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How Fatigue and COPD Are Related

If you've been thinking that your elder with COPD seems to be continually exhausted, you might just be correct. Fatigue is extremely common with COPD and it's not a good situation. Fatigue Is Worse than Just Being Really Tired When most people think about fatigue, they picture it as something that simply means that the person is really, really tired. It's more than that, though. Fatigue is tiredness that doesn't improve for your senior after one or even two nights of good sleep. ... 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

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
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