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

“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: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle

Sleep Can Help You Be a Better Caregiver

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Being a caregiver places a lot of demands on you – both physically and emotionally. Many caregivers juggle multiple tasks with work, home and family – never knowing what is around the corner.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

Are You a Family Caregiver and Don’t Know It?

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on June 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

When I was caring for my father and grandmother, I didn’t think of myself as a family caregiver. I viewed it as auxiliary duties of a daughter and granddaughter. Guiding my dad’s feet into his orthopedic boots and cleaning out my grandma’s refrigerator was a part of our unspoken family agreement to always support and love each other. When I was providing care, I thought “caregiver” was the term for a professionally-trained health care worker. “Caregiver” didn’t apply to me: I didn’t attend school for caregiving, I wasn’t receiving a paycheck, and I wasn’t caring for strangers but my own family.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

13 Simple Life Hacks, Tips and Tricks for Caregivers

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on June 1, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Caregiving for a parent or grandparent can be complex. Family caregivers must learn how to balance lives full of responsibilities with their parent’s or grandparent’s’ lives.

Life hacks, tips and tricks, can help family caregivers find smarter, easier ways to accomplish everyday activities or solve common problems — all without breaking a sweat. Here are 13 ways to work smarter, not harder.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, 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

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

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

Long-Distance Caregiving: How to Help Your Aging Loved Ones

Posted by Anne Hein on February 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM

From job opportunities that take adult children out of town to Mom and Dad retiring in a warmer climate, more and more families are living farther and farther apart. In fact, most adults 60+ live more than 280 miles from their nearest child.

Right now, there are approximately 5-7 million long-distance caregivers in the U.S., which is about 15 percent of all family caregivers. This number is expected to double by 2020. If you are one of the many million long-distance caregivers, here are some things you can do to help your parents live safely in their own homes.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle

Signs It May Be Time to Consider Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on February 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Lately, it seems like your elderly parents are having some trouble keeping up with everyday tasks – there’s spoiled food in the fridge, Mom missed her doctor appointment and Dad has had some minor, but concerning, falls. While these incidents may not seem like a huge deal, they could be signs your aging loved ones need some assistance. Here are some things to watch for when visiting seniors.  

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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