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Hygge: Embracing the Cozy Little Moments of Life

Posted by Anne Hein on February 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

For many parts of the country, bitter cold temperatures and icy roads keep us hunkered down at home this time of year. We may find ourselves sitting in front of the fireplace wrapped in warm, fuzzy blankets sipping mugs of steamy hot cocoa. If you’ve indulged in simple pleasures such as these, you’ve experienced “hygge.” hygge: popcorn and hot chocolate

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

5 Questions to Ask a Home Care Agency

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Finding a home care agency to watch over a parent, grandparent, spouse or another older loved one is a serious responsibility. Do you know what to look for in a home care agency to ensure you’re choosing the best for your loved one?

Here are five questions to ask when selecting an agency:

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Home Care Planning, Finances

What to Look for When Visiting Older Adults During the Holidays

Posted by Anne Hein on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM

For many families, the holidays are the only time they spend face-to-face. While phone calls and emails are a great way to connect, it can be hard to notice changes in a person’s appearance or home that could indicate they need help.

If you visit older parents, grandparents or other relatives this holiday season, pay attention to:

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Home Care Planning, Holidays

Holiday Hacks for the Busy Family Caregiver

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 4, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Recently, my mom and I were watching the Hallmark channel and discussing upcoming gatherings and parties. By the time we started listing our to-dos for the season, we weren’t feeling the holiday spirit. It seems as you get older, the holidays become less joyous and more laborious -- cooking, cleaning, shopping, decorating, etc. Plus, if you are a family caregiver, then you’re doing the same on behalf of or for your older loved one.

This year, though, I’m going to hack the holidays and beat the system. I want my family to make memories and have fun without everyone being stressed. I can hear you shouting, “Yes, me too!”

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Holidays

7 Ways Hospice Helps Families

Posted by Lou Sirignano on November 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The old adage that families only get together when there is a wedding or funeral really is accurate. The end of life, sad as it is, tends to unite families and bring them closer through their shared grief.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Hospice and Palliative Care

Happy Holidays and Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on November 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

When there is dementia in the family, we encounter new challenges with holiday gatherings. Dad wants to tell his World War II story many times over Christmas dinner. Mom gets overheated from the cheerful fire in the fireplace and removes her shirt. 

Where you had hoped for smiles, hugs and happy chatter, instead there are shouts, tears and toileting accidents.

With the right approach, everyone can enjoy the holidays, especially the person with dementia. Keep these three important ideas in mind:

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Caregiving, Aging

Preparing Your Aging Parents’ Home for Cooler Weather

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on November 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Depending on where you and your older parents live, the first touches of fall are likely happening: heavy rainfall, brisk temperatures, brilliantly hued leaves or snow dustings. Whether your parents are traveling to warmer areas or staying to enjoy the season, it’s important to ready their home against the elements.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

5 Tips for Talking With an Aging Loved One About Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on August 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

It can be difficult to know what to say and how to approach your parent, grandparent or other elderly relative about the sensitive topic of long-term care. Your loved one may feel as if they are a burden or that you no longer care about them. It may also be hard for them to admit they need assistance.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

What to Do if You Are a First-Time Family Caregiver

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on August 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

While some family caregivers gradually grow into their roles or are born into it, others can pinpoint the event that started their journey: Their father was hospitalized after a fall and needed more help at home, or their wife was diagnosed with an unexpected chronic illness.

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Topics: Caregiving, Home Care Planning, Aging, Finances, Fall Prevention, Safety, Technology

“It Was Like Magic.” Texas Couple Praises ComForCare Home Care for Changing Their Lives

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on August 1, 2017 at 12:27 PM

After six years of caring for his wife, Joyce, Carlos Lucido is rediscovering joy and peace thanks to ComForCare Home Care.

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Topics: Caregiving, Home Care Planning, Activities and Lifestyle

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