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Financial Tips for Caregivers

As more and more loved ones begin to reach their Golden Years, the number of caregivers needed to provide support for them continues to decline, according to aarp.com. And today, many Baby boomers are finding their roles changing faster than ever before. Statistics show that more than 25 percent of boomers in the U.S. are making the transition from child to caregiver and may not be fully prepared for the change. Maybe an older loved ones has been diagnosed with a long-term condition like Parkinson’s or dementia. Maybe they’ve had surgery or are facing a major life change and have to rely on the
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When is it Time for a Caregiver?

  “How do I know if my loved one needs a caregiver?” A question many of us ask will ourselves at some point in our lives. It’s an all-too common scenario: “Mom once kept her home tidy and in place, but lately everything seems so scattered and unorganized.” “Dad can’t remember the last place he put his heart medication and seems to have trouble recalling important dates and information.” For seniors one of the most significant things that defines who they are, is their independence. It’s the one thing – besides their love of family and friends – they try to
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Dealing with Anxiety in Seniors

Anxiety currently affects about million people in the United States and is said to be the most common mental illness that we face. It often causes its victims to experience trouble eating, sleeping and concentrating and may also manifest in the form of depression or panic attacks. But as common as anxiety is, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, only one-third of people who develop the disorder are actually diagnosed and treated. What those of here at FHC have noticed over the years, is how likely anxiety is to occur later in life. In fact, roughly 10
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How Home Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions

It seems the growing problem of hospital readmissions has become a national endemic. Prior to 2013, the rate of readmission in the United States was almost 20 percent – one in nine patients returned to the hospital room within one month of being discharged. After 2013, with the implementation of a payment reduction program by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the overall figures have dropped to about 18 percent. But, these statistics for Medicare patients are still higher than expected in 2016. One in five seniors are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, adding up
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Planning Ahead for Your Senior's Transitional Care

Sometimes it may not be possible to plan for follow-up care when your senior leaves the hospital. Accidents and sudden trips to the ER often leave patients and their families confused and overwhelmed – and the last thing you want worry about is not having the right services in place once your loved one has been sent home. Whether you’ve decided which in-home care services your senior will need in advance or have just recently begun to explore your options, transitional care is an important part of a successful recovery. Your senior may have had to deal with a traumatic
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Caring for a Childless Relative

As our older loved ones age, the need may arise for assistance from family members, as health concerns leave them unable to be as independent as they once were. Determining the best way to go about meeting the needs of your relative can be difficult without a long-term care plan in place. There are a few things that you can do to help your older one decide what the proper course of action will be for them as an individual – what they expect, what their needs are, if they will need personalized care services, etc. According to the Department
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Tips for Choosing the Right Walking Cane

Choosing the right cane requires a little more planning than most people can imagine. Before investing in a cane or walker, seniors should first identify the reason they need walking support, if they need it to support their full weight and the appropriate type, size, and fit of the device. Canes and walkers provide different levels of support for the person using them. They can be beneficial to seniors with pain, weakness and problems balancing on their own. They’re also helpful in avoiding falls and providing extra support when needed. And according to Lori Ramage, physical therapist and the Joint Club
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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Care Agency

  Enlisting the help of others to help care for your senior can be a daunting process. And if you opt for more personalized care that meets your loved one’s daily needs, helps them retain a sense of independence, and allows them to remain in a familiar environment, in-home care may be the choice for you. There a number of things to consider when searching for a home health care provider – like if the agency is licensed and reputable, if the caregivers are trained and qualified, and what has their track record for care been in the past. After
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Nursing Homes vs. Home Care

For many families, the decision whether to place older loved ones in a nursing home or to allow them to “age in place,” can be a difficult one. Everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, eating and drinking can become more and more problematic for seniors with declining health and mobility. The goal of any nursing home or home care provider should be to ensure that its patients are receiving high quality, compassionate, personalized care. When deciding whether or not a nursing home or in-home care is the best option for your loved one, Freedom Home Care invites you to consider these
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Helping Your Loved Ones Hold On to the Past this Holiday Season

It’s that time of year when families get together and talk about all the good times they’ve had over the years. This Thanksgiving, we will all most likely gather around the table and take a collective trip down memory lane. Sometimes, there are instances where you try to recall a memory but you just can’t grasp it from your recollection. While this type of occurrence may seem a rare occasion for most, for those dealing with dementia it is a recurring event that can be frustrating and painful. And as these lapses progress, it can be difficult for a family
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