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Tips for Parkinsons Caregivers
Tips for Parkinsons Caregivers
By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on January 28, 2015

If you have recently discovered that a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you probably want to do all that you can to help them through this time. Though this diagnosis will be a challenge for your family, there are certain things that you can do to keep your loved one safe and comfortable. The following are a few expert tips for how to prepare for the care of a senior loved one with Parkinson’s, presented by Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia. Plan for Medication Management Administering medication is a very important part of caring for someone with Parkinson’s. Having a plan in place to manage their medication is essential…

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Bone Health for Elderly Adults
Bone Health for Elderly Adults
By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on January 21, 2015

As many individuals age, they mistakenly believe that bone loss and fracture is an inevitable consequence of the aging process. This is not true! There are measures that seniors can take to help keep their bones strengthened and to avoid fractures. Below are some of the best ways to monitor and promote bone health for seniors, presented by Philadelphia Home Care Assistance. Exercise Just as muscles get larger when a person lift weights or participates in exercise, the bones also respond to exertion. Regular activity, such as participating in weight-bearing exercise, encourages the bones to become stronger and may help improve bone density. Good activities include walking and weight training….

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Technology for Stroke Recovery
Technology for Stroke Recovery
By Shital Rane, 11:58 pm on January 14, 2015

Well over half of the individuals that survive a stroke have difficulty with motor function, weakness and coordination. Fortunately, extensive research and advancements in technology have given way to a wave of new products that can help promote these functions and overall rehabilitation for stroke survivors. As a leading provider of stroke care in Philadelphia, we wanted to share some of the most advanced and exciting gadgets available to senior stroke survivors. It’s amazing to see how far the industry come, and the future looks bright for seniors and older adults who may be embarking on the stroke recovery journey. Virtual Reality Technology Physical therapy involving high tech gadgetry like…

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Weight Management Tips for Elderly
Weight Management Tips for Elderly
By Shital Rane, 11:28 pm on January 7, 2015

Elder Care: Strategies for Weight Management With age, the body’s metabolism slows down and individuals generally become less active. As a result, weight gain can become a part of the natural aging process. That being said, it’s important for seniors to not allow their weight to get out of control. Not only can properly managing weight assist in mobility, it can further decrease the risks of heart attacks, strokes and other age-related conditions. If you or an aging parent or loved one are struggling with weight, Philadelphia Home Care Assistance offers the following strategies to help you or your loved one manage weight in safe and simple ways. Limit your…

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By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on December 31, 2014

After you met with your family over the holidays, you may have come to the realization that mom or dad may need a bit of extra help with daily activities and personal care at home. As you begin the search for senior home care in Philadelphia for your loved one, you might wonder where to begin. You want to find the best caregiver who will make sure your aging loved one is comfortable and safe when in their care. Consider the following five suggestions as you search for someone who will take care of your family member during the times you can’t. 1. Seek referrals A great way to find a caregiver is to ask for recommendations. Start by asking your family doctor, friends, other family members, and work colleagues if…

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By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on December 24, 2014

The Family Caregiver Alliance, a national nonprofit dedicated to provide resources for home-based caregivers, urges those who are looking after aging relatives to make themselves a priority, too. According to the FCA, those between the ages of 66 and 96 who are providing 24/7 live-in home care to a spouse are 63 percent more likely to die than their counterparts who are not caregivers. Common issues such as lack of sleep, worrying, putting off their own medical care, and failing to maintain a healthy diet all play a role in the earlier mortality rate. With the New Year approaching, now is the time for all caregivers to consider a few ways to ensure they can continue to help the person in their lives who depend upon them the most. The…

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By Shital Rane, 6:28 pm on December 17, 2014

At this time of year when families are gathering, it is a good opportunity to check on elderly loved ones. By interacting with your parent or loved one, and watching them go about their day to day activities during an extended holiday party or event, you can identify changes in their health, behavior and abilities that you might not be able to detect through a phone call or regular visit.  Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of home care Philadelphia, offers a few warning signs that may indicate that a loved one needs a helping hand. 1. They forget simple daily tasks and activities Memory issues can be common among the elderly, and misplacing frequently used items is bound to happen. However, putting objects in the completely wrong place, such…

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By Shital Rane, 6:11 pm on December 10, 2014

As a caregiver, you’re closely tuned in to the behaviors and health of your loved one. But it can be difficult to tell whether confusion and memory loss are normal parts of aging, or whether they are harbingers of dementia. Today, Philadelphia Home Care Assistance is going to talk about some of the warning signs that should spur you to have your aging parent evaluated for dementia. In general, dementia is defined as having two simultaneous types of mental impairment that affect day to day life. This means that while memory loss is a cause for concern, it is not alone usually enough to determine that your loved one has dementia. While Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia symptoms, it can also manifest on its own. Someone with…

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By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on November 26, 2014

As a person goes through the aging process, they will experience a spectrum of changes, both physical and emotional. In general, physical changes – such as changes in vision and mobility –are the most obvious to identify, but it is now known that one’s emotional health is a key component to a healthy, fulfilled and happy life. For home care, Philadelphia Home Care Assistance take a balanced and holistic approach to care that focuses not only on a senior’s need for a nutritious diet and daily exercise, but on the importance of social ties and achieving a sense of calmness and purpose. We know that evaluating the emotional wellbeing of a loved one as they age is just as important as monitoring physical energy levels and health factors such as…

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By Shital Rane, 6:30 pm on November 19, 2014

If you have an elderly loved one who is no longer able to make many decisions independently, this is likely a difficult time for your entire family. As a leading provider of Philadelphia senior home care, we understand that watching a loved one go through the aging process can be extremely emotional. However, when a loved one’s physical and cognitive abilities are no longer what they once were, it is important to plan for the future. To ensure that your loved one can have all of his or her final wishes carried out properly, it’s a good idea to have a discussion about the setting up a living will with your assistance. What is a Living Will? A living will is quite similar to a traditional will; it includes a…

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