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Keep Elderly Parents Entertained with These Activities

Oct 27, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Elderly Care in Cary NC  //  Comments Off

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As a family caregiver, you probably spend a majority of your time trying to make sure your loved one is taking their medication on time and doing other things to ensure they are healthy. One thing you may not think about is whether or not your loved one is having fun or being entertained.Elderly-Care-in-Cary-NC

Many older adults need more than just a walk in the park to have an enjoyable day. With the use of these tasks, your loved one can do them alone while you tend to the housework or other caregiving responsibilities.

Activities Older Adults will Enjoy

  • Find online groups. Is there a hobby your loved one is passionate about, like quilting or gardening? They may be able to find a group of people who also enjoy these activities online. Help the elder find chatrooms online that will allow them to talk to others with similar interests, but make sure to talk to your loved one about the dangers of talking to strangers online.
  • Join a class. Senior centers often have a wide range of activities and classes available for older adults. Check with their activities calendar to find out what classes the elder would enjoy. They will also be able to meet other people in their area who also share similar interests.
  • Go to the library. Does your elderly parent enjoy reading? Take them to the library, where they can find new books they have not yet had the chance to read.
  • Hire an elderly care provider. An elderly care provider will be able to offer the elder their undivided attention while you are busy running errands or completing other tasks. This caregiver will be able to play games with the elder and other enjoyable activities, yet will also make sure the elder is healthy and well cared for.
  • Let them help with chores. This is especially entertaining for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. Since there are a wide range of activities that they can’t do, let them help with chores that they are capable of doing. This may include folding towels, dusting, or other simple tasks that need to be done around the home.
  • Play music. Playing music that your loved one likes may help them reminisce over memories from their younger days. This simple activity can actually help older adults feel youthful once again.


It may take several tries before finding an activity that your loved one enjoys, but this list is a great place to start.


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


7 Important Tips on How to Prepare Your Family for a Hurricane

Jun 10, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Elderly Care in Cary NC  //  Comments Off

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If you are responsible for the elderly care your aging parent receives, it is a huge responsibility. There are so many things to consider that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at times. If you live in an area with hurricanes, that gives you even more to Elderly-Care-in-Cary-NCworry about. But being prepared for a hurricane will go a long way to helping you and your loved one feel at ease in the event that one strikes your community. Here are a few tips to help:


  1. Make a plan of what your family will do in the event of a hurricane. Everyone should know the plan and what responsibilities they have.
  2. Put together a hurricane preparedness kit. If you have the things you’ll need on hand, if a hurricane strikes and leaves you without power, you won’t have to go out in search of essential items. What should be in your hurricane preparedness kit? Water, medical supplies, medicine, non-perishable food, a manual can opener, batteries, a battery operated radio, and a cell phone with charger are some ideas. The hurricane preparedness kit depends on your personal situation, so you can add items to it as needed. See the Red Cross link below for more tips on items that need to be in your hurricane preparedness kit. Also, be sure to check expiration dates every 6 months to be sure food stays fresh.
  3. Listen to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio for important updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  4. Remove anything in your yard that could become a danger in high winds. Objects can be lifted by high winds and break glass, so you want to be sure everything in your yard is removed and secured somewhere safe.
  5. Make sure you have a full tank of gas in your car.
  6. Put your refrigerator on its coldest settings. If you lose power, the food will stay colder for a longer period of time.
  7. Find out about the hurricane plan your community has in place.


A hurricane can be scary, but with careful planning, education, and communication, the prospect of a hurricane doesn’t have to be so scary.

For more information on what you and your family need to do to prepare for a hurricane, please view the hurricane safety checklist put together by the Red Cross:


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


6 Things You Can Do at Home for Your Elderly Loved One with COPD

Dec 11, 2015   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Elderly Care in Cary NC  //  Comments Off

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When your loved one is first diagnosed with COPD, it may seem like the only thing that you can do is to make sure that his medication is working. The good news is that there are several different lifestyle changes that you as a family caregiverElderly-Care-Cary-NC can make for your loved one that can help immensely.

Use a Humidifier
A humidifier can help your loved one to breathe easier by breaking up some of the mucus that can build up in his lungs. Using a humidifier can also make coughing easier on your loved one. Warm showers can also help by producing a similar effect.

Practice Breathing Control
Talk to your loved one’s medical team about techniques to help him breathe easier. Some exercises help more when your loved one is already short of breath while others are good for building up lung stamina. Your loved one’s doctor can help you determine how often to do these exercises.

Get Regular Exercise
When your loved one is diagnosed with a disease that affects his breathing, it may sound strange to hear that exercise can actually help. The truth is that the more your loved one exercises, the more he can build up the stamina in his lung muscles. Talk to your loved one’s doctor to determine the best kind and amount of exercise for your loved one.

Eat a Healthy Diet
The healthier your loved one is in general, the easier it will be for his body to deal with the effects of COPD. Make sure that he eats plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as lean proteins. Your loved one also needs plenty of water. Being well-hydrated helps to thin out some of the excess mucus in his lungs, so it will be easier for him to breathe.

Avoid Irritants
Irritants that can affect your loved one’s breathing are even more dangerous if he has COPD. Things like smoke, air pollution, and even strong fragrances can make breathing extremely difficult for your loved one. Do what you can to help eliminate these irritants. Air purifiers can help, but your loved one’s doctor can give you other ideas.

Get Regular Checkups
Above all, it’s extremely important that your loved one keeps his appointments with his doctor for checkups. You should also contact your loved one’s doctor if anything changes with your loved one’s breathing or how he feels at any time.
COPD is manageable, especially if you’re able to help your elderly loved one to avoid some pitfalls.

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


Simple Crafts Your Elderly Loved One Will Enjoy During the Holidays

Nov 13, 2015   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Elderly Care in Cary NC  //  Comments Off

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As a family caregiver, you want to make the holidays special for your elderly loved one. One great way to celebrate the holidays together is to make some simple crafts together. In fact, your in-home care providers may even want to join in the Elderly-Care-Cary-NCfun with you. Making simple holiday crafts helps seniors keep their hands moving while stimulating their creativity, and completing a holiday project can bring a smile to their face. Here’s a look at several simple, cheap crafts that seniors are sure to enjoy making to celebrate the season.

Craft #1 – Snowflake Ornaments
It’s easy and cheap to make these beautiful snowflake ornaments. All you’ll need is a few ornament balls and a fine-tip, white, opaque marker. The marker can be used to draw snowflake designs on the ornaments. Use a snowflake template, which is easy to find online, or you can freehand the snowflakes by hand. After the snowflakes are on the ornaments and dry, you may want to cover with craft varnish to make sure your designs don’t peel off the ornaments.

Craft #2 –Hard Candy Wreath
Another fun idea a family caregiver may want to try with an elderly loved one is the hard candy wreath. You’ll need a Styrofoam wreath, plenty of hard candy, and some glue. It’s easy enough that seniors with limited mobility can enjoy making this craft and it will keep their fingers busy. Simply glue the hard candy to the wreath until it’s completely covered. You can add bows and other decorations to the wreath as well if you desire. Of course, everyone, including your elder care professionals, will enjoy trying out the candy too.

Craft #3 – Holiday Centerpiece
Making holiday centerpieces is not only a fun craft, the centerpieces can be used for your celebrations too. One way to make a centerpiece is to start with a glass jar, various ornaments, some artificial or fresh greens, ornament hooks, and some strings of red beads. Place ornaments of various sizes and colors in the jar and then hang a tiny ornament from the side of the jar. Add several pieces of greenery to the back of the jar and behind the jar. Arrange the red beads so they start in the jar and then spill out around the centerpiece. You can also add some gold curly reeds to the arrangement for a more festive look.

Of course, the fun of doing holiday crafts is doing them with family and friends. Since you’re the family caregiver, try getting other people involved in the crafts so your elderly loved when can enjoy time interacting with others. From extended family members to home care providers, everyone is sure to enjoy chipping in and working on these crafts with a senior.

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


Elderly Care Tips: Building an Alzheimer’s Care Toolkit

Sep 23, 2015   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Elderly Care in Cary NC  //  Comments Off

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Hearing that your aging loved one has Alzheimer’s disease is a moment that will change your life forever, but you do not have to be afraid. Being prepared for the journey ahead of you and comfortable with your care plan enables you to develop Elderly-Care-Cary-NCan elderly care approach personalized to your aging loved one’s needs, feel confident in your choices and your ability to meet the challenges of being a family caregiver for an older adult with Alzheimer’s disease, and protect yourself from caregiver stress and burnout that can occur as a result of the demands and challenges that come with this type of care relationship.

Whether you have recently received the diagnosis that your elderly parent has Alzheimer’s disease, you suspect that he may have the disease because of recent changes in his behavior or function, or there is a family history of the disease and you just want to be prepared in the event of the diagnosis, building your “Alzheimer’s toolkit” is a start toward not being afraid of the diagnosis and empowering yourself and your seniors to create the highest quality of life for them throughout the progression of the disease.

Your Alzheimer’s toolkit is all about having the things you need to make effective, reliable, and beneficial care for your senior with dementia as easy and accessible as possible. Some of the things you should have in this toolkit include:

• Information. Education and awareness are you most powerful tools when it comes to giving your parent the quality of care and assistance that he needs and deserves throughout the entire progression of the disease. This information should include at what stage of the disease he is in currently, how quickly the doctor feels he is progressing, what each of his symptoms means, and what you might expect for the future as he moves further in the progression of the disease.

• A network. Caring for an elderly adult with Alzheimer’s disease is not a job for just one person. Instead, you should create a care network that includes a variety of professionals and personal connections who are invested in your parents’ health and wellbeing, and willing to be a part of their ongoing care. This network can include siblings, friends, your partner, other family members, your parent’s doctor, therapists, and an elderly health care services provider. These people will all work with you to create a care plan, ensure that plan is implemented properly, and offer extra support and emergency assistance during situations when the plan may not go exactly as expected. Through these people you can reduce your stress, ease your anxiety, and prevent burnout while still feeling confident that your parents have all the care and assistance they need at all times.

• A support group. While the other members of your care team will be a fabulous source of support and encouragement throughout your care journey, since they are also involved in the care, they are not distant enough to provide unbiased opinions, advice, and emotional comfort. A support group allows you to connect with other people going through the same things so that you can talk about your experiences, get information, and vent in a safe and supportive environment.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for elderly care services in Cary, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 948-1181 . Call today!