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Hiring an In-Home Caregiver – What Options Are Available

Posted by ComForCare on October 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Most seniors want to age in place. According to AARP, 90 percent of those 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible and 80 percent think their current residence is where they will always be. However, to stay at home, older adults often require assistance with everyday activities from bathing and going to the bathroom, to running errands and preparing meals. Family and friends can often chip in, but sometimes they are not available, they live far away or it is more than they can juggle. That’s where home care comes in. 

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Topics: Seniors, Home Care, Hiring a Caregiver

Helping People With Dementia Live at Home Longer

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on October 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations

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Topics: Seniors, Dementia, Alzheimers

13 Halloween Costumes for People in Wheelchairs

Posted by ComForCare on October 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Halloween isn’t just for little kids anymore and neither is dressing up. In 2015, 64 percent of adults 18 and older planned to participate in Halloween festivities, and adults spent $1.2 billion on costumes just for themselves. It isn’t at all shocking, though. While make-believe and pretend are sometimes seen as childish games, adults also feel the need to express themselves. In an article on Halloween, consumer anthropologist Robbie Blinkoff said, “It's a way for people to try to be more themselves." Costumes can represent who the person is on the inside.

Finding an outfit that perfectly reflects the “inner self” can be difficult and a wheelchair can add to the costume complexity. However it’s not impossible. If you, a parent or grandparent uses a wheelchair and wants to be in costume this Halloween, here is a list of costume ideas that accommodate wheelchairs. 

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Topics: Seniors, Halloween, Costumes

Festive Fall Activities for Seniors and Their Families

Posted by ComForCare on October 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Crisp cool air, brightly-hued leaves and shorter days are signs that autumn has arrived. Although we may regret the end of summer, seniors, toddlers and everyone in between can have fun with these family-friendly fall activities.

Falling leaves and pumpkins of all sizes are inspiration for these fall-themed projects:

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Topics: Seniors, Meaningful Activities, Fall

Need Help Coordinating Health Care? Turn to a Case Manager

Posted by Anne Hein on October 10, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Case managers play a critical role in the health care system, but many do not know they exist. Case managers help individuals and their families understand a person’s illness or injury and then work with them and other health care professionals to develop a treatment plan.

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Topics: Aging, Case management, Health care

Immunizations Are for Adults Too! How to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones Against Pneumonia

Posted by ComForCare on October 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Aparna Ghosh, MPH, clinical quality consultant, MPRO

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Topics: Aging, Health, Immunizations

There’s an App for That Part 5

Posted by ComForCare on October 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM

In part 5 of our popular series, we are gathering apps from around the internet that can be beneficial and fun for those with dementia. The following apps may not be appropriate for all the stages of dementia, so test out which apps will be best for your loved one. 

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Topics: Dementia, Alzheimers, technology

Preventing Falls – In-Home Safety Checks and Assessments

Posted by ComForCare on September 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

You noticed a bruise on your grandma’s arm. “It was just a little fall,” she says. Maybe she is right, it was a minor incident. But what about the next time? Falls can be serious, sometimes fatal, for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Even if someone isn’t hurt when they fall, they may become afraid of falling, which can have a big impact on their life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the fear of falling causes people to limit their activities and cut back on social engagement. When someone is less active, they become weaker, which increases their chances of falling. Research also shows falling just once doubles one’s chances of falling again.

It’s a common belief falls are just a part of aging – that it’s inevitable seniors will fall. That’s not necessarily true because most falls are preventable. Many ComForCare/At Your Side Home Care locations offer free in-home fall safety evaluations and fall risk assessments. Our home safety check evaluates all aspects of someone’s living conditions. A trained professional will look at things such as:

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Topics: Caregiving, safety, Falls

Physical Function, Food and Falls

Posted by ComForCare on September 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

You’ve likely heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital takes that concept further by supporting the notion, “You become what you eat.” The study, which compared diet quality and physical function in over 50,000 women, found that those who maintained a healthy diet over the years were less likely to develop problems with physical function as they grew older.

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Topics: Aging, Seniors, Falls

Recent Research on Dementia Gives Hope

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on September 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM

I wish I could tell you about new research that shows us exactly what causes Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia or provides a clear way to a cure, but I cannot. Nevertheless, some recent research offers hope to people living with dementia and their families. Here are a few studies worth learning about.

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Topics: Aging, Dementia, Alzheimers

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