The Art of Balancing Providing Help with Maintaining Independence for Seniors

Help preserve a senior’s sense of purpose by allowing him or her some independence

“Here, I can help you with that.”

“Be careful!”

“You can just sit here and rest; I’ll handle that.”

How often have we said things along the lines of these to seniors, with the best intentions of course? We want to do everything we can when caring for older adults to ensure they are safe and to take care of them in the same way they took care of us when we were younger. Yet, there’s a concealed threat in trying to do too much for seniors and depriving them of the opportunity to do as much as possible for themselves – the danger of harming independence for seniors and a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Take, for instance, an older gentleman who devoted his entire life to providing for his family, and just recently has been diagnosed with the initial stages of dementia. Given that he has always identified himself as a provider, becoming reliant on someone else to provide for him can be really tough and even feel demeaning. It’s crucial to help him uphold the sense of being needed by others, and there are a variety of tactics to achieve just that. Try these tips from Endeavor In-Home Care, the top providers of senior home care in Chandler, AZ and the surrounding areas:

  • Obtain guidance. Being granted the opportunity to share insight and wisdom is a great boost to an older adult’s self-esteem, and there is definitely a lot we can learn from older adults. Come up with little ways through the day to ask the older person’s guidance on how to make a perfect batch of biscuits, how to stop the draft from coming in under the back door, how to soothe a cranky baby, etc.
  • Seek hands-on support. As in-home caregivers, it’s our responsibility to support older individuals with assorted needs, but we also understand the value of allowing seniors the opportunity to perform helpful responsibilities too. It doesn’t have to be a massive task to maintain the sense of being needed. Be aware of the senior’s cognitive and physical limitations, and request his/her help appropriately. For example, a senior who is in a wheelchair can sit at the table and help with cooking and baking related tasks, polish silverware, or sort nuts and bolts in a toolbox.
  • Vocally show your respect. While you may presume the older person knows how you feel, it’s a wonderful feeling to be told how much we mean to one another. Take time to mention particular ways the senior has aided you in some manner and how much you appreciate that help, from learning to drive a car, to parenting techniques, to the ability to draw or paint or carve wood. Be honest in your compliments, and say them frequently, from your heart.

A skilled in-home caregiver, such as those at Endeavor In-Home Care, is proficient in sustaining the delicate balance between caring for older adults and boosting their sense of purpose and meaning. Contact us to learn more about our home care services, find out if our services are available in your area, or to request a complimentary in-home evaluation for your senior loved one.

Tips to Brighten Everyone’s Day When Caring for Elderly Parents

Let our Phoenix area home care team help improve quality of life for a senior loved one in your life.

Millions of Americans have found themselves in the role of providing senior care for an older loved one, and although serving as a family caregiver is incredibly rewarding in many ways, the day-to-day duties involved with senior care can come to be monotonous for both the caregiver and the older adult. The Phoenix home care experts at Endeavor In-Home Care want to assist you in putting the fun back in your loved one’s day-to-day routine. All it takes is a bit of ingenuity! Try some of these suggestions to help brighten your loved one’s day and make caring for elderly parents more enjoyable: Read more

How Personalized Activities for Seniors Increase Quality of Life

Call on Endeavor for personalized care & customized activities for a senior loved one in your life.

Is a senior loved one participating in activities on a regular basis, or is she stuck in a rut that commonly is comprised of watching television, eating, and sleeping? Particularly during this time of quarantining and isolation, it can be challenging to maintain an active and involved way of living – but it’s vitally important for the health and quality of life of older adults. Read more

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Long Distance Caregiver Tips: How to Help Older Parents Remain Safe and Independent

Living at a distance from older loved ones can make the need for home care easier to miss. As a matter of fact, many adult children of aging parents never even realize that Mom and Dad need help until they return home for a visit or spend extended time together over the holiday season. If you’re a long distance caregiver for a senior loved one, it becomes that much more essential to have a plan in place for emergency situations and care.

The Mesa senior home care experts at Endeavor In-Home Care have developed these helpful tips to assist:

Plan in Advance

When you are not able to just drive across town to assist, it is imperative to have family conversations about the “what ifs” that might happen with your loved ones, including:

  • Living situation wishes dependent on severity and who is involved – consider some circumstances for debate; for instance, a fractured bone calling for a rehab stay.
  • How will you recognize when “it’s time” to implement a change? What would this look like?
  • Monetary concerns in providing care, including how much work can family members afford to miss? What third party financial support may be obtainable?
  • Advance directives for decision-making: make sure all is in order and retain a copy for yourself.

Evaluate Along the Way

When you don’t see your older parents each day, it can be tempting to want to neglect the often-uncomfortable business of evaluating health and wellbeing in favor of enjoying each other’s company, but it’s important to routinely give thought to and evaluate how your aging parents are really doing.

  • Identify the registered nurse who is working with your loved ones’ physician and stay in communication with that person.
  • Be sure there is a HIPAA Release of Information Form on file at all of your parents’ physicians’ offices so you can talk openly with the medical professionals, and make sure you have one for yourself.
  • Have frequent telephone calls with your senior loved ones to check in and help them solve any problems.
  • Maintain a list of the informal local resources: neighbors, church friends, any other family members who can be part of your senior parents’ support system. Keep in contact with that network and let them know how to reach you and that you welcome their calls.

Identify When to Travel and When to Stay Home

Problems are likely to happen, sometimes at a moment’s notice. You can’t travel for each problem, so decide ahead of time when you will travel and when you will use other resources to offer help.

  • Ask your parents if this is a real medical or care emergency. As a part (not all) of your decision-making, ask the medical professional, social worker, or nurse for details and his/her advice on whether you should travel in.
  • Can someone else locally help with the issue at hand or eyeball the situation for you?
  • It’s OK to go there just to put your mind at ease as well. If remaining home and stressing is going to be less productive for you, then maybe you should go.

Consider Engaging Endeavor In-Home Care

In-home aging care not only provides exceptional care for older individuals, it can also offer long distance family members a greater sense of peace and connection. At Endeavor In-Home Care, providers of top-rated Mesa senior home care, our professional care providers have specialized training and can:

  • Assess the circumstances
  • Recognize problems, gaps, strengths and resources
  • Monitor health, activity, nutrition, etc.
  • Screen and coordinate other services and assistance
  • Work with financial, legal and medical providers
  • Communicate regularly with family members
  • And much more

If your aging parents are in need of professional Mesa senior home care, contact the caregiving professionals at Endeavor In-Home Care at 480-498-2324. We treat your family like our own! See our website footer for our full Arizona service area.

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Steps to Avoid Sandwich Generation Caregiver Burnout

Do you have aging parents in need of help to ensure safety at home? Are you also trying to manage caring for children and family at home? If so, you are part of the sandwich generation – a generation of people, mostly in their 30s or 40s, who have become responsible for bringing up their own children while simultaneously providing care for their senior parents. The to-do lists of this sandwich generation are loaded. Numerous family caregivers not only work full-time, but they’re also taking their children to and from school, after-school activities and managing household tasks on top of their caregiving obligations. There are solutions to help caregivers though, and the first step is learning how to make the situation more manageable.

At the risk of adding more to your already overflowing plate, consider incorporating these items to your to-do list:

Schedule a family meeting.

Examine the many different caregiving duties that need to be completed each day or week. Establish common expectations of how the many tasks of caregiving will be undertaken.

Get the facts and steer clear of surprises.

Caregivers should talk with their parents about how they’re managing from a financial perspective, what their preferences are for long-term care, and what plans they have made if they become ill or incapacitated.

Ask for help.

This can frequently be the most difficult thing for a family caregiver to do, but it is without a doubt the most essential. You cannot do everything independently, and that is fine! Investigate and reach out to resources such as the local Area Agency on Aging, a hospital social worker, a healthcare provider, or a religious organization. Also contact a local aging care company, like Endeavor In-Home Care, providers of top-rated Mesa respite care, to give yourself a break while making certain your loved one is well cared for.

Most importantly, know that you don’t have to go it alone. Endeavor In-Home Care’s in-home care services can give you the opportunity you need to rest and recuperate so you don’t become impacted by sandwich generation caregiver burnout. Whether the need is for just a few hours each week, full-time, live-in care, or nearly anything in between, our highly skilled care staff can offer help with a vast range of home care needs: personal hygiene, meal preparation, light housekeeping, taking care of errands, transportation, or simply friendly companionship to participate in enjoyable conversations and pastimes.

Contact us today at 480-498-2324 to learn more about our Mesa respite care services and to find out how we can assist you and your family. For information about all of the communities in Arizona that we serve, please see the footer of our website.

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Conquer the Most Common Senior Fitness Obstacles With These Tips

Establishing a routine exercise schedule is daunting at any age. Physical exercise is exhausting. We would prefer not to expend the time. We’re feeling the pain from yesterday’s exercises. We’ve all made excuses like these for avoiding physical fitness; but frailty and advanced age make it even more daunting to stick to an exercise routine and maintain senior fitness.  

Endeavor In-Home Care wants to help older individuals stay active with ideas to combat the following typical senior fitness obstacles: 

  • Self-confidence: It’s natural for older individuals to feel stressed with the thought of achieving exercise objectives. It can help to start the ball rolling slowly with exercises that are easy to master and progress slowly; and, encourage the senior with frequent encouragement. 
  • Attitude: Attitude is critical when it comes to exercising. If approached negatively, it will be much more challenging to stick to an effective exercise routine. Pick activities that will be pleasurable and that the senior will look forward to. 
  • Pain: The saying, “No pain, no gain” simply isn’t true. Older individuals should refrain from overdoing it, and cut back the level of intensity if being afflicted by pain or discomfort. 
  • Disabilities: Seniors with physical or cognitive restrictions can and should remain active according to their ability level. Seek the advice of the health care provider for a referral to a personal trainer or physical therapist who can come up with a program of specialized exercises. 
  • Fear of Injury/Balance Problems: There are a range of adaptive devices to permit safe, effective exercising while still improving senior fitness. 
  • Financial Concerns: It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to be fit! Walking and other straightforward exercises in and around the residence, using typical household items, can be integrated into an exercise plan at little to no cost. 
  • Illness or Fatigue: Exercises can be tailored to match the older individual’s energy level, and he or she may gradually increase the endurance level in time. 

Bear in mind that the key to ongoing positive results with an exercise regimen is to see that the older adult feels comfortable and safe with the strategy and the exercises. If irritation is felt in muscles or joints the day after exercising, a lesser intensity can be put in place; and check with the physician if the pain or discomfort persists.  

Endeavor In-Home Care’s caregivers will work with your loved one’s health care provider to implement a safe exercise plan according to his or her abilities to increase strength, independence, and overall quality of life. Contact us at 480-498-2324 to learn more about the positive effects of daily exercise in improving senior fitness and to discover more about how our home and companion care in Chandler, AZ and the surrounding areas can help!

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The Best Exercises for Seniors to Build and Maintain Health

The advantages of engaging in exercise do not lessen as we age, and it’s extremely worthwhile for seniors to keep up with as active a lifestyle as possible. Even older adults who are confined to a bed or wheelchair have a variety of opportunities available to strengthen and increase resistance and flexibility.  Contact us at 480-498-2324 to learn how we can help senior loved ones remain active.

The initial step is always to seek advice from a senior’s physician to get a suggestion on the best exercises for seniors that fit with your loved one’s activity level and medical history. Exercising even for as little as a couple of minutes each day, repeated several times during the day, can substantially enhance a senior’s health and wellbeing. 

Following are several examples of the best exercises for seniors: 

  • Aerobic Exercises: If whole body movements aren’t feasible, exercises from a sitting position can be substituted to build cardio strength. When possible, good options include: 
    • Swimming or water aerobics 
    • Dancing 
    • Walking 
    • Tai Chi 
    • Bowling 
  • Resistance Exercises: To strengthen and build muscles, resistance exercises can be performed with elastic bands, available in a multitude of tensile strengths. The Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences reports that even just one day every week of resistance exercise helps seniors preserve independence and lower the threat of injury. 
  • Flexibility Exercises: Stretching exercises help sharpen flexibility and range of motion. Check for yoga classes at local senior or recreation centers. 
  • Dementia Exercises: In the earlier phases of dementia especially, a number of exercise options are possible, and with increasing supervision and some alterations, can be continued as the disease progresses. Considering that repetition is frequently comforting to those with Alzheimer’s disease, activities like walking, riding a stationary bicycle, and folding laundry are helpful to both the older adult’s physical and mental state. 

Encouraging your loved one to begin, and then stick with, an exercise routine is fundamental to success. Try these suggestions to make it something pleasurable that he or she will look forward to: 

  • Join in an exercise program with the older adult. It’s always more enjoyable to exercise with a partner. 
  • Incorporate favorite, upbeat music. 
  • Designate dedicated time each and every day specifically for exercise, and make it a priority. 
  • Put in place incentives or rewards for attaining goals. 

For more suggestions on helping seniors increase activity levels, contact Endeavor In-Home Care. Our highly skilled Phoenix in-home caregivers are trained and experienced in helping older adults thrive and improve their overall wellbeing, and we love nothing more than having the assurance that the older individuals in our care are healthy and enjoying life to the fullest! Reach out to us at 480-498-2324 to learn more about our excellent companion care in Phoenix and the surrounding areas!

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How Do People Get Mesothelioma? 

Endeavor In-Home Care can help mesothelioma patients live with dignity and independence at home.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that develops after being exposed to a toxic substance called asbestos. Many people were unknowingly exposed to asbestos for the majority of the 20th century. It usually takes between 20 and 50 years for mesothelioma to develop after exposure, making the disease more common for seniors than younger age groups.

Out of the 3,300 people diagnosed each year, a large majority of cases involve seniors between the ages of 50 and 70. A patient is usually diagnosed after receiving a biopsy, which occurs after imaging tests show the presence of abnormalities in the linings of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Common symptoms include a persistent cough and pneumonia-like effects.

Depending on the stage, a typical mesothelioma prognosis can be anywhere from a couple of months to a few years. With aggressive treatment and an early diagnosis, there are situations where patients can extend their life expectancy. Treatments vary depending on each case and can include surgery, chemotherapy or a mix of the two. 

Asbestos is the only scientifically proven cause of mesothelioma. Here are the main types of exposure that could increase your chances of developing mesothelioma. 

On-the-Job Exposure

For decades, many occupations involved the use of, and exposure to, asbestos. Before commercial production and use of the carcinogen was regulated, companies often used the mineral on an everyday basis. They relied on this material due to its fire-resistant properties and cheap production costs, two appealing traits that led many companies to ignore the dangers.

People who worked in the military, automobile trades and construction industry were likely affected the most. Professions such as shipyard workers or electricians were other occupations highly exposed.

Most, if not all, of the branches in the military used asbestos materials heavily. Asbestos was a readily available material that had insulating and fire-retardant properties, which made it perfect for naval vessels or vehicles. Today, veterans make up one-third of mesothelioma patients, the largest group of people diagnosed with the disease. Many occupations in the military put veterans at high risk of asbestos exposure. These include boilermen, construction engineers, and shipyard workers. 

Natural Exposure

Asbestos is a mineral that can be found underground. When undisturbed, it does not pose a threat. However, if disturbed and above ground, it could release fibers into the air or soil. Although it’s a rare cause for disturbing asbestos, run-off land erosion can also play a role in contaminating water supplies such as rivers and lakes with asbestos particles.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, people near natural asbestos deposits should take precautions because they could be exposed by digging or shoveling dirt. Running, biking, or off-roading on unpaved surfaces can also cause asbestos fibers to be released into the air. 

Secondhand Exposure

Some mesothelioma patients never worked around asbestos, but they still could have been exposed. Many people went to work in occupations that used asbestos heavily up until the 1980s. These men and women were not only being exposed to asbestos on a daily basis but also unknowingly bringing asbestos fibers back into their homes.

This form of exposure is called secondhand exposure and put the worker’s family members and friends at risk, as this toxic substance could easily be transferred from clothing and hair. Even the simple task of doing laundry could have indirectly led to breathing in asbestos fibers.

At Endeavor In-Home Care, we help bring comfort and peace of mind to you and your loved one after a diagnosis like mesothelioma. Our compassionate caregivers in Gilbert, AZ are highly trained to provide a variety of in-home care services such as companionship, assistance with personal care needs, respite for family caregivers, and so much more. Contact us online today or call 480-498-2324 to learn more about our top-rated in-home care services in Gilbert and the greater Phoenix area.

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Alzheimer’s Care Tips During COVID-19

Providing Alzheimer’s care for a loved one is hard under the best of scenarios; add in a global pandemic, one that calls for social distancing, masks, and intensive sanitation of both ourselves and the environment, and the challenge may seem insurmountable. Read more

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6 Trusted COVID-19 Resources for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Being aware of where to turn with regard to the latest, most reliable information on COVID-19, particularly as it pertains to older adults and family members who take care of them, is crucial – and can be puzzling. With many resources and differing viewpoints on this earth-shattering situation, we wanted to help make it simpler to locate what you need by building the following list of reliable resources for seniors and their caregivers. Read more