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How Home Care Services Can Help Alleviate Loneliness and the Danger it Poses

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Being a caregiver to an aging parent or loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also take a toll because of the demands it can place on an individual. Not only is it physically and mentally challenging, but caregivers often get consumed by the responsibilities that come with providing care. When caregivers find that they are becoming lonely due to the amount of time they are devoting to their loved one’s needs, they should consider hiring home care services.

Important Facts about Gout and Why Elder Care Makes a Difference

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Gout is a severe form of arthritis more commonly found among elderly men than women. It is the most painful type of arthritis accompanied by swelling, stiffness, heat, and tenderness in the joints.  Gout is caused as a result of crystalized uric acid getting deposited into the joints. This in turn causes inflammatory arthritis in the joints. Gout can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Gout in the elderly can become so severe that it results in deformities.

5 Common Health Issues Seniors Face

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There are some common health issues faced by all adults of any age. For elderly people, these health issues can have a great deal of consequence for the loved one’s health. They are already getting to a stage in life where they want and need to slow things down a little. They may also start needing some help at home. Now is a good time to consider getting a home care provider for them to help with everyday tasks of living.

Things You Should Know when a Loved One has Shingles

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Shingles is a painful skin disease common in both men and women over the age of 50 caused by the varicella zoster virus. Another name for shingles is herpes zoster yet it is unrelated to the herpes virus. When providing senior care for a loved one with shingles, there are a few things you should know to help aid in their care.

3 Common Causes of Falling and How Elder Care Can Reduce the Risks

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Falls are the number one cause of accidental death at home among seniors over the age of 65. There are many risk factors in the average home, from unsteady steps to items left in the way. When the individual is relying on elder care for their basic, everyday needs, then it’s a good idea to understand the most common causes of falls among the elderly and then look for ways that you could reduce those risks.

Ease the Transition from Hospital to Home Care when You’re a Caregiver

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No one really enjoys visiting the hospital. Whether you’re there because you were injured, had an emergency situation, or you’re visiting a loved one, it’s never a good time. For the elderly who have been hospitalized for some major illness, injury, surgery, or some other ailment, when they are released, it’s going to be vital that they have the best transition possible with a caregiver who is prepared to provide them with the most important things that they will need.

How Home Care Services Can Make a Difference for Any Family

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Many families take it upon themselves to provide care for their aging loved ones. Whether it’s a grandparent, aunt or uncle, cousin, or one’s own parents, there are many things that can be challenging for these family members. There are also plenty of things that can cause discomfort for any or all of the family members. Home care services can help, and it can make a significant difference in the relationships of those involved.
There are many different types of home care that can be required, depending on a person’s age and his or her ability to tend to their own care needs.

Senior Care: Protecting Seniors from UV Rays

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Even though the days are now growing shorter, that doesn’t mean the sun is any less dangerous to the eyes or skin than it was before June 21st. In fact, July and August are known as the hottest months of the year, even though the longest day (the day with the highest amount of sunlight) is in June. When you are the caregiver for a senior, make sure that you pay attention to the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Encourage Kidney Health for Elder Care

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When we consider the process of getting older, we sometimes forget what a vital role our kidneys play in our overall health. The bean-shaped organs, known as the kidneys, are responsible for removing toxins from our system. Many times people are unaware that their kidneys are not functioning properly because symptoms don’t show up right away. Therefore, it is important for elder care providers to encourage kidney health.
The kidneys are often referred to as sophisticated trash collectors. About 40 gallons of blood are filtered by the kidneys daily, sifting out approximately 2 quarts of waste and extra water that the body doesn’t need. The extra water and waste become urine and flow to the bladder where it is stored until you go to the bathroom. Urine should be a straw color or lighter. If it appears darker than that, it could be a sign of dehydration.

The Return of Doctor House Calls: How Home Care Services Matter

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For the longest time, doctors mostly made house calls only. Then, during the latter part of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century, medical clinics and hospitals became the centers where doctors operated and house calls ended up falling by the wayside. Today, with the increase in home care services and with more hospitals trying to save money by sending patients home to recover, the house call is on the rise once again.
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