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How Home Care Helps Prevent the Most Common Hospitalizations

Some of the most common reasons for hospitalizations can so easily be prevented with the aid of an experienced home care provider. In fact, preventative measures are one of the best reasons to get onboard with homecare! Here are five areas in which home care can help to prevent hospitalization: Accidents There are so many common accidents around the home that are preventable. Things like slips and falls are of course what the thing of first, but also other accidents like traffic accidents or exhaustion are very preventable with more attention and a set of helping hands. In home caregivers from Nuevacare are trained in fall prevention, and they're also able to provide transportation services. And of course they're always there to help out with duties that...

Anger and Seniors – Strategies to Help You Deal

Everyone has good days and bad days. It's something that happens to all of us. That's true for seniors as well. Mood swings can come for them from many of the same things that they come from for us. Poor heath, stress, pain, and dissatisfaction with life are all contributing factors. In addition there's wrestling with the loss of dignity, or perceived loss of dignity that can be part of aging. If you're a family caregiver, particularly one who is part of the sandwich generations, these things can make it easy to start to think that your loved one's mood swings and emotional struggles are your fault, and then to become overwhelmed. cause can require a considerable amount of patience and empathy, there’s much more you can...

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Caregiver Burnout and You

  Caring for a loved one who needs your support is something that everyone who does it struggles with to some extent. It's a challenging job to do that stretches you between the family obligations that you have taken on with partners, children and grandchildren, against the needs of an aging loved one who has often been your caregiver in the past. Here are some essential strategies to make your life as a caregiver work, warding of burnout before it comes on and also combating it once it becomes a reality. 1. SELF CARE - Take care of yourself. This is something that many have heard over and over again, but that's because it's absolutely true. You must pay attention to your thoughts and emotions, and learn to...

You Need a Break – How Caregivers Can Get One

Taking care of an aging loved one who needs your help is a big deal. There's a balancing act to be had, keeping the responsiblity that you have to maintain in all areas of your life while also getting everything done to maintain their lives. You need to take some time for yourself if you're going to be able to keep up with taking care of them. Reaching out for help is often the biggest challenge, but here are some ways for caregivers to get some help when they need it. Elder companions Basic respite care can come from elder companions - peers who can come in and do things like light housekeeping, shopping, errands and other simple activities. The big thing that they provide for your loved...

5 Tips to Ease the Transition from Facility to Home Care

The transition from a hospital or rehabilitation facility to home is a hugely challenging one. What most people see is nothing but the relief that comes from being at home, but the reality is that recovery is still actively going on when a patient returns home after an event. Here are 5 keys to making the transition from a hospital or rehabilitation facility easier: 1. Communication The effective sharing of information between doctors, nurses and other health care providers, as well as with the family is the key to making it work. These days there are so many people involved in the care of each patient, that it seems almost impossible to get everyone on the same page. However you can make sure that communication flows more effectively...

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Could Stress Be Causing Illness in Your Loved One?

Though it can often seem like the retirement years should be ones of leisure and free from responsibility, the stress of life can still take a serious toll on the health of seniors. Yes, jobs and work are in the past, but there are still a wide variety of things that push individuals to their limits. A whole life of working, raising children, navigating relationships, retiring can seem like reaching the top of a mountain, the idea is that the struggle is finally over. The reality is that it's not.  There are still a wide variety of stresses on life. The top 5 stresses on life that are the most common links to illness are: Divorce Marital separation Institutionalization (leaving the home for another environment) Death of...

10 Tips to for Health and Longevity

When you're a family caregiver, your health and longevity matter. You've got someone who's counting on you for support and care. These ten tips for health and longevity work on everyone - you and your elderly loved ones. Try implementing just a few at a time, and you'll feel better as well as living longer. 1 - Drink coffee This will come as welcome news to many people - coffee is good for you! Coffee is full of antioxidants, and a modicum of caffeine is actually shown to help the body regulate its rhythms. Drink caffeinated coffee only before noon to keep your sleep cycle on point, and remember that even decaf has some caffeine in it. 2 - Skip liquid calories Avoid juices, sodas and protein drinks. Your...

Seniors Behind the Wheel – Tough Conversations

Cars are about more than just getting from place to place, they're a sign of independence. When we're teenagers and are first admitted into the wonderous world of driving, it's a mark of our adulthood. But driving is an incredible responsibility that involves not only the safety of the driver but also of the people out on the road. There are a myriad of health concerns that can compromise the ability of an individual to drive safely, from decreasing eyesight to memory challenges. While it's incredibly difficult to broach the subject of decreasing ability to drive, it's an incredibly important conversation to have, for their safety and for the safety of those around them. This struggle with determining when it's time to give up driving is common...

Long Distance Caregiving

Long distance caregiving probably isn't what you think it is. While we generally think of long distance as being across the country or across the state, it's those close but not so close distances that can in fact present the most challenge. That's because families don't often reach out for help when they live in the general area of their loved one, and instead find themselves stretched in resources, most particularly in their time. According to the the National Alliance for Caregiving, one third of caregivers live more than 20 minutes away from the person that they're caring for, and one sixth live more than an hour away. Those distances are substantial when you consider the hefty amount of intervention that is required in order to...

Learn the Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's Disease is a disorder of the brain, affecting both men and women. It generally begins in individuals over the age of 50, though in rare cases younger adults develop the illness.  Over 1 million American suffer from Parkinson's. It impacts muscle movement, making walking difficult and causing tremors. Younger adults can sometimes develop Parkinson's disease. The early signs of Parkinson's disease aren't always easy to recognize, particularly in older individuals. These symptoms can be mild and are similar to some of the other, normal signs of aging. Early Parkinson's symptoms and signs of include: Decreased facial expression Tremors or shaking when resting Muscle aches Decreased or slowed movements Difficulty swallowing Fewer facial expressions Balance issues Stooping Drooling Excess Blinking Stiff muscles, especially leg muscles Slowed speech Monotone voice If you suspect that your loved one might be showing these symptoms, bring...