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8 Crucial Questions to Ask a Home Care Provider

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Choosing a home care provider for yourself or your loved one can be a stressful process. You want to be sure you’ll be provided with reliable, quality care from a reputable provider without completely breaking the bank. Conducting thorough interviews with all providers under consideration is an important step to choosing the best provider for your needs. Here are 8 crucial questions to ask potential home care providers that can quickly separate the good ones from the bad:   1. What is your company’s history? How long have you been in business? Find out about the ownership and structure of…

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5 Crucial Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Seniors

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In 2016, 15.4 million Americans were victims of identity theft, with many seniors among that number, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. Seniors are frequent targets of identity thieves and scammers for a variety of reasons, including that they are often viewed as lower risks for creditors, making obtaining credit illegally easier. Protect your loved ones from identity theft with these 5 crucial identity theft prevention tips for seniors: Keep Important Documents Safe Your loved one does not need every identifying document in his possession every time he leaves the house. In most cases, a driver’s license or identification and…

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6 Essential Health Tips for Caregivers

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You’re not a trained healthcare provider, yet you find yourself caring for your aging loved one. Providing quality, safe care is possible without having any formal medical training. Follow these 6 essential health tips for caregivers to help you provide the best care for your loved one: Falls The most important thing to remember in the event of a fall is to not attempt moving the person right away. If you try moving a person who has fallen too quickly, especially an elderly or frail person, you can make any injuries worse. While the person is still lying down, assess…

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5 Signs Your Loved One Needs In-Home Care

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Older adults are often resistant to receiving in-home care, as many feel they are giving up their independence and normal life. However, there are many situations that make home care necessary. Here are 5 signs your loved one needs in-home care: Unexpected Weight Loss or Gain Any sudden weight loss or weight gain, without a medical explanation, is cause for concern. It could mean your loved one is forgetting to eat, or otherwise lacks proper nutrition. Another thing to look out for is a completely empty pantry or sudden dramatic change in diet. Sure, some fluctuation in appetite or even…

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5 Reasons You Should Consider an In-Home Caregiver

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When your aging loved one becomes ill or can no longer fully care for himself or herself independently, decisions about the best way to provide care must be made. Often, families face a choice between hiring in-home care or moving their loved one to an assisted living home or skilled care facility. Here are 5 important reasons you should consider an in-home care provider: Takes pressure off family caregivers Providing frequent care for a loved one is stressful. Putting the rest of your life – kids, spouse, job, friends – on hold often to care for an aging or ill…

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How To Compassionately Care for a Loved One with Dementia

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Dementia affects more than 5 million Americans, according the the Alzheimer’s Association, and that number is expected to rise to 16 million by 2050. If you care for or visit a loved one who has dementia, his or her behavior can often be confusing, aggravating, and even frightening. The most important thing to remember when dealing with a loved one with dementia is that the disease has altered his or her brain permanently; your loved one may not even be aware of what he or she is doing. It often can be difficult to cope with some of the more…

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5 Tips for Preventing Falls Among Elderly Loved Ones

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Every year, 2.8 million older adults are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 800,000 aging adults are hospitalized each year following a fall, most because of hip fractures or head injuries. Fall injuries cost an estimated $31 billion per year, with two-thirds of those costs coming from hospital-related bills. These staggering and sobering statistics can be frightening for family members of aging adults, especially those far away from loved ones who still live alone. Falls can be attributed to several potential factors, including: Balance & Gait: Balance and coordination begins…

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Home Care Benefits for Veterans

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For many aging veterans and their families, the costs of in-home care seem out of reach. Thanks to the Veterans Affairs Non-Service Connected Pension, also known as the Aid and Attendance Pension, qualified veterans and their surviving spouses can receive grants to help pay for home health support. How do I qualify for the Aid and Attendance Pension? To qualify for the Aid and Attendance Pension, veterans must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day of wartime service during World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam War. Those who served during…

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What to Do If Your Elderly Parent Won’t Eat

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Fluctuations in appetite are common at every age, but in the case of the elderly, prolonged periods of appetite loss can be particularly concerning. Adequate nutrition is required to maintain good health and without it a number of issues can arise, including increased bone loss, weight loss, and malabsorption of medications. Knowing what signs to watch for and what you can do to help are the best ways to help your aging parent and ensure they have the quality of life they deserve.

My Elderly Parent Won’t Accept Help! What Do I Do?

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There comes a point in time when you may realize that your parents need assistance with everyday tasks. But hiring them help isn’t always as simple as finding a reputable company and giving them a call. Sometimes, parents refuse outside help. But if you’re unable to drop what you’re doing and provide them the assistance they need, what options are left? At Advanced Nursing & Home Support, we see this problem quite frequently, which is why you can trust us for advice on the matter.

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