Being a “Care Partner” During the Early Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease

Learning that your elderly parent has Alzheimer’s disease can be one of the most intimidating moments of your care journey with them. You know that this diagnosis is life-changing and something that will alter many of the plans that both of you had for the future. You may immediately start thinking of the additional care that they will need and all of the ways that you will need to help them manage their daily tasks as they progress. It is important to ... Read more

What Should You Do First When a Senior Needs Your Help?

Many caregivers are thrown for a loop when they first realize that a senior family member needs more help. Sometimes this situation crops up literally overnight, which complicates it further. Take your time to start putting some answers together. From there you can sort out what else you need and what other resources you can access. Assess the Situation Get as full a picture of the existing situation as you can. If your senior family member is having health problems, talk with ... Read more

Star Multi Care Celebrates Halloween in Style

The office staff at Star Multi Care Services in Melville, New York had another lively Halloween. The Annual Costume Contest is always well received by the staff as everyone looks forward to their opportunity to make a statement. This year’s winner, Lauren, dressed as Kim Kardashian West and took First Place. The two runners up were Angie who dressed as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, and Karen who chose to resemble a trendy zombie. “The staff always seem to have a great time”, said ... Read more

How Can You Tell that You Are Feeling Overwhelmed by Caregiving?

When you've got a lot of different situations going on in your life, being a caregiver can become extremely overwhelming. Overwhelm is that feeling when you're battling upstream constantly and getting nowhere. You might even feel as if you have to step completely away from caregiving. In many cases, managing the overwhelm can keep you functioning as a caregiver. You're Experiencing Feelings of Depression Depression can be subtle, but the symptoms are usually the same. People suffering from depression tend to feel ... Read more

Is Your Parent at Greater Risk for Bone and Joint Pain?

The statistics regarding bone and joint health in this country are truly staggering. Experts estimate that there are more than 54 million adults over the age of 50 who are suffering from osteoporosis, 35.5 million of which are women, and nearly 23 percent of the adult population is living with arthritis. These are only two of the many conditions that can lead to pain in the joints and bones, all of which can lead to reduced mobility, compromised safety, and diminished ... Read more

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
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