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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

Eating These Foods Can Protect Liver Health

A healthy liver is important to the overall health of your aging relative. The liver performs several key functions in the body, such as helping to remove toxins from the body. It also plays a role in metabolism, storing vitamins and minerals and producing bile. Just like every other part of the body, what your older family member eats can affect liver health. Eating certain foods, such as those below, can support and improve the health of their liver. Coffee Scientific research suggests that ... Read more

Why Does Cholesterol Matter?

High cholesterol is a common occurrence in older adults. However, it’s possible to have it without even knowing since it causes no symptoms. Because it is a symptomless condition, you may wonder why it matters. The truth is that having high cholesterol is a risk factor for many serious conditions. When you understand more about high cholesterol and what can happen when it’s not kept in check, you may feel more confident as a caregiver. Total, Good, and Bad Cholesterol Cholesterol has a ... Read more


On March 27, 2019 Ric Williams was recognized by over 200 of his peers and colleagues from across the Commonwealth at Pennsylvania Homecare Association Direct Care Worker Event. The day was culminated as Ric passed on the prestigious award of the 2018 Direct Care Worker of the Year to the 2019 recipient. His speech and encouragement to his peers was heartfelt. “Live each day with love in your heart and enjoy it”, he instructed. Words of wisdom he not only uses ... Read more

Can Your Diet Help Ease Arthritis Pain?

Among men and women in the U.S., it's estimated that around 54 million have a form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (worn cartilage in the joints) is the most common form and affects 31 million. Exercise is important when you have arthritis. Your parents may not want to get up and move around, but that's best. Pain relievers are also helpful in managing the pain. Your parents may need to lose weight. Most importantly, they need to focus on the foods they eat. Foods ... Read more

Who to Call When Seniors Need In-Home Care

Many elderly adults need other people to help them out with daily tasks around the house that may be too challenging. Physical and cognitive decline is common in old age, and sometimes seniors are struggling with more than one illness, injury or chronic condition. Family caregivers are an excellent resource but may not be able to assist all the time. When aging adults need someone to help them out with in-home care, they should consider hiring elderly care providers. How to Know ... Read more

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
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