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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

Why Should Family Caregivers Develop Gratitude?

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to stop and reflect about all the things in your life that you are thankful for. Studies show that people who spend time focused on gratitude and being thankful are happier, healthier and enjoy better relationships. Family caregivers are just one group of adults that can benefit from practicing gratitude regularly. As a family caregiver, then you know about the highs and lows of seeing to the needs of an aging parent. ... Read more

Is Your Elder Having Trouble with Basic Responsibilities?

Paying attention to how your elder is handling basic responsibilities in her life can help you to know when it's time for you to step in to offer more help as her caregiver or consider hiring elder care services. Mail Isn't Getting Opened When you stop by your senior's home, make it a point to discreetly look at places in which she usually keeps mail. If it appears that there is a great deal of mail that isn't getting opened, gently ask about ... Read more

Why Might Your Parent Resist Bathing When Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease?

Bathing is a basic personal care task for everyone, but it often goes beyond just basic care. Taking a bath or a shower can be a peaceful, relaxing time. It is often an element of "me-time" that people use to relax, focus on themselves, release tension, and enjoy some time away from the challenges of the day. For a senior who is facing Alzheimer's disease, however, this may not be the case. If you are a family caregiver for one of the ... 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

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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