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Home Healthcare vs. Care Facilities

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2017 10:17:00 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in home healthcare, Care Facilities

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Making the right choice for your loved one

One of the most emotionally challenging decisions a caregiver of an aging parent can make is choosing the right long term care option. As hard as it is to give up some of the control of caring for your loved one, it’s typically the best option for both of you. Once you have decided to make a change, there are several different options to weigh when comparing the home healthcare and dedicated care facilities. Let’s break down the similarities and differences.

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Long-Term Care Insurance: What You and Your Loved Ones Need to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in Long-Term Care Insurance

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Employer-based insurance and Medicare often aren’t enough to fund patient's’ long-term care needs

More seniors rely on long-term care each year, but many Americans may not be realistic about whether they’ll need it or not. Just 25% of Americans believe that they’ll eventually require long-term care, but the truth is starkly different – 70% of individuals 65 and older will eventually need some form of it. Given the odds, it’s important to be prepared.

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How to Increase Senior Mobility

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in senior mobility, increase senior mobility, senior mobilitytips, improving senior mobility, exercises for mobility in seniors

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Improving senior mobility can help mend other physical and mental problems as well

One of the more frustrating effects of aging is losing mobility. As we grow older, activities like cleaning and even walking can become more difficult. Rather than succumbing to these changes, it’s important to focus on ways to combat them – otherwise, they will become worse. Having a plan to consistently stay active will help you or a senior loved one stay in control – mentally and physically.

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How to Judge an Elder Care Facility

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in How to Judge an Elder Care Facility

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Long-term care options and what to look out for

It never feels like the right time to think about moving a loved one to an assisted living facility. Above all else, you want your senior to be safe, well fed, and mentally stimulated. And sometimes the best place to do that is in a community home. Once you’ve decided to make a change, the next decision to make is which facility is the right one for your aging senior. It’s important to take the following precautions to determine if the elder care facility feels right for you and your loved one.

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Caregiver Spotlight: Home Health Aide Patricia Pollard

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 9, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in Health Care Aide

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Learn about this dedicated South Florida professional and a prestigious award she just received

FirstLantic is proud to announce that one of our caregivers has just been named Home Health Aide of the Year by the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF). Patricia Pollard has been in the home care industry for over seven years and represents the qualities we look for with all of our staff.  

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The Key to Surviving a Stroke

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2017 9:56:59 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in Home Health Care Aide

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Know the signs of stroke and act FAST

Stroke remains one of the most serious health risks in this country, especially for those over age 55. It is the 5th leading cause of death in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), stroke is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability, reducing mobility in more than half of stroke survivors over age 65.

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The 7 Most Common Causes of Falls

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2017 9:09:23 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in Concerned for Your Seniors

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Understanding the most common “extrinsic” causes of trips and falls helps create a safer environment for senior loved ones

According to the American Family Physician, falls are the top cause of emergency-room visits in the United States for people over the age of 65. Because of factors like declining muscle strength, arthritis, poor vision, and weaker bones, seniors are not only more likely to fall, they are more likely to suffer serious injury when they do.

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5 Ways You Can Improve Your Senior’s Well-Being

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 30, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in Concerned for Your Seniors

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Our tips begin and end with you

Not enough can be said about the positives of a healthy quality of life, especially as we age. Like a rock tossed into a pond, there is no telling how far the benefits can reach – from an improved mental and emotional state to physical wellbeing to overall happiness.

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3 Common Health Conditions Affecting Seniors

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2017 10:55:03 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in Concerned for Your Seniors

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With knowledge and action, you can help seniors deal with these life-changing conditions

As we age, our bodies have a harder time dealing with health problems. Issues that were easy to solve in the past become more and more challenging. For example, when we were young, a common cold might last a few days; as we age, our immune system loses strength and it can take weeks to feel healthy again. Let’s take a look at three of the most common health conditions that affect seniors, as well as the step you can take to mitigate or even eliminate these problems.

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Summer Fun: Activities for Seniors and the Grandchildren

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2017 9:15:51 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in Main Blog

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Sun and fun for everyone!

There’s nothing more special than the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. And the more time they are able to spend together, the greater the benefits, to both the elders and the children. A close relationship with grandmas and grandpas helps increase self-esteem, grants a higher sense of independence, and fosters a sense of empathy among children.

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How Do You Help Your Loved One Manage Arthritis?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2017 6:48:09 AM / by Jack Maloney

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Arthritis doesn’t care who it hurts, but these tips can help

It might surprise you to know that arthritis, in its various forms, is the number one cause of disability in the United States. According to figures from the Arthritis Foundation, there are over 50 million Americans affected by the condition, consisting of 1 in 5 adults and 300,000 children. Arthritis doesn’t discriminate, but sufferers tend to be older, and their loved ones can make positive choices to help them handle its effects.

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4 Fall Prevention Tips For Seniors

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2017 7:29:46 AM / by Jack Maloney posted in Keeping Senior Loved Ones Safe

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Making sure your loved one stays sure-footed

At this point, most people are familiar with the old commercial in which a senior citizen falls in her home and says to the camera that she’s fallen and can’t get up. So many have seen the commercial that the sentence is known by heart, and it’s practically the punch line in a joke.

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