AHAH in the news

In case you missed it, A Hand at Home was in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on Saturday. Here’s the story: A Hand at Home, Lake Tahoe Personal Assistance offers non medical in home senior assistance or help while recovering from surgery, illness or injury. Services the business can provide includes helping elderly family members with tasks such as preparing meals, taking a shower or being present...
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When do you reach out for help?

Have you noticed that your father isn’t bathing as often as he should? Has your mother’s house started to take on the characteristics of a hoarder’s home? Or are you losing sleep worried that your parents simply need more care than you can provide. Whatever the reason may be taking that first step and making a call doesn’t need to be a big deal. Think of it as a time for...
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Preventing dehydration

Dehydration is a real problem for the elderly. It can lead to bladder infection, energy loss, mental confusion, and even hospitalization or death. How can you combat this? Pushing liquids may be easier said than done. So many of us have heard I’m not thirsty till we want to scream. An approach I often use is to remind my seniors that they don’t want a bladder infection or for their...
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Put yourself in their shoes

The other day while at the home of a client, I was brought up short when she asked me when she could go home. My client is in her 90s and generally pretty clear headed but she had just woken from a nap and was a little fuzzy. It broke my heart. We are so busy as caregivers, whether with clients or family members it’s may be hard to see the person through the work. Occasionally, step back...
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Cancer Walk

The Mountain News recently ran an article about Connie Phillips, former owner of Curves, cancer survivor, and current manager of Sierra Athletic Club. What an inspirational story. This gal has a real passion for helping others. Here at A Hand at Home we have been so affected by her life that it has spurred us into action. As a group we will be participating in the Community Cancer Walk a fund...
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Smooth transitions

As professional caregivers we want to smoothly slip into our client’s routine but it usually takes a little time for everyone to get comfortable. Transitioning to a new caregiver can be unnerving but a little patience and flexibility can go a long way. Even the most experienced, best trained individual may still fold your socks wrong and forget to turn on the dish washer. When a person...
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