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What to Expect after a Senior Loved One’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

By Home Care Assistance, 8:00 am on February 27, 2015
Planning for Elderly Alzheimers Care

An estimated 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and its symptoms. If your senior parent or relative has recently been diagnosed with this disease, you may be anxious about what’s going to happen in the future. While everyone’s case is different, most patients living with this disease progress through the following 3 distinct phases. As a leading provider of Alzheimer’s care in Greenwich, CT, we believe that knowing as much as possible about a loved one’s condition is one of the best ways to ensure the highest level of quality care. Here, our Alzheimer’s caregivers share the disease’s three phases and what your family can generally expect in terms of symptoms and changes …

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Planning for Elderly Alzheimers Care

Overlooked Benefits of In-Home Senior Care

By Home Care Assistance, 8:00 am on February 20, 2015
Benefits of In-Home Care in Greenwich

Most people recognize the obvious benefits of keeping their senior loved ones at home; their family members can enjoy their golden years in the comfort of their own dwellings and children can feel free to visit and check on their parents at any time. There are other benefits, though, that many people do not consider when making decisions regarding home care in Greenwich, CT. Relaxed Environment Older adults who are being cared for at home rather than in a nursing facility can enjoy a more relaxed environment. Seniors are much more free to live their lives as they wish, and caregiving activities can be scheduled when they are convenient for the senior. Being at home …

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Benefits of In-Home Care in Greenwich

Eating with Dentures: Tips for Seniors & Their Caregivers

By Home Care Assistance, 8:00 am on February 13, 2015
Senior Tips for Eating with Dentures

Has your aging parent or loved one been newly fitted with dentures? If so, it’s important to educate your loved one about denture care. By following a few simple guidelines from Home Care Assistance of Greenwich, older adults can better adjust to life with dentures and enjoy the foods they love. Technique When eating with dentures, seniors should not try to bite the food with their front teeth. They should start with small bites and chew the food using both sides of the mouth. Start Soft When seniors first start wearing dentures, talking and eating can feel very awkward. It is best to provide your loved one with foods that are very soft and require …

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Senior Tips for Eating with Dentures

Heart Healthy Senior Recipe: Apple Banana Oatmeal

By Home Care Assistance, 10:54 pm on February 6, 2015
Oatmeal Recipe for Senior Heart Health

There’s nothing better than starting your morning out right with a hot, nourishing breakfast. Being able to get that breakfast made in less time than it takes the coffee to brew is an added bonus, especially for family caregivers! To help spread awareness about American Heart Month, we’re using this February blog to share a favorite recipe here at Greenwich Home Care Assistance: Apple Banana Oatmeal. This recipe is perfect for seniors who want a quick and easy breakfast with minimal mess in the kitchen. Oatmeal is a nutritional powerhouse, renowned for its high fiber and unique antioxidants. Study after study continues to show that people who eat the most fiber have the lowest risks …

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Oatmeal Recipe for Senior Heart Health

Providing Loving Comfort & Care Through the Stages of Dementia

By Home Care Assistance, 7:07 pm on January 23, 2015
Care for Stages of Dementia

When caring for an aging parent or loved one, one of the best ways to ensure their needs are met is to recognize, identify and understand any health challenges they may be facing. This is no different when it comes to caring for a senior with dementia. Becoming more familiar with the disease and its process, as well as what to expect during each stage can help you provide appropriate care to your parent, grandparent or loved one. Early Stage Even after a diagnosis of dementia, your loved one may still be aware of memory slips. As a result, they may shy away from expressing how they feel and try to tackle daily activities that …

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Care for Stages of Dementia

Talking to a Senior Loved One About Driving

By Home Care Assistance, 5:50 pm on January 16, 2015
Talking to Aging Parents about Driving

One of the most challenging parts of the aging process is simply knowing when to let go of driving privileges. If you believe that your senior family member is no longer capable of operating a vehicle safely, it is important for you to talk about your concerns as soon as possible. While your loved one will likely be reticent to hand car key overs, he or she may be open to some of the alternatives you suggest. Getting the Conversation Off to a Good Start Rather than opening the discussion by abruptly stating that your loved one should stop driving, you should start by asking how comfortable this person is with his or her current …

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Talking to Aging Parents about Driving

Tips for First-Time Parkinson’s Caregivers

By Home Care Assistance, 11:22 pm on January 9, 2015
Tips for New Parkinsons Caregivers

Caring for a senior with Parkinson’s disease can be an unfamiliar and overwhelming experience for a family member, but understanding the condition and knowing what to expect plays a critical role in making the process manageable for all involved. The following information, presented by the Greenwich in-home care experts at Home Care Assistance, can help first time caregivers prepare for their future responsibilities, ultimately helping to ensure safety and comfort for their parent, grandparent or loved one with Parkinson’s. Meeting New Care Needs Parkinson’s disease causes numerous physical and emotional changes that can greatly impact a senior’s ability to perform daily activities. Initial physical symptoms of PD may be mild, but they often grow progressively …

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Tips for New Parkinsons Caregivers

Understanding Senior Loss of Appetite

By Home Care Assistance, 12:23 am on January 2, 2015
Healthy Meals for Seniors

Loss of appetite is fairly common among seniors. In some cases, it can simply be less of appetite for sweets, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, if a loss of appetite is resulting in substantial weight loss or health-related issues due to a nutritional imbalance, it’s time to find out what’s causing the decrease in appetite. What Causes a Loss of Appetite in Seniors? While various factors could result in a senior’s loss of appetite, Greenwich Home Care Assistance has found the following to be the most common reasons: Side Effects of Medications – Some medications that seniors take may, in fact, be the reason for their decreased appetite. It could also be due …

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Healthy Meals for Seniors

How to Make the Home Safer for Aging Adults

By Home Care Assistance, 8:00 am on December 26, 2014
In-Home Safety Tips for Elderly

The wise use of technology and smart and strategic planning can help adult children make the homes of aging parents and even grandparents safer. Seniors however, are often reluctant to sudden changes in routine, making broaching the subject of safety and security in the home a delicate matter. Along with having patience and perseverance, Greenwich Home Care Assistance offers a few tips for where to make safety improvements at home. Communication Capabilities Use a mix of wired and wireless technology in the home. Seniors should maintain a wired landline telephone with a wired telephone plugged into the phone jack for use when the power goes out. A base station cordless telephone system with several extra …

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In-Home Safety Tips for Elderly

Avoid Burnout: Calming Activities Caregivers Can Enjoy in 30 Minutes or Less

By Home Care Assistance, 8:00 am on December 19, 2014
How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

The daily demands placed on family caregivers can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to find the time to unwind. The good news is that there are several easy strategies that you can use to relax and renew your mind in just 30 minutes or less. Home Care Assistance of Greenwich encourages every caregiver to try these calming activities – the results can be extremely beneficial! Diaphragmatic Breathing Deep breathing is a great way to eliminate stress and relax. Rather than puffing your lungs up with air, however, try breathing with your diaphragm. Place the palm of your hand on your abdomen and attempt to breathe in deeply. When you use your diaphragm, …

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How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout