As excited as you might be about senior care providers coming to help you and your elderly family member, she may not feel anywhere near as cheerful about it. Here are some ways to help. Don't Avoid the ConversationIf you already know how your senior may feel about this idea, you probably aren't a huge fan of bringing it up. That doesn't mean that you can avoid it forever, though. Sit down with her and let her know why you're thinking about ...Read more
As a caregiver, it's really difficult sometimes to see all of the help that's available to you. Some help you need to do a little digging to find, but many sources of assistance are right there waiting for you to ask. Talk to Friends and NeighborsEven if you don't have a bunch of family members who can help you pick up some of the slack, you may have friends and neighbors who would be happy to help if they just knew what ...Read more
Your elderly relative is complaining about itching and pain in their lower leg, so when you inspect it you notice purplish blotches and bumpy skin.
These are varicose veins and they could trigger some significant health issues in your aging loved one if they are not treated by a doctor. Too many family caregivers don’t know about the dangers of varicose veins in elderly adults, so too many cases are left undiagnosed and untreated. Varicose veins are dilated blood vessels that can lead ...Read more
A woman's risk of developing a urinary tract infection during her lifetime is between 40 and 50%.Though the risk is lower, men can and do develop these infections as well. The risk of developing another infection increases each time a person suffers and infection. As a family caregiver, you should know that while UTIs are common, they can result in symptoms that are difficult and even dangerous for your aging parent. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of ...Read more
Deciding when senior care is no longer a consideration but necessary is a challenge. You're going to have some hesitance from your parent. Many seniors think senior care services take away their independence. They don't like the idea of someone telling them what to do or affecting their privacy.
At some point, senior care may become a necessity. When your parent can no longer handle daily activities of living without help, it's time. Here are the things you should watch for.-Monitor Cognitive SkillsThe ...Read more
When you make the decision to become a family caregiver for your elderly loved one, it is easy to get so focused on fulfilling their needs and ensuring that they living their highest quality of life that you forget to take care of yourself.Keeping yourself healthy, however, is critical to not only preserving your own well-being but also making sure that you can be the best caregiver for your parent and the others that rely on you throughout this care ...Read more
As your senior grows older, you may find that she needs more and more of your help. You may be perfectly happy to do whatever you can for her as her caregiver, but that doesn't mean that she'll be happy to receive that help. Her Life Is ChangingWhile you might think that your senior doesn't realize how much she needs your assistance, you might be surprised. She knows that her life is changing and it's possible that she's doing everything that she ...Read more
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
No matter what type of incontinence issues your senior is battling, it can be extremely embarrassing for her. It might also be embarrassing for you. Talk about it, But Not All the TimeIncontinence is definitely something that you and your elderly family member need to talk about, but there are plenty of other topics, too. If there's something that one or both of you need to address or to correct, then you definitely need to talk. But if there's nothing new going ...Read more
One-third of Americans will get shingles during their lifetime.That’s about one million people every year. Shingles can happen in anyone who has had chickenpox during their lifetime because it is, essentially, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, varicella-zoster. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus remains in the body, lying dormant near the brain and spinal cord in the tissues of nerves. The chances of getting shingles increases as a person ages, putting senior citizens at greater risk than ...Read more