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...
Senior woman with towel on her hair

Simple Tips to Make Elderly Personal Care in the Bathroom Safer

How could something that’s so comforting and relaxing, like a nice, warm bath, be one of the greatest dangers to seniors? The truth is, combining slick surfaces, slippery shampoo and very warm water creates the perfect storm for a fall danger – one of the most severe risks to older people. Read More...
Spa setting with towels in bath room

Wash Away Bathroom Anxiety for Seniors — Make Bathing Enjoyable

What feels better than sinking into a warm, relaxing bath at the conclusion of a lengthy, frantic day? While a lot of us relish the wonderful comfort that a bath brings, for seniors, especially those struggling with the challenges of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, this time in the bathroom can be filled with anxiety. Read More...
Home Care Walnut Creek CA

Better than a Diet: Best New Year’s Resolutions for Family Caregivers

New Year’s resolutions: we love to make them, and can’t help but break them. Perhaps you’ve been motivated to eat better, lose those stubborn ten pounds, quit a bad habit, or exercise more regularly; but life has a way of disrupting our best intentions, and this is especially true for those acting as family caregivers for an elderly loved one. Read More...
Caregivers Guilt

How to Manage One of the Most Common Struggles Faced by Family Caregivers: Guilt

Most of us are juggling a number of tasks at any given time, and for caregivers, it often feels like they’re juggling knives and flaming swords on top of it. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed and guilty when you’re responsible for caring for a loved one, whether that person is your spouse or your parent. Read More...

How to Diffuse Dementia Care Battles

Helping another person with personal care needs, such as bathing, dressing and assistance with using the bathroom, can be uncomfortable for all involved. It’s hard to put modesty aside, and feelings of vulnerability can come into play. And at times, older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, can become overly distressed while receiving help with these necessary tasks, to the point that it may result in a battle of wills. Read More...

Avoid Senior Care Emergencies with These Family Caregiver Tips

In a recent blog post, our senior care experts shared some tips on how to talk to senior loved ones about home care services, but what if the need for care comes on quickly? Oftentimes, families are tempted to ignore the red flags of care needs, finding it simpler to justify warning signs than to face them head on. Read More...

How To Talk to Senior Loved Ones About Walnut Creek Home Care

Life is full of difficult conversations, and talking to a senior loved one about his need for home care services can certainly be one of them. It is difficult for many older adults to accept the idea of needing help or losing freedoms, and occasionally they can shut down and refuse to discuss it. Read More...