Posts Tagged ‘Fremont home care’

Living with MS: Staying Comfortable and Safe at Home with Multiple Sclerosis

March 24th, 2017

Living with MSAs the famous author Jane Austen said, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” And for those living with MS, comfort is essential, as is remaining safe. If a family member has been diagnosed with MS, the first step in caregiving should be to make the necessary modifications so the home is a safe, comfortable sanctuary, and not a dangerous place.

Multiple sclerosis can cause getting around to be difficult, and because daily activities — including recreational activities — can result in fatigue more quickly in people with MS, creating specific changes to the home environment may help conserve energy and increase independence.

Some examples include:

  • Change out thick carpeting with smooth, nonslip flooring for easier mobility
  • Put grab bars in the bathroom
  • Reposition furniture to widen pathways throughout the home
  • Include items in the shower or bathtub such as a handheld showerhead, a slip resistant bath mat and a bathtub seat
  • Consider a bed rail to assist with changing sleeping positions
  • Replace knobs throughout the home with handles, which are easier to manage

If you have a loved one who is living with MS, Visiting Angels of Sunnyvale, San Jose and Fremont, CA can provide in-home modification guidelines and help in scheduling customizations to ensure your loved one’s residence is a more convenient place for independence. To discover more about our in-home care services in Santa Clara County and the surrounding area, contact us at 408-735-0977 or 510-284-0000 or 408-610-9996. Our in-home care from expert caregivers can help individuals stay in the comfort of their home, with the care needed to improve quality of life.

Fremont Elder Care Tips on Making Family Memories This Holiday Season

December 21st, 2016

Palo Alto Elder CareGetting together with family during the holiday season can be wonderfully fun! It can also be quite eye opening. Sometimes, family members notice an ever-widening gap between generations, with the children hunched over their phones and iPads while Grandma sits by the sidelines just watching. If you’d like to get the whole family together and enjoy each other’s company, and make some memories, Visiting Angels of California recommends creating a memory book of a cherished senior’s lifetime legacy.

The first step is to decide whether you’d like to record the memories in writing, as an audio recording or on video (or some combination of each). Then put together the questions you’d like to ask. These can be compiled by all family members, from the youngest to the oldest. Here are a few examples to get you started:

  • What’s your favorite holiday memory?
  • What was your first job?
  • What was school like when you were growing up?
  • How did Grandpa ask you to marry him?
  • What are some important values you possess that you would like to see continued in the family?
  • What is one thing that you would have liked to have done, that you did not have a chance to do?
  • Tell us about your favorite trip.

Kids can get involved by interviewing Grandma or Grandpa, asking questions about old pictures, or video the interview using their phone or tablet.

Getting the family together during the holidays can be both fun and challenging, especially when blending multiple generations. Visiting Angels’ Fremont elder care providers can help your entire family celebrate this season. For more tips on involving seniors in holiday activities, contact us at 510-284-0000 or (408) 735-0977.

What to Expect when Transitioning to Home Care in Fremont, CA

May 12th, 2016

Sunnyvale Senior CAreIt’s never easy to accept we need extra help. Many people resist the idea of assisted living, because the idea of losing their independence is saddening and even frightening. Home care in Fremont, CA is a wonderful choice for those hesitant about receiving extra care. It allows for seniors to remain in their own homes, but still get the help they need. Every new phase in life requires transition, which can be hard and exhausting. However, with the help of an experienced in-homecare provider such as Visiting Angels, you can experience a smooth transition to home care.

Here are just a few of the ways that Visiting Angels can make the transition to home care an enjoyable experience:

  • A representative from Visiting Angels will meet with the senior and his or her family before care begins to introduce the ways the agency can assist and help everyone become more familiar with the process to ease fears.
  • Together with you, we will create an individualized program for your senior loved one’s specific needs and then match him or her with one of our exceptional caregivers.
  • Visiting Angels will introduce the caregiver to the senior before care begins, so the caregiver is not a stranger. You might also consider having a family member in the home for a short time with the caregiver until the senior begins to feel comfortable with the caregiver.
  • We continue our communication with you after the caregiver has been placed in your senior loved one’s home through phone calls and home visits.

Call on Visiting Angels to make this transition as smooth as possible. With offices in Fremont and Sunnyvale, we service all of Santa Clara county and portions of Alameda County, including Fremont, Union City, Hayward, Newark, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Alameda. From helping to start the conversation, to sitting down with you and your family, to implementing the best care plan, we are here for you. To read more about our services, click here.

Contact our Fremont office at 510-284-0000 or our Sunnyvale office at 408-735-0977 today to learn more!