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Handing Out Caregiver Reward Points!

Hello Seniors, Friends and Family. It has been posted before and will be posted again in the future. We get excited to pass out “Caregiver Reward Point$”. Please see NE in the photo. She is a prime example of a selfless caregiver. She goes over and above for any client she has. She is repeatedly asking her clients what she can do to make their experience better. The important part is that she not only ask’s, she listens and does what is requested of her. Thank you NE for placing your clients comfort before your own. For more information on how to get this type of caregiver for yourself or a loved one, please contact Golden Heart Senior Care for more information.

Managing Incontinence with the Help of Personal Care at Home

Addressing incontinence issues is something that many seniors avoid doing because it’s so embarrassing. The right approach can help aging adults get the support they need to deal with such a sensitive subject, however. Personal care at home can help seniors and family caregivers understand incontinence, find and use the right products, and schedule bathroom visits for best results.

Understand Incontinence

There are so many different possible causes for incontinence. It can affect people of all ages and it can be a temporary condition. Aging, health issues, neurological disorders, and other factors can all influence whether someone is battling incontinence or not. Many people can reverse their incontinence issues simply by dealing with the underlying health issues if that is the cause.

Choose the Right Products

In the midst of the battle with incontinence, the right products matter. The good news is that there are so many different incontinence products available these days for people to try. Adult diapers, pads, and protective underwear could all be part of the plan for helping a senior with continence issues stay dry and clean. What’s most important is that the products fit properly, are comfortable, and that they absorb fluids well.

Prioritize Skin Care

Skin care is incredibly important with incontinence. Exposure to urine can lead to skin irritation and discomfort. It can also get smelly, which is something seniors want to avoid. Frequently changing incontinence products helps quite a lot. There are also gentle cleansing wipes and products that are useful in between showers and baths. Home care providers can help make changing products and caring for skin easier and they can be on the lookout for anything that indicates seniors are experiencing complications from incontinence, like skin sores.

Set up a Bathroom Schedule

A solid bathroom schedule can do so much to help seniors avoid accidents with incontinence. Even if they don’t feel as if they need to go, taking that time for a pit stop every so often helps to keep their bladders empty. Caregivers can set reminders and help seniors have access to facilities when they’re ready for a bathroom break. A set schedule also makes it easier for seniors to do things like continue to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. They might resist doing this for fear of an accident, but regular bathroom breaks mean they’ll be emptying their bladders often throughout the day.

Personal Care at Home Is a Huge Help

Personal care at home is a true partner when dealing with something like incontinence. Personal caregivers understand why this is such an embarrassing issue and they approach it with compassion and respect. They know what types of solutions to suggest and can help seniors get to the bathroom if mobility is a contributing factor to incontinence.

Dealing with incontinence properly means addressing all of the various factors that might be making the situation worse. Personal care at home knows what to watch out for and how to help aging adults deal with the situation safely and sensitively.

If you or an aging loved one is considering personal care at home in Ahwatukee, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!

National Healthcare Decision Day

According to Village Medical, today is a day to inspire, educate and empower people about advance directives. An advance directive should be a five step process according to Village Medical. That process is outlined below. For more information, please contact Golden Heart Senior Care.

Here are the five steps from PREPARE™ to begin creating your advance directive today:

1. Choose a medical decision maker.
2. Decide what matters most in life.
3. Choose flexibility for your decision maker.
4. Tell others about your medical wishes.
5. Ask your doctor the right questions.

We all have the right to make our own decisions about health. Are you making informed decisions?

Great Job, LR!

Hello Seniors Families and Friends. As many of you know, we are always happy to catch someone on our staff doing the right things right. Please meet LR. LR has been with us now for about 9 months. The clients that LR cares for rave about her knowledge and kindness. She always arrives on time with a smile and she always does a good job. Here at Golden Heart, when a caregiver does the things they are supposed to do, we reward them. They can turn these rewards for gift cards like LR has done here. If you would like to know how to earn extra money for doing your job, please contact Golden Heart Senior Care and ask how.

Thank You, Jared!

Hello Seniors, Families and Friends. Many of you have talked to this young man but have not met him. Please meet our Operations Coordinator Jared. This is an example of Jared getting out to support the community. Jared was assisting seniors and passing out the beloved back scratcher along with information on our company. Thank you Jared for supporting the community.

April is Autism Awareness Month

Hello Seniors, Families and Friends. April is Autism Awareness month. To all of us who have challenges, I would like to wish us luck, strength, success and happiness. This is a great time to raise awareness, funds, understanding and support for all who need it. Happy Autism month everyone. Make a small difference for a huge effort.

Six Tips for Easing the Transition Into Home Care

As seniors start to need more help, their feelings about having help might start to become a little more rigid. It’s tough to accept help when someone has been independent for a long time. Finding ways to make the transition to accepting home care services takes a little experimentation, but family caregivers can try some of these ideas.

Keep Communication Open

Talking about what to expect with elder care, what the concerns are, and what preferences seniors have can do a lot to make the situation easier to accept. Keeping the lines of communication open and caring allows seniors to feel like they still have a choice. It’s important that seniors do know that this is something to help them, not to limit them.

Assess Care Needs

Each senior’s situation requires something different from family caregivers, from home care providers, and from other types of assistance. Fully assessing these care needs might involve talking to doctors, talking to the senior who needs help, and looking more closely at safety risks in the home. Getting a thorough picture allows caregivers to tailor assistance as needed.

Create a Comfortable Environment

Aging in place is so important because home is where seniors feel comfortable and safe. The idea of moving can feel traumatic, even if it’s just an idea. Keeping seniors in their homes means ensuring that home is both safe and comfortable, even as their health and their needs change. Home care assistance can help seniors stay on top of this.

Establish Structured Routines

It’s tough for seniors to have the stability they need in their daily lives if they don’t have structured routines to lean on. Home care providers can do a great job of helping seniors establish routines that meet their needs and that are comfortable and flow. Good routines help seniors get the sleep they need, eat meals at regular intervals, and address other needs along the way.

Offer Emotional Support

Seniors may not realize just how much emotional support they need while they age in place. It’s possible that they have fewer social interactions than they did in the past, and that means finding new ways to meet those needs. There are also new emotions involved in aging in place, even when that’s something seniors want to do. Home care providers understand and are able to offer emotional support when seniors need it most.

Continue to Adjust Care Plans

No care plan is perfect, especially over time. Needs change and plans need to change as well in order to keep up. Elder care providers continue to work with seniors and family caregivers to ensure that proper needs assessments are up to date and that resources to meet those needs are available.

Transitioning into home care services can be a big milestone for aging adults. This type of care allows seniors to stay in their own homes, with elder care professionals taking over tasks that are becoming difficult. The goal is always to keep seniors healthy, comfortable, and safe, especially in their own homes.

If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Tempe, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!

6 Foods to Help Your Liver

Hello Seniors, Families and Friends. In todays world, we all would like to be a little more healthy physically and mentally. We will discuss mental health at another time. According to an article written by Banner Health, there are 6 foods that can aid in your liver health therefore promoting a healthier physical you. First, understand your liver plays a crucial role in processing foods and drink. Your liver’s main responsibility is to get rid of toxins and waste products that can be harmful to the body. Six foods that Banner says are good for your liver are as follows; 1.Lean Proteins, 2. Fruits and vegetables, 3. Olive oil, 4. Nuts and seeds, 5 Oatmeal and 6. Coffee and Teas. For more information on how to remain at home safely, feel free to contact us on one of the methods within.


VA Community Care Network Programs

This guide provides Veterans and their families with a concise overview of potential benefits they may be eligible for. It focuses primarily on the VA Community Care Networks’ Homemaker, Home Health Aide, and Respite programs. Please note that this is a general guide and should not be construed as legal advice.

All questions regarding benefits should be addressed to your local VA Medical Center.

VA Community Care Network

Homemaker/Home Health Aide/Respite


• Veterans enrolled in VA health care or referred by Veterans Service Coordinators.
• Members from the military, naval, or air service separated under conditions other than dishonorable or current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard, activated under federal orders (excluding training purposes) and who completed the full duration of their active duty call.
• Requiring assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

Duty Requirements

A service duration of 24 continuous months or the complete term of the active duty call.
Exceptions: Those discharged for hardship or received an “early out.”

If not currently enrolled in VA health care, Veterans should apply to determine their eligibility.

Service Hours and Care Types

The number of hours authorized, on average, ranges from 6 to 16 hours per week, depending on the needs of the Veteran and is authorized by a care coordinator or social worker at a VA Medical Center. If necessary, service hours can extend to cover twenty-four hours per day. The type of care provided, whether it be homemaker, home health aide (HHA), or respite care, will be assessed and determined based on the individual needs of the Veteran.

How to apply
– Complete the 10-lOEZ form and send it to the Veterans Administration.

– Online Application: Only one application needs to be completed via one of the two methods.

If you’re a veteran enrolled in VA Health Care, here’s how to secure home care benefits:

Appointment with PCP
Make an appointment and undergo a health assessment with a Primary Care Physician within the VA Health System.
Be candid about your health needs; now is not the time for modesty.

Care Need is identified
If a need for care is identified, your Primary Care Physician will send a referral to your VA caseworker for further evaluation.

Quantity of Care
Your VA caseworker will determine the type and quantity of care you qualify for.

Your Choice of Home Care Agency
Your caseworker will discuss the in-network home care agencies in your area with you. You have the option to select an agency yourself or have one assigned to you.

Referral is Sent to Home Care Agency
The caseworker will send the referral to the chosen home care agency.

Home Care Agency Accepts Referral
Upon receipt of the referral, the home care agency will confirm you as a client.

Care Schedule Created
The agency will work with you to create a care schedule that fits within the guidelines of the referral.

Painting Class with Seniors

Hello Seniors, Friends and Families. We love to do activities with our seniors. We hosted a painting class at Andara Senior Living. As you can see from the video, everyone enjoyed their painting experience as well as the classical music. And, everyone painted a beautiful picture. For more information on getting us to do activities with a senior in your life, please inquire within.