Blog

BLOG

Tax Deductible Home Care Services
Tax Deductible Home Care Services
By Glenn Krakow, 10:23 pm on March 10, 2015

The financial aspects of caring for an aging parent or loved one are commonly at the top of mind of families. Fortunately, there is some financial relief for families of aging adults who require long-term care due to physical and mental limitations. Your family and your loved one may be able to claim tax deductions for private home care services in El Dorado Hills if the following conditions are met: If the elderly adult is considered chronically ill. According to the U.S tax laws, a chronically ill elderly adult is defined as someone who is not able to perform at least two activities of daily living (eating, toileting, bathing, dressing…

Read Article
Responding to Dementia Hallucinations
Responding to Dementia Hallucinations
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on February 24, 2015

Hallucinations are events that cause people to experience actual sensations that can involve sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, and they commonly occur in seniors who are struggling with dementia. Brain changes that develop with the disease often trigger false perceptions that can be frightening for dementia patients, and they can also be challenging for loved ones who are trying to help the older adult get through the event. Following a few simple guidelines can help lessen the trauma that seniors may feel when they are having a hallucination. Avoid Challenging the Senior – Hallucinations appear very real to individuals, and challenging the person about the reality of the event…

Read Article
Enhancing Caregiver Communication
Enhancing Caregiver Communication
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on February 17, 2015

When caring for your aging loved one, it can be hard to know if you are communicating with each other effectively. From conversations about finances to health concerns, topics will arise that need to be addressed in a clear and open manner, even though strong emotions will be present from both you and your loved one. As a leading provider of home care in El Dorado Hills, we know the importance of open communication in caregiving. Being able to share your feelings and understand the point of view of your loved one can ensure safety, quality of life and his or her independence and dignity. The following strategies for better…

Read Article
Companionship for Seniors
Companionship for Seniors
By Glenn Krakow, 7:01 pm on February 10, 2015

There’s more to living than simply having shelter, food and medicine for aging individuals. Seniors require social interaction to remain engaged with the world around them. However, how serious are the effects of social isolation in seniors? Today, El Dorado Hills Home Care Assistance is going to explore such effects and provide a few suggestions for activities that will ward away isolation and feelings of loneliness for your aging parent or loved one. How Does Isolation Affect Seniors? The foremost effect that isolation has on seniors is an increased rate of depression, which carries numerous secondary effects. The most prominent of those effects involves decreased physical and mental health. Regarding…

Read Article
Aphasia Treatment and Stroke Care
Aphasia Treatment and Stroke Care
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on February 3, 2015

Aphasia is a condition that may occur after an individual has experienced a stroke and is marked by difficult or absent speech, and problems with understanding and processing language. It provides a source of frustration for many patients and their families because it can create a significant barrier to communication. Fortunately, various treatment options are available. Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills offers a few common treatments that are designed to target the specific problems associated with aphasia. Speech Therapy The most commonly employed treatments for restoring communication skills in aphasia are provided by professional speech therapists. They use a variety of techniques that are designed to reconnect the…

Read Article
Components of Healthy Senior Diet
Components of Healthy Senior Diet
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on January 27, 2015

As individuals age, the appetite tends to naturally decrease which means that making healthy food choices is even more important. Choosing the right nutrients can help elevate the mood, contribute to mental acuity and fight infections. At Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills, we emphasize the importance of a healthy and balanced diet for all of our senior clients through our revolutionary Balanced Care Method™, and believe that the most beneficial senior diets include the following components. Fiber Extra fiber is generally needed by seniors because as the body ages, the digestive system tends to slow down, and constipation becomes a common problem. Fiber supplements are available on the…

Read Article
Post-Stroke Preparation Tips
Post-Stroke Preparation Tips
By Glenn Krakow, 6:14 pm on January 20, 2015

After a loved one experiences a stroke, they have what may be lengthy recovery period ahead of them, although these days, the ultimate prognosis for recovery is often quite good, especially if the stroke was mild. After leaving the hospital, the amount and typed of care needed will vary. In general, your loved one will require some degree of physical and/or occupational therapy. Speech therapy is quite common too. But many families want to do more in terms of post-stroke home care for their loved one. Here are three great ways to prepare: Managing Mobility in the Home – Many people who have a stroke may have mobility issues immediately…

Read Article
Communicating with a Seniors Medical Staff
Communicating with a Seniors Medical Staff
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on January 13, 2015

If your aging parent or loved one is currently recovering in a hospital setting, learning how to communicate effectively with his or her medical staff is one of the most useful tools you can acquire. The process will likely lead to greater efficiency and decreased stress related to your role as caregiver. Before beginning, it’s important for you and other family members to elect a single person to be the primary contact in medical matters. This will streamline communication, and decrease potential confusion in the future. Rather than contacting multiple people, or fielding the same questions from several persons, the physician will be able to spend more time concentrating on…

Read Article
Tips for Dementia Caregivers
Tips for Dementia Caregivers
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on January 6, 2015

Experts say that at least 1 of 5 people will experience some form of dementia in their lifetime. In the past, dementia was just part of growing old, and there was little understanding of the diseases that cause dementia in an otherwise perfectly healthy person. However, today we know more about the disease, and this information can prove extremely valuable to family caregivers. The following are five important pieces of information about dementia, presented by Home Care Assistance in El Dorado Hills, CA. Dementia is not a disease. Once you understand that dementia is only a symptom of a disease and not a disease itself, you’ll have a better understanding…

Read Article
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on December 30, 2014

As a leading provider of home care in El Dorado Hills, we know that many Parkinson’s caregivers ignore important needs of their own in their efforts to ensure that their loved ones are safe and comfortable. While it’s understandable to want to be there for a loved one living with Parkinson’s, caregivers are only human. There’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of available resources and taking time for yourself while offering the support your loved one needs. Educational Resources for Caregivers The first resource you should consider when caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s is finding reliable information on the disease itself. Your loved one’s doctor is a good starting point, often offering reference materials or directing you to reliable online resources where you can become educated on the…

Read Article