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 Gifts for the Tech-Savvy Grandparents

Best Home Care likes to stay up to date on all new developments in senior homecare. We specialize in finding quality homecare for seniors, homecare for the disabled and pediatric homecare for those in need. But we also know that there are so many other aspects to quality of life aside from home caregivers, personal care assistants and home nurses.

As Black Friday gets closer, it can be tough to think of great gifts to get for seniors and grandparents. Luckily Best Home Care knows of all the latest tech gadgets that will make great gifts for the tech savvy grandparents and seniors.

 

Here are a few of our favorites:

 

  • NixPlay’s digital photo frames! With these frames, you can scan your family photos and display all your favorites in a single frame that rotates the images. Great for grandparents that have stacks of photo albums but no way to display them all.
  • iPad mini! These are pretty sweet for even the most technologically challenged individuals. The buttons are large and it is easy to use, plus you can even teach your loved ones how to FaceTime with you!
  • Kindle Fire! If the iPad is a bit of a stretch for the seniors in your life, the Kindle may be just the ticket! It’s still easy to use but much less expensive and still allows for apps like Skype for easy communication.
  • Magicfly Key Finder! Okay so while this one isn’t exactly meant to be fun, it is incredibly useful and not just for seniors. You can attach small locators onto objects like phones, keys, wallets, and more then use the Bluetooth tracker to find them if they go missing!
  • PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer! This charger/phone cleaner is a great way to get rid of germs that get all over phones without damaging them.

 

Best Home Care is not just the expert on homecare services for seniors; we also have your back this holiday season when it comes to shopping for seniors. For the next few weeks we’ll be providing gift ideas of all types of grandparents, so be sure to check back next week and 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!

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!

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 info@besthomecaremn.com. If you are interested in seeing all the homecare services we provide be sure to visit our website today!

Caring for Those Living with Tinnitus

At Best Home Care, our focus is finding quality home care for those in need, whether that is homecare for the elderly, pediatric homecare or homecare for those with disabilities. Each individual receiving home care services has unique needs that to be addresses and those suffering from Tinnitus are no different. Tinnitus is a condition that is characterized by a ringing or buzzing sound in one or both ears.

 

Below are some tips to help home caregivers meet the needs of those living with Tinnitus:

 

  1. Know the Triggers: Oftentimes, the symptoms of Tinnitus can be made worse by consuming caffeine, alcohol, sodium, and smoking.
  2. Play Music: Listening to soft music or ambient sounds can help distract from the constant ringing. There are plenty of apps for music or soothing sounds to check out that may be beneficial!
  3. Plan Relaxing Activities: Stress can severely aggravate Tinnitus. Incorporating yoga or tai chi into a daily routine can make a big difference as well as just regular exercise like walking.
  4. Ensure Quality Sleep: Fatigue can make symptoms worse and if Tinnitus impacts sleep, it can turn into a vicious cycle. Keep a regular sleep schedule, keep the bedroom dark and cool, use a white noise machine, and keep patients from eating or exercising 2-3 hours before going to sleep.
  5. Find a Support Group: Talking and sharing about experiences with Tinnitus can provide some support as well as give the opportunities to share these tips with others and pick up some new ones!

 

The home care employees at Best Home Care are here to support the quality of life for those in need receiving 24-hour homecare, home nursing, or personal care assistants. We understand the importance of having peace of mind that a loved one is in good hands. To learn more about our team and services, contact us at 651-330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

Benefits of Yoga for Senior Citizens

At Best Home Care, we believe in helping others to find their best quality homecare through personal care assistants, home nursing, and home caregivers. But we know that there is so much more that goes into improving the quality of life of those in home healthcare. That is why we make it our mission to stay up to date on all new treatments and activities that can improve life for seniors, children, and the disabled.

 

This week, we have found some amazing benefits of yoga for seniors. Yoga classes for seniors are available at many yoga studios and community centers and there are even some simple videos online that can be done at home with a homecare assistant.

 

Here are some of the amazing benefits to consider:

 

  • Yoga can reduce tension and swelling in joints as well as decrease pain and discomfort caused by Arthritis.
  • It can help improve sleep quality.
  • Regular yoga can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure by reducing oxidative stress.
  • A huge benefit for seniors, yoga can improve balance, stability, joint mobility and builds strength- which decreases the risk of falling
  • Yoga is a mood booster and can help in relieving anxiety. It is calming and restorative and relaxes the body and mind and encourages mindfulness.
  • Improves flexibility and increases ease of motion through low impact movement that can help reduce aches and pains.
  • Improves respiratory health, as breathing is an essential part to practicing yoga.
  • Helps with managing Type 2 Diabetes by reducing stress levels and stimulating organs that regulate metabolism.

 

If you or a loved one is interested in adding some yoga into their daily routine, it may be something worth bringing up to a home health care aide. At Best Home Care our goal is helping those in need find their ideal home health care assistance. Visit our website for more information on our services, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions on homecare services! Call us at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

Fall Activities for Seniors Receiving Home Care Services

home care tips, personal care assistant adviceFall is a beautiful time of year and we here at Best Home Care want seniors and their families and home caregivers to make the most of it. After all, we don’t solely focus on helping people find quality homecare for seniors, pediatric homecare, and homecare for the disabled; but ensuring good quality of life for those receiving and providing homecare services.

 

Getting out and enjoying the crisp fall air is a great way to enjoy some time together! Here are some fun ideas on how to enjoy the fall with older loved ones and senior caregivers:

 

  • Plan a visit to the pumpkin patch! Head out with family or even just one on one with your patient or Pick out some pumpkins to make some pie. Some pumpkin patches even offer hayrides or corn mazes for the kids!
  • Check out a local fall festival! Fall means it’s time for Oktoberfests, which are perfect for sampling different foods, dancing, and enjoying time with those closest to you.
  • Visit an apple orchard! Speaking of food, there is nothing like getting some hot apple cider fresh from the orchard. You can pick apples to bring home and bake into a pie or crisp, or grab a delicious candy apple.
  • Head out to a local football game! Even if you aren’t a die-hard football fan, it can still be fun to sit with all the fans and enjoy the game.
  • Make some homemade fall decorations! There are plenty of opportunities for DIY projects to create some beautiful fall décor. You could even pick up some individual flowers and build your own fall bouquet.

 

At Best Home Care, we want the golden years to stay golden! That means enjoying and making the most of the time we spend together and we want your elderly homecare experience to help you do just that! For more information on our home health care services in the Twin Cities, visit our website, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or give us a call at (651) 330-2550.

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.