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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

What Can You Do to Help Your Aging Adult Get Used to Her Dentures?

Dentures can be extremely helpful for your aging adult, but they can also be difficult to get used to at first. Try some of these suggestions to make the situation a little easier. Make Sure They're Fitted Properly Dentures that aren't properly fitted can rub your senior's gums and create sore spots. They can also slide around and cause your senior to damage her cheeks or the dentures themselves. At first, the dentures might fit well, but swelling and other discomfort from ... Read more

20 Things Seniors and Family Caregivers Can Do Together

When it comes to transitioning from teen to young adult to adult to family caregiver, it can create a lot of interesting changes to your family dynamic. Adult children and their senior parents often go through a role reversal, where the parents need the care instead of the children. As a family caregiver, you have a unique opportunity to strengthen family bonds and create an intergenerational legacy that connects your elderly parents to your children. However, finding activities that people of each ... Read more

Star Multi Care Celebrates Halloween in Style

The office staff at Star Multi Care Services in Melville, New York had another lively Halloween. The Annual Costume Contest is always well received by the staff as everyone looks forward to their opportunity to make a statement. This year’s winner, Lauren, dressed as Kim Kardashian West and took First Place. The two runners up were Angie who dressed as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, and Karen who chose to resemble a trendy zombie. “The staff always seem to have a great time”, said ... Read more
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