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Can Tech Make It Easier to Age in Place?

Advancements in technology are getting a lot of buzz. The belief is that technology may make it easier and safer for older adults to age in place. Is this true? With technology, there are pros and cons. Some things can keep your parents safer. They need to understand how to use these devices correctly. Here are the devices they should consider and what they need to know about using them. Medical Alert Systems and Smart Watches You can invest in a medical alert system ... Read more

SEASONS GREETINGS from EXTENDED FAMILY CARE

The Holidays always seem to bring us joy and as we reflect upon the appreciation we hold for our wonderful clients, staff and community partners. We truly feel blessed to work with each of you. Thank you for making us the successful company we are today. May 2020 bring you and your families the healthiest of minds, bodies and spirits throughout the upcoming year.   Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays, Your Friends at Extended Family Care   If you or a loved one are ... Read more

Things to do Indoors as the Weather Changes

Summer has turned to Fall and before long, Fall will turn to Winter. As the nights and eventually the days get cooler, staying indoors with a cozy blanket, a good book, and a warm cup of tea starts to sound more appealing than anything else. However, for some seniors receiving senior care, they can start to feel stir crazy in the Fall and want to avoid the feelings of isolation that can start to creep in after days and days of sitting ... Read more

Sleeping Tips for the Elderly

There are many elderly citizens that have some sort of sleeping disorder or other sleeping issues. If the senior citizen you are taking care of is having sleeping issues, there are some sleeping tips that can help them out. You can encourage them to follow through with these sleeping tips, so they can finally get better quality sleep. Monitor Their Medications There are certain medications that can cause someone to get lower quality sleep. Some medications keep senior citizens up at night. You ... Read more

10 Early Signs of Lewy Body Dementia

The definition of dementia is most often considered to simply be loss of memory. This may be something you think of as expected with the onset of age, but there is more to it than that. With this specific type of dementia, Lewy body dementia, a certain cause brings on the disease while the symptoms are often confused with other diseases like Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders. What is Lewy Body Dementia? Interestingly enough, Lewy body dementia (LBD) and dementia are not the ... Read more

How Can You Store All those Supplies Your Baby with Special Needs Requires?

Babies with special needs tend to need a lot of different medical supplies in order to meet those needs. If you don't already know how you're going to store and keep up with all these different items, these tips can help. Set Aside Some Space The first thing you'll need to do is to figure out where you're going to start storing baby items. The nursery might be a simple answer, but even that doesn't mean you have space earmarked already for medical ... Read more

How Do In-Home Care Services Work?

Home care services are the perfect way to ensure your parents stay independent in their home without struggling with some tasks. How much do you know about home care services? This is how it works. Call an Agency Talk to a representative at a home care services agency about your parents. This evaluation can help you decide how often home care services would be beneficial. It can also help you better understand the pricing and ways to pay for it. Once the right services ... Read more

What Are the Signs of Depression for Parents of Preemies?

Now that you've brought your premature baby home, you may have a little bit more time to adjust to your new situation. But you might be starting to notice that you're feeling something that might be very close to depression. Exhaustion and Overwhelm Having a new baby is exhausting all on its own, but if you combine that with the needs of a premature baby, your exhaustion reaches new heights. You may also find yourself overwhelmed by even the simplest of decisions. This ... Read more

How Can You Include Your Dad in Social Gatherings When He’s Extremely Shy?

Social anxiety disorder is a real condition where a person becomes anxious in social situations. It stems from a phobia of doing something that's humiliating or embarrassing. Shyness is different. Shyness doesn't have the same level of fear and avoidance. Shyness doesn't keep you from being able to function, but it can make it very difficult. Whether your dad has social anxiety disorder or is just extremely shy, it can make it very hard for him to participate in social activities. There are ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY 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 Extended Family 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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