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How to Prepare Your Senior Loved One's Home for At-Home Care in Prescott, AZ
How to Prepare Your Senior Loved One's Home for At-Home Care in Prescott, AZ
By Carol White, 9:00 am on October 19, 2015

Seniors often prefer to receive care in their own homes, as it can be comforting to remain in familiar surroundings. This can make the caregiving process go a lot smoother. However, you will need to ensure your senior loved one’s home is safe and well prepared for Prescott in-home care. Here are some suggestions, provided by the staff at Home Care Assistance. Evaluate Home Safety Think about your loved one’s health and determine if the home is safe. For instance, can your loved one use the stairs without supervision, or will he or she need assistance? If he or she cannot climb the steps, you should consider buying a gate to…

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How to Help Your Kids Understand Alzheimer's in Prescott, AZ
How to Help Your Kids Understand Alzheimer's in Prescott, AZ
By Carol White, 9:00 am on October 12, 2015

It can be hard to accept an elderly loved one developing Alzheimer’s disease, and it can be even tougher on children since they often have little-to-no understanding of the condition. However, informing your child about why his or her grandparent is acting differently can help him or her better grasp the situation. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Prescott senior care, suggests using the tips below to help explain as much about Alzheimer’s as you can to your child. 1. Explain the Reasons for Memory Loss Your child may be hurt if your loved one does not remember who he or she is, which is why…

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How to Stop Your Senior Loved One from Hoarding in Kansas City, MO
How to Stop Your Senior Loved One from Hoarding in Kansas City, MO
By Carol White, 9:00 am on October 5, 2015

As your loved one ages, the possibility of developing unhealthy habits may increase. Hoarding can be a particularly difficult habit to break, since dementia or Alzheimer’s sometimes triggers it. However, you can help clear your loved one’s clutter while still respecting his or her needs. Here are some effective ways to help an elderly loved one who has a hoarding habit, brought to you by the staff at Prescott Home Care Assistance. Encourage Hobbies Some research suggests hoarding may be caused by frontal lobe deficits, which can affect motivation, planning, and social behavior and cause some seniors to become distracted. Help your loved one findnew and interesting activities to prevent…

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Long-Distance Care for Senior Parents in Prescott, AZ
Long-Distance Care for Senior Parents in Prescott, AZ
By Carol White, 9:00 am on September 28, 2015

Many adults move away from home with their own families, which doesn’t stop them from caring about a senior relative, but what happens if your loved one needs help when you are on the other side of the country? The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care in Prescott, has a few caregiving tips for people who don’t live close to their senior loved ones. Find a Trusted Caregiver There are many different types of caregivers who can provide varying levels of care to your elderly loved one. Depending on your loved one’s needs, asking a trusted neighbor or friend to look in on him or…

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Four Activities That Relieve Arthritis Symptoms
Four Activities That Relieve Arthritis Symptoms
By Carol White, 9:00 am on September 21, 2015

Physical activity is an important element of treating arthritis symptoms. Many seniors do not participate in enough physical activity, but encouraging those with arthritis to incorporate some into their daily schedule can help offer relief for the condition. The senior care experts at Home Care Assistance in Prescott suggest these 4 simple activities for battling arthritis symptoms. 1. Stretching and Flexibility A regular stretching routine can help seniors maintain range of motion and combat arthritis-related pain. Stretching should not be done to the point of discomfort, but should be goal-oriented, aimed at sustaining or gently expanding your loved one’s current degree of flexibility. 2. Yoga Although yoga includes some aspects…

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Cooling Down Seniors During a Heat Wave
Cooling Down Seniors During a Heat Wave
By Carol White, 9:00 am on September 14, 2015

Heat waves are uncomfortable for most people, but they can be deadly for seniors. Soaring temperatures can cause serious medical consequences for the elderly, and finding ways to keep your loved one cool during a heat wave can be essential to his or her overall health and wellbeing. The senior care experts at Home Care Assistance of Prescott have a few simple tips for keeping your senior loved one cool on the hottest days. Stay in Contact When the temperatures start to rise to the top of the thermometer, make an extra effort to check on any seniors who are living alone. Make sure they have adequate air conditioning, cold water,…

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Caring for a Senior Loved One After Stroke
Caring for a Senior Loved One After Stroke
By Carol White, 9:00 am on September 7, 2015

Stroke recovery largely depends on the extent of the brain injury and the length of time before treatment begins, but seniors who have experienced a stroke need an organized and dedicated caregiver no matter the extent of recovery. The staff at Home Care Assistance Prescott offers these tips on how to help care for your senior loved one post-stroke. Follow the Doctor’s Advice During the early stages of recovery, seniors should visit their neurologists once every six weeks to see if any changes need to be made in the care process. Complying with follow-up appointments can ensure your loved one’s health issues and medication needs are addressed appropriately. Reorganize Your Loved…

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Help Seniors Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle with Fitbit
Help Seniors Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle with Fitbit
By Carol White, 9:00 am on August 24, 2015

The Fitbit is an activity tracker designed to monitor daily health-related activities such as exercise, eating, and sleeping. Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care in Prescott, has the details on how your senior loved one can benefit from regular use of this device. Improved Sleep Chemical changes, shifts in habits, and psychological or emotional pain can cause disruptions to your loved one’s sleep cycles. A Fitbit allows him or her to set a personalized goal for hours of sleep based on optimal sleep duration. Each night the Fitbit can track length and quality of sleep, and the device’s feedback can be used to address sleep deficiencies…

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Eat These Healthy Foods to Help Control Alzheimer's Symptoms
Eat These Healthy Foods to Help Control Alzheimer's Symptoms
By Carol White, 9:00 am on August 17, 2015

While there is no way guarantee your elderly loved one will never develop Alzheimer’s disease, there are some steps you can take to help reduce his or her chances for developing the disease and may slow the progression of some symptoms following diagnosis. Read on for four foods that the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance in Prescott suggest caregivers should include in senior diets to fight Alzheimer’s. 1. Walnuts Walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, a good type of fat that promotes brain health, strong cardiovascular systems, and glowing skin. Likewise, studies have shown that eating walnuts can improve memory and motor coordination by providing your loved…

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Five of the Most Common Dementia Symptoms Affecting Seniors
Five of the Most Common Dementia Symptoms Affecting Seniors
By Carol White, 9:00 am on August 10, 2015

A memory condition affecting one and every three seniors, the symptoms of dementia can make everyday life dangerous for seniors. To help ensure that you can detect if or when your senior loved one may need more help, the senior care experts at Prescott Home Care Assistance share five of the most common symptoms of dementia. 1. Behavioral Changes Seniors with dementia frequently exhibit changes in personality. A senior who is normally laid-back and outgoing may become cranky and withdrawn and, as the condition progresses, a senior with dementia may become suspicious of family members, have physical or verbal outbursts, or experience delusions and hallucinations. 2. Difficulty Planning and Organizing…

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