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What Do You Need to Know about Dehydration and Your Baby?

Babies, especially premature babies, are much more susceptible to problems that can sneak up on you, such as dehydration. While dehydration can show up as a result of illness, it can also happen when your baby gets overheated in hot conditions. Here's what you need to know. Dehydration Is More Likely in Babies Babies develop dehydration much more quickly than adults do. Their systems are smaller and the proportion of water to body mass is much different. If your baby is a preemie, then ... Read more


Whether you take care of children, an elderly parent or work for a home care company like Extended Family Care, you probably have come to realize that caregiving can be as stressful as it is rewarding. We want to help you reduce the stress of caregiving and for you to start taking care of you. We have found a FREE program aimed at taking care of caregivers called, Think Caregiver, that will benefit you, your client and your family members. In nature, ... Read more

4 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

As a family caregiver to an older adult, one of the things you may worry about is them developing a form of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a hard condition to watch someone suffer from and just as hard to provide care for. Researchers have been hard at work trying to learn more about the disease and how to cure it. As of today, there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, scientists have presented some strong evidence for ways that it might be ... Read more

What Do You Need to Know about Sunscreen and Your Preemie?

A little bit of sun helps the body to make the vitamin D that it needs, but too much sun is disastrous. This is especially true for your preemie. Here's what you should know about using sunscreen on your preemie or older baby. Age Makes a Big Difference The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that infants younger than six months of age should not use any topical sunscreen. Once your child is older than six months of age, talk to your pediatrician before ... Read more

Caring for a Parent is a Family Job

Have you stopped to think about how much time family caregivers spend helping a parent? About 25 percent of caregivers spend more than 40 hours helping parents out. The majority spend 24.4 hours each week. If you're also working or caring for your children, it becomes overwhelming. When you're a family caregiver, it really does need to be a family job. It's not ideal if only one person is handling the bulk of the chores. Create a To-Do Chart The first thing a family ... Read more


On March 27, 2019 Ric Williams was recognized by over 200 of his peers and colleagues from across the Commonwealth at Pennsylvania Homecare Association Direct Care Worker Event. The day was culminated as Ric passed on the prestigious award of the 2018 Direct Care Worker of the Year to the 2019 recipient. His speech and encouragement to his peers was heartfelt. “Live each day with love in your heart and enjoy it”, he instructed. Words of wisdom he not only uses ... Read more

How Can Positive Thinking Improve Your Dad’s Health?

There's no doubt that positive thinking makes you feel better. It also affects your health. According to John Hopkins Medicine, positive thinking can reduce the risk of a heart attack. It improves your mental health and helps with anxiety and depression. A happy outlook can also help improve the outcome following many chronic health conditions like cancer and stroke. How Do You Get Your Dad to Think Positively? When your dad isn't accustomed to a lot of positivity, it can be hard to ... Read more

How Can You Tell that Your Preemie Is Maturing?

By default, a premature baby is still working on maturing. That takes some time and some patience on both your parts. These clues can help you to learn when your preemie is starting to become more mature. Your Baby Is Overstimulated Less Often All babies can get overstimulated by what's going on around them, but preemies are more likely to experience overstimulation far more often. This happens because their brains and their bodies are still catching up. It's jarring for these babies to ... Read more

Could Pediatric Home Health Care Do More for You than You Think?

Often parents avoid hiring pediatric home health care providers because they're just not sure how they can help. Even if your routines and plans are trying on you and your energy, you may feel that they're the best plan you've got for right now. It doesn't have to be that way. Laundry Help Laundry never seems to end in any household, but that situation can be even worse if your child needs frequent clothing or bedding changes. If you aren't able to keep ... Read more

How Much Do You Know About Anemia and Seniors?

Anemia is a common blood condition in an estimated 80 percent of aging adults. The condition means that the body is not producing enough red blood cells, a critical component to overall health and wellness. If anemia in seniors is not treated, it can lead to serious health issues in both the short-term and long-term. Fortunately, it’s possible to treat anemia and family caregivers and home health care providers can even help prevent anemia in seniors. The Dangers of Anemia in Seniors Anemia ... Read more
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