What We Do
Our team works with the moving companies to ensure your furniture is taken care of and placed exactly where you want it in your new home. We unpack the boxes, make the bed, set-up the coffee maker, and take care of the details so your new place feels like home beginning with your very first night.
Downsizing, Decluttering & Rightsizing
Our efficient expert organization team will help you categorize and organize your belongings to fit into a more comfortable lifestyle. Whether you are moving into a smaller home or trying to organize your current one, we are here to help.
Estate sales, auctions, tag sales, internet sales, donation & recycling. We have the experience and resources available to determine what course of action needs to take place in order to maximize returns.
Repairs & Maintenance
Big or small, at Overwhelmed How Can I Help, LLC, our team will help you take care of interior repairs and can oversee the general maintenance of your home during your transition.
Shipping, Storage, & Staging
We recommend and work with several moving companies depending upon your needs: staging, storing, local, or cross-country moves. Let us handle the details. We’ll make all the necessary arrangements.
At Overwhelmed How Can I Help, LLC, we provide additional services upon request. If you need assistance with change of address, phone, internet, hanging of pictures, etc., we are here to help make your transition as smooth and stress free as possible.
What Our Clients Say
Could Not Have Done It Without Her
When my sister-in-law became seriously ill while in the middle of selling her house and moving into a retirement community, I was thrown into the middle of going to settlement and clearing out and packing up her house of over 40 years, all while figuring out and dealing with her medical care. Barbara and her crew took so much off my shoulders.
She went through household items and belongings, organized them into groups to be sold, donated and trashed. She coordinated with an auctioneer for the items to be sold and coordinated a truck load of furniture to be put in storage. She has a network of people who buy special items, like coin collections, cameras, etc. Her crew hauled bags to be donated to various charities and constantly kept me informed of the status of all items, all the while being very considerate of my sister-in-law’s needs and feelings.
Months later, after my sister-in-law died, Barbara helped us clean out her vacation home and staged it for sale. Barbara and crew are worth every penny and I could not have got through this rough experience without her.
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Did You Know?
Lyme disease can mirror Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as well as chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and more. Diagnosing it can be tough — Lyme disease is hard to detect and it can present up to 100 different symptoms! Since it manifests like so many other common ailments in seniors, medical professionals often assume they know the diagnosis. Seniors often complain of joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue and dizziness, making doctors feel that the symptoms may not be that out of the ordinary and miss a diagnosis.
Bad News for Virginia
Lyme disease is on the rise. It is now the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. In 2015, it was the sixth most common Nationally Notifiable disease. However, this disease does not occur nationwide and is concentrated heavily in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The black-legged ticks that carry Lyme disease are now found in areas where they’d never been seen 20 years ago.
The CDC estimates that about 30,000 U.S. residents are infected with Lyme disease each year. When you factor in under-reporting because of misdiagnosis and lack of education, the actual count could be as high as 300,000 cases. As ticks continue to migrate to more and more areas, we can expect cases to continue to rise.
Working with the Aging Population
Because I work with the aging population, I am very tuned in to the issues that affect them — and Lyme disease is a big one. Just why is this disease even more concerning for seniors are the complications it can lead to.
When Lyme disease goes undiagnosed and untreated, the disease and symptoms progress. They get worse and worse over time, taking a severe toll on seniors’ bodies. Recovering from late-diagnosed Lyme disease is difficult for younger people, so imagine how tough it can be for seniors to bounce back! The immune system of older adults isn’t as strong as it once was, and a common cold can be twice as debilitating as it once was. The effects of Lyme disease can cause bodies to deteriorate, making seniors suffer from additional ailments.
It’s imperative that we speak up for our seniors and make sure our medical community considers Lyme disease before assuming an incorrect diagnosis. The sooner seniors are diagnosed, the better their chances of a full recovery.
Be sure to look for my next blog in this series on Lyme disease and seniors.
Barbara Stohlman – Owner
Oh, by the way, if you know of anyone needing assistance with liquidating an estate, decluttering, organizing, aging in place and/or help moving from or into an independent living, assisted living or memory care community, know that OHCIH can help! Your referrals are needed. Please visit www.OverwhelmedHowCanIHelp.com. And always feel free to contact us with any questions.
As I pondered the topic of Lyme disease and seniors, two clichés popped into my head: “knowledge is power” and “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Both certainly apply. Knowledge about Lyme disease can help with early diagnosis and successful treatment. Prevention steps can spare someone from having to endure the disease at all.
Learn About Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is contracted from the bite of an infected deer tick. If left untreated, it can progress and cause a number of debilitating symptoms. Seniors can be quite vulnerable to the disease because they may have weakened immune systems or pre-existing conditions, like arthritis, that can be greatly compounded by Lyme. It’s important to know the symptoms, for early diagnosis leads to a quicker and more complete recovery. The following symptoms may develop between three and 30 days after the tick bite:
- “Bulls-eye” rash at the bite site
- Fever and chills
- Joint pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Short-term memory problems
It’s good to make note of the date that you were bitten. If you are a caregiver, document when your loved one or client was bitten. Having this information to share with your doctor can greatly help with diagnosis. Too often doctors can dismiss Lyme symptoms as the flu or make another more serious misdiagnosis, as in the case of singer Kris Kristofferson who was told that he had dementia. If you are armed with knowledge and information, you can avoid such a disaster.
Prevent Lyme Disease
Learning to protect yourself or a loved one from ticks can ward off contracting Lyme disease.
Here are some steps you can take to keep the ticks and, therefore, the disease away:
- Avoid wooded areas with high grass or brush.
- Keep grass cut in and around your yard.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants, with socks tucked in, when in possible tick territory.
- Use bug repellent with Deet (20-30 percent) on exposed skin and clothing.
- Carefully inspect yourself for ticks after being out in a natural setting. Know how to correctly remove a tick should you find one on your body.
- Treat pets that can bring ticks inside.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. It has become a major health threat especially in Virginia and surrounding east coast states, and is particularly severe for seniors. The CDC and the Lyme Disease Association offer a wealth of information about symptoms and prevention, as well as patient support resources.
We at Overwhelmed How Can I Help, LLC hope this information gives you the power of knowledge and the ounce of prevention you need to get you and your senior loved ones through the tick season disease-free.
If you know of anyone needing estate liquidation, decluttering, organizing or perhaps help moving from or into an independent living, assisted living or a memory care community, know that OHCIH can help with the transition. Please visit us on our website at www.OverwhelmedHowCanIHelp.com. And always feel free to contact us with any questions.
Have a wonderful summer.
Barbara Stohlman, Owner