Category: Home Care

Family Dynamics and Home Care

Over the years, Home Helpers has served and counseled countless families. While no two situations are exactly the same, we’ve discovered some a few issues that are, more times than not, to be expected. Oh! I want to share a quick note of encouragement for those who are only children. Don’t worry. Even if your parents had a dozen children, there is typically one … Read More Family Dynamics and Home Care

Finding Freedom at Home

Finding Freedom at Home: The Ultimate Guide to Home Care is a new resource for families who are exploring home care options for an aging parent. Written by home care expert Sam Sellers, “Finding Freedom at Home” will serve as a saving grace to the millions of adults exploring care and living assistance options for their aging parents.  While institutionalization was once commonplace, the … Read More Finding Freedom at Home

Finding Freedom at Home

We talk to people all the time who are exploring care options for an aging parent. Often times, they don’t know where to turn for information or referrals. Then, to add to their anxiety, the more they discover is available, the decisions become increasingly difficult. Which home care agency can professionally take care of the comprehensive non-medical needs of my mother? Is it okay … Read More Finding Freedom at Home

Care Calls – Wellness Checks on Older Adults

Care Calls – Wellness Checks on Older Adults.

Home Care Isn’t an Alternative?

At home care for an aging loved one is not an “appropriate” or “suitable” alternative to either assisted living or nursing home care.  To the contrary, any and every option other than remaining at home should be viewed as an alternative to what the vast majority of people desire. Dorothy had it right.  There’s no place like home. In fact, remaining at home with … Read More Home Care Isn’t an Alternative?

I Don’t Need and I Don’t Want Any Help – Reason #3, Money

We’ve all heard it – “I don’t need any help” or “I don’t want anybody in my home”. Even when everybody involved believes assistance is needed, sometimes it is just simply rejected. Why? We previously covered the reason of “pride” and “independence” and today we’re looking at money. Money Money, or the lack thereof, can be a very real impediment to receiving needed services.  … Read More I Don’t Need and I Don’t Want Any Help – Reason #3, Money

I Don’t Need and I Don’t Want Any Help – Reason #2, Independence

We’ve all heard it – “I don’t need any help” or “I don’t want anybody in my home”. Even when everybody involved believes assistance is needed, sometimes it is just simply rejected. Why? We previously covered the reason of “pride” and today we’re looking at Independence. Independence I’ve told countless families that outside of NASCAR enthusiasts, “taking the keys away” is less about driving … Read More I Don’t Need and I Don’t Want Any Help – Reason #2, Independence

I Don’t Need Any Assistance – Pride

We’ve all heard it – “I don’t need any help” or “I don’t want anybody in my home”. Even when everybody involved believes assistance is needed, sometimes it is just simply rejected. Why? After talking to hundreds of families and assessing a variety of situations, I think there are only a few reasons why someone in need of assistance rejects it – Pride, Loss … Read More I Don’t Need Any Assistance – Pride

Should I Get Long Term Care Insurance?

The adult children of clients we serve routinely ask me if they should get Long Term Care insurance. I am not an insurance agent. I don’t market any insurance. Even so, I am more than willing to share my experience. Typically, the adult children see either the benefits of having Long Term Care insurance or the need for it. Let me explain. It used … Read More Should I Get Long Term Care Insurance?

Loneliness and Older Adults

Philosophers say that you die alone. Research indicates that you might die earlier if you live a life of loneliness. We are all aware of the emotional pain associated with loneliness. It can be especially devastating to an older adult. A recent study found that loneliness was a predictor of both functional decline and death. The researchers found that “loneliness is a common source … Read More Loneliness and Older Adults

Gifts for Caregivers

Black Friday is behind us, but you might still have caregivers on your shopping list.  Caring for a loved one can be the most challenging task we face.  Unlike the person who is difficult to shop for because she “has everything,” caregivers need special attention.  Consider the following gift ideas for family caregivers. House Cleaning Service Housekeeping can get pushed to the back burner … Read More Gifts for Caregivers

Thanksgiving with Alzheimer’s

My favorite holiday of the year is fast approaching.  For my family, it has always meant enjoying a feast of a meal.  I have memories of moving from the “kid’s table” to the “adult table.” These days, I help prepare plates for my youngest son and monitor to ensure accidents and spills are kept to a manageable level.  But what about those families who … Read More Thanksgiving with Alzheimer’s