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Home Care Tax Deductions
By Stacy Lee, 9:27 am on August 14, 2019

If you or your family currently have a loved one receiving home care services, or you will soon, it is important to understand how you can use home care tax deductions to your family’s benefit. But first, a disclaimer: Home Care Assistance does not officially offer tax advice. We recommend that you seek the help of a professional. Now, let’s dive into how it works. The IRS allows family caregivers to claim individuals related by blood, marriage, or adoption – and even friends as dependents. Both parties must meet the IRS requirements. If they do, the caregiver can claim the dependent and the…

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senior care transportation
By Tom Lee, 9:01 am on July 26, 2019

As we age, it’s inevitable that we’re going to have to change the way we get around at some point. How we go grocery shopping, run errands, or even just grab the mail at the end of the driveway – Each of these tasks can become just a little (or a lot) more difficult the older we get. But that doesn’t mean as senior citizens we should have to struggle! Instead, we would like to suggest several transportation alternatives for seniors in senior care. First, let’s take a look at why some seniors may need to consider alternative transportation options……

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By Tom Lee, 4:56 pm on July 12, 2019

Do you have a parent or grandparent receiving in home care? If so, they more than likely have a caregiver that you interact with frequently, and sometimes, it can be hard to connect with that person. That’s why we’ve come up with 3 solid steps to help you build a positive relationship with your caregiver! Read on below to help you work towards connecting with your caregiver: Make Sure They are the Right Fit Making the right choice when choosing a caregiver for your senior’s in home care is the first and most important step towards having a good relationship….

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By Tom Lee, 12:26 pm on June 28, 2019

Are you looking for ways to better connect with a loved one in senior care? We’ve come up with three powerful, yet simple, ways for you to increase your bond and improve your relationship with your senior. Let’s take a look below. Social Activities One of the best ways to connect with your loved one in senior care is to engage in activities with them! These activities can range from light sports like water aerobics to mentally stimulating board games such as chess. The most important part about getting social with your senior is improving their overall health, both emotionally…

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By Tom Lee, 3:23 pm on June 13, 2019

Wondering how you can expect senior home care to change in the next 10 years? Just like the US economy, senior living has had its ups and downs, and we’re anticipating several trends and changes to occur in the near future. With an increasing cost of assisted living, we’ll begin to see different housing options for seniors to remain independent, as well as homes that are all around more “senior-friendly,” with various technology and amenities. If you want to get a better idea of what life will be like for senior Americans in-home care soon, let’s take a look at…

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home care checkup appointment in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 2:27 pm on May 23, 2019

Heading to the doctor for a routine checkup isn’t always everyone’s favorite thing to do, but it is always a good thing to do — especially if you are currently enrolled in home care services. Those routine checkups become much more important each and every year. During your next visit with your doctor this year, ask these 5 key questions to keep you healthy and well. Bring a notepad and pen so you can jot down your doctor’s response! Alternatively, if your agency offers medical advocacy assistance, have their qualified staff attend the appointment with you! What screening tests do…

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senior care for moms in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 9:38 am on May 10, 2019

It’s May, which means that Spring is coming into full swing here in Burlington, VT! With the month of May comes not only spring flowers, but also Mother’s Day. We understand it’s hard to keep coming up with unique gift-giving ideas year after year – especially if your mom, or any mom you’re buying for, happens to be in senior care. So this year, we’ve done the creative thinking for you! Below, take a look at some unique gift ideas that your senior mother will absolutely love this year for Mother’s Day! Memory Jar If you prefer giving gifts with…

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home care in the spring
By Tom Lee, 9:20 am on April 27, 2019

Spring is here and warmer weather is on its way! That means getting outdoors this season with your seniors is going to be a whole lot easier and more frequent. Below we have detailed 4 simple tips to make the most out of enjoying the outdoors with your senior this season: Head to Nearby Parks Parks are the obvious choice when it comes to outdoor activities. Whether there are parks or reservations nearby with miles of trails or just a quick loop, public parks are great areas to take a walk, bond with your senior, and enjoy nature at its…

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Millennials Providing Senior Care
By Tom Lee, 10:43 am on April 11, 2019

When you think of caregivers, the Millennial generation is probably not the first group that comes to your mind. But it may surprise you to know that Millennials, ranging in age from 20 – 34, is a fast-growing group for senior care as they step into the “primary” caregiver role, and their parents become “secondary” caregivers. There are approximately 5.3 million grandchildren caring for their grandparents right now, meaning 1 out of 12 caregivers is caring for a grandparent. As primary caregivers, they take care of the bulk of tasks at hand required for their grandparents’ senior care. There are…

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Senior Care - How to recognize depression
By Tom Lee, 9:41 am on March 22, 2019

Depression is quite a common issue among seniors. We have discussed the topic of depression in seniors before. Both the causes and the symptoms can affect every aspect of your loved one’s life, which is why it is so important to be on the lookout for signs and red flags of depression. In many cases, senior depression can go unnoticed or undiagnosed. This can happen for several reasons, including that sadness is just a part of aging and the reluctance to talk about such feelings or ask for help. If you’re in charge of your loved one’s care, then it…

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Senior Care - How to recognize depression
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