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How Best to Manage Long-Distance In-Home Care

By Home Care Assistance, 11:07 am on July 15, 2017
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Caring for a loved long distance may seem daunting. When you suddenly face having to tend to an aging loved one, you may wonder how you will manage it from afar. Fortunately, there are resources out there that are designed specifically to help you care for a senior. An in-home care management team can assist you in overseeing the care of your loved one, even when you are remote. Check out some of the best ways to manage long-distance in-home care. Community Collaboration These days, there are a lot of organizations that have the seniors’ needs in mind. From the National Council on Aging to Meals on Wheels and transportation services, you can unlock the …

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Computer Games May Help Diminish the Onset of Alzheimer’s

By Home Care Assistance, 3:38 pm on June 29, 2017
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For children of parents with Alzheimer’s, it can be frustrating to watch your loved ones forget things they once knew—even their own family members and Alzheimer’s caregivers—as their minds slowly deteriorate. While there has been much research and study into the causes and treatments for Alzheimer’s, so far there have not been any significant advances. While scientists and researchers continue to attempt to find a cure for this disease, those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as it is related, are undergoing different types of care and treatment based on the person’s own individual needs and what tends to work best for their particular situation. Just last year, at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto, …

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11 Ways to Help Older Parents Avoid Falls

By Home Care Assistance, 3:40 pm on June 20, 2017
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Our parents guided our first steps, making sure that we were safe and catching us when we fell. As we all get older, roles change and many children take up the task of being caregivers for their parents. Part of that role involves ensuring our parents’ physical safety, much like they ensured ours when we were growing up. Slips, trips, and falls are a major risk to seniors, one that their home caregivers must constantly be on guard against. Because our bodies become less robust as we age, a fall that a young or middle-aged person can shrug off can cause serious injury to an older person. Unfortunately, we become more susceptible to falls as …

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The Importance of Support Groups for Home Caregivers

By Home Care Assistance, 12:17 pm on June 15, 2017
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Home caregivers provide a valuable service and provide assistance to families, the elderly, and others that need various levels of care. However, caregivers can start to feel the effects of their job over time, which can lead to increased stress and difficulties in concentrating while on the job, commonly referred to as burnout. Some of the signs caregivers could exhibit when they are experiencing burnout include: Fatigue Headaches Short Tempers Mood Swings Irritability Depression Increased Illnesses Changes in Sleep Patterns Weight Gain/Loss Aside from these, some caregivers also notice they have a much shorter level of tolerance and patience, both in the workplace and at home, as well as a loss of interest in their …

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Why Your Loved One Needs a Post-Stroke Care Plan

By Home Care Assistance, 6:35 pm on May 29, 2017
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Strokes are not always fatal and don’t always result in death. In fact, according to the CDC statistics on strokes, approximately 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke annually. Roughly 87% of all strokes are the result of blood flow to the brain being restricted, which are known as ischemic strokes. Out of all people who suffer a stroke, around 85% are not fatal, yet do require extensive post-stroke care and rehabilitation. When a person experiences a stroke, it affects brain functions. Post-stroke, a person can have problems with motor skills, speech, muscle functions, memory loss, mobility, and more. In some cases, the person never fully recovers their lost abilities. However, that does …

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Seven Signs of Caregiver Burnout

By Home Care Assistance, 1:35 pm on May 25, 2017
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Modern medical technology enables people to live longer than ever, but society has yet to find a fair and efficient solution for providing the day to day care for the growing senior population. Nursing home care is often too expensive, and many families prefer to care for their loved ones at home. However, the daily grind of providing this care, particularly to seniors with conditions like Alzheimer’s, can push loving family members to exhaustion. Life doesn’t stop just because you’re providing care for a loved one. Work and school demands remain the same, and many elder caregivers are in the “sandwich generation,” meaning that they provide care for both their parents and their children. According …

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Help with Dementia: The Four Rules of Improve

By Home Care Assistance, 1:07 pm on May 15, 2017
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Communicating with a loved one who is suffering from dementia is challenging and can lead to feelings of frustration, hurt, confusion, and sometimes anger. You know what is real; yet, when your elderly parent or partner of 50-plus years tells you differently, your initial reaction is to quickly correct them through a series of questions and/or statements. However, this approach also leads to a wide array of emotional responses from the person suffering from dementia. Rather, a much better approach is to apply “The Four Rules of Improv.” The rules are used by improv comedians to learn how to respond when put in various situations in front of a live audience. These same rules are …

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Five Most Threatening Diseases for Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 10:24 am on May 5, 2017
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As we age, our bodies often have a tougher time fighting off illness and infection. Seniors who want to not only live longer but also live better need to be aware of health threats to their age group and what they and caregiver services can do to prevent these illnesses. People around the world are living to greater ages than ever before, as economic growth and improved technology and agricultural practices are better at providing for human needs. On average, a baby born today in the U.S. can expect to live to be 78.75 years old. While people are living longer, they’re not always enjoying good health and quality of life in their later years. …

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Great Exercises for Seniors to Do at Home!

By Home Care Assistance, 11:47 am on May 2, 2017
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While exercise is always an important part of life, staying active gets increasingly important as we get older. When caring for seniors, helping them to maintain their exercise routine is crucial for many reasons. One significant factor being muscle loss is a common side effect of aging. But don’t worry, exercise doesn’t have to be boring or tedious—some of these are quite fun and most you can do while watching your favorite television programming. Here are some simple yet productive at-home exercises to help you or your loved one stay active. But before we get started, keep these safety tips in mind! Talk to your doctor about what is right for you. If there is one …

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Physical Activities and Exercises for Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 11:07 am on April 15, 2017
Physical Activities and Exercises for Seniors

As we get older and enter our golden years, it is important to maintain regular physical activities and exercise to help keep maintain our strength and keep our bodies healthy. Far too often, seniors start to become lethargic and spend larger amounts of time sitting all day long. If you combine this with the amount of time spent sleeping, it can lead to mobility issues and cause drastic changes to a person’s current quality of life. Stretching Activities Stretching helps our bodies remain limber and ensures joints function correctly. Stretching is not difficult and can be done by just about any senior, even if they have mobility issues. Stretching is best performed after taking a …

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