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5 07, 2022

Choosing the Right Type of Home Care for Your Loved One

2022-07-05T12:40:13-04:00July 5th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Caregivers, Home Caregivers, Home Companions|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Part One in a Two-Part Series Mom lives alone, and it’s becoming apparent that she can no longer do specific tasks around the house by herself. While you know she needs help, you want to ensure you find a caregiver you and your mom can trust.   But first, it's essential to determine the type of assistance she needs and then find the person who can best meet those requirements. Unfortunately, many adults struggle with these questions when trying to find the proper home care for their loved ones, and the decision-making process can be overwhelming. Fortunately, FirstLantic, a company devoted to quality home healthcare, provides guidance to make finding the best solution easier. There are many reasons someone needs help at home, ranging from support [...]

14 06, 2022

Five Challenges Facing Older Americans

2022-06-14T01:41:42-04:00June 14th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Loneliness and Isolation, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Part One in a Two-Part Series Turning on the news these days can certainly make it seem like the world is collapsing. And while the negative headlines usually get the attention, there is no doubt that there are significant social unrest issues that seem to have been exacerbated by the pandemic. But that isn’t the only difficulty older Americans are facing. In part one of this two-part series, FirstLantic Healthcare, looks at some of the challenges facing our elderly population today. In part two, we will examine some of the possible solutions.   Shortages in Geriatric Healthcare Professionals For the first time in our history, older adults are projected to be the largest demographic group. In 2034, there will be 77 million seniors (age 65 [...]

31 05, 2022

Five Reasons Pets Are Good For Your Health

2022-05-31T15:52:26-04:00May 31st, 2022|Categories: #Stress, Aging, At Home Healthcare, Health, heart health, Loneliness and Isolation, Mental Wellness, Pets|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In addition to May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we also celebrated National Pet Month. At first, you may not think they have anything in common, but for anyone who has ever had a pet in their life, you know how good they can be for your state of mind. In fact, a scientific study says owning a dog is linked with living longer. Ten studies that included more than three million participants showed that dog owners had a 24% risk reduction for death from any cause. But how do pets positively affect overall wellness? FirstLantic, a company devoted to quality healthcare, lists five benefits furry friends have on our health and well-being. Pet owners, especially those with dogs, often take advantage of the positive benefits [...]

23 05, 2022

Home Care Options for Aging Veterans

2022-05-23T20:35:15-04:00May 23rd, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Family Caregivers, Health, Veterans|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  At FirstLantic, we believe everyone is entitled to the best healthcare possible, especially our veterans. After all, they risked their lives to protect the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. But because veterans are used to sacrificing for others, it can be difficult for them to ask for help as they get older. Many would prefer to stay in the comfort of their home while remaining independent for as long as possible. That’s why it’s ideal if they can age in place while getting necessary services such as assistance with household chores, medication management, or nursing care.   With Memorial Day right around the corner, it's an excellent time to provide a refresher on the benefits available for our military heroes.   Home Telehealth Operated by [...]

2 05, 2022

Six Ways to Address Family Caregiver Stress

2022-05-02T13:53:57-04:00May 2nd, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Caregivers, Family Caregivers, Home Caregivers, Home Companions, Retirement|Tags: , , , , , |

As more senior adults choose to age in place, family members increasingly bear the responsibility of ensuring their loved ones can live safely at home. Whether it’s helping them out with chores around the house or providing full-time support, it’s estimated that there are now 48 million family caregivers within the United States. And as caregivers try to balance their personal life with the needs of their loved ones, their stress has also increased significantly. FirstLantic explains the importance of recognizing caregiver strain and techniques to address it. Causes of Stress Caregiver stress can stem from a variety of factors, including increased responsibility, time demands, unfamiliar medical and nursing tasks, and the financial burden. A recent AARP report found that the average family caregiver spends [...]

19 04, 2022

Five New Developments in Parkinson’s Disease Research

2022-04-19T14:13:26-04:00April 19th, 2022|Categories: assisted living, At Home Healthcare, Home Caregivers, Parkinson's Disease, Parkinson's Disease Research, Parkinson's Research, Parkinson's Treatments|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Although there is no cure for the disease, research and treatments are being conducted that are showing promise. However, if you or a loved one is suffering, the answers can't come soon enough. FirstLantic wants to make sure that you know the cutting-edge research underway and actions that you can take to help impact the future.   What is Parkinson’s Disease?   Parkinson’s happens when cells in the brain that produce dopamine stop working or die. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that sends messages between nerve cells or between nerve cells and muscle cells to help the body function. Dopamine plays many roles in the body and affects physical and mental processes. Parkinson’s is progressive, and symptoms include tremors, [...]

11 03, 2022

Ten Amazing Facts About Social Workers

2022-03-11T18:23:50-05:00March 11th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, CaseWorkers, Social Workers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This career requires long hours, can be emotionally challenging, and often pays too little.  Sounds amazing, right?  Sign me up!  Well, for the unsung heroes that are social workers that’s their reality.  And yet, they work tirelessly every day to improve the lives of others.  They help protect vulnerable children, support families in need of assistance, and clinical social workers diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.  So, to show appreciation for all the amazing people who have chosen this sometimes difficult but also rewarding career, we celebrate National Social Worker Month. At FirstLantic Healthcare, we see first-hand how important their work is to our patients and their families.  We also recognize that many people don’t know as much as they should about the [...]

7 03, 2022

How to Help a Loved One Dealing with Loneliness

2022-03-07T18:41:08-05:00March 7th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Home Caregivers, Home Companions, Loneliness and Isolation|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s not easy to watch someone you love get older.  It can be even harder when you don’t live close by, and you know that they are suffering from loneliness.  Although many people choose to stay in their own home as they age, it can also be isolating.   In fact, according to a recent study, nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated.  In addition to the emotional toll, loneliness can also lead to health risks.  Research has shown that social isolation was associated with about a 50% percent increased risk of dementia, a 29% increased risk of heart disease, and a 32% increased risk of stroke.  But how can you help a loved one that is dealing with [...]

22 02, 2022

Safety-Proofing Your Home to Prevent Falls

2022-02-22T13:37:23-05:00February 22nd, 2022|Categories: At Home Healthcare, Eye Sight, Falling at home, Hearing loss, Home safety proofing|Tags: , , , , |

  Safety-proofing your home to prevent falls is so important because about 36 million falls are reported among older adults each year.  Falls are actually the number one cause of injuries in seniors, and they result in more than 32,000 deaths.    Fortunately, many are preventable, especially inside the home, but you must take the necessary precautions.  To help you stay as safe as possible, FirstLantic has put together this helpful checklist so you remain safely in your home. Start by going through your list of medications with your doctor or pharmacist to review side effects or drug interactions that may cause dizziness. If you get dizzy or lightheaded when you go from sitting to standing, you could have Postural Hypotension. You can find out [...]

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