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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

Five Tips for Helping Older Siblings Accept a Preemie’s Arrival

Having a preemie is an experience for the entire family. Older siblings may be both excited and confused by all of the information involved in helping your new baby to get settled at home. Some of these tips can help quite a bit. Point out that the Baby Has Different Abilities and Needs Siblings who have never been around a premature baby or a special needs child may not understand yet that they're different. It's important to make sure that they know what the ... Read more

Four Tips for Balancing Caregiving with Work

Just because you’re a caregiver, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can give up your job. Most caregivers have to keep working and that means balancing their current work goals with their goals as a caregiver. It’s not an easy task, but it is possible, especially if you keep some of these ideas in mind while you’re planning. Assess the Culture at Work Every company has a slightly different approach to certain issues. Those differences help to make up the culture of the ... Read more

What Should Be in Your Parent’s First Aid Kit?

As a family caregiver to an older adult, it’s important that you be prepared for an emergency—even a minor one. If your elderly parent does not currently have a first aid kit in their home, it’s a good idea to prepare one and have it on hand. Having a first aid kit will allow you to quickly deal with minor cuts, burns, and other problems. Caregivers can purchase an already assembled kit, but it’s easy to put your own together, which ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY CARE PASSES THE “DCW OF THE YEAR” TORCH

On March 27, 2019 Ric Williams was recognized by over 200 of his peers and colleagues from across the Commonwealth at Pennsylvania Homecare Association Direct Care Worker Event. The day was culminated as Ric passed on the prestigious award of the 2018 Direct Care Worker of the Year to the 2019 recipient. His speech and encouragement to his peers was heartfelt. “Live each day with love in your heart and enjoy it”, he instructed. Words of wisdom he not only uses ... Read more

What Can You Do to Make Tube Feeding Your Baby Easier?

Feeding your baby through a tube may feel really odd at first, but for babies who must take their food this way, it's vital that you learn what you need to know. Learn as Much as Possible about the Process Tube feeding is scary the first time or two you see it happen. Doing it yourself might be even more terrifying for you. But without learning how to manage this process, your baby won't get the nourishment she needs. Talk to your baby's ... Read more

When Elderly Relatives Desire to Quit Smoking

When Shawn’s 78-year-old father expressed a desire to quit smoking, Shawn didn’t think it was going to be possible. After all, his father had smoked almost his whole adult life. However, recent health scares and advice from the doctor finally convinced Shawn’s father that he needed to quit. Even though the family members all expressed an interest in helping their elderly relative reach his goal, Shawn knew they would need a lot of help from many different places to help his ... Read more

The Best Way to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Family caregivers have a higher than average risk of developing caregiver burnout, which is a serious health issue that is brought on by chronic stress and via neglecting beneficial self-care activities. Family caregivers have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to looking out for the welfare of their aging relatives. Often, these daily duties are so much that family caregivers can’t find any time for themselves. With caregiver burnout, family members jeopardize their physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are a ... Read more

Talking to Your Parent About Starting Home Care Services

Part of being a family caregiver is making decisions for your aging parent. These decisions are not always easy, but they can be extremely important for helping your loved one cope with their needs and challenges and live a high quality of life. One of the most important you will make is whether it might be time to start home care services for your senior. There are many reasons why you might be considering integrating a home care services provider into your ... Read more
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