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Mother’s Day, Take Care of Your Mom

Mother’s Day is a Special Day for CAREGivers!

The rush of emotions flows in every direction on Mother’s Day for many Home Instead CAREGivers®, their clients and their families.

Oftentimes, there’s a mom taking care of a mom, grandmother or even great-grandmother on the special Sunday that was first celebrated in the United States in 1907 by Anna Jarvis, who then campaigned to make it an official holiday.

An award-winning CAREGiver, the mother of four children who is from West Texas, had some pithy Mother’s Day observations: “Personally,” the CAREGiver said, “if I’m going to get anything on Mother’s Day, I prefer something small and meaningful. The cards my children made for me are the best gifts ever! So with that in mind, I think acknowledging the fact that my client is a wonderful mother with something small and meaningful on Mother’s Day is perfect.” Home Care for Mom: Mendota Heights, MN

“I want her to know that it is apparent by the love her children and grandchildren have for her that she is a fabulous mom and grandmother. A handwritten card and simply flowers I’m sure will put a smile on her face. And that is what the day should be about – happiness and the joy of being a mom!”

The 34-year-old CAREGiver, who may not have to work on Mother’s Day because her client’s adult children live within a reasonable driving distance of their widowed mom, added: “As a mom, I do like to be acknowledged for being a mom. I’m sure most moms take a lot of pride in their job as a mom no matter how old their children get.”

Another mom, who also is an award-winning CAREGiver in the Mendota Heights area, has scheduled Mother’s Day as a vacation day because her client’s adult children will take charge that day. But the CAREGiver may be using her Mother’s Day as a rest day because of all the activities in which she’ll participate with her client on the Saturday before the holiday.

“On that day before,” the CAREGiver said, “I’ll help with a Mother’s Day party that honors my client as her family gathers. We could have as many as 40 people, and we’ll do it up right and meet at a restaurant and do a lot of other things.”

The CAREGiver added: “Then the family will all turn around and come back again and honor her eight days later for her 89th birthday, and I will be a part of that as well. We may get some square dancing in somewhere among all of this because that’s what she loved to do before she suffered a major stroke and was confined to a wheelchair three years ago.”

Mother’s Day also can be the source of emotional pain. One CAREGiver pointed out that one of her client’s adult children passed away not long ago. So compassion and tissues will be available in abundant supply. Another client, whose memory comes and goes because of a stroke, often calls out and searches for her deceased husband. Taking Care of Mom: Mendota Heights, MN

Of course, all the emotions that spring forth from Mother’s Day don’t affect just women.

A CAREGiver of the Month for a franchise in the Mendota Heights area, has a widower as a client and provides emotional support when he tries to resurrect memories of his wife. “The client knows she is gone,” the CAREGiver said, “but he talks about her and misses her. He asks me, ‘Do you remember her?’ How could I forget? I was with him, his dear wife and their family when she passed. I let him talk it out, and he seems to feel better.”

If you are a mother or grandmother, we hope your day is special.

For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs at (651) 747-8722 or Ask us a question about Senior Home Care.

Non-Medical Home Health Care Services for Elderly in Need of Care

It’s no secret that seniors are most comfortable and thrive when they can safely remain in their homes. Non-medical home health care services often can help keep many seniors out of assisted living and nursing communities, sometimes saving seniors and their families thousands of dollars.

Mendota Heights Home Instead Senior Care® has the highest of standards for non-medical home health care in which dedicated CAREGiversSM embrace the challenge of providing the kind of care and companionship that helps enrich seniors’ lives. Non-medical, home health care

The peace of mind in knowing that Mom or Dad is safe and receiving non-medical home health care can make all the difference for their families. It is important to have realistic expectations for what services can be safely provided. We will discuss all options with you and your family to determine the best solution for your loved one and map a consistent strategy for non-medical home health care services.

Many people are surprised to learn that for a comparable price, they are able to receive home care services for what some emergency medical service providers charge for a monitoring or alert system.

Services of a superior non-medical home health care provider:

• Medication reminders
• Hospital post-discharge home care
• Transportation for appointments, other outings
• Grocery shopping, meal preparation, errands
• Household management, light housekeeping
• Dementia and Alzheimer’s care
• Respite care
• Companionship and socialization

When are non-medical home health care services right for your family?

Our Mendota Heights Home Instead Senior Care® office can help with non-medical home care services such as meal preparation, shopping, transportation, companionship and medication reminders. These are many of the tasks that you probably are having trouble fitting into your schedule. What’s even better is that Home Instead CAREGivers are often seniors who can relate to the interests and lifestyles of your loved ones.

When a senior loved one has dementia, the familiarity of home and the same set of CAREGivers can be a much better environment than having Mom or Dad try to navigate a nursing home or assisted living facility.  CAREGivers are trained in the Home Instead network’s groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world-class curriculum is also available free to family caregivers online or through many local Home Instead Senior Care offices.

Non-medical and medical home health care often work hand-in-hand. A strategy, determined by the care team, family and senior loved one, includes a set schedule and task management to help provide a more enjoyable and much safer home environment.

Non-medical home health care services offered by Home Instead vary by location and staff. CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured.  Depending on the franchise, they can be hired for as little as a few hours a day and up to 24/7. At Home Instead of Mendota Heights, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality non-medical home care services that enhance the lives of seniors.

Please inquire to find out more about non-medical at-home CAREGivers available in MN. Let Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: (651) 747-8722.

Non-Medical Caregivers Provide Multi-Generational Help for Mom or Dad

Non-medical caregivers are bringing back the extended family in urban America.

non-medical caregiversIn other cultures, such as Japan, many elderly parents still live with their children. It used to be this way in America. Remember the TV program The Waltons? The entire extended family worked a plot of land together and all lived in a large farm house. Some of you may even remember living with grandparents as part of the family or have shared experiences with relatives or friends who still live this way.
As urban areas and suburbs developed, the small farm and family business landscape was replaced with single family homes, condos, apartments and generally smaller homes.  With the husband and wife in many families both working full time jobs, there isn’t someone at home to help an elderly parent with daily tasks, meals, shopping, appointments and errands.

Reliable at home care providers can help when adult children, siblings, aunts, uncles and relatives are not consistently available to help provide in home care.

Thanks to non-medical caregivers this type of lifestyle is seeing a comeback in a unique way.

If your elderly parent needs a trusted helping hand consider non-medical home care centers in Mendota Heights for providing senior services to help take care of Mom or Dad in the comfort and familiar environment of your own home.

non-medical caregiversMost families don’t live in a house or have a situation where multi-generational living on a large scale can work. This is where part time non-medical senior care assistance can really help your family.

The focus of non-medical in home care around Mendota Heights is to provide safe and affordable assistance with activities such as meal preparation, cooking breakfast, and medication reminders. On a cold day Mom or Dad just need that extra helping hand to get them going on their routine and this where the convenience of non-medical care can really shine. A reputable non-medical caregiving company can help meet the needs of most seniors with daily living tasks.

If your living space accommodates Mom or Dad, then many times all you need is the extended family style of assistance that these types of services can provide. Knowing you have someone you can trust to come into your home and help Mom or Dad to enjoy life in the safety and comfort of home is a great relief.

Please inquire to find out more about non-medical at home caregivers available in MN. Let Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: (651) 747-8722

Companionship for Seniors – Fall Season Tips

Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs recommends fall season tips to enjoy outdoor time with seniors.

Here are some senior care companionship ideas that many people find simply delightful about the fall season.
Autumn is a special time of year with many colorful opportunities to get out and enjoy natures bounty. From a walk in the park, or even sitting by a lake that reflects the trees in all their glory.

Companionship for Seniors – Fall Season Tips – Enjoy the outdoors

The weather is cooler but you should still take care to bring plenty of water and snacks, as well as suitable clothing and backups of clothes and supplies in case of a rapid weather change.

If the person you care for is unable to travel far consider doing an activity together that can help them remember positive memories from the past. This might be as simple as listening to music, or baking a pumpkin pie. If possible, open as many windows and doors in the house, so you can enjoy a refreshing cool breeze.

bake a pumpkin pie with a senior

When making snacking decisions try to balance in tasty treats in smaller portions along with important fruits and vegetables only available this time of year. Beyond Pumpkin Pie a quick Google search will reveal many pumpkin based treats that are easy to make from cookies, to coffee or even ice cream. In addition squash, casseroles or chili for cooler evenings are easy to prepare and enjoy together.

See if you can find a pumpkin patch or orchard around Mendota Heights for a quality outing. When it comes to crafts, fall could very well be the best time of all! Everything from sewing, quilting, knitting and more are perfect fall activities. Leaf collecting or bird watching are at peak of season as well.

Few places beyond a view of a lake or stream present better opportunities to enjoy the simplicity and beauty of nature around Mendota Heights. If your loved one needs companionship in their home, please contact us for a consultation to see how our care team can help.

Enjoy life

We hope these ideas help inspire you to enjoy the many happy opportunities that fall presents a CAREgiver and the special seniors in their lives – ENJOY!

Let Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: (651) 747-8722

September is World Alzheimer’s Care Month

Globally, over 35 million people and their families are affected by various dementias, especially Alzheimers. Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs will help your family adjust with these changes.

Alzheimer’s disease is more than just forgetfulness and confusion. Read more about symptoms and simple steps you can start taking now: Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care services. Learn what trained caregivers can do at different stages to cope with daily challenges, improve safety and quality of life.

Alzheimer’s Care, a global healthcare concern.

Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs provides experienced caregivers to help your loved one and family members. Whether it’s preparing meals, running errands around Mendota Heights, or simply being a companion, our Home Instead CAREGiverssm are there to help. With a little assistance, you will be a much happier person and capable of better care. Alzheimers Care at home

As the world population ages, more people are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementias. You may be dealing with a whole range of emotions and concerns, such as anger, grief, and shock. Adjusting to this new reality is not easy and it changes way to quickly. It’s important to reach out for quality help. The more support you and your family have, the better you will be able to help your loved one. One critical question is: Where will your loved one live? Their home is the most familiar and can help them cope better as their short term memory starts to fade. Home Instead will help where ever your loved one lives.

Reach out to trusted friends, family members, and research experienced Alzheimer’s Care services available through the Mendota Heights community. Alzheimer’s Care is good for all parties concerned, so call our team to get support for your loved one.

Let Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: (651) 747-8722

At Home Respite Care – A Lesson Learned

Respite care provides an opportunity for self-expression, relaxation, and rejuvenation. This dramatically helps both seniors and their caregivers.

In the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill, one of the main takeaways from the book is that an individual with desire, faith and persistence can reach great heights by eliminating negative energy and thoughts and focusing on the greater goals in hand. This principal is easily learned by anyone who has taken advantage of respite care services.

Respite Care, a lesson learned.

Most people don’t ask for help when caring for a loved one at home, but the fact is that many successful people in the world have stated that only by gathering a team of skilled people were they able to achieve significant success. Don’t feel guilty or ashamed to ask for respite care to help take care of a parent. Cars go in for tune ups, race cars go in for pit stops, boxers sit down between rounds, sports games have innings, and quarters, so why is it odd for a person who is working full time, caring for themselves, their finances, their family and households to need a break? It is actually a disadvantage to both the caregiver and receiver of care to not have the primary care giver take respite breaks. Only robots work all the time and even machines get routine!

Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs provides a regular break for the caregiver to do what they need to do, and this is not selfish at all. Whether it’s singing, antique shopping around Mendota Heights or bird watching, life is to be enjoyed and it’s important to take time to do the things you enjoy. The fact is, you will be a much happier person and capable of better care.At Home Respite Care

Often times someone taking a respite care break can provide an opportunity to step out of the routine and reflect on things that can actually help improve the entire care giving relationship. It’s like thinking outside the box. Individuals providing care stick to schedules because they have to, there is only so much time in a day, so a short break out of the routine can be relaxing and enlightening.

It starts by reaching out to trusted friends and family members and then by researching established respite care services available through the Mendota Heights community. The most important thing is understanding that respite care is good for all parties concerned, and an important part of providing at home care, so make that call to get the important respite care relief you need and deserve. Let Home Instead Senior Care St. Paul, Southern Suburbs help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: (651) 747-8722

Respite Care Help

Respite Care The role you’ve taken as a family caregiver is an important one. Your loved one and other family members depend on you.
As the primary caregiver, not only do you deserve an occasional break, but also it’s really necessary so you can recharge your physical, spiritual and emotional batteries. It’s critical that you take the time to care for yourself — and Home Instead of Mendota Heights would love to help you and your loved one.

Respite Care Mendota Heights, MN: Tailored to Meet Your Needs

Home Instead Senior Care® of Mendota Heights can provide respite care daily, weekly or as needed. We are happy to arrange care for just a few hours, overnight or 24-hour care while you’re away.

Visit our seniors home care main website: Seniors Home Care Mendota Heights, MN

Senior Home Care Services

Seniors Home Care Help

Home Instead Senior Care® of Mendota Heights allows seniors to remain safely in the comfort of their home, as well as to support the family and friends who love them.
With relationship expertise and family experience, we address your concerns and provide the non-medical services your senior needs, including assistance with groceries, errands, and household chores, companionship while you’re at work, and simple reminders to take medications.

There’s No Place Like Your Home.

Our compassionate CAREGiversSM enable you to enjoy your time with your loved one and provide peace of mind when you’re away.

Visit our seniors home care main website: Seniors Home Care Mendota Heights, MN