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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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Healthy Food Choices for Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 2:05 pm on March 15, 2017
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Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand with achieving and maintaining optimal fitness at any age. For seniors, it can be even more challenging to strike the best balance between getting the nutrition they need while controlling the number of calories they eat. As we age, our metabolism slows, preventing us from needing the same number of calories to stay at a healthy weight. At the same time, the need to consume a variety of nutrients is even more important to help prevent the onset or advancement of some health conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Our Balanced Care Method™ is just one way that Home Care Assistance San Antonio differs from any other in-home care company …

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Serving Up a Special Thanksgiving for Your Elderly Loved One

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on November 25, 2015

There are few better ways to celebrate Thanksgiving than spending the day with a senior parent. Sometimes the holiday can be a source of stress and strain for elderly loved ones, which is why San Antonio part-time care providers have put together the following tips to making Thanksgiving special for your senior family member. If your loved one resides at home with the help of family or professional caregivers, prepare dishes that are familiar or have been family favorites for generations. If you’re your family is less traditional and your senior loved one is physically able, offer to provide transportation to a favorite restaurant for a fun Thanksgiving meal. For loved ones who receive dementia …

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How Hospice Care Can Meet Your Senior Loved One’s Spiritual Needs

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on November 18, 2015
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Hospice care goes beyond providing a loved one with comfort, dignity, and compassion. It is a powerful tool that meets the spiritual and religious needs of seniors and their family during and after the final days of life. San Antonio live-in home care providers like Home Care Assistance want seniors and their families to understand the importance of meeting spiritual needs and how hospice care can provide religious aid. Why Spiritual Care Is Important The last stages of life generate questions regarding what lies ahead. It also spurs senior loved ones to seek finalization of matters that have been set aside, sometimes for years. It could be a final letter to an old friend or …

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Alzheimer’s Research: A Possible Link Between Bacteria and the Disease

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on November 4, 2015
Is It Possible to Treat Alzheimer's with Antibiotics in San Antonio, TX?

While physicians have developed treatments to manage the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s like dementia and disorientation, so far there is no cure for AD. Recently, however, scientists discovered a possible connection between bacteria and AD that San Antonio Home Care Assistance wants family members and their senior loved ones to know about. The following information explains the possible correlation between Alzheimer’s and bacteria and how antibiotics may play a role in curing the disease. Is Alzheimer’s Caused by Bacteria? While researchers aren’t certain if bacteria cause Alzheimer’s disease, some studies show that there’s at least a possible connection between bacterial activity in the brain and AD. Despite the promising research, however, the results are far …

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Insulin Therapy: How It Helps Seniors with Diabetes

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on October 28, 2015
The Benefits of Insulin Therapy for Seniors in San Antonio, TX

Diabetes affects individuals of all ages, though seniors are particularly vulnerable. Although diabetes can be managed with lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, there may be additional treatments your senior loved one needs to keep the disease in check. Home Care Assistance in San Antonio further explains how insulin therapy works and how people with diabetes benefit from the treatment. About Insulin Therapy Our bodies change most of the food we eat into a form of sugar called glucose. Insulin in our bodies helps the glucose enter our body’s cells to produce energy. For people with diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce the right amount of insulin or cannot use the insulin properly. As a …

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The Benefits of Insulin Therapy for Seniors in San Antonio, TX