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Top Tips to Manage Arthritis Pain in Older Adults

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Arthritis pain impacts an astounding one in every two older Americans, and can cause seniors to limit physical activity – leading to a vicious circle of additional pain and discomfort. The top-rated referred care providers at American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care offer the following suggestions to ease arthritis pain in older adults and lead to a better quality of life.

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  • Heat and cold therapy Both heat and cold can help with improving circulation, reducing muscle spasms, and relieving stiffened muscles and joints. Some individuals respond better to heat, and others to cold, so try both to see which works best for a senior you love. Be sure to place a thin towel between the senior’s skin and the source of heat or cold, and then apply a heating pad, heat wrap, air-activated heat patch, cold wrap or pad, a small bag of ice or frozen peas. Remove after no more than 10 – 15 minutes to protect the skin.
  • Massage Gentle massage, with lotion or oil to reduce friction on the skin, can help relax painful joints and muscles, and also promote better sleep. Warming the area first as mentioned above can help prevent any pain that may be experienced.
  • Healthy lifestyle choices Losing weight removes extra pressure on the knees and other joints. For a senior who is overweight, talk with the doctor for a recommended diet and exercise plan, and then help the senior stay motivated to stick with the plan. Having someone to exercise with is a great motivator, so join in and work out together!

The referred Florida in-home care experts at American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care can help seniors with arthritis to feel more comfortable too. Whether the need is for transportation to medical appointments, planning and preparing healthy meals, offering encouragement and opportunities to remain physically active, or a wide range of other care needs, families trust our referred care providers to make life the very best it can be for seniors at home.

Contact us any time for more information and additional tips and resources to help with better management of arthritis pain in older adults. You can reach us by clicking the appropriate link below for the location that is nearest to you.

State of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661

Discover the Benefits of Family Caregiver Support Groups

There are so many benefits to providing care for a senior loved one at home: a strengthened relationship and bond, the satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re making a difference in someone’s life through a challenging time. While incredibly rewarding, however, family caregivers will be quick to tell you that it’s not all roses and sunshine! The truth is, caregiving can be overwhelming, exhausting, isolating, and stressful. And if caregivers aren’t taking care of themselves, they’re at risk for caregiver burnout, depression, and other serious health concerns.

One great way to find help is through family caregiver support groups. The referred care providers at American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care have outlined some of the key benefits below:

  • The chance to vent in a nonjudgmental environment and receive compassion, empathy, and understanding
  • An opportunity to learn better, healthier coping skills
  • The ability to improve upon existing caregiving skills
  • A sense of regaining control and empowerment
  • Tips and advice to help ensure seniors can remain at home longer
  • Reduced isolation, loneliness, anxiety, and depression
  • Validation of feelings and experiences
  • And many others

There are a number of both in-person and virtual family caregiver support groups available. Find one that best meets your needs through:

The referred Florida senior care experts at American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care are also a great resource for family caregivers. A referred care professional can partner with family caregivers to assist with a variety of in-home care needs for seniors, freeing up time for family members to take the time they need for self-care. Some of the many tasks we can assist with include:

  • Socialization and companionship for enjoyable activities and outings
  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Running errands
  • And many more

Reach out to us any time for the support you need by professionals you can trust. Just click on the link below to the location that is closest to you.

State of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661

Celebrate Father's Day Safely With These Inspired Ideas

These creative ideas are sure to make this Father’s Day memorable for the senior men in your life.

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to honor the father figures in your life. This year, thankfully, in many cases it will be possible to safely celebrate together. However, if social distancing, geographic distance or any of a number of other obstacles prevents you from celebrating safely in person or requires you to have a small, scaled down celebration, there are still a variety of ways in which to mark the day in a meaningful way and honor the special men in our lives.

American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care, the referred care provider experts who have been helping seniors remain independent at home since 1992, share the following ideas for celebrating Father’s Day:

  • Tour a museum virtually. Museums all over the world are offering free virtual exhibits. Schedule time to drop in at several that showcase exhibits on subjects that are of interest such as history, science, art and more.
  • Watch a favorite sporting event. With more and more live sports being played once again, there are a variety of events to choose from on television. If there is a particular game that was especially memorable from the past – an Olympic event, World Series game, or Super Bowl – look for clips on YouTube and ask what memories surround that time period.
  • Share a favorite meal. If you can safely gather, plan on cooking a favorite meal. If you’ll be unable to meet in person, have food delivered from a favorite restaurant and set up a video call so that you can eat together virtually.
  • Attend a virtual performance. There continues to be a number of theater and musical events available to watch virtually at no cost. Virtual events allow you to listen to new music and watch highly talented performers you might not have otherwise been exposed to.
  • Watch a movie or documentary together. Re-watch a favorite movie or choose a new one, or look for a documentary on a subject that interests your loved one. After watching, engage in a discussion about related topics.
  • Listen to music. Create a playlist of favorite music and listen to it together. Music is a great way to unlock memories. Ask your loved one to share memories associated with particular songs and enjoy reminiscing about the past.

For additional tips on ways to safely celebrate Father’s Day, and for information on how partnering with an experienced referred care provider from American, Advocate or Whitsyms In-Home Care can ensure the senior men in your life are regularly engaged in meaningful activities, reach out to us today. With a variety of in-home care services available, care providers can help with everything from companionship to specialized dementia care. Just a few of the ways we can help include:

  • Friendly companionship and engaging activities, such as playing games, cards, or favorite hobbies
  • Light housekeeping and laundry to keep the home environment clean and tidy
  • Personal care assistance including bathing, dressing and using the bathroom
  • Accompanied transportation to medical appointments, errands, or social outings
  • Nutritious, diet-specific meal planning and preparation
  • And so much more

As the trusted choice for senior in-home care in Florida for over 25 years, our family of brands is located throughout the state. To learn more, contact the location nearest you:

State of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661

Prevent Heat Stroke in Seniors with These Five Practical Tips

Prevent Heat Stroke in Seniors with These Five Practical Tips

Living in Florida, we’re accustomed to heat and humidity. Yet it’s important for seniors and the families who love them to stay vigilant to the dangers it can bring. Heat stroke in seniors is an extremely serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. The sooner it’s treated, the better the outcome. Left untreated, it can cause damage to the heart, brain, muscles, and kidneys, and even lead to death.

Florida’s most trusted referred care providers at American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care share the following tips to help older adults enjoy the summer and prevent heat stroke.

  • Know the signs. Watch for these symptoms of heat stroke: elevated body temperature, hot, dry, red, or moist skin, strong, rapid pulse, headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, and unconsciousness.
  • Know how to help. If you witness these signs in a senior, call 911 immediately, and cool the person down quickly by getting into an air-conditioned room or the shade, getting the senior into a cool shower or bath if possible, placing icepacks on the person’s neck, armpit, and groin areas, or sponging him/her off with cool water.
  • Ensure hydration. The sensation of thirst isn’t typically as strong in older adults, so frequently remind the older adults you love to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It helps to keep a small pitcher of cool water and a cup nearby at all times throughout the day.
  • Stay out of the heat. During the hottest part of the day, it’s best for older adults to stay indoors in air conditioning. Outings to air-conditioned venues like the library or shopping mall are a great way for seniors to safely stay active and engaged.
  • Be careful with fans. While the cool breeze of a fan may feel refreshing, fans can actually do more harm than good, especially for seniors. In fact, the CDC advises that fans should not be used in temperatures above 90 degrees, as fans can trick the body into believing it’s cooler than it actually is.

For more helpful tips to ensure older adults stay safe this summer, contact the Florida home care experts at American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care. We can refer a care professional to help older adults in a wide variety of ways, including:

  • Companionship for conversations, outings, exercise, and engaging activities
  • Healthy meals
  • Encouraging older adults to stay hydrated, and monitoring for any changes in condition
  • Household chores and laundry
  • And much more

You can reach us any time for assistance and to learn more about how we can help. Simply click on the link below to the location nearest you.

State of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661

Lower an Older Adult's Risk for Alzheimer's with These Five Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Seniors who make healthy lifestyle choices can lower their risk for Alzheimer’s.

It’s well known that a healthy lifestyle provides many benefits for older adults, but according to new research, healthy lifestyle choices have been shown to significantly lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. With the number of Americans being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s increasing, this new research, which identifies several healthy lifestyle factors, is an important step forward in understanding potential preventive measures that may help older adults.

In reviewing data from two longitudinal population studies, National Institute on Aging researchers identified five healthy lifestyle factors which have important long-term health benefits. Researchers found that study participants who followed four or five of the healthy lifestyle factors had a 60% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The five lifestyle factors identified in the study that when practiced in combination with one another impact long-term cognitive health and healthy aging are:

  1. Exercise. Strive for consistent, moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week. This equates to approximately 20 – 30 minutes of daily exercise, which can come from a combination of activities – walking, swimming, gardening, dancing, and more.
  2. Diet. A healthy diet brings a variety of benefits, not just for cognitive health, but for physical health, too. Researchers recommend the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet. This combines the Mediterranean diet -- fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, and other seafood, as well as unsaturated fats such as olive oils, and low amounts of red meat, eggs, and sweets with the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which is focused on reducing high blood pressure, a known risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Engagement in life. Maintaining engagement in life by participating in activities that keep the mind active is important for overall mental and physical wellness. This can include crossword puzzles, logic and math activities, learning and practicing a new language or instrument, reading and more.
  4. Light to moderate alcohol consumption. Limiting the use of alcohol is beneficial not just for reducing long-term Alzheimer’s risk, but also for physical and mental health. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to an increased risk of falls and can be used to mask symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  5. Stopping or not starting smoking. Research has shown that even in people who have smoked for decades, stopping smoking brings improved health. In addition to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, stopping smoking lowers a person’s risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer.

To help ensure senior loved ones are establishing and maintaining healthy lifestyle choices, Florida families have trusted the referred care provider experts at American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care since 1992. Referred care providers work with your loved one to help implement and encourage healthy lifestyle choices based upon personal preferences and needs. Services are designed to enhance independence and can include:

  • Friendly and engaging conversations about current and historic events
  • A companion to help encourage regular physician-approved exercise
  • Encouragement to engage in hobbies new and old to keep the mind sharp
  • Meal planning and preparation and companionship during mealtime
  • Light housekeeping and laundry to free up time for fun outings
  • Specialized memory care activities for older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • And much more

If you are interested in learning more about how in-home care services can help promote a healthy lifestyle, reach out to the location nearest you. We look forward to providing additional information and resources to help an older adult you love.

State of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661

Top Ways for Seniors to Maintain Bladder Health

Improve bladder health with these tips for seniors.

It’s the size of a pear, can hold up to two cups of fluid, and will let you know in no uncertain terms when it needs your attention. It also changes as we grow older, making it all the more important to take care of this vital organ.

The bladder is stretchy and elastic in our younger years, but toughens with aging. Bladder muscles also can weaken with age, which can lead to urinary problems that wreak havoc on a senior’s quality of life, such as:

  • Infections: UTIs (urinary tract infections), kidney infections, and bladder infections cause problems that range from pain or discomfort when urinating to permanent damage if left untreated.
  • Cancer: Bladder cancer occurs 90% of the time in seniors, affecting as many as 80,000 Americans each year. Risk factors include genetics, smoking and exposure to other chemicals, and insufficient fluid intake.
  • LUTS: LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms) include incontinence, leaking, frequent urge to urinate, and difficulty with expelling urine. These types of concerns are the result of any number of problems with the bladder itself or with the urethra or pelvic floor muscles.

Warning signs of bladder problems include:

  • Urinary incontinence or urine leaking
  • The urge to urinate more than eight times in a 24-hour period
  • Feeling an urgent and sudden need to urinate
  • Waking up throughout the night to urinate
  • Burning or pain experienced during urination, or before/after urinating
  • Discolored urine
  • Difficulty with fully emptying the bladder

Be sure to schedule a check-up for an older adult who is experiencing any of these symptoms.

While some bladder problems are not within a senior’s control, there are certain lifestyle changes that can be made to improve bladder health, such as:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight and BMI
  • Staying physically active
  • Quitting smoking and eliminating caffeine and alcohol from the diet
  • Reviewing medications with the doctor for any side effects that may cause bladder problems
  • Avoiding foods that can irritate the bladder, such as soda, citrus fruits, artificial sweeteners, and spicy foods

At American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care, our referred care providers are available to help seniors maintain bladder health through services such as:

  • Preparing healthy, bladder-friendly meals
  • Encouraging and motivating seniors to stay physically active
  • Offering transportation to medical appointments and procedures
  • Running errands, such as picking up prescription refills
  • And much more

Learn more about how an in-home care provider can improve health and wellbeing for the seniors in your life by clicking on the link below for the location nearest you.

Improve Cognitive Health for Older Adults with These Tips

With many people unable to spend time in person with older relatives and loved ones over the past year due to the pandemic, communication has needed to take place over the phone or via a video conferencing app. Maybe during these conversations you’ve picked up that Mom is occasionally confused by what day of the week it is, or perhaps she mentioned that she recently overlooked paying a monthly bill. Are these examples of forgetfulness something to be concerned about? Or are they a normal part of aging?

According to the National Institute on Aging, a certain level of periodic forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. Other examples of mild forgetfulness might include:

  • Misplacing things from time-to-time: keys, purse, glasses, cell phone, but being able to locate these items by retracing steps
  • Sometimes forgetting a word or someone’s name during the course of a conversation, but remembering it later
  • Making a bad decision once in awhile
  • Finding it more challenging to juggle multiple tasks
  • Occasionally making a mistake in family finances
  • Needing to concentrate harder to keep up with a conversation

For older adults, it’s important to remain physically active and mentally engaged in order to maintain cognitive function, things that have been especially challenging for older adults over the past year. The referred care provider experts at American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care offer tips to help seniors maintain cognitive health:

Maintain physical health: Taking care of physical health is a key component in maintaining cognitive health. This includes scheduling and keeping appointments for regular health screenings, managing chronic health conditions, limiting alcohol and tobacco use, and getting plenty of sleep.

Eat a well-balanced diet. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish and poultry, and eliminating or cutting down on processed foods that can be high in sodium, sugar and fat will benefit both physical and cognitive wellness. Additionally, choose healthy snacks, control portion sizes and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated.

Keep the mind active. Reading, completing word, logic or math puzzles, engaging in a hobby, learning a new language, or taking an online class are all ways in which seniors can improve cognitive health.

Exercise and move every day. Regular, physician-approved exercise not only helps seniors have more energy, increases strength and stamina and improves balance, but it can also improve mental health and prevent chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Engaging in a walk around the neighborhood, gardening, doing housework, or following along with an exercise video all help keep older adults moving.

Maintain social connections. Particularly in light of the social distancing guidelines put into place during the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to help seniors maintain social connections. Regular phone calls and video chats with close family and friends, and socially distanced in-person gatherings are vitally important for mental and cognitive health.

At American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care, our referred care providers are experts in helping Florida seniors maintain cognitive health by encouraging engagement in life, while also following health and safety protocols to keep older adults safe. Companion care services are customized to meet the unique needs of each client we serve and can include:

  • Friendly companionship and conversation
  • Engagement in favorite hobbies, playing board or card games, reading and discussing current events
  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals, with attention to dietary needs
  • Transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and errands
  • Light housekeeping and laundry services
  • Encouragement to participate in physician-approved exercise routines
  • And much more

Reach out today at a location near you to learn more about the difference we can make in the life of a senior you love.

State of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661

Keep Seniors Safe with These Medication Management Strategies

Medication management strategies

With more than 20,000 prescription medications available in the United States, it’s no wonder that so many older adults – 87% of them, in fact – are taking at least one prescription, and 36% are taking five, or even more. If you’re a family caregiver for a senior loved one, you know firsthand how challenging it can be to manage these medications and ensure they’re taken exactly as prescribed. Taken incorrectly, prescriptions that are meant to be helpful can instead be exceedingly harmful.

Reduce the chance of a mistake with these helpful medication management strategies from the trusted senior care experts at American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care.

To begin with, make sure you know as much as possible about each prescription. If you’re unsure of the correct dosage or potential side effects of a senior’s medications, ask the doctor or pharmacist for the following types of information:

  • The brand name as well as the generic name of the medication
  • Why the medicine has been prescribed, for what condition
  • How long the medication should be taken, for a specific length of time or ongoing
  • The proper dose and time of day the prescription should be taken
  • Any potential side effects or drug interactions to watch for
  • How the medication should be taken (for example, with food, on an empty stomach, with 8 oz. of water, etc.)

It’s also helpful to have the doctor periodically review the senior’s medication plan to confirm which meds are still necessary and which ones should perhaps be stopped.
Put together an updated list of all medications, including not just prescriptions, but also over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements that the senior is taking. The list should cover all of the information above, as well as:

  • The color, size, and shape of each medicine (with a picture if possible)
  • The prescribing doctor’s name and contact information
  • The date the senior began taking each medicine
  • Whether each medication needs to be refilled and/or taken continually
  • The date the list was updated last

At American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care, our referred care providers are always on hand to assist with:

  • Medication reminders to ensure seniors are taking each medication according to doctors’ orders
  • Transportation to medical appointments and tests
  • Help with organizing paperwork and taking notes so all doctor recommendations are understood and followed
  • Pick up prescriptions and refills
  • And more

Having the assistance of a care provider helps seniors get the most out of their medications, while enjoying a higher quality of life through a full range of additional services provided where it’s most comfortable and where adults have the most freedom – at home.
To learn more about our trusted Florida home care services, contact the location nearest you:

State of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661

Discover Ways to Overcome Pandemic Fatigue in Seniors

Pandemic fatigue in seniors can negatively impact physical and mental health.

A year into the pandemic and it’s natural to feel tired of the restrictions that COVID-19 has created. While it’s been scientifically proven that face coverings, quarantine, social distancing, and frequent handwashing all play critical roles in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the desire to have life resume to some sense of normalcy is a powerful one. For seniors, who have needed to be especially vigilant during the pandemic due to a higher risk for complications from COVID-19, the desire to have life back to normal is especially strong.
Because of the pandemic, older adults have been advised to scale back or eliminate in-person activities, forcing dramatic changes in day-to-day routines and a stop to many of the social activities that they once enjoyed. Visits with friends and family, travel, weekly card games or monthly book club, even something as simple as window shopping or going to a museum have been curbed due to the pandemic. For those activities that have continued, safety measures have moved them to virtual or in person at a distance, which isn’t quite the same.

Quarantine or pandemic fatigue in seniors is not uncommon and is a direct result of the exhaustion associated with the restrictive lifestyle that’s been implemented in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect people. Symptoms of pandemic fatigue include:

  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Feeling irritable, anxious, sad or tense
  • A decrease in or loss of motivation and a reduction in productivity
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Social isolation
  • And more

At American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care, we recognize that pandemic fatigue can manifest differently in each person. To help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in seniors, and to help maintain physical and mental health and wellness, we recommend the following tips:

Set and maintain a routine. When each day is virtually identical to the last, it can be challenging to stick to a routine. Make it a point to create a daily schedule with a specific time for waking, eating, participating in enjoyable activities, and sleeping. In doing so, it will be harder for the senior to spend the day sedentary.

Exercise daily. Daily exercise benefits both physical and mental health. Take advantage of our nearly perfect weather and enjoy a daily walk outside each morning. Or drive to a favorite park and meet a friend for a socially-distanced walk. Another great way to get some exercise and soak up vitamin D is to work in the garden, tending to flowers or vegetables.

Eat regular, nutritious meals. With so much time at home, it’s easy to fall into the habit of snacking or eating unhealthy foods. Prepare well-balanced, regular meals and snacks that include protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy grains.

Stay connected with family and friends. While quarantine may require seniors to remain socially distant, they do not need to be socially isolated. Maintain connections with family and friends through phone calls, letter writing, social media and video conferencing apps. Nearly everyone is struggling with the disruption the pandemic has caused. Having close family and friends with whom you can share your frustrations and longing for a return to normalcy is important.

Engage in prayer, meditation, or mindfulness. The non-stop information about the pandemic can be stressful and unsettling. Setting aside time each day in which to turn off the news, computer and other outside distractions is important. Use the time to relax and focus on the importance of maintaining physical and mental health and overall wellness.

Take up a hobby. Use the time at home to focus on picking up a skill or hobby that has fallen by the wayside, or learning something new. Access one of the many free apps to learn a new language or instrument, write down your memories about childhood or young adulthood, organize family photos, learn photography, investigate a topic or period in history that is interesting to you. The possibilities are endless.

Another great option to help seniors overcome pandemic fatigue, while still keeping safety top of mind, is to partner with the experienced referred care providers from American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care. As the trusted facilitator of in-home care services throughout Florida, we’ve been helping seniors lead active, engaged and purposeful lives since 1992.

Let us provide a senior you love with companionship to help reduce isolation and loneliness, and the personal care assistance needed to maintain independence. We offer access to a wide variety of services which can be customized to meet the unique needs of your loved one, such as:

  • Engaging activities, such as games, puzzles, exercise, hobbies/interests, etc.
  • Friendly companionship and conversation
  • Light housekeeping and laundry services
  • Personal care assistance, such as bathing, dressing and help using the bathroom
  • Preparing nutritious meals and cleaning up afterward
  • Transportation to appointments and social outings
  • Specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s or other chronic conditions
  • And much more

For more information about the ways in which our family of brands can help a senior you love, reach out to the office nearest you for more information:

Contact us today to learn more about how an experienced referred care provider can help a senior you love live life to the fullest.

State of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661

How Respite Care Services Benefit Seniors with Dementia and Their Family Caregivers

Respite care services are beneficial for family members to have a healthy life balance.

When someone you love has been diagnosed with dementia, it can be overwhelming. Questions need to be answered, decisions need to be made, and educational resources are crucial to understanding how the disease will progress, what to expect, and how to best help the senior.

While there’s a preconceived notion that nursing home care is inevitable for someone with dementia, there is actually a viable alternative in many cases: respite care from a referred care provider at American, Advocate or Whitsyms In-Home Care. Respite care services allow seniors to remain at home, where they’re most comfortable. And, they allow family caregivers the opportunity for regular breaks from providing care – something that is critical to their own health and wellbeing.

Here are just a few reasons that care at home for someone with dementia is preferred:

  • Routines are important for those with dementia, to help minimize confusion and disorientation. Respite care at home allows seniors to follow routines they are already accustomed to with the familiarity of family caregivers.
  • Respite care services are highly personalized according to each person’s specific needs and challenges. The referred care provider will follow the family caregiver’s lead, with the added benefit of being able to provide recommendations for creative solutions to the any difficulties or issues being faced.
  • Skilled dementia care providers understand how to ensure a calm, soothing environment for someone with dementia. They know, for instance, never to argue with someone with dementia or try to correct the person. They can also incorporate music, art, and other types of meaningful activities into each day to enhance quality of life.
  • Continuing to live at home alleviates a particular type of stress for someone with dementia known as transfer trauma. Transfer trauma in dementia is common, resulting from relocation and leading to a greater chance for the senior to wander and to feel anxious, isolated, and depressed.

The benefits of respite care services extend to family members as well. The stress associated with providing dementia care for a loved one can quickly lead to health concerns such as caregiver burnout and depression. These conditions can also negatively impact the senior who is receiving care.

Family members need to ensure plenty of time for their own self-care, for relaxing, enjoyable activities, to spend time with family members and friends, and to take care of other obligations. Respite care can be arranged on a regular, consistent basis – whether just a few hours once a week or every day, and even overnight.

At American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care, we’re pleased to refer care providers who can help through:

  • Companionship for conversations, reminiscing, and other meaningful activities to enhance cognitive functioning
  • Evaluation of overall health and wellbeing
  • Personal hygiene assistance such as showering/bathing, getting dressed and using the bathroom
  • Medication management
  • Meals and eating
  • And more

We’ve been the trusted choice for respite care services in Florida for decades, with a family of brands located throughout the state. To learn more, contact the location nearest you:

State of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661