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How You Can Emotionally and Mentally Support Older Adults During the COVID-19 Outbreak
During this period of social and physical distancing, it can be challenging for people to stay... Keep Reading
Coronavirus Underscores the Needs of Seniors — Our Most Vulnerable Population
As social distancing, the cornerstone of epidemic control, is becoming the norm, often leading to further isolation from seniors, our growing franchise network remains committed to overcoming those hurdles from coast to coast across our locations and the thousands of clients we serve across the country. And, the forecast for more franchise locations and our skilled workforce will only keep rising. Keep Reading
How Our Home Care Offices Are Supporting Clients in the COVID-19 Outbreak
ComForCare is following updates and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) State Department of Health, local and county authorities, the Home Care Association of America, as well as other relevant agencies and resources. Please see our full post on our care protocols so we can continue to support your loved ones and minimize risk. Keep Reading
What to Do if You Are a First-Time Family Caregiver
While some family caregivers gradually grow into their roles or are born into it, others can... Keep Reading
The Connection Between Dementia and Loneliness
We all feel lonely from time to time. Indeed, loneliness may actually help us to experience... Keep Reading
5 Ways You Didn’t Know In-Home Care Can Help
Most people want to age in place. According to AARP, 3 out of 4 Americans age 50 or older say they prefer to remain in their current residence for as long as possible. However, many will need assistance to do so. That’s where in-home care comes in. Keep Reading
Things to Consider When Planning a Family Meeting
When an aging loved one’s health, safety or well-being becomes a concern, family members often need to come together to figure out short- and long-term care solutions. Family meetings can be a helpful tool in the care planning process. Keep Reading
Older Adults and Substance Use Disorders: It’s Real
Although not as severe or prevalent as among younger people, substance use disorders by older adults (65+) is happening and can create an equally negative impact on the older adult and their family. Keep Reading
Bicycle Built for Two: Memories of Summer Love
Almost every morning during my summer vacations as a kid, my parents and I would ride together on the boardwalk along the New Jersey shore. Keep Reading
How to Talk With Your Aging Parents About Their Long-Term Care
Maybe you’ve noticed Mom forgetting to turn off the faucet after washing dishes or Dad having difficulty using stairs. You think it might be time to talk to them about finding some additional help, but you don’t know the best communication techniques to use. Keep Reading
Sleep Can Help You Be a Better Caregiver
Being a caregiver has many demands – both physically and emotionally. In addition to the responsibilities of caregiving, you may deal with work deadlines, social isolation, financial issues and/or medical conditions. Keep Reading
8 Ways to Pay for In-Home Care
As you develop a long-term care plan for yourself or a loved one, several factors must be considered, such as one’s current and future medical needs, family support system and budget. Since 90% of people 65+ want to stay in their homes for as long as possible, in-home care is a popular option. Keep Reading
Why Sleep Is So Important to Mental Health
Sleep and mental health have a strong connection that can turn into a perplexing and complex relationship when sleep deprivation and mental health problems occur simultaneously. It becomes hard to determine where one issue ends and the other begins. When you are facing health problems related to aging that are interfering with your sleep patterns, it’s important to take action to ensure you’re getting quality rest. It’s also crucial for the mental health of caregivers to do the same. Keep Reading
Let Freedom Ring: Patriotic Music Resonates With Older Adults
Through the years of working with people in various care settings, I have always been aware of how most older adults identify as patriotic. It’s a common experience to see them singing along with “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land.” And, they almost always place their hands on their hearts and stand out of respect, even those who have limited mobility. I have always been extremely inspired by their allegiance to the flag, but also curious about their motivations behind this behavior. Keep Reading
Cooking Up a Great Relationship
There is nothing more satisfying than a home-cooked meal with friends and family. I have some fond memories of watching my mother prepare the family meal and smelling the delightful aromas that made my mouth water. I could not help sneaking a taste when Mom wasn’t looking. Of course, Mom knew exactly what I was doing, and she started to encourage my tasting behavior. She also started to ask me to help her with meal preparations and as I became more involved, asking questions, tasting and making flavor adjustments, I was learning to cook and having a lot of fun. Keep Reading
Area Agencies on Aging — The In-Home Support Option You Might Not of Heard Of
When most of us think of AAA, we think of car insurance and roadside assistance, but another AAA that you may not be aware of is your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Keep Reading
Problem Gambling and Older Adults
When I would visit my grandma at her retirement community, I would watch the parade of little white busses shuttling residents from one day-trip to the next. Keep Reading
Creating a Safe Environment for Aging Loved Ones
According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety is the second tier of the pyramid just above the need for food and water. It is defined as “protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.” When we think of creating a safe environment for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the focus tends to be on elements of the physical environment that may be dangerous, but we often overlook the psychological aspects of feeling safe. Keep Reading
Hoarding Is Hazardous for Your Older Loved One - Part 2
In a previous post, we discussed the clinical definition and dangers of hoarding disorder (HD). If you are unsure if your loved one has HD, the International OCD Foundation says the key feature of HD is disorganization to the point where the living spaces can no longer be used for everyday activities as they were intended. Keep Reading
How to Not Become Your Parents’ Parent
When someone who has raised you (whether a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) begins to decline mentally and physically, it can be frightening and troubling. The person who guided you through all the unfamiliar stages in life now needs you to guide them; your hero needs a hero. This role reversal is becoming extremely common as seniors are living longer. About 30% of middle-aged adults with at least one parent age 65 or older said a parent needs help handling their affairs or caring for themselves. Many adult children will need to prepare to assume a new role in their parents’ lives. Keep Reading

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