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How to Cheer Up You and Your Loved One During the Holidays

“‘Tis the season to be jolly,” but when you’re caring for a family member or receiving care yourself, this time of year can feel less than merry. While the link between health and happiness is still being studied, we know that positive emotions can help make life longer and healthier, and not to mention, a lot more fun. So even if you’re feeling a bit like Scrooge heading into the season, some good ol’ fashioned holiday cheer might be just what the doctor ordered to lift both your spirits and … [Read more...] about How to Cheer Up You and Your Loved One During the Holidays

How to Help Your Loved One Remain Independent

Whether you are caring for a parent, spouse, or other adult loved one, there are a multitude of responsibilities that fall on your shoulders. And while a home health care service can alleviate many of these, it is important to help your loved one remain independent in as many ways as possible—for both of your general well-being. Not only does this take away some of the stress from your day-to-day activities, but perhaps more importantly, it also offers your loved one some semblance of normalcy … [Read more...] about How to Help Your Loved One Remain Independent

Don’t Catch (a) Cold! 5 Tips for Staying Healthy Even When Those Around You Are Getting Sick

When you or a family member is in need of extra care, it is important to take all the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick. With cold and flu season right around the corner, now is the time to be extra careful. Taking care of yourself is the first step to being there for your family; from getting the right amount of sleep to prioritizing nutrition and exercise, here is how to stay healthy even when it seems like everyone around you is getting sick. Tip #1: Get the Flu Shot According to … [Read more...] about Don’t Catch (a) Cold! 5 Tips for Staying Healthy Even When Those Around You Are Getting Sick

Must Have Medical Information and How to Keep It Organized

Having important medical information on-hand can be critical to your loved one’s well-being and safety. Being able to access the right information quickly and efficiently can make doctor’s appointments easier and will allow in-home caregivers and nurses to provide better care. In the case of an emergency, having critical information readily available (such as allergies and medications) could save your loved one’s life. Caring for a loved one comes with many responsibilities, so it’s not … [Read more...] about Must Have Medical Information and How to Keep It Organized

Top Tips for Transitioning Care from Hospital to Home

Going home after a prolonged stay in the hospital can be an enormous relief. Home is where you feel safe, comfortable, and where you are surrounded by familiar pieces of your life and memories with loved ones. Because of advances in technology, home care is becoming more commonplace. Not only do clients generally feel more comfortable in their own home, but it has been shown that clients who receive care at home have lower rates of consultations, procedures, and use of devices than those who … [Read more...] about Top Tips for Transitioning Care from Hospital to Home

What Caregivers Want You to Know

Trusting someone else with the care of your loved one can be daunting. It’s hard giving up important responsibilities involved in caring for someone you know so well. However, professional caregivers are experienced in ensuring your loved one is safe and comfortable. Caregivers are there to support you and relieve you of the daily tasks that may otherwise wear you down. A professional caregiver’s job can be extremely rewarding, but there are also many challenges that come with caring for … [Read more...] about What Caregivers Want You to Know

The Best Podcasts for When a Loved One is Sick

When a loved one is sick, the demanding care along with challenging emotions can leave you feeling alone. Feelings of guilt, sadness, and anger are common during this difficult time so know that you are not the only person struggling or feeling the way you do. Several podcasts discuss the difficulties of caregiving and dealing with the intense emotions that may be experienced when someone close to you is ill. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite podcasts that will make you laugh, … [Read more...] about The Best Podcasts for When a Loved One is Sick

How to Manage Stress When Your Loved One Needs Home Health Care

If you’ve taken on the heroic responsibility of providing care for a loved one that needs extra support for their health, you’ve probably sacrificed a lot. During this difficult time, it’s common to feel an array of emotions including anger, guilt, and complete exhaustion while dealing with the stresses of daily life and the added challenges that come with a loved one needing home health care. While it can be easy to prioritize others’ needs before your own, it’s crucial to take the time to care … [Read more...] about How to Manage Stress When Your Loved One Needs Home Health Care

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