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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, [...]

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 [...]

1 02, 2022

Alzheimer’s Treatment – What is the Future?

2022-02-01T01:18:30-05:00February 1st, 2022|Categories: Aging, Alzheimers, Dementia, Home Caregivers, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

New Alzheimer's treatments seem painfully slow to emerge for those currently living with the disease or watching a loved one suffer. Medications presently available temporarily improve symptoms of memory loss, thinking, and reasoning, but they don’t stop the decline and death of brain cells.   Discovering how to control that decline is akin to the holy grail in Alzheimer’s research and would offer millions of people hope. Although there is no guarantee that a cure is imminent, there is a reason for optimism. FirstLantic explores five different Alzheimer's treatment paths in the research phase that are showing promise.   Saracatinib.  A drug initially developed as a possible cancer treatment is now being tested for Alzheimer's treatment. In studies, Saracatinib turned off a protein that allowed synapses [...]

11 01, 2022

Debunking the Myths About Home Health Care

2022-01-13T16:41:58-05:00January 11th, 2022|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Dementia, Health, Home Caregivers|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you or your loved one fully understand how home healthcare works?  Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions. FirstLantic wants to help you make the best possible decision for care. Take their short quiz below to test your knowledge and ensure you have the facts.  Answers are provided at the end.   Home Healthcare Aides (HHA) always live in the home of their clients. True or False Home Healthcare services can include which of the following? Medication management Light household chores Transportation to appointments Companionship All of the above 3. Home Healthcare is often more expensive than assisted living. True or False 4. Home care is only for patients who have been recently discharged from rehab or a hospital. True or False 5. Home care is [...]

4 01, 2022

The Best Way to Build a Strong Bond with Your Home Healthcare Provider

2022-01-13T16:57:34-05:00January 4th, 2022|Categories: Health, Home Caregivers|Tags: , , , , , |

  Home health aides and caregivers provide invaluable services. They ensure that older adults who need support can get the care they need at home. Depending on their client's needs, they can assist with medication management, personal hygiene, light housekeeping, transportation, and more.   And they become a much-needed resource so that children and other relatives can feel comfortable that their loved one is receiving the best care possible. That's why it’s so crucial to not only find the right person but build a strong partnership based on mutual trust and respect. Learn more from FirstLantic Healthcare on the best ways to make that connection with your caregiver. Communication Communication is the key to any good relationship, so why would it be different with a caregiver? [...]

9 11, 2021

Home Care Benefits for Senior Veterans

2021-11-09T11:27:13-05:00November 9th, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Financial Decisions, Home Caregivers, Loneliness and Isolation, Retirement, Veterans|Tags: , |

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th to remember the sacrifices of those who served in the military protecting our freedoms.   As Americans, we owe them and their families a huge debt of gratitude and respect.  That's why no Veteran should ever have to worry about receiving proper care as they age.  Although Vets are used to giving to others, they may require help as they get older.  Home care is one of the best options as it allows Vets to remain safely in their homes while maintaining as much independence as possible.  Fortunately, there are various types of home healthcare services available, so you can find the one that best suits you or a loved ones’ needs. Telehealth Operated by the U.S. Department of [...]

2 11, 2021

Payment Options for Senior HomeCare Services

2021-11-02T01:12:56-04:00November 2nd, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Financial Decisions, Home Caregivers, Nursing, Retirement, Veterans|Tags: , , , , , , , |

One of the most challenging decisions seniors or their relatives can make is determining if and when to get help with their care.  Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own home, but sometimes the basic chores they take for granted may become too much.  They need some assistance with cooking, transportation, medication management, or simply could use some companionship.  Whatever the reason, the more difficult question often becomes how to pay for care.   FirstLantic offers guidance on payment options.  However, before determining the best way to fund it, it’s helpful to differentiate between home care and home health care.   Home Care Aides assist with daily living such as dressing, housekeeping, and transportation, referred to as personal care, attendant care, non-medical care, and companion care.  [...]

22 06, 2021

Planning Healthcare and Life Transitions for Seniors

2021-06-22T14:53:57-04:00June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers|

Are you concerned about the cost of care? Do you need an advocate when you are in a hospital or nursing home for rehabilitation? Do you understand how or when you can access long-term Medicaid benefits in Florida? Will your long-term care policy coverage be enough?   These are common questions that patients and their families struggle to answer, oftentimes amidst a medical or care crisis. This is why FirstLantic Healthcare put together a specialized team of experts to guide patients and families through the complex maze of health and long-term care, offering help and answers when they are needed most.    Meet Kelly Wilson, FirstLantic’s Director of Senior Solutions, who leads the team. Kelly’s extensive personal and professional experience – paired with her in-depth knowledge of long-term care, [...]

1 06, 2021

Free and Discounted Benefits for Seniors

2021-06-01T13:50:47-04:00June 1st, 2021|Categories: Home Caregivers, Veterans|

Each year on Memorial Day we honor those men and women who lost their lives while serving their country in the military.   Although this day of remembrance is an opportunity for us to pay tribute to those that have died, we should also celebrate those that are still with us and ensure that they receive the best possible care especially as they age.   Fortunately, there are services that can be utilized by elderly veterans.  As a company dedicated to the healthcare of seniors, FirstLantic wants to ensure that veterans and their families are aware of available programs such as pensions, loans, health care services, and transportation. Pensions Two VA programs that can provide qualifying elderly Veterans with additional monetary compensation are the Aid and Attendance [...]

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