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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

How You and Your Elderly Loved One Can Ditch Excuses for Not Exercising

Exercise is pretty much on everyone's "to do" list, but it's not so easy to incorporate it. In fact, you might find yourself saying one or more of these excuses when you don't exercise like you want to. If any of these sound like you or your loved one, there's still hope. "I Hate Exercising" Very few people really love exercising, so this one isn't really a valid excuse. What can make a big difference is for you and your loved one to ... Read more

What Are the Most Common Types of Fires Your Loved One Might Encounter?

Caregiver in Mt. Lebanon PA It can be terrifying as your loved one's family caregiver to smell unexplained smoke or to hear later that your loved one had a small fire at home. When you understand some of the most common types of fires that might affect your elderly loved one, you can take steps to make sure she's as safe as possible. Kitchen Fires Kitchen fires are extremely common, particularly if your elderly loved one forgets that she's left a burner on or ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY CARE HEADS LOCAL FOOD DRIVE

Home Care in Pittsburgh PA Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh with the assistance of the management team of Penn Center East, sponsored a local food drive in December in support of the North Hills Community Outreach Center.  Various food collection sites were placed throughout Penn Center East hoping to gain local support.  The project was named “Restock the Pantry” as an effort to replenish the food supply that generally depletes shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. Total food donations were brought North Hills Community Outreach ... Read more

Will Your Parent Need Surgery After a Broken Hip?

Elderly Care in Pittsburgh PA Each year throughout the United States more than 300,000 adults over the age of 64 are hospitalized after suffering a hip fracture. Though relatively common, this can be one of the most dangerous and devastating injuries that your elderly parent can face during their later years. As their family caregiver this can be a frightening moment and you want to know everything that you can about your parent’s condition, their treatment and management options, and what you ... Read more

How Can You Help Your Aging Loved One Remain More Independent in the Bathroom?

Senior Care in Carnegie PA The loss of independence can be extremely difficult for elderly adults. Accustomed to caring for themselves and others, realizing that they are no longer able to do even basic tasks for themselves can result in feelings of depression, anxiety, loss of motivation, and diminished self-esteem. As their family caregiver, it is critical that you do whatever you can to help them to maintain more of their independence and autonomy throughout their later years so that they can ... Read more
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