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Home Modifications to Support Aging in Place


A 2018 study by AARP revealed that 76% of US residents over the age of 50 would prefer to live in their homes indefinitely as they get older. It’s easy to empathize with this desire, particularly when you consider how continuity of location can help with staying connected to your loved ones and engaged with your community. Adapting certain features of your home to make certain daily tasks easier can help seniors maintain their independence longer. Here are a few of the most common home modifications for aging in place. Converting a tub into a walk-in shower Reduced mobility in…

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Understanding Our Services: Alzheimer’s Care


Alzheimer’s can be one of the most difficult diagnoses to face. There’s so much uncertainty about your loved one’s future and what kind of care and support they will need. At FirstLight Home Care, we offer Alzheimer’s care designed specifically for this condition. It can help in a range of ways, ensuring your loved one is happy, safe, comfortable, and still enjoying life. Our Alzheimer’s Care Begins by Getting to Know Your Loved One Just because your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean they are a different person. It’s why we always build our services around the individual,…

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Senior Safety Tips for the Home


National Senior Citizens Day is a time set aside to recognize our older population. Celebrated on August 21st, this day is meant to show appreciation to those who have worked, achieved, sacrificed and accomplished so much to make our lives and our world a better place. If you have a loved one who’s older, one way to help show your gratitude is by making their home safer – so they can live more independently – with these senior safety tips: Tip #1: Eliminate Fall Hazards  Falls are one of the biggest safety threats to seniors. In fact, on average, one…

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Mobility Aids Make Aging in Place Possible


When you have a loved one with mobility issues, it’s scary to leave them alone. It can seem like there are fall hazards everywhere, from the staircase and area rugs to the bathroom and bedroom. You might want them to move to an assisted living community where they can get more help. Yet, they want to remain in their home. How can you keep them safe while they’re aging in place? Here are some aids that can help both of you gain peace of mind. Walkers & Canes According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult dies from a…

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Become a Professional Caregiver: Family Caregivers Find Careers that Matter


If you’re a family caregiver, it’s a role you likely never expected to have. However, more than one in five Americans are caregivers just like you – helping a sick or aging family members. So, you’re certainly not alone. While the experience can be challenging and emotional, many family caregivers find it rewarding as well. If you’re one of them and would like to turn your abilities and experience into a career as a professional caregiver, FirstLight® Home Care can help. We offer a range of professional caregiving opportunities for individuals like you who want a meaningful career. Some of…

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Providing a Network of Support to Millennial Caregivers


All family caregivers face many challenges. Millennial caregivers are no exception. On top of their unique set of challenges, unfortunately  this young group of family caregivers has fewer support systems in place. FirstLight is proud to be the exclusive home care provider for I-Ally, an online community and support network for millennial caregivers. Here is more information on our partnership. FirstLight Home Care Partners with Trusted Resource for Millennial Caregivers FirstLight Home Care, a leading provider of home care services, has partnered with I-Ally, a valuable resource for millennial caregivers. FirstLight is proud to be the exclusive home care provider…

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Understanding Our Services: Companion Care


Loneliness and social isolation among the elderly were serious public health issues even before the COVID-19 outbreak. In fact, in a 2020 study released by the National Institutes of Health, 24% of adults over the age of 65 were considered socially isolated. Today, that number is far higher due to the pandemic, which is where companion care services can help. What is Companion Care? The need for social and emotional support doesn’t diminish as individuals age. It’s just as important for those who are elderly – and even those who have special needs – to be social; however, it’s harder…

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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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Caring for Elder Orphans


The rise of “elder orphans” has been dramatic in recent years. If you’re not familiar with the term, it refers to individuals who are aging alone, without a spouse or children to depend on for elder care. In fact, according to a study presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatric Society, around 22% of older adults are elder orphans and considered “at-risk.” This number is expected to rise, presenting unique challenges to this group, including concerns about who will care for them and whether they can remain at home. Why Are Elder Orphans on the Rise? There…

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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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