How to Cope When You Disagree with Your Senior’s Cancer Fight Choices

As a family caregiver, you love your aging parent, and you want what is best for them. This means you likely have very specific and strong opinions about how they should handle the challenges and issues that they face, such as if they are diagnosed with cancer. You may immediately know what you think they should do, and what type of treatment and management options they should pursue. While it is normal and natural for you to have these opinions, it is ... Read more

STAR MULTI CARE HOPES TO BECOME THE IVY LEAGUE OF HOME HEALTH CARE

Star Multi Care Services in Melville, NY has recently been certified by the New York State Department of Health as an approved Home Health Training site. The program allows individuals to train and become certified Home Health Aides. “There is currently an extreme shortage of qualified home health aides and it is expected to get much worse in the next 10 years”, stated Lauren Scalcione, Administrator of the New York branch. “We want to fill the gap with not only caregivers ... Read more

Importance of Caring for Your Senior’s Oral Health During National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. This is the perfect time for you to evaluate your elder's oral health, and the steps they take to protect their mouth health, so you can make sure they are as healthy as possible. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize that taking care of your senior's oral health is not just about keeping their mouth healthy. What happens in your parent's mouth can impact their entire body. Understanding this risk can help ... Read more

Preparing Your Parent’s Home for a Weather Emergency

When it comes to preparing for a severe weather emergency, it is not just your senior themselves that needs to be prepared. Readiness also involves their environment, and that means preparing their home for the weather emergency. If your aging parent will be weathering the storm in their own home, or if they will be transitioning into your home, and even if you think evacuation is eminent, taking the time to prepare their home prior to a weather emergency can protect ... Read more

What’s Changing About Medicare in 2019?

As a family caregiver, one of the things you may do for your aging relative is managing their medical bills. That means dealing with Medicare, a program you might not have had much experience with prior to becoming a caregiver. Medicare has been around for 53 years, but that doesn’t mean it’s “same old same old” from one year to the next. In fact, there are several changes coming to Medicare in 2019 that family caregivers should know about. Below are some ... Read more

Can Concussions Cause Complications?

Most concussions are a very mild, and heal quickly and completely. In fact, many people experience concussions without even realizing it they have suffered such an injury. Other concussions, however, can be very serious, and result in complications that can linger for months or years. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand the impact a concussion can have on your parent for the rest of their life, and be prepared to ensure they receive the care and support needed ... Read more

5 Ways to Manage Diabetes During Illness

Managing diabetes can be complicated even when your aging relative is otherwise well. But, when they are ill, the disease is even tougher to keep under control. Illness places stress on the body and causes it to release certain hormones to fight the illness. Unfortunately, the hormones can make blood sugar levels go up and they can make insulin less effective. That can make it more difficult for the older adult to keep their blood sugar levels steady and within their ... Read more

Could Mold Be Damaging Your Senior’s Health?

Part of your role as a family caregiver is making sure your aging parent has a healthy, clean environment to live in. Unfortunately, there are many potential hazards that may exist in your senior's home which can put their health and well-being at risk. One of these is mold. September is Mold Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity for you to determine if your aging parent may be suffering from health consequences as a result of exposure to mold, and to ... Read more

Four Ways to Deal with Sudden Stress as a Caregiver

As a caregiver, you may find that stress can balloon up out of the blue very quickly. If you've got some techniques that help, you can stay calm, cool, and collected. These techniques are some easy ones to start with and you can build on them as you need to do so. Repeat a Positive Mantra Mantras are short, simple statements that are positive and easy to remember. During times of extreme stress, mantras can help you focus on that positivity. You might ... Read more

Deaths from Falls on the Rise

An alarming report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that deaths from falls among older adults is up 31 percent since 2007. While you might at first think the increase is due to the fact that the senior population is getting larger, the CDC says they adjusted the rate to account for the increased population. The exact reason for the increase in deaths from falls is not clear, but scientists suspect it may have something to do with ... Read more
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