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What is the Importance of Helping Your Parent Leave a Legacy?

Many elderly adults struggle with feeling like they are no longer relevant, or that they no longer make a significant impact to the people or world around them. They may worry that they will not be remembered, or that their family will push them aside. This can be extremely distressing for a senior. As a family caregiver, it is important for you to support your aging parent, and help them to recognize that they are still valuable, and that they will continue ... Read more

What Sorts of Unreasonable Standards Are You Setting for Yourself?

If the standards that you're trying to live by as a caregiver are too difficult for you to meet, you're not going to achieve the success that you want to achieve. It's much easier to be a caregiver when you're setting goals and standards that you can actually meet. Doing it All Alone Many caregivers feel as if they have to do everything completely on their own. Perhaps this is accurate from the standpoint that you don't have other family members who can ... Read more

How to Manage Your Own Stress as a Parent of a Special Needs Child

Being a parent to a child who has special needs takes caregiving to new levels. You're likely stretched to your limits often and you need to learn how to manage your stress in a healthy way. Learn to Recognize Increased Stress in Yourself Everyone has a set of patterns that occur when they're under a great deal of stress. Start tracking how you're feeling in a journal or just in a spiral notebook. You'll start to recognize what it looks like when your ... Read more

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
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