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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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Senior Care - Home Care Assistance - Burlington, VT
At Home Care - Home Care Assistance - Burlington, VT
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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Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors with Diabetes - HCA Burlington, VT
Home Care Assistance - Transitioning Home fron the Hospital
By Stacy Lee, 10:27 am on October 27, 2017

One of the leading causes of hospital readmission or slow post-hospitalization recovery is the lack of proper support following a hospital discharge. Whether you are transitioning directly home after a hospitalization or moving through the care continuum via a rehabilitation or medical care facility, in-home care can be a key resource for a safe and successful recovery process. Home Care Assistance literally wrote the book on transitioning home from the hospital. From Hospital to Home Care: A Step by Step Guide to Providing Care to Patients Post-Hospitalization provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges and resources associated with each step…

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Home Care Assistance - Transitioning Home fron the Hospital
Home Care Assistance - Paying for Care
By Stacy Lee, 9:55 am on October 9, 2017

At Home Care Assistance we understand a family’s financial considerations when needing home care services for an aging loved one. You want to provide the best care possible, just like they would (or have) for you while balancing the need to continue to make care viable for life. Non-medical home care, though necessary for the safety, security, and well-being of many seniors aging at home, is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Many can struggle with how they will attempt to pay for home care. Here are 6 ways you can help fund this late-in-life style choice: Retirement savings. Affordability…

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Home Care Assistance of Burlington, VT Alzheimer's Care
By Stacy Lee, 1:34 pm on September 13, 2017

Chances are you have heard of dementia. What you might not know is the most common form of dementia is called Alzheimer’s. This memory debilitating disease accounts for over 60% of cases of dementia and is specifically caused by abnormal proteins killing brain cells. Its symptoms develop gradually and worsen as time goes on. According to Alzheimers.net, Alzheimer’s disease can be categorized into 7 stages. These 7 stages describe the current functions and capabilities of those with this illness. Each stage describes the rate of decline, along with the challenges and disabilities encountered during that period. Throughout these stages of…

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6 Must-Read Nonfiction Books for Caregivers in Burlington, VT
By Stacy Lee, 9:00 am on July 24, 2017

Being a caregiver isn’t an easy task. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of literature that provides guidance, advice, and moral support. Here are six nonfiction books that should be on every caregiver’s reading list.  1. It’s Because I Love You by Linda Joan Arzente This comprehensive guide to caregiving provides the tips and tools caregivers need to be effective companions for their senior loved ones. The book covers a wide variety of subjects, ranging from care planning to inspirational personal stories. This is a great book for people who are new to the caregiving lifestyle and are looking for some extra…

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6 Must-Read Nonfiction Books for Caregivers in Burlington, VT
How to Promote Mobility in Aging Adults in Burlington, VT
By Stacy Lee, 9:00 am on July 10, 2017

Seniors often experience challenges with mobility that threaten their independence. However, there are many things that can be done to prevent common causes of limited mobility. Family caregivers can include the following strategies in their loved one’s caregiving plan to promote mobility. Practice Injury Prevention One of the most common causes of limited mobility in seniors is an injury that never fully recovers. Falling and breaking a hip can land a senior in a wheelchair. Make sure your loved one has a safe floor plan in the home, and talk to him or her about things to avoid that cause…

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How to Promote Mobility in Aging Adults in Burlington, VT
Ways Elderly People Can Survive on Social Security After Retirement in Burlington, VT
By Stacy Lee, 9:00 am on June 26, 2017

One of the biggest challenges many seniors face after retiring is living on a fixed income. Millions of seniors rely on their social security checks every month, and some of those individuals have no other source of income. Living a comfortable life on social security can be challenging, but it can be accomplished with a little planning and some financial discipline.  Delay the Benefits One of the easiest ways to increase the size of social security checks is to delay the payments for as long as possible. Even if your loved one has already started collecting social security checks, he…

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Ways Elderly People Can Survive on Social Security After Retirement in Burlington, VT
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