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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on December 26, 2014

While devoted family members often step up to provide Fairfield home care to their aging loved ones after an illness, hospitalization or advance diagnosis, the job can be quite overwhelming. In fact, because many caregivers selflessly focus all of their efforts on caring for aging loved ones, their health and the quality of the care they provide often declines. This is why respite care is so important for caregivers. What is Respite Care? Respite is a type of care given to provide relief to a family caregiver that often works 24/7 to take care of an aging loved one. Some people compare a respite care to a babysitter – a trained and trusted individual will come into the home and take on care responsibilities so that the parent, or in…

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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on December 19, 2014

During the holidays, the temptation for sweets and unhealthy foods is everywhere. For seniors that must adhere to a strict diet plan because of an age related illness or condition, this time of year can be especially frustrating for finding something healthy and delicious to eat on the holiday table. If you provide home care in Fairfield, CT for an aging parent or loved one or are hosting your family’s holiday celebrations, the following are some healthy alternatives that are just as delicious as some of the season’s classic dishes. Yogurt Dips – A holiday meal always kicks off with an appetizer or spread. Replace a regular full-fat dips with alternative yogurt dips, which have the same texture and pack just as much flavor and even more protein than their…

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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on December 12, 2014

As a family caregiver, you take on a lot of responsibility, including financial responsibility. In addition to meeting your loved one’s care needs, you may need to reexamine your finances and how you will be able to support your parent or loved one, especially if you have given up employment in order to provide around the clock care and support to your loved one. Below, are five financial terms that every caregiver should know, presented by the trusted Fairfield home care provider, Home Care Assistance. Social Security – Social Security benefits that are earned because of low paying jobs, or are the only source of income, may result in a larger monthly benefit if the person applying for it applies for the Supplemental Security Income program. This program may be…

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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on December 5, 2014

Unlike typical dementia that develops naturally as individuals age, Alzheimer’s disease is a specific disease process that targets the tissues of the brain. The presence of specific cerebral changes is the hallmark for a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. If you have an aging parent or loved one that has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or you are currently providing Fairfield Alzheimer’s care, learning how Alzheimer’s effects the brain can help you provide the highest level of care for your loved one. Abnormal Structures Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s have been found to have an exceedingly large number of structures in the brain that are normally seen in smaller amounts in the aging population. Excessive amounts of plaques and tangles spread throughout the affected brain in a typical pattern that begins in the…

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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on November 28, 2014

The image of impoverished people in faraway lands who are malnourished is a staple of every ad for donations to overseas charities, but the problem is much closer to home than many realize and most notably afflicts the elderly in shockingly high numbers. A recent study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found that 60 percent of elderly patients that were screened in the emergency room were malnourished. An even higher percentage, 77 percent, said they hadn’t been diagnosed before. Reasons for this problem can stem from the person being down or depressed about their possible increasing infirmities, difficulty in going grocery shopping or basic financial concerns. It may also be based on whether any family members live near them. Other possibilities may relate to the specific diet they are…

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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on November 21, 2014

Although most people assume that women most often care for elderly parents, an increasing number of men are providing assistance to meet the needs of their elders. In fact, some studies report that as many as 40% of family caregivers are men, a large increase that has slowly risen in the past decade. While not all men may find caregiving difficult, some say that the process is easier for women as there is a natural inclination to provide support and care. To help those who may be unsure of how to go about caring for a parent at home, here are a few tips that can help make the transition from independent living to Fairfield home care an easy and hassle-free task. Talk to Professionals Instead of trying to rely…

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By Erik Gans, 6:02 pm on November 14, 2014

One metaphor for the family caregiver is a juggler. Often, caregivers have their own families to care for, in addition to an elderly parent. They may also work outside the home. So a caregiver is juggling all these responsibilities at once. A caregiver is a master multi-tasker. While multi-tasking is a great skill to have, when you take on too much, you can become overwhelmed and your health can be impacted negatively. To help you avoid this stressed-out state, Fairfield Home Care Assistance is going to present some of the warning signs of caregiver stress so that you can identify problems and seek help before your health and the quality of care you provide suffers. Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress Warning signs can be emotional, physical and behavioral: Emotional flags:…

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By Erik Gans, 5:59 pm on November 7, 2014

With our busy lifestyles, we do not always have the time to prepare healthy meals. Instead, we grab whatever we can from the nearest fast-food establishment as we head back to the office for a meeting. As long as we eat something, we feel content and energized; the last thing on our minds would be how the food was prepared. However, as a leading provider of in-home senior care in Fairfield, we know that good habits start early. Even though we may be able to get away with eating anything that comes our way now, we put ourselves in danger of developing diseases and health problems later in life if we do not choose our foods carefully. Thus, researchers have shown that the Mediterranean diet is ideal for living a…

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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on October 31, 2014

At Home Care Assistance of Fairfield, we emphasize the importance of regular daily exercise for seniors in our unique approach to care, The Balanced Care Method™ because we understand the importance of an active lifestyle for seniors. In fact, seniors and older adults who participate in regular exercise often feel more energetic, stay independent for longer and suffer from less pain and fewer illnesses. And the best part? Exercising isn’t hard to do! Take a look at these simple ways that seniors can stay fit: Stroll. Since it can be done anywhere, walking ranks as a top choice for exercise among seniors. Studies also show that walking with a friend or spouse makes sticking to a walking routine easier so enlist a friend, family member or part-time Fairfield caregiver to…

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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on October 24, 2014

Diabetes has become a national health concern in recent years as more and more people, especially middle-aged and older adults, are being diagnosed with Type II diabetes. At the same time, about 5% of all adult diabetics have Type I diabetes, a condition diagnosed in youth, but lasting throughout the lifespan. Despite differing in many important ways, Type I and type II diabetes are often confused. To help seniors and families clarify the difference between them, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care in Fairfield presents a few facts about each of the diseases. Age of Onset While either type of diabetes can strike at any age, in general, Type I is generally diagnosed before the age of twelve and is known as juvenile diabetes.  Type II…

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