How to Reduce the Risk of Falls

If you have elderly parents, it is likely that you are worried about them falling. Unfortunately, the risk of falling increases as someone gets older. Falls can cause broken bones, head injuries, hip fractures, or even worse. The good news is that there are ways in which you can help to reduce the risk of falls in your aging parents. Talk About Their Health Conditions Does your parent have an eye condition that throws off their balance? Do they have arthritis or another ... Read more

Five Possible Signs of an Eye Injury

An eye injury can bring your senior down pretty quickly. Some eye injuries aren’t obvious right away, so it helps to know what to watch for so that you can get her help quickly. Blurred or Fuzzy Vision One of the first things your senior might mention could be that she’s unable to see as well, even with corrective lenses. She might say that her vision is fuzzy or blurry, and that can be a big problem. If she’s not able to see ... Read more

Finding Balance as a Family Caregiver is Essential

It may not be easy to find balance in life, especially when you have so many things going on, but it’s important. Balance allows you to reduce stress and anxiety, focus on the more positive things in life, and be a better support to friends and family who need you most. When you’re a family caregiver, stress is going to be a part of your life. You may not think it at first, especially because of the relationship you have with that ... Read more

STAR MULTI CARE IS IN THE NEWS AGAIN

Thanks to the expert opinion of Lauren Scalcione, RN Administrator, Star Multi Care has made another positive contribution to the staffing crisis in New York. Lauren was interviewed this month by Newsday regarding her opinions of the upcoming aide shortage that home health agencies will be facing within the next several years as the number of elderly and disabled clients increasingly choose to receive care in their homes. Ms. Scalcione addressed Star Multi Care’s ability to offset the mounting problems many of ... Read more

Can Your Parents Suddenly Develop Food Allergies?

People associate food allergies with something that dates back to childhood. Food allergies can appear at any age. What's important is that you don't associate a food sensitivity or intolerance with an allergy. There are differences. What Are the Differences Between Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities? A food allergy can be life-threatening. Itching and hives are common symptoms. People with food allergies may find their throat swells up and makes it impossible to breathe. Anaphylactic shock may occur if medical intervention isn't performed ... Read more

Does Your Senior Really Need to See Her Doctor if She Falls?

If your elderly family member has experienced a fall once, she might be shaken up quite a bit. You are probably just as terrified. Even if she doesn’t want to, though, you need to make sure that she sees her doctor right away. There are a variety of reasons for this, but if your senior is resisting the idea, lean heavily on the fact that you want to prevent another occurrence of a fall. Injuries Might Not Show up Right Away After a ... Read more

Massage Therapy Helps Both Seniors and Caregivers

There are many different types of massages, and they can have a myriad of benefits for both seniors and their caregivers. In fact, according to WebMD, there are more than 80 kinds of massage. In some cultures, massage is seen as a regular part of managing health. Weekly or semi-monthly massages are all seen to contribute to feelings of health and wellness. Getting a massage with your senior can both improve their health and reduce your stress as a caregiver. It makes ... Read more

Four Simple Fall Prevention Tasks to Check Off Your List

Fall prevention is high on the list of tasks that family caregivers worry about. Sometimes a fall is a fluke situation, but more often than not there’s something preventable that wasn’t accounted for and that’s what caused your senior to fall. Some of these tasks can help you avoid an injury. Put Handrails Up Handrails are one of the easiest fall prevention tools you can put in place for your elderly family member. You can put them anywhere that there’s wall space, too. ... Read more

Getting the Conversation Going around the Future

Talking about the future might be something your senior tries to avoid every time you get ready to bring it up. That can be frustrating for you, but it can also cause you to postpone putting changes in place that can help her to have the best quality of life possible. Think about Her Current Home Your senior’s current home situation can give you a lot of ideas about what to talk about. There may be safety changes you can make now or ... Read more

STAR MULTI CARE WANTS YOU TO TAKE CARE OF YOU

Whether you take care of children, an elderly parent or work for a home care company like Star Multi Care, you probably have come to realize that caregiving can be as stressful as it is rewarding. We want to help you reduce the stress of caregiving and for you to start taking care of you. We have found a FREE program aimed at taking care of caregivers called, Think Caregiver, that will benefit you, your client and your family members. In nature, ... Read more
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