Independent Contractor: Problems and Risks

Be Careful When Hiring an “Independent Contractor” to Care For Your Loved One By: Terri Murphy In today’s economic climate, everyone is looking for a less expensive solution for everything.  But when it comes to hiring someone to come into your home to care for your loved one, cheaper is not always better, and it may not be as much of a savings as you might think.  The use of private pay home care services is soaring in the United...

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What Is Palliative Care and Is It Right for Your Family?

There are so many different varieties of care that it is often confusing on what type of care you and your loved ones. Palliative care is one of those "types" that people are often confused about because it is a little bit similar to hospice care. This article from Family Care Alliance, we are not affiliated with the FCA, we just like them. What Is Palliative Care and Is It Right for Your Family?  [Note: The following FCA Blog post...

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The Importance of Good Nutrition in Aging Adults

The Importance of Good Nutrition in Aging Adults  Eating well is important at any age, but good nutrition becomes even more important for aging individuals as their nutritional needs change. Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, quality of life and vitality. Unfortunately, so many Seniors are not eating as well as they should, and this can lead to various health concerns, such as a weak immune system, muscle weakness and decreased bone mass. This puts them at risk for falls and...

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Home Care VS Assisted Living: A Tough Choice

One of the many things we see and hear on a regular basis is the debate between In- Home Care or Assisted Living. While we would love for you and your family to consider us as a care agency, the Hope Staff always wants you to make the best choice for your family and loved ones. We will always help point you in the right direction even if that isn't home care. This Article from "Daily Caring" might help make...

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Communicating in an Alzheimer’s World

Communicating in an Alzheimer’s World By Terri Murphy   It takes a lot of energy, learning, and patience to deal with Alzheimer's disease. In order to begin the process of dealing with communication in a world filled with Alzheimer's, you first need to make a simple important decision.  You have to want to decrease both your stress as a caregiver, and the stress of the person suffering from Alzheimer's.  You have to want to change the dynamic. Does the following...

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Pet Therapy – Promotes Healing

Pet Therapy – Promotes Healing By Terri Murphy   Research finds that pets truly possess the power to heal their owners, especially the elderly.  The most serious disease for older people is not cancer or heart disease, but loneliness.  Most of us don’t evaluate our loved ones needs until we see them struggling with normal every day activities.  We don’t look at how lonely their day is.  Daily companionship is just as important as meeting their other daily needs.  ...

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Winter Brings Challenges and Blessings to Seniors

Winter Brings Challenges and Blessings to Seniors By Terri Murphy   The holiday season brought special times to the lives of many seniors. They enjoyed family gatherings, special times with friends, and gift giving.  It is a time when seniors reflect on their lives, understand their place in the history of their family and they watch the younger generations prepare to move forward with their lives.  But then the long winter sets in and many find themselves lonely and isolated....

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