Chemo side effects

How to Help Minimize Chemo Side Effects

Chemotherapy saves lives, and is utilized as treatment for as many as 650,000 Americans with cancer each year; but as helpful as this solution may be, it brings with it potential risks and sometimes unpleasant side effects. Hillendale Home Care, top providers of Contra Costa area home care services, outlines the most common chemo side effects, and recommendations to help make them more manageable. Read More...
Warning Signs that Care is Needed

Did You See These Warning Signs that Care Is Needed Over the Holidays?

It’s a new year with many new things to look forward to, but there may be some lingering thoughts nagging you from a recent visit with Mom and Dad over the holidays. Did Dad seem more forgetful than usual? Mom looked a little shaky on her feet. Read More...
Stress-Free Holidays

Family Caregivers, Give Yourselves the Gift of a Stress-Free Holiday

The holidays are always filled with presents, family, and about a million festivities and obligations. While this time of year can be fun, it’s rarely considered relaxing. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is often very stressful, especially when you combine caring for a loved one with the all the shopping, family gatherings and parties. Read More...
Lung Disease Facts

Lung Disease: Separate the Myths from the Facts

It’s estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that one type of lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), as a single cause of death, ranks as high as HIV/AIDS, following only coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and acute respiratory infection. Read More...
Types of California Home Care

Four Types of California Home Care That Enable Seniors to Age in Place

For the vast majority of older adults, the prospect of facing a move to an assisted living or nursing facility is difficult. It’s only natural to want to remain in the familiarity of home, where we can decide on our own when we want to wake up, when and what we want to eat, who we wish to spend our time with, etc. Read More...
Alzheimer's Caregiver

Stress and the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Some of the busiest people working today are Alzheimer’s caregivers, and not just because of their caregiving duties. Most Alzheimer’s caregivers work long hours at fulltime jobs, take the kids to afterschool activities, make a stop by the grocery store on the way home, and prepare dinner for the family on top of their caregiving responsibilities. Read More...
Family Caregiver Guilt

Help for the Family Caregiver Who Struggles with Guilt

Many of us feel as though we’re juggling a lot of balls in our everyday lives, but for the family caregiver, it can feel as though they’re juggling knives and flaming swords as well. It’s perfectly normal to experience feelings of guilt and of being overwhelmed when you’re responsible for providing care for a senior loved one, whether is an aging parent, a spouse, or another elderly relative. Read More...
Senior Life

Infusing Senior Life with Meaning and Purpose the Hillendale Home Care Way

Do a Google search for “activities for seniors” and you’re likely to come up with a variety of crafts, games, ideas for memory stimulation, and of course, the stereotypical bingo. What you won’t find, unless you really dig deeper, are more meaningful, philanthropic activities. Read More...
aging in place

Which Is Better: Aging in Place, or Assisted Living?

Each of us faces a number of critical crossroads in life, at which point the decisions we make will result in far-reaching effects. What career we choose. Who (or whether) to marry. Whether to have children or not. And as we grow older, another crucial decision has to be made: should we move into an assisted living environment to ensure we have whatever care is needed during our years of aging? Read More...
exercise at home

How Seniors Can Exercise at Home with Help from In-Home Caregivers

A body at rest remains at rest. If physical activity and exercise haven’t been an ongoing part of a senior’s daily routine, those ingrained habits must be overcome before everyday activity can become a part of that person’s life. With the help of a professional caregiver, like those at Hillendale Home Care, older adults can reap a number of benefits from getting exercise at home. Read More...