Category Archives: Home Care

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Hilarity for Charity Alzheimers Care Relief Grants

Alzheimer's family caregivers give so much of themselves to others, and often don't have the opportunity to take a break and rejuvenate. Home Instead Senior Care Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood is honored to have partnered with Hilarity for Charity to provide these wonderful caregivers around Beaverton the relief they need. Hilarity for Charity - Home Care Relief Grants

After being actively involved in the Alzheimer's community for the past several years, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen (along with some amazing friends) created Hilarity for Charity (HFC) in 2011.

Apply for a Relief Care Grant today!

The home care grants will be awarded across the United States and Canada. While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, there is care.

Please inquire to find out more about at-home CAREGiversSM available in OR. Let Home Instead Senior Care Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: (503) 747-4663.

Scams Pose Threat to Seniors at Home

Scams that impact Seniors and how Caregivers can help.

Incidents of scams targeting older adults present an enormous threat to seniors' security, financially and emotionally.Home Instead Summer Heat Article

Three crimes on the rise, from the National Association of Triads, include:

  • Health care fraud such as Medicare/Medicaid scams and medication theft – The major tactic is the misuse of a medical card.  
  • Identity theft – A scammer can do an amazing amount of damage with the last four digits of a Social Security number, so it’s important to check a senior’s credit often. 
  • Financial exploitation tricks – Among them is the grandparent phone scam in which a senior gives up money to a criminal claiming to be a relative in urgent need of money.

Learn how Home Instead Senior Care Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood can help protect at home seniors.

Source: http://www.caregiverstress.com/senior-safety/con-cheat-seniors/crimeincreaseus/.

The 2011 AARP Foundation National Fraud Victim Study revealed that only 25 percent of people older than 50 reported to an authority they had fallen for a scam. Whether or not a scam is averted, sometimes the senior may still suffer:

  • Physical and emotional impact. Seniors may recuperate more slowly, and life-threatening illnesses can occur.
  • Inability to recover financially. 
  • Loss of independence. 
  • Diminished quality of life because a decision may drive victims to become reclusive, embarrassed and distressed. 
  • Vicarious victimization. A senior has not been a victim, but he or she fears being one.

Please inquire to find out more about at-home CAREGiversSM available in OR. Let Home Instead Senior Care Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: (503) 747-4663.

Seniors facing summer heat: safety and concerns.

The summer is the perfect time for going out with friends, cooking out at the beach, and spending time with family. However, with age comes new obstacles. The summer heat can be a major obstacle many seniors face, yet are unaware of. A beautiful clear sky on a sunny afternoon in Beaverton should never be the reason one must stay indoors. Our team here at Home Instead Senior Care® knows the dangers that seniors face, and that is why we have made it our mission to provide numerous ways to help prevent them. Home Instead Summer Heat Article One major reason why seniors fall victim to the summer heat is because the effects are neither instant nor easily recognizable. Due to the decreased ability for the body to cool down in extreme temperatures, the risk is much higher for a heat stroke and even kidney failure. In cities along the coast, humidity is exponentially greater than that of surrounding states. This poses an even greater threat for dehydration and overheating for seniors. Heat-related illnesses cause nearly 700 deaths in the U.S. Out of that 700, the concentration is primarily individuals above the age of 65. Though this all may seem a bit overwhelming, there are numerous ways to beat the summer heat that are quick and easy!

Tips & Activities that can help seniors maintain and improve their physical health:

"Home Instead Senior Care advised my Papa and Nana to take their walks together early in the morning for sunrise, and save their gardening for the late afternoon to avoid the heat. Nana can't stand the scorching temperatures in the middle of the day during the summer!" -Grandson Elijah from Tampa, Florida.

Please inquire to find out more about at-home CAREGiversSM available in OR. Let Home Instead Senior Care Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: (503) 747-4663.

Sunday Dinner Pledge

Home Instead Senior Care® is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. Check out our Sunday Dinner Pledge for our Beaverton families and across the country.

Sunday Dinner PledgeThe reason? Powerful new research shows that 50 percent of families living near senior relatives believe they do not share enough meals with these older loved ones, losing an important family connection.  Our home care team in Beaverton is committed to help families across the country bring back Sunday dinner, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Food Network celebrity Chef Melissa d’Arabian to highlight the importance of regular family dinners. In addition, a dietitian for the Home Instead Senior Care network has developed easy, nutritious recipes and healthy food plans.

Other resources include tips for how to involve seniors in meal planning and preparation, pre- and post-dinner activities and suggestions for senior friendly meal planning at home or away.

Please inquire to find out more about at home caregivers available in OR. Let Home Instead Senior Care Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: (503) 747-4663

Most people agree that planning a weekly Sunday dinner with the family is a great goal. But after a busy week at work and home, preparing a family dinner could be daunting. You could start with a monthly dinner, then move towards a weekly Sunday dinner.  The key is to get started and have dinner together again. 

Do you care for someone with diabetes?

Diabetes Super Foods10 Diabetes Superfoods Seniors Can Say “Yes!” To

Seniors who receive a diagnosis of diabetes may feel they have to give up all the foods they love. That’s not entirely true. Sure, they may have to say no to ice cream and white bread, but you can help the senior you care for adapt by offering new choices that will satisfy his or her desire for sweets and starches while keeping blood sugar levels stable.

Say yes to these 10 choices the American Diabetes Association calls “diabetes superfoods”.

Changing one’s eating habits can be very challenging, especially for elderly loved ones. Instead of telling them what they can’t eat, help your senior with diabetes overcome dietary challenges by suggesting foods they can say ‘yes’ to every day.

Could your loved one benefit from the services of a bank trust officer?

Learn how your loved one can benefit from the services and peace of mind from utilizing a bank trust officer in Beaverton? Bank Trust Officer

Trust officers can play an important role in managing the care of older adults. Caregiving organizations such as your local Home Instead Senior Care® office often work with these professionals to help ensure that older adults are getting the care they need.

Bank trust officers often serve as custodians for a senior adult’s finances. They typically are experts in dealing with estate planning issues. 

Learn more about this valuable resource, that’s as close as your local bank in Beaverton.

Contact us for guidance in finding and interacting with a Trust Officer:

503-747-4663

 

The weather is finally getting warm

Activities that can help seniors maintain and improve their physical health.

Below are a few ideas for an active body.

Encourage your older adult to try walking from one end of the house to another or, if they're up to it and the weather is nice, take a jaunt around the block, through the mall or to the gym!  Spring is here, Summer is around the corner – let's get outside and active.

What do you think about seniors getting roommates to combat loneliness?

What do you think about seniors getting roommates to combat loneliness?

After her husband's death, Leona in Beaverton wants a roommate.
Her children think it's dangerous.

Mary offers her some advice: http://youtu.be/P6ikN3aWirg

For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood at (503) 747-4663 or Ask us a question about Senior Home Care in Beaverton.

Do you have too much on your plate? It is easy to get overwhelmed

Do you have too much on your plate?

It is easy to get overwhelmed; especially as a caregiver. Cat Koehler offers a great perspective on managing your daunting list.

Tell us what you’re putting on your Things I Want to Do list!

  • Things I Must Do:
  • Things I Want to Do:
  • Things People Expect Me to Do:
  • Things I Think People Expect Me to Do:

If these four lists are out of balance, life gets, well, out of balance. I can always tell when I need to reevaluate my list.

What do you need to balance?

 

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Seniors around Beaverton

Christmas, New Year`s, Valentines Day, Birthdays – What do you get for someone who has everything? Or wants nothing? That is often the dilemma during the holidays with older adults. Check out these Top 10 Gift Ideas for Seniors around Beaverton, OR.

Senior Care Tough Talks: Beaverton, OR Truthfully, seniors can seem content with very little, which could make holiday gift-giving a challenge. You can shop locally in Beaverton or online as well.

Here are some ideas that may surprise, and please, the older adult on your list:

  1. A collection of herbal teas. Teas can be festive and soothing, particularly during the winter months. Why not collect a variety of types of herbal teas, wrap them in red cellophane, place them in a festive basket and tie them with a bow or ribbon.
  2. A night light. Falls are among the biggest risks that seniors face. That`s why night lights can be the perfect gift. Even if an older loved one already has a night light, he or she can`t have too many! Offer to place them in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways.
  3. Large print playing cards, puzzles or books. Older adults can still enjoy doing many of the things they`ve always loved if they`re easier to see. Check out your favorite discount store or order online for large-print gifts.
  4. Flashlight. Consider what a lifesaver a flashlight could be if the lights go out at your senior`s home. Or think how a flashlight could be a safety benefit on his or her night stand.
  5. Homemade treats. Homemade goodies can take older adults back to their own holiday gatherings. Make sure you`re baking something sugar free if your senior is diabetic.
  6. New socks. Let`s face it – everyone needs new socks. Just for the occasion, pick out a festive holiday pair that will make your older loved one smile.
  7. Photo album. Maybe you`ve had a wedding in the family this year. Or perhaps there has been the birth of a baby or another special occasion. Could be you have been going through old boxes and have run across a variety of old family photos. What a special gift to present to your senior loved one this holiday season.
  8. Restaurant gift cards. Most older adults, if they can, love eating out! Why not give a gift certificate to their favorite restauran around Beaverton.
  9. Lotion. What better treat for any older adult – man or woman – than to give a good quality lotion. Dry skin can be a problem year round, so a nice lotion is a gift that will remain popular with your senior year-round.
  10. Companionship. Sometimes the best thing you can give an older adult is the gift of your time. Seniors – particularly those who can no longer get out – yearn for visitors and the opportunity to hear what is going on in your life and share memories of the past.

Many other gift ideas could delight your older adult, along with the additional companionship of a Home Instead CAREGiverSM.
Contact your local Home Instead Senior Care® office today to learn how a Home Instead CAREGiver of Beaverton could help your senior loved one.
CAREGivers not only provide companionship, they can help around the house, or accompany older adults on their favorite outings, during the holidays and throughout the year!

For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood at (503) 747-4663 or Ask us a question about Senior Home Care in Beaverton.