Posts Tagged ‘affordable home care’

Choosing Between an Independent Caregiver and Home Care Agency

Weighing the Pros and Cons When a loved one needs assistance at home due to age, illness, or disability, you have to decide if hiring an individual caregiver or going through a home care agency is the better option. Both routes have advantages and drawbacks to consider. The Benefits of Hiring an Individual Caregiver The biggest potential benefit of hiring an individual caregiver is flexibility. You can handpick someone whose personality and skillset seems perfectly suited for your loved one’s needs and preferences. An individual may also have more flexibility in their schedule and availability compared to the rotating staff…

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7 Ways to Create a Warm and Welcoming Home for Senior Loved Ones During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of joy, laughter, and togetherness. For many families, it’s also a time to welcome senior loved ones into their homes to share in the festivities. Making your home safe, comfortable, and festive for seniors requires a bit of planning and consideration. Here are some thoughtful tips to ensure your home is ready to host your senior family members during the holiday season.  Prioritize Safety Safety should always be the top priority when preparing your home for senior guests. Conduct a thorough safety check by: Consider the layout of your home and make adjustments as…

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Care Following a Hospital Discharge

A journey to the hospital might last several days for an older adult, and medical procedures can bring a slew of additional caregiving tasks that persist long after the patient returns home. Older adults frequently require higher levels of care during a hospital stay, which translates into higher care needs after discharge. It is key that family caregivers completely understand what is required as soon as possible, as this will better equip them to coordinate the care required to keep their loved ones safe and recuperate. Preparation is Key  Caring for a loved one following a hospital discharge can be…

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What is Positive Aging and Strategies to Enjoy your Golden Years

Since 1950, human life expectancy has increased by more than 20 years. There are more people above the age of 80 and 90 than ever before. It has introduced a new challenge: caring for the elderly, from their housing and healthcare needs.  Growing old purposefully, constructively, and gracefully is where the power of positive aging lies. It is more important to have a good quality of life in old age than to appear “ageless.” It entails being helpful to others and relying as little as possible on others for activities of daily living (ADL).   Positive aging is one way older…

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Home-Modification Bill Could Help Adults Age in Place

A bill introduced in Congress in May would assist seniors in paying for home modifications that would make their houses more accessible and livable as they age. The Home Modification for Accessibility Act, sponsored by Reps. Charlie Crist and Thomas Suozzi is now in the House Ways and Means Committee. If approved, it would allow seniors who want to make aging-in-place upgrades in their homes to deduct the expenses of such upgrades from their income taxes or pay for the improvements out of their retirement funds without penalty. Rep. Crist said in a statement that many homes don’t have these…

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Celebrate Social Wellness Month- 7 Tips for Social Wellness

Living through a global pandemic for a couple of years taught us to never take the little but incredibly important things in life for granted: shared laughter, hugging our loved ones, and a lunch date at our favorite restaurant. We saw just how important socializing is, and how lonely and empty we can feel when it is taken away. July is Social Wellness Month, and with immunizations reducing our need to isolate ourselves, it’s the ideal time to ensure that seniors have appropriate interaction experiences. Social Wellness Month Social wellness has been shown to improve the quality of life for…

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Celebrate National Great Outdoors Month

In June, National Great Outdoors Month encourages people to explore our country’s vast wildlife refuges, parks, and natural beauty.  Whether we hike or bike the trails, kayak or canoe the various rivers and canyons, or pitch a tent in the forest or on a hillside, there is something for everyone. Pursue the beauty and grandeur of the outdoors’ huge sky and wide landscapes. Going outside in the fresh summer air is a wonderful opportunity for seniors and caregivers to spend time together enjoying amazing outdoor activities. Going outside offers light exercise and socialization, both of which are key components of…

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8 Summer Activities Seniors and Caregivers Can Enjoy Together

Spring and summer are fantastic times of year because the weather is beautiful and the sun is shining! What better time to enjoy the great outdoors and make the most of the great weather? Even if their mental or physical capabilities vary, older folks can still enjoy a variety of summer activities and options. Here are a few fun summer activities that are suitable for seniors to engage in.  Get Outside and Enjoy Nature  With the snow gone and the chilly wind gone, summer is the ideal time to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us. Older adults, whether mobile…

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Dementia and Living Spaces- How To Create A Safe Space

Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent form of dementia, impacting millions of individuals each year. Approximately 5.8 million Americans were diagnosed with the disease in 2021 alone.

6 Easy Ways for Seniors to Stay Active Indoors

The weather outside may be frightful — but that doesn’t have to make your winter any less delightful! The winter season in Maryland and the Washington, DC area has been unpredictable, with shifting temperatures, snow, and rain. It may be frustrating for seniors and family caregivers to not know what a winter day will bring. Exercising outside in the cold weather might be uncomfortable, and getting to the gym may be difficult due to COVID-19. However, it is easy to be active throughout the winter, and it does not involve enduring frigid temperatures or planning around the setting sun. Best…

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