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

Trick or Treating Dos and Don’ts for a Safe and Spooky Halloween

home care tips, personal care assistant adviceIt wouldn’t be Halloween without trick or treating, a popular pastime for almost anyone with taste buds. The opportunity to wear a creative costume and collect heaps of candy make it many people’s favorite time of year. However, the responsibility of caring for autism home therapy or elderly home care clients and their family members on this holiday can cause enough stress to make personal care attendants go a bit batty. Best Home Care has composed a list of Dos and Don’ts for our PCA program clients and staff to follow for a safe and spooky Halloween!

 

This Halloween, Do:

  • Plan a route in advance: Trick or treat in an area that you and your client are familiar with to avoid getting lost.
  • Wear comfortable shoes: Blisters result in frustration for the recipient and whoever has to help them walk home.
  • Stay well-lit: Try to avoid all black costumes and arm your entire group with flashlights or glow sticks.

This Halloween, Don’t:

  • Wear a mask: Masks can obstruct vision and often grow annoying so they are tossed aside quick.
  • Cross the street alone: Assign everyone a buddy or make it a game not to break the hand holding chain.
  • Dismiss the weather: Pack a zip-up sweatshirt that will add warmth without distracting from a costume.

 

Best Home Care believes that personal care aids can skip the stress this trick or treat season if they study these simple dos and don’ts. They hope to provide their employees and accompanied crew of clients and family members outfitted as princesses, superheroes, and ghost busters with the best Halloween experience yet. Contact Best Home Care to learn more about adapting holiday traditions to fit extended home care patient needs.

Let’s Celebrate All The Male Home Caregiver’s This Father’s Day

Ways to Become a More Effective Caregiver - services for independent livingFather’s Day is a time set aside to honor the contributions that fathers and father figures make in their children’s lives. Each year at Best Home Care, we like to take this opportunity to appreciate the contributions and sacrifices male home caregivers make for their clients. Providing in-home care services can be a challenging and arduous task however, and Father’s Day is the perfect time to thank the male family caregiver and personal care assistant in your life for their hard work.

 

Here at Best Home Care, we employ a lot of great men who provide at-home care for a loved one or work professionally as a PCA. Historically a female dominated industry; home caregiving has seen an influx in male caregivers over the last two decades. Today, 45% of those providing in-home care services are male and this percentage is expected to continue to grow. In particular, the number of male caregivers providing Alzheimer’s home care has more than doubled in the last two decades. According to the Alzheimer’s Association in 1996, 19% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers were male. In 2009, this number rose to over 40%.

 

While the in-home supportive services they provide are identical, men tend to approach caregiving differently than women. Research has shown that male home caregivers:

  • Approach caregiving as yet another job. They segment their lives well and work to prevent the caregiving role from affecting other roles.
  • Tend to look for practical solutions and direct ways to solve problems associated with home caregiving.
  • Are more likely to use the Internet as a caregiving resource.
  • Provide more long distance care.

 

This Sunday, be sure to hug the male home care professional in your life. Even if he isn’t your father, Father’s Day is a great day to express your appreciation for a male caregiver’s tireless work.

 

To all the male family caregivers and personal care assistants from all of us here at Best Home Care, thank you for the service you provide. Your work and commitment makes an incredible difference in the lives of those you care for!

Finding the Perfect Gift for Personal Care Assistants and Family Caregivers

Christmas ThumbnailIn case you needed another reminder: Christmas is only a week away! Even though the snow hasn’t shown up here in the Twin Cities, time is running out for you to finish your gift shopping. This year, let’s break that annual habit of waiting till the last minute to start checking items of your gift list; but while you’re out shopping, don’t forget those home care professionals and personal care assistants in your life.

Home caregivers play an important role in the lives of many. Show them how much you appreciate them and the work they do with a thoughtful gift this holiday season. We took some time this week to ask around the Best Home Care office and came up with some great gift ideas for personal care assistants. In case you’re still waiting to start your shopping, here are our top 5 gift ides for home caregivers to kick start your holiday season:

The Gift of Relaxation

Home health care jobs can be incredibly stressful. Help your home caregiver relax this holiday season with a gift card to a spa or salon, or treat them to a fun night out to a movie.

The Gift of Food

The hectic nature of caregiver jobs doesn’t leave much time to prepare meals. Bake your home caregiver a home cooked meal or give them a gift card to help pay for groceries.

The Gift of Your Time

Some times the best gifts don’t cost a thing. Spend some time with your caregiver this holiday season and let them know how much you appreciate them and the work they do.

Make sure to leave some room on this year’s gift list for the home caregiver in your life. For more information about our Minneapolis home care agency and how to support those providing home care this holiday season, connect with Best Home Care.

Give Thanks For Healthy Diet Tricks For Seniors

Healthy Eating for Seniors - home assistance careWith Thanksgiving just a week away, this is the time of year when our minds shift to cooking (and eating) a tremendous amount of food. That juicy turkey, tasty gravy, and scrumptious mashed potatoes leave many of our belts a few notches looser come Friday morning. You can rest assured that all of us here at Best Home Care will be enjoying our Thanksgiving this year by eating way too much with family and friends.

As this is the “Season of Eating”, now is a great time to talk about healthy eating habits for senior home care patients. Consuming healthy foods is one of the most beneficial things a senior can do for their home health. In fact, a healthy diet has been shown to increase mental acuteness, strengthen resistance to illness and disease, and provide higher energy levels among seniors. While breaking old habits may seem intimidating for some, starting new healthy eating habits can be a tasty way to change your life for the better.

Here are some easy tips that personal care assistants should take to help their home care patients start eating healthier:

  • Get creative to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your home care plan. Try juicing fruits in blenders for drinking or pureeing vegetables to add into sauces.
  • High protein foods are essential to maintain muscle in seniors. Instead of meat, try easier-to-eat protein rich options like peanut butter, tuna, cheese, and yogurt.
  • Supplemental drinks are a great choice for getting many of the nutrients that the body needs. While these shouldn’t be used for every meal, they are a quick, easy, and healthy option.

After the final turkey leg has been eaten this Thanksgiving, start prioritizing healthy eating in your home care plans. Work with senior home care patients especially to develop habits that will lead to a healthier life.

Contact Best Home Care to learn more about developing home care plans and find caregiver resources that will help you provide the best in home supportive services possible!

 

 

 

A Big Thank You to the Incredible Women Providing Caregiving Services

Five Things Every New Family Caregiver Needs to Know  - personal care providersWith Mother’s Day this past weekend, all of us at Best Home Care wanted to take a moment to acknowledge every female caregiver out there. According to the Family Caregiving Alliance, women account for 66% of all caregivers in the United States. This number has grown steadily as baby-boomers reach retirement age and require in-home supportive services, typically given by their daughters.

In the US, the average caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who is married, employed, and cares for her 70-year-old mother. While there are many men that work as personal care assistants or provide home care for a family member, women spend much more time providing personal care services. On average, a female caregiver spends nearly 50% more time providing at-home care than her male counterpart.

This increase in time spent caregiving will often test her formal employment responsibilities. In fact, caring for a family member will reduce a middle-aged woman’s paid work hours by nearly 41%. This decrease in paid hours results in an average loss of $324,044 in wages and Social Security benefits.

Lost money isn’t the only negative affect of caring for a family member. A study was done to shed light on how providing home care for a family member affected a caregiver’s ability to advance in his or her career. Of the 1,509 women surveyed:

  • 29% passed up a job promotion due to caregiving responsibilities
  • 20% switched from full-time to part-time employment
  • 16% quit their jobs
  • 13% retired early

At Best Home Care, we understand these extra struggles that female personal care assistants face. Your work is very vitally important and life changing for those you care for and we seek to help you in any way we can.

Best Home Care provides free caregiver resources for PCAs, including specific support for those suffering from caregiver burnout and stress. Our new white paper is another great resource for caregivers looking for ways to get paid for taking care of a family member. Contact Best Home Care to learn more about how we can help manage your home care services.

What Can Home Care Do For You? Find Support for Persons With Chronic Medical Conditions.

Find Home Care for Chronic Medical ConditionsMillions of Americans currently live with a chronic medical disease. While their condition may not prevent them from maintaining a normal lifestyle, they do face challenges every day. No matter your age, simply keeping medications organized and getting to doctors appointments can be a struggle.

This is where a home care professional comes in. A personal care assistant can help you manage a medical condition and allow you to live a better life. At Best Home Care, we work with personal care assistants that care for individuals living with:

Along with medication and appointment assistance, a personal care attendant will help with many other daily tasks such as dressing, toileting, and food preparation. But perhaps the most important benefit is the morale boosting friendship and camaraderie that comes with daily visits.

Support for Family Caregivers

In many cases, a family member or friend will offer to provide home care for the individual affected by a chronic medical condition. This type of at-home care is often done out of love and with no compensation; however, this does not need to be the case. Many states offer PCA programs that help caregivers get paid for taking care of a family member with a medical condition.

Transitional Care

Transitional care is a type of home care that is provided to individuals while moving between different health care facilities. This care can be provided during the wait time before moving into a senior living facility or upon moving home after a major surgery. Transitional care is extremely beneficial for those living with chronic medical conditions and helps them to adjust back to home life or to new care environments.

This year, Best Home Care is celebrating 10 years of helping Minnesotans with their home care needs. If you have any questions about in-home supportive services or how to get paid for taking care of a family member, contact Best Home Care today!

What Can Home Care Do For You? Find Support for Persons with Mental Illnesses.

Home Care for Those Living with Mental DisordersAccording to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18% of American adults suffer from a mental disability. Even more surprising is that 1 in 5 children (age 13-18) have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder at some point in their life. Over the last two decades, cases of mental disorders have consistently risen in the United States. This growth is expected to continue, especially among children and young adults.

If you or someone you know lives with a mental disability, you understand the challenges associated with these conditions. Thankfully, there is help available!

Home care from a personal care assistant can greatly benefit those living with mental disorders. A home care professional can provide assistance with dressing and grooming, shopping and planning, behavior redirection, and many other tasks. The goal of every personal care attendant is to make the life of the person they’re caring for as easy as possible. They will work with you to come up with a customized home health care plan that best suits your needs.

At Best Home Care, we support personal care attendants who currently serve individuals living with various mental disabilities including:

  • Severe Anxiety or Phobias
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • And more

In-home supportive services and home care services are often only associated  with the elderly. The truth is that home care can benefit individuals of all ages and a diverse range of needs.

Best Home Care is a top Minneapolis home care agency offering administrative assistance and resource support to personal care assistants in the Twin Cities area. If you have any questions about home care for persons with mental disabilities, contact us today! Our home care professionals are here to help and will walk you through the process of starting home health care services.

What Can Home Care Do For You? Find Support for Persons with Physical Disabilities.

Disability Home Care ResourcesMost of us will never understand the challenges those living with a physical disability face. Basic tasks, such as getting dressed or making a meal, can be a daily battle. You can’t help but admire the courage and strength those living with a physical disability bring to each day.

At times, the struggles of living with a physical disability can be overwhelming. This is where physical disability home care comes in. A family member or friend often provides this in-home care; however, professional personal care assistants are another common option.

Home care can benefit people living with various physical disabilities by assisting with:

  • Basic household needs such as running errands and preparing meals
  • Daily personal needs such as toileting, dressing, grooming, bathing, etc.
  • Health related needs such as transportation to doctor appointments or motion exercises

An often overlooked benefit of physical disability home care is the companionship that comes with it. Simply having a friend to talk with can do wonders for the morale of an individual living with a physical disability.

Family caregivers providing home care for relatives with physical disabilities typically don’t consider compensation for their services. This should not be the case. There are many government programs that can provide funding for caregivers in these situations. Contact Best Home Care today to learn more about how to get paid for taking care of a family member living with a physical disability.

Best Home Care serves personal care assistants providing physical disability home care in the Twin Cities. Contact us today if you have any questions about physical disability home care and how it can benefit you or a loved one.

Improve Your In-Home Health and Avoid Heart Attacks this Holiday Season

Home Care for Heart HealthIf you’re anything like us at Best Home Care, the holidays are the time of year when we empty our wallets on gifts and decorations, eat more than we should, and make resolutions we likely won’t keep. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

However, all this wonder can pose a threat to our cardiovascular health, especially for the elderly. A recent study showed that historically, the year’s highest number of cardiac-related deaths occurs on December 26th with Christmas and New Year’s Day close behind. Improve your home health and keep your heart happy this season by following these tips:

  1. Sleep In: Heart-related incidents, such as heart attacks, are most likely to occur within three hours of waking up.

Home Health Care Tip: “Ease into the day and save strenuous activities till later in the afternoon.”

  1. Dress Warm: When it’s cold out, our arteries constrict, raising our blood pressure and forcing our hearts to work overtime. It is especially important for those over the age of 70 to keep warm.

Home Health Care Tip: “Avoid prolonged stays in the cold and always wear a coat, hat, and scarf when going outdoors.”

  1. Don’t Overindulge: The holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. It’s also a common time to gain weight, which can lead to an irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and other cardiovascular risks.

Home Health Care Tip: “Enjoy the holidays but do so in moderation and stay active.”

  1. Take it Easy: This time of year can take a toll on anyone’s physical and emotional health. Shoveling and holiday anxiety are just some of the season’s stressors that can negatively affect your heart health.

Home Health Care Tip: “Have someone help you shovel snow. Find time to relax everyday to avoid emotional exhaustion.”

Many people choose to postpone seeking medical treatment during the holidays because they don’t want to disrupt their family’s plans. Don’t be one of these people. Dial 9-1-1 immediately if you are experiencing chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack.

As a top home care agency in Minnesota, Best Home Care encourages personal care assistants and those receiving home care to take action to prevent heart attacks this season. Contact us today to learn more about how you can benefit from home health care and PCA services. Let’s make a point to stay heart healthy this year and have a wonderful holiday.