Senior Care Tips: Three Sweet Reasons to Go Ahead and Order Dessert

October 14th, 2015


Today is National Dessert Day. Is it really a legitimate holiday or just an excuse made up by some restaurant to get people to come in and grab a slice of pie or scoop of ice cream? There’s probably an answer to that, but does anyone really want to know or just accept the fact that today you have a reason to go ahead and take a look at the dessert menu.

And since you’re browsing the menu any way, here’s a few reasons why going for the dessert may not be a bad idea any way.

The Power of Chocolate:

As a home health care and senior care company, we at Alliance Home Health Care take a particular interest, naturally, in the health of seniors as they get older; that means taking an interest in health issues that typically affect seniors. And it just so happens that chocolate seems to find its way into this research a lot more than you would actually think. For example, some research suggests that eating a dark chocolate when we are younger may reduce the risk of stroke. While other research shows that chocolate can actually help reduce age-related memory loss. Great news for those involved in the senior care, home health care, and caregiving industries.

A spot of coffee, perhaps:

When it comes to coffee and your health, more and more research is suggesting more good news than bad when it comes to your health. Some of the benefits that have been found in various studies are a reduced risk of type-2 Diabetes, stroke, improved heart health, and that coffee could even help liver function.

Just don’t overdo it, researchers suggest. Like everything in life, sip your cup of Joe in moderation.

A sprinkle of fruit:

While it may be hard to “mentally digest” the fact of fruit for dessert, just consider the fact that most fruit is sweet and tasty. Does that work? Ok, well then consider the healthy fact that many fruits have been shown to do great things for senior health.

For instance, studies have shown that blueberries are good for brain function, and apples are rich in antioxidants that can potentially help improve heart health.

So, there you have it.  A few good reasons to not feel so bad about celebrating National Dessert Day. And feel free to pass this information along to any senior care, home health care, or any one interested in dessert or senior health.


As always, this blog is meant for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to replace any advice of a doctor.


What Are Attendant Care Services?

September 29th, 2015


When it comes to home health care, there are a variety of different options to choose from. And these aging in place assistance options usually depend on the assistance needed in order for your friend or loved one to live a happy, health life at home. Sometimes, this help can be as “simple” as companionship care, or someone just being there to spend time when with your friend or loved one when you cannot, all the way to home nursing care and even transitional rehab when returning home from the hospital.

Two services we offer at Alliance Home Health Care in the Home Health spectrum are personal care and attendant care, and sometimes, we know, it can be a little tricky to figure out the difference.

But let’s talk about that.

First, what they are.

Personal home care and attendant care services are designed to act as a surrogate for when you can’t be there for a friend or loved one who requires assistance in basic, day-to-day needs. These needs can range from the emotional, in the companionship care aspect of personal home care, to assistance in chores like cooking, cleaning, taking care of pets, or even getting to and from appointments or grocery store trips when driving may be difficult.

All of this help is under that personal home care umbrella.

Where attendant care services are needed is when your friend or loved one may require a little extra help in their day-to-day lives. Attendant care services, in other words, are there when more “hands on” assistance is required for help in things like medication reminders, toileting help, or even bathing.

And while both services fall under the personal home care spectrum, we at Alliance Home Health Care feel it’s important that caregivers and home health care workers alike know the difference. Which is why we provide specific training for these different aspects to ensure our home health aides are up-to-date and confident in performing their jobs to the best of their abilities.

Which means, for you, the peace of mind in knowing your friend or loved one is in good hands.