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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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By Erik Gans, 7:52 pm on October 17, 2014

At Home Care Assistance, we believe that with the proper support from friends, family and professional caregivers in Fairfield, those living with Parkinson’s can continue to live in the comfort of home, safely and with dignity. Symptoms such as tremors can be controlled and even minimized, allowing patients to continue with a majority of daily activities and routines in the early and mid-stages of the disease. If you provide care for a spouse or an aging parent or loved one with Parkinson’s, Home Care Assistance of Fairfield, CT offers some valuable tips for how to effectively control tremors from Parkinson’s: Ensure Medication Plans are Followed – The most effective way to cope with the tremors associated with Parkinson’s is to consistently take doctor-prescribed medications. Levodopa is one of the most…

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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on October 10, 2014

The topic of constipation is rarely discussed, which is why myths have risen about the topic – one of which, being that constipation is just part of old age. While constipation occurs more frequently among the aging population, there are often reasonable explanations such as the natural slowing of the digestive track with age or as a side effect of medications. If you provide home care in Fairfield for an aging parent, grandparent or loved one and believe they may be suffering from constipation, here are a couple steps to take which can help facilitate digestion naturally: Enhance the Diet with Fiber –To counteract the effects of constipation, a diet high in fiber is usually effective. Foods with plenty of fiber include vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. If your loved…

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

Many members of today’s sandwich generation, those individuals responsible for caring not only for one or both aging parents but also for their own children, often feel overwhelmed. These feelings can be further magnified when a senior’s care needs change dramatically as the result of physical or cognitive decline. When family caregivers become stress and overwhelmed, it’s important to know that help is available. Fairfield live-in care is a service that provides respite to family caregivers and high quality care to their loved ones on an around the clock basis. With the help of a live-in caregiver, seniors can continue to remain in the comfort of their home, while receiving the assistance they need to live a healthy and robust life at home. There are many reasons a senior may…

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

Cooking can be a relaxing and therapeutic experience and many individuals find themselves at home in the kitchen. However, with age, certain cooking activities can become difficult and even dangerous to complete. If your aging parent or loved one enjoys spending time in the kitchen, but you are worried about their safety, check out the following ways to enhance kitchen safety, presented by the Fairfield live-in care experts at Home Care Assistance. Create Layers of Adaptable Lighting – Having a well-lit kitchen is essential for ensuring user safety. This is especially true for aging adults who have a difficult time focusing in dimly lit environments. In addition to a bright overhead light, consider installing under-cabinet lighting, track lighting and wall sconces which can be used to illuminate different areas for…

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

Healthy older adults get a good night’s sleep, every night. In fact, regular sleep is vital for longevity and sustaining the resilience needed for long-term wellness. Unfortunately, a large number of seniors suffer from unsatisfying sleep, and it’s particularly common for older adults to have problems getting consistent, high-quality rest versus problems falling asleep to begin with. If your aging parent or loved one has trouble sleeping, Fairfield Home Care Assistance offers some tips for beating senior insomnia. They work best when incorporated into a regular daily routine and can not only help a senior fall asleep, but stay asleep throughout the night. Exercise During the Day – Getting physical exercise during the day, even light walking in the park or around the neighborhood, can do wonders for sleep regularity….

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

Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke, a considerable majority being men and women in their proverbial Golden Years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, many families find themselves trying to manage the care of a senior stroke survivor. How can families support their loved ones after a stroke? Evaluate the Home – Depending on your loved one’s current abilities, you may need to make modifications to the home to help promote mobility and independence. Remove trip hazards and clutter and clear the hallways to ensure safe pathways for walking. You may also want to install grab bars and additional lighting to make sure that your loved one can navigate through the home safely. Provide Part-Time Care – Your…

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