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7 Ways Home Care Services Providers Help Seniors Beat Winter Blues

Shorter daylight hours, cold temperatures, reduced activity and holiday stress can have a serious effect on elderly adults, leading to a condition known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Treatment for SAD in seniors includes a focus on healthy lifestyle habits, light therapy, antidepressants and talk therapy. However, elderly adults that have physical limitations and depend on family members for support may find it difficult to implement the treatment options into their lives. Many families hire home care services providers to be ... Read more

Is Pediatric Home Health Care a Solution for Your Child After a Hospitalization?

Once your child is out of the hospital, you're facing a critical time. You don't want to miss any signs or symptoms that mean your child's health is worsening again, so it might make sense to enlist the help of pediatric home health care providers. Help with Breathing Issues Breathing issues can be a much bigger concern at home than they are at a hospital. Pediatric home health care providers can help you to manage oxygen and find other solutions to make breathing ... Read more

How to Prioritize Your Task List as a Caregiver

Your caregiving task list may feel completely out of control and that can leave you feeling even more frustrated. Getting that list under control can be easier than you think, though. Get All Your Tasks out of Your Head The first step in prioritizing your list is to get all the tasks out of your head and onto some paper. Write everything down, no matter how small the task is. If your brain is using up processing power thinking about the task often, ... Read more

Tips for Managing Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that affects an estimated 200,000 people in America. It is caused by damaged lung tissue that leads to a build up of scar tissue in the lungs. The scarred lungs become stiff and make breathing difficult. Living with pulmonary fibrosis can be difficult for older adults and the people who care for them. However, in addition to following the doctor’s advice, there are several ways to help seniors manage pulmonary fibrosis at home and elderly ... Read more

How Much Exercise Should You Urge Your Dad to Get Each Day?

Your dad's doctor says he needs more exercise. You're not sure how much exercise is needed every day. You don't know what types of exercise are ideal. Here's a look into the recommendations. He Needs at Least 30 Minutes Per Day Every day, your dad should aim for 30 minutes. If he exceeds this, that's great. If he misses the mark, it's not the end of the world. Many studies have found that even a few minutes of exercise is better than nothing. The ... Read more

What Are the Differences Between Skilled Nursing Care, Homecare, and Respite Care?

Skilled nursing care, homecare, and respite care are all essential ways to help your parent remain as independent as possible as they get older. Do you know the differences between these types of senior care? Start With Homecare Homecare is a form of senior care where caregivers come to your parents' home to help with daily activities of living. Your parent is okay in the family home, but some assistance is needed. Caregivers may cook meals, eat with your parents, or provide companionship. Caregivers ... Read more

Extended Family Care Takes the AARP Employer Pledge

Extended Family Care believes in Equal Opportunity for all. In so doing, we have recognized the value of the mature workforce and have recently joined the nationwide efforts of the AARP Employer Pledge Program. The AARP Employer Pledge Program is “a nationwide group of employers (over 500 strong and growing) which stands with AARP in affirming the value of experienced workers and which are committed to developing diverse, high-performing organizations by leveraging workers of all ages. Smart employers know that the multigenerational ... Read more

What Are the Most Common Forms of Hospital-Acquired Infections?

For many elderly adults, spending time in the hospital is an inevitable part of aging. Whether it is due to illnesses or injuries, seniors often have to seek medical attention, and may even spend extended time receiving care in hospitals. This can put them at serious risk of an issue referred to as hospital-acquired infection. These are infections that occur as a result of pathogens in the medical setting, rather than an infection they already had when entering the hospital. As a ... Read more

What Exactly Is Kangaroo Care?

You may have heard the term kangaroo care in terms of taking care of babies, but it doesn't have anything to do with a pouch or with kangaroos. This specific form of holding your baby can do so much for both of you, especially if she's been born a little early. The Basics of Kangaroo Care Kangaroo care sounds like it might be complicated, but it's a really simple concept. There are a lot of ways to do it, but kangaroo care is ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY CARE HOSTS RECEPTION HONORING THE PA DIRECT CARE WORKER OF THE YEAR

After receiving the prestigious honor of being named the 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year, Ric Williams, an Extended Family Care employee, deserved a celebration commemorating his distinguished award and accomplishments. Stephen Sternbach, the President and CEO of Star Multi Care, the parent Company of Extended Family Care, spared no expense to show Mr. William his gratitude and pride of the esteemed accolade. “Ric’s hard work and dedication got him this award and he deserves to be celebrated”, Mr. ... Read more
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