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HCA - Burlington - Caring for your aging loved one
By Tom Lee, 10:33 am on April 13, 2018

Caring for a senior loved one holds a unique set of challenges. The type of care and assistance provided varies greatly depending on their medical conditions, level of mobility, and severity of their illness. Caring for a parent or other aging loved one who is terminally ill is incredibly different that providing care for a senior loved one who is simply aging or on a slow decline. While caring for a loved one who is terminally ill is certainly not easy by any means, there is usually, sadly, an ending point. Hospice care professionals can often support families through the…

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By Tom Lee, 3:19 pm on March 26, 2018

Our brains are the control centers of our bodies. The brain sends signals through channels throughout our bodies that help us speak, move, and think. As our bodies age, changes occur in our muscles, joints, and even our brain. Dementia is a progressive disease that causes damage to the channels in the brain over time, making it hard for these signals to get to the right places. For people with dementia, that means memory and cognitive function become difficult. Chances are you know the importance of physical activity for maintaining health. Light exercises like walking, stretching, or swimming can help…

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Daughter and her father having a moment as she is providing the caregiving that he need at home in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 10:34 am on March 13, 2018

Caregiving, in general, is a challenge, but caregiving for a loved one during a very slow, natural aging process can be particularly difficult and can be quite different from caregiving for someone with a fast-acting or terminal illness and an “end in sight”. For senior loved ones who aren’t ill but simply fighting the effects of age, they may be with us for many years, though they will become less capable and sharp. This slow decline is difficult to witness, especially for a senior who has been independent their whole life with a fruitful career and rewarding life. These seniors…

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Daughter and her father having a moment as she is providing the caregiving that he need at home in Burlington, VT
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By Stacy Lee, 12:02 pm on February 12, 2018

If you’re the primary caregiver for an aging relative or friend, chances are your life is a balancing act. On one hand, there are your responsibilities as a caregiver: scheduling doctor’s appointments, providing transportation, preparing meals, maintaining the household, managing bills, and perhaps daily personal care like bathing, grooming, and dressing. On the other hand, you have your individual responsibilities: a full-time job, family obligations, self-care such as exercise, nutrition, and relaxation. With so much depending on you, caregiving can quickly become overwhelming. The balancing act you feel between caregiving and your career is not uncommon. In fact, as many…

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By Stacy Lee, 9:05 am on February 9, 2018

 Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington (VT) is recognized for the second consecutive year as one of the top home care agencies in the country based on client and employee satisfaction (Essex Junction, VT – February 8, 2018) Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington (VT) [www.HomeCareAssistanceBurlingtonVT.com], a leading provider for in-home senior care, is proud to announce that it has received both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. These prestigious awards are granted to the top ranking home care providers, based on both client and caregiver satisfaction scores gathered…

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Home Care Assistance_Starting the conversation with your loved one about receiving home care.
By Stacy Lee, 2:06 pm on January 31, 2018

If there’s one thing that remains constant throughout life, it is change. We may not recognize changes as they’re happening, but when we look back on memories and past experiences, the differences from then to now can be staggering. This fact of life is particularly obvious for seniors, who with age, may notice changes in their ability to care for themselves, get around independently, or express themselves easily. Many seniors wish to remain in their homes as they grow older and, often, outside assistance can make this possible. However, the topic of home care can be difficult for family members,…

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Senior Care - Home Care Assistance - Burlington, VT
By Stacy Lee, 9:42 am on January 3, 2018

Communicating with friends and family has never been easier for those in senior care; social media makes sharing our daily lives only a few keystrokes away. Yet, we continue to experience loneliness; and seniors report more loneliness than any other group. Many people experience loneliness in old age. Sometimes loneliness is a result of living alone or a lack of close family ties. It can also come about due to a lack of involvement in community activities and a loss of connection with friends. As we age, it is inevitable that our friendship networks change, and it becomes more difficult…

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By Stacy Lee, 10:43 am on December 27, 2017

Winter brings new hazards and challenges for seniors receiving at home care. The effects of cold weather, winter storms, snow, and ice present a special risk for even the healthiest among us and can be treacherous for those with poor balance and circulation. By preparing for winter conditions and following these safety tips, seniors can safely navigate through the winter with good at home care. Stay Prepared Listen to weather reports and know when bad weather is expected. Stock up on extra medicines, food, water, batteries, and other necessities and prepare for whatever the storm brings. Plan to stay inside…

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Caregiver Fatigue - Home Care Assistance
By Stacy Lee, 10:48 am on November 28, 2017

If you have taken on the role of caring for a parent or elderly family member, you should make yourself aware of the symptoms of caregiver fatigue. Caregiver fatigue occurs when a caregiver is overwhelmed with their caregiving duties and disregards their own personal health and well-being. It can lead to many serious issues like weakness, irritability, energy loss, sleep complications, headaches, social isolation, and depression. To avoid this happening to you, you must make it imperative to find a healthy balance between caregiving and your personal life. To avoid caregiver fatigue, try adhering to the following tips: Exercise and…

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Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors with Diabetes - HCA Burlington, VT
By Stacy Lee, 5:27 pm on November 13, 2017

One out of every four older adults, 65 years of age or older, is living with type 2 diabetes. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with this condition, it is imperative that they eat healthy in order to control their diabetes and improve their health. Let’s take a closer look at a few diet and lifestyle choices that can play an important role in diabetes management. The Best Foods for Seniors with Diabetes Fatty Fish: Sardines, salmon, mackerel, anchovies, and other fatty fish are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for seniors with diabetes. Diabetic seniors have…

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