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Members of the family of aging adults normally traveling one of two paths to becoming a caregiver: the abrupt sprint, or the gradual march. The abrupt sprint towards providing care for a precious one is frequently put off by an unexpected event--a stroke, a fall, complications from surgery--which acts as a catalyst, escalating your family member’s maintenance requires practically overnight.

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The holiday season is thought to be the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the time of the year when the family gets together, it’s a time for happiness, thankfulness, and faith. Unfortunately, due to the threat of COVID-19, this holiday season may be a little different.  Caregiving can sometimes be extremely challenging any time of the year, but with the challenges that tend to come with the holidays and when you add the pandemic into the mix, this holiday season may seem like things are impossible.

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As your parents and other loved one's age, you may notice that their mobility is beginning to decline. This is common and is simply one of the issues with aging, but it can be extremely distressful for both you and your elderly loved one. Even small, minor difficulties for your elderly loved ones can have a significant impact on their life.

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Halloween might have looked differently this year, but our staff still had a great time dressing up for Halloween this year!  Take a look at some of our fun costumes!

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November is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month. Long-term awareness month is a time to recognize and show support for both seniors who are receiving long-term care and for those who are providing long-term care. This type of care is overwhelming for seniors and their caregivers as they figure out how they are going to pay for care, what role the family members play in providing care and when and who should make the decision that senior loved ones need extra help.

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Creating and applying a qualified family caregiving plan should include the support and input of your precious one, members of the family, buddies and elder care professionals. The whole team should be involved with putting this plan set up. All members of the staff don't necessarily have to be present for the first meeting, but having an elder care specialist participate might help to convince a resistant cherished one which it's time to address their present and future needs.

Members of the care staff might include:

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Caring for your aging parents can be touching, but it can also be an overwhelming and stressful situation, but when you include sibling rivalry into the mix, the situation can become extremely emotional and physically draining. When adult siblings become aware of the fact that their parents aren’t “themselves” and they need help, it’s common for the old roles and the competitiveness of siblings to resurface.

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Many seniors have a tendency to avoid discussing their care needs and future plans with their family members. Even though broaching the subject of making a maintenance plan can be hard, this is a crucial initial measure for successful aging and caregiving.

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Even though the majority of states have lifted their “shelter-in-place” orders, the risk for seniors contracting the virus still remains high. So, for this reason, for their safety, older adults are remaining at home unless it’s absolutely necessary for them to venture out. Unfortunately, this means that many seniors aren’t able to do the activities and be connected like they were before COVID-19.

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Although states, cities and counties are starting to open back up, there is still a potential risk of being exposed to COVID-19. Older adults have a significantly higher risk for severe illnesses, including coronavirus. There are other factors that may also increase the risk for severe illnesses, such as having an underlying medical condition.

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