Is It Time for Home Care Assistance for Your Senior?

How do you know when your dad can’t take care of his home or himself properly? What are the signs you should be looking for? Here are the best ways to tell if it’s time for home care assistance services.

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We can help you with 24 Hour Home Care

At certain stages or periods of life, some seniors cannot be left alone. This situation may be short lived or long term. Persons with dementia who may engage in unsafe behaviors are often the ones requiring full time monitoring. Patients recovering from serious medical conditions, such as hip injuries and lower extremity injuries which prevents full ambulation, sometimes need around the clock help at first when they get home. Sometimes physicians require a discharge plan that provides for 24 hour coverage for a period of time.

Families and other caregivers trying to meet the needs of such seniors requiring 24 hour care often simply cannot be there due to the demands of their own work and personal lives. Sometimes they need to just get away for respite from the highly demanding work of being a primary caregiver. Touching Hearts can be there some or all of the time when family members and other caregivers are not available.

Full range of services including:

*housekeeping
*meal preparation
*laundry
*safety monitoring
*standby assistance
*reminders
*shopping

Results:

*Meets some discharge plan requirements
*Normal household and personal routines are maintained
*Health risk reduction
*Safe, clean home environment
*Respite for family members and other caregivers
*Socialization for home bound seniors

We are HIRING – A great place to work!!

Watch this video and hear from some of our wonderful Care Partners on why they LOVE working at Touching Hearts at Home. If you are looking for meaningful work and have a passion to help older adults please apply today! Hiring for Monroe, Wayne & Ontario Counties www.touchingheartsny.com/job-seekers

GRAPE GALA – CHEERS TO 30 YEARS!

We were so excited to attend the GRAPE – Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly’s 30th year Gala Dinner at the Lodge of Woodcliff. Was a great celebration!! . Pictured here are Touching Hearts at Home Community Relations Manager – Annette Ziegler, Client Care Coordinator – Mary Walker and President of Together In Caring – Kathy Jacobs.

Find Out More About Strokes Today

If you are a family caregiver for your elderly loved one, it would be a good idea to learn about strokes, as these are one of the most common health issues to affect senior citizens. Strokes are a dangerous, sometimes fatal medical condition that cut off blood supply to the person’s brain. Two of the main reasons why this happens are blood clots and heart conditions. Every stroke is different, but they all share one common denominator – they are all medical emergencies. So, you must act FAST.

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Care Partner of The Month – May 2022 – Sapphire Buckner

Congratulations to Sapphire Buckner, our Care Partner of the Month for May 2022. Sapphire enjoys helping people do the things they thought no longer possible, making sure they maintain as much independence as possible. She enjoys spending time with her kids and currently is enjoying planning her wedding. Sapphire exemplifies our CORE values, Compassion, Communication, Commitment and Consideration. We are so proud to have Sapphire on the Touching Hearts Team!

 

Your Referrals Help us Bloom!

Many times people tell us that they chose Touching Hearts because a friend of theirs used our services for their loved ones. We are thankful for all the referrals from our past and current families that use our services. We also appreciate all of the referrals from our local referral sources that rely on us when their patients or residents need some extra services.

We would love the opportunity to provide home care from the heart for your friends and neighbors. Please call Touching Hearts at Home 585-271-7390 for more information or to set up a free no obligation home visit.

4 Ways Seniors Can Stay Cool At Home This Summer

Summers are getting hotter, and that can mean trouble for seniors who are aging at home. Older homes may not be as ready to handle the heat as newer homes and seniors can get overheated pretty easily. Prolonged exposure to high heat can exacerbate existing health conditions. It can also increase the risk of heat-related conditions like heatstroke and dehydration. Senior home care can help your elderly parent adapt to daily weather conditions by choosing the right clothing and staying hydrated. In addition, try these updates to your senior’s home to help maintain a comfortable temperature:

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Meal Planning and Preparation

The food we eat and the way we take our meals is highly personal. Healthy aging requires that we eat and drink not only for our physical health, but for our emotional well-being. Senior companions can help with meal planning and preparation to meet the unique needs of each elder we serve.

Many older adults experience a decline in nutrition and hydration for a variety of reasons: dementia (forgetting to eat or drink and to plan meals); physical restrictions making cooking taxing; eating being uncomfortable due to medical conditions; lack of desire to eat due to loneliness; eating convenient foods that are not healthy; dietary restrictions; and inability to shop regularly for fresh food. Poor nutrition and lack of hydration lead to mental, physical and emotional problems that are tough to correct. Poor nutrition and hydration sometimes lead to acute medical care.

Touching Hearts senior Care Partners can plan and prepare the kind of healthy, tasty, fresh meals that our clients will enjoy. We can prepare their favorite foods and serve them they way they like it. We can also provide the social component of meals that will increase the likelihood that our clients will partake of proper nutrition and liquids. We can even help keep track of eating and drinking habits when that is important, and report when unhealthy patterns are occurring.

Activities:
*Meal planning, preparation and clean-up
*Monitoring diet and eating
*Record and arrange recipes
*Grocery shopping
*Monitor food expirations
*Eating together as a form of encouragement

Results:
*Better nutrition, hydration, overall health
*Enjoyment of meals again
*Avoiding unsafe foods
*Reduced risk related to cooking (e.g. leaving the stove on, falling in the kitchen)

Call us at 585-271-7390 for more information on how we can help your loved one with meal preparation #healthyeating #mealpreparation #aginginplace #companioncare

Care Partner of the Month April 2022 – Alicia Feeley

Join us in congratulating Alicia Feeley, our Care Partner of the month for April 2022. Alicia is known for her caring heart and exemplifies our CORE values, Compassion, Communication, Commitment and Consideration. We are so proud to have Alicia on the Touching Hearts Team!