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Did You Know Many Senior Citizens Don’t Drink Enough Water?

June 23rd is National Hydration Day. Do you know how much you should drink every day? General guidelines used to be that you needed 64 ounces each day. Guidelines have changed. The actual amount depends on your activity levels, your weight, and your gender. In a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, it was discovered that the average adult only drinks about 39 ounces of water each day. The Food and Nutrition Board recommends that the total amount of water from foods ... Read more

Five Symptoms of Sensory Delays in Children

Many special needs children might have a delay in sensory development. This might mean that your child doesn't see, touch, and otherwise experience the world around her in the way that you would expect. Recognizing what those sensory delays looks like, can help you to pinpoint issues your child is having. Touch Sensitivity Touch sensitivity might show up when your child is touched by someone else, held, or even when she's near other people. You might notice that she's sensitive to touch because ... Read more


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

What Is the Process if Your Senior Is Ready to Turn Over Her License?

It's a difficult decision for your elderly family member to give up driving, but it might be time to do so. Here's what you can do once she's made that decision. Contact Your Local Department of Motor Vehicles Your local Department of Motor Vehicles can let you know if there is any special process your elder must follow if she wants to turn in her driver's license. In most cases, she'll simply need to hand over her old license and fill out an ... Read more

How Can You Tell if Your Body Needs You to Take a Caregiving Break?

When you take the time to listen, your body can tell you a lot about what you need and when you need it. Some of the odd symptoms you're experiencing might be the clue you need to realize that you need to take an afternoon or longer away from caregiving. Your Energy Levels Are Lower than Usual and Sinking Fast If you're like most people, you know generally what your energy levels look and feel like. You know what you're able to get ... 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

Is Your Parent’s Memory Loss Normal or a Sign of Alzheimer’s?

The first thing that many people think of when they think about Alzheimer's disease is memory loss. For many family caregivers this means that the moment that they hear their aging parent question something, repeat a story that they have already told, or forget that they need to do something, their caregiver worries that they are at the beginning of a progression with Alzheimer's disease. But is memory loss always a sign of Alzheimer's disease? The answer is no. Occasional memory issues ... Read more

Is Taking Respite Time Difficult for You as a Parent of a Special Needs Child?

If you're a parent of a special needs child, you may have found taking time away from caregiving to be almost impossible. This difficulty becomes even more complicated when what you really need is just a break and you feel guilty for stepping away at all. Consider Why it's Difficult for You to Take Time Away If you're having a difficult time with the idea of respite time, you need to sit down and figure out why that is. Some of the reasons ... Read more

Are You Overlooking Some Possible Causes of Malnutrition in Your Aging Adult?

Malnutrition is a scary problem that your elderly family member could face at any point. Usually it's easy to spot why your senior isn't getting the nutrition that she should, but there are also some more subtle reasons behind malnutrition in the elderly. She's Concerned about Shopping Safely You might take it for granted, but your aging family member could feel extremely uncomfortable going out to the grocery store. She may feel unstable on her feet or she may worry that she'll have ... Read more

What Can You Do if You’re Feeling Stressed as a Caregiver?

The best thing to do when you're feeling stressed is to have a plan and to start following it. If you don't have a plan for managing caregiver stress yet, it's time to form one. Pay Attention to Your Signs of Stress Every caregiver has her own signs and signals that indicate that stress is getting out of hand. If you haven't ever really paid attention to this before, it's time for you to start cataloging your own stress signs. You might find ... Read more
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