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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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By Shital Rane, 6:11 pm on November 12, 2014

When adult children invite aging parents to move in, they should have a frank discussion about related issues, one of the most important being finances. Money is a topic that can be easily misunderstood and can lead to tension if clear lines are not drawn early. The following are a few items regarding finances that should be discussed prior to your parent moving into your home, presented by Philadelphia Home Care Assistance. Housing and UtilitiesWill parents pay rent or turn over their social security checks? Will they buy their own groceries or contribute to the household food budget? Will they pay a portion of the utilities or divide utilities with their adult children? Discussing questions like these will help to determine overall costs for adding one or two people to the…

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By Shital Rane, 8:00 am on November 5, 2014

The decision to hire in-home care for a loved one is not something to be taken lightly. If you find yourself overwhelmed when looking at Philadelphia home care providers, there are fortunately some questions that you can ask to help you determine which provider is the right fit. 1. What are all the costs and fees associated with in-home care? There can be some fairly significant differences in the costs and fees from one in-home care provider to another. Before deciding to work with a particular provider, it is essential to understand the total cost and fee structure for the services requested. You will also want to inquire about the cost of live-in versus part-time care in Philadelphia. 2. How are caregivers screened before being hired? The actual caregiver assigned…

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By Shital Rane, 1:33 am on April 28, 2014

Spring is here!  Time to get your garden and yourself in shape here are some helpful tips! Working outdoors in the garden can be very relaxing and is a great way to get some good exercise. Its important not to overdo things and taking some simple yet important steps can be vital to keeping yourself healthy and safe. When performing any activity but especially gardening activity which be physical in nature it is a good idea to take a few minutes to do some simple stretching exercises. It is also a good idea to bend properly to avoid stress to the back and knees. Using a kneeling pad or a gardening bench is often a good choice. Care should be taken when lifting so as not to cause unnecessary strain….

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