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In-Home Care to Nursing Homes: A Variety of Options for Senior Care

June 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people want to be at home. According to an AARP survey, 90 percent of seniors 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible, and 80 percent think their current home is where they will always be.[1] It makes sense; home is familiar, close to friends and neighbors, and provides a sense of independence.

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Topics: Seniors, Home Care, Caregiving

Honoring Men in Our Lives

June 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Grandfathers, uncles, fathers, stepfathers and all our male role models remind us that growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional. We thank and honor them with a testament of “dad jokes,” stories and fond memories that are sure to make you groan, laugh and smile.

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Topics: Seniors, Fathers

Hoarding Behavior and Dementia

June 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations

Hoarding is a complex, difficult to solve situation. It requires a deep understanding of the situation, the underlying causes and how to create workable solutions that include all stakeholders. No two cases of hoarding are the same. In fact, there are several conditions that include hoarding behavior as a symptom.These include: 
  • Schizophrenia
  • Diogenese syndrome
  • Isolated syllogomania
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Various types of dementia
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Topics: Seniors, Caregiving, Dementia, Hoarding

10 Reasons to Choose Home Care

June 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

  1. Home is where Mom and Dad want to be! According to AARP, 90 percent of people 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible, and 80 percent think their current home is where they will always be.[1]
  2. Older adults need help. Surveys have found 40 percent of people 65+ need daily assistance, and 70 percent of adults 65+ will need assistance at some point. [2] In-home caregivers can assist with activities of daily living, such as errands, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, bathing, hygiene and dressing.
  3. Home care can help keep seniors out of the hospital. In a study of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, those receiving home care had lower hospital readmission rates – 58 percent compared to 66 percent without home care. Another study found seniors using home care had 25 percent fewer doctor visits.[3]
  4. Older adults are at a high risk of falling. In-home caregivers can identify trip hazards and assist with tasks that are sometimes dangerous, such as carrying a basket of laundry up the stairs or getting in and out of the shower.
  5. Home care can help older adults maintain health. In-home caregivers can prepare nutritious meals, take clients to doctor appointments and provide medication reminders.
  6. Many seniors are lonely. In fact, 43 percent of older adults report feeling lonely on a regular basis.[4] In-home caregivers provide companionship and meaningful activities, such as listening to music, playing games and looking through old photo albums.
  7. Family members may not be available to provide assistance. In 2010, the ratio of family caregivers to seniors (80 years and older) was 7-to-1. In 2030, the ratio is expected to drop to 4-to-1.[5] Family members also are living farther apart. On average, adults 60 and over are 280 miles away from their nearest child.[6]
  8. Family caregivers need a break sometimes. According to AARP, nearly nine out of 10 family caregivers said caring for a loved one was harder than they anticipated, and more than half felt overwhelmed by the amount of care their loved one needs.[7]
  9. Home care is often a more affordable option. Compared to nursing homes, assisted living and other senior housing options, providing care in the home may work better with one’s budget.
  10. Home care is personal. Home care helps people live independently in their own home and continue to do the things they love. At ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care, we work with each client and their family members to create a customized care plan. We also have innovative programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Call us today for a free in-home consultation. Our goal is to help people live their best life possible.

To learn more about in-home care, download our "Ultimate Guide to Home Care." This free e-book will lead you through the in-home care process, including:

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Topics: Seniors, Home Care, Caregiving

What You Need to Know About Congestive Heart Failure

June 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM

While the name sounds unnerving, congestive heart failure (CHF) does not mean the heart has stopped working, but rather the heart’s ability to pump has declined. Similar to how your sinuses become congested due to a cold or allergies, the body can become congested with blood and fluid when the heart isn’t pumping correctly. CHF, also known as heart failure, falls under the umbrella of heart disease. Other forms of heart disease, such as coronary heart disease, hypertension and cardiomyopathy, can cause CHF. In addition, thyroid diseases, diabetes, HIV, and an excessive accumulation of iron and protein can contribute to CHF.

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Topics: Seniors, Health, heart health

Parenting the Parent

May 31, 2016 at 2:00 PM

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.”  

— William Makepeace Thackeray, “Vanity Fair”

When someone who has raised you (whether it is a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) begins to decline mentally and physically, it can be frightening and vexing. The person who guided you through unfamiliar stages in life now needs you to guide them; your hero needs a hero. This “role-reversal” is becoming extremely common as seniors reach older and older ages. About 30 percent of adults with at least one parent age 65 or older said their parent or their parents need help handling their affairs or caring for themselves, according to the Pew Research Center. Adult children may need to wade through uncomfortable waters and prepare to assume a new role in their parents’ lives.

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Topics: Seniors, Caregiving, older adults

Taking Charge of Your Health: Mind and Body Connected

May 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Exercise is repeatedly featured in our favorite magazines, blogs and television shows. As an adult, being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health. However, did you know that it greatly benefits your mental health, also? Being physically active has been shown to reduce anxiety, effects of depression and other mental health concerns. However, that doesn’t mean you need to go run the marathon that has been on your bucket list for years. Start slow and try a multitude of activities to find what fits your lifestyle best. Not sure where to start? Check out Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging. It’s designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life.

Maximize the brain-protecting benefits of your workout:

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Topics: Seniors, Health, exercise

Keeping Safe at Home

May 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Home should be a place of comfort and safety. As time passes, however, we can become a little too comfortable in those familiar surroundings to recognize emerging safety concerns. For this reason, living safely at home can turn into a challenge for older adults. 

With increasing age, vision and hearing become less acute, balance is less steady and reaction time slows. Household and personal tasks that were once easy and safe to complete can turn into difficult and dangerous activities.

Make Necessary Repairs

Make it a priority to look around your loved one's home for potential safety hazards. Take time to check that all appliances, electrical devices and outlets are in good working order. If necessary, make repairs and replacements. It's important to personally assess the situation. Your loved one may be reluctant to bring any household problems to your attention due to concerns about costs, maintaining personal independence or simply not wanting to make extra work for you. 

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Topics: Seniors, Home Care, Caregiving, slips and falls, safety

Spring and Summer Are Scamming Seasons

May 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Late spring and early summer mark the beginning of vacations for many people. However, while you are relaxing poolside, fraudsters are working hard to snatch your money. Here are four scams to beware during these vacationing months.

Phishing for a Plane Ticket

Have you ever received an email to confirm a purchase you made online? The same principle applies, except you never reserved a flight. Con artists create realistic email confirmations with an airline’s logo, PDF attachments, and links claiming to take you to the airline’s help desk or home page. You may be inclined to select one of the links or attachments to try to figure out this obvious error. However, once the link or attachment is clicked, malware infiltrates your computer and can gather personal or financial information. If you are concerned about a suspicious email, directly contact your airline. Delta Air Lines, for example, has a page on their website dedicated to combating phishing emails.

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Topics: Seniors, Caregiving, scams

5 Common Myths About Dementia

May 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by the end of life, 1 in 3 elders will have some form of dementia. Despite the large number of people affected, there are still many misunderstandings and myths about dementia. Knowing more can help us better understand and care for those who live with dementia. This article will address five of the most common myths.

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Topics: Caregiving, Dementia, Memory