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5 Ways to Enhance Kitchen Safety
5 Ways to Enhance Kitchen Safety
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…

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How to Sleep Better at Night: Seniors with Insomnia
How to Sleep Better at Night: Seniors with Insomnia
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…

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What to do after a Senior Loved One has a Stroke
What to do after a Senior Loved One has a Stroke
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…

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Fall Proofing Your Loved One's Home
Fall Proofing Your Loved One's Home
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…

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The Real Costs of Hiring a Private Caregiver
The Real Costs of Hiring a Private Caregiver
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…

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Fun & Simple Activities for Seniors Living with Alzheimer's
Fun & Simple Activities for Seniors Living with Alzheimer's
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…

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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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