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Owned and operated by mother-daughter team Robbie Pate and Heather Monoc, what began as an idea to staff caregivers for Robbie’s elderly mother blossomed into a service extending help to other families.

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Your loved one can enjoy the comfort and familiarity of home, while still receiving the quality care that they need. One-on-one in-home care means that your loved one will be attended to by a dedicated, compassionate caregiver — not an overworked, rotating staff of strangers. Give your loved one the best, with Right Hand Senior Care.

Our team members are Superheroes in Comfortable Clothes™ . When we select our caregivers, we look beyond just skills and professional qualifications. All of our superheroes are chosen for their friendliness, compassion, and genuine desire to help those who need it most. Members of our marvelous league may not wear capes, but their superpowers will make all the difference when it comes to your loved one’s care.

A Mother and Daughter

Owned and operated by mother-daughter team Robbie Pate and Heather Monoc, what began as an idea to staff caregivers for Robbie’s elderly mother blossomed into a service extending help to other families.
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Whether affordability, flexibility or comprehensive care is your main concern, we can help!

We accept Long-term Care Insurance, participate with Home Health and Hospice, as well as connect families to our network of community resources. Together we will develop a care plan that is right for your circumstances.
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  • “My caregiver treats me with utmost respect and helps me live my life comfortably. I believe that everyone else deserve that kind of treatment. My health has improved since starting with your company, and when Right Hand Senior Care took care of my husband, he received the best care.”
    Imelda Z., Client
  • “My client is so happy to see me in the morning. He stands in the window and opens the door for me. That melts my heart! Right Hand Senior Care is such a professional, friendly, and caring environment in which to work, I’m retiring here!”
    Denise G., Employee
  • “Your company provides the best care to us clients. If people want the best service, Right Hand Senior Care is the answer.”
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Right Hand participates in the following programs
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Safety Precautions for Dementia Sufferers

Individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s rely on their loved ones and caregivers to ensure their safety. Without proper supervision and safety precautions in place, dementia sufferers often find themselves in dangerous and even life-threatening situations. For example, they may forget to turn off a stove burner, resulting in a house fire, or they might get confused and wander out of the house alone.

Because of these risks, the family members of dementia sufferers frequently feel that they have no choice but to place their loved one in a nursing home or supervised care facility. However, individuals who are still in the earlier stages of the disease can often maintain some independence and continue to live at home or with family members — provided some important safety precautions are put in place.

Keep dangerous items of out of reach

First, you need to make sure that the individual cannot access dangerous items, such as insecticides and other chemicals, toxic cleaning supplies, power tools, lighters and matches, weapons, and medications. Store these types of items in locked cabinets and ensure that the keys are not easily accessible. You may also want to use child-safety locks on cabinets and drawers that contain potentially dangerous items.

Utilize smart home and safety devices

At the bare minimum, test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly to make sure that they will work in an emergency. You should also keep at least one fire extinguisher readily available. However, there are all types of smart home devices that can also help you keep your loved one safe — and even make their life easier.

For example, a smart watch can track the individual's location and movements, while home monitoring or security devices can alert you to opened doors and windows or even let you keep an eye on your loved one. You can also use a stove monitoring device that provides an auto-shutoff function and allows you to control the appliance remotely.

Ensure easy navigation

Dementia patients may have difficulty navigating their environment, so spaces should be open and easy to walk through, with no heavy rugs or cords that are easy to trip on. Large pieces of furniture should be secured to prevent tipping if the individual grabs onto them to steady themselves. Lighting is also important, especially if the individual has poor eyesight. Make sure that all rooms and hallways can be well lit both day and night.

Protect against wandering

There are many different ways to prevent or discourage dementia sufferers from wandering out of the home. Most importantly, you should install sturdy locks either significantly lower or higher on the door than normal — outside of eye level — and don’t leave the keys in a visible, easily accessed place. You can also hang a curtain or tapestry in front of the door to camouflage it and install child safety devices on the doorknobs. A standard stop sign mounted on the door may also be effective.

However, you should have other precautions in place in case these tools fail. So speak to neighbors about the situation and have them call if they see your loved one wander out of the home. Wearable devices can also help you track the person down if they do leave, and an ID bracelet will allow others to identify your loved one if they are found wandering.

Enlist the help of at-home caregivers

You can’t be by your loved one’s side 24/7, but you can employ a full or part-time caregiver to regularly check up on them and be there when you can’t be. An in-home caregiver can assist your loved one with things like daily tasks, hygiene, preparing meals, medication compliance, and ensuring their overall safety. 

At Right Hand Senior Care, our caregivers have the experience, training, and expertise to support and care for sufferers of dementia or Alzheimer’s. If you would like more information on our services, feel free to contact us at (insert phone) or (insert email).

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How to Keep Seniors from Feeling Lonely or Isolated

Studies have shown that warding off loneliness among seniors and keeping them socially engaged is vital for their mental and physical well-being. In fact, researchers have determined that seniors who feel socially isolated exhibit much higher blood pressure and stress levels and even have a shorter life expectancy.

Clearly, it’s important to make sure that aging loved ones develop and maintain meaningful social connections. But this can be difficult for seniors who are less independent or mobile. In addition, elderly individuals may not share their feelings of loneliness because they don’t want to be a burden.

If you are concerned about your senior loved one’s social life and want to help them engage with their friends, family, and community, here are some tips to help address and prevent loneliness and isolation.

Check for Underlying Medical Conditions

Sometimes elderly individuals have physical limitations that may keep them from fully engaging with the people around them. For example, they may be experiencing some hearing loss and find it difficult to hear or understand others. So it’s a good idea to make sure your loved one sees their doctor regularly and has access to any assistance devices they may need.

You should also keep in mind that loneliness and isolation can cause depression — and vice versa. Your loved one may benefit from seeing a therapist to improve and maintain their mental health and well-being or address any concerns that may be preventing them from engaging socially.

Teach Them to Use New Technology

Some seniors have no problem keeping up with changing technology and new devices, but many more need a little help learning how to use their smartphones and computers properly. Video chat tools like Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime can give your loved one more opportunities to connect with their friends and family members through face-to-face conversations.

However, it’s important to make sure that you also teach them about internet safety. Make sure they know how to protect their passwords, what kind of personal information they can and can’t share, and how to recognize common scams. It’s also a good idea to check their devices and make sure they have the correct privacy settings and security protocols in place.

Support Their Hobbies and Activities

Group hobbies or activities are a great way for seniors to socialize regularly. If your loved one already has hobbies they enjoy, help them find local groups or meet-ups in their area to share their passion with others. If they do not have any regular hobbies, encourage them to try out something new that they’ve always been interested in. When they find something they enjoy, keep them invested by asking questions and providing ongoing support.

Things like volunteering, exercise classes, and senior center programs are also excellent opportunities for your loved ones to socialize, learn new skills, and improve their physical and mental well-being.

Build Up Their Community

Your loved one likely already has friends, family members, church groups, and social circles, but they may feel hesitant to reach out, for fear of interrupting others’ busy lives. You can help by simply scheduling visits or phone calls from family and friends. And it doesn’t have to be an all-day event. Just having lunch together or taking time for a 20-minute phone call can make a world of difference for your loved one.  

Use the Power of Pets

If your loved one is mentally sound and physically able to care for a pet, consider getting them a 24/7 four-legged companion. There are numerous studies that show the mental and physical health benefits of pets and the constant, unconditional love that they offer.

However, you should keep your loved one’s activity level, physical capabilities, and realistic life expectancy in mind when choosing a pet. For example, a large dog that needs frequent walks may be too much for them to handle, and a puppy or kitten will need a reliable home for the next 12-16 years. So adopting an adult or even senior pet may be a better option.

Consider In-Home Care

While senior or assisted living facilities can surround your loved one with a community of their peers, most seniors prefer to remain in their homes as long as possible. So you may want to consider an in-home caregiver who can help your loved one maintain their independence and provide a social connection. If your loved one just needs a little extra help and someone to talk to, Right Hand Senior Care offers in-home companion care services designed to fit each senior’s individual needs. To learn more about our services, you can contact us at

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Activities to Keep the Senior Mind Sharp and Active

While some cognitive decline is inevitable as we age, there are many fun ways to help maintain and even improve brain function and memory. You can think of these activities as exercises for the brain. Just as physical exercise helps strengthen your body, mental exercise helps strengthen your brain, reducing the risk of dementia and keeping your mind sharp.

Hobbies

If you already have hobbies that you enjoy, regularly engaging in these activities will keep your mind active and improve your physical and mental health and well-being. But if you don’t have any hobbies, now is the time to find some! Stimulating hobbies can include things like:

  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Playing an instrument
  • Painting or drawing
  • Sewing, knitting, or crocheting
  • Photography

Physical Exercise

Exercise is good for every part of your body, and that includes your brain. Regular physical exercise can help you maintain your cognitive function and even help your brain form new connections to replace those that are lost as you age. Even simple brisk walking a few times a week can make a huge difference.

Cards and Board Games

Playing cards and board games stimulates your mind and improves focus and memory. Games that rely on strategy are especially good for exercising the brain. Play with friends or loved ones for the added brain-boosting power of socialization. 

Listening to Music

You don’t have to play an instrument to benefit from the mind-stimulating effects of music. Just listening to music that you enjoy can improve brain function and memory in aging adults. But if you want to pick up a new hobby, it’s never too late to learn an instrument.

Reading and Writing

Any kind of reading or writing can help sharpen the mind and improve cognitive function. You can write letters to friends and family members, keep a journal, write your memoirs, or try your hand at poetry or storytelling. If you have trouble concentrating or comprehending what you’re reading, there are plenty of quality young adult and even children’s books that may be easier to get through.

Video Games

Video games aren’t just for kids anymore. Studies have shown that video games can help improve memory, reflexes, critical thinking skills, and general cognitive health. If you have grandchildren, ask them to teach you to play some of their favorite games. It might be a great bonding activity that also helps you keep your mind sharp and active.

Word and Logic Puzzles

Activities like crossword puzzles, sudoku, word searches, and other word and logic games can be done anytime, anywhere. You can get physical books of puzzles or use apps on your phone or computer. Either way, these types of puzzles are great for improving memory and stimulating your brain.

Jigsaw Puzzles

The good thing about jigsaw puzzles is that they come in a wide variety of challenging levels — from 20-piece puzzles to 2,000-piece puzzles. As an added bonus, you can frame your completed puzzle to show off your hard work and get a nice piece of art to enjoy.

Socializing

Socializing helps you stay connected with your friends, loved ones, and the world around you, and it also stimulates your mind and keeps your brain active. You can simply invite a friend over for coffee and conversation, ask a family member to join you for one of the activities listed above, or look for events, classes, or get-togethers in your area.

These are just a few of the many ways you can exercise your brain and keep your mind sharp and active as you age. If you have a regular in-home caregiver, they can help you participate in brain-stimulating activities and hobbies, so you can maintain your cognitive function, memory, and independence. For more information on in-home senior care, feel free to contact us at (insert phone) or (insert email).

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