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Caregiving: Why Is Routine Important?

By Home Care Assistance, 12:03 pm on September 18, 2018
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Quality Caregivers Prioritize Routine Predictable schedules are probably best for everyone, but this becomes especially true as we age.  Surely, you’ve heard someone say that humans are “creatures of habit?” Consistent schedules remind older adults of what’s ahead, bringing a sense of comfort to them. When someone suffers from dementia, daily structure and routine provided by their caregiver is even more important. Structured Routines Provide Feelings of Security Structured routines for daily meals, bathing or dressing provide feelings of security for most older adults. Typically, they sleep better as a result of regular sleep and wake up times, too. Elderly people struggling with dementia become less confused with structured caregiver routines. Sometimes, a dementia patient …

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How To Tell The Difference Between Delirium And Dementia

By Home Care Assistance, 10:41 am on September 5, 2018
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Mental confusion and acute emotional distress can be symptoms of delirium and dementia, which would make it easy to confuse the two illnesses with each other. However, these are two distinctly different medical problems, and it’s critical for caregivers and community medical staff to understand their differences. Delirium commonly affects older patients and is often seen as a complication in hospital admission for the elderly. How do you recognize delirium? Delirium is an acute problem, with a patient displaying confusion, disrupted attention, muddled speech and sometimes hallucinations. Delirium is diagnosed by behavioral observation of the patient and medical help is necessary when someone displays potential symptoms. It’s usually a temporary condition and is typically reversed …

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Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society September Newsletter

By Home Care Assistance, 8:50 am on September 4, 2018
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Home Care Assistance of Dallas is proud to be a part of the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society DAPS)! Check out the featured news for September. One of the highlights is the Annual Kickoff Meeting featuring our own Jared Caplan as the featured speaker. DAPS Newsletter

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Staying Active is Important at Any Age

By Home Care Assistance, 8:34 am on August 30, 2018
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Staying active is important at any age. We need regular physical activity to keep our balance, strength, and cardiovascular health. Physical activity also reduces the chance of chronic disease. We can all increase our health and vitality, regardless of age! Experts recommend 150 minutes or more of weekly exercise. Go slowly at first, and gradually increase frequency and intensity. Walking is Perfect Walking is perfect for every age and ability with no need for a gym membership! Older adults can stroll the neighborhood or venture to nature areas with trails. Walking gets even better as a social event if family or friends come along! Do What You Can TV doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Ride …

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Changing Bad Habits of Elderly Parents

By Home Care Assistance, 9:26 am on August 8, 2018
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Can Older Parents Make Healthy Changes? Sometimes you worry about your aging parents, especially when it’s apparent that they need to make some healthy changes. Perhaps they’re not getting enough activity, social interaction, or eating regular meals. You care and want to help them out, but it seems like your voice just isn’t heard when you try to talk about making changes. So, how is it possible to persuade Mom or Dad to make healthy changes? Are you open to learning a few techniques? To get started, pick your battles wisely, and never lecture your parent. Engage in conversation during the time of day your parent is most amenable and try to keep a sense …

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How Caregiver Burnout Damages Our Brains

By Home Care Assistance, 1:24 pm on July 26, 2018
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What does caregiver burnout mean? Can it be prevented? It’s not unusual to read about work-related stress and how it leads to burnout, as it has been studied and talked about often. There hasn’t been as much research specific to family caregiver burnout, yet it can also be stressful and may actually damage the brain, as well. Caregiver Burnout Why might you have concern if you are a family caregiver? Realistically, a family caregiver may have more stress than what comes with a full-time career. Unfortunately, it’s even possible to cause damage to one’s own brain, as well as mental and emotional health by taking care of someone you love. The following may help you …

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Join the Home Care Assistance Team!

By Home Care Assistance, 7:48 am on July 20, 2018
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Mark your calendars! Caregiver Job Fair Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm 5005 Addison Circle, Addison, TX  75001 Work for the Top Home Care Agency! Make a Difference while Enjoying the Perks of Being a Home Care Assistance Caregiver! Home Care Assistance staff enjoy regular hours, stable work and minimal waiting periods between cases. We offer a variety of schedules from full-time, live-in to hourly care and can accommodate your preferred work schedule.  We have several clients that need great care from Dependable People ASAP! Here are some of the other great benefits we offer: Top home care wages. After completing online training, you will receive a pay increase. We are always there …

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Secrets to Long Lives and Relationships of Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 3:26 pm on July 14, 2018

When it comes to life vitality, have you stopped to consider how important your love and connections might be for you? What if your physician simply prescribed the following: “Immerse yourself in a community filled with people you love. Consistently strive for new friendships, while maintaining your old friendships. Never neglect time for family and others that love you.” Recent studies say it may be that simple and straightforward! Loving connectivity with friends and family strongly correlates with longevity. Good relationships create meaningful lives. When older people commit to active lifestyles with other adults, they tend to easily make new friendships. A retired minister, Richard Watts, was quoted saying, “We never outlive our need or …

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How to Decrease the Risk of Heart Disease of Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 11:45 am on June 30, 2018
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Since healthy lifestyles typically correlate with a healthy heart, it’s great knowing that even seemingly small lifestyle changes may improve your heart health. Take the time to learn how to decrease your risk of heart disease. Sadly, up to 80% of the 17,000,000 annual deaths from heart disease worldwide could be prevented. Heart disease is often a silent killer, sneaking up slowly until suddenly, the heart damage becomes obvious. You might be planning out your future, but a heart attack or heart disease could change everything. However, if you take time to learn about heart disease and its causes, you’ll become more aware of the daily choices you’re making. You don’t have to waste time worrying …

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New Research Leads on Treating Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Don’t Lose Hope!

By Home Care Assistance, 11:44 pm on June 13, 2018
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Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting elderly people, gradually leads to dementia. Although researches and studies are leading us closer to finding a cure for neurodegenerative diseases, there is no definite treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. As a trusted home health services agency, we understand taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be an around-the-clock task and provide trained and experienced Alzheimer’s care professionals committed to improving the quality of life of your loved one. Read on to learn more about how close the researchers are to finding a treatment for AD and Dementia. New Biomarker to Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have …

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