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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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 Power in Positive Thinking

Exactly How Full is Your Glass? Picture a giant glass goblet filled to the halfway mark with water. How do you see it – half-full or half-empty? Consistently finding the glass half-empty and the world as a difficult place is a hallmark of negativity. Research has found that a negative outlook can contribute to everything from depression to heart disease to lowered immune system function. It can affect sleep, weight maintenance, the quality of your relationships, your social life, and...

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Spring Into Things!

Spring is in the air! Last week's warmer weather got me thinking about what a great time of year it is to take our clients out to enjoy the outdoors! In addition to the physical benefits of natural sunlight and fresh air, being outside provides mental and emotional benefits. Experiencing the outdoors increases socialization and provides opportunities for us to interact with children and animals. In this week's column, I'd like to share some of my favorite "senior-friendly" activities: Catch a...

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You’re Retired. Now What? Guest Contributor Peggy Hayes of The Helm

You're Retired. Now What? By: Peggy Hayes Executive Director, The Helm at the Boll Life Center So you’ve reached that stage in life where the R-word is beginning to sneak in. Should I retire? When? What will I do? It takes planning to retire successfully. Obviously, financial considerations are first and foremost in the decision to retire. Beyond that, you need to look at what you will do in retirement to keep your days full and purposeful. The Helm can help with that!...

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Baby Step Your Way to Your Goals

We often kick off the New Year with goals to “change our lives.” Whether we want to lose weight, exercise regularly, or organize our homes, we jump in and give it all we’ve got. By the time spring arrives, many of us have abandoned the effort for achieving our goals -  however, as our name implies, we have hope! Obtaining your goals does not have to be an all-or-nothing prospect and you may just need a change of perspective relative to your goal setting. Making small changes...

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Food for Thought May Not Be Food at All

As I wrote in last week's column, March is National Nutrition Month. In discussing nutrition, I emphasized that it is more than what you eat - it's also how you treat your body, mind, and spirit.  In that theme, I'd like to introduce a new (to some of you) concept: Primary vs. Secondary food. When you think of "food," you likely think of what you put in your mouth - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition actually considers the food you eat your...

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