Central Star Employee Provides Aid in Texas After Hurricane

“It is something I have always wanted to do, but never have”, stated Abbie Sites, a State Trained Nursing Assistant at Central Star Home Health in Mansfield, Ohio. As a registered volunteer with the American Red Cross, Abbie immediately called to offer help when devastating Hurricane Harvey left thousands of Texans homeless. To her surprise she was told they were presently overwhelmed with volunteers so she took it upon herself to find a local church in Texas that needed her help. With ... Read more

Alzheimer’s and Delusions – How Can You Tell if Your Mom is Telling the Truth?

You came to visit your mom and found her trembling on the sofa.  She's convinced that her neighbor threatened to shoot her when she took a walk this afternoon.  You know the neighbor, and it seems out of character.  You talk to that neighbor, and he just returned from work.  He only just got home.  He wasn't home when she says this threatening encounter happened.Delusions are a stage of Alzheimer's that are frightening for everyone.  Your mom is certain something happened, ... Read more

Are Behavioral Changes Normal After a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The changes that a senior can suffer after experiencing a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be startling for you as a family caregiver.  They might be unexpected or not fit the mold of what you think that such effects should be.  By understanding the changes that are possible after such an injury you can detect when your senior is dealing with such after effects and make changes to your care routine to ensure that they get what they need to ... Read more

What Can You Do if Your Loved One Doesn’t Believe that Her Medication Puts Her at Risk of Falling?

Some elderly loved ones can be a little stubborn, especially when it comes to side effects from medication.  Since falling is so potentially dangerous for your loved one, it's worth it to help her see where you're coming from with this issue.Have Her Doctor Talk to HerOften your loved one might not believe you, even though you're her primary family caregiver.  Her doctor, on the other hand, is a much more believable authority figure.  If that's the case with other situations, ... Read more

Preparing Your Senior for an Eye Exam

Low vision is one of the most common issues of older age, but that is not the only eye health problem that your senior might face as they age.  Many eye diseases are far more common among older adults than they are in younger people, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease.Going to the eye doctor regularly can help to detect the early signs of these issues and keep their prescriptions up-to-date for the most effective vision correction. Unfortunately, many ... Read more

Talking to Your Parent About No Longer Driving

There are approximately 33 million adults over the age of 65 throughout the United States who are still licensed to drive. Experts point out that this number is only set to increase over the coming years as longer life expectancies mean that the aging population is growing rapidly. While many of these seniors are capable of driving safely and effectively throughout their lives, there are many challenges and limitations that elderly adults face that can make it so that they are ... Read more

What are the Signs of Dehydration?

The human body is approximately 65 percent water. Water is used for all essential functions throughout the body, including digesting food, producing and rebuilding cells, hydrating and protecting the skin, lubricating the joints, temperature regulation, blood circulation, and respiration. Losing just 10 percent of the water content in the body can lead to very serious health problems, while losing 20 percent can lead to death. As a family caregiver, these statistics are staggering and illustrate just how important it is that ... Read more

Tips for Caring for a Senior Suffering from Hepatitis C

There are approximately 3.2 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Hepatitis C and though there will be approximately 2,200 new cases reported, experts estimate that the true number of new cases is up to 13 times higher. This means that the vast majority of those who are living with this infection do not even know that they are living with it, putting them at serious risk of complications and putting those around them at severe risk ... Read more

Caring for a Parent with IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic condition that has no cure. Seniors suffering from IBS experience abdominal cramps and pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and a bloated feeling. The disease can be a difficult one to live with, but there are things senior care providers and family caregivers can do to help seniors cope with IBS. Here are some tips for caring for a senior parent with IBS.Know and Manage TriggersIf you are uncertain what triggers your parent’s IBS symptoms, ... Read more

How Can You Prepare Your Parent for a Power Outage?

Power outages are not uncommon events, particularly during the summer months when severe weather is a more frequent event and storms, high winds, and lightning can result in the power going out. While these outages generally only last for a few minutes, sometimes they can linger on for a few hours or even days. This can be an inconvenient and uncomfortable experience for anyone, but as a family caregiver it is important that you recognize how dangerous it can be for ... Read more
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