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Five Ways to Help Calm Sensory Overload with Children and Infants

Sensory overload can be a tremendous problem if your child or infant has sensory development issues. Some of these issues may not be apparent to you until they're too much for your child to deal with on her own. Use a Firmer Touch Ironically, using a lighter touch for a child or infant who has sensory issues can actually make the problem worse. A firmer touch is less problematic and can be more comforting. The reason for this is that a firmer touch ... Read more

Do You Have a Checklist for Bathroom Safety?

Busy caregivers get interrupted frequently, which makes checklists an easy way to make sure you haven't missed anything. Some of these tips might need to be on your bathroom safety checklist. Install Grab Bars in the Tub and Near the Toilet The toilet area and the tub or shower stall are two of the spots in a bathroom in which your senior is likely to be the most vulnerable. If you can install grab bars in these areas, then your elderly family member ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY CARE HOSTS RECEPTION HONORING THE PA DIRECT CARE WORKER OF THE YEAR

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

Why is My Parent Struggling to Sleep at Night?

Senior citizens need just as much sleep as a younger adult. The need for sleep doesn't decrease. What does happen, however, is that seniors start to have a harder time sleeping. You may find your parents going to bed earlier and rising before dawn. You might find they can't seem to stay asleep for more than a few hours at a time. Certain medical conditions can impact a senior's ability to sleep through the night. Once a medical issue has been ruled ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY CARE SUPPORTS HOPE GROWS’ CAREGIVER FUNDRAISER

Extended Family Care will be supporting Hope Grows and its fifth annual Victorian Tea and its third annual Tee Time Golf Classic. Please join us and show support of Pittsburgh’s Caregivers. There will be “Two Great Days for One Great Cause!”. Both benefits will both be held at: Montour Heights Country Club in Moon Township, PA Tee Time Golf Class on Monday, May 14, 2018 Victorian Tea on Sunday, May 20, 2018Funds raised from both events will enable Hope Grows — a non-­‐profit organization ... Read more

Signs a Senior May Have Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the large blood vessels that deliver blood to the heart are damaged. CAD is usually the result of plaque building up on artery walls or inflammation. The plaque, which is partially comprised of cholesterol, make the arteries narrow so that blood flow is restricted, and the heart is deprived of oxygen and nutrients. CAD is the most common type of heart disease, accounting for around 370,000 deaths each year. Because of its prevalence, it’s important ... 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

How Can You Make Learning Life Skills Easier for Your Special Needs Child?

Life skills, like making the bed and brushing teeth, are crucial for all children to learn at some point. Your special needs child may need some extra help with learning these different skills, though. How you go about the process can make a huge difference in how easy this is for your child. Break Down Tasks Beforehand Take the time before you try to start this process to break down the task you're teaching your child. No matter what the task is, there's ... Read more

Do You Have a Medical Information Folder for Your Senior?

If you've been putting off making any sort of medical information binder or folder for your elderly family member, you might want to reconsider. Having this information available in an emergency can help you to feel calmer and deal with what's going on, but it also makes life easier for the medical personnel helping your senior. Copies of Medical Records You might not be able to carry every piece of medical information for your elderly family member, but possibly carrying copies of the ... Read more

Supporting Your Elderly Parent through the Pain of Shingles

The first symptom that most people who develop shingles notice is pain. This pain can feel like an aching, tingling, or other type of pain, and can be so serious that it can lead the sufferer and their caregivers to think that they are suffering from issues such as kidney or liver problems. A few days after this pain develops, the sufferer will experience a rash that can also be severely painful and itchy. Coping with these symptoms can be very difficult ... Read more
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