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What Can You Do if an Aging Family Member Drives with a Suspended License?

For some seniors, a piece of paper isn't going to keep them from driving. If that describes your elderly family member, you may be forced to take additional action. Talk to Your Senior about Why This Is so Dangerous Depending on the reasons that your elderly family member is no longer allowed to drive, she may feel as if she can still do what she likes. The problem, of course, is that this can be dangerous for your aging adult and for other ... Read more

Are Walk-In Tubs Worth The Money?

Your parents have been having a harder time getting in and out of the bathtub lately. The step over the side of the tub is hard on their arthritic knees and hips. You worry about them falling, even though grab bars are in place. After seeing an ad for a walk-in tub, you wonder if they're worth the money. We've taken a closer look. What is a Walk-In Tub? Walk-in bathtubs are slightly larger than the tub you have in your house. The ... Read more

How to Keep Your Parent with Dementia from Wandering

The Alzheimer’s Association states that six out of every 10 people with dementia wander. Wandering can be very dangerous for a person with dementia because sometimes they cannot remember their names, where they live, or any other information that can help to bring them home safely. While it’s impossible for family caregivers and senior care providers to watch a person with dementia every second of every day, there are some techniques for preventing wandering that could help keep your parent safer. Add ... Read more

Extended Family Care Attends St. Peter’s Job Fair in Allentown

On June 20, 2017 Extended Family Care attended the Greater Allentown Community Job Fair with over twenty other employers in the Allentown area who are currently seeking qualified job applicants.  The event was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. “The job fair was a huge success”, stated Carole Chiego, Administrator of Extended Family Care, Allentown.  “We were able to recruit several quality employees and made valuable community contacts with numerous companies within the area”, she continued.  Reliant Hiring sponsored ... Read more

What Modifications Should You Make to a Loved One’s Home if Mobility Is an Issue?

Mobility issues can keep your loved one from doing too much at home. Part of the reason this can be true is that your loved one might be afraid she'll fall or that she won't be able to do what she wants to do. Modifying her home or otherwise applying safety devices can help incredibly. Check Door and Hall Widths for Wheelchairs If your loved one uses a wheelchair, halls and doorways can be a big obstacle for her. One solution might be ... Read more

Are You Becoming an “Invisible Patient”?

In 2015, author Lauren Weinstein released a graphic novel titled “Invisible Patients.” The novel shared the story of a woman who quit her job to care for her husband. Being isolated leads to anxiety, stress, and even depression. The term “invisible patient” covers family caregivers who drop everything to care for an ailing family member and end up dealing with health issues as a result. Alzheimer's is One of the Leading Diseases Requiring Caregivers The Alzheimer's Association states that over 15 million people ... Read more

NEW CENTRAL STAR BABY ARRIVES AT AVITA HEALTH SYSTEM

Central Star Home Health Services in Mansfield Ohio is pleased to report the birth of Kashton Paul Banks.  Kaston arrived on the morning of April 10th, 2017 at Avita Health Systems-Galion. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 ¾ inches long.  Kashton is the son of Elaina Banks who has worked as the Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator at Central Star for over two years. Elaina reported having received “star treatment” from the staff at Avita stating “All the staff ... Read more

Siblings of Children with Special Needs

Your job as a parent often means juggling a lot of different things at the same time. This can be even trickier as a parent of a child with special needs. Because they take more of your time and energy you may feel you are neglecting the other siblings. They are all your children and you want to do what’s best for them. How do you manage it all? The University of Michigan Health System has a great article located here. Here are ... Read more

Are You a Caregiver, Even if You Don’t Call Yourself One?

So many caregivers find themselves in a grey area long before they accept that they're actually caregivers. They might eschew the title of officially being a loved one's caregiver or they might avoid using the term. What could be behind that? You Help out, But Only a Little For some caregivers, they realize that they help out with a loved one, but it's only now and then or only a little bit of help. That doesn't make them a caregiver, right? The reality ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY CARE APPRECIATES THEIR EMPLOYEES

On Monday the Extended Family Care office in Pittsburgh held an Employee Appreciation Day in honor of their employees.  The event included hot meals with dessert, a Target gift card raffle and the presentation of a gift to each employee.  The celebration continued from 8:00am-4:00pm in order to accommodate each employee’s schedule. “We hope to have these types of events on a regular basis”, said Seth A. Gehman, Administrator.  “We like to let each employee know how much we appreciate everything they ... Read more
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