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Working Family Caregivers: Managing a Delicate Balance


The challenges of the family caregiver are gaining more visibility. But there’s one part of the family caregiving story that still needs much more attention: the struggles of the family caregiver who’s also maintaining a job. New data is giving us a clearer picture of the impact of caregiving on work-life balance, as well as employee productivity and performance. Let’s review that data, and explore opportunities for family caregivers to get more support during their 9-to-5. Working family caregivers are in good company. An estimated one-fifth of today’s working Americans are also family caregivers, which means they are, in essence,…

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The Post-Holiday Transition: Isolation and Depression in Older Adults


The holidays – and the many visitors and activities that come with them – have come and gone. And for many older adults, the looming question is, “Now what?” The post-holiday season can be especially challenging for older adults who are already dealing with isolation. The sudden and dramatic change in their environment when activities wane and loved ones leave after the holidays can have a profound impact on their mental health. A very real problem for the aging population As the population of adults 65 and older continues to explode, we’re learning more about the impacts of isolation. As…

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A FirstLight Wish: What We Hope You Bring to the New Year


 “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” – Vern McLellan | Pastor, Author and Speaker The packages under the tree have been unwrapped. The final candle of the menorah will soon be lit. The first moments of 2017 are within reach. As we reflect on the holiday season and prepare to usher in the New Year, FirstLight wishes you five gifts to bring with you into 2017. The gift of companionship. May you be in the company of people whose presence enriches your life. The gift of…

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Winter Safety Tips for Seniors


Depending on where you live, the weather outside can get pretty frightful during the winter months. Plunging temperatures, snow and ice can pose problems both indoors and out, and older adults are at a higher risk for injuries and other weather-related health issues. You can minimize cold-weather dangers simply by being prepared. All it takes is a little planning and attention to your surroundings. Following are some tips – for seniors and for everyone – for staying safe this winter. Falls Seniors are more prone to injury from a slip or fall. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that falls…

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Give Your Loved Ones the Gift of Memories This Holiday


One of the joys of aging is sharing stories. For many older adults, stories are a connection to the past and evidence of a life well-lived. And for the families of these historians, stories are a way to preserve memories for years – and generations – to come. With so many family activities during the holidays, it’s an ideal time to capture these treasured stories. But when it comes to building this type of family history, where do you begin? Following are some simple steps you can take to plan, capture and archive treasured stories from the older adults in…

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Surviving the Holidays: Tips to Help Older Adults Savor the Season


We’ve all been there. While our vision for the holiday season is one of intimate gatherings, delicious meals and bliss, the reality can be much the opposite. The volume of activities, shifting of schedules, decadent food and potential for conflict can put added strain on the entire family. Especially older adults. If you’re an older adult, or if you care for someone who is, you can make the holidays more manageable by taking just a short amount of time to plan ahead. By considering some of the factors you can control this season, you can make the holidays safer, healthier…

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Moments of Thanksgiving


It’s difficult to capture in one blog post all the things we’re thankful for at FirstLight Home Care. For us, it’s about the clients who trust us to help them achieve independence and live happier lives. The family caregivers who invite us to be a part of their caregiving journeys. The partners who help us deliver the best home care services. And the referral sources who introduce us to the people who will become such a central part of our lives. But just as much as we’re profoundly grateful for the people who allow us to live out our mission…

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50 Ways Home Care Can Support Family Caregivers


For so many family caregivers, the story is familiar. “I don’t know where to turn for help.” Or, “I’m exhausted. I don’t think I can do this on my own anymore.” Or, “There has to be a better way to care for my loved one.” These are the words of an untold number of family caregivers who are struggling to provide care and support for loved ones, while at the same time maintaining some balance in their own lives. The good news is there is somewhere to turn for help. You don’t have to do it alone. There’s a way…

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A Helpful Dozen: 12 Online Resources for Family Caregivers


A recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded that there’s more to caring for the older adult population than services and support for aging individuals. An equally urgent need is resources for the family caregiver who is so integral to their care. The report found that nearly 18 million Americans care for a relative older than 65. And that those providing support are often thrust into the family caregiving role without the preparation, services, support and information they need. The Academies said “the need to recognize and support caregivers is among the most significant challenges”…

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Caring Is Our Calling: What It Means To Be a Caregiver


“Going the extra mile for somebody, you can’t teach that. It has to be inside you already.” DeShawn Joiner, FirstLight Home Care 2016 Caregiver of the Year November is an important and treasured month for FirstLight Home Care. Each year, we observe National Home Care Month, as well as National Family Caregivers Awareness Month. While we’re always grateful for the important role we play – caring for our clients and supporting family caregivers – November is an opportunity for us to truly reflect on just what it means to be a caregiver.

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