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Does My Aging Loved One Have Congestive Heart Failure?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2017 3:38:00 PM / by Bart Delsing posted in congestive heart failure symptoms

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Helping your senior manage CHF

As loved ones age, chronic diseases become more common. Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a common condition in the elderly in which the heart no longer pumps properly to fully support the body’s needs. CHF can become serious, especially when it goes undiagnosed. According to the National Institute of Health, it is the leading cause of hospitalizations for people over 65 years of age and often causes readmissions. 

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How to Help Seniors Avoid Online Scams

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2017 9:17:25 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in Help Seniors

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These four tips can keep someone from becoming a victim

Most of us have nothing but reverence and respect for the older people in our lives. They may be our parents and great grandparents, but they’re also our teachers, role models, and so much more. Unfortunately, however, for others, seniors are online targets. They are seen as vulnerable by scammers and will always be at risk for getting swindled. In fact, the National Council on Aging lists Internet fraud as one of the top 10 financial scams aimed at the elderly. This is why vigilance is important. To protect your senior family members, follow these tips:

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7 Ways to Prevent Falls in the Home

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2017 9:02:32 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in Falls in the Home

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Especially important for seniors, these tips are good for everyone

Here’s a startling statistic: Every year in America, about 18,000 people die from injuries suffered in their home. And around a third of those are related to falls. While anyone can take a nasty fall, older people are the ones who are most likely to get seriously injured. This is why the right precautions are vital. To avoid being another statistic, here are seven measures to take:

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Caregiver Spotlight: Elaine Hutchins

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2017 9:10:00 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in FirstLantic Caregiver Spotlight

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A 20-year nursing veteran talks about what she likes best about her job and working at FirstLantic

At FirstLantic, we don’t consider ourselves just another group of home healthcare workers. This is because we go out of our way to find people who not only love what they do, but really want to make a difference in the lives of our patients.

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Protecting a Senior’s Nest Egg from Elder Financial Abuse

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 27, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in Senior’s Nest Egg, Elder Financial Abuse

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Keep your older loved one’s money safe with these five tips

By the time most of us have hit our mid-20s, we’ve started working, and we continue to do so for several decades. Ideally, at some point we can stop getting up early most days to shuffle off to a job and coast into a nice relaxing retirement. But in order to do this, money is of course the key consideration. The right amount is vital to be able to comfortably enjoy our golden years.

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Helping Seniors with Elderly Care Transitions

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in Elderly Care Transitions

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How to manage with confidence, compassion, and comfort

In the United States, the estimate of seniors in elderly care institutions is about five percent. The Institute on Aging details that the other ninety-five percent rely on a mixture of family, friends, and paid assistance. It's an uplifting picture that our society is caring for the elderly, and yet any necessary change of environment can be tough for seniors, regardless of the length of the care.

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FirstLantic Caregiver Spotlight: Anna DeMartino

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in FirstLantic Caregiver Spotlight

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From a very early age, Anna knew caring was her calling

Even after almost 40 years as a nurse, FirstLantic’s Anna DeMartino hasn’t lost her passion for what she does.

“It’s all I ever wanted to do,” she says, and she knew it from an age when people do not typically think about their future jobs.

When she was eight years old, her grandfather passed away, and it was then that Anna began taking care of her grandmother. Her love of helping people grew further when she was 13 and began volunteering at a nursing home through a school program.

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Tips for Reducing Caregiver Stress

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2017 1:38:20 PM / by Bart Delsing posted in Health Care Aide

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How to deal with the stressors that come with caring for an aging loved one

Caring for an elderly loved one is a rewarding experience. All the same, it can put a lot of pressure on the caregiver. Individuals can focus so much time and attention on their senior that they don’t realize their own health and well-being are suffering. And since caregiving is typically a long-term responsibility, these stressors can have their own long-term effects on the mind and body. Signs of caregiver stress can include gaining or losing weight, sleeping too much or too little, constantly feeling overwhelmed, worried, or irritated, and losing interest in activities you used to enjoy.

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4 Excellent Pets for Seniors

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2017 10:53:35 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in Main Blog

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Learn what makes these animals special

Everybody needs a companion, and this is particularly true as we get older. While it would be nice to keep the same friends forever, unfortunately that doesn’t always work out. Because people move or pass away, it can be easy for seniors to become isolated, which is potentially dangerous.

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Do Seniors Have Different Dietary Needs?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 12, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in Senior

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A senior’s diet must include more nutrients and have more restrictions

The short answer, of course, is yes.

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Research Says Home Health Care Can Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 5, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in home health care, Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

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According to a recent report, those who refuse home care were twice as likely to be readmitted to a hospital within 30-60 days

If you or an older family member has recently been admitted to the hospital for a moderate to severe injury, disease, or chronic health condition, getting home health care services could seriously decrease the chances of readmission. In fact, according to one report from the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation and the United Hospital Fund, research shows that those who received home health care were only half as likely to be readmitted to a hospital within 30-60 days compared to those who refused it. So, why do patients refuse home health care in the first place?

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How Pet Visits and Pet Therapy Improve Mind and Body

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2017 11:04:05 AM / by Bart Delsing posted in Concerned for Your Seniors

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What is animal-assisted therapy and what are the benefits for seniors?

If you’re a pet owner, you might have perked up as you initially read that term. Pets have a way of making us happy no matter what day you’ve had or what mood you’re in. That could be the reason why two-thirds of all US households and almost half of elderly individuals own a pet. Substantial scientific research has shown that pets have the ability to not only make us happier, but healthier.

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