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How Might Parkinson’s Disease Impact Your Elder’s Sleep?

The approximately one million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Parkinson's disease all have their own journey and experience with the disease. The symptoms and challenges your parent faces, and the rate at which they progress through the stages of the disease, are all very personal to them. There are some challenges, however that are common among a large percentage of people dealing with the disease, and one set of these is sleep challenges. In fact, experts estimate ... Read more

What Is Lyme Disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year. However, the number of people who actually contract the disease is probably higher because some cases simply are not reported. Lyme disease can cause serious medical problems, especially if it is left untreated. Knowing more about the disease could help you to recognize it in your aging relative and get them the treatment they need. About Lyme Disease Lyme disease gets its name because ... Read more

How Can You Deal with Post-respite Emotions and Issues as a Parent?

If you're a parent of special needs children, you need to be taking advantage of as much respite time as you possibly can. The fallout from taking respite time can be enough to make you think twice the next time, however. Sometimes you might even feel as if it's better all the way around to skip out on respite time, but you'd be wrong. Allow Yourself to Feel the Emotions You're Experiencing The thing about emotions is that they aren't good or bad ... Read more

Extended Family Care Takes the AARP Employer Pledge

Extended Family Care believes in Equal Opportunity for all. In so doing, we have recognized the value of the mature workforce and have recently joined the nationwide efforts of the AARP Employer Pledge Program. The AARP Employer Pledge Program is “a nationwide group of employers (over 500 strong and growing) which stands with AARP in affirming the value of experienced workers and which are committed to developing diverse, high-performing organizations by leveraging workers of all ages. Smart employers know that the multigenerational ... Read more

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
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