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How Can You Plan Ahead for a Senior Who Has Incontinence?

If your aging adult has been staying at home in order to avoid having embarrassing situations pop up due to incontinence, having a plan can help her to feel more comfortable. Here are some suggestions that can help. Think Through Everything Your Aging Adult Needs It can help to do this part on paper, but you'll need a list of everything that your elderly family member might need to help her deal with incontinence while she's out and about. Some of the ... Read more

August is National Eye Exam Month

August brings National Eye Exam Month—a wonderful reminder about the importance of scheduling yearly comprehensive eye exams for your parent and exams every two years for yourself. As a family caregiver, helping your parent stay up on yearly exams and acting as their medical advocate is probably one of your most important roles. At the same time, it’s easy to become so engrossed in caring for your parent that you forget to care for yourself. National Eye Exam month offers the ... Read more

Can You Recognize the Severity of a Burn?

In your role as a family caregiver it is critical that you recognize the risks that your aging parent is facing or the health challenges that they might encounter so that you are able to promptly and effectively give them the care that they need to overcome these challenges. Some of these are more expected and straightforward, such as a cold, but there are others that are more sudden and unexpected. One such issue is a burn. These can happen very ... Read more

Helping Your Parents Find the Right Doctor

When you were a child, your parent probably took you to see a pediatrician for check-ups, vaccinations, and when you were ill. Pediatricians specialize in medicine as it relates to children and also have experience in working with children and their parents. Now that your parent is older, have you thought about whether their regular primary care physician is still the right doctor for them? Did you know that there are doctors who specialize in working with older adults? Doctors who ... Read more

Extended Family Care Attends St. Peter’s Job Fair in Allentown

On June 20, 2017 Extended Family Care attended the Greater Allentown Community Job Fair with over twenty other employers in the Allentown area who are currently seeking qualified job applicants.  The event was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. “The job fair was a huge success”, stated Carole Chiego, Administrator of Extended Family Care, Allentown.  “We were able to recruit several quality employees and made valuable community contacts with numerous companies within the area”, she continued.  Reliant Hiring sponsored ... Read more

Quick Lunchtime Options for National Fruit and Veggies Month

June is National Fruit and Veggies Month, the ideal opportunity for you as a family caregiver to help your elderly loved one integrate more of these healthy options into their regular diet. For some seniors, eating a wider variety of fruits and vegetables can seem intimidating, especially if they are not accustomed to these foods. Starting small by making easy swaps and tasty supplements can help your parent to enjoy these foods more often without feeling as though they are making ... Read more


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

Tips for Working Effectively with EMS in the Event of an Emergency with Your Loved One

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that elderly adults account for approximately 30 percent of the ambulance transports that occur each year, with more than 16 million older adults having to rely on EMS to bring them to the emergency room. As a family caregiver the thought of your parent needing to have this type of help can be frightening, but not preparing for it can leave them in a potentially dangerous situation. May 21 through 27 is EMS Week, ... Read more

What Are You Telling Yourself that Actually Makes Caregiving More Difficult for You?

Our internal dialogue influences our thoughts and actions far more than we realize and that's especially true if you're a family caregiver. What you tell yourself and what you say to others can shape your entire mindset about caregiving. I Can't Henry Ford once had a quote attributed to him that said, "Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right." Regardless of whether the quote is correctly attributed to Mr. Ford or not, the premise is correct. If ... Read more

Dad’s Hospitalization Could Mean Home Renovations to Help with Recovery

Since your father has been hospitalized, you’ve been at the hospital every day, having conversations with him, supporting him, and keeping him positive. Now that he’s being set for discharge and the doctor has recommended home care support services, you may be thinking about other things as well. Recovery may take months. Recovery can take a long time. Whether it was due to a heart attack, stroke, major surgery, injuries, or even some serious illness like pneumonia, recovery can take weeks or even ... Read more
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