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Components of Healthy Senior Diet
Components of Healthy Senior Diet
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on January 27, 2015

As individuals age, the appetite tends to naturally decrease which means that making healthy food choices is even more important. Choosing the right nutrients can help elevate the mood, contribute to mental acuity and fight infections. At Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills, we emphasize the importance of a healthy and balanced diet for all of our senior clients through our revolutionary Balanced Care Method™, and believe that the most beneficial senior diets include the following components. Fiber Extra fiber is generally needed by seniors because as the body ages, the digestive system tends to slow down, and constipation becomes a common problem. Fiber supplements are available on the…

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Post-Stroke Preparation Tips
Post-Stroke Preparation Tips
By Glenn Krakow, 6:14 pm on January 20, 2015

After a loved one experiences a stroke, they have what may be lengthy recovery period ahead of them, although these days, the ultimate prognosis for recovery is often quite good, especially if the stroke was mild. After leaving the hospital, the amount and typed of care needed will vary. In general, your loved one will require some degree of physical and/or occupational therapy. Speech therapy is quite common too. But many families want to do more in terms of post-stroke home care for their loved one. Here are three great ways to prepare: Managing Mobility in the Home – Many people who have a stroke may have mobility issues immediately…

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Communicating with a Seniors Medical Staff
Communicating with a Seniors Medical Staff
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on January 13, 2015

If your aging parent or loved one is currently recovering in a hospital setting, learning how to communicate effectively with his or her medical staff is one of the most useful tools you can acquire. The process will likely lead to greater efficiency and decreased stress related to your role as caregiver. Before beginning, it’s important for you and other family members to elect a single person to be the primary contact in medical matters. This will streamline communication, and decrease potential confusion in the future. Rather than contacting multiple people, or fielding the same questions from several persons, the physician will be able to spend more time concentrating on…

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Tips for Dementia Caregivers
Tips for Dementia Caregivers
By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on January 6, 2015

Experts say that at least 1 of 5 people will experience some form of dementia in their lifetime. In the past, dementia was just part of growing old, and there was little understanding of the diseases that cause dementia in an otherwise perfectly healthy person. However, today we know more about the disease, and this information can prove extremely valuable to family caregivers. The following are five important pieces of information about dementia, presented by Home Care Assistance in El Dorado Hills, CA. Dementia is not a disease. Once you understand that dementia is only a symptom of a disease and not a disease itself, you’ll have a better understanding…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on December 30, 2014

As a leading provider of home care in El Dorado Hills, we know that many Parkinson’s caregivers ignore important needs of their own in their efforts to ensure that their loved ones are safe and comfortable. While it’s understandable to want to be there for a loved one living with Parkinson’s, caregivers are only human. There’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of available resources and taking time for yourself while offering the support your loved one needs. Educational Resources for Caregivers The first resource you should consider when caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s is finding reliable information on the disease itself. Your loved one’s doctor is a good starting point, often offering reference materials or directing you to reliable online resources where you can become educated on the…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on December 23, 2014

As a family caregiver, you understandably want to keep your aging loved one thoroughly entertained and engaged throughout the year. While you may have many options available during the warmer months of the year, your options are likely limited during the cooler months. With the winter holidays quickly approaching, you may be struggling to instill holiday spirit in your loved one in a fun and exciting way. Fortunately, there are some great activities available to keep your aging loved one engaged, even when the weather outside may be cold and dreary! Here are some of the top picks for fun winter activities from the staff at Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills. Holiday Movies – The holidays may be stressful and busy, but there is always time to kick…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on December 16, 2014

Caring for an aging loved one can be a rewarding experience, however without the proper support and assistance, caregiving can also burn an individual out. Caregivers must take on a wide range of responsibilities, which can leave them overwhelmed, and subject to thoughts of sadness and even depression. As a leading provider of senior home care in El Dorado Hills, we know that it’s so much easier to prevent burnout rather than recover from it, and wanted to share some simple things that caregivers can do to reduce their stress and avoid burnout. Get a Good Night’s Rest – Sleep deprivation has a negative effect on the mind’s ability to stay alert and to remember well. Not getting enough sleep decreases the ability to enjoy relationships and live a good…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on December 9, 2014

The full scope of what causes Alzheimer’s disease is not completely understood, but research has found compelling evidence that certain specific factors play a role in the development of the disease. Today, the El Dorado Hills Alzheimer’s care experts are going to explore the risk factors of Alzheimer’s and how a combination of these risk factors can point to a higher incidence of the disease. Genetics A family history of the disease plays a small role in its occurrence, and about 5% of cases are traced to a genetic root. Scientists have isolated three gene mutations that cause the illness, and individuals are more likely to contract the condition if an immediate family member has been affected. In general, women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men. History of…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on November 25, 2014

At some point, adult children will have to make difficult decisions about how to care for their parents as they age. While there are many options such as retirement communities and assisted living facilities, many seniors prefer in-home care. However, because home care is such a personalized service, families are often concerned about the costs. Today, Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills encourages you to consider the following if you find yourself wondering if home care is worth the cost. Financial Costs On average, the cost for assisted living is between $2,300 a month to $7,000 a month. This monthly amount also doesn’t include the cost of admission, which is typically charged on a yearly basis. If the individual being cared for is living with an advanced condition such…

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By Glenn Krakow, 8:24 pm on November 18, 2014

In the United States, stroke is responsible for more than 130,000 deaths annually. While there is no way to accurately predict stroke risk, there are certain preventative measures that seniors and older adults can take to reduce overall stroke risk. Along with regular exercise, a healthy diet can go a long way in helping to prevent stroke. The following are five fantastic foods for lowering stroke risk, presented by the El Dorado Hills stroke care specialists at Home Care Assistance. Whole Grains – The number of diets that discourage eating whole grains are becoming larger and larger. However, studies show that people who consume whole grains on daily basis have a 40 percent lower risk for stroke and heart attack. One or two slices of whole grain bread a day…

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