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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

How Can You Help Your Senior Manage Depression?

You might not realize at first that your elderly family member is depressed, but it can be extremely common in the elderly. Depression Appears for So Many Reasons Depression can show up because your elderly family member is grieving or has experienced significant losses, but it can also appear because of hormonal changes. Some medications may increase the risk of depression. Then there's the complication of seasonal types of depression that arrive because there's far less sun some times of the year. Talk ... Read more

Extended Family Care is Creating Jobs in Allentown

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Extended Family Care attended a recruiting event at the CareerLink in Allentown. The event was attended by displaced, relocated and unemployed individuals who are currently out of work. Extended Family Care wants to help them re-engage in the workforce with an employment opportunity in home care services. The Allentown Office Administrator, Carole Chiego, attended the event stating, “Sometimes hard times fall on good people. We do not want them to get discouraged and hope to share an ... Read more

How Can You Manage the Stress of Being a Parent to a Special Needs Child?

When you're a parent to a special needs child, you have way more on your plate than you ever expected to have to manage. This means that you're going to have to find a way to manage your stress levels rather than simply ignoring it and hoping that it goes away. Visualize Positive Solutions to Problems It's really easy to get caught up in the negative possibilities that accompany problems, but you don't have to get stuck there. Take a few minutes to ... Read more

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, many state and local organizations are sharing information about the dangers of distracted driving. If you have an elderly relative that still drives, it’s especially important that they review with you the factors that lead to distracted driving. Not only are senior drivers more likely to get into a car accident the older they get, they may be dealing with distractions they don’t even realize. You, family members, friends and homecare assistants should also take ... Read more

Verneil “Ric” Williams of Extended Family Care Named 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year

Harrisburg, Pa. (March 28, 2018) – Verneil “Ric” Williams, a home health aide with Extended Family Care in Pittsburgh (a branch of Star Multi Care), has been named the 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year. Williams was recognized today among nearly 200 of his peers at the second annual Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg, organized by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA). Williams has been an aide with Extended Family Care for nearly ... Read more

How Can You Keep Your Preemie Healthier During Cold Season?

Premature babies are susceptible to all sorts of illnesses, especially during cold and flu season. There are some things that you can do that can help to lessen the risk of your baby getting sick though, even if other people around you are catching colds. Wash Your Hands Frequently One of the best ways for anyone to avoid getting sick and passing along germs is to wash your hands often. If this isn't already a habit for you, it might take some getting ... Read more
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