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
Working Smoothly Together
Barbara has been a great help in clearing out my father-in-law’s home. We were inexperienced with the process and emotionally drained from caring for him. Barbara helped in deciding what was the best way to handle all the items. There were a lot of belongings and when the house sold quickly it needed to be expedited. It was nice to have Barbara and Margaret work closely together and keep things moving smoothly. Thank you for making it work!
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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
The holiday season brings excitement, togetherness and feelings of warmth and belonging for most of us. It’s a time to celebrate family and friends and be grateful for all we have. For seniors, though many share the same feelings we do, the holidays can be overwhelming, especially for those with dementia.
If you’re hosting an elderly friend or family member over the holidays, keep these tips in mind to help them enjoy their holidays to the fullest.
Be mindful of overstimulation. For those with dementia, and even some without it, overstimulation is a common concern. When there are too many people, too much noise and too many things going on, seniors can get overwhelmed. It can be hard for them to know what to focus on, challenging to hear with lots of commotion and difficult to recognize some people.
- Tips: Do your best to keep noise levels down, especially background noise like music and television. Consider giving everyone cute nametags to make conversation easier for seniors with memory impairment. And if it’s all just too much, take your loved one for a quiet stroll or offer a spare bedroom for a midday nap.
Realize that varying schedules and routines can be hard. Holidays aren’t usually scheduled like our typical days. We may sleep a little later or wake earlier to get cooking done. Mealtimes may vary, or we may do heavy hors d’euvres instead of a sit-down meal. Our routines are generally shaken up a bit, which for many of us is a welcome break. For seniors, though, it can be more challenging.
- Tips: Before the holidays, take a look at your elderly family member’s daily schedule and see how much you can maintain. Can you schedule meals at the same time? Could you travel during naptime to allow for their regular downtime? And make sure you remember to provide medication at their normal times.
Be aware of things that can cause stress. Being overwhelmed with holiday tasks and gatherings can cause anxiety in the lives of seniors. Traveling to unfamiliar settings can make them feel uneasy. Many worry about being able to handle all the decorating, entertaining and gift-giving tasks the holidays bring. When memory lapses and bodies slow down, everyday tasks can be more challenging.
- Tips: As your family is scheduling events, carefully choose locations. Would it make your loved one more comfortable to have the gathering at his or her home? To ease the stress you could arrange the food and have everyone bring a dish. Could someone go over early in the season and help with decorating?
With a little advanced planning, you can make the holidays bright for everyone, especially the seniors in your life.
If you know of anyone needing estate liquidation, decluttering, organizing or perhaps moving from or into an independent living, assisted living or memory care community, know that OHCIH can help with the transition. Please visit us on our web site www.OverwhelmedHowCanIHelp.com.
Blessings to all,
Barbara L. Stohlman