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By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018

Good morning and Happy Halloween from the Bigelow Family Home Care Services family. We hope that you and your family and friends have a very safe and happy Halloween. Whether you’ll be passing out candy to the children, watching spooky movies or just doing your best to pretend the night doesn’t exist, here are some safety tips especially for seniors.

Leave The Lights ON – Even if you’re away from home or not handing out candy, leave the inside and outside lights on. A dark home will keep trick-or-treaters from knocking, it also tells the bad guys your house could be empty. If you are handing out treats, make sure your exterior is well lit. Troublemakers are less likely to act out when they can be seen.

Keep The Ghouls Outside – Stay on the front porch or steps outside instead of inviting trick-or-treaters in. Protecting your home means drawing a line somewhere, and the front door is a perfect place to do that. If anyone needs to use the bathroom or phone, your house may not be the best place.

Get a Team  – If you’re worried about doing Halloween alone, ask a younger relative, neighbor or a home care provider like Bigelow Family Home Care to stay with you for a few hours. Would-be tricksters are less likely to target you or your home with multiple people present.

Remove Hazards – Stairs are perfect for displaying candlelit pumpkins leading up to Halloween night, but not the best place for open flames when dozens of children with tails and capes are cascading by. In fact, remove all decorations from pathways since costumes will leave many children with impaired vision and mobility.

Communicate – On a night with so much foot-traffic, talk to your neighbors about looking out for each other. Could you and your neighbor team up to hand out candy together? Discuss concerns in advance and find a plan that works… don’t hesitate to report suspicious activity – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Have Fun – The final and most important rule is to relax and have some fun.

If you know of someone or think you may be in need home care services, give us a call for a personal in-home consultation with absolutely no obligation. Bigelow Family Home Care puts family first and can provide as little or as much help as you need.

If you have any questions about caregiving services, give us a call today at (800) 804-8845 to schedule a private, pressure-free consultation at no charge to you.

By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018

Halloween is in the air, mornings & evenings are getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, pumpkin flavor everything has taken over the shelves. Spider webs, ghosts, and witches are strewn about the neighborhood… It’s getting scary out there!

There is one thing you don’t have to fear, and that is Home Care Services, we can be your guiding light in a world of darkness. Bigelow Family Home Care is very experienced in this matter and because we are a family oriented business, we treat our new and prospective clients as if they were family too.

In addition to our senior care services, Bigelow is happy to step in and help those who are unable to care for themselves temporarily. Some common situations where people need temporary help would be due to pregnancy, surgery, or injury to name a few. We offer long-term care, short-term care, part-time care, full-time care all right in the comfort of your own home.

If you know of someone or think you may be in need home care services, give us a call for a personal in-home consultation with absolutely no obligation. Bigelow Family Home Care puts the family first and can provide as little or as much help as you need.

If you have any questions about caregiving services, give us a call today at (800) 804-8845 to schedule a private, pressure-free consultation at no charge to you.

By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018

When or if the day comes that you discover your loved one to be diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, it can and very likely will  be a difficult time of adjustment for everyone involved. There are things you may not think of right off the top of your head, and clearly, your parent will need someone to help them through it all. Make sure to bring a notepad when you visit the doctor because he may be able to give you some local resources such as support group, and tips on coping with the news, ask your doctor questions about available treatments, required medications and what to look out for, especially if you are going to be the sole caregiver for your loved one. It may be more of a job than you’re thinking it is, and you will definitely need a break at some point, where will you turn, are there other people in the family you can count on? Check into their life and supplemental insurance to see if they have purchased long-term care, there could be a benefit that would cover an in-home care service provider for you.

Bigelow Family Home Care would like to be a resource for you by offering a complimentary in-home consultation. The Bigelow Family has provided home care assistance for seniors and the disabled in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since 2010. When you become a part of Bigelow Family Home Care, you are treated like a family member with access to on-call assistance 24/7.

Our providers are extensively cleared through the Department of Justice, the State of California, and drug tested. To take advantage of our pressure-free consultation, give us a call at (800) 804-8845 and let the operator know you saw this on our website.

By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018

There comes a time in the adult lives of children and their parents when you realize you might have to step in and have a more active role in your parent’s lives, not as a child but as a caregiver.

Going from a parent becoming the dependent one and the child becoming the hierarchy in the relationship can be tough on both ends. The hardest part of that transition may be the first time you have to step in and “stage an intervention” because there is an area of life that your parent needs to let go of and you know they won’t want to. So what are the signs that its time to step in and suggest or directly take action to make that change in your parents’ lives?

When it comes to driving, your dad or mom’s doctor will be able to help determine if your parent is physically able to drive anymore. When the senior citizen’s eyesight dims to where he or she cannot distinguish details in the distance or when depth perception is poor he might not be able to judge where the intersection is, or if he stopped at the stoplight or in the middle of the intersection, the time is right for Grandpa to give up the keys and let someone else do the driving.

The time to start the process of moving mom or dad out of their own home and into an assisted living facility may be more tricky to determine. As with driving, the senior citizen will mount every effort to appear to be competent to continue to live independently. That ability to live on our own, go where we want to, when we want to, and take care of our own needs is fundamental to who we are and our self-esteem, that the transition from living on their own to having everything done for them is emotionally difficult to be sure.

You, as family members and as the caregiver for your parent need to watch for the signs that your parent’s ability to take care of the house and of themselves living independently has come. Some of the symptoms of the need for change are…

  • How is your mom or dad’s health holding up? Are they eating well? Check the pantry and the refrigerator. Is it full of good things to eat, fresh foods and lots of supplies for cooking or is it sparse showing that going to the grocery store is a trial for your parent?
    Are your parents taking care of themselves?
  • When you come over, do they look like they are sleeping ok? Are they groomed and clean and are their clothes clean and ready to use or is everything wrinkled because it’s too hard to do the laundry and press shirts and blouses?
  • How does the house look? Is it in good repair? Is it picked up and the kitchen clean with everything put away? If mom was always meticulous about her kitchen and now it’s always a mess, she is having trouble keeping up with the housework.
  • Does mom or dad stay home all the time? If they were normally outgoing and always up for a car trip, an outing to church or even just the grocery store or even an adventure, becoming a homebody signals that they don’t want to go through the trouble of getting fixed up to go out.
  • If your elderly parent falls or goes to the floor and they cannot get up. If your mom or dad has to pass the night on the living room floor because they could not get up and had to sleep there until someone showed up to help them, that’s an emergency situation that calls for immediate action.

Talk to your elderly parent about the risks of living alone, particularly in a scary situation like being unable to get up. By the time such a frightening incident happens, your parent may suspect it’s time to go somewhere they can live with greater security and safety.

The Bigelow Family has provided home care assistance for seniors and the disabled in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since 2010. When you become a part of Bigelow Family Home Care, you are treated like a family member with access to on-call assistance 24/7.

Our providers are extensively cleared through the Department of Justice, the State of California, and drug tested.

If you have any questions about caregiving services, give us a call today at (800) 804-8845 to schedule a private, pressure-free consultation at no charge to you.

By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018

There’s a reason they tell you to put the mask on yourself first while you’re about to take off in a plane. The reason is that you have to be taken care of in order to help those around you. What happens when you spend week after week not sleeping well and keeping your wick burning on both ends? Aside from wearing all that extra makeup to cover the black bags, your feet are dragging and you want to crawl back in bed… but you can’t. The kids need dinner, mom needs her before and after dinner medications, her food prepared specially for dietary concerns, and the laundry needs to be done.

I heard a speaker once share the idea that you could schedule your you-time on the calendar before all the other important to-do’s… what happens when your revenue generating or must-do’s overtake your self-time? Yup, like many of us, you skip it, leaving your personal needs behind all the others.

Skip your self-love time no more! There is no shame in needing to reach out for help with caring for your dependent loved ones so you can have a break for you. Bigelow Family Home Care can be there for as short or as long as you wish, giving you enough time for a bubble-bath, spend the day with the kids at the beach or enjoy a whole getaway weekend.

You know you deserve it and your loved ones will be in great hands with us! Our providers are extensively cleared through the Department of Justice, the State of California, and drug tested. Bigelow Family Home Care caregivers check-in through an app on their phone when they arrive at your home, so we always know you’re cared for on time. When you are part of Bigelow Family Home Care, you are treated like a family member with access to on-call assistance 24/7.

The Bigelow Family has provided home care assistance for seniors and the disabled in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since 2010. When you become a part of Bigelow Family Home Care, you are treated like a family member with access to on-call assistance 24/7.

If you have any questions about caregiving services, give us a call today at (800) 804-8845 to schedule a private, pressure-free consultation at no charge to you.

By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018

Today’s blog was inspired by a quote from Anne Frank: “Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.” I want to understand why, as humans, so many people operate more on a guilt basis rather than living in a state of peace and happiness. In the home care services industry, we encounter much loss, and help frustrated family members cope with caring for their dependent, gently reminding them that they might be the one person in their dependents life that is bringing them happiness.

Whether we’re mourning the loss of a job, a marriage or even the death friend or family member, we tend to think of all the things we could have done or said, if not for whatever it was that stopped us.  Life has only one guarantee, that is, it will some day end.  Life is a gift we were given and every moment should be used to celebrate all we have to be thankful for.  There really is always something to be grateful for, sometimes you just have to look harder.

So, what’s holding you back from expressing gratitude while people are living? Could it be found in doing for others? Why not bring flowers to your mom today?  How about if you take Dad out to a ball game? Don’t have money to do those things, you have the key that could turn someone’s day around, and it’s free, it’s called a smile. Stop waiting to do things before it’s too late, seize the moment, and do your best to enjoy your day.

You won’t regret using our professional caregivers with the day-to-day care needs of your dependent loved ones. Bigelow Family Home Care has provided home care assistance for seniors and the disabled in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since 2010. When you become a part of Bigelow Family Home Care, you are treated like a family member with access to on-call assistance 24/7.

If you have any questions about caregiving services, don’t delay, call today at (800) 804-8845 to schedule a private, no pressure consultation at no charge to you.

By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018

Are you an extreme or slight worrier? Have you worried that you worry too much? Is worrying that you worry too much, making your stomach feel queasy? Excessive worrying can cause health problems such as depression, anxiety, and ulcers which could all lead to worse. So, why would we want to make ourselves sick over something like that? Right now seems like a fine time to put our inner worry-warts into perspective!

When is the last time you recall worrying about something where it made a difference in the end result? Never, right?  That’s because worrying does nothing outside of putting your focus on negativity, which potentially triggers the law of attraction.  Whenever you’re troubled, work it out in your head logically and stop that fear based thinking. What is the worst thing that could happen? In most cases, it isn’t death or world destruction. In fact, continuing to worry in itself, could be hurting you more than whatever you’re concerned about.

Throughout The Bible, it says in many different words, do not fear and trust God. I’m not saying you have to be Christian or religious to have peace, whether it’s God or a higher power, for me, it sure helps to have something to believe in.  Practice today, take a deep breath, let go and let your faith take over.  Take up yoga, go for a walk, try volunteering at a local charity to take your mind off the matters at hand. Drop the unnecessary weight you’ve been carrying on your shoulders, lift your head up to look at the clouds in the sky.  Take time to smell the flowers, enjoy the view, and always live life as if everything is rigged in your favor!

Take the worry out of caring for your loved ones with Bigelow Family Home Care.  We have provided home care assistance for seniors and the disabled in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since 2010. When you become a part of Bigelow Family Home Care, you are treated like a family member with access to on call assistance 24/7.

If you have any questions about caregiving services, give us a call today at (800) 804-8845 to schedule a private, pressure free consultation at no charge to you.

By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018

If you really think about it, all of us have special needs, because we all want to feel special, and sometimes we tend to forget all that we have to smile about in the world. Do you find yourself driving to work or doing mundane tasks without looking up to enjoy the color of the sky or notice how the leaves look as they blow in the wind?

It’s hard to feel special with the demand of caring for your aging or special needs loved ones, waking up at all hours of the night, lifting them into and out of bed, cooking dinner, cleaning the house and the list goes on. You’re tired, and now you feel like you need a caregiver yourself.

We found this video that inspired us, so we are sharing it with you below to remind you that it’s people, not things that make us happy! Remember, you are a blessing for the loved one you are helping! There is no THING in the world that can make you happy outside of changing your own personal outlook on life, find something beautiful and smile about it!

Imagine a world where you don’t have to worry about the day-to-day care needs of your dependent loved ones. Bigelow Family Home Care has provided home care assistance for seniors and the disabled in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since 2010. When you become a part of Bigelow Family Home Care, you are treated like a family member with access to on call assistance 24/7.

If you have any questions about caregiving services, give us a call today at (800) 804-8845 to schedule a private, no pressure consultation at no charge to you.

By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018
Imagine… The word alone provokes thought because when a sentence like that is left unfinished it allows your brain to wander off to the first thing that pops in your mind.  Imagine is also one of the most well-known John Lennon songs that Pentatonix,a cappella group  that  did their own take on.  We hope you enjoy the smooth sound of their combined vocals as much as we did.
By Bigelow Family Home Care 09 Jan, 2018

Much of the adjustment that goes into being a caregiver for your aging parent goes into dealing with the stress and the emotional drain the care giving role can bring. In addition to issues of how to care for them in the best possible way, there are the emotions of anger when programs don’t work right or when the facility she is in has problems. There is resentment toward the siblings or even your aging parent due to the high demands this job has on you personally.  There are other adjustments that are a huge drain on you emotionally. Balancing work, home and private life with the demands on your time being a caregiver is a juggling act that will involve as many “dropped balls” as successes before you’ll get it right. Once you get a good balance, the demands of your elderly parent might change and you’re pulled back into that stressful situation.

You have to think about ways you can offset the demands and try to take some time for you and for your family. These are all difficult emotions which may be why it takes a real adult to be a caregiver for an elderly person. But there is one emotion you may wish to foster and dwell on as much as you can to offset the worry, the anxiety, the anger and the resentment. That is the emotion of thankfulness.

Now it may seem impossible to even ponder how thankfulness could become part of your emotional reaction to this demanding situation you find yourself in.  If you can find ways to be thankful that you are the caregiver for your parent, that positive emotion can do wonders to drive out those negative emotions in your heart.  When you think about it, there are quite a few great things you can be thankful for BECAUSE you are the primary caregiver for your aging parent. Some of those are.

You are able to give back a few the sacrifices they made to raise you. The amount of time and money and emotional effort your parents used up on you as a child is something that can never be repaid.  You are giving a little bit back in caring for them when they are old to say, “Thank you for raising me and never giving up on me, now I am not going to give up on you.”. There would be anxiety if you were not here. If you were far away in another state, you would be a basket case, not knowing your loved ones medical condition.  By being close, you can get the facts quickly and get them right which cuts down on all of those “what if” bad dreams about your mom and dad.  You always know what’s going on. There are a lot of “false alarms” with an elderly person. They need someone that can say, “It’s all right. It’s under control” to them. That someone is you. You are needed and you are important to your elderly mom or dad. If ever there was a time when you felt needed, not every so often, but every day and every hour of the day, it’s when you are there to help your parents through this time of their lives. Celebrate those little moments of laughter and joy. Celebrate when you enjoy a movie together or laugh at those “insider” family jokes that always bring a smile. Those times will be precious to you when your parent go on to their reward some day.

There is something deep inside us that feels a sense of completion when we are able to stay with someone we love through a very tough time. Your love for your parent and between you will deepen and grow stronger in a way that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

When your parent goes on to their eternal reward, you will look back on those months when you did all you could to make their final months happy and peaceful, and will be able to say, “I did the right thing.”  One feeling that is irreplaceable and something you will be able to be thankful for forever.

Here at Bigelow Family Home Care we consider it a priviledge and an honor to help you take care of your loved one if you need a break. We can help you in those times that are difficult and stressful. Let us give you a hand.

Bigelow Family Home Care has provided home care assistance for seniors and the disabled in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since 2010. When you become a part of Bigelow Family Home Care, you are treated like a family member with access to on call assistance 24/7.

If you have any questions about caregiving services, give us a call today at (800) 804-8845 to schedule a private, no pressure consultation at no charge to you.

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