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A Closer Look at Some Tax Deductions on Senior Care

By Home Care Assistance, 7:29 am on August 30, 2017
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Medical expenses form a significant part of an average elderly US citizen’s yearly expenses. Considering the fact that the elderly folks have limited income, IRS allows the elderly to deduct their medical and assisted living expenses from their taxes, thereby helping them keep their medical expenses, minimal. In some cases, the IRS also allows family caregivers of elderly people to claim tax deduction for expenditures made by them towards caring for an elderly loved one. To get a clear picture of what medical expenses one can claim and what is it that qualifies them to claim the deductions, let’s take a closer look at some of the key tax deductions for senior care. Medical Expenses …

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Caring for An Alzheimer’s Patient: The Ideal Approach

By Home Care Assistance, 4:23 am on May 22, 2017
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According to recent reports from the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million americans are living with Alzheimer’s and the number can cross the 50 million mark by 2050. In fact, someone in the US develops the disorder every 66 seconds, which is a grave concern. Since the disorder causes a cognitive decline, leading a normal life becomes difficult for patients, which also impacts their families. Though medical research to find a cure for the disorder is still underway, it doesn’t mean Alzheimer’s patients should suffer the consequences of undeserved forgetfulness. As a person who is directly responsible for caring for an Alzheimer’s patient, the road can be challenging. To lend you some help, the blog …

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5 Expert Tips to Prep Your Home for a Parkinson’s Patient

By Home Care Assistance, 4:46 am on May 15, 2017
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Parkinson’s disease, a motor system disorder, usually affects people over the age of 60. The condition develops as a result of the loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Parkinson’s is characterized by trembling limbs and face, along with slowness of movement, impaired balance, and postural instability. Several other symptoms develop in advanced stages of the condition, such as difficulty swallowing, urinary problems, sleep disruptions, and constipation. Among the best treatment options for Parkinson’s, physicians prescribe medications and also insist on good quality home care from patient families. In this blog post, we list five tips to prep your home for a Parkinson’s patient. Take a look. 1. Get Rid of Possible Obstacles First, you …

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5 Fall Prevention Measures to Make your House Elderly-Friendly

By Home Care Assistance, 3:48 am on March 6, 2017
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A report by The Center for Disease Control shows that one out of every three elderly people experience a fall at least once a year. The chances of a fall increase as an individual grows older, due to various reasons, such as chronic diseases, neural, muscular and skeletal degeneration and sensory impairment. If you have a senior in the family, you need to be aware of the potential dangers in your house that could increase the risk of a fall. To help you in making your house a safer place for elders, the elderly care team at Home Care Assistance Dallas provides five essential fall prevention measures. Take a look. 1. Clean the Clutter The …

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5 Natural Ways to Treat Shingles

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on July 14, 2016
Easy At-Home Treatments to Relieve Shingles in Dallas, TX

The Varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox stays dormant in the body long after the illness subsides. In later life, the virus can become active and cause an illness known as shingles. The blistering rash develops along the nerve pathways across the torso, which makes the affliction itchy and uncomfortable. Antiviral medications help shorten the duration of the ailment while reducing the symptoms. However, there are a number of home remedies Dallas elderly care providers can try to ease the discomfort experienced by seniors.  1. Take a Cool Bath Sitting in a bath of cool water helps bring down the temperature of irritated skin and provides some sense of relief. Afterward, gently pat the skin …

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Easy At-Home Treatments to Relieve Shingles in Dallas, TX

Is Alcohol Use Associated with More Cognitive Issues?

By Home Care Assistance, 4:06 pm on July 12, 2016
Is Alcohol Use Associated with More Cognitive Issues?

Despite becoming an established product in our society, drinking alcohol beyond moderation can lead to a number of health issues. In fact, a new study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver has concluded that as a person grows older, even moderate drinking can lead to greater risk of cognitive impairment and related health issues. The research study was designed by a team from the University of California, San Francisco, as well as at The Veterans Health Research Institute, San Francisco. Researcher Tina Hoang and her colleagues collected data from 1,300 women at the age of sixty-five or older. Over 20 years, the group recorded alcohol-related behavior for each participant. While previous research had suggested that moderate consumption could actually help prevent the …

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Is Alcohol Use Associated with More Cognitive Issues?

Celebrate Your Family History and Good Health!

By Home Care Assistance, 3:22 pm on July 12, 2016
Celebrate Your Family History and Good Health!

During all sorts of get-togethers, family members tell countless stories with important lessons sprinkled throughout. In fact, the act of storytelling has been passed down from person to person for centuries. Overall, telling these tales of personal history allows modern generations of people to learn about their ancestors, if even for the first time. In order to prevent history from repeating itself, listening to the stories of our elders can establish a healthy foundation for our future. Family interviewing tips Set clear expectations: The best way to approach your loved one about sharing their story is to tell them how you value their experience. Explain that you would love to capture these memories for your children (and their children) to learn from. Explain to them that …

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Celebrate Your Family History and Good Health!

How to Successfully Recover from Your Next Hospital Visit

By Home Care Assistance, 4:55 pm on July 7, 2016
Learn how to recover from the hospital to your home and beyond

One of the leading causes of hospital readmissions is the lack of adequate support and recovery following a hospital discharge. To help make a patient’s transition home smooth and successful, Home Care Assistance is committed to educating seniors about post-hospitalization care and helping them recover successfully through our Hospital to Home Care program, a comprehensive set of resources for families managing the sometimes difficult transition home after hospitalization. The first 72 hours home are critical for post-hospitalization patients. Patients are fatigued and family members are often confused and helpless. In addition to a comprehensive discharge plan, a caregiver can help manage the transition home and help you on the path towards a successful recovery. The …

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Learn how to recover from the hospital to your home and beyond

How to Prevent Heat Stroke Among Seniors This Summer

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on July 7, 2016
How to Prevent Senior Heat Stroke in Dallas, TX

As the heat intensifies this summer, seniors become more prone to heat stroke. Here’s how Dallas at-home caregivers can prevent their loved ones from succumbing to the condition. Manage Prescription Drugs Certain prescription medication can increase the risk of heat stroke in elderly people. For example, diuretics are likely to cause dehydration and other symptoms that ultimately result in heat-related illness. Similarly, some antihistamines can make the body more sensitive to sun exposure and high temperatures. Live-in Dallas caregivers should monitor these medications closely and keep their loved ones in more mild temperatures after taking them. Keep Seniors Hydrated Regardless of age, a person who spends over an hour outside on a summer day should drink …

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How to Prevent Senior Heat Stroke in Dallas, TX

Learn How to Put Mental Health Where Your Mouth Is

By Home Care Assistance, 2:41 pm on July 6, 2016
Learn How to Put Mental Health Where Your Mouth Is

Obesity has long been associated with many health conditions including heart disease and diabetes. However, new evidence suggests a correlation with mental health as well. A study that began in France in the early 1990’s surveyed 6,401 adults between the ages of 31 and 63. Participants provided their body mass indices as well as their quantifiable risk for such health conditions as blood pressure, high blood sugar, high fat content and high cholesterol. Fifty-three percent of the subjects were considered to be “normal” according to the BMI scale, while thirty-eight percent were considered “overweight” and an additional nine percent “obese.” Thirty-one percent of the entire group had two or more of the above-mentioned health conditions. For …

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Learn How to Put Mental Health Where Your Mouth Is