Problems We Solve

Seniors face unique challenges as they grow older. Let With a Little Help make those challenges a little less daunting and be a partner in the care for you or the ones you love.

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Problems We Solve - Nutrition

Memory Loss

Caring for a loved one with memory loss due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is especially challenging for family members. A senior with memory loss often needs help with daily activities like medications, meals, cleaning and transportation. Our caregivers receive specific training related to helping seniors with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia and many of our caregivers have extensive experience working with people with memory loss.

Poor Nutrition and Dehydration

Lack of appetite and disinterest in meal preparation and eating affects many seniors—especially those who live alone. While eating less is often a normal part of aging, weight loss and poor nutrition can be signs of trouble. Our caregivers can prepare a healthy, home-cooked meal and, just as importantly, be a friend at the table. We can also help with meal planning, grocery shopping and preparing meals that can be reheated to last a few days.

Parkinson’s Disease

Seniors with Parkinson’s Disease face difficult physical and emotional challenges. Our caregivers are trained to support seniors by maintaining the seniors’ independence and redirecting the frustration that often comes with reduced physical ability. We also understand the importance of taking medications on time and will provide accurate reminders to reduce “off time.” We’re proud that the Seattle branch of The American Parkinson’s Disease Association has chosen With a Little Help to partner with them in their caregiver respite program. As a family caregiver, you or your loved one may qualify to receive 20 hours of free respite care from With a Little Help.

Isolation and Lack of Motivation

Seniors often spend a lot of time alone and just having some simple, loving one-on-one attention can make an amazing difference in their day. Our caregivers arrive full of ideas and activities to help keep seniors engaged and active in life. A trip to a favorite restaurant, engaging in a favorite hobby or a walk along the waterfront with a friendly companion can be just the ticket for lifting the mind and spirit. We provide encouragement and find that with a little motivation it’s amazing what seniors can do.

Caregiver Respite

When you’re taking care of a loved one, it’s easy to forget about your personal needs. Oftentimes, family caregivers wait until they’re completely overwhelmed before seeking help. Even a few hours a week of respite can make a big difference in a caregiver’s quality of life. You can rest easy knowing our caregivers will act as a friend of the family and provide a second set of eyes to watch for changes while you’re away. This will give you a chance to get out of the house for a while or spend some quiet time at home alone while our caregiver takes your loved one out.

Transportation

Giving up driving is a big loss of independence for seniors, and contributes to isolation. We help seniors maintain their lifestyle as much as possible by driving them where they need to go, whether it is getting their hair done, running errands, going out to lunch, going for a drive, or visiting friends. Our caregivers are also happy to accompany seniors to medical appointments and provide a detailed report to the family. We ensure all of our caregivers have a safe driving record and are insured.

 

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“It is very difficult handling my sister’s affairs from a distance of 2000 miles. Having Emily willing and able to be my eyes, ears, and voice has been a great help alleviating my concerns regarding my sister. Emily is an absolute gem!”
-Cheryl H.

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