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Balancing Life and Dementia Caregiving as a Daughter

By Home Care Assistance, 3:40 pm on November 15, 2017
Caregiving as a Daughter

As a daughter, your responsibilities may be caregiving for a loved one, instead of working with home health agencies. Aging parents, family members, and friends with dementia require a substantial amount of care, but balancing life and dementia caregiving can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. One solution is to find in-home care services, but many daughters choose to care for elderly parents on their own, rather than hire an in-home care company that can provide quality in-home professional care. This presents extreme challenges when balancing life’s other responsibilities. According to Stanford University School of Medicine, about 8.4 million people in the U.S. may have some form of dementia by 2030. Unpaid family members care for …

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Real Tools to Get Off the Emotional Roller Coaster

By Home Care Assistance, 2:08 pm on October 29, 2017
Emotional Roller Coaster

The ups and downs of caregiving are inevitable, but when you add distance to the equation, the emotional toll can soar. When caring for loved ones, it is incredibly important for caregivers to find support and learn how to cope with the emotions of long-distance caregiving. The good news is that there are tools and resources available. Here are just a few: Manage expectations through planning. Knowledge is power, so the saying goes, and, when coordinating the care of family members in another town, it is absolutely true. Since you can’t physically attend every appointment, and you can’t make important decisions with only some of the details, it’s critical to streamline your planning. Schedule time …

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“Falling” for Exercise Can Keep Older Adults Upright

By Home Care Assistance, 12:41 pm on October 15, 2017
Strength Exercises Seniors

Regular exercise has many benefits for people of every age and stage, but, for older adults, it is especially important to incorporate strength exercises into daily life. Caregivers and family members play a vital role in providing tools, motivation, and support to help seniors maintain a regular routine. With a wide range of exercises to do at home, seniors can build strength and prevent falls, as well as the potentially devastating injuries that can occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in four older adults falls each and every year. Over 800,000 senior patients are hospitalized due to fall injuries, the most common being head injuries or hip …

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5 Ways to Lessen Caregiver Burnout

By Home Care Assistance, 12:10 pm on September 29, 2017
Lessen Caregiver Burnout

Caring for the elderly can take a physical and mental toll on anyone. Compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout share many common qualities, and both can be caused by sustained exposure to suffering, stress, and watching a loved one decline. While in-home care assistance situations are different, the one thing all caregivers experience is significant stress and little time for themselves. Typically, compassion fatigue leads to caregiver burnout. The former is when the caregiver cannot deal with helping a loved one, so that they become stressed and do not tend to their needs. Feelings of guilt, trauma, and depression are entirely normal. In turn, this leads to caregiver burnout, which can include physical symptoms like weight …

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Lessen Caregiver Burnout

How to Cope with the Death of a Loved One

By Home Care Assistance, 2:06 pm on September 15, 2017
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All of us, at some point or another, must face losing a loved one. The stages of grief and mourning are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life, across many cultures. Bereavement affects people in different ways, and there’s certainly no right or wrong way to feel. People feel many different emotions when losing someone they care about, and they often need grieving counseling to help them through this troubled time. While grieving is different for everyone, it helps to understand the common stages. Denial More often than not, the first reaction to learning about the loss of a cherished loved one is to deny the reality of the situation. Denial …

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Looking for the Signs: How to Detect Early Dementia

By Home Care Assistance, 5:20 pm on August 29, 2017
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Dementia is a disorder in the brain that affects thousands of Americans. When a friend or family member begins showing early signs of mental disintegration, it can be a very troubling experience for everyone involved. Dementia interferes with a person’s daily life and can often lead to even bigger problems like Alzheimer’s disease.1 The good news is that not all forms of dementia are irreversible; some stem from thyroid issues, alcohol consumption, and even vitamin deficiencies, but it’s important to recognize the signs to determine how the person can best be helped. At Home Care Assistance San Antonio, our home caregivers understand the pain and sorrow early dementia cases can inflict. If you’re concerned about …

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Tips to Help Manage Family, Career, and Long Distance Caregiving

By Home Care Assistance, 1:11 pm on August 29, 2017
Tips to Help Manage Family

Caring for elderly parents when you live far away can present challenges in ensuring they receive the right quality of care they require. In some cases, your parents may not want to relocate to be closer to you, and it is not always feasible for you to move closer to them. Fortunately, thanks to technology advancements and in home care services, you do have options for better managing your family, career, and long distance caregiving duties. Video Conferencing Technologies Staying in touch and being able to see your parents is easier today using video conferencing apps like Skype, Nest, Facetime, or others. Being able to talk to your parents and see their reactions to questions …

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How Art Therapy Can Help Dementia Care

By Home Care Assistance, 4:25 pm on August 15, 2017
Dementia Care Strategies

Developing effective dementia care strategies for a loved one who has been diagnosed with this medical condition or is in the early stages of minor memory loss is important to ensure quality care. It can be frustrating for the dementia patient when they have difficulties remembering things, places, names, and other aspects of their lives. This can lead to changes in personality where the patient can become upset, irate, angry, and confused. For caregivers, being able to provide assistance during these times is important by finding a common ground they can utilize to help the patient refocus. One such effective treatment that is being utilized is art therapy. Art therapy can cover a wide array …

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Stay Safe at Home

By Home Care Assistance, 4:34 pm on July 29, 2017
Stay Safe at Home

Many seniors in the U.S. are living in their homes. While this is a positive trend, living independently is most successful when the home environment is safe. Falls, fires, and burglary can all threaten the health and safety of seniors who are living independently. Thankfully, they can all be prevented with home health care. Preventing Falls Falls happen to seniors for several reasons, but the bathroom is the place where the majority of falls occur due to the many slippery surfaces. Unsteady seniors are far more likely to fall and injure themselves in a bathroom that hasn’t been equipped with certain features. Installing a grab bar in the bathtub can provide seniors with a way …

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12 Tips for Safety-Proofing Seniors Homes

By Home Care Assistance, 4:44 pm on July 25, 2017
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As we get older, our agility, reflexes, and eyesight diminish and even familiar surroundings can pose dangers if we do not take care to reduce hazards. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death for seniors, and many of these incidents occur in seniors’ own homes. Elder caregivers can help keep their seniors safe and healthy by safety-proofing their homes. Being able to continue living in their homes is a big advantage for seniors. Seniors are happier living in their own residences, taking comfort from their familiar surroundings and the home they’ve spent a lifetime building. This satisfaction yields tangible mental and physical health benefits as these seniors are more likely to be active …

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