How to help your Aging Parent Prevent a Broken Hip

Broken hips are a common injury among the elderly and 95 percent of them are caused by falls. Every year, over 300,000 people over the age of 64 are hospitalized due to these debilitating injuries. Fortunately, there are steps that you and your parent can take to help prevent btoken hips. Steps to Take Contact their primary health care provider to discuss your parent’s risk factors and how to help minimize them. Osteoporosis is one of the main risk factors for this ... Read more

NEW CENTRAL STAR BABY ARRIVES AT AVITA HEALTH SYSTEM

Central Star Home Health Services in Mansfield Ohio is pleased to report the birth of Kashton Paul Banks.  Kaston arrived on the morning of April 10th, 2017 at Avita Health Systems-Galion. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 ¾ inches long.  Kashton is the son of Elaina Banks who has worked as the Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator at Central Star for over two years. Elaina reported having received “star treatment” from the staff at Avita stating “All the staff ... Read more

Elderly Care – The Added Danger of Melanoma in the Elderly

Melanoma is a dangerous type of skin cancer that is often discovered when a mole changes size, shape, or color. It is something that everyone should always be on the lookout for, but it is an especially deadly illness in the elderly. Studies have shown that not only do elderly patients get melanoma more often than their younger counterparts, they have a higher mortality rate with melanoma as well. Thusly, it is important for you, as the one responsible for elderly care, ... Read more

What Can You Do if Your Loved One Doesn’t Recognize You?

Walking into a room and having your loved one treat you like a stranger isn't fun for any family caregiver, but it can unfortunately happen. This is especially true if your loved one has always had a close relationship with you and other family members. Your Loved One May Recognize Younger Versions of You Even if your loved one doesn't recognize you today, she may recognize younger versions of you. This is because short-term memory is often affected by dementia and other brain ... Read more

What is Heart Arrhythmia?

If your parent has been diagnosed with heart arrhythmia, you are probably feeling worried. After all, having a loved one diagnosed with a heart condition is scary stuff. And, “arrhythmia” sounds like a complicated and confusing term. Understanding what heart arrhythmia is, what symptoms to look for, and how the condition can be managed might help you to feel more confident in your role as a family caregiver to a senior parent.   What is it? Simply put, heart arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. ... Read more

What to Do After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

If your parent has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, both of you may be experiencing various emotions that range from denial to fear and anger to grief. It’s important to be able to communicate these feelings. Ultimately, you will want to get to the place where you have accepted what may lie ahead and are living in the present, appreciating what both of you have now. There are specific steps you can take now that will help bring this sense of ... Read more

National Woman’s Check-up Day (May 8th): What Exams Should Your Mom be Getting and How Often

Each year on the second Monday in May, the U.S. Department of Health holds National Woman's Check-up Day. On this day, women are urged to go for a check-up. Has your mom been for a check-up lately? If you're not sure, now's the time to talk about scheduling one. During that medical appointment, make sure your mom's physician is running the following exams. Blood Pressure Blood pressure is usually one of the first tests your mom's doctor will run each year. High blood ... Read more

The Early Warning Signs of Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that commonly affects older Americans. In fact, one in four of those over the age of 60 will come down with this serious disease. As a caregiver, it’s important to know the signs that someone suffering from high blood glucose levels may exhibit.   The Early Warning Signs The signs of diabetes can be confused with other illnesses. If your loved one is exhibiting any of the following, it’s best to make an appointment with their primary health care provider ... Read more

STAR MULTI CARE EMPLOYEE FINDS REWARDS IN CARE GIVING

Lilieth M. has been working as a Home Health Aide for over seven years.  In 2011 she sought a career change and applied to work at Star Multi Care Services.   Since then, she has not looked back. She came to the Company in search of a better opportunity and found it at the New York office.  “I wanted a career change and heard Star Multi Care was a good company to work for”.  She has been happy ever since.  “Some patients are very ... Read more

Is It Time to Take Your Aging Parent’s Car Away?

According to the CDC's 2015 statistics, over 40 million U.S. drivers were over the age of 65. This age group was also in over 236,000 crashes, leading to an excess of 5,700 deaths. To prevent crashes and fatalities occurring from crashes, it's important to know when it's time to take your parent's car keys away. In 2003, an elderly California man became confused and hit the accelerator instead of the brake. He drove his car more than two blocks through a busy ... Read more
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