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Many elderly people are choosing to age at home. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for many older adults to talk about any health issues they may be experiencing, which makes it difficult for family members to know what is going on. Not only is it difficult for your aging loved one to acknowledge that they may need help with their day-to-day activities, but it is often even more difficult to introduce them to the idea of hiring a professional in-home caregiver for help.

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It is common for adult children to face a wide range of problems when they are dealing with elderly parents. This is primarily due to the reversal of the parent-child relationship. As young children, your parents are who you relied on to tell you right from wrong, to make decisions for you and to protect you. As children become young adults, their relationship to their parents became “different”. You still turned to your parents, but more for support and guidance. Never do children imagine or expect that one day they would be the parent to their parent.

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With their independence and strength fading away, many elderly fathers and grandfathers feel lost and possibly out of place. Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to honor and celebrate them, but many people struggle with how to celebrate this special day. Whether you dad is living at home or in an assisted living facility, here are a few fun ideas for Father’s Day activities as well as some tips on how to prepare for your activities.

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The spring season can often bring on the urge to get out of the house or try something new, and why not? By spring time, the cold winter weather has begun to fade, the flowers are blooming, and everything begins to feel renewed. Seniors have the same urge to get out and enjoy the spring season as anyone else, and doing so can be good for their health. Take a look at a few spring activities perfect for the senior in your life.

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Traveling is an enriching experience for anyone at any age, and taking a vacation with your elderly parents is a great way for all of you to make some wonderful memories together. However, traveling with seniors also comes with some unique challenges. Take a look at some tips that can help ensure a smooth trip with an elderly parent.

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Health Care Professionals possess several skills to do their job well.  This can range from the way they communicate, their interpersonal skills, to the way they handle stressful situations.  Do you have what it takes to be a Health Care Professional?  Here are 10 traits every great health care professional embodies:

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When we here at Meridian Home Care think of all the benefits of being in our business, we quickly think of our relationships with great people like you. We wish you peace, joy, and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we enjoy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Meridian Home Care!

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The holidays can be a fun and joyful time for many and is a time to get together with family and friends, but that is not always the case with elderly people. Sometimes during the holidays you can see a change in the elderly such as a change in their mood, signs of fatigue, and even less interest in the holiday season. Sadly approximately six million people over 65 are depressed (AMRI, 2016).

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Please meet Sophia! Sophia is the Office Supervisor for Meridian Home Care.

Before joining the Meridian team, Sophia was an ARF Administrator. She has been in the homecare field for over 15 years working both with DDA and the Elderly. As the Office Supervisor for Meridian Home Care, she oversees the daily operations as well as the training for caregivers. Sophia's favorite thing about her position is that she is able to have a personal touch with both clients and caregivers.

Please reach out to Sophia with any questions, she'll be happy to help! (858) 529-1886.

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October is change the battery in your smoke detector month - when is the last time you checked your smoke alarms?

Daylight Saving Time is right around the corner and an excellent time to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms, but did you know you also need to replace your smoke alarms every 10 years? It's a fact: If your smoke alarm was installed more than 10 years ago, it needs replaced.

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