The office staff at Star Multi Care Services in Melville, New York had another lively Halloween. The Annual Costume Contest is always well received by the staff as everyone looks forward to their opportunity to make a statement. This year’s winner, Lauren, dressed as Kim Kardashian West and took First Place. The two runners up were Angie who dressed as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, and Karen who chose to resemble a trendy zombie.“The staff always seem to have a great time”, said ...Read more
Leg and ankle strength go a long way in helping a senior with balance. When exercising the legs, your parent needs to work out all three areas – front, back, and sides. If a fall is imminent, strong muscles can help support and help a person counterbalance.
Here are some simple chair exercises that help improve leg strength and balance. #1 – Leg Lifts: For a leg lift, your parent will sit straight in his or her chair and lift one leg off ...Read more
If your parent has started to show signs of failing health, you’ve probably started thinking about their future and what kinds of care they will need. There’s a lot to consider. Will they be able to remain at home? What kinds of care are available? Where can we find care? October is designated as Long-Term Care Planning Month, an observance dedicated to thinking through these big questions and planning for the future.
What is Long-Term Care?
Long-term care encompasses a wide range of ...Read more
Purple—it’s the color of royalty. But, did you know it’s also the color of foods that are full of anthocyanins? Anthocyanins are a pigment, or coloration, found in plants. Studies have shown that foods rich in anthocyanins can help with brain health, reduce the risk of cancer, reduce inflammation, and protect against heart disease. And, that’s not all!Purple foods can also:-Help the body to use certain nutrients, like calcium.
-Lower cholesterol levels.
-Improve eye health.
-Make the digestive system work better.If your senior parent’s ...Read more
It can be quite a surprise to get a call from your elderly family member or from another family member letting you know that your aging adult needs much more help than you knew. That can mean that you're now her primary caregiver but from a distance. Find out What You Can Do to Be Most Helpful Right NowTalk to your elderly family member about what is going on right now for her. What is it that you can do immediately to ...Read more
As a family caregiver, one of the most important things that you can do for your elderly parent is to take steps to reduce their risk and increase their personal safety. Staying safe is vital at any age, but it can become particularly pressing as your senior gets older, as many criminals target older adults who they view as more vulnerable, more trusting, or otherwise better for their particular form of fraud or crime.
While there are many steps that you can ...Read more
“Let’s help them”, said the President and CEO of Star Multi Care”. Last week after notorious Hurricane Irma bypassed his Southeastern Florida office and took route up the west coast of Florida, Stephen Sternbach thought of the unlucky residents of Florida who were unfortunate enough to feel her wrath.After a staff meeting he threw out the idea of initiating a collection for the hurricane victims for which he would match any funds raised, dollar for dollar. His staff jumped at the ...Read more
“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
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
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