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By Mary-Frances, 7:21 pm on June 10, 2014

Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes the slow loss of memory and mental function, and can also lead to an array of physical problems including trouble walking, speaking and swallowing. If you have become a caregiver for an aging parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s, you know that caregiving is a demanding job both physically and emotionally. While some days will inevitably be better than others, Home Care Assistance Sonoma County offers a few Alzheimer’s care tips that can help make caregiving a little easier. Stick with the routine. Alzheimer’s patients benefit from a stable and consistent routine. Make sure that activities like getting dressed, eating, going to the doctor and getting ready for bed take place around the same time each day. This helps the senior better understand what…

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By Mary-Frances, 10:02 pm on June 3, 2014

Aging in place is a term that is being used more often as older adults are expressing the desire to remain in the familiar comforts of home rather than move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. The term is generally used to describe household modifications and support services that allow the senior to live in their home for as long as possible. While aging in place is often associated with the physical changes made to a home to ensure a senior’s safety, the opportunity to age in place can provide enormous benefits beyond physical needs. These benefits can include but are not limited to: Comfort – Remaining at home is often the most comfortable option for a senior. They are in a familiar environment surrounded by their own…

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By Mary-Frances, 8:00 am on May 27, 2014

Active seniors, especially those who participate in some form of exercise on a daily basis, enjoy a variety of benefits. Older adults who enjoy 20-30 minutes of light exercise each day are able to reduce their risk for several health-related conditions, report a greater quality-of-life and may lead fuller, longer lives than those who do not. And at Home Care Assistance Sonoma County, we want seniors to know that striving to stay active well into their golden years may not be as difficult they think! A common exercise barrier among seniors involves limited mobility or fears of falling. What many seniors may not know is that minimal exercise can actually help with both. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the older adult who takes a few…

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By Mary-Frances, 12:06 am on May 21, 2014

The decision to hire a caregiver for your aging loved one is complex, with emotional and financial implications. If you are struggling to decide if the time is right for professional caregiver support, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care in Sonoma County, presents some of the most important and easy-to-detect warning signs. Living Conditions – If your loved one’s home is disheveled, unclean, and laundry and dishes are piling up, it can indicate the need for help. Not only does clutter in the home consume walkways, sometimes causing trips and falls, but a messy home can be an indication of more serious conditions such as depression. Consider unkempt living conditions a telltale sign that additional help might be beneficial or necessary. Isolation – Seniors often realize they…

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By Mary-Frances, 8:00 am on May 13, 2014

For many seniors, reducing blood pressure is a serious concern. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can increase the risk for life-threatening complications and conditions including heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure. In addition to medication and routine exercise, a healthy diet can go a long way in lowering blood pressure. In fact, there are a handful of foods that when added into a senior’s daily meals, can help decrease blood pressure levels. Milk – Milk is great for seniors and older adults, providing the nutrients necessary for strong and healthy bones. What many may not know is that milk is also key to reducing blood pressure. Having a serving of skim milk with meals can effectively help reduce numbers by up to 10%. It may not seem like…

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By Mary-Frances, 8:00 am on May 6, 2014

Hiring a private caregiver is one option for seniors who need assistance. While private caregivers offer some families support, supervision and care, hiring someone privately comes with certain risks. Understanding these risks is important if families are to make educated decisions about their home care needs. Private caregivers are entrusted by seniors during a vulnerable time in life. Caregivers have access to the home, spend time alone with the senior, and are sometimes privy to personal financial and relationship information. When caregivers are hired privately, care recipients and their families often forgo background and reference checks because the process of completing them can be confusing, complicated and frustrating. This brings about the potential to unknowingly hire a less than honest caregiver who may harm the senior in some way. Even…

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