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How You Can Have Peace of Mind While Mom Ages at Home

As your parents age, you are likely to feel as though you must step in and take care of them. This is a completely normal feeling, as they get old you want to protect them and help them the best you can. There may be sleepless nights where you worry about whether to move your mother into a retirement community, despite her wishes to remain comfortably at home. This is a hard position to be in, especially because you want your mom to be happy in her environment, but her safety is and should be a priority to you.

Aging comfortably at home may be scary for adult children, as there are numerous hazards that are in the modern-day home. What if the corner of the rug is pulled up and your mom happens to catch it while she is walking to the restroom? Will she be able to get up and call for help? Is it safe for her to live in her own home?

If your mother prefers to stay in her home, you have options that will allow you to have peace of mind that she is safe. 24 Hour Home Care can provide a caregiver that will help your loved one with medication reminders, light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care and even companionship. You will not have to worry about your mother feeling overwhelmed by the house work she has to do or the meals that she must cook. Our caregivers can help your mother just enough to where she feels as though she still has her independence but will not feel overwhelmed by the amount of work. Our caregivers can also make sure that your mother is safe at all times, scanning the house for hazards and preventing accidents or falls from happening. Our caregivers priority is client happiness and safety, giving you peace of mind that your mother will be aging comfortably and safely at home.

We know that it can be a worrisome decision to make, whether to keep mom at home or move her to a community. Here at 24 Hour Home Care, we think that aging comfortably should be easy and attainable. Let our caregivers help your mother stay at home, while you have the peace of mind that she is safe.

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Caregiver Fatigue: When to Ask for Help

It is perfectly normal to feel tired at the end of a long day at work. After caring for a client, you may feel emotionally and physically drained, because you have given all of your energy to them for hours. While this is normal, and millions of people feel tired after a long day at work, it is important to recognize the signs of burnout or fatigue. Burnout and fatigue can lead to unhappiness at work, especially when you let it build up without being addressed. Here is when you know you need to ask for help or time off to refresh.

  • If you are feeling like you are too tired to get up every morning, no matter how much you sleep you get, it may be time to take some time off to relax. Taking a day off to relax does not necessarily mean you have to take time off from your job, you can also clear your schedule on one of your days off to rest, relax and recharge.
  • If you find yourself without time to shift mindsets in between your career and your personal life, know that it is okay to ask your friends and family for a moment to yourself to gather your thoughts. It is okay to ask for time to yourself, for yourself.
  • Ask your family to help you get your mind off of things, as caregivers often bring their work life home with them. If you are experiencing difficulties with your client or you are thinking about them on your personal time, you may still feel as though you are on the clock and become exhausted. It can be challenging to disconnect, but you will have less mental and emotional fatigue by doing so.

Being a caregiver can be incredibly challenging. You have a client and their loved ones depending on you to take care of them, which can seem like a lot riding on your shoulders. Burnout and fatigue should never be a normal part of your daily routine. Do not shy away from asking for help from your friends, family and agency, as they are likely your biggest supporters.

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Foods That Will Help with Caregiver Focus

We know that being a caregiver requires a lot of focus, energy and consistency. It can be challenging to stay focused when you are at work, especially when you may have other things happening in your life that demand attention. We think that these brain foods can help you improve your focus, concentration and awareness.

  • Caffeine can give you the “pick me up” that you are looking for when you start to lose focus. Although too much caffeine is not good for you and can make you feel anxious and jittery, the right amount can help you feel more focused. Try a small cup of coffee in the morning or in the afternoon when your focus starts to fade.
  • The right kind of sugar can help you stay alert and awake! We are not talking about picking up some sugary candy at the grocery store as an afternoon snack, but rather healthy and natural sugars that can be found in fruit or fruit juice. Think to yourself: would you rather have a natural burst of energy or a sugar-high that will eventually lead to a crash? Skip the sugary snacks and grab an orange or a glass of orange juice!
  • Fish can help boost your brain health and activity with the help of the omega-3 fatty acids that are in it! Try eating this delicious dish once or twice a week to start!
  • When it doubt, eat breakfast…consistently! Unless you are directed to do otherwise by a medical professional, eat a healthy and hearty breakfast that will fuel you for the day. Try to aim for protein, veggies or fruits and a good source of energy boosting foods. We suggest trying something like this: two eggs to your liking, an orange and a small cup of coffee.

We know that it is easy to lose focus in the afternoon and it can be challenging to focus on your work when there are dozens of things happening in your mind. However, we encourage you to try these foods that are perfect for sustaining and maintaining energy and focus during your busy day! We are so appreciative for all that you do for your clients and we hope that you continue to stay focused and driven!

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Spring and Summer Activities for Seniors

Springtime and summertime are wonderful: the weather is beautiful, and the sun is shining! What better time to enjoy the great outdoors and take advantage of the beautiful weather! Below is a list of activities that you and your family can enjoy together, despite of different ages or physical limitations. We hope that you have a wonderful spring and summer!

  • Walking outdoors. If you have an elderly loved one that struggles with walking long distances, try to find a place that is equal parts beautiful and easy to walk around. An example would be a path by a lake or river, where there is an even side walk. That way you can all enjoy the scenery and your senior loved one will not risk injury during your walk.
  • Family picnics outside provide a beautiful setting for quality time together. Pack a lunch or dinner and head to your local park or beach to enjoy the beautiful weather that spring and summer have to offer.
  • Get away for a weekend! The weather is warmer, the sun is shining, and a vacation is calling your name. Whether it is a close family vacation home or a resort a few hours away, try to schedule some time for you all to get away and spend time together enjoying the sunshine and weather.
  • Other activities include:

– Golfing

– Reading outside

– Tennis

– Gardening

– Bird watching

We hope that these suggestions will help you and your family spend quality time together, while enjoying the beautiful weather that spring and summer have to offer.

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How You Can Control Your Emotional Well-Being

We put such an emphasis on making sure our bodies are strong and that we are giving our body everything it needs to remain healthy. We exercise to make sure that our bodies can handle the stress life throws at us and we fuel our days with healthy and hearty food. But, what about our emotional health? Are you putting your emotional well-being on the back burner?

It is important to make sure that you are taking care of your body and mind simultaneously. There are several things that you can do to make sure that your mind is at ease and your emotions are in check. Take a look below at some ways you can put your emotional well-being first.

  • Participate in exercise that helps you clear your mind. Do you enjoy yoga or a nice outdoor walk? These activities are not only good for you because they will increase your endorphins, but they will give you peace of mind and you will genuinely enjoy these activities.
  • Avoid caffeine or alcohol, as they often trigger mood swings. You will want to drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated to keep a clear mind.
  • Eat healthy foods that will make you feel good. If you have confidence in your healthy food choices, chances are that you will be in a more positive headspace for the rest of the day. For example, if you feel pressured to eat a kale salad but truly do not enjoy kale, try swapping out the kale for regular lettuce. This will not only allow you to feed your body the nutrients it needs and deserves but you will enjoy eating it and feel comfortable fueling your body and mind.
  • Find a support system that will help you when you need to talk. Sometimes, all you need to do to clear your mind and remain in a positive headspace is to talk. Whether it is your family, your caregiver or a professional, try talking with someone that will allow you to express your feelings and allow you to make room for positivity.
  • Participate in activities that you want to do and say ‘no’ to the activities that no longer serve you. Do you love reading but already committed to a weekly bird watching club that might not be ‘your thing’? Although you may have enjoyed this activity once upon a time, if it no longer serves you or puts you in a positive headspace, try swapping it out for something that you enjoy. This may feel uncomfortable and the change may be hard to adapt to, but your mental and emotional well-being will thank you in the long run.

We know that it can be tough to complete your daily tasks, try to please others and maintain your emotional and mental well-being. Life has a lot of challenges, but we are confident that you can tackle them head on while maintaining a positive and healthy mental and emotional state. We hope that these tips will help you stay positive and level headed.

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How to Beat the Heat This Summer

As the summer approaches, temperatures are rising, and heatwaves are in the horizon.
 
We know that although the heat may feel good after a long winter, it is important to stay safe in the heat. Heat stroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion are serious conditions that should not be taken lightly during the summer months. We hope these tips will help you beat the heat this summer.

  • If your home does not have air conditioning, make sure that you have the proper ventilation in place. Be sure that air can flow properly in and out of your home, avoiding any air flow restriction. If your home does not have air conditioning, it is advised that you buy a fan to keep the air moving in your home. Fans can provide some relief for an otherwise sweltering day.
  • Air-conditioning may be your only relief, whether that is at home or elsewhere. If you are not inclined to install air conditioning in your home, seek out buildings that provide air-conditioning to its visitors. For example, maybe you can plan to go to a museum for a day in the summer. Not only will you enjoy the museum, but you will be in a building that provides air-conditioning and relief.
  • Drink plenty of water. This is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy during the summer months. You should avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages, as they can often dehydrate you. Instead, you should fill up on water to avoid dehydration in the summer months. You may also drink Gatorade, Powerade or other drinks that have electrolytes in them, to avoid dehydration. You should drink one glass of water per hour, to make sure that you have plenty of fluids in your system.
  • Prepare yourself to be outside! The summer brings heat, which can bring about fun outdoor activities! We know that picnics, BBQ’s and baseball games make the best memories, so why not prepare for those outings? Be sure to put on sunscreen, bring a hat, wear protective clothing and have plenty of fluids on hand. Enjoy the heat but do so in a responsible manner.

We hope that you enjoy your summer and the warmer weather. These tips will help you enjoy the summer in a healthy and safe manner. Happy Summer!

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How to Improve Your Memory as You Age

As we get older, our memory sometimes slips and becomes not as sharp as it once was. Misplacing keys, forgetting your tasks for the day or not remembering someone’s birthday can be a common occurrence among elderly individuals. It is important that you talk to a doctor if you feel that you or your loved one is experiencing more than normal memory decline due to age. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are serious conditions and should never be ruled out, unless by a medical professional. If your doctor has chalked it up to declining memory due to age, try these tips to keep your mentally sharp.

  • Find a way to organize your life that will make sense, no matter what. If you have the space, hanging a key rack by your door may be a great way to make sure that you always know where your keys are. Assuming that you put your keys there when you come in the door, they will remain there until you are ready to leave. Another example is by labeling your drawers, your cupboards and your closet with the items inside. It is important that you are as organized as possible to avoid misplacing or forgetting things.
  • Eat a balanced diet that will help you keep your mind sharp and your body strong. It is advised that you speak to a medical professional or nutritionist to get an exact breakdown of what your meals should contain on a daily basis, but balance is key. You should maintain a well-balanced and healthy diet to keep yourself strong and healthy as you age.
  • Exercise both your body and your brain. It is advised that you are cleared by a doctor before engaging in physical activity, but by incorporating exercise in your routine, you are able to keep your body active and improve blood circulation. This can improve your memory and your brain health as you age. Just as you exercise your body, you should also exercise the mind. You or your loved one should engage in cross-word puzzles, card games or memorization games. This will keep your mind sharp and allow you to fight against memory decline as you age.

We hope that these tips and tricks will help you or your loved one maintain a sharp memory as they age. Please seek out medical attention if you or your loved one is concerned with their mental or memory health. It is important to rule out any underlying conditions that may affect memory health.

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How to Avoid Getting a Migraine

One of the most irritating and painful experiences is an extreme headache also known as a migraine. Migraines can cause pain in your head, neck and shoulders or cause you to feel nauseas and lightheaded. Migraines are common, as about 12% of adults in the United States suffer from migraines, but that does not mean that they cannot be avoided. Avoiding migraines can be tricky, especially for seniors, but we have a few tips that may help prevent these horrible headaches from occurring.

Your diet can affect your mental health, your mood and your overall physical health. Keeping your diet healthy and avoiding processed foods can help you avoid migraines. Additionally, sugar can sometimes cause a ‘sugar rush’ which then can result in a crash, which is often accompanied by a migraine. Caffeine also has a negative effect on your body, as it can cause migraines when you experience withdrawals or too much caffeine. Keeping your diet balanced can allow your body to get the nutrients it wants and craves to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Stay active! Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air and exercise can help decrease the chances you will experience a migraine. Your body is strong and capable of achieving great things, despite your age. Take 20 minutes to go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air of your neighborhood. It is of the utmost importance to not push yourself too hard, as strenuous exercise can cause headaches and migraines to occur.

Make sure that you have a sleep schedule that you honor. Lack of sleep can cause migraines, along with poor food and drink choices that can also cause headaches or migraines. It is advisable to set a sleep pattern where you get at least eight hours of sleep each night and you vow to stick with said pattern. Going to bed at the same time every night and getting the correct amount of sleep will allow your body to rest and recharge for the day ahead.

Learn how to deal with stress in a way that works for you. Anxiety, worry and chaos can trigger a migraine. Each person has a different way they deal and cope with stress, including but not limited to exercise, meditation, aromatherapy or talking to a therapist. Find what works for you and be sure to surrender fully to the process. When you are feeling anxious, stressed or on edge, be sure to have a plan in place to soothe your mind and soul and avoid a migraine.

We hope that these tips will help you avoid migraines, as we know that they can be painful and debilitating. Migraines do not have to be an everyday occurrence and with the right tips and techniques, you can be migraine free!

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How Aromatherapy Can Help Caregivers

Did you know that aromatherapy can help you rest, recharge and feel ready to take on the day? As a caregiver, we know that most of your focus and attention is on your client. You work tirelessly to make sure that they are taken care of and in good health, but that often means that you forget to take care of yourself. We have mentioned that proper nutrition and meditation can be an excellent source of stress relief, but did you know that aromatherapy can help you as well?

Aromatherapy is the use of highly concentrated molecules from things such as flowers, plants, seeds, etc. Aromatherapy can be used in a variety of ways for a multitude of people, including caregivers. Caregivers often times carry around stress, stemming from the demands from their daily tasks or from them worrying about their clients when they are not by their side. Although their dedication is admirable, it can cause them to suffer headaches, fatigue, loss of energy, etc. Aromatherapy is a great way to cure those things, without putting harsh medication into their body.

As always, it is best to consult a doctor before you start any sort of regimen, including aromatherapy. Some aromatherapy oils may interfere with other medications and a medical professional may have suggestions of which scents to use for your diagnosis. After getting cleared by a medical professional, it is time to select the scent that will be beneficial for you as a caregiver. Are you experiencing headaches that are triggered from stress? You may choose to buy lavender or rosemary scents that aid the relief in headaches. Are you losing energy towards the end of the day? You can choose to buy a citrus flavored scent, such as orange & lemon, that will allow you to get a second wind! Do you suffer from nausea? Peppermint scents can calm your stomach and put your mind and body at ease!

There are so many options when it comes to aromatherapy. We encourage you to seek out information from your medical professional and quality products that will help you relax and recharge. We appreciate your hard work, dedication and persistence each day. We hope that aromatherapy will help you feel tranquil, peaceful and happy!

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Helpful Tips for Selecting the Right Caregiver

The golden years should be just that—golden. For one in five Americans, aging will bring on chronic illness and impairment so severe that it will render them unable to care for themselves. While these elders may require assistance with their health and day-to-day tasks, they don’t want to leave the comfort of their home. Home care in Phoenix gives elders the opportunity to receive the help that they need without having to relocate to an assisted living center or community. If your loved one is beginning to display signs of aging, it may be time to consider hiring a caregiver. While this sort of in-home help can greatly increase the quality of life of your family member, it’s important to find the right person for the job. With the right information you can make the transition to homecare easy and seamless.

What Are Your Specific Needs?

Before you begin interviewing prospective caregivers, it’s important to analyze exactly what you need.  Your aging loved one might require help getting dressed, bathing, preparing meals, or running errands. In this case, a nonmedical home care company can provide a caregiver to your family, based on your needs. Your car plan will solely depend on your loved one and what he or she needs to thrive. By assessing the needs of your loved one, you can find the best person for the job.

Create a Specific Job Description

When looking to create a positive work relationship between your loved one and their caregiver, communication is key. Before you hire anyone, it is imperative to create a specific job description. The job description should include the level of education required and any certifications needed, whether or not the caregiver needs to have access to a car, if a valid driver’s license is needed, or if it will be necessary to carry the patient. Your chosen caregiver should be able to check off each one of these boxes. Creating a job description beforehand prevents miscommunication and allows you select a qualified individual.

Rely On a Job Contract

The job description will help you narrow down and locate the right person for the job. Once hired, a job contract will ensure that you and your caregiver have all of the necessary information to proceed with the hiring process. For example, a typical job contract includes the wages that will be paid, along with the frequency and how the payment will occur. On top of the wage amount, the number of hours should also be included in the contract. Social Security numbers, a brief job description, and a list of any behavior deemed unacceptable by your family should also be noted. These behaviors may include smoking, language, tardiness, or phone usage. Be sure to also include termination measures. List how much notice will be given for termination and any sort of disciplinary action that will be taken before termination occurs. Make sure that your chosen caregiver agrees to the terms, then both of you should sign and date the contract.

Look for Caregivers in the Right Place

Creating an applicant pool for your home caregiver allows you to interview various qualified individuals. Finding those applicants may seem difficult, but it’s actually quite easy. Instead of posting the job in the classifieds or hiring an unqualified family friend, it’s always best to leave it to the experts. Using a service like 24 Hour Home Care allows you quick access to a large number of qualified individuals. With the ability to narrow the search based on requirements, there’s no better place to search for your loved one’s future caregiver.

Always Interview

Even if a caregiver seems perfect on paper, don’t skip the interview process. Once you’ve found a few different qualified individuals for the position, set up a time to meet with each of them. Before the time of the interview, create a list of helpful questions to ask. These questions may include information regarding past experience, references, or scheduling conflicts. If you’re unsure of which questions to ask, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 24hrcares.com can help you through the interview process to ensure you gather the necessary information to hire the right person to care for your loved one.

Check References

It’s vital that you take the time to ask for references from each person you interview, then call the references. After all, you’re looking for someone who is honest and reliable to care for your loved one. References allow you a glimpse of prospective caregiver’s past work ethic. Ask each reference if the person in question was punctual and performed their duty well, and if they’d recommend them for the position. You can tell a great deal about those you’re interviewing based on what previous employers say.

Take Your Time

There’s nothing wrong with taking your time to hire an in-home caregiver. This person will be spending a large amount of time with your loved one and your family. It’s important that they are trustworthy and that they connect well with the patient. Be thoughtful in your decision and don’t be afraid to interview many people before choosing. Selecting a caregiver should never be rushed.

Monitor the Quality of Care

Your job doesn’t end once a caregiver is hired. It’s important that you continuously monitor the care being provided to your loved one. If you suspect abuse or any mistreatment, don’t be afraid to investigate further or dismiss the caregiver. Your loved one should thrive under the care of an in-home aide, not suffer further. Communicate with your family member regularly and ask them if they’re satisfied with their care. Spend some time with the caregiver and your loved one regularly to ensure that the caregiver is meeting your expectations.

Hiring the help your loved one needs improves their quality of life. Not only does it provide them with companionship, but it also allows them to receive the assistance they need without having to leave the home that they love. If you’re searching for senior home care in Phoenix, allow 24 Hour Home Care to assist you. With our help, you’ll find the right caregiver in no time.

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