Creating a Safe Home to Age in Place

Statistics show that most Americans prefer to age in place in their home as they get older. They prefer the comfort of their home where memories have been created and things are familiar. Here’s a list to get you thinking about some home modifications that can help your loved one stay safe at home longer and age in place. Bathroom Install grab bars or safety rails for support when getting in/out of tub/shower – never use towel racks or shower...

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Understanding Respite Care

As rewarding as providing care for an aging loved one can be, sometimes it is essential to take a step back and take care of yourself. When caring for a loved one, you often miss social activities, ignore your health care needs, and become isolated. Increased fatigue and frequent illnesses can signal that you are experiencing caregiver burnout. Perhaps it is time to consider Respite Care Services. What is Respite Care? Respite care provides short-term relief for unpaid family caregivers....

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Need Help After a Hospital or Rehab Stay? Try Hope at Home Transitions

At Hope Senior Home Care, we recognize that a transition home from the Hospital or rehabilitation center can be challenging and stressful for you and your loved ones. After 18 years in the Home care industry, we have seen firsthand the many challenges families face. This is why we created our Hope At Home Transition program. We understand that transitioning home after a hospitalization or rehabilitation stay is critical to recovery. With so many things being discussed as you head...

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Make Time for Wellness, Not Illness!

August is National Wellness month. I tend to focus many of my blog posts on various forms of wellness. I believe that it is never too late to introduce healthy living options into our lives. When families come to us seeking help for their loved ones, they are most likely already experiencing a severe decline in their health and are looking to us to assist them with their challenges. We are happy to do so, but why not encourage changes...

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What to Consider When Helping Aging Parents

Many older adults eventually need some help from others—only a few transition from being fully independent to deceased, with no period of needing assistance. When the elderly do start to need help, it often falls on family members to step in. Sometimes providing support can be pretty straightforward, but family members often have to take on quite a lot. Consider the following situations which might contribute to the need for assistance: A diagnosis of Dementia/Alzheimer’s Advanced Chronic illness Sudden disability...

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The Power of a Morning Routine

The morning is a powerful time. A positive morning routine helps us to set the tone for the day. This is more important as we age and do not have work or social schedules to get us up and moving. Without a morning ritual, we can lose our “purpose, " causing depression and anxiety, resulting in illness.  Having a morning routine can increase your energy, productivity, and positivity. What if your morning was more straightforward, focused, calm, energized, and most importantly,...

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Now is the Time for Summer Fun!

After a long Michigan winter, summer is in full swing, and this is the best time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. We encourage our Caregivers to help our clients enjoy the warmer weather and spend some time doing some fun summer activities. The Benefits of getting outside.  One of the main advantages of being outside is soaking up some Vitamin D. It strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, and lowers the risk of many chronic illnesses. Older...

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How Do You Know When a Loved One Needs Help at Home?

As our loved ones age, admitting the need for help is difficult. So, how will you know when it is time to provide some assistance for your aging parent? One thing is for sure, Mom and Dad will not be the ones to tell you that it’s the time! We all have a strong desire to remain independent and control our lives. When daily living tasks become more challenging, we tend to downplay or hide any issues from those that...

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The Heat Has Arrived: Managing the Heat & Safety

The US Center for Disease Control estimates that every year around 300 people in the US die from heat-related ailments. In addition, thousands of American citizens suffer from dehydration, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion. Summer draws people, including seniors, outside to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities with family and friends. Senior citizens are more susceptible to the effects of heat as their bodies return to normal slowly, and their bodies' cooling mechanism is not as efficient as younger people....

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Memory Care & a Path Forward

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and once someone begins to show signs of memory loss, there are, unfortunately, no treatments to stop or reverse the progression of the disease. Certain medications can ease some of the symptoms in people, and there are actions you can take to help slow down Alzheimer’s. Like with many chronic diseases, diet and stress can play a critical role in the trajectory of Alzheimer’s. Suppose you have a...

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