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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

Setting Your Senior Up for Healthy Eating in the New Year

The new year is right around the corner and that means that many people are turning their thoughts to plans, aspirations, and goals that they want to pursue. The new year is a fresh beginning, a chance to feel as though you are starting over and getting a chance to work toward a better lifestyle and quality of life. If you are like many family caregivers, one of the goals that you are likely to have is helping your parent to eat ... Read more

Extended Family Care is Hiring to Accommodate Rapid Growth

The recent change in leadership at the Extended Family Care office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has spurred an immediate demand for staff. “We are in need of nurses and aides to fill a steady influx of new clients”, said Nicole Kelly, Administrator of the Pittsburgh office. She is pleased with the recent growth the office has experienced since her new team came into play in October. “We have been attending local career fairs and conducting daily Open Interviews in the office to meet ... Read more

Our Comparison of Five Heart-Healthy Cooking Oils

Cooking for seniors who are on a low-fat diet isn't as hard as you might think. Start with the oils you use for dressings, sauteed meats, and roasted or sauteed vegetables. There are healthier options available that have medium-high to high smoke points (temperature it can reach before it smokes) that are better choices. When choosing an oil to use for low-fat cooking, look for an oil that is high in unsaturated fats. You want monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids. They ... Read more

Extended Family Care Pittsburgh Welcomes Change

Change is coming to Pennsylvania healthcare and Extended Family Care Pittsburgh is gearing up with new leadership.  On January 1st Southwest Pennsylvania will begin its first phase of Community Health Choices, a program committed to increasing the opportunity for Pennsylvania’s elderly and disabled populations to stay in their home as opposed to entering institutional settings.   Extended Family Care recently transformed its office and staff in preparation of the program’s arrival. “We wanted a fresh look and to make certain the MCOs (Managed ... Read more
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