Does Your Parent Need Home Care Services at Night?

In your role as a family caregiver for your aging parent one of the most important decisions that you will make is whether your senior needs home care services or how much of such care would benefit them the most. You want to make sure that you make the decision that will ensure they have all of the support and care that they need, but that you are kept at the forefront of their care, and their independence is not compromised. One ... Read more

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia?

Approximately 900,000 people throughout the United States suffer from pneumonia each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 5 and 7 percent of these people will die from the infection. Unfortunately, elderly adults tend to be the most at risk, along with young children. As a family caregiver it is important that you are able to detect when your aging parent might be suffering from this infection so that you are able to ensure that they get the ... Read more

Early Signs Indicating a Caregiver is Needed

As people get older, sometimes they have difficulty taking adequate care of themselves. Their homes may become less safe due to unsanitary conditions or they may begin making decisions that put them in physical or financial danger. However, it can be hard for family members to recognize or accept that an older adult is failing and needs help. This can be especially true when family members don’t live close to the senior and see them only occasionally. The good news is that ... Read more

Star Multi Care Employees Donate to Hurricane Relief Fund

“Let’s help them”, said the President and CEO of Star Multi Care”. Last week after notorious Hurricane Irma bypassed his Southeastern Florida office and took route up the west coast of Florida, Stephen Sternbach thought of the unlucky residents of Florida who were unfortunate enough to feel her wrath. After a staff meeting he threw out the idea of initiating a collection for the hurricane victims for which he would match any funds raised, dollar for dollar. His staff jumped at the ... Read more

Tips for Helping Your Elder Cope with Depression

Depression among older adults is not uncommon. In fact, approximately 7 percent of elders live with chronic depression and even more will experience bouts of it. This, however, does not mean that it is a normal issue, or that it is just something that your aging parent will have to deal with as they get older. As their family caregiver it is important that you recognize the negative impact that depression can have on your parent and what you can do to ... Read more

Can Low Vision Increase Fall Risk?

Falls are one of the greatest risks that senior adults face. Each year throughout the United States, approximately 25 percent of the older adult population falls, and more than 27,000 die as a result of these falls. Identifying the particular risk factors that your senior has that increase the chances that they will suffer such a fall is an important step in protecting them from the falls and from the potentially devastating consequences that can happen as a result. One such ... Read more

Central Star Employee Provides Aid in Texas After Hurricane

“It is something I have always wanted to do, but never have”, stated Abbie Sites, a State Trained Nursing Assistant at Central Star Home Health in Mansfield, Ohio. As a registered volunteer with the American Red Cross, Abbie immediately called to offer help when devastating Hurricane Harvey left thousands of Texans homeless. To her surprise she was told they were presently overwhelmed with volunteers so she took it upon herself to find a local church in Texas that needed her help. With ... Read more

How Can You Help Your Elderly Adult Manage the Emotions of Moving into Your Home?

Making a move from her own home to yours is an extremely emotional time for your loved one. As her family caregiver, it falls to you to help make this process as easy as possible for your elderly family member. Here's what you need to know in order to keep the experience positive. Talk to Her before the Move Often family members and seniors avoid having deep talks before the move about how everyone is feeling because it might seem inevitable anyway. ... Read more

Dealing with Challenging Behaviors as a Caregiver for a Senior with Dementia

If your senior has been diagnosed with dementia, you may have also started to see some challenging behaviors cropping up. These types of behaviors can be jarring for you as your aging adult's caregiver because they're usually not in line with what you know about your family member's personality. You Can't Control Your Aging Adult's Behavior Your elderly family member's behavior is not something that you can control. What you can control is how you react to the behavior, how you manage ... Read more

What Conditions May Contribute to AFib?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that up to 6 million people throughout the United States are living with atrial fibrillation, or AFib. This form of irregular heartbeat dramatically increases your parent’s risk of suffering serious health conditions, including stroke and heart attack. As a family caregiver, it is important that you understand the risks that can increase the possibility that your parent will experience this condition, including the health conditions and complications that can contribute to AFib. Some of ... Read more
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