roster and in 1989, the council reorganized and incorporated as the Minnesota HomeCare Association. Today, the MHCA represents over 160 home care provider agencies and business partner members throughout the state of Minnesota.

Finding a reputable and trustworthy home care agency can be difficult and stressful however the MHCA seeks to alleviate this. The MHCA Board of Directors is the governing body of the association and works to ensure that every Minnesota home care agency is providing quality home care services to its clients. Through its website, the MHCA provides valuable resources and assistance for those looking for quality home care services. You can shop around for a home care agency based on the services they provide to find the perfect match for your home care needs and expectations.

Another important responsibility the MHCA has is to oversee the reporting of home care abuse and malpractice. If you or someone you love has been taken advantage of by an unethical home care agency or personal care assistant, you should report this crime to the MHCA as soon as possible.

For more information about the Minnesota HomeCare Association and how it can benefit you, contact Best Home Care today!

Taking the Plunge: Your First Steps Into PCA Services

Starting Personal Care Services

Once you and your loved ones have agreed that personal care services are needed, your work can truly start. As you may have discovered, a simple Google search will return thousands of results for hundreds of different home healthcare companies all seeming to provide the same service. This can make it difficult to know where to begin.

Best Home Care takes pride in making the process of starting personal care services straightforward for clients. Our simple five-step process seamlessly guides you from application to receiving the best in PCA healthcare available.

Before you jump into this process, make sure you or your loved one is eligible for at-home care or PCA services. In order to qualify for personal care services from Best Home Care, you must:

  • Live in Minnesota
  • Be eligible to receive Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare
  • Be able to make decisions about your own care or have someone who can make decisions for you
  • Need “constant supervision” or “hands on assistance” to complete at least one Activity of Daily Living (eating, bathing, toileting, etc.)
  • Have a PCA Assessment done to determine your need for in-home care

The PCA Assessment is conducted by your county’s Public Health Department and serves as an important factor when determining eligibility. During this assessment you will meet with a Public Health Nurse who will observe and ask various questions about your daily life. While the official assessment must be done in person, we have created a self-assessment that you may take at any time to judge your eligibility. Note: this assessment should be used as a guide rather than a final determination of whether you qualify for in-home supportive services.

If at anytime you are confused or have questions about starting home care or determining your eligibility for personal care services, please do not hesitate to contact Best Home Care. Every day, we help people begin the process of receiving quality home care – we look forward to assisting you and your love one as well.