Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh

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Care Guide

Deciding if your parents need care? How can I tell if they need help? Unsure of how to approach the subject with your parents?  How to choose what care options best fit your needs? How much or how little care do they really need? How to choose a caregiver? We have a series of articles that will guide you step by step to help make this process much less intimidating. 

Getting Started:

Someone you love needs care

Do You or Someone You Know need Help

We know it’s hard to ask for help, but at some point we all need it. Getting help from a loving, caring, compassionate senior with all their life experiences is about the best of both worlds. At Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh our senior helpers can assist with whatever you need – light housekeeping, cooking, shopping, mowing the lawn, getting you to the doctor, or even just changing a light bulb — and they do it with a bounce in their step and a smile on their lips. That’s why we say it’s just like getting a little help from your friends. Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh takes the time and effort to match you with companions in Wake County, Nash County, Johnson County, or Wilson County who will fit your personality and needs ...
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How To Get Your Parent To Accept Help

My Parents Don’t Want Help

My parents don't want help, but I know they need it. We know your predicament.  Your parents want to stay in their own home.  They are strongly independent (stubborn?).  You are concerned for them--it seems like they are going to take a fall sooner or later.  And if they take a bad fall they might lose all their independence and end up in a nursing home permanently.  Which seems crazy to you, because you know that if they would just accept a little help now (lose a little independence now), it will save them from losing all their independence later. We know your situation.  We hear it every day. We want to give you some encouragement: You can get through to them.  We see the break-through every day, too. Here are several tips: 1) Introduce the topic gently, knowing that ...
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Caregiver Guide to Helping Seniors

It’s OK To Get Help

#1 Rule of Caregiving
  • The caregiver needs to take care of themselves to be any good for the person they’re caring for.
Many caregivers don’t do this, instead they put their loved ones’ first and start to get worn out, stressed and often—sick.  Even so we speak with caregivers all the time who admit to feeling guilty; feeling guilty for wanting a break, for not spending enough time with their kids or spouse, and for getting irritable with their loved one.  When the caregiver becomes irritable, overwhelmed and unhappy, the loved one senses it and often takes on negative emotions as well. It can become a downward spiral. Even if you’re the primary family caregiver, you can’t do everything on your own.  Living up to “superhuman” expectations is not only draining, it’s not healthy. If you don’t get ...
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Caregiver Guide to Self Heath

Caregiver Self Assessment

Caregivers are often so concerned with caring for their relative’s needs that they lose sight of their own wellbeing.  Please take just a moment to answer the following questions.  Once you have answered the questions, turn the page to do a self-evaluation. During the past week or so, I have... 1. Had trouble keeping my mind on what I was doing ❑Yes ❑No 2. Felt that I couldn’t leave my relative alone ❑Yes ❑No 3. Had difficulty making decisions ❑Yes ❑No 4. Felt completely overwhelmed ❑Yes ❑No 5. Felt useful and needed ❑Yes ❑No 6. Felt lonely ❑Yes ❑No 7. Been upset that my relative has changed so much from his/her former self ❑Yes ❑No 8. Felt a loss of privacy and/or personal time ❑Yes ❑No 9. Been edgy or irritable ❑Yes ❑No 10. Had sleep disturbed because of caring ...
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You’ve decided to get help, now what?

So you’ve decided that you or your loved one needs help.  Congratulations, you’ve taken the most important step.  From here, it gets easier.  We at Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh are here to make the process as stress-free and as value-added as possible.  Let’s describe the process for you so you know what to expect. The first step is simple, call Senior Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh at 919-761-5346 or fill out your contact information on our website at www.inhomecarenc.com.  Once you reach out to us we commit to getting back to you by the next business day at the latest.  And because Senior Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh is a small business, you will be talking to either one of the owners, Rich or Kathy Uveges, or our Director of Client Services, ...
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meeting your caregiver

Help Is Coming

Help is coming… Who is coming? So you’ve decided to get help, and you have met with Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh and have a plan for the services you need.  But now a stranger is on the way to help you or your loved one.  Who is this person?  How do I let them into my home and close to the one I love?  What if I or my loved one doesn’t like them?  Relax, we’ve got this covered. Who is this person?  At Seniors Helping Seniors we put a  lot of work into hiring the right person for the job.  We look for seniors like you with ‘the heart of a volunteer’.  We weed out the persons that see this as just a job or only a paycheck, and focus on the persons who truly ...
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The help is here now what?

The help is here now what? We don’t sign you up; place someone in your home, and move on to the next. We are there every day to see how things are going and make sure you are satisfied with the help you’re getting.  We pride ourselves in communicating with our clients.  In fact, we often feel like one of the family.   We communicate with you and your loved one in various ways.  Our caregivers keep client visit notes and record details like what they did together, if meals or snacks were eaten, the person’s demeanor, if they have any complaints and concerns, etc.  You’ll have our phone number and we fully expect you will use it.  If you want to talk, give us a call.  And at least quarterly, our director of client services visits your loved one ...
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Seniors Raleigh NC vs Agency Care

Comparing Seniors Helping Seniors to Private Agency

Seniors Helping Seniors vs. Private Agency There are many choices for your loved one’s care. We know from personal experience how overwhelming and stressful it can feel to make these choices.  At Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh our aim is to help you sort through all the options so you can make the most prudent decision for your family.  It would be best to have us come out and spend a little time with you and your family to talk about what options are available for you.  The visit is free; just call us at 919-761-5346 or inhomecarenc.com to learn more and schedule a visit.  Meanwhile, the comparison table below will help you start thinking through some of the various questions to consider and help you prioritize the ones that are most important to you in making ...
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In Home Care vs Assisted Living

Comparing Care Options For a Loved One

There are many choices for your loved one’s care.  We know from personal experience how overwhelming and stressful it can feel to make these choices.   At Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh our aim is to help you sort through all the options so you can make the most prudent decision for your family.  It would be best to have us come out and spend a little time with you and your family to talk about what options are available for you.  The visit is free; just call us at 919-761-5346 or visit inhomecarenc.com to learn more and schedule a visit. Meanwhile, the comparison table below will help you start thinking through some of the various questions to consider and help you prioritize the ones that are most important to you in making your decisions. SHS Assisted Living ...
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Care options for a loved one in North Carolina

Care Options Seniors Helping Seniors vs Other Agencies

Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh vs Other Agencies There are many choices for your loved one’s care. We know from personal experience how overwhelming and stressful it can feel to make these choices.   At Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh our aim is to help you sort through all the options so you can make the most prudent decision for your family.  It would be best to have us come out and spend a little time with you and your family to talk about what options are available for you.  The visit is free; just call us at 919-761-5346 or visit inhomecarenc.com to learn more and schedule a visit. Meanwhile, the comparison table below will help you start thinking through some of the various questions to consider and help you prioritize the ones that are ...
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Dementia Certified In Home Care

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s

What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s? It’s a common question, But, the terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia may mean two very different things.  Dementia is a syndrome, not a disease. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines dementia as: “… [A] word for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there.” Dementia is an umbrella term that Alzheimer’s disease can fall under. Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for about 50 to 70 percent of all cases of dementia, but many different ...
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Specialized Care for Dementia

Forgetful or a Problem

Did You Just Forget, or Is It Something More Serious? Can’t find the car keys?  Call your wife by your daughter’s name?  Should you be worried?  Or are these just a normal lapse in memory? Many episodes of memory loss are entirely normal, especially as we age.  Once you reach your 40’s, the average person starts experiencing a decline in memory.  Absentmindedness or forgetting details are often considered normal memory lapses.  Some scientists believe the sheer volume of memories contribute to this.  Fatigue and stress also contribute.  So, when should you worry if you or a loved one are experiencing something more? Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.  For instance, forgetting where you put the car keys is normal, forgetting what car keys are for is not.  Getting lost ...
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Dementia Friendly Movement Wake Forest NC

Dementia Friendly movement in Wake Forest North Carolina

Wake Forest leader in Dementia Friendly movement in North Carolina As our population ages the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia (for a description of dementia and Alzheimer’s see the previous post) continues to increase. While people with dementia may eventually end up homebound or in care facilities, most spend years living in their communities, going to places of worship, stores, banks and restaurants and encountering law enforcement and medical workers Better preparing everyone from waiters to police officers to support them and their caregivers is the goal of a growing movement for “dementia-friendly communities.”  Dementia Friendly America® is the nation organization that represents a multi-sector collaborative on a mission to foster such communities.  Visit their site here: http://www.dfamerica.org/about-dfa-1/ Wake Forest is one of the first communities in North Carolina to pursue the “dementia friendly” ...
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