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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

Testimonials from a Very Satisfied Client

Anna “I am writing about Anna, the nurse who supervises my care. It is a pleasure that I commend your organization for hiring such quality professionals as she. I find her to be compassionate, organized and thorough. She demonstrates attention to detail, is always kind, and completes her interviews without giving any impression of her being in a hurry. After a professional career as a Physician Assistant, I am sensitive to good practice principles. Anna exhibits a strong knowledge base, as well as, ... Read more

Safety Tips for Pets During the Christmas Season

Pets are a valuable part of many families, and if you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who shares their life with a furry companion, it is important to keep them in mind when preparing for the holiday season. This pet can make celebrating the holidays even more fun and enjoyable for your parents, but there are many dangers that can put the pet at risk. Being aware of these dangers allows you to make changes and preparations that ... Read more

Happy Thanksgiving

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services near Lancaster City PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174. Read more

Where Can You Turn for Help When You’re Overwhelmed After the NICU?

If your baby has just been released from the NICU, you know how overwhelming that can be for you and for the rest of your family. You might need different types of help, but where can you find it? Your Own Doctor Your own doctor, whether that's your primary care physician or your OB/GYN, can help you to find resources in your area that can help you as a parent of a NICU baby. If you're concerned that you're experiencing depression as well ... Read more
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