Hillendale Home Care is licensed by the State of California to provide Certified Nursing training courses for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

Fact or Fiction: Uncovering the Truth Behind Flu Vaccine Myths

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Uncover the truth behind flu vaccine myths from Hillendale, the demntia care experts.

For most healthy people, the flu is just another illness that might use up a few sick days at work. For older adults and those with compromised immune systems, though, the flu can be deadly. That’s why it is vital to encourage seniors and those who are in close contact with seniors to get a flu vaccine each year. However, with all the false information flying around about the flu vaccine, many people choose not to get vaccinated even when they should.

Help seniors and their families uncover the truth for better health with the following flu vaccine myth busters:

Myth: The flu shot will give me the flu.
Truth: The flu shot is made from a dead virus that is not capable of causing the disease. It is not possible to get the flu from the flu shot. The nasal spray version of the vaccine, however, is a live but weakened virus and is not recommended for adults over 50.

Myth: Flu shots don’t work. I once got the flu after taking the shot.
Truth: While the flu vaccine is your best shot at preventing the virus, it is not 100% effective in preventing flu. However, people usually get a milder case of the flu than they otherwise would get if they have taken the vaccine. The risk of hospitalization and death from complications of influenza is also greatly reduced.

Myth: You don’t need to get a flu shot every year.
Truth: The flu virus changes each year, which means last year’s shot may not protect against this year’s virus. Getting vaccinated each year is important to make sure you have immunity to the strains most likely to cause an outbreak.

Myth: Healthy people don’t need to get the flu vaccine.
Truth: While it’s especially important for seniors and those who have a chronic illness to get the flu shot, healthy people should also get the vaccine to help prevent the spread of the virus to others.

Understanding how the flu vaccine works can often ease fears that many people have about taking it. Helping seniors maintain optimum health is one of our highest goals. To learn more about how we can help keep seniors safe and well at home, or to learn how to become an in home caregiver through our CNA and HHA programcontact us today.

Walnut Creek Home Care | Fit for Life: Top Exercises for Seniors

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Walnut Creek home care tips on exercises for seniors

Exercise is important throughout all stages of life, and there are numerous benefits of exercise for seniors of all activity levels. Even seniors who have limited mobility can still improve strength and flexibility with a wide range of appropriate exercises.

First off, always check with the senior’s physician to get a recommendation on the best exercises for seniors that fit with his activity level and medical history. Initially, exercising even for as little as a few minutes a day, repeated several times throughout the day, can greatly enhance the senior’s health and wellbeing.

Following are several examples of the exercises for seniors that caregivers and CNAs can assist with:

  • Aerobic Exercises: If whole body movements aren’t possible, exercises from a seated position are available to build cardio strength. When possible, good options include:
    • Swimming or water aerobics
    • Dancing
    • Walking
    • Tai Chi
    • Bowling
  • Resistance Exercises: Elastic resistance bands are excellent to build strength in a safe way. Studies show that even one day per week of resistance training helps seniors build muscle and reduce the risk of injuries.
  • Flexibility Exercises: Stretching helps improve flexibility and freedom of movement. Senior yoga classes can help older adults stay flexible.

Keeping up with exercise is a challenge for people of all ages, so encouraging senior clients to maintain an exercise program is key to success. Try these ideas to make it something fun that he will look forward to:

  • Participate in an exercise program with the senior. It’s always more fun to exercise with a buddy.
  • Add favorite, upbeat music.
  • Set aside dedicated time each day specifically for exercise, and make it a priority.
  • Designate incentives or rewards for achieving milestones.

The senior care professionals at Hillendale Home Care provide exceptional home care Walnut Creek seniors need to stay healthy, active, and happy at home. We also provide CNA training and CNA CEU’s. Contact us to learn more!

Understanding and Caregiving for Adults With Disabilities

Adults with DisabilitiesAdults with disabilities not only face physical challenges, but social ones as well. As a result, they may often feel as though people are “talking down” to them or making incorrect assumptions about their abilities.

The tips below can help professional caregivers communicate better and more respectfully with adults with disabilities:

  • Avoid judgment about a person’s disability. Just because someone is in a wheelchair, that doesn’t mean he or she is paralyzed, and just because a person has a speech impediment doesn’t mean he or she has a cognitive impairment.
  • Instead of speaking to the person’s family member or caretaker, speak directly to the disabled person and make eye contact with him or her while speaking.
  • If it is difficult to understand what the person is saying, ask him or her for clarification. Don’t just pretend that you understood.
  • Always respect the person’s personal space. Avoid leaning on assistive devices or touching a service animal unless you receive permission to do so.
  • Don’t patronize or talk down to the person.
  • Exercise patience.
  • Offer assistance, but also respect the person’s ability to perform tasks on his or her own.
  • Do not assume the person cannot participate in an activity. Always give him or her the benefit of the doubt. You may be surprised!

Additionally, Hillendale’s caregivers know that remaining safe and happy in the home is important to clients with disabilities. Here are just a few ways our CNAs can improve the quality of life for seniors and those with disabilities.

Exercise

Exercise and activity are important for maintaining the best health. Work with the physicians and other care providers to devise and implement an exercise plan that will best benefit the disabled person.

Meals

A healthy diet is extremely important for everyone, regardless of ability, but often, disabled individuals need to adhere to special diets. With guidance from the physician, caregivers can create a meal plan that will best meet the client’s needs.

Transportation

One of the biggest benefits for people who cannot drive themselves is to have a caregiver who can help them stay active in the community by driving them to and from appointments, accompany them on public transportation, run errands, provide transportation to social events and enjoy fun day outings.

At Hillendale Home Care, we take great care to treat each of our Walnut Creek area home care clients with the utmost respect and dignity. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Hillendale Home Care CNA, click here for more information.

 

Holidays Are Brighter When Certified Nurses Aides are “In the House!”

One out of every four households in the U.S. have one person caring for an aging adult. Family caregiving can be rewarding but it’s also physically, emotionally and CNA Training Classesspiritually overwhelming– especially during the holiday season. Hillendale Home Care has been teaching CNA classes for several years on the Walnut Creek area.

Hillendale offers caregiver support during the holidays and throughout the year for families who have aging loved ones that need home care services.

Family caregivers who care for an aging parent, spouse or adult family member are usually patient, kind, and dedicated to their family.  Sometimes family caregivers have feelings of stress, anxiety, isolation and helplessness because of the  nature of caregiving. Certified Nurses Aides trained and employed by Hillendale Home Care provide the respite, support, and confidence that family caregivers often need.

CNA Class Schedule

If you would like to start a rewarding career in the home care services field, contact Hillendale Home Care today and inquire about their CNA classes and CEU offerings.

The January 2014 CNA class is actively enrolling students! Check out our website for specific course details and to print out the $200.00 coupon to apply towards the tuition! Take the step towards a positive change for yourself and call to secure you spot in this great 7 week course.
http://www.hillendalecnaschool.com/ 925-933-8181

By request of the CNAs in our CEU class, we are offering ONE MORE CEU class before the end of 2013! Tuesday, December 31 7:30am-3:30pm 
Topic: Vital Signs and Personal Care 

If you need to accomplish your “in class” CEUs by the end of 2013….this is the class for YOU! Call our office to reserve your spot! 925-933-8181

Hillendale CNA and HHA School. Hillendale Home Care is licensed by the State of California to provide Certified Nursing training courses for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

CNA School in Walnut Creek CA Teaches CNAs How to Provide Excellent Senior Care Services

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Considering home care is an advantageous way to help our aging  loved ones continue to maintain an independent life for as long as possible.  There is a vast amount of in-home care options available to seniors today.  Before considering adult daycare or a residential facility, home care services the include a well trained CNA staff are worth learning more about.  It is important to learn how CNAs can help our loved ones….. in order to make an informed decision.

One of the first things that you need to determine is if your loved one is still capable of living an independent lifestyle.  For example, if you were not able to come over for one day, would your loved one make it through the day alone, or would the result be disastrous?  Once you have determined if your loved one is able to maintain an independent lifestyle with help, you need to determine what type of services they will need.

Hillendale CNA School provides the proper training and is committed to help men and women start their CNA careers on the right path.

Here are just a few of the services that a well trained CNA can assist aging loved ones with at home. Ask yourself these questions and then consider hiring a qualified CNA to help at home:

Transportation

  1. Does your loved one still drive safely?

  2. Is your loved one capable of using a senior bus service to complete errands such as grocery shopping?

  3. Does your loved one have trouble walking long distances, such as shopping at the grocery store without the assistance of an electronic cart?

It is essential that your loved ones transportation plan is organized or you may find you are still providing rides and help as needed.  

Daily Care

  1. Is your loved one able to cook timely and nutritious meals on a regular basis?

  2. Does your loved one adequately clean their home without help on a regular basis?

  3. Is your loved one still able to take care of yard work on their own, i.e. cut the grass, etc.?

  4. Can your loved one bathe and take care of personal hygiene matters without help?

If your loved one is unable to take care of basic tasks that are required to live an independent life on a regular basis, homecare could be a great solution.  A CNA can provide many of the services required to help your loved one complete the tasks needed on a day-to-day basis.  Additional support, such as a lawn care service, gives your loved one the peace of mind that they are able to handle things on their own with a little help.

Medical Care

  1. Does your loved one have a chronic illness such as diabetes that needs monitoring?

  2. Is your loved one capable of remembering to take their medication?

  3. Has your loved one recently had an illness or injury that your doctor suggested homecare for after leaving the hospital?

A CNA may not be able to administer medications or give your loved one medical care; however home care agencies often employ skilled nurses that are able to address medical issues.  A CNA can remind your loved one to take their medication, or to follow their doctor’s order to help your loved one maintain independence.  Addressing and monitoring these three key areas in your loved ones life will help you to make a better-informed decision of if home healthcare is the right choice.

If you are considering starting your career as a CNA, call Hillendale CNA School today to learn more about a rewarding career helping our aging loved ones live in their own homes with dignity and independence. If you are considering home care services, call Hillendale Home Care for the best senior care services, with CNAs trained and certified by Hillendale.

Hillendale Home Care is licensed by the State of California to provide Certified Nursing training courses for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Call 925-933-8181 Today!