Professional Home Care can Speed Flu Recovery in Seniors

October 15, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Out of the 36,000 people who die each year from the flu, it is estimated that 90% of them are seniors. Individuals over the age of 65 are particularly vulnerable to contracting the flu due to pre-existing conditions that weaken immune systems and make it more difficult to recover from the flu.

"For most people, flu season is a concern, but for seniors, flu season can actually be deadly," according to Mick Kapanicas, owner of Phoenix-based Home Helpers, a family-owned and operated home care franchise. "Care provided in the comfort of home by a professional home care agency, such Home Helpers, can help speed flu recovery in seniors by ensuring proper rest, nutrition and follow-up care compliance."

From a couple hours a week to 24/7 care, a professional Home Helpers caregiver can provide tailored home care to promote overall health and well-being in seniors, new and expectant mothers, those recovering from illness or injury and individuals facing lifelong challenges. Home Helpers' suite of services includes:

  • Arranging for and escorting the client to and from flu shot appointments to aid in the prevention of the flu;
  • Shopping for groceries and preparing nutritious meals;
  • Performing light housekeeping duties to ensure a safe, healthy living environment;
  • Escorting the client to and from doctors appointments to ensure follow-up care compliance;
  • Picking up prescriptions and reminding the client to take his or her medications to ensure medication compliance;
  • Running errands to limit the client's exposure to public places and reduce the likelihood of contracting the flu.

  • "Oftentimes, our caregivers become an integral part of not only the client's life, but their loved ones' lives as well we become like family," said Kapanicas.

    Home Helpers of Phoenix is family-owned and operated by Mick and Melissa Kapanicas. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (623) 640-0701 or visit

    Home Helpers is an independently owned and operated franchise in the Phoenix area. Home Helpers provides compassionate care to seniors, new and expectant mothers, those recovering from illness or injury and individuals facing lifelong challenges. Home Helpers services include companionship, light housekeeping, transportation to the doctor's office, prescription pick-up, errand services, laundry, grocery shopping, meal preparation, bathing, dressing, feeding, and more. Home Helpers offers a free consultation to determine the appropriate services for you or your loved one. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 623-640-0701 or visit