In-Home Care Austin TX - Austin - Halo Senior Care Caregiver of the Month of November

Austin – Halo Senior Care Caregiver of the Month of November

Please join us in honoring our Caregiver of the Month Yvette Duran.

Since her start with us, she has hit the ground running with picking up shifts and assisting us with coverage! The clients adore her and her positive attitude is infectious. As we enter this holiday season and reflect on all things we are grateful for we would like to say we are grateful for Yvette and our amazing team of Caregivers!

 

If you or an aging loved-one is considering In-Home Care Services in Austin TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Home Care Assistance Pflugerville TX - Home Care Assistance and Safe Cooking for Seniors

Home Care Assistance and Safe Cooking for Seniors

Now is a great time to make sure that your senior loved one has everything they need to cook safely and lower the risk of fires. Fires are a big problem for seniors. Senior have a great risk of dying in the house fire compared to other populations so seniors, who have slow reaction times and may not able to move fast, need to pay close attention to ways that they can lower their risk of losing everything in a fire. It’s great for seniors to cook healthy meals for themselves at home, but cooking can also increase the risk of a house fire. Having home care assistance services can add to the safety of your senior.

If your senior loved one likes to cook meals and you want to make sure that they are cooking safely you and their home care assistance aides should:

Get Fire Resistant Oven Mitts

Every senior’s kitchen should have plenty of pairs of flame resistant oven mitts and pot holders. Flame resistant oven mitts cost a little more than the cheap oven mitts you can find at discount stores or big box stores but they will significantly lower the chances that your senior loved one will reach for a hot pan and accidentally set the oven mitt on fire. Store oven mitts on the counter, hang them by the stove, or keep them somewhere else that’s in plain view and within easy reach so that your senior loved one can grab them easily.

Get Some Supervision

Home care assistance providers can help seniors cook the healthy meals they want to eat. With the help of a home care assistance provider your senior loved one will be able to safely cook even complicated meals. And a home care assistance provider can share those meals with your senior loved one and keep them company too.

Avoid Loose Clothes

Your senior loved one should always wear well fitted clothing when cooking. Long, loose sleeves and billowy tops can catch fire if your loved one is standing too close to the burner of a gas stove. If your loved one must wear loose fitting sleeves then make sure that they tie back the sleeves using sleeve garters while they are cooking so that they are not take the risk that their sleeves will catch on fire. Or your senior parent can choose not to cook but can assist a home care provider in making a meal.

Get A Fire Smothering Blanket

It’s a smart idea to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen no matter what, but you should also have a fire smothering blanket. The fire smothering blanket is small and easy to store but it will put out flames in just seconds. And if something on the stove is sparking your senior loved one may only have seconds to extinguish it. Fire Extinguisher blankets are less than $20 in most places so you should plan on getting several of them for both your senior loved one’s home and your own home. They’re a great item to have in your home safety kit.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care Assistance Services in Pflugerville TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Elder Care Manor TX - Elder Care: What You Should Know About Depression in Seniors

Elder Care: What You Should Know About Depression in Seniors

Now is a great time to find out more about depression among seniors. Experts say that depression affects more than six million seniors who are 65 or older. Seniors have a higher risk of developing depression than other segments of the population. And many seniors who have depression go undiagnosed or untreated. Medication can help seniors who are depressed in many cases so it’s important that seniors get diagnosed if they are showing symptoms of depression. If you or their elder care providers have noticed symptoms of depression in your senior loved one or if your senior loved one has one of the many risk factors for developing depression you should talk to your loved one’s doctor.

Symptoms of Depression

The most common symptoms of depression in seniors include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment

Some of these symptoms can be side effects of medication, so you might want to double check the medication that your senior loved one is taking and make sure they are not getting too much and that they are still taking their medications as prescribed. An elder care provider who visits on a regular basis can be a big help for seniors who need help managing their medications. An elder care provider can also log all the medications that your senior loved one takes along with any changes in behavior or attitude that they notice. That information can be very helpful to your senior parent’s doctor.

Risk Factors For Depression

Even though many seniors and their families assume that feeling “blue” or not having a lot of energy are just part of aging they’re really not. Risk factors like these can increase the chances that your senior loved one will develop depression:

  • Living alone
  • Being socially isolated
  • Grieving after the death of a loved one
  • Not eating regularly or not eating healthy food
  • Not getting enough sleep or getting restful sleep
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Having two or more serious medical conditions
  • Having chronic pain
  • Being disabled or unable to take care of themselves easily
  • Family history of depression
  • Taking medications that can cause depression

These risk factors don’t mean that your senior loved one will absolutely develop depression. However, if your senior parent has two or more of these risk factors they have a higher than normal chance of becoming depressed so it’s a good idea to pay close attention to their attitude and behavior. If you or their elder care aides notice any changes in their attitude or demeanor then you should talk to their doctor about the changes you have noticed. Seniors don’t have to struggle with depression by themselves.

Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/depression/index.html
https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-elderly

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care Services in Manor TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Personal Care at Home Austin TX - Austin - Halo Senior Care Caregiver of the Month of October

Austin – Halo Senior Care Caregiver of the Month of October

Katana Williams has been a force to reckon with since starting with Halo just a couple months ago. Although, not hired as a caregiver she has repeatedly stepped up to fill in shifts and gaps of care. She was previously a caregiver/CAN and has definitely utilized those skills since coming on- board. She is the true definition of a team player.

Thanks Katana!

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Personal Care at Home Services in Austin TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Home Care Manchaca TX - Home Care Help for Meal Prep Ideas for Seniors

Home Care Help for Meal Prep Ideas for Seniors

Malnutrition is a big problem for seniors. There are a lot of things that contribute to malnutrition in seniors like medications that cause appetite loss, depression, or difficulty cooking and preparing healthy meals. If your senior loved one isn’t eating enough and you’re concerned about malnutrition some simple meal prepping may make it easier for your senior loved one to eat the healthy meals they need. A home care provider can help prep meals and encourage your senior loved one to eat. If your senior parent doesn’t already have a home care provider now is the time to find out more about the many ways that home care can help seniors.

You can also use these tips to prep meals ahead for your senior loved one:

Keep It Simple

The number one rule of meal prepping is to keep it simple. Meals should be simple and easy to reheat. Choose a menu for the week the incorporates many of the same ingredients so you can prepare a big batch of the same ingredient at one time. You may also want to build a menu around whatever vegetables are in season so that you can buy them at the farmer’s market in bulk instead of searching for them in the grocery store.

Pick A Meal Prep Day

Do meal prep on the same day each week. Schedule out a few hours to cook and prepare all of the meal ingredients. Your senior loved one would probably enjoy helping you prep their meals and cooking together will be a fantastic thing for the two of you do together. Make it an event and turn on fun music and really enjoy the time spent together.

One Protein, Two Veggies

If you don’t want to prepare full meals and your senior parent isn’t the kind of person who wants to eat a large meal a smart way to prep is to prepare a bunch of different proteins like shredded chicken or ground beef and then prepare a bunch of different veggie options and a few sauces and just put them all in the fridge and freezer. That way all your senior loved one has to do is pick out one protein of their choice and two veggies of their choice for a meal. It gives your senior loved one the freedom to choose what they want to eat for each meal.

Don’t Forget Snacks

Make sure that you are also prepping snacks for your senior loved one. A great way to prep snacks is to put individual portions of things like chips or pretzels or popcorn into plastic baggies and store them in a cupboard so that when your senior loved one wants a snack they can just grab a baggie. If there’s no room in the pantry or cupboard to store snacks you can use a plastic shoe organizer hung on the back of the pantry door and put a snack bag in each of the plastic sections.

Source: https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/what-to-know-about-malnutrition-in-older-adults#1

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care Services in Manchaca TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

In-Home Care Dripping Springs TX - Having In-Home Care and Learning About Kidney Disease

Having In-Home Care and Learning About Kidney Disease

According to the CDC, the most at-risk age group for kidney disease is 65 years and older. This means your senior may develop kidney disease at some point. Why is this? There are many things that may lead to kidney disease; if a senior is struggling with other health conditions, it may lead to this disease. If your loved one just got diagnosed with kidney disease, it is time to look into in-home care providers.

But What is Kidney Disease?

This disease just means that someone’s kidney is damaged and cannot sort out and filter the blood properly. There is no cure for chronic kidney disease, but there are treatments that someone can receive to help filter the blood and feel more comfortable. Although in-home care will not be able to hand out medications, they are great at setting reminders for a senior on dialysis, which is one of the treatments for kidney disease.

It can be hard for seniors to live on their own with this disease, but they still may be hesitant about joining a senior community. Many people prefer aging in place, and in-home care can allow them to do this easily. Keep reading to learn more about kidney disease in seniors.

Symptoms of Kidney Disease

Over 37 million adults are living with kidney disease, scary, right? It is more common than you may think and can be challenging to deal with if your parent or loved one has just been diagnosed. Take a look at these ten symptoms that may be a sign someone has kidney disease. In-home care will help keep an eye on a senior and report any of these symptoms. Caregivers can even help transport them to their doctor’s office.

Less Energy

Along with less energy, a senior may be having trouble focusing. Unfortunately, this symptom can also indicate a lot of other diseases that are equally bad. If a senior has low energy and trouble concentrating for more than a few days, it should be noted by the doctor.

Trouble Sleeping

Toxins stay in the blood much longer because the kidneys can’t filter the blood. The lack of filtering can make it troubling to sleep or even uncomfortable. If your loved one has not been sleeping well, it can be a sign of kidney disease.

Dry Skin

On top of having very dry skin, it also may be really itchy. Dry skin can be a sign of the mineral and bone disease that someone with kidney disease has. This is usually an advanced stage where the kidneys can no longer help balance out the minerals in the body.

Urinating More

Kidney disease can cause someone to feel like they need to use the restroom more frequently. This can happen at night mostly, which also makes it hard to sleep. However, the need to urinate more can also be a sign of other health problems.

Blood in Urine

If the senior starts noticing pee in their urine, they need to see a doctor right away. The kidneys keep the blood cells in and filter out toxins. When they don’t work properly, the blood cells can leak out in other ways, like urine.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering In-Home Care Services in Dripping Springs TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Senior Home Care Cedar Park TX - Encourage Your Senior to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Encourage Your Senior to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

September is National Fruit and Veggies Month which might cause you to ask yourself if your senior is eating enough produce on a daily basis. Several options can make that easier for your senior, including enlisting help from senior home care services.

Make Fruits and Veggies Easy to Access and Eat with Senior Home Care Assistance

Senior Home Care Cedar Park TX - Encourage Your Senior to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Senior Home Care Cedar Park TX – Encourage Your Senior to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

When vegetables and fruits are difficult to eat or are complicated in any way, that’s likely going to keep your senior reaching for something that is a lot easier to grab. Talk to your senior about what makes some fruits and vegetables difficult. Are they too hard to eat comfortably? Consider using those fruits and vegetables in smoothies or cook them to an edible texture. Pre-chopping produce and making sure it’s clean and ready to eat makes this so much easier.

Add Veggies and Fruits to Other Foods

Another way to increase your senior’s intake of fruits and veggies is to add them into other foods. That could be putting them in smoothies, soups, and even in other types of foods, like sandwiches or breads. Vegetables in particular are easy to add into other recipes when they’re grated and included in those other foods.

Make Eating More Produce a Game for Your Senior

It can also help if you make eating fruits and vegetables fun for your senior. If she enjoys lighthearted competition, you can make it a game to see which of you are able to hit your fruit and veggie target every day for a set amount of time. Pick a reward that your senior is motivated by and see if you can both get your produce intake up.

Replace Less Healthy Side Dishes with Fruit or a Salad

Side dishes are where your senior might most benefit from veggies or fruit. A side of French fries can be tasty once in a while but swapping that out for fruit or for a small side salad ups your senior’s produce intake and helps her to eat just a little bit healthier. This doesn’t have to happen in every single meal, but even a few times a week can make a difference in the nutrition your senior is getting.

Senior home care providers can make meal preparation so much easier for your elderly family member. Senior home care providers can do a lot of the prep work, like making sure fruits and veggies are ready to eat, and that reduces so much of the effort.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Senior Home Care Services in Cedar Park TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Elder Care Austin TX - Halo Austin - Caregiver of the Month of September

Halo Austin – Caregiver of the Month of September

Claudia Zavala hit the ground running from her first week of employment with Halo. She is always responsive to office staff and picking up all kinds of shifts. Showing true genuine care for our clients.

 

Thanks Claudia for all you do, we are so lucky to have you on our team.

 

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care Services in Austin TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Home Care Assistance Buda TX - Signs Of Caregiver Burnout You Should Watch For

Signs Of Caregiver Burnout You Should Watch For

Caregiver burnout is a very real condition that affects caregivers who are responsible for the daily welfare and happiness of family members who have long term disabilities or illnesses. If you’re caring for a parent or parents who are elderly and have many different health challenges you’re a caregiver. And you can develop caregiver burnout. Home care assistance offers respite care that allows you to attend to your own life and health with the peace of mind of knowing that your senior loved ones are being taken care of.

Caring for senior loved ones with progressive conditions like Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s often speeds up the development of caregiver burnout but just taking care of a senior parent can cause burnout. Your senior loved one doesn’t need to have been diagnosed with a serious illness for your burnout to be legitimate. That’s why it’s absolutely essential for caregivers to seek home care assistance for their senior loved ones that are aging in place.

Symptoms Of Caregiver Burnout

The symptoms of caregiver burnout vary from person to person. They vary in intensity too. You’re probably aware of the more severe symptoms of caregiver burnout like bursting into tears in the store or at work or having a breakdown in your car at least once a week. But you may not be aware of these three early symptoms of caregiver burnout.

If you start noticing these symptoms you should bring in home care assistance and take a break immediately before your caregiver burnout gets worse:

Sleeping More

Whether or not you have sleeping problems if you notice that you are sleeping more at night, or if you suddenly can’t get through the day without a nap that’s an early sign of caregiver burnout. It’s your body’s way of telling you that you need a break. The mind and body processes emotions and events when you sleep. When you are tired all the time your body is telling you it needs a break in order to process everything that you’re going through.

Not Feeling Anything

When was the last time you experienced any real joy? Did you smile at your kids today? Or laugh when you were playing golf with a friend last week? Were you excited to start a new creative hobby last month? If not that could be a sign of caregiver burnout. If you feel like you are just going through the motions of living and you don’t have any real emotion when you are going about your day that’s a sign that you’re dissociating and that’s a sign of burnout.

Getting Sick

If you have a cold that you just can’t shake or if you find that you’re getting sick over and over again that can be due to caregiver burnout. It’s a sign that your body is so depleted that it’s unable to fight off germs. And that means it’s time for a break. Get some home care assistance for your senior loved ones and give yourself a week off.

Sources:  https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/caregiver-recognizing-burnout#1
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9225-caregiver-burnout

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care Assistance Services in Buda TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Personal Care at Home Bastrop TX - Important Questions for Doctors About Parkinson’s Disease

Personal Care at Home: Important Questions for Doctors About Parkinson’s Disease

Was your elderly loved one diagnosed with Parkinson’s? If so, you may be struggling a lot. Your mind might be filled with questions that you have about the disease and what needs to be done for your elderly loved one. These thoughts and questions are all normal. There are no questions to small or big. The good news is that there are many Parkinson’s disease resources that have the answers you need. You can get personal care at home for your elderly loved one. Home care providers often know about this disease. You can talk to your loved one’s doctor, too. Learning more about the common questions people have regarding Parkinson’s disease can help, too.

How Do You Know My Elderly Loved One Has Parkinson’s Disease?

You might be unsure of whether or not your elderly loved one has Parkinson’s disease. Maybe, your elderly loved one is in denial. No matter what the case may be, you or your loved one want to know how the doctor determined they have this disease. Your elderly loved one’s doctor should talk to you about all the steps they took to come to this diagnosis. They should be able to explain to you, in laymen’s terms, what the test results mean, as well. If needed, you can have one of the personal care at home providers take your loved one to these appointments. They may know more about what questions to ask of the doctor.

How Long Will My Elderly Loved One Be Independent?

Your elderly loved one may be worried that they are losing their independence already. You might be wondering how long they can still do things on their own or stay home by themselves. This is a question that your elderly loved one’s doctor can answer. The truth is that with a proper treatment plan, many people with this disease can be mostly independent from the start of the disease until about 10-15 years later. However, each person may have a different progression of the disease. It is important to know that you can always get personal care at home for your elderly loved one. The senior care providers you hire can help with the tasks your elderly loved one needs assistance with.

How Will Parkinson’s Affect Your Elderly Loved One?

You may also want to know how this disease is going to affect your elderly loved one. Each stage is different and will impact daily tasks in various ways. Some things your elderly loved one will deal with include limited mobility, tremors, cognitive changes, discomfort, pain, and more. It is important that you have personal care at home services lined up for when your elderly loved one needs them.

Added Help from Personal Care at Home Aides

There are many questions that people with Parkinson’s and their family members often have about this disease. The more answers you have, the better help you can give to your elderly loved one. Don’t forget that you can always get personal care at home providers to help care for your elderly loved one when they need it.

Sources: https://www.parkinsons.va.gov/faq.asp

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Personal Care at Home Services in Bastrop TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Home Care Kyle TX - Lifestyle Changes at Home to Reduce Cholesterol Levels

Lifestyle Changes at Home to Reduce Cholesterol Levels

High cholesterol levels increase your elderly family member’s chances of developing bigger problems, such as heart disease. High cholesterol can also leave her open to a stroke, which is definitely something that she wants to avoid. There are some lifestyle changes that your elderly family member might consider making that can help with cholesterol levels. But she’s going to need to commit to being consistent with these changes to get the results that she wants. Home care providers can assist in adhering to these changes.

Talk to Her Doctor

It’s important to understand your senior’s health situation as clearly as possible. If she’s got other health issues or if her cholesterol levels are extremely high, lifestyle changes alone might not be enough. That’s why you need to talk with her doctor before starting any lifestyle changes on your own, so that you and your senior can put the right plan in motion.

Adjust Her Diet

Dietary changes are one of the easiest ways for your senior to start getting her cholesterol levels under control. Her doctor may have some specific recommendations that assist her with other health issues, but a good rule of thumb involves eating whole foods. Boosting fiber intake, eating foods rich in healthy fats, and limiting unhealthy fats can all be helpful.

Add Exercise

Adding more physical activity, if cleared by your senior’s doctor, is a great way to help her body to let go of some of that trapped cholesterol. Exercise boosts the “good” cholesterol, or the HDL cholesterol. Taking a couple of walks each day can be enough physical activity to reap the benefits your senior wants.

Look at Things to Cut

Your senior may also need to start looking for some things to cut from her routine. Drinking more than a few alcoholic drinks a week can have a negative impact on her health, including on her cholesterol level. Likewise, smoking has a full-body impact that isn’t positive. These changes and eliminating other vices may help more than your senior expects that they will.

Getting Assistance from Home Care Providers

Not all of these changes might be super easy for your senior out of the gate on her own. Changing her diet, for instance, can be intimidating if she mostly eats out now. Hiring home care providers to handle meal preparation for your senior may be just the ticket. Home care services can also offer other types of assistance that can help your elderly family member to live her healthiest life more easily.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care Services in Kyle TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

In-Home Care South Austin TX - Tips For Talking To Your Elderly Parents About In-Home Care

Tips For Talking To Your Elderly Parents About In-Home Care

Talking to your aging parents about in-home care is tough. The role reversal of the children having to take care of the parents is difficult for you and difficult for your parents. But the time to talk about in-home care options is before your parents really need help. That way you can discuss various options for help before there is a crisis or emergency. It will probably take more than one conversation to come to a mutual decision about what is best for your parents so if you haven’t started the conversation about senior care yet, you should.

Use these tips from communication experts to make it easier to open a dialog about in-home care:

Get The Facts

In-Home Care South Austin TX - Tips For Talking To Your Elderly Parents About In-Home Care

In-Home Care South Austin TX – Tips For Talking To Your Elderly Parents About In-Home Care

Before you start talking to your parents about home care you should know more about senior care. Prepare for the conversation by reading as much as you can about in-home care options and learning the details of different types of home care. That way you will be able to answer any questions that your parents have during the conversation or know who can answer their questions if you can’t.

Consider Your Parent’s Situation

What kind of senior care would work best for your parent or parents? Could they benefit from round the clock care or would a senior care giver who comes in just for a few hours each day be a better fit? Think about your parents’ health, living situation, and comfort level with having a stranger coming into the home before you talk to them about home care.

Do A Financial Plan

One of the concerns that your parents might have about home care is the cost. You can prepare for this by getting an estimate for different levels of senior care at home so that the cost of that care is clear. You can also go over your parents’ finances to see if they can afford home care. Be sure to check their insurance to see if the insurance or Medicaid would pay for any home care, often Medicaid will pay for at least some in-home care at home.

Get Specific About In-Home Care

It will help if you can discuss specific tasks that a home caregiver can do so that your parents are better able to grasp how much help a home care worker can give them. Talk about how a in-home care aide can do the dishes, help them with the grocery shopping, do the laundry for them, and help them cook meals. Ask them what tasks they would like help with or what tasks they would like to not have to do anymore. Give them input in deciding what help a home care giver would provide for them.

Do A Trial Run with an In-Home Care Aide

Sometimes the best way to help your parents understand what a help it can be to have in-home care at home is to show them. Have a caregiver come in for a trial run one day a week for a few weeks so that your aging parents can see how helpful and pleasant it is to have a caregiver helping them live comfortably at home.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering In-Home Care Services in South Austin TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

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