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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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We love serving San Diego and understand it is important to give back to the community when possible.  We are proud to announce we had 2 opportunities recently to be sponsors and participate in events that give back to the community.

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Meet Susana, our Front Desk Associate!

Susana, is the friendly voice you hear when you call us, and the very first person you will encounter when visiting our offices.

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Meridian Home Care was a proud sponsor of the Cortez Racing Association's (CRA) San Diego 2016 Beer Can Sailing Race earlier this month.

Our owner, Kym, was able to present over 50 prizes and trophies to the winners.

Thank you CRA (Cortez Racing Association)!

Please enjoy these pictures from our sponsorship:

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Please meet Jarvis! Jarvis is in charge of New Business Development and Placement Services for Meridian Home Care.

He has several years of experience in home care business development after working with In Home Personal Services as its Franchise Business Advisor where he oversaw all franchising activities as well as worked to expand IHPS's home care business. 

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Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease can be extremely challenging and stressful. Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's can ultimately result in many strong emotions. As the disease of your loved one progresses, family conflicts can arise. There are many strategies to help ease family tensions when your loved one has Alzheimer's disease and many ways in which you can care for your parent.

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Seniors face many changes as they age, such as the death of loved ones, retirement and medical problems. Unfortunately, these changes often lead to depression in the elderly. Depression not only prevents them from enjoying life like they used to, but it also impacts sleep, appetites, energy and their physical health. It is important to understand that depression is not normal grieving, nor is it a routine symptom of aging. Many seniors are resistant to talking about the way they are feeling, because they don’t want to burden their families.

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It's difficult to witness the deterioration of physical or mental abilities in an aging parent, grandparent or other loved one. Whether or not we're well-equipped or prepared, the reality remains that many of us will be tasked with making impactful decisions associated with caring for an elderly loved one. Since 80 to 90 percent of elderly people would choose to reside in their own homes as long as possible, as opposed to a nursing home or independent care, the new role for elderly caregivers can be challenging.

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