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Home Care Vs. Home Health Care – What’s the Difference (and How Do Medicare and Medicaid Fit In)?

Posted by Anne Hein on May 24, 2017 at 11:41 AM

You’ve probably heard the saying: “Home is where the heart is.” Between the familiarity, the memories and the sense of independence – it’s not a surprise 9 out of 10 older adults want to live in their homes for as long as possible. However, to age in place, seniors often need assistance.

Help may come in many forms – from family and friends to professional services. Here are some of the types of in-home care older adults may need to remain in their homes.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning

Older Adults and High Cholesterol

Posted by Helen Beamer on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Growing old has its advantages: the wisdom of life experiences, the leisure of retirement, the joys of grandchildren and the benefits of senior discounts. On the other hand, growing old increases the likelihood of health concerns.

Data from Medicare show 80 percent of adults 65+ have at least one chronic condition. In addition, the most common health issue for adults 65 and older is high blood pressure, while the second is high cholesterol. According to the National Institutes of Health, 62 percent of adults age 50+ have high cholesterol. Similar to high blood pressure, high cholesterol causes no symptoms but can lead to impaired heart health.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

A Nurse’s Perspective: How to Nurture Your Body, Mind and Spirit

Posted by Helen Beamer on May 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

A nurse’s role includes many responsibilities: getting patients’ health histories, administering medications and treatments, performing diagnostic tests, and collaborating with doctors and the health care team. Nurses teach patients and families how to manage health conditions. Nurses work in all kinds of settings including hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, schools and government agencies. Skilled home health and hospice nurses take their skills on the road and provide care at their patients’ homes.

At the heart of it, nurses are caregivers. They juggle a lot of duties and mounds of paperwork as they give patients the very best care. Nurses are dedicated professionals. However, while caring for others is rewarding, it also can be tiring.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

Spring Activities for Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Spring has sprung! It’s time to shake off winter’s doldrums and get active. Whether you’re looking to invigorate the daily routine of yourself, your parent, your grandparent or all of the above, we have a list of ideas to ease into healthy movement.

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Will You Get Dementia From Soda?

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on April 27, 2017 at 9:05 AM

You may have seen it on the news or social media – two new studies suggest soda pop may be linked to stroke and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The studies appeared in the journals Stroke and Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

If you’re a soda pop drinker – sugary or diet – this may give you pause for thought. Here are four things to consider:

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

Let’s Talk About Frontotemporal Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on April 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Recently, I came across an article that struck a chord with me. Terry Jones, a member of the comedy team, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, announced his diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in September 2016. A newer interview provided an update about Terry’s condition, and also a request from his family: raise awareness about FTD and help others cope with it.

As an advocate and educator of dementia care practices, I want to honor their wishes by sharing more information about this less well-known form of dementia.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

4 Ways You Didn’t Know Home Care Could Help

Posted by Anne Hein on April 19, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Nine out of 10 people 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible. However, many will need assistance to do so. That’s where in-home care comes in.

Home care helps seniors continue to live in their own home and continue to do all the things they love.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

Furry Features: How Animals Help Seniors at ComForCare

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 10, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Some of our offices use animal therapy as a part of their caregiving services. Check out our featured offices and meet their furry caregivers.  

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle

The Three R’s of Caregiving

Posted by Helen Beamer on March 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

You’ve heard of the three R’s of education: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. You probably know about the three R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse and recycle. Having a list of three R’s can help us recall and prioritize what is most important.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

Dementia Isn’t Just a Memory Disorder

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Memory loss is the most commonly known disability connected with dementia. Yet, dementia is so much more than just a memory disorder. Here are some other types of disorders that may occur with dementia:

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

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