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By Sara Marrow, 11:38 am on December 29, 2017

Practicing resilience is a key component of being happy as a home caregiver. Looking after loved ones is mentally and physically exhausting if you don’t have the tools for helping loved ones through once simple tasks they performed themselves. Daily routines can become tedious for home caregivers if they allow…

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Lessen Caregiver Burnout
Lessen Caregiver Burnout
By Sara Marrow, 12:10 pm on September 29, 2017

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…

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Stay Safe at Home
Stay Safe at Home
By Sara Marrow, 4:34 pm on July 29, 2017

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…

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In-Home Care
In-Home Care
By Sara Marrow, 11:07 am on July 15, 2017

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…

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The Effects of sleeping Pills in Elders
The Effects of sleeping Pills in Elders
By Sara Marrow, 9:00 am on July 29, 2015

Does your loved one suffer from persistent insomnia? Perhaps you’ve tried several sleep-promoting measures, all to no avail. Are you considering medication, but unsure if it’s the right decision? Here, Home Care Assistance in San Antonio, TX, presents what medical authorities say about drug-induced sleep for seniors. How Prescription Drugs Add Up Prescription sleep aids don’t go beyond the benchmark hours for sleep. For example, a large FDA study of Sonata showed that it did not extend sleep time. Subjects slept an average of 6 hours and 20 minutes, and it took 36 minutes for them to fall asleep. Side effects were reported as memory problems and daytime sleepiness. An extensive…

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Reduce Elderly Fall Risk
Reduce Elderly Fall Risk
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on May 21, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of all senior falls happen at home. Areas that used to be easy for seniors to navigate (stairs, the bathroom, and the kitchen) can become safety hazards, resulting in falls causing minor injuries, fractures, or long-term disability. Fortunately, there are a number of preventative measures that seniors and their families can take to reduce the risk of falls at home. Lessen the Threat of High Risk Areas – The bathroom and kitchen are prone to slick surfaces that can result in a trip or fall. Make these areas safer by retrofitting the bathtub and shower area with grab bars,…

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Reduce Senior Fall Risk
Reduce Senior Fall Risk
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on January 8, 2015

Falling is a major cause of injury and death in seniors. In fact, when older individuals visit their physicians, the first question that is often asked of them is whether or not they have recently fallen. Because the facts about falls among the aging population may be surprising for many, San Antonio Home Care Assistance wanted to share them with our readers. The more informed you are about seniors and falls, the better prepared you’ll be able to prevent your loved one from falling! At-Risk Seniors – More men experience falls than women, and people who are over age 75 are five times more likely to take a tumble than…

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Senior Safety Evaluation
Senior Safety Evaluation
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on December 18, 2014

Making the decision of whether aging loved ones are safe at home independently is one of the hardest choices for families, especially adult children, to make. Because the health of the family member in question is critical in making determinations on his or her ability to live independently, Home Care Assistance of San Antonio shares a few items that indicate a senior’s safety is at risk. Forgetfulness – Does your aging loved one have a problem with paying the bills? Do they forget about appliances being left on? Do they neglect keeping the home free from trash and filth? Are doors and windows left unlocked in the home? The inability…

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