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Why Does Cholesterol Matter?

High cholesterol is a common occurrence in older adults. However, it’s possible to have it without even knowing since it causes no symptoms. Because it is a symptomless condition, you may wonder why it matters. The truth is that having high cholesterol is a risk factor for many serious conditions. When you understand more about high cholesterol and what can happen when it’s not kept in check, you may feel more confident as a caregiver. Total, Good, and Bad Cholesterol Cholesterol has a ... 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

Can Your Diet Help Ease Arthritis Pain?

Among men and women in the U.S., it's estimated that around 54 million have a form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (worn cartilage in the joints) is the most common form and affects 31 million. Exercise is important when you have arthritis. Your parents may not want to get up and move around, but that's best. Pain relievers are also helpful in managing the pain. Your parents may need to lose weight. Most importantly, they need to focus on the foods they eat. Foods ... Read more

Who to Call When Seniors Need In-Home Care

Many elderly adults need other people to help them out with daily tasks around the house that may be too challenging. Physical and cognitive decline is common in old age, and sometimes seniors are struggling with more than one illness, injury or chronic condition. Family caregivers are an excellent resource but may not be able to assist all the time. When aging adults need someone to help them out with in-home care, they should consider hiring elderly care providers. How to Know ... Read more

Managing Appetite Loss from Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment can cause a lot of difficult side effects. One thing that can happen is your aging relative may lose their appetite. The smell and taste of food can change for them, too. They may also experience nausea and vomiting. Throat and mouth problems can make eating even harder. Though eating may be difficult, it’s still important that the older adult gets enough nutrition. Using the following tips can help to improve nutrition during cancer treatment. Talk to the Doctor Before you do ... Read more

Four Things to Keep Handy When You’re a Medical POA

Your dad chose you as his medical power of attorney. It's not a position to take lightly. You need to have many conversations with your dad about his medical wishes. Over time, he may change his opinions on certain things, and if that happens, you should sit down with his attorney. It's your job to make sure his wishes are heard and obeyed. When you are the medical POA, there are things you need to keep on hand. Keep a folder with ... Read more

Does Your Elderly Relative Fail at Daily Activities?

Have you noticed your elderly loved one is struggling with things around the house? Perhaps you saw a pile of dirty dishes from a week ago still in the sink or noticed a new bruise on your aging loved one’s arm or knee. As much as you might not want to admit it, some aging adults reach a point where they struggle to do the basic tasks that keep them safe, healthy and independent. Family caregivers like you now have to make ... Read more

New Study Shows Loneliness Peaks at Certain Ages

While people report feeling lonely at different stages of life, a recent study identified three peak ages for a higher risk of severe loneliness. According to International Psychogeriatrics, one of those peak ages happens in the late 80's. Seniors reported more isolation and loneliness at that age more than almost any other time in their life. This is important information for family caregivers as they work hard to meet their aging loved one’s emotional and physical needs. Why Seniors Become So Lonely In ... Read more

Extended Family Care’s New Year Wishes

Extended Family Care extends our sincerest thank you to our referral network who trusts us, our clients who have chosen us and most importantly, our employees who have made us the successful company we are today. Thank you all and we hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2019.     If you or a loved one are considering Homecare Services near Lancaster City PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174. Read more

Should Elder Care Be Your New Year’s Resolution?

The new year is a fresh start and an opportunity to come up with new goals and ways you want to improve your life for the year to come. As a family caregiver, this is a fantastic chance for you to evaluate the care you give your parent and a life you lead as a family caregiver, and decide what you can do to make the coming year even better. While there are many ways you can work toward improving the care ... Read more
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