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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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17 Jul 2018

Home Care for Senior Citizens After a Hospital Stay

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There are many senior citizens in this world who have independent minds. They like the idea of looking after themselves and the idea of living on their own. This is especially true after a stint in the hospital for an injury or illness; most senior citizens fear for their independence on their return home. It’s true that there will be certain situations that require senior citizens to seek help with daily responsibilities and tasks. Senior citizens who don’t want to have to transition to live-in care facilities after their hospital stay don’t need to fret, because there are other options available. They can opt for home care that will help them hold on to the lifestyle they’re familiar with and love. Home care opens seniors up to support that doesn’t involve them ever setting foot outside of their residence, and that can help them in several ways. Here are a…

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10 Jul 2018

The 6-Step Process of Stroke Recovery

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A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or ruptured. With the brain cells getting deprived of blood and oxygen, the nerve cells stop working and die within minutes. The part of the brain they control also stops functioning. This effect can be permanent depending on how many cells are lost. Going by statistics, roughly 800,000 persons in the US become victims of stroke each year, making this an average of one person suffering from a stroke every 4 minutes. Not surprisingly, this has become the leading cause of disability and is among the top five leading causes of death in the US. And for most of those who survive, a host of life-time debilitating conditions persist – from changes in mobility, speech, bowel functions and more. Suffering a stroke though, does not mean an end to living, in general. With the…

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20 Jun 2018

Stray Cat Wanders into Nursing Home and Gets a Job

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A former stray lovingly referred to as Oreo, has found a new home at St. Augustine Health Ministries, a nonprofit organization in Cleveland, Ohio that provides assisted living, home health care, and nursing among other services. They already have a dog named Coco who lives at the facility, and now he has a friend. According to Dana Carns, Director of Advancement for St. Augustine Health Ministries, “They both give residents something to look for, to care about, to love on.” Several years ago, Oreo, a black and white feline, wandered into the nursing home and found her way into the hearts of staff and residents alike. “Oreo found us,” Carns stated. Now Oreo and Coco have an important role in improving the lives of residents. Valued Members of the Team Although Coco is a valued member of the team, Oreo outshines her furry counterpart in many ways. Oreo often greets…

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