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.

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.

Finding the Right Caregiver

At Best Home Care, we understand the importance of finding an at home care provider that you can trust. We make it our mission to provide the kind of service that gives you peace of mind that your loved ones are in good hands when you aren’t around. But the process of finding the right caregiver isn’t always a simple one, and if this is your first time looking for a home care provider it can be even more daunting.

 

Our Home care professionals have compiled some important factors to consider when you meet and interview with potential personal care assistants, home attendants, and home nursing providers:

 

  • Experience: It’s important to know that the person you’re entrusting to care for your loved one is someone who has experience in home care. This may include experience with dressing, cooking, bathing, transferring from wheelchairs and administering medication. Experience also comes with knowledge. Having someone close by that is knowledgeable and that you can express concerns with is extremely beneficial to both the person being cared for as well as their family.
  • Training: What training have they completed? Are they CPR certified? It’s important to think about what is important to you in a PCA. They also may have documents from PCA training and a list of references from other families that they have cared for in the past. Checking out this information may help you decide if they are going to be the right fit.
  • Availability: As with any job, it is important to discuss hours. Some people may feel more comfortable with overnight in-home care while others may only need someone to check in once a day. These are important things to communicate with your potential caregiver.

 

For any additional questions you may have about finding the right home care assistance, feel free to contact Best Home Care. We specialize in senior home care services, pediatric home care, behavioral home care, and home care for those living with physical and mental disabilities. Call us at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com

Mother’s Day Fun for Senior Home Care Patients

Mother’s Day is coming up and here at Best Home Care, we know how important it is to spend quality time with our family, especially as they enter their senior years. Whether your mother is more of a homebody or if she is more adventurous than you, here are some fun ideas of ways to spend time with mom this Mother’s Day.

 

  • Take her out for lunch or dinner at her favorite spot! Or pick up take out and have a nice dinner at home.
  • Enjoy the springtime scenery and visit a botanical garden for a relaxing outdoor activity.
  • If relaxing isn’t her speed, try taking her out to a ball game! Even heading out to watch a local minor league team play can be a fun way to spend an afternoon.
  • If she is more likely to enjoy staying in, you can throw a small potluck party. Invite family and friends and enjoy some homemade food along with each other’s company.

 

At Best Home Care MN, it is our job to care for your family like our own and provide the best in-home care possible. We know the importance of having someone you trust to care for your loved ones. We specialize in senior in home care services, homecare services for adults with disabilities, and care for children with disabilities. View a complete list of home services we offer click here!

 

We know that there is truly no place like home and, especially for those entering the golden years, the idea of moving to a whole new place doesn’t always seem very appealing. That’s why we provide all the services one could need, right at home! Whether that be assisted home healthcare, a home health nurse to check in once in a while, or 24-hour home care, we provide the quality home care that will give you peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in good hands.

 

Visit us at besthomecaremn.com or call us at (651) 330-2550, and we can answer all of your questions regarding homecare services for the elderly, special needs homecare, and disability homecare.

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.

How Grandchildren Can Help with Home Care Services

Over the last thirty years, the number of people in the United States living ninety years or more has tripled; reaching nearly two-million individuals in 2010. This number is expected to continue to grow in the coming years as the Baby Boomer generation ages well past retirement. This growing population of elderly individuals means an increased demand for senior home care services. Many families are choosing to face this demand head on by caring for their loved ones themselves in lieu of formal at-home care services from a personal care assistant or home care agency.

 

“Family caregiver” is the most common job title in the home care industry. According to Caregiver.org, 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last twelve months. Whether a child caring for an aging parent or a parent caring for a disabled child, the number of family caregivers is expected to grow in step with the demand for home care services.

 

While the majority of home care duties will naturally fall on the adult children, many grandchildren are beginning to care for their aging grandparents in different ways. The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is very different than that of their adult children and it’s important for grandchildren to fulfill their role when a grandparent is receiving senior home care services.

 

Below are some ways that grandchildren can care for their grandparents without actually providing PCA services:

 

Give them Something to Look Forward to: Grandparents love getting visits from their grandchildren and look forward to spending time with them. For those that have difficulty visiting their grandparents, schedule a future date when you will visit.

A Simple Call: A simple conversation with a grandchild can make a grandparent’s day. If you can’t visit in person, make it a priority to call them at least once a week. Try asking them questions about their past to spur stories.

 

Best Home Care is ready to help grandchildren find ways to get paid for caring for a family member. Contact us today to learn more!

 

Lift the Spirits of Senior Home Care Patients this Valentine’s Day

family home caregiver, home care professionalOne of the greatest threats to a senior’s emotional health is loneliness. Whether due to the loss of a spouse or being separated from other family members and friends, many seniors spend their days alone. This loneliness can lead to depression and negatively impact a senior’s overall health. In fact, seniors are one of the most susceptible age groups to depression and emotional health problems.

 

There are many steps that a personal care assistants can take to help combat depression in senior home care patients. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is a great time to take a moment to show a senior that they are cared for.

 

Join Best Home Care as we work to share a little love with everybody receiving in-home supportive services this Valentine’s Day. Here are some great activities and ideas for home care professionals and personal care assistants to work into their home care plans this Valentine’s Day:

  • Decorate Their Living Space: Spend time creating love themed decorations for the senior’s home or apartment. This makes a great activity for an afternoon craft hour or decorations can be purchased from a local store.
  • Celebrate with Family: For many seniors, seeing their family members in person on Valentine’s Day can be tough. Coordinate a time when family members can share their love via Skype or phone with their loved one.
  • Bake Some Treats: There is nothing better than sweet treats on Valentine’s Day. Help your senior home care patient bake cookies or a cake then top with holiday themed icing!

 

The simplest gesture can make a huge impact for a senior home care patient. If you don’t have time for any of the above activities, a sincere card or flowers are another great option for sharing your love this Valentine’s Day.

To learn more ways to combat depression and loneliness in seniors, contact Best Home Care today! 

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!

Stretching for Seniors: Top 5 Benefits and Moves

family home caregiver, home care professionalIt is natural for your muscles and joints to weaken as you age. However, the extent to which your strength, flexibility, and circulation deteriorates is dependent on the care you give your bodies. Stretching is vitally important for seniors and their home care aides to keep in mind.

Below are Best Home Care’s top 5 benefits that stretching has for seniors:

  1. Increased Strength
    • Stretching boosts strength and can help raise energy levels.
  2. Maintained Flexibility
    • Stretching can help prevent simple tasks like bending down to tie your shoe from becoming tiring chores that require help from a home care attendant.
  3. Improved Circulation
    • Stretching promotes stronger blood flow circulation and stops discomfort from muscle cramps after sitting for a long time in an elderly care home.
  4. Improved Posture
    • Stretching strengthens your core and can help seniors sit up straight.
  5. Reduced Risk for Injury
    • Seniors can recover faster from the inevitable stumble with regular stretching. This also helps them avoid increases in the cost of home care.

It is easy to forget to plan a little extra time to stretch, but it is an essential part of keeping seniors receiving elderly home care services healthy. Try incorporating these 5 moves from Best Home Care into your routine by setting aside a designated time each day. Start with 5 to 10 reps for each stretch and increase that number once you feel ready and your home care specialists agree.

  1. Shoulder Roll
    • Sit with your feet flat on the floor. Roll your shoulders up, back, down, and forward in a circular motion.
  2. Ankle Circle
    • Sit with your feet flat on the ground. Lift one leg off the floor and roll your ankle in a circular motion. Try a clockwise and a counterclockwise motion. Repeat with the other ankle.
  3. Straight Arm Raise
    • Lie on your back with knees bent and arms at your sides. Lift one arm off the floor to an upright position. Repeat with the other arm.
  4. Knee to Chest
    • Lie on your back with knees bent and arms at your sides. Lift one knee toward your chest and return to the floor. Repeat with the other knee.
  5. Hip Flex
    • Begin on your hands and knees with your back straight like a table top. Slowly move your hips back before returning to the starting position.

Remember to keep breathing while stretching and to stop if any stretch causes pain. To learn more about stretching for seniors contact Best Home Care!