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By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on April 30, 2014

The spring months are a great time to get your aging loved one out and active. However, seasonal allergies can quickly put a damper on things. While allergies may not top the list of dangerous senior conditions, many seniors do experience some level of discomfort as the result of the increased amount of pollen in the air. If you provide care for an aging loved one in Florida, it is important to be aware of the causes and appropriate treatments for seasonal allergies to ensure his or her safety and overall health. Symptoms to Watch For Common allergy symptoms can include but are not limited to runny nose, sneezing and itchy and/or watery eyes. While caregivers may notice that their aging loved one is experiencing discomfort, many attribute these symptoms…

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By Monica Cordero, 8:00 am on April 23, 2014

Although local hospitals and Naples post-hospital care and rehabilitation centers prioritize safety, injuries sustained during a fall at these facilities are surprisingly common among the senior population. In many cases, even a minor fall can extend a senior’s stay in the hospital and delay their recovery from an illness or injury. If your loved one is expecting an upcoming hospital stay or is weighing their options regarding the best place to spend their recovery period, here is what you should know about fall prevention for seniors. Common Causes of Falls While accidents do happen, many slip and fall situations can be prevented when a senior is aware of the dangers that exist within a hospital setting. Be sure to note these common causes of falls and talk to your loved…

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By Monica Cordero, 6:21 pm on April 16, 2014

Research documents the positive correlation between pet ownership and the benefits provided to seniors, both physically and mentally. With this in mind, many family caregivers are quick to pay a visit to the local pet shop. While intentions may be good, there are several things that must be taken into consideration before adopting a pet for an aging loved one. An Easily Overlooked Safety Hazard – Cats and dogs can make great pets for seniors. However, they can also be a source of a trip or fall. For example, the senior with limited mobility or visual problems can easily trip over a cat that likes to rub the ankles or the dog that likes to stay at the feet. Anticipated Care and Maintenance – Caring for a pet can be…

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By Monica Cordero, 6:57 pm on April 9, 2014

At Home Care Assistance of Naples, we understand that it is difficult for adult children to imagine a time when their relational roles with their parents will change and they will become the caretakers in the relationship. Unfortunately that time arrives without warning for many families and adult children find themselves in the midst of needing to make financial and medical decisions for their parents. Unless there is a Power of Attorney in place, adult children will find they are trying to care for their parents and navigate the legal minefield of obtaining the authority of making those decisions simultaneously. What is a Power of Attorney? Simply put, a durable power of attorney, or POA, is a legal document that permits one individual to act on behalf of another. There…

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By Monica Cordero, 8:58 pm on April 2, 2014

Technology is bringing families and friends closer together through enhanced communication that can be utilized by people of all ages and abilities. While younger generations tend to embrace new forms of technology without a thought, older adults may need some encouragement to take advantage of the many ways in which they can connect with their loved ones. Commonly Used Communication Technology As a leading provider of live-in care in Naples, we believe technology can be a great way to combat isolation among seniors and many forms of technology can act as learning and entertainment platforms. Seniors should explore the different types of technology that are available for communication so that they can find the one with which they are most comfortable. Here are some ideas to help get your aging…

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By Monica Cordero, 9:05 pm on March 26, 2014

Depression often follows a stroke due to changes that have occurred in the brain. Stroke survivors who have experienced a significant change in their lifestyle may also be prone to feelings of sadness or loss that can transition into depression. Although depression is common among stroke survivors, there are many things that can be done to promote better emotional well-being through the recovery period. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one who has recently suffered from a stroke, learn more about professional and specialized stroke care in Naples before you continue reading. Get Outside If your aging loved one is not confined to a bed, then getting outside can help to provide a boost of endorphins that can stave off depression. Those who are confined to…

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By Monica Cordero, 4:30 pm on March 19, 2014

A caregiver’s daily life will have its share of ups and downs, and some days are harder than others to strike that perfect balance. For this reason, every caregiver should know that their personal happiness will be reflected in the care they provide their loved one. Whether you are new to caregiving or need a refresher on how to boost your emotional well-being, Naples Home Care Assistance presents the most effective habits of a happy caregiver, helping to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Practice a Healthy Lifestyle Before a person can take care of another, they must stay in shape physically. The happiest caregivers know that they must get daily exercise, eat nutritious meals and get the right amount of sleep each night. Additionally, it is important to make sure…

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By Monica Cordero, 4:24 pm on March 12, 2014

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can leave family members with a lot of questions ranging from their loved one’s current needs to future abilities and what to expect. To ensure that your loved one enjoys the highest level of quality of care as the disease progresses, it’s important to understand the challenges that you will face as a caregiver. Although the progression of the disease can differ from patient to patient, the following 4 challenges are commonly associated with Alzheimer’s home care. Misunderstanding Personality Changes – Changes in personality are among the toughest challenges that family members encounter. Hearing a loved one speak out of character, act out, or snap at a loved one can make it difficult for the caregiver to remain calm. It is important for caregivers to understand that…

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By Monica Cordero, 6:01 pm on February 26, 2014

Age comes with many challenges including forgetfulness and memory loss. While this can make certain activities of daily living difficult, it can have a severe impact on financial matters. As the Naples live-in care specialists, we understand that finances are often a sensitive subject to discuss, especially between adult children and their aging parents, and have provided a few tips on having “the talk.” There are many events which may indicate an elderly loved one needs help with finances such as an accumulation of bills, electricity being shut off or expired vehicle registration tags. You’ll need to step in if any of these events occur, however the best plan is to be prepared. You don’t want to wait until tragedy strikes to learn about your parent’s poor financial state. Sit…

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By Monica Cordero, 8:01 pm on February 19, 2014

When your parent or loved one needs extra care, a home care worker can be the perfect choice. They can provide you with the extra assistance you need without the high cost of a nursing home. While it’s tempting to hire a private, unlicensed caregiver who offers a lower hourly rate, there are other potential costs that should be taken into account. Before you decide between a caregiver from a Florida-licensed agency and an individual that lives right around the corner, here is some information you should consider. The Protection of a License A licensed caregiver typically costs a little more because they’ve invested in proper training and are registered with the state. If they commit a crime against a client, such as any type of abuse or exploitation, they…

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