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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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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on August 29, 2014

Nine out of ten seniors would prefer to age in place, surrounded by their personal belongings, cherished possessions and friends and family. However, with age also comes changes in abilities and some of these age-related conditions can affect a loved one’s ability to safely live and navigate their home. In order to balance your loved one’s desire to live at home as they age and their individual needs, it is important that you take measures to keep the home safe and prevent slips, trips and falls. First, you’ll want to perform an assessment of your loved one’s home and current abilities. This will help you determine where changes need to be made. For instance, if your loved one has trouble with mobility, it will be important to install grab bars…

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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on August 22, 2014

When a loved one needs assistance at home, many families must weigh the options between hiring a private caregiver and utilizing the services of a professional Fairfield home care agency. For most families, the deciding factor comes down to the issue of cost. While at first glance it may seem as though a private caregiver is less expensive, there are often unexpected costs to consider that can place undue legal and financial hardships on a family including: Employment Taxes – In the United States, private employers (including families) are required to pay payroll, Social Security and unemployment taxes unless they are working with an independent contractor. Although many private caregivers may represent themselves as an independent contractor, the responsibility of paying these taxes could fall upon the family if the…

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By Erik Gans, 11:31 pm on August 15, 2014

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a rewarding, yet challenging experience. While it is important to meet your loved one’s physical needs, it is just as important to fulfill his or her social needs as well. Doing so can help slow the onset of cognitive decline, reduce the risk for depression and can also provide opportunities to strengthen the caregiving bond. As a leading provider of Alzheimer’s home care in Fairfield, we’re always sharing new, fun and simple activities that family caregivers can perform with their loved ones. Here are a few of our favorite, some of which have been proven to help boost overall mood and mental acuity for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Scrapbooking – Going through old picture albums and sorting through recent photographs is a…

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By Erik Gans, 11:23 pm on August 8, 2014

When an aging parent does not live close by, determining whether or not they are safe in their environment can pose a problem. Mom or dad may maintain that they are doing well when in fact they are not. They are not necessarily “lying” but rather, they may not want to worry their children, be embarrassed by their changes in abilities, or fear placement in a nursing facility. As a leading provider of home care in Fairfield, we work with families throughout Connecticut who are concerned about their loved one’s wellbeing at home and have found there are many ways that adult children can evaluate their loved one’s safety, even if they cannot visit frequently. Here are our top three strategies: Make the Most of Visits – Even if you cannot…

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