7 Ways to Fight Caregiver Burnout
One in three adults in the U.S. cares for an aging or disabled loved one. If you’re one of these family caregivers, you know how demanding the role can be. It can lead to caregiver stress in the form of burnout, fatigue, exhaustion and even resentment toward your family member. It can also cause frustration and guilt, which can take a heavy toll on your mind and body. In fact, according to a report from AARP, 36% of family caregivers would describe their situation as “highly stressful.” In addition, the number of caregivers who would characterize themselves as in excellent…
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Now Hiring Companion Caregivers
At FirstLight® Home Care, companion care is a big part of what we do. Companion care helps to give the clients we serve emotional support, comfort and conversation, along with practical assistance around the house, so they can live independently. We’re hiring companion caregivers to provide this level of care to our many clients, and we are always on the lookout for strong candidates. If you are interested, here’s what you need to know about joining our team. What Do Companion Caregivers Do? When a family member notices an aging or disabled loved one is missing meals, letting their food…
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Understanding Dementia Care Services
Under the best circumstances, watching a loved one age is difficult. And as time marches on, you might start to notice new and more worrisome behaviors. These can include forgetfulness, disorientation and problems communicating. When issues begin to escalate, it may be time for the next step with professional dementia care services. What is Dementia Care? Dementia is a general term used to describe loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that interfere with an individual’s daily life. This diminishing mental capacity is not only frustrating and stressful, but might even put individuals in danger. To keep them…
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Celebrating Father’s Day with Seniors
Your father has been a rock and a role model. He’s been there for you through the good days and the bad; for the joy, laughter and tears. But now as he’s getting older, he needs some extra support and attention from you. How can you honor him in a special way this Father’s Day? After months of shutdowns and social isolation, this is the year to make Father’s Day extra memorable. Here are a few different ways you can show your gratitude and love for that one-of-a-kind father in your life. Ideas for Father’s Day for the Active Senior…
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Looking for Caregiver Jobs? Do You Have the Traits of a Great Caregiver?
Are you nurturing and hard-working with a generous heart for others? You might have what it takes to be successful in a caregiver job. As a caregiver, you’ll be helping many different people. For instance, seniors who want to age in place often have caregivers come into their homes to assist with daily tasks. Other individuals who often need the help of a caregiver include those with disabilities, dementia, chronic illnesses or who are recovering after surgery. 6 Traits of Great Caregivers If you’re a natural caregiver at heart and want to turn it into a career opportunity, what traits…
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Understanding Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer’s Disease
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month Did you know that people who have sleep apnea in mid-life are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as they get older? If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you’re probably aware that there is a connection. However, you might not understand why. With Alzheimer’s Awareness & Brain Awareness Month in June, it’s a good time to discuss this common issue, why it occurs, and ways caregivers can help. The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer’s Disease Medical experts have known for a long time that there is a strong connection between Alzheimer’s and…
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National Senior Health & Fitness Day: Stay Active at Any Age
For many older adults, the past year has been a difficult one filled with social isolation and loneliness. It’s led to a more sedentary lifestyle and less time exercising, especially if their previous schedule involved going to a gym or working with a trainer. This, in turn, has triggered an overall decline in senior health, particularly in the areas of anxiety and depression. Exercise can be the key to healthy aging, especially during pandemic times. Beyond improving mental health, exercise is important when it comes to strengthening the immune system and lowering risks for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and issues…
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Understanding Our Services: Personal Care
Do you have a loved one with physical challenges or a chronic condition? Personal care can help with daily activities, like bathing, dressing, eating and getting ready for bed. At FirstLight® Home Care, we always provide these services with the utmost care and respect, ensuring your loved one’s dignity and comfort are maintained. We want to keep our clients looking and feeling their best and can achieve this in many ways, including help with: Getting Ready for the Day If your loved one has trouble bathing or dressing, it can be awkward for you both when you try to help….
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