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Common Problems Adult Children Run Into When Mom Ages at Home

Mom wants to age at home, but you're having mixed thoughts. You want her to be happy, but you worry about her being alone every day. Here are the most common problems adult children face when it comes to a parent aging at home. Transportation Problems Arise As your mom ages, there will come a time when she can no longer safely drive herself to stores, appointments, or friends' houses. You'll have to arrange transportation for her or take time off of work ... Read more

NEW CENTRAL STAR BABY ARRIVES AT AVITA HEALTH SYSTEM

Central Star Home Health Services in Mansfield Ohio is pleased to report the birth of Kashton Paul Banks.  Kaston arrived on the morning of April 10th, 2017 at Avita Health Systems-Galion. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 ¾ inches long.  Kashton is the son of Elaina Banks who has worked as the Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator at Central Star for over two years. Elaina reported having received “star treatment” from the staff at Avita stating “All the staff ... Read more

Glaucoma and your Aging Parent

If your parent has received a recent diagnosis of glaucoma, they may fear eventual loss of vision or may be already experiencing its effects. Glaucoma can, without appropriate early diagnosis and treatment, cause peripheral loss of vision and eventual blindness. Fortunately, with current medications, this devastating result can often be avoided. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is actually a group of eye diseases that are often caused by a build-up of fluid in the eye which ultimately damages the optic nerve.  Glaucoma rarely offers ... Read more

National Arthritis Awareness Month

May brings us National Arthritis Awareness Month. This prevalent disease affects more than 50 million Americans, and it is the number one cause of disability. 57 percent of adults with heart disease and 52 percent of adults with diabetes also have arthritis. Signs Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis among the elderly. It causes degeneration of the cartilage that lines the joints and can eventually result in bone rubbing against bone. Signs that it may be developing include early morning stiffness, ... Read more

How Can You Cope with an Elderly Loved One Who Likes to Fight?

If your elderly loved one is fond of arguing, normal conversations can quickly get out of hand. Here are some ideas for bringing the situation back to a normal level. Take a Deep Breath You need to have a moment before you deal with the next installment from a loved one who likes to fight. Also, the oxygen helps your brain function so that you don't say something that instigates a worse situation. You might need more than one deep breath, so take ... Read more

How Is Your Diet as a Family Caregiver?

As a family caregiver, you may have discovered that time is of the essence. You simply don’t have a lot of it anymore. You may be dealing with a tremendous amount of stress. Caregiver stress can affect people all over the world. In fact, out of the estimated 44 million family caregivers in the United States right now, the vast majority of them are probably dealing with some level of stress as a direct result of this job. It can affect every aspect ... Read more

Caring for a Parent Undergoing Chemotherapy

Elder Care in Columbia PA The effects of chemotherapy can range from nausea to neuropathy—nerve damage that occurs in the feet, hands, legs, or arms. Neuropathy can lead to pain, tingling, and numbness. Additional side-effects may include hair loss, and mouth sores. As a family caregiver, there are several steps you can take to help your parent as they traverse through their treatment protocol.   Nausea You can help your parent with nausea by suggesting a few tips that those that have traveled down this ... Read more

Is Caregiver Burnout Really That Serious?

Caregiver in York PA It’s far too common for people to underestimate the challenges they face. For a family caregiver, stress may be tremendous, but they have a tendency to negate the impact it has on their life. They might not see the effect it has on their relationships, their professional life, their health, and other factors. Over time, extreme stress and anxiety can lead to burnout. This is one of the most common reasons why people quit their jobs at some point ... Read more

Why Is Bone Health an Important Issue for Your Elderly Loved One?

Elderly Care in Strasburg PA For most people, bone health is something that they tend to think about only after something goes wrong. Learning as much as you can about your loved one's bone health can help both of you make changes that keep her healthier for longer. Her Bones Can Start to Weaken Your loved one's bones can start to become less dense as she ages. This loss of density weakens her bones, which means that even small incidents can cause a fracture. ... Read more

3 Types of Journals You Might Want to Keep as a Family Caregiver

Elder Care in Manheim PA If you've considered keeping a journal as a family caregiver, you might have given up quickly on the idea. Staring at a blank page can be intimidating when you don't know what to write. One way to resolve that dilemma is to choose a format for your journal. Then you have an idea what you're supposed to be writing and you can go from there. A Journal Where You Vent Even the gentlest, happiest caregiver has to vent now ... Read more
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