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By Jeff Hill, 8:00 am on December 20, 2013

The holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones, but they can prove lonely for aging adults who may no longer be in contact with old friends, have suffered the loss of companions, or who live far from their relatives. For many seniors, what was once a time of active gatherings and constant activity becomes a time which may include isolation and depression. With a little planning, however, you can help your aging parent or loved one deal with the loneliness of the holidays. Deck the Halls You don’t have to break out all the decorations to enjoy the holidays, but it’s important to bring out a few decorations to get in the spirit. Put out a small tree on a table along with a few of your aging…

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By Jeff Hill, 5:25 pm on December 12, 2013

The day-to-day responsibilities of caring for an aging loved one are often so time consuming that the health of the caregiver is often pushed to the back burner. To deliver quality care, however, it’s critical for the caregiver to recognize that they need to take remedial steps when emotional, behavioral or physical problems arise. The following signs can indicate that the strain of caregiving is becoming too much. Physical Symptoms Caregiving is a physically demanding job that can cause feelings of weakness, fatigue and exhaustion. A lack of adequate restful sleep is a leading cause of caregiver stress. Because finding the time to exercise and eat properly can be challenging, a general deterioration of good health can occur. Caregivers may also fail to take proper care of themselves when they…

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By Jeff Hill, 9:42 pm on January 18, 2013

With age, seniors become more susceptible to chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia and suffer from severe memory loss.  Although there are no known cures for these diseases, there are ways seniors can actively keep their brain fit to help prevent early onset of the disease and reduce the risk entirely.  Whether you get help from friends and family or from a Phoenix senior care provider, the following are simple ways you can keep your aging brain fit. The first way to keep an aging brain fit is exercise.  While exercise has been known to prevent many types of diseases including heart disease and cancer, a senior who exercises regularly can also decrease their chance of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia.  Studies show that exercise is the single best way…

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By Jeff Hill, 12:19 am on January 17, 2013

Between work, family and other life demands, keeping up with your elderly loved one’s health can be difficult.  When visiting, take note of the following signs that could indicate your parent is experiencing health problems.  By observing these symptoms early, you can help ensure your elderly loved one receives the at-home care they need to maintain their quality of life. Mood changes: While some changes in mood are expected with age, if your kind, socially outgoing parent suddenly becomes withdrawn and easily angered, it could be a sign of a more complex problem.  If you notice their behavior seems out of the ordinary, encourage your parent to seek professional assistance to help them overcome the issue. Change in weight or eating habits: If you notice your parent has experienced a…

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By Jeff Hill, 12:14 am on January 17, 2013

Do you have an elderly loved one who is no longer able to perform tasks of daily living? Have you noticed changes in dress, mood and/or eating habits in this individual? If so then it may be time to call Phoenix Home Care Assistance. With Home Care Assistance, one receives a highly qualified and compassionate caregiver who can assist with all tasks of daily living. The services our caregivers provide include, but are not limited to, cooking, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, laundry, transportation, errand runs, exercise and medication reminders. Phoenix Caregivers are dedicated to the wellbeing of their clients and go above and beyond in provided support. Home Care Assistance makes it a priority to rigorously screen every potential caregiver. We administer an elite caregiver screening exam and training program…

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By Jeff Hill, 9:55 pm on July 7, 2012

We’ve heard the phrase, “There’s no place like home.” But when seniors are faced with health problems that interfere with living at home the concept of “home” can suddenly change. That concept does not have to change. It is important to remember and respect why seniors want to stay at home. First, there really is no place like home. It is a comfortable place. It is familiar with it’s comfortable chairs, TVs that are easy to operate, and a bed that seems custom made. Second, home is a place of sentimental value. Special events have happened there. Holidays have been spent there. It is a gathering place for family and friends. Third, it represents independent living and that brings a great deal of peace and comfort. If you or a loved…

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By Jeff Hill, 9:37 pm on June 30, 2012

Summer is in fully swing and temperatures creep higher and higher. It is important to stay hydrated. Here are 4 tips for beating the heat. First, drink plenty of water to help your body keep up with the demands that summertime heat places on it. This can help protect you from heat-related exhaustion and fatigue. Second, drink cool water. Remember – if it’s too cold your body has to work to warm it up and, vice versa, if it’s too hot you body must use energy to cool it down. Slightly cool or room temperature water is best. Third, pay attention to your body. Believe it or not, sweat is a good indicator that your body is functioning properly in hot weather. If you stop sweating, that is a sign of…

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By Jeff Hill, 10:39 pm on June 22, 2012

One of our caregivers recently remarked that learning about a client’s past was one of the most enjoyable parts of his job. He noted that his at-home care duties included caring for the client’s physical needs and getting her to doctor’s appointments but that in the process of performing those duties there was a real joy that came from discovering who his client really was. At Home Care Assistance we embrace our slogan, “Changing the Way the World Ages.” One of those ways is to keep the social part of life going – to talk, to laugh, to remember, to share.Did you know that the digital images from 1940 Census were recently released to the public? These census images are available on Archives.com, FindMyPast.com, National Archives, ProQuest, and FamilySearch.org. Visit FamilySearch.org to utilize…

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By Jeff Hill, 8:46 pm on June 6, 2012

The Balanced Care Method™ The people of Okinawa, Japan, are experiencing the benefits of long and healthy lives when compared to others around the world. Phoenix At Home Care states that scientists are taking a close look at these people to learn what habits might possibly contribute to their longevity. Based on the results of these studies, Home Care Assistance has created a unique approach to caring for seniors – the Balanced Care Method™. It is founded upon the studies of the long-lived people of Okinawa. Some of those studied lived well beyond 100 years, and people in their seventies and eighties enjoyed unusually good health and remained independent much longer than contemporaries outside of this region. Additionally, the studies conclude that about a third of what happens to us…

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By Jeff Hill, 10:17 pm on June 5, 2012

When seniors are experiencing personality and behavioral changes, they are often rooted in fear and uncertainty about what the future holds. Family members can help their loved one deal with these painful issues through compassion, understanding and patience. Phoenix Live-In Care understands that this can be difficult when a senior resorts to name-calling, insults, manipulation and other outlandish behaviors. Caregivers often become the target and may feel hurt in the process. Understanding what is causing this behavior can provide greater understanding and a sense of peace in knowing that you are not the issue. Here are five ways to help families deal with personality changes in seniors. 1. Find out what their fear is and get to the root of the problem. Simply ask the senior how they are feeling…

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