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Seasons Greetings From Extended Family Care

The Holidays always seem to bring us joy and as we reflect upon the appreciation we hold for our wonderful clients, staff and community partners. We truly feel blessed to work with each of you. Thank you for making us the successful company we are today. May 2020 bring you and your families the healthiest of minds, bodies and spirits throughout the upcoming year. Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays, Your Friends at Extended Family Care   If you or a loved one are ... Read more

Ways to Help Your Senior With Their Medication

If you have a senior parent or loved one living at home, there’s a good chance that they take some sort of regular medication or supplements. As a family caregiver, you have a lot on your plate caring for an aging senior, and keeping track of their medications can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have any type of medical background or training. But it’s not impossible. Making sure they they take the correct medications, in the proper doses and at the ... Read more

What Can You Do to Feel More Informed as a Special Needs Parent?

When you first find out that your child has special needs, you might feel a little bit lost. This is perfectly normal, but there are still some things you need to do in order to become better informed. Ask Questions The simplest way to start arming yourself with information is to just start asking questions. Don't worry about whether you're asking silly questions or not. When you need to understand a situation or you need information, there's no such thing as a silly ... Read more

Managing Care When You’re an Only Child

Some family caregivers have the benefit of falling back on siblings to help care for aging parents. When you're an only child, that's not possible. You don't have a brother or sister to vent to, brainstorm with, or rely on for breaks. How do you handle family caregiving as an only child? Find a Way to Build a Support System Make sure you have a support system. Whether it's friends, your own children, or your cousins, make sure you have a support system ... Read more

What Can You Do if You Suspect Your Senior Has COPD?

If your senior is experiencing shortness of breath more often, is coughing a lot, or seems to be getting sick more often, you might have started to wonder if she has COPD. COPD is a chronic and progressive lung disease that can take a tremendous toll on her body and on her ability to continue to live her life the way that she wants. Quit Smoking Smoking is incredibly common amongst people who have COPD, but it’s not a guarantee that your elderly ... Read more

Four Issues You Might Need to Face After Your Senior Moves In

If you and your senior are changing her living situation to one in which she lives with you, there are some emotional and mental changes that come along with that physical shift. You might not even notice them until they show up unless you know what to watch for. Adjustments Need to Be Made Everyone who lives in the home is going to need to make some adjustments. Some people are going to be more adept at this than others are. Everyone in ... Read more

When Might it be Time to Seek Homecare Help?

Carrie was widowed at 68. Her husband had just retired the previous year. They had been diligent in working and saving for retirement. She had admonished him to retire earlier, especially given the fact they were financially set, but much of his meaning and purpose in life was rooted in his profession. It was difficult for him to let it go. When he finally did let it go, it was only a few months before that massive heart attack overwhelmed him ... Read more

How Do You Know if Moving in With Your Mom is Right for Your Family?

When a parent needs care, moving often makes sense. Whether you're moving in with your mom or dad or you're moving a parent in with you, it's easier to provide care. While it's an easier path, is it always the right one? Does the Home Have Space? If you live in a two-bedroom home and you have children still at home, be realistic about where your mom would sleep. If you don't have the room, you'll be crowded and privacy would become an ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY CARE WANTS YOU TO TAKE CARE OF YOU

Whether you take care of children, an elderly parent or work for a home care company like Extended Family Care, you probably have come to realize that caregiving can be as stressful as it is rewarding. We want to help you reduce the stress of caregiving and for you to start taking care of you. We have found a FREE program aimed at taking care of caregivers called, Think Caregiver, that will benefit you, your client and your family members. In nature, ... Read more

Four Pointers for Helping a Senior Cope Gracefully with Health Challenges

Health challenges can take a lot out of your senior mentally, physically, and emotionally. If she doesn’t have a series of steps she can take in order to deal well with those challenges, they’re going to take an even bigger toll on her. Find Ways to Express Her Feelings Appropriately Health challenges are going to happen and they’ll possibly happen more frequently for your senior as she continues to age. If she’s not expressing how she feels in ways that are appropriate, that ... Read more
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