Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Helping Hearts Senior Care is Now A Home Care Pulse Certified - Trusted Provider

Helping Hearts Senior Care is proud to announce that we are now a Home Care Pulse Certified - Trusted Provider. Home Care Pulse is the industry's leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance. They help agencies measure the satisfaction of their clients and caregivers. To earn this award you must be committed to providing excellent quality in your home care services. At Helping Hearts we care about quality and are committed to providing quality care.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Helping Hearts Senior Care Receives Award for Becoming New Member of the Hoover Chamber of Commerce

On 2/21/2019 at the February Hoover Chamber Luncheon Helping Hearts Senior Care was honored to be one of the attendees to receive an award for becoming a new member of the Hoover Chamber of Commerce. There were over 170 attendees present at this event. We were treated to a delicious meal and a very inspiring and entertaining story from Jason Wilson. This was a wonderful networking opportunity and it was a pleasure to be there.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mom's Moving In - Do These Six Things Right Now

The decision's been made to move your mom to your house. You don't live close enough to help her age in place. The goal is to provide her home care needs in your home. Before the big move, make sure you've completed these six things.

Home Care in Homewood AL:
Things to Do When Mom's Moving In
Hold a Family Meeting.

Even a family that gets along well may feel stressed as a new person moves in. Hold a family meeting to discuss concerns. It's a good time to assign roles. If your mom wants to be able to cook for everyone and it's something she can do, put her on meal duty. Teens can do the dishes while you do laundry.

You might not get everyone to feel comfortable, but an open attitude can help people get past their anxieties. It makes it easier to embrace the move with an open mind.

Let Her Pick Her Colors and Decor.

It's your house, but it's her room. Let her have a say in what colors are used in her room. She may want to bring her own furnishings. Measure them and see what will fit and what doesn't. If she wants new furnishings, give her the measurements and let her pick her favorite items out.

Create a Bathroom Schedule.

Unless you have a bathroom for everyone, create a bathroom schedule. This will ease future arguments and annoyance. Schedule it so that the first people out get the bathroom first. There will be emergencies from time to time, but the schedule can help with normal routines.

Make Sure Her New Living Space Gives Her Privacy.

Your mom probably feels uncomfortable having to move into your home. It's going to be a big change. Make sure she has privacy in her new living space. If possible, give her a bedroom that's large enough to have a sitting area where she can work on a favorite hobby, read a book, or watch movies without the grandchildren interrupting her. Even if she adores them, she'll want time to herself every now and then.

Create Your Own Private Space, Too.

You'll also need privacy. Make sure you have a place where you can go for a break. Depending on your finances, you may have to set it up in an already finished room. If there's money, you might be able to put in a private retreat above a garage or in a basement that's just for you.

Research Respite Care Services.

Home care is important. Even if you work from home or have other family members helping with your mom's care, you're going to need breaks. Respite care services from caregivers make sure that happens. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home care 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.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Did Your Mom Skip the Flu Shot? What to Do if You Think She's Sick

Despite media coverage of the importance of the yearly flu shot, some people worry about side effects. As a result, there are men and women who never get the flu shot. If your mom is one of them and she contracts the flu, don't panic. Not everyone who contracts the flu ends up needing hospital care. Here are steps to take to help her get through it.

Senior Care in Hoover AL: What to Do if Mom Has the Flu
Call Her Doctor.

At the first sign of a fever and cough, call her doctor. There are antiviral medications that can help ease the symptoms. Her doctor may want to see her to confirm it really is the flu. If you're asked to bring her, get a medical mask to contain her germs while you wait in the waiting room. Some medical offices have these masks right on the counter when you check in.

Follow Doctor's Recommendations.

Your mom's doctor may recommend an antiviral to help her avoid complications from the flu. You should also ask about medications like ibuprofen to help with fever and headache. Make sure they're recommended before you start giving them to your mom.

Know When to Seek Emergency Care.

Your mom may be fine recuperating at home. If more troubling symptoms occur, get her to the emergency room. Signs to watch for include trouble breathing or chest pain, a fever that returns, dizziness, and confusion. If more than two weeks pass and she's still sick, it's also best to have her looked at to rule out pneumonia.

Serve Plenty of Beverages.

Tea, water, fruit juice, and seltzer are all good options for keeping your mom hydrated while she recovers. Aim for a glass each hour or two. Warm tea can help with the congestion, but any drink she's willing to consume is beneficial. Try to avoid high-sugar beverages or caffeinated drinks that may keep her from taking naps or sleeping at night.

Make Sure She Gets Plenty of Rest.

Don't let your mom exert herself. If she's worried about getting the laundry done, do it for her. If you have to work or have other obligations, hire a senior care aide to take care of the tasks she worries about. Caregivers can make meals for her, ensure she drinks enough, and keep up with laundry and cleaning.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home senior care in Hoover, 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.