National Family Caregivers Month: Caregiver Concerns

Elder Care - Five Tipping Points You Might Reach in Caregiving

November is National Family Caregiver’s Month.  This is organized annually by the National Family Caregiver’s association as a time to thank, support, educate and empower the many family caregivers across the country.  One of the essential attributes of being a family caregiver, and an advocate for your loved one, is the willingness and the ability to speak up and keep your eye on the ultimate goal, protecting not only the health and safety of your loved ones but your own...

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November is National Family Caregivers Month: The Caregiver Bill of Rights

Senior Care - Four Tips for Helping Your Senior Part with Things

November is National Family Caregiver Month. The National Family Caregiver Association Coordinates National Family Caregivers Month as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Below is the Caregiver Bill of Rights created by Author Jo Horne. Caregiver Bill of Rights I have the right: To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will allow me to take better care of my loved one. To seek help from others even though my loved...

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Is Caring for a Loved One Wearing on You? Read Our Tips to Keep Your Spirits High

Providing daily care for a loved one can take a toll on you. You may find it challenging to maintain a positive attitude. But a positive attitude will help you cope with your situation's stress and set your day up for success. Helen Hunter’s article on the website has the following suggestions to improve your mood: 1. Learn healthy ways to manage your stress. 2. Think of Challenges to find opportunities to shine. 3. Look for the best in...

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Helping Your Loved One with Dementia Live a Fulfilling Life

For people living with Dementia, participating in once-loved activities can be challenging. This can produce feelings of loss and frustration for the Dementia patient and those who care for them. By changing the focus to different activities, they can continue to lead a more fulfilling life, despite living with Dementia. When caring for someone with Dementia, we tend to focus on care that revolves around grooming and rest/sleep patterns. While focusing on those basic activities so much, it is easy...

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The Benefits of Companionship

Aging is commonly associated with several health complications, from the flu to arthritis. While there are many healthy precautions that senior populations can take, there remains one risk that they should look out for loneliness. According to a report from the University of Michigan’s National Poll on Healthy Aging, one in three seniors feel lonely and chronic loneliness can impact seniors’ memory, physical and mental health, and their life expectancy. There are many ways in which companion care can help...

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Mind and Body: The Connection Between Music and Brain Health

There are many things you can do to exercise your brain. Exercise, having an active social life, getting plenty of sleep, and staying mentally active are just a few. Some studies show that listening to music can improve your brain health. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety and improve your blood pressure. Music can improve mood, sleep quality, mental awareness, and memory. In an article on Johns Hopkins Medicine website, the Brain-Music connection is explained: Experts...

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Creating a Safe Home to Age in Place

Statistics show that most Americans prefer to age in place in their home as they get older. They prefer the comfort of their home where memories have been created and things are familiar. Here’s a list to get you thinking about some home modifications that can help your loved one stay safe at home longer and age in place. Bathroom Install grab bars or safety rails for support when getting in/out of tub/shower – never use towel racks or shower...

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The Benefits of Intermittent Exercise

When it comes to fitness, most of us have an all-or-nothing mentality. This isn’t necessarily true. New research has shown that short bursts of exercise daily can significantly impact our health and wellness. Mini-Workouts, which can be as little as 3 minutes each, can be quickly and conveniently spread throughout your day. If you participate in a lengthy workout each morning but are sedentary the rest of the day, the impact on your health may not be as effective as...

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Understanding Respite Care

As rewarding as providing care for an aging loved one can be, sometimes it is essential to take a step back and take care of yourself. When caring for a loved one, you often miss social activities, ignore your health care needs, and become isolated. Increased fatigue and frequent illnesses can signal that you are experiencing caregiver burnout. Perhaps it is time to consider Respite Care Services. What is Respite Care? Respite care provides short-term relief for unpaid family caregivers....

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Need Help After a Hospital or Rehab Stay? Try Hope at Home Transitions

At Hope Senior Home Care, we recognize that a transition home from the Hospital or rehabilitation center can be challenging and stressful for you and your loved ones. After 18 years in the Home care industry, we have seen firsthand the many challenges families face. This is why we created our Hope At Home Transition program. We understand that transitioning home after a hospitalization or rehabilitation stay is critical to recovery. With so many things being discussed as you head...

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