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What Can You Do to Empower Your Parent to Make Their Own Treatment Decisions?

Sep 2, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Senior Care in Raleigh NC  //  Comments Off

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A diagnosis with cancer is a stressful and intimidating experience. Once your parent has heard this diagnosis, though, the real challenges begin. They must not only process the fact that they have cancer, but also that they will need to decide how they are going to handle the disease. The treatment and course of management that they choose will make an extensive impact on how they get through this experience and what will lie ahead of them for the rest of their life. As their family caregiver it is important that you are there for them to help them not only understand the treatment options that are available to them, but to empower them to make the decisions that are right for them.


Use these tips to empower your parent to make their own treatment decisions when they are facing cancer:

  • Make no treatment a valid option. Simply because you are discussing treatment options does not mean that your aging parent has to select any of them. Choosing not to pursue any type of treatment is a valid treatment decision and it is important that your parent knows that. Let them know that you will be supportive of their decision if they decide that it would be better for them to not approach their cancer aggressively and instead focus on living out their lives in the best way that they can.
  • Learn with them. Choosing what type of treatment option is best for them is not always a simple prospect. Their doctor will have recommendations for what they feel is the right approach for your parent, but this does not mean that that is the only path that your parent can take. Spend some time learning about the various treatment options with your parent so that they can have all of the information that they need to choose the approach that feels right for them.
  • Withhold your judgments. You are going to have your own thoughts and feelings about their cancer and what you think that they should do, but it is not your choice. It is important to remind yourself that this is your aging parent who is going through the disease and the final decision as to how they are going to handle it is completely up to them. Offer them your thoughts or opinions only if they ask for them, and remind them that you are there for them no matter what they choose. This will give them confidence to evaluate the options based on their own thoughts and convictions rather than on worrying about what others will think.


Starting senior care for your aging parent can be an exceptional way to help them to handle their experience with cancer in the way that is right for them. Regardless of the treatment option that they select, this senior home care services provider can be in the home with them to provide the physical assistance and care, emotional support and guidance, treatment reminders, transportation, and more that your aging parent needs to live a lifestyle that is as safe, healthy, comfortable, and fulfilling as possible.


If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in Raleigh, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!

Phosphorous – What it is and Why it is Important for Seniors

Jul 7, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Senior Care in Raleigh NC  //  Comments Off

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Phosphorous is an essential mineral that is needed by people of all ages. Phosphorous is important for seniors especially because it helps to build strong bones and teeth. As adults age, their bones become weaker and less dense, so it is Senior-Care-in-Raleigh-NCimportant that seniors eat a diet that is rich in the nutrients that strengthen bones like calcium and phosphorous. Phosphorous is found in many different healthy foods that can be great additions to your senior loved one’s healthy diet. Many of these foods have other nutrients and benefits as well. Read on for a list of healthy foods that you can incorporate in your loved one’s healthy diet to make sure that they get all of the phosphorous they need.


Dairy Foods

Each day, an adult needs a recommended 700 milligrams of phosphorous. A glass of milk (1 cup) contains 247 milligrams. As you can see, milk and other dairy foods are a great source of phosphorous and including them in your loved one’s healthy diet can ensure that they will always meet their daily requirement. In addition, milk and other dairy foods are rich in calcium so they have many benefits for seniors’ bones and teeth.



Like dairy, many types of fish are rich in phosphorous. Eating fish has many benefits for seniors, so it is a great type of food to include in a healthy eating plan. To help your senior loved one to get plenty of phosphorous, try preparing fish such as salmon, cod, tuna, sardines, and whiting on a regular basis.



Meats such as beef, chicken, and turkey are great sources of phosphorous. Your senior loved one may already know that eating meat (which is rich in protein) is great for building and maintaining healthy muscles. What they may not have known is that eating meat, since it is high in phosphorous, is great for bone health, too.



As you can see, it would be hard for a senior who eats a vegetarian or vegan diet to get enough phosphorous in their diet since it often comes from animal sources. However, one non-animal food that is rich in phosphorous is beans. It is important to note, however, that phosphorous that comes from non-animal sources such as beans, nuts, and lentils is not as easily absorbed by the body.


If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in Raleigh, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!




Happy Spring Cleaning

Apr 21, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Senior Care in Raleigh NC  //  Comments Off

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Spring is in the air! If you live somewhere that has winter, the coming of spring heralds warm weather, beach season, and beautiful flowers. It also means something else: spring cleaning. Now is the time to organize your closets, get rid of Senior-Care-in-Raleigh-NCclothes you don’t wear, wash down all of the windows, and clean everything else you may have been neglecting through winter. Spring cleaning doesn’t just make the home look and smell nicer, it contributes to senior home safety.

Not sure where to start? We can help. Here are a few tips on how you can help your parent tackle their spring cleaning this year.

  1. Make a plan. It’s easy to get distracted when starting a large project. The best way to prevent distraction is by writing a to-do list. Yes, a to-do list for spring cleaning. Write down all of the rooms in your home and what will need to be done in them. If your parent has a yard, write down what areas of the yard will need sprucing up. Having a plan will save you and your parent time and energy.
  2. Declutter. If your parent stacks unopened mail, or maybe they have a chair in their bedroom where they lay clothes, they’re not alone. Clutter can build up on us without us realizing. Clutter can also lead to accidents in the home, like tripping over items that aren’t where they belong. Spring cleaning will be far more efficient when they’ve removed the clutter from their home.
  3. Find out ahead of time if their floors require particular mops or brooms to protect the surfaces.
  4. Make sure you and your mom or dad have rubber gloves, sponges and a bucket on hand before you start. Rubber gloves will protect hands from any cleaning agents. The bucket will come in handy when you’re cleaning surfaces and need to have water nearby. There are buckets with measuring scales. This makes getting the soap to water ratio right a lot easier. If you use sponges, be sure to disinfect them every night.
  5. Entertainment. If your parent is a music lover, get some of their favorite CDs and play them while they’re cleaning. Or maybe they love books. You can open an account for them on Audible or iTunes. They can listen to a book by their favorite author while they clean.
  6. Start inside the house and go room by room. It helps to focus on one area before moving to the next. It’s easy to get distracted and end up trying to clean two or three rooms at once. But focusing on one room will help you and your parent get it done faster, and prevent the tracking of debris and dust from one room to the next. It will also be nice to look at the room once it’s finished. Your parent will feel more accomplished.

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an arduous task. With the right preparation, tools, and planning, it can be fun.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care services in Raleigh, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!


Pancake Casserole

Mar 17, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Senior Care in Raleigh NC  //  Comments Off

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There is nothing like a hot pancake breakfast to start your day, but often your senior care schedule is just too busy to accommodate taking the time to prepare a whole breakfast first thing in the morning. This recipe lets you do the bulk of the Senior-Care-in-Raleigh-NCwork the night before so all you have to do is slip the chilled casserole in the oven and then enjoy a succulent cross between pancakes and French toast. Add a bit of crumbled bacon on top for a salty touch perfect for combining with the rich sweetness of the casserole. For even more time savings, use your favorite pancake mix rather than making them from scratch.

What You Will Need

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the dish and for serving
  • Blueberries for serving
  • Maple syrup for serving
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of half and half
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of buttermilk
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • An 8 inch square baking dish
  • A small microwave safe bowl
  • A whisk
  • 2 large bowls
  • A small bowl
  • A large nonstick skillet or griddle
  • A plate for transferring
  • Plastic wrap
  • A cooling rack


What to Do

  • Butter the 8 inch square baking dish and set aside
  • Place 3 tablespoons of the butter into the small microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave until melted, between 30 seconds and 1 minute
  • In the large bowl, whisk together the baking soda, powder, flour and 3 tablespoons of the sugar along with one 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, buttermilk and the melted butter
  • Add the wet and dry ingredients to each other in the large bowl
  • Stir until just combined
  • Heat the large griddle or nonstick skillet on medium heat
  • Melt some of the butter on the skillet or griddle
  • For each pancake, scoop 1/4 of a cup of batter onto the skillet and cook
  • Cook until golden brown on the bottom and small bubbles appear on the top, around 3 minutes
  • Flip the pancake and cook until golden brown on the opposite side, around 2 minutes
  • Transfer the pancaked to a plate as they finish
  • Continue until all pancake batter is used
  • If the pancakes are browning too quickly, reduce the heat to medium low
  • Wash out the large bowl
  • Add the 5 remaining eggs, the half and half, vanilla and 3 tablespoons of sugar with 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt into the large bowl
  • Whisk the egg mixture together until just combined
  • Shingle the pancakes into the prepared baking dish
  • Pour the egg mix evenly over the top of the pancakes
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap
  • Refrigerate the pancakes for at least 8 hours or up to overnight, allowing the pancakes to soak in the custard
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Remove the pancakes from the refrigerator
  • Remove the plastic wrap
  • Bake the casserole in the oven for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until it feels firm but springs to the touch and is cool in the center while the custard is set
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes on the cooling rack
  • Top your pancake casserole with all of the wonderful flavors you enjoy with pancakes, such as maple syrup, berries, or even crumbled bacon or bacon bits

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care services in Raleigh, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!


Laughter: It’s the Best Medicine for Seniors

Jan 22, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Senior Care in Raleigh NC  //  Comments Off

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An adult senior that requires elder care may often find it hard to enjoy laughter, but laughing offers so many physical and emotional benefits for seniors. If your elderly loved one isn’t laughing a lot, it’s time to change that. Here’s a closer lookSenior-Care-Raleigh-NC at the benefits laughter can bring seniors, as well as some ways you can introduce more laughter into your senior’s life.

The Benefits of Laughter
How can laughter improve the lives of seniors? Here are a few examples of the benefits of laughter:

  1. Provides Pain Relief – The hormones released when a person laughs can offer some pain relief. While the pain may not be completely eliminated, laughter reduces pain by distracting the brain.
  2. Lowers Blood Pressure – Since seniors have a higher risk for high blood pressure, laughing may help prevent this problem. When people laugh, blood circulation is increased, resulting in a healthy drop in blood pressure.
  3. Improved Immune Function – Regular laughter, over time, has the ability to increase immunity by release the neuropeptides that help to fight disease and stress.
  4. Relieves Tension – Laughter helps to stimulate muscle relaxation and circulation, which can help to relieve tension and stress.
  5. Improved Mood – Chronic illness often brings with it depression in seniors requiring in-home care. Laughing can reduce anxiety and depression, improving mood and resulting in feelings of happiness.

Introduce More Laughter into Your Senior’s Life
As seniors go through life changes and go through illnesses that result in the need for elder care, laughter often becomes a bit harder. This means you may have to find ways to introduce more laughter into your senior’s life. Try using the following tips to promote laughter in seniors:

  • Choose Funny TV Shows and Movies – If your loved one enjoys watching TV or movies, you should introduce some laughter by choosing some funny options that will result in laughter.
  • Try Funny Books or Comic Books – Does your loved one enjoy reading? If so, get them involved in reading some funny books or even comic books.
  • Introduce a Companion – Finding a senior companion is another great way to introduce more laughter into your senior’s life. The right companion and friend can help make sure your loved one is laughing regularly, improving his or her health.

Having a positive attitude and laughing often have a big impact on the health and fitness of seniors. Encourage laughter in your senior’s life, and don’t forget to laugh yourself. It will benefit both of you.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care services in Raleigh, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!


Share the Love: World Smile Day Happening in October

Sep 18, 2015   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   News, Senior Care in Raleigh NC  //  Comments Off

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‘Share the Love’ day is coming up in October. That infamous yellow smiley face seen all over holds a bit more meaning on this day. In addition to sharing a smile on this day with everyone a person sees, it is also the perfect opportunity to do Senior-Care-Raleigh-NCan act of kindness.

Origins of the smiley face
That famous yellow smiley face first got recognition when the U.S. Post Office featured it on a stamp. The entire intent behind ‘World Smile Day’ is to encourage everyone to provide an act of kindness or help a person smile – the question is, why not do both?

Celebrating ‘World Smile Day’ with the elderly
Someone who may be most in need of a smile is an elderly loved one. As people age and lose mobility, they often begin to feel isolated and lonely. As a result, they can become depressed and sad. However, ‘World Smile Day’ is the perfect time to show this person some love and that they still matter.

The importance of socialization as a person ages
According to a study performed by Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, when a senior is exposed to higher levels of social interaction, even just peripheral interactions, it can result in a significant payoff. In fact, the study, which involved 1,100 seniors suffering from dementia, showed that their cognitive function was actually improved with regular social interaction.

Visiting elderly loved ones or friends
While many seniors have the companionship of an elderly care provider, this does not substitute for visits from family members and friends. What better time to visit an aunt, grandfather or other senior loved one than on ‘World Smile Day?’

Some ways to spend some time and share a smile while performing a random act of kindness for the senior include:

  • Taking a flower or balloon to brighten the senior’s day
  • Taking the senior to lunch or having tea with them
  • Spending time doing a puzzle or talking and sharing stories

The fact is, simply spending time with a senior loved one can bring a smile to their face and actually improve their health.

Regular social interaction can improve a seniors:

  • Mood
  • State of mind
  • Health and well-being

There is no reason not to spend time with a senior loved one. After all, they likely have exciting stories of the past and will enjoy the company that is provided.

‘World Smile Day’ is the first Friday in October and something that everyone should participate in this year.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care services in Raleigh, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 829-2505. Call today!



Chronic Illnesses in the Elderly and How to Care for Them

Sep 9, 2015   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   News, Senior Care in Raleigh NC  //  Comments Off

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Senior Care Raleigh NCDue to a weakened immune system and frail body, the elderly are more commonly diagnosed with a chronic disease than that of younger generations. In fact, according to the National Council on Aging, 92 percent of aging adults have at least one chronic disease, while 77 percent have at least two. The most common disease among this demographic include stroke, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, which causes about two-thirds of all deaths each year.  If you are the caregiver of someone with a disease, you may have some reservations, especially if this is a new role for you. It does not have to be a scary experience for the caregiver. As long as you are armed with the right information and guidance on assisting with the in-home care of someone with a serious medical condition, you will be able to give them the support and help they need. Here are some of the most common illnesses and what the caregiver can do to help.


While it this disease is often associated with an unhealthy lifestyle, filled with high sugar and fat foods and lack of physical activity, that does not hold true for seniors. As our bodies age, it is unable to break down insulin the way it does in younger adults, making it difficult to keep our blood pressure under control. Fortunately with a healthy diet, exercise plan, and medication, elders with diabetes will have a better chance of keeping the disease at bay. The best thing you can do for their health is monitor the foods they consume, prepare healthy meals for them, and watch their sugar intake.

Heart disease

Heart disease can be a nerve-wracking experience for both the caregiver and the elder. It can attack with subtle to no symptoms and is the cause of death for 84 percent of senior citizens. To help, keep stressful situations away from the senior, providing a positive environment for them, and help them make lifestyle changes based on the doctor’s recommendations.


Cancer comes in many forms and can often spread like a wildfire. It may be found in the lungs, throat, colon, breasts, or other places in the body. While this condition can be treated if it is caught early enough, there are also some forms of cancer that are terminal. Since you will most likely handle the elder’s grooming routine, such as bathing and brushing their teeth, it is important to pay close attention to any new moles or abnormalities you did not notice before. If you do spot something out of the ordinary, consult with their doctor immediately.


The body is not the only thing that becomes weaker during the aging process, the brain also begins to shrink. This can cause memory loss and other cognitive disabilities, such as dementia. This condition occurs due to a “disconnect” between the brain and nerve endings in the body, decreasing the senior’s ability to remember. Providing elder care for someone with dementia can leave the caregiver feeling exhausted, stressed, and anxious because of the elder’s wandering habit, poor judgement, and changing mood. Treating someone with this condition requires an enormous amount of patience, a calming attitude, and possibly with the help of a professional.

Assisting in the senior care of a loved one with a chronic disease can be scary, but now that you know a little more about these four, it should boost your confidence in providing the best care and support for your loved one.


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