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Research shows that the common feelings of depression and stress among family caregivers can be reduced using techniques for positive thinking.

Our facial expressions expose so much to those around us, and if you’re experiencing an abnormal level of stress, well-meaning family members will surely notice it. Perhaps you have heard some encouraging you to simply, “Cheer up, buttercup!” In reality, of course, it will take a lot more than a few words to turn your mood around.

Nonetheless, new research does support the notion of positive thinking as a method to reduce levels of depression and anxiety, which may occur when we’re overwhelmed with stress – something important for busy family caregivers to take to heart to minimize the potential for burnout.

Judith Moskowitz, Head Psychologist in the research project who subsequently launched a program to combat the downward spiral of emotions so prevalent in those providing care for a senior loved one, says, “We’re not saying don’t be sad or upset about what’s going on. But we know people can experience positive emotions alongside that negative emotion, and that positive emotion can help them cope better.”

The core techniques in her program include the following:

  • Maintain a journal of things for which you’re thankful – even the small things.
  • Identify a minimum of one positive event each day.
  • Share about this event with friends and family on social networks.
  • Establish one new milestone each day, and keep track of your progress in achieving it.
  • Identify one of your strengths and think about how you’re utilizing that strength.
  • Undertake one daily simple act of kindness for another.
  • Remember a negative occurrence, and then discover a way to view it in an optimistic light.
  • Practice focused breathing and mindfulness to bring back a sense of calm.

For all those providing care for a senior loved one with dementia, the necessity to place emphasis on positives is usually even more imperative to overall wellbeing. Family caregivers who participated in a recent 5-week study, in which the effectiveness of these coping skills were analyzed, reported a reduction in depression scores of 16%, and a reduction in anxiety of 14%.

In addition to the ideas above, it is essential for family caregivers to avoid isolating themselves and attempting to manage their caregiving duties alone, which can rapidly bring on caregiver burnout and other significant health conditions. Working with an experienced in-home care agency, like Heaven at Home Senior Care, is the ideal strategy to gain a much healthier life balance – both for family caregivers and the older adults in their care. There are available services that can help, such as periodic respite or routine home care services in Dallas.

Life is indeed stressful, but we are able to help! Consider how reliable home care services in Dallas can enable you time to concentrate on self-care and high-quality time with those you love. Call Heaven at Home Senior Care at (866) 381-0500 to find out how easy it is to get the help you need.

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Having good communication with medical professionals and understanding your plan of care are critical components of visits to the doctor’s office.

On any particular day, a doctor likely has approximately 20 patients to see – combined with phone calls, paperwork, and other administrative duties. That leaves very little time to spend with each patient, which explains why it is imperative to capitalize on that time and be sure you clearly comprehend the results of each doctor’s appointment.

At Heaven at Home Senior Care, our care professionals provide transportation and accompaniment for seniors to medical appointments. Our trained professionals recommend the following strategy:

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. With such a time crunch, your doctor may tend to communicate information to you rather quickly. It is your responsibility to hit the pause button to make sure you clearly understand everything that’s being explained and speak up with any questions you have, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant it may seem.
  2. Strategize in advance, including developing a list of questions to ask. It may be difficult to process everything being shared with you during the couple of minutes spent together with the doctor. Creating a list of inquires ahead of time will help guarantee nothing slips through the cracks. A few questions to consider include:
    • Exactly what are the long and short-term effects of my condition?
    • What could be the reason behind this disorder?
    • Is there a remedy?
    • Where could I find additional information?
    • Will I need any medical tests?
    • What are the possible adverse reactions from those tests?
    • When can I have the test results?
    • What treatments are out there to help with my health problem?
    • What are the potential adverse side effects of the drug treatments?
    • Are there any kind of lifestyle changes I should consider making?
  3. Take excellent notes. Bring along paper and a pen, or use the notes section of your smartphone or tablet to detail answers to your questions along with any other information the doctor provides. It may be beneficial to have a reliable family member or professional caregiver present throughout the appointment in order to make sure everything is recorded.
  4. Include other medical experts. Although the information provided by the doctor is vital, keep in mind that other professionals within the senior’s medical team can provide valuable insight as well: nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, dieticians, physical therapists, etc. Check in with these professionals for extra help in carrying out the doctor’s guidelines and keep them updated on changes resulting from your visit to the doctor’s office.

At Heaven at Home Senior Care, we’re always available to assist older adults through medical appointments and procedures, as well as to help support doctors’ recommendations after returning home. We can provide transportation, medication reminders, preparation of meals adhering to any prescribed dietary plan, and many other tasks to ensure the best possible health for seniors. Reach out to us at (866) 381-0500 for additional information about senior care in Dallas.

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Committing to the role of family caregiver comes with many stressors, including the common feeling of uncertainty and need for additional training.

“Of course Mom can move in with me!”

Increasingly more family caregivers are making this commendable choice on a daily basis, signifying the beginning of lifestyle changes they cannot yet truly appreciate. And while the rewards of providing care for an older parent are immeasurable, they are not without a variety of dilemmas as well.

It might seem second-nature to manage daily activities for a loved one, yet it’s not quite as intuitive as it seems on first impression. For instance, helping a senior in the shower or bath incorrectly may result in a fall. Poor incontinence care may cause skin damage and infection. Noncompliance with a recommended nutritional plan can cause an array of health complications. Many caregivers depend on helpful online resources to provide guidance and insight into how to provide quality elder care.

It is no wonder that in a newly released report shared by AARP, “Home Alone Revisited,” many family caregivers reported having feelings of stress and anxiety over the possibility of making a mistake in the care they provide. The study spotlights answers from a survey sent to over 2,000 family caregivers, who revealed that although they believed their care was enabling their family members to age in the home instead of having to move to an assisted living or nursing home environment, they expressed anxiety over their competency to perform the tasks needed.

Participants in the survey revealed that the most emotionally complicated aspect of caregiving is incontinence care. And, almost ¾ of family caregivers surveyed are consistently carrying out medical tasks related to pain management – tasks that they wished to have received more thorough instruction and guidance on from the medical provider.

Heather Young, dean emerita at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis (and co-author of this report) explains that, “Too often [family caregivers] are unprepared and do not get the support they need to assume these important roles.”

Reaching out for assistance and training in new elder care responsibilities is essential for family caregivers. There are a variety of options among Dallas home healthcare agencies. Families who partner with a knowledgeable in-home care provider, like Heaven at Home Senior Care, can eliminate the trepidation and uncertainty in managing care at home effectively. Our caregivers are fully trained in the many intricacies of aging care, and will provide members of the family with necessary assistance and education. We also offer safe, reliable respite care services that make it possible for family caregivers to step back from their care duties while knowing an older loved one will be safe and well cared for.

Contact us at (866) 381-0500 for a complimentary in-home consultation to find out more.

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Surviving and going through recovery after a stroke is a physically and mentally challenging undertaking, and the only thing you long for is to get back to your typical life. Yet, considering that more than two-thirds of survivors commonly have some means of disability, as outlined by the National Stroke Association, in-home safety modifications after a stroke may need to be made to make life safer and easier.

The encouraging news is that there are some straightforward steps to take that can improve safety and accessibility for somebody who is recovering from a stroke. Following are several post-stroke home modification suggestions from Heaven at Home Senior Care:

Preventing Falls:

Nearly 40% of stroke survivors undergo serious falls within a year after their strokes. These pointers can help avert trips and falls in the home:

  • Make certain halls and paths to the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen are clear so the senior can move about safely
  • Consider installing stair glides or platform lifts for any stairs in the home
  • Take out or secure loose rugs
  • Mount grab bars in the shower or tub
  • Use a shower chair or tub bench
  • Place non-slip mats in and out of the tub
Ease Laundry Chores:

Taking care of laundry requires a lot of lifting, reaching, bending, and pulling that might be hard for someone recovering from a stroke. The alterations below can help:

  • Move the washer and dryer to an area that is easily accessible
  • Think about using front-loading, stackable machines that may be easier to reach
  • Put detergents and other laundry supplies in a location that is easy to reach
  • Use an ironing board that is mounted to the wall and folds down
Create a Safer Bedroom:

The bedroom is intended to be a place of sanctuary and safety. To make certain it stays that way after a stroke, consider these recommendations:

  • Install a light switch near the bed
  • Reorganize clothes and personal items so they are easier to access
  • Keep a commode chair close to the bed

With our in-home safety assessment and suggestions, Heaven at Home Senior Care of Denton, TX can help ensure that your loved one’s home is safer for stroke recovery. Our fully trained caregivers can also provide the care and assistance your loved one may need to improve recovery and make life easier. Reach out to us today to learn more about our Denton home care services offered throughout Dallas and the surrounding areas.

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Stroke is listed by the National Stroke Association as the fifth top reason for death in the U.S., with upwards of 800,000 individuals suffering from a stroke annually. This translates to every 40 seconds, somebody, somewhere in the U.S. has a stroke. And every 4 minutes, an individual dies because of a stroke.

If you are caring for an older or chronically ill family member who is at an elevated risk for stroke, it’s crucial to be able to discern the signs of a stroke. The more quickly professional medical assistance is received, the better the chance the individual will live through the stroke. Signs of stroke might include sudden onset of:

  • Feelings of weakness or numbness in the leg, face, or arm – particularly on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble with understanding or speaking
  • Cloudy vision or trouble seeing
  • Struggles with walking, feeling lightheaded, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no particular known cause

If you notice these potential stroke symptoms in someone, remember to act F.A.S.T.

Face: Ask the person to smile and notice if one side appears to droop.

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm appear to droop downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat an easy sentence. When he or she does, observe if speech sounds slurred or if the person is not able to put together words the right way.

Time: Time is crucial! If you detect any of the above symptoms, call 911 right away or get to a hospital as soon as possible!

At Heaven at Home Senior Care of Dallas, we pride ourselves on providing expert, highly-trained caregivers to care for your loved ones. We provide a broad variety of senior home care services, such as companionship, help with meals, personal care, and housework, to meet all of your senior loved one’s home care needs. Contact us at 866-381-0500 to learn more or to schedule a complimentary in-home evaluation.

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The earliest signs can be so subtle that many people wouldn’t even recognize that anything is amiss. Mom is extroverted, friendly, and conversational when visiting your family and while running errands. However those closest to her have begun to pick up on concerns: forgetting about the soup cooking on the stove, leading to a scorched pot. Placing her keys into the cookie jar. Neglecting to pay bills.

As an adult child of a loved one in the early stages of compromised safety or the capacity to make sensible decisions, it is normally very difficult to transition to a greater degree of involvement and assistance – nevertheless, it is also very important to take the appropriate steps as soon as possible.

Similar to bringing up any confrontational topic of conversation, talking with your parent about the concerns you are seeing may be met with opposition and defensiveness in the beginning. However, it is useful to detail the particular causes of your concern, together with negative consequences if these signs and symptoms carry on or become worse.

Heaven at Home Senior Care recommends this approach:

  1. Make sure that a durable power of attorney has been designated.
  2. Confirm with your sisters and brothers that the problem needs to be dealt with, and discuss together what choices are available for the senior’s care as needs continue to progress.
  3. Remain loving but strong in your strategy. Explain the choices you have thought through. If she balks at the idea of moving to an assisted living facility, which many older adults do, offer an in-home caregiver as an alternative, allowing her to stay independent and safe within the comfort of home.
  4. Be aware that it will probably take several conversations until the older adult accepts the necessity for help and support – which is the reason why it’s necessary to begin the process at the earliest opportunity.

At Heaven at Home Senior Care, we’re experienced in aiding older adults to feel comfortable and positive about how our services can help increase safety and overall quality of life and wellbeing. Once your family decides the time is right, we can assist with highly specialized home care that can meet a variety of needs, such as:

  • Companionship
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Housework and laundry
  • Transportation
  • Running errands
  • Highly specialized care for dementia
  • And so much more

Whether the need is for just a few hours every week to enhance safety and socialization, full-time care, or anything in between, partnering with Heaven at Home Senior Care increases quality of life for seniors and offers peace of mind for the individuals who love them. Call us at (866) 381-0500 or contact us online for an in-home assessment to learn more about how our top-rated home care in Dallas can help!

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The latest Alzheimer’s statistics are worrying. The condition is currently the 6th leading cause of death, rising above both breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Even though deaths from other chronic conditions, such as heart disease, are decreasing, those from Alzheimer’s have jumped in excess of 100%. The toll the illness takes on family caregivers is likewise shocking, with more than 16 million Americans supplying over 18 billion hours of caregiving for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

Even though we’ve yet to find relief from Alzheimer’s disease, there are a couple of distinct types of treatment options which can help ease several of the more predominant symptoms. In the event your senior loved one has been identified as having Alzheimer’s, here are a few options the doctor may recommend:

  • Cholinesterase inhibitors: By hindering the breakdown of acetylcholine, a compound essential for memory, attention, learning and muscle activity, these prescription medications can offer some assistance through the mild to moderate phases of Alzheimer’s for some patients. Dr. Zaldy Tan, medical director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program, cautions, however, to keep in mind that benefits are likely to be limited at best. “The best case scenario is that the patient’s memory and cognitive function may improve slightly to what it was six months to a year ago – it’s not going to turn back time,” he points out. Included in this class of medications are galantamine (Razadyne), donepezil (Aricept) and rivastigmine (Exelon).
  • Memantine: For the moderate to severe periods of the disease, the physician may prescribe memantine (Namenda) which takes a different approach in contrast to cholinesterase inhibitors, preventing the overstimulation of glutamate NMDA receptors which in turn can help regain limited memory function. Doctors will frequently add memantine to a patient’s treatment plan together with a cholinesterase inhibitor when the disease progresses.

Determining the effectiveness of these treatments takes persistence, as the two take 4 – 6 weeks before results will be realized. And, it’s necessary to examine the advantages versus any negative side effects, including confusion and constipation in memantine, and nausea, vomiting and a decreased heart rate with cholinesterase inhibitors.

One of the most effective strategies to support those with Alzheimer’s disease to live life to the fullest is through engaging the services of a specially trained caregiver who understands and can help with the varied struggles of dementia. Call Heaven at Home Senior Care at (866) 381-0500 or contact us online for additional details on our highly trained, compassionate Alzheimer’s care in Dallas for older adults.

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In marriage we pledge to stick together for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health – but what does not come up in our vows to one another is how to deal with the mounting challenges of senior care as our parents age.

Nevertheless, with our life span increasing, it’s crucial to build a strategy to satisfy both the needs of our senior loved ones as they get older, and also the plethora of day-to-day needs, all while honoring our cherished relationship with a spouse. It’s a challenge that is creating stress and pressure for 80% of couples surveyed, leading to detachment and less quality time together. The following areas in a married relationship are especially impacted by caregiving for a senior parent:

  • Finances. Still holding the top position for the reason cited for divorce, fiscal stress is amplified if the senior has not yet executed a financial plan for long-term care. Frankly communicating irritations with each other and working together to examine options to cover the cost of services can help.
  • Exhaustion. As worthwhile as it can be, fulfilling the needs of an elderly loved one demands a great amount of hard work – leaving little left over at the end of the day for your spouse. Agree to opportunities for the assistance of others or hire professional in-home senior care assistance, so you can be sure to allow for high quality time with your partner.
  • Frustration. Mounting frustration and decreased patience are a couple of frequent negative effects of fatigue, and unfortunately, we have a tendency to lash out at individuals we love the most when feeling overwhelmed. Tolerate imperfection, practice understanding, and find professional help as needed.

So how else can you prevent these issues and maintain a solid and healthy marriage? These tips will help:

  • Make sure your spouse is always a high concern. Small gestures can do a lot towards this end, such as writing a handwritten note of love and appreciation, waking up a couple of minutes early to share a cup of coffee together before the day becomes demanding, or setting aside a block of time at the conclusion of the day to talk and wind down.
  • Joining an online support group for family caregivers can give you the opportunity to vent irritations with individuals in similar circumstances, soothing anxiety.
  • Seek out the services of a certified counselor, either for yourself individually or for both of you as a couple.

Another great way to accomplish a healthy life balance is through partnering with a trusted in-home care provider, like Heaven at Home Senior Care. We provide customized respite care solutions that enable loved ones to take time away from parental care, while offering seniors the opportunity for increased socialization with a friendly and fully-trained caregiver. Call us at (866) 381-0500 or contact us online to learn more about home care in Grayson and the surrounding areas.

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We’ve all known helicopter parents, particularly when a daughter or son leaves for college. In fact, we could be guilty of hovering too closely ourselves. Discovering that perfect harmony between caring and overstepping our boundaries is not very easy.

And now, with the additional number of sandwich generationers providing care for both aging parents and children, we’re in danger of earning another badge of overbearingness: that of a helicopter child. It’s quite common for adult children to find themselves slipping into a role reversal in regard to their aging parents, with the best of intentions, of course; naturally, we would like to keep our family members safe and secure. However, this can lead senior loved ones to feel indignant, upset, or maybe annoyed at their newfound lack of control.

If you think you are infringing on your aging parent’s rights and sense of self-worth and control, here’s insight on how to come in for a landing, and determine to step in only when completely necessary.

Speak about objectives. Engage the senior in a dialogue about aging expectations, and exactly how she would prefer you to assist in obtaining those goals. For example, in the event the senior were to be diagnosed with dementia, would the personal preference be to go into an assisted living facility, or stay at home with assistance? In the event that the senior were to fall, necessitating surgery or rehabilitation, how would she envision her recuperation experience? Would she be happier getting help with personal care tasks, including bathing and using the toilet, from you or from a trained caregiver?

Speak up when necessary. When safety is jeopardized, it’s vital to step in, keeping a respectful frame of mind. The objective is to ensure the senior sustains as much self-sufficiency as possible. If she’s hesitant to accept assistance or even make prudent choices, such as taking advantage of a walker when necessary to prevent a fall, it may be helpful to engage the help of her doctor or a geriatric care manager to provide suggestions.

Otherwise, step back. When you are trying to manage conditions that are not impacting the senior’s health or safety, and she is cognitively still capable of making her own decisions, it is advisable to let those concerns go. “A child should be sensitive to a parent’s need for self-determination and maintaining self-identity,” shares Barry Jacobs, clinical psychologist and author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping Aging Parents.

Call the Dallas home health care team at Heaven at Home Senior Care at (866) 381-0500 or contact us online for expert senior care assistance which is always aimed at ensuring as much independence as possible for aging parents, enabling family caregivers time to step back and grant their parents the freedom they need while remaining safe.

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Do you recall that feeling as a young child once the school bell rang, indicating the conclusion of science and the beginning of the best part of the day: recess? There was an enormous sense of freedom dashing out onto the playground, leaving behind the worries of school work for a quick period of unstructured play.

Unfortunately, for many adults, it is nothing more than a happy but distant memory. Yet is it feasible, and also advantageous, to recapture the pleasure of playing? Experts like Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, respond with a resounding YES. As he describes, “Play is something done for its own sake. It’s voluntary, it’s pleasurable, it offers a sense of engagement, it takes you out of time. And the act itself is more important than the outcome.”

The key benefits of play, regardless of a person’s age, include:

  • To be connected: Particularly in our smartphone-driven world today, making time to engage with others in person is paramount to our social health – whether through sports, card clubs, weekly board game events, or just about any other shared pastimes and interests.
  • To sharpen your mind: Even though the jury is still out on the effectiveness of memory games in lessening the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, there is certainly benefit to be gained in enhancing reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • To improve relationships: The everyday tension inherent in many of our relationships is eased once a feeling of playfulness is incorporated, making it possible for more powerful bonds and the ability to better conquer difficulties when they arise.

Squeezing time out from a busy schedule to just play can appear unlikely. But with some assistance from Heaven at Home Senior Care, a far more enjoyable lifestyle can quickly become a reality. We’re available for as much or as little assistance as needed, offering an array of services and elderly care tips for seniors, such as:

  • Planning and preparing meals
  • Grocery shopping, picking up prescription medications, and other errands
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Personal care assistance such as helping with bathing and dressing
  • Transportation and accompaniment to doctor appointments and fun outings
  • Companionship to take part in discussions, reminiscing, exercising, games, and enjoyable hobbies
  • And much more

Acquire a healthy life balance by allowing us to help. Call our Cooke home health care team now at (866) 381-0500 or contact us online to learn more about how our home care services can make life easier for you and your family!

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