Monday, May 6, 2019

Is Your Senior at Increased Risk for Diabetes?

Diabetes is an extremely common disease impacting more than 30 million adults throughout the United States. Experts estimate that of these, more than 7 million do not know they have the disease.

Going undiagnosed prevents your parent from being able to manage their disease and get the care they need, which can put them at much higher risk for potentially serious consequences and complications. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important for you to understand the potential risk factors for diabetes so you can recognize your senior's risk, help them to reduce it, and prepare to give them the care and support they need.

Some factors that may put your parent at increased risk for diabetes include: 

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Is Your Senior at Increased Risk for Diabetes? 
  • Being overweight or obese 
  • Being over the age of 45, and particularly being over the age of 65 
  • Having a parent, child, or sibling who has been diagnosed with diabetes 
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle or do not get regular physical activity 
  • Having a personal history of gestational diabetes 
  • Having personally given birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth 
  • Being of Black, Hispanic, or Native American ethnicity 
  • Having a personal history of heart disease 
  • Having a personal history of high blood pressure 
  • Not eating a healthy, well-balanced diet on a regular basis 

If you are concerned that your parent might be at increased risk for developing diabetes, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss these issues. The doctor can help you to identify lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk and help your parent live a healthier lifestyle. If your senior already has diabetes, the doctor will help them get on a course of treatment and management that is right for them and their needs.

Caring for an elderly adult is challenging, and if you are a family caregiver for a senior who is living with a chronic illness such a diabetes, this can make it even more so. Making home health care a part of your regular routine with your senior is a valuable way to make sure your parent gets all the care and support they need to manage their disease and other needs while still giving you the time and energy you need for other aspects of your life.

This home health care services provider can help your parent through meal and snack preparation to support a healthy diet, medication reminders to make it easier for them to stay compliant, assistance with physical activity, and more.

Source:  https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/risk-factors.html

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care services in Centerpoint, AL, please contact our caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood.

Monday, April 15, 2019

5 Things That Could Make Arthritis Worse

Older adults who have arthritis may occasionally experience flare ups. A flare up is when the symptoms of arthritis worsen or when the disease is more active. During those times, it may seem to your aging relative that their arthritis medications aren’t working. Sometimes flare ups are triggered by something in the environment, something the senior eats, or something they do. The triggers can vary by person and by the type of arthritis they have.

Below are 5 common arthritis flare up triggers. 
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5 Things That Could Make Arthritis Worse 

#1: Doing Too Much 

Overexertion is one of the triggers that can cause a flare up in people who have osteoarthritis. Doing an activity that involves repetitive motion can be especially hard on joints. Weight gain is another form of overexertion that can affect osteoarthritis symptoms. Excess weight places more pressure on joints.

#2: Certain Foods 

Some foods can increase inflammation in the body, including in the joints. Inflammation leads to pain and swelling. Foods that have been associated with inflammation in people with arthritis are:

* Fried foods.

* Foods that are high in sugar.

* Excess salt.

* Dairy products.

Having arthritis does not mean your aging relative needs to cut out all these foods. Instead, they should be eaten in moderation. It can help to track the foods the senior eats and watch for worsening of symptoms. That can allow you to identify trigger foods to avoid.

#3: Skin Injuries

People who have psoriatic arthritis may experience a flare up because of a skin injury. Skin injuries that can worsen psoriatic arthritis symptoms include sunburn, vaccinations, and scratches or cuts.

#4: Changes in Uric Acid Levels

Changes in uric acid levels can trigger painful gout episodes. When a senior first starts treatment for gout, they often have flare ups. In fact, doctors consider a worsening of symptoms at first to be a sign that the medications are working. In addition to medicine, foods that contain a lot of purine can trigger a gout episode. Foods that are high in purine include shellfish and beer.

#5: Illnesses or Situations that Trigger an Immune Response 

Rheumatoid arthritis flares can occur because of conditions that activate the immune system. The good news is that these kinds of flare ups are predictable. You can prepare for a flare up when your aging relative gets the flu or a cold. The bad news is that on top of being ill, the senior may also have joint pain.

Homecare can assist your aging relative when they experience an arthritis flare up. Homecare providers can allow the senior to rest their joints until they feel better. While they rest, the homecare provider can keep the house clean, cook meals, take care of any pets, and bring items to the senior as needed.

Sources:  https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-defines-an-arthritis-flare-189279

https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/flares/arthritis-flare-triggers.php

https://www.healthline.com/health/foods-to-avoid-with-arthritis

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316744.php

If you or an aging loved-one are considering homecare services in Mountain Brook, AL, please contact our caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Four Reasons for Your Senior to Get Memory Issues Checked

As soon as your senior suspects that she's having memory issues, it doesn't hurt to have them checked out. She might be afraid to do so, but there are some really good reasons that it makes far more sense to do this now rather than later.

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Four Reasons for Your Senior to Get Memory Issues Checked  
Early Access to Treatment Methods 

As with any health issue, the earlier something is diagnosed the earlier it can be treated. Alzheimer's disease and dementia aren't curable yet, but there are treatments and options which can help reduce the symptoms your senior is experiencing. She may also have the opportunity to take part in clinical trials, which can help to find a cure that works for others.

Making Changes Now that Benefit Her Later 

Beyond treating her memory issues, your senior may be able to start making changes now that benefit her down the line. She may opt to take her doctor's advice and start a new exercise plan or change how she approaches eating. Even small changes can give her big benefits down the line, especially if she's not dealing with dementia right now.

She'll Know Why Certain Things Are Happening 

If your elderly family member is experiencing memory issues, that can take a toll on her emotionally. She might be spending a lot of her time experiencing stress about what these changes and memory issues might mean for her. She may be worried that she won't be able to live out the rest of her life the way that she wants to or that she might be a burden on you and the rest of her family. Getting answers now can address those unknowns for her.

She Can Retain a Little More Control of Her Health 

Once your elder knows what she's up against, she can control what happens next. She can make decisions now that help you and her later on. It's important that she has a say in when you make changes like hiring elder care providers. This helps her to feel that she still has a say in what goes on and that she's not going to be forced into care decisions that she might not want.

No matter what it is that your senior is facing, you're going to be there with her along the way. It's so much better for you both to have an accurate idea what is happening and what can actually be done for her.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care services in Trussville, AL, please contact our caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Birthday Party at Skyline Village Retirement Center

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Helping Hearts Senior Care had an opportunity to sponsor the monthly Birthday Party for Skyline Village Retirement Center. The seniors at this facility really know how to have a party! They were so engaged and energetic proving that they are indeed "living their best life" at Skyline Village.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care services in Homewood, AL, please contact our caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood.





Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Wii Bowl with Helping Hearts

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The residents of Cahaba Ridge had a blast bowling with the staff of Helping Hearts Senior Care. Joy and laughter filled the area as each person awaited their turn to bowl. The residents expressed their how much fun they actually had playing the game. Wii gaming is a really good tool to enhance activity amongst seniors. It requires them to move and be active. We really had a blast and can't wait to bowl again.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care services in Vestavia Hills, AL, please contact our caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood.




Monday, April 1, 2019

Helping Hearts Senior Care~Grand Opening

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Helping Hearts Senior Care Owner Taneshia McClease celebrated the Grand Opening of her new endeavor with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. She was joined by fellow Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce members and as well as friends on hand to support!

Taneshia shared with the group that she was led by the Spirit to launch this organization and her mission is to provide outstanding care to families in their time of need. To find out how she can help your family, contact her at 205-490-1079!

If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care services in Birmingham, AL, please contact our caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Four Facts to Know About MS During Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. MS is gaining national attention after the Oscar's. Actress Selma Blair appeared in a gorgeous dress that partnered with a cane she needs for mobility. She started suffering MS flare-ups after her son was born. It took her almost eight years to get a diagnosis.

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Four Facts to Know About MS During
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MS is a medical condition caused by the immune systems attack on the brain, the optic nerves, and the spinal cord. When these nerves in these areas are attacked, it causes several symptoms that include difficulties with vision, fatigue, dizziness, incontinence, slurred speech, and problems with mobility. Numbness and tingling are also common. That's why Selma Blair thought she had a pinched nerve.

She's not alone. It's believed that 2.3 million people in the world have MS. It's more common in women than men, and many cases are diagnosed by the age of 50. Here are four facts that can help you better understand MS.

People With MS May Experience Relapses at First

Around 7 out of 10 people have periods of remission before the disease starts to progress. These remissions can last months or years. When the symptoms return it can be a few weeks before the remission cycle starts back up.

There is No Cure

There is no cure for MS. Treatments involve helping the body recover from flare-ups as quickly as possible. It depends on the severity of the symptoms. Not everyone has symptoms that are too problematic. When they do happen, corticosteroids and plasma exchanges are often the first options.
Other treatments will be offered as symptoms progress.

People With MS Do Not Always Die Young

People think of MS being a fatal condition. With proper treatment, the disease only shortens a person's lifespan by an average of seven years. It's often complications that cause a decline, so it's important to see a doctor regularly and keep up with treatment recommendations, dietary recommendations, and exercise routines.

Home Care Services is Often Needed 

Home care services is often needed when MS progresses. Getting dressed, showering, walking, and toileting may become too hard to manage alone. People with MS may become depressed. Memory lapses can make it hard to remember if you've taken medications or not.

If your mom or dad has been diagnosed with MS, don't delay your research into gettin home care services. You may find your parent needs help sooner than you want. With help at home, your mom or dad can still live a happy, active life. A little help from home services providers is all your parent will need.

Sources:  https://mymsaa.org/about-msaa/ms-awareness-month-2019/
https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a24063886/selma-blair-ms-diagnosis/
https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/Who-Gets-MS
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-sclerosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350269

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home care services in Inverness, AL, please contact our caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Our Clients Are a Part of Our Family

Helping Hearts Senior Care is not just a home care agency; we’re a family full of compassion, kindness, friendliness, helpfulness, and everything else you would expect a family to encompass. Every one of our clients are a part of our family, and we treat them as such.

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We know the aging process is hard not just on the client, but on the family as well. That’s why Helping Hearts Senior Care is here to help withy many different tasks. We want our clients to retain as much independence as possible while at the same time letting the family know that their precious loved one(s) is in good hands. We offer a variety of services, such as:

Companionship
Homemaking
Laundry
Medication Reminders
Bathing
Running errands
Dressing/Grooming
And much, much more!

Not only do we help with homecare, but we also come to clients that are living in facilities. Whether it’s 24/7 care or simply bringing medication to them at the right times of day, we are here for them and you. We are A+ certified, fully licensed and bonded, and are ranked in the 90th percentile nationally on Caregiver Work Ethic, Compassion of Caregivers, and overall quality. We are also a Home Care Pulse Certified Provider of Excellence. All of our caregivers go through rigorous background checks, drug testing, and caregiver training before the very first with any clients, so you know they are in good hands.

Our office is open 9am-5pm Monday- Friday and we can always be reached after hours or on the weekends. If you and your family find yourselves in need, please do no hesitate to call us. We respond quickly and are here to serve You!

By Cassie White

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home care in Birmingham, AL, please contact our caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Common Signs of Exhaustion in Family Caregivers



It’s a lot of work to take care of an elderly relative with physical or cognitive health issues. From arthritis and diabetes to recovering from a stroke, seniors are subject to all kinds of chronic conditions that don’t allow them to live independently. Even basic age-related issues like poor vision and balance can seriously affect an elderly person’s ability to take care of themselves. When care duties fall onto a family member, they often find themselves battling with stress and exhaustion.

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Common Signs of Exhaustion in Family Caregivers
Even in the best senior care situation, it takes a lot of work to look after the needs of another person, no matter what age or health condition. If family caregivers don’t recognize the common signs of exhaustion, they could develop serious health issues, both physically and mentally.

Symptoms of Exhaustion.

Exhaustion is a chronic weariness of the body and mind that cannot be remedied by a night or two of good sleep. It requires serious lifestyle adjustments, and family caregivers that don’t get regular respite risk their own health and the health of their loved ones. However, they can be too proud or stubborn to ask others for help and feel like they can take care of everything on their own. Often, the first step in doing something about exhaustion is when family caregivers recognize the symptoms within themselves.

Some of the most common symptoms of exhaustion include fatigue, lack of concentration, and poor focus on tasks at hand. They may withdraw from social interaction and experience mood swings, while adopting poor health habits. In time, they may exchange feelings of frustration with that of apathy. Other symptoms of exhaustion in family caregivers include ignoring personal hygiene, weakened immune system, and increasing accidents and mishaps.

Hiring Elderly Care Providers Can Help.

The best way to prevent exhaustion in family caregivers is for them to get adequate assistance in caring for their aging relative. Many hire elderly care providers as reliable and professional assistants that can help with the senior in the home. Elderly care providers can be scheduled for a wide range of times and do everything from light housework and meal preparation to dressing and grooming the elderly adult. Other duties that elderly care providers can take on are driving seniors to medical appointments, reminding them of when to take their medicine, and acting as companions when the aging adult would otherwise be alone. 

With elderly care providers on the job, family caregivers have the freedom to leave their responsibilities behind and focus on themselves for a few hours instead of their aging relative. Hiring elderly care providers gives exhausted family caregivers some regular respite, which is essential in keeping things balanced in their lives.  

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home elderly care in Birmingham, AL, please contact our caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood.