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13 Aug 2018

Hiring a Nursing Home vs. a Private Caregiver

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It’s painful to watch the physical and mental health of your loved one deteriorate as they age. You may also worry that mom or dad will feel isolated as you juggle the demands of your own life. That’s why caregivers are hugely beneficial in caring for seniors. Caregivers have the expertise to provide assistance in a number of areas including feeding, bathing and providing physical activity.   But what’s the best way to find quality senior care? Should you seek out a nursing agency or find a private caregiver on your own? Let’s explore both options to see which is best for you and your loved one: What is a nursing agency? A nursing agency provides nurses and healthcare assistants to seniors that require medical support Nursing agencies can help you determine the level of care your loved one will require. Agencies provide tailored services for seniors with various illnesses…

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6 Aug 2018

Pet Therapy for Seniors

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Cats and dogs are great for companionship, especially for aging seniors. Animals are playful, affectionate and give their owners unconditional love. Studies have shown that interacting with a pet can actually decrease stress, depression and anxiety. When it comes to senior care, pet therapy has become popular in treating a variety of illnesses including dementia and Alzheimer’s. This involves a pet living at home full-time with an aging senior who is responsible for taking care of the animal. Although this method has the best results, it’s only meant for seniors who are in relatively good health since taking care of a pet is a huge commitment. If ownership is not an option, interacting with pets even for a brief moment can be therapeutic. If you’re considering the use of animals to help an aging loved one, see if pet therapy is the right approach. What is pet therapy? Life as…

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