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What to Look for in a Senior Care Agency

If a senior reaches a point where he or she needs care, but wants to maintain a level of independence at home, in-home care is a good option to look into. If you’re looking to find home care for your loved one, you’ll want to find an agency that is compassionate, qualified, and professional. So what does that entail exactly? Here are a few things to consider when searching for quality in-home senior care. Are they Licensed and Qualified? Is the agency fully licensed by the state? Most states require that home care agencies have a license and be reviewed…

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TRUST: Its Important Role in Senior Care

Family caregivers are usually well aware of why they are the preferred providers of their senior loved ones’ long-term care. They are trusted, familiar and in the best cases, proven to have the genuine love and concern caregiving requires. Because of the nature of these relationships, it can be hard for seniors and families to open this close circle of trust to additional help. But when caregiver burnout or financial constraints limit the amount of long-term care a family can provide, sometimes the only option left is to trust someone else with the task. Good senior care requires a patient-centered…

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The Emotional Impact of Quality Care

The burning question of how to care for an aging loved one presses on our society now more than ever. We are facing the silver tsunami of an expanding senior generation with increased longevity but more health problems. In 2011, Baby Boomers – the generation born after troops returned home from World War II – began to turn 65 years old. Since then, 10,000 Americans have turned 65 every day. Each of these senior citizens will most likely need some form of long-term care. Whoever you have in place to care for you or your senior loved one, and whatever relationship you…

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Common Fears of Long-Term Illnesses

Nearly 100 million Americans have long-term illnesses, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. A long-term illness, sometimes called a chronic illness, is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured. A growing number of this population is seniors. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of seniors with two or more chronic illnesses increased from 37.2 percent in 2000 to 45.3 percent in 2010. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the most common long-term illnesses affecting the elderly are: Adult onset diabetes Arthritis Kidney and bladder problems…

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