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Treat Your Loved One to a Happy, Healthy Holiday

For many people, the season that brings Thanksgiving and Christmas is the most “wonderful time of the year.” The holidays are filled with delicious food, vacation from work, and quality time with family and friends. And don’t forget about the gifts. But for some, the holidays can trigger stress, anxiety, loneliness, health problems, and even depression. The “holiday blues” can be a real issue for someone of any age, but sometimes especially for the elderly or anyone living alone. If you have loved ones who experience these feelings of sadness or [...]

By | 2017-11-20T17:15:24+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Treat Your Loved One to a Happy, Healthy Holiday

3 Tips to Transition Your Loved One to In-Home Care

It’s the good news you’ve been waiting to hear: Your loved one is making great progress in their recovery, and is ready to go home. This, of course, is the goal after any stint in a short-term health care facility – hospital, rehab and therapy or a nursing home. While being able to take your loved one home to their own place or your house to live is cause for celebration, the transition can be physically and emotionally stressful. However, there are several ways to make this transition go more smoothly [...]

By | 2017-11-08T16:20:28+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 3 Tips to Transition Your Loved One to In-Home Care

5 Tips for Sun Safety for Your Aging Loved One

Summer is upon you and it’s important to remember a few safety tips when you’re caring for an aging loved one. You want them to get out and enjoy the beauty and wonder that summer has to offer while being safe and protected from the dangers that come with the heat. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re caring for your loved one. Sun Safety Just as you would protect yourself and your children, you may have to remind your senior loved ones of this critical step in [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:24:58+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 5 Tips for Sun Safety for Your Aging Loved One

Assisting Veterans with Free Home Care

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the VetAssist Program to be able to offer free, or low-cost, home care to veterans, or their surviving spouse, who qualify under the Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension benefit. This is an additional benefit that is added to your existing Veterans pension. We can sit down with you and undertake a thorough assessment to determine whether you are eligible for the benefit. If we believe you meet the criteria we can help you submit the application and all the relevant documents [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:28:58+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Assisting Veterans with Free Home Care

Fire Safety and Your Elderly Loved One

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Adults over 65 have a 2.6 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the total population, with those over 85 and over 4.1 times more likely. These are pretty scary statistics worth paying attention to. There are things you can do to help your elderly loved one stay safe. Install and check smoke detectors Ensure there are smoke detectors on every level of the property, especially outside of bedrooms. As well as testing them regularly, ensure that your loved one can hear them. Buy [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:31:58+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fire Safety and Your Elderly Loved One

Winter Health Hazards

Reducing the risk of falling More than 25% of Americans aged 65 and over take a fall. While not all falls lead to injury, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors and are the most common cause of non-fatal hospital admissions.  95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually on curbs, steps, and uneven sidewalks, and falling is the most common cause of traumatic brain injury. In addition to the physical impact, falling can result in the person becoming fearful, impacting on everyday life and making them isolated. [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:35:07+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Winter Health Hazards

The Holiday Season: Loneliness and Isolation

Thanksgiving seems to have flown around this year and on Thursday, many of us were spending time with family and friends. In our excitement, we can often forget that for an elderly friend or relative the holiday season can be an incredibly lonely and isolating time. Rather than happiness and joy, the holiday season can act as a reminder that a once-bustling and vibrant home, is now silent and still. It may be the first year without a spouse or much-loved friend or family member. Loneliness is true of other holidays and [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:36:40+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Holiday Season: Loneliness and Isolation

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Family caregivers are often unsung heroes, not always recognizing that they are a caregiver, rather they are just ‘doing their job’. This year, the theme for National Family Caregivers Month is “Take Care to Give Care”, which ties in with our last article on noticing the signs of burnout (link to article). Caregiving can be anything from mowing the lawn, to carrying out chores, taking your family member back and forth to hospital appointments, cooking meals, bathing and dressing your loved one. Often, family caregivers are managing extra responsibilities alongside running their [...]

By | 2017-07-27T15:37:58+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on November is National Family Caregivers Month

Beware of Burnout

Many Caregivers Give Too Much Of Themselves The focus of family caregivers is to take great care of a loved one. However, as time goes on, a caregiver’s energy, productivity and even motivation can wane…though not intentionally. Burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. It is caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Every day is a bad day. The exhaustion leads to the caregiver feeling overwhelmed and unable to meet the relentless demands on them. Without realizing it, they can appear cynical, hopeless, and even resentful. In fact, [...]

By | 2017-05-15T19:12:02+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Elderly Care|Comments Off on Beware of Burnout

3 Common Fears of Old Age

There are fears that can creep into a person’s mind during any stage of life. They tend to change a bit as time goes on, but there is something that almost everyone fears in each stage. As you reach those retirement years and beyond, you begin to think through other aspects of aging and how your life may change drastically. Here are five of the most common fears that creep into peoples’ minds in the later stages in life. Being Forgotten Nobody wants to be forgotten. As humans, we are made [...]

By | 2017-05-15T19:13:24+00:00 July 16th, 2015|Elderly Care|Comments Off on 3 Common Fears of Old Age
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