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

Tips for Caring for Someone After a Stroke

If your parent has recently had a stroke that has left them requiring care, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 4 seconds an American has a stroke. Right now, you might be wondering if your parent will get better, of if they will be disabled for life. You might also be wondering how you’re going to manage your parent’s care over the months to come. Being a family caregiver for a senior parent who ... Read more

Guide to Nutrient-Dense Foods for the Elderly

 Daily food choices are vital to good health, but when the elderly are dependent on family caregivers, senior care aides and others to assist with grocery shopping and meal preparations, they often don’t get much of a say in what they eat.As a family caregiver that is responsible for this important feature of elderly care, food choices are extremely important to ensuring the health and wellness of your aging loved one. Nutrient-dense foods are the best way to deliver valuable nutritional ... Read more

Tips for Reducing Fall Risk for Your Senior in Their Bathroom

Each year throughout the United States millions of adults over the age of 64 fall, and many end up needing to seek emergency medical attention to handle the injuries that can occur as a result of these falls. A large percentage of the falls that occur within the home happen in the bathroom. This is by merit of the environment of the bathroom itself as well as the activities that are performed there. As a caregiver it is important that you ... Read more

Talking to Your Parent’s Doctor About Their Fall Risk

Elderly adults face many challenges throughout their later years, but one of the most pressing is increased fall risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in every 4 seniors over the age of 64 throughout the United States suffers a fall each year. Many of these result in the need for medical care at an emergency room. Approximately 1 in every 5 falls, a full 20 percent of the falls that occur each year, results in a ... Read more

Mild Cognitive Impairment vs. Alzheimer’s: Understanding the Differences

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) affects about 2 out of 10 people over the age of 64 per studies reported by Alzheimer's Association. It's a condition where memory issues reveal themselves, but not at strong enough levels to impact daily routines. Having MCI may progress into Alzheimer's, but it doesn't have to.Alzheimer's is a progressive illness where deterioration within the brain leads to serious issues. At first, forgetfulness and problems with time management may be the only signs you see, but it ... Read more

What Can You Do to Prevent Skin Cancer?

As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, awareness is critical. Knowing the types of risks that your aging parent faces enables you to help them make decisions that can reduce those risks and help them to prevent serious health issues from occurring as they age in place. One such issue is skin cancer. Occurring in approximately 20 percent of the total population at some point in their lives, skin cancer can and does occur in people of all ages and ... Read more

Safety Tips for Home Oxygen Therapy

Many senior citizens are prescribed oxygen for use at home because of conditions that cause difficulty breathing. This is referred to as oxygen therapy. It is usually prescribed when patients exhibit symptoms like coughing, wheezing, rapid breathing, and changes in skin color that indicate oxygen levels are low. Some of the conditions for which oxygen therapy is prescribed include COPD, heart failure, sleep apnea, pneumonia, and asthma. While oxygen therapy is beneficial to those who need it, it can also be ... Read more

April is National Facial Protection Month – Are you Taking Proper Care of Your Aging Parent’s Face?

“National Facial Protection Month” sounds a bit silly, but facial protection is actually a very important and often overlooked problem in today’s society. Spring has sprung, and the sun is shining, and it’s time to get outside and work on our gardens. It is easy to get caught up in the wonders of nice weather and the determination to beautify your house and garden, but these things often push basic safety measures out of our minds. How often do you actually ... Read more

Is Your Senior Suffering from Springtime Allergies?

In many places around the country the winter is finally on its way out and the spring is coming in, which means warmer weather, sunnier days, and the emergence of beautiful flowers, grass, and other plants. While this can be a wonderful time to get out of the house and start enjoying some fresh air and activities, for many people it can mean the start of spring allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, approximately 50 million ... Read more
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