CONTACT US Call 916-933-9777 OR Click Here

Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 11, 2016 4:38:55 PM

7 Early Signs of Dementia

 

 

Hi everybody, my name is Patrick Philbrick I am the Executive Director of Harmony Home Care in Sacramento and today I wanted to talk briefly about early signs of dementia. I want to start with a story one of my clients told me not too long ago. Her mother was getting up in years and she stopped by from time to time just to check on her and make sure everything was okay. This time she stopped by and noticed the checkbook was out.

Read More

Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Sep 20, 2015 5:18:45 PM

Normal Aging? No-It's Dementia!

Is It Dementia or Normal Aging?--Dementia Home Care Assessment

Martha's mom has always been a bit on the difficult side: very opinionated, stubborn, quick to point out flaws. But in the last couple of years it's been getting worse. Her mom has been getting obsessive about certain topics, "beating a dead horse" over and over. She recently got into a heated argument with her caregiver over the definition of "organic". The caregiver was agreeing with her, but Marhta's mom began screaming and escalating the argument, seeming to feel misunderstand and violated. When the family stepped in to defend, mom began attacking them, screaming at the top of her lungs. Only after everyone left the room and returned a few minutes later, did they find mom sobbing to herself. She said "I don't understand why I do that," "Why am I so negative?" , "I don't want to feel this way, what is wrong with me?"

Read More

Topics: Depression and Mental Health, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Caregiver Information and Support

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Sep 5, 2015 10:23:47 AM

Early Signs of Dementia

You stopped by the parent's house the other day, and in going through mom's checkbook you noticed a few large checks written to various charities: the local zoo, the church's fundraiser for their new building, something to do with local police refrigerator magnets… When you confront her about it she says: "well they were so nice and they needed the money." But now you're stressing out because mom doesn't have that kind of money to give away, and you're wondering if her mind is starting to slip.

Read More

Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 10, 2015 5:33:06 PM

Better Support for Dementia Care Patients

You've noticed lately that mom or dad just aren't themselves. They've been forgetting important things like taking their medications, paying bills, who they gave money to or worse. You've been dealing with this person in the same way for many decades, and now suddenly they don't respond the way they used to. It can be extremely frustrating and exhausting. Family caregivers coping with an aging family member that is declining mentally have a much tougher time of it than a professional does. There are many options for getting the support you need, and finding education for in-home Sacramento Dementia Care. The Alzheimer's Association sponsors support groups, and has links to third party education resources; UC Davis also has support groups that can help.

Read More

Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Mar 14, 2015 3:10:23 PM

Pet Therapy for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Pet Therapy for Home Care in Sacramento CA

We all know of the tremendous benefit service dogs bring to the disabled, but there is a new trend that has some promising value for people suffering from dementia in the Sacramento region. It seems that people suffering from
 these cognitive decline symptoms can be helped by the companionship of all kinds of domesticated animals: dogs, cats, horses, fish and even birds.

Read More

Topics: Depression and Mental Health, Activities for Seniors, Alzheimer's and Dementia

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Mar 5, 2014 9:55:00 AM

Dementia Home Care

Things to Consider When Hiring Home Care Services near Sacramento, CA for a Loved One with Dementia or Alzheimer's!

March 5, 2014 by Patrick Philbrick

Read More

Topics: Depression and Mental Health, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Health/Medical

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jan 19, 2014 11:55:39 AM

Sacramento HomeCare: Some facts about alternative treatments in the care of Dementia Patients.

Sacramento HomeCare: Some facts about alternative treatments in the care of Dementia Patients. (Excerpts from the National Institute of Health)

1) To date there is no convincing evidence from a large body of research that any dietary supplement can prevent worsening of cognitive impairment associated with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This includes studies of ginkgo, omega-3 fatty acids/fish oil, vitamins B and E, Asian ginseng, grape seed extract, and curcumin. Additional research on some of these supplements is underway.

2) Preliminary studies of some mind and body practices such as music therapy suggest they may be helpful for some of the symptoms related to dementia, such as agitation and depression. Several studies on music therapy in people with Alzheimer’s disease have shown improvement in agitation, depression, and quality of life.

3) Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs may be helpful in reducing stress among caregivers of patients with dementia. (Harmony Home Health has an In-service and public program designed to teach these techniques). To reduce caregiver stress, studies suggest that a mindfulness-based stress reduction program is more helpful for improving mental health than attending an education and support program or just taking time off from providing care.

4) Don’t use complementary health approaches as a reason to postpone seeing a health care provider about memory loss. Treatable conditions, such as depression, bad reactions to medications, or thyroid, liver, or kidney problems, can impair memory.

5) Some complementary health approaches interact with medications and can have serious side effects. If you are considering replacing conventional medications with other approaches, talk to your health care provider.

#homecare #homecaresacramento #homecaregivers #caregviers#homehealthcare #homehealthcareservices

Read More

Topics: Depression and Mental Health, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Health/Medical