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By Jeff Hill, 8:00 am on December 27, 2013

After a stroke, routine tasks that were once simple to accomplish may be more challenging. Depending upon the severity of one’s stroke, a person may experience muscle weakness, paralysis and other lingering effects that can interfere with their daily activities. Family caregivers will undergo changes in their routine as they assist their loved one with daily tasks and find new ways to cope with the challenges. Do you need help caring for an aging loved one who has just suffered a stroke? Read more about specialty stroke care for seniors in Phoenix and see how on-one-one assistance could benefit your aging loved one. Additionally, here are some effective strategies to help caregivers and their loved ones ease their adjustment to life after a stroke: Simplify Daily Routines Following a stroke,…

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

At Home Care Assistance of Phoenix, we always encourage our senior clients to exercise! Exercising is an activity that offers many additional benefits including opportunities for social interaction, enhanced mood, improved sleep at night and a lower risk of falls and injuries. However, in addition to the previously mentioned benefits, multiple scientific studies have confirmed that physical exercise helps ward off the development of Alzheimer’s and can also offer a variety benefits to those who have already been diagnosed with the disease. Exercising During the Early and Middle Stage of Alzheimer’s A 2013 study published in the International Journal of General Medicine found that physical activity helped slow cognitive decline in patients with mild to moderate dementia. The findings validate a University of Maryland study that found that mildly impaired…

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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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