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Useful Strategies for New Dementia Caregivers in Massachussetts
Useful Strategies for New Dementia Caregivers in Massachussetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on November 17, 2017

Caring for a senior loved one with dementia comes with a unique set of difficulties. For new caregivers, it can be difficult to anticipate the needs and interpret the emotions of someone with dementia. Here are six strategies for dementia caregivers who are concerned about their new responsibilities.  1. Don’t Argue When your loved one starts to exhibit irrational behavior, it may be tempting to respond with logic. However, seniors…

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Differences Between Hourly Care and 24-Hour Care in Massachussetts
Differences Between Hourly Care and 24-Hour Care in Massachussetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on November 3, 2017

There are different caregiving services available for seniors living with mental or physical health conditions. When searching for care, families can pick either hourly or live-in caregivers. If you are trying to decide on the right type of caregiver for your situation, you need to know these main differences between part-time and 24-hour care. Hours Available 24-hour care lasts for all hours of the day, and part-time care only occurs…

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7 Tips to Keep a Home Safe for Aging Adults in Massachussetts
7 Tips to Keep a Home Safe for Aging Adults in Massachussetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on October 20, 2017

Millions of people visit the emergency every year because of home-related accidents. Vision and mobility loss are common among the elderly, and these issues could result in serious injuries if caregivers don’t spend some time updating and reorganizing their loved one’s home. Luckily, most home-related accidents can easily be prevented as long as you take a few precautions. 1. Remove Cords and Clutter Anything on the ground is a potential…

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Choosing the Best Caregiver for Your Elderly Loved One in Massachussetts
Choosing the Best Caregiver for Your Elderly Loved One in Massachussetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on October 6, 2017

Now that your senior loved one needs help at home, make sure he or she has the best caregiver possible. Having a professional caregiver available can help your loved one prevent potential injuries and illnesses that interfere with his or her wellbeing. It is normal to be a little nervous about leaving your loved one in someone else’s care. However, there are a few strategies you can use to choose…

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6 Steps for Families to Take Following an Alzheimer Diagnosis in Massachussetts
6 Steps for Families to Take Following an Alzheimer Diagnosis in Massachussetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on September 22, 2017

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be difficult for the whole family to manage. However, rather than becoming despondent, family caregivers should take practical steps to ensure their senior loved one’s health. Here are six steps families should take following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.  1. Learn About the Disease To prepare for the challenges that Alzheimer’s poses, caregivers should learn as much as possible about the disease. Talk to your loved one’s doctor…

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Benefits of In-Home Care for Seniors in Massachusetts
Benefits of In-Home Care for Seniors in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on September 8, 2017

As your elderly loved one ages, he or she may begin to rely on others for assistance with daily activities. However, hiring an in-home caregiver allows your loved one to live at home and get the help and companionship he or she needs. Here are some of the benefits your loved one can receive when opting for in-home care.  1. Comfort of the Home Environment Sitting in a favorite chair,…

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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on February 8, 2013

If you are the caregiver of an elderly parent or loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you are familiar with routine trips to the doctor.  Regular Massachusetts Alzheimer’s care and medical appointments are crucial to help monitor and address the symptoms of the disease.  However, at these appointments, you typically have limited time with the doctor.  To ensure you have a productive appointment, Home Care Assistance of Massachusetts, offers the following appointment tips: 1.  Be Mindful of Scheduling. Alzheimer’s patients exhibit a variety of symptoms including behavioral changes and mood swings.  While sometimes behavioral issues occur suddenly, Alzheimer’s patients are typically at their best during a specific period of the day.  Try to schedule your loved one’s appointment during this time. Also anticipate waiting in a crowded…

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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on January 17, 2013

As your elderly loved ages, they may begin to experience an array of both physical and mental health declines. These health declines can negatively affect activities of daily living and in particular, one’s finance management. Finance management is especially important for seniors to ensure they have enough saved to live comfortably, or have a financial plan if assisted living or home care in Massachusetts becomes necessary in the future.  The following is a list of helpful tips that can be implemented in order to help your elderly loved one stay on top of their finances as they age. Set up an Excel Spreadsheet Helping your elderly loved one create an excel spreadsheet that organizes all of their monthly bills can be a great start to help them manage their finances. …

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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on December 18, 2012

Studies report that almost 30% of seniors are taking at least five medications, all prescribed by doctors on a weekly or daily basis.  From daily vitamins to help maintain bone health to pills that alleviate pain associated with chronic conditions, seniors are being asked to take more medications today than in previous generations.  While advancements in the medical field have made these medications beneficial in improving health and longevity, it is important for seniors to closely monitor their medications to prevent any serious complications. If you know your elderly parent or loved one takes multiple medications, be sure they understand what they are taking and when they should be taking them.  Mixing multiple medications can have serious medical effects when combined or used improperly.  For concerned adult children who are…

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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on November 15, 2012

The holidays represent a time of coming together for families and friends.  While the festive season brings traditions, food and drink, it also provides families with an opportunity to check-up on the well being of elderly parents and loved ones.  Home Care Assistance of Massachusetts finds that during extra time spent with elderly loved ones, families often discover they are beginning to require assistance with routine activities of daily living.  Concerned family members can look for warning signs in three key areas that may indicate the need for Massachusetts home care. Changes in Personal Appearance Certain changes in personal appearance may indicate that your loved one is unable to live alone safely.  For instance, noticeable weight loss could be a sign of difficulty cooking, eating or shopping for food.  Noticeable…

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