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Holiday Warning Signs to Look for in the Elderly

One of the most wonderful things about the holidays is that people make the time to spend time with their relatives. This usually includes family members who might otherwise be away from family most of the time, and affords a great time for families to look for warning signs that might be showing themselves in elderly loved ones. There are some simple things that you can keep an eye out for when visiting an elderly relative, small things that might be signs of bigger problems hiding under the surface. Some are subtle, while others are more obvious. Whatever you do, don't ignore issues that you notice. You don't have to be afraid of what might happen if you find something concerning, because there is a log of...

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Meet Aggie; Our Caregiver of the Month

Agnes, better known as Aggie, has 7 years of experience and she joined our incredible team of caregivers in April of 2014. What's great about Aggie is that when we assign her to a new client we rarely hear from either Aggie or the client. She simply knows what to do and she is smart enough to handle the toughest situations. She is an honest and diligent young woman and is very passionate about her work as a caregiver. Aggie is very sweet and has a special caring attitude towards seniors. Everyone agrees that she’s a kind-hearted person with the best intentions. She displays her immense care by providing our patients with a reason to live each day. She has profound skills completing all her...

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Caregiver Stress Reduction During the Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also one of the most stressful times of the year. That's especially true for individuals who are caring for an aging loved one. Along with all of the other responsibilities that you are juggling during December, there is the added stress of being responsible for the care of an elder. The best thing that you can do is to take care of yourself. This is not a selfish act - by taking care of yourself you're also supporting and taking care of your loved one. Because you can't be there for them if you're pushed to your limits. But how can you possibly take a moment for yourself, even if it is important, when there are so...

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Transitioning from Hospital to Home

The aftermath of a hospital stay can be a complex time for an individual who has experienced a serious medical event. People sometimes imagine that when a person is discharged from the hospital that that's the end of  it. But in most situations there is a long rehabilitative process that goes along with a hospital stay. This can occur in the home or in a managed care facility that specializes in rehabilitation. Either way, there are transitions involved that must be managed well in order to facilitate a good recovery. Communication is the key to success. Information must be shared between doctors, support staff and insurance companies. Big decisions are often made and it's essential that everyone be in good contact so that decisions can be...

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Learning to Handle Grief

When a loved one is lost, the highly personal process of grieving can take a very long time - months or even years.  How long the grieving process goes on depends on a wide variety of factors, like the relationship to the person who passed away, whether the death was sudden or expected, and what kind of role the individual had in their loved one's life in the time leading to the loss. This process is incredibly personal, and there is no one way to grieve properly, rather there is a spectrum of healthy ways to experience the grieving process. Bereavement and grief are often felt not only in the emotional self, but also in the mental self and even in the physical body.  Emotions  are...

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Meet Mele. Our Caregiver of the Month

When we met Mele for the first time we knew we had a winner. She started working for NuevaCare with over 17 years of experience and she had done it all from meal prep to hoyer lift and transfers. Combining her wonderful personality and her level of experience we decided to assign her to one of our clients who had just come home after a long stay at a facility. It was a big step for our client and her family to transition home after being away for a while. They had many questions about how she would go home to a safe and pleasant environment. The answers to many of their questions was Mele. Here is what our client's daughter had to sya about Mele: "I...

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November is Home Care and Hospice Month

Thanksgiving is already upon us - next week! Americans all over the country are going home to spend quality time with their family and friends. As we think about home, it's also a great time to think about home care. Did you know that November is National Home Care and Hospice Month? This month we recognize the need for home care and for hospice care, and we also give thanks to the dedicated individuals who work with patients in their homes day in and day out. These amazing nurses, therapists and aides take care of the people who we care so deeply about. Home care workers have an intimate connection with their patients that rises far and above the norm. These individuals experience the lives of our loved...

Seniors, the Holidays and Intervening

  The holidays are a time of year when we see family members who we don't see as often as we'd like. It's not unusual for an individual to find that their elderly family members have not fared the time apart well.  But tread softly should you discover that this is the case this holiday season. Here are some tips to help make sure that you use the time with your family members to reinforce and create positive interactions rather than fostering alienation or bad blood between you and your loved one. Observe as much as you can during your visit. If your loved one is driving, then ride along. If he or she is cooking, then partake in the meal preparation and note how well they...

A Thank You Note to Caregivers

Caregiving is one of the most unsung roles in society, and yet at some point it seems as though most people fulfill this role. Yet individuals are often dedicated caregivers for years with little to no recognition or reward. But today we're saying THANK YOU to all of the people who carry out this thankless job. What is caregiving? Someone is a caregiver if they are giving care to another. They help out in concrete tasks - from medical needs to daily living, logistical concerns to financial management. And caregiving nearly always involves a level of emotional support as well. From caring comes courage. - Lao Tzu Those who fulfill the role of caregiver find themselves not only fulfilling the lives of those in their charge, but also by...

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5 Warning Signs in Aging Parents

Nearly one third of adults in the United States right now find themselves caring for an aging relative, and that number is expected to increase over the next several years. Family caregiving is increasingly common as medical breakthroughs and improved lifestyle allow people to live longer.  Many serious health issues are preventable with simple, early interventions. Start asking questions and seeking treatment early in order to maintain a high quality of life for your loved one. Here are 5 warning signs that you should keep an eye on. Self Care Is your parent able to care for themselves adequately? While people do slow down as they age, declining self care and care for their environment is a serious warning sign and could be symptomatic of dementia, depression, or...