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What Family Members Should Know About Senior Home Care

If you’re new to taking care of a senior parent, you’re probably getting a lot of information thrown at you. It’s ok to feel a little overwhelmed. But you should know that you don’t have to go through any stage of caring for a senior parent alone. There is always help available for you, and for your senior parent. If your elderly parent is determined to continue living independently and you’re worried about their health and safety, you should know about senior home care. Senior home care is a service where an experienced care provider will visit your parent on a regular basis to help them with activities of daily living.

Your senior parent will have as much support as they need with things like housework, driving, running errands, getting to the gym, cooking meals, and much more. When your senior parent has regular visits from a home care provider you can feel better about them living independently.

Some of the other things that you should know about home care include:

There Are Various Types of Senior Home Care Services

There are various types of services available to meet the needs of seniors living at home. So, no matter what level of care your senior parent needs there is a home care service that can help. Some common types of senior home care are:

  • Personal Care Services: Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting.
  • Companion Care Services: Companionship, emotional support, and assistance with light housekeeping, meal preparation, and errands.
  • Respite Care: Temporary relief for family caregivers, allowing them to take breaks and attend to their own needs while their loved ones receive professional care at home.
  • Post-Hospital Care: Help for your senior parent when they transition home from a stay in the hospital. Medication reminders, ambulatory assistance, transportation to follow-up visits and more.

Specialized care is also available for seniors with conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Assessment and Care Planning Are The First Steps

It’s ok if you’re not sure what type of care your senior parent needs. When you get in touch with a home care agency they can assess your senior parent’s current condition and help you decide what type of care would be best. If your senior parent’s needs change in the future the type of care that they receive can change too.

Home Care Is A Collaboration

Effective communication and collaboration between family caregivers and home care professionals are essential for providing quality care to seniors. Care providers will communicate with you and work with you to fine tune the care that your senior parent is getting. Working together you and an elder care provider can make sure your senior parent is comfortable and safe at home.

Caregivers Know The Value Of Independence

Home care providers understand why seniors choose to remain at home and they’re committed to offering the compassionate care and support that seniors need to live well independently. If you can’t visit your senior parent every day, or if you live far away, senior home care makes it possible for seniors to live well at home.

Reference
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/aging-caregiving-older-adults

If you are considering senior home care in Las Vegas, NV for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Summerlin. 702-800-4616.

Employee of the Year!

Golden Heart Senior Care is proud to announce that Darcel Steward has been named the 2023 Golden Heart Employee of the Year. Darcel is an AMAZING caregiver always providing the best care possible to her clients. She is also the ultimate team player. Darcel is SIMPLY THE BEST!

Please join us in congratulating Darcel as the BEST OF THE BEST!

What Is the Best Way to Help Seniors Cope with Trouble Driving?

For most seniors, driving is about way more than just getting from Point A to Point B whenever they want. It’s also about having freedom and independence, even when there are parts of their lives that are changing. When it starts to become obvious that seniors are having more trouble driving, it’s vital for family caregivers to start making plans. Solutions can be as easy as hiring home care assistance to help out with transportation.

Take Action Before Trouble Gets Big

The really important thing for family caregivers to remember is that they need to take action before the problem gets too big. Addressing driving issues proactively helps to prevent injury and damage. It also allows everyone involved to take the time to really explore alternative solutions in a way that is honest, open, and not rushed.

Watch for Changes in Behaviors

Behavioral changes can offer important indications of all sorts of possible issues, including increased driving difficulties. Signs like increased anxiety about driving, more hesitation about driving, trouble navigating familiar routes, and reluctance to drive at all are ones to pay close attention to. Damage to vehicles could indicate trouble with spatial awareness and hiding damage is another big clue.

Visit Healthcare Providers to Get More Information

Visiting healthcare providers early on in this process can help seniors and family caregivers to make the best decisions about how to proceed. Scheduling an appointment with medical providers allows everyone involved to talk about health conditions that could impact driving, like vision changes, cognitive decline, or side effects from medications. Healthcare providers can help families to put together a timeline for phasing out driving.

Make a Plan for Dealing with Driving Issues

After gathering as much information as possible, it’s time to make a plan. Some seniors may still be able to keep driving, especially under very specific circumstances. Family caregivers need to sit down with their aging family members and talk about what is feasible and safe to do going forward. Now is a great time to talk about solutions like having home care providers available to do the driving.

Foster Independence and Safety by Getting Help

Home care assistance can seem to some seniors at first as a way for them to lose even more independence. But in reality, caregivers offer support only as needed, which allows seniors to remain independent while also getting valuable help that they need. This makes life easier for seniors, but it also makes life safer overall. When seniors don’t have to worry about how they’re going to get places when they need to, that’s going to reduce a lot of stress.
Helping seniors to get past the problem of losing their ability to drive is a complicated process that needs to be handled delicately. Making these plans sooner rather than later is always the better idea and home care assistance can do a lot to ensure that seniors understand that they’re able to keep living their lives, just with a little help when necessary.

If you are considering home care assistance in Las Vegas, NV for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Summerlin. 702-800-4616.

Employee of the Month – December 2023

Golden Heart Senior Care is proud to announce that Kaleb S. is our Employee of the Month for December 2023. Kaleb is originally from San Francisco, California. Kaleb enjoys being a caregiver because he is able to help and care for others and feels like helping others is his calling.

Please join us in congratulating Kaleb as our December 2023 Employee of the Month!! Thank you Kaleb for all you do for the clients and being a wonderful outstanding caregiver.

Why Do Seniors Have Painful Feet?

Weakening bones are unfortunately a pretty normal part of aging and it can cause pain in multiple ways, including a person’s feet. Here are a few reasons your senior mom or dad may have foot pain and what they can do to stop it.

They May Suffer From Arthritis

A common problem that so many of your elderly loved ones may battle is having arthritis. This will not only impact their entire body, but it can impact their feet too. It may make it painful to walk and move around, and it may cause inflammation in their feet. Of course, elder care can help your loved one age in place and can help do a lot of the chores for your elderly loved one, but the truth is the worst thing a senior can do is stop moving. When a senior stops walking around, the inflammation will become worse. But it can be so hard to walk through the pain. Your elderly mom or dad may need to see a doctor to get prescribed medication to manage their arthritis. Remember that some days may be more challenging than others, and certain things may cause a flare-up, making it harder to move around.

Seniors May Have The Wrong Shoes

If your loved one has had the same shoes for several years, they could be breaking down, or they could be too used, causing foot pain. If they are new shoes, they may not have the right arch support, or they may not be the right size. Finding the right pair of shoes is crucial to managing foot pain, which your mom or dad may need help with. If you are too busy to go shoe shopping with them, this is something that elder care may help your loved one do. Your loved one may need rides to the stores or help with online shopping, which the right caregiver can help with.

Their Toenails May Have Problems

Often, as a senior gets older their feet become more neglected. It can be hard to trim toenails, hard to moisturize their feet, and maybe even hard to wash their feet while in the bathtub. They often do not wish to ask for help because this is sensitive, and they don’t want to rely on their adult children. Unfortunately, it can lead to health problems and foot pain when it becomes neglected. Elder care can help a senior take care of their feet by trimming toenails, using fungal cream, and ensuring their feet stay healthy. Relying on elder care for these tasks may be more comfortable for your loved one. If foot problems become too bad, a senior may need to see a podiatrist, who is a professional foot doctor, for more help.

They May Have Too Much Moisture

When your loved one is always in shoes and their feet are sweating, the moisture becomes trapped, and this can cause problems. It is important to let your feet breathe daily to stay healthy. This may not be something a senior always thinks about, but it is something that elder care can help remind them of.

If you are considering elder care in Summerlin, NV for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Summerlin. 702-800-4616.

Happy Holidays to the Golden Heart Caregivers!

Hi team, it’s Bob and the ladies from Golden Heart. We wanted to say happy holidays and thank you for the wonderful job you do for our clients and for Golden Heart. As a token of our appreciation, we had a caregiver holiday party on Thursday the 14th at 10. Our caregivers earned reward points, and enjoyed great food. Thank you for making this possible!

Watch Our Holiday Greeting with a Fun Surprise Here!

6 Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Complications from Untreated Cataracts

Among age-related eye problems, cataracts are some of the most common. Cataracts hinder vision, but they also affect overall well-being. Untreated cataracts make daily life more difficult and can cause seniors to experience loss of independence and other challenges. Senior home care providers are able to help aging adults with cataracts in a variety of different ways.

Monitoring Vision Changes

Seniors with untreated cataracts need someone who can help them to keep track of how their vision is changing. Cataracts cause blurred vision, sensitivity to light, trouble seeing at night, and fully impaired vision at times. Noticing new symptoms or noticing that symptoms are significantly worse can indicate that something else is going on besides the cataract, so it’s important that seniors get help in that situation.

Helping with Eye Care

There could be a variety of different reasons that seniors leave cataracts untreated. In that situation, it’s vital to ensure that they keep up with eye care. That might include daily eye drops or other types of eye care. Caregivers are able to stay on top of these needs for aging adults, helping them to remember to take care of their eyes.

Transportation Assistance

Often seniors with cataracts experience enough interference with their vision that driving is unsafe. Home care providers are able to do the driving for them, helping them to get to appointments and run errands when they need to do so. Having help with remaining mobile can help seniors to feel as if they still are a part of the community around them.

Help with ADLs

Activities of daily living are likely to be more difficult for seniors who cannot see well due to untreated cataracts. Keeping up with personal grooming, bathing, and meal preparation can be a lot more complicated than it ever was. Caregivers can make quick work out of these tasks, keeping seniors healthy and safe.

Fall Prevention

Another big safety concern is avoiding falls. Seniors who cannot see well due to untreated cataracts can very easily miss obstacles and other tripping hazards. Caregivers stay on top of potential hazards and offer mobility assistance around the house, helping seniors to stay safer and reduce their fall risk.

Offering Emotional Support

It’s easy to forget, but experiencing health challenges can have a serious emotional impact on aging adults. Losing vision, in particular, can be a huge loss. The more depressed and anxious seniors are due to loss of vision, the more they’re likely to withdraw and self-isolate. Home care providers offer valuable emotional support that can help seniors to deal with their feelings and have the companionship they need.

When aging adults are dealing with untreated cataracts, for whatever reason, they face a great many difficulties. Senior home care providers can be there for them, offering different types of support to meet those different needs and challenges. Whether aging adults ultimately decide to have cataract surgery or not, they need all the help that they can get to deal with the changes they’re experiencing with their vision.

If you are considering senior home care in Summerlin, NV for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Summerlin. 702-800-4616.

Golden Heart Provides Stroke Education to the Residents of Sun City Anthem

Golden Heart Senior Care partnered with Todd Kuhnwald, PA-C, to provide valuable stroke symptom and prevention education to the residents of Sun City Anthem. The residents were active participants and were able to ask questions regarding stroke symptoms, prevention and other medical concerns.

Employee of the Month

Golden Heart Senior Care is proud to announce that Darcel S. is our Employee of the Month for November 2023.

Darcel is originally from Los Angeles California. She has a beautiful loving daughter. We are so lucky to have Darcel as part of our Golden Heart Team, she has 10 plus years experience taking care of senior clients. Darcel said “I love caring for people who need a little extra help with daily living. I had a mild stroke and know the feeling of not being able to do things on my own”.

Congratulations Darcel for always going that extra mile!!!

Golden Heart Strives to be the Best for Its Clients

Golden Heart Senior Care recently attended the Home Care Evolution home care conference in San Antonio, Texas. This conference helped its attendees to provide best in class care and educated the home care audience on how to hire and retain the best caregivers, improve on its operational efficiencies, and provide exceptional client services. Golden Heart learned many important and helpful things that will be implemented to improve its current operations.

If you would like to know more about this conference, please call Bob at 702-931-0055.