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Careers in Aging: Now Hiring Caregivers, CNAs, RNs


Recently we recognized Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) with the hope of bringing greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in this field. With the recent global pandemic and an aging population in our country, the need for senior caregivers has never been more apparent. If you’re a caregiver at heart, you can create a rewarding career at FirstLight® Home Care. We’re hiring caregivers! Here’s what you need to know about working for our team. About FirstLight Home Care FirstLight provides a range of home care services to adults, including the elderly, disabled, those recovering from injury or…

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6 Ideas for Celebrating Mother’s Day


Last year’s Mother’s Day was certainly untraditional. This year, with more of us receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, there’s more freedom to spend time together. It’s great news considering the importance of this special day. If you haven’t been able to spend much time with your mother – or another relative that’s like a mom to you – due to the pandemic, you want to make this year even more memorable. While everyone still needs to be careful, especially if a family member is vulnerable, there are many ways to celebrate. Here are six ideas for making Mother’s Day in 2021 a…

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Looking for a Caregiver Job? Does Company Culture Matter?


There’s a shortage of healthcare workers in this country across many areas, including in the home care field. That means if you’re looking for a caregiver job, your skills are definitely in demand. However, not all home care companies are created equal. When you’re looking for a job as a caregiver, it’s important to not only assess the duties and responsibilities you’ll be handling, but also the culture of the company. What is Culture & Why is It Important? Culture is akin to a home care company’s unique personality. It includes factors like mission, vision and values. It also includes…

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Understanding Our Services: Travel Companions


For many older adults, their senior years offer time to travel and explore the world. Likewise, they finally have the flexibility to visit children and grandchildren in different locations. However, if they have issues with mobility, a chronic illness or disability, it can spoil their travel plans. That’s where travel companions can help. Whether your spouse just had surgery or needs oxygen, your parent is elderly and in a wheelchair, or your loved one has physical limitations, you can still travel together. In fact, at FirstLight® Home Care, we can provide travel companion services throughout your whole journey. We’ll be…

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Considering options for your senior loved one? Home Care Could be the Answer.


Most adults over the age of 65 prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. We know that there are many long-term benefits of allowing adults the freedom to age in place. Staying at home helps seniors maintain a routine, and home provides the familiarity and comfort that no other place can.   While aging at home is ideal, many seniors need help with various tasks throughout the day to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. When faced with this need, some gravitate toward assisted living or other senior living communities. While these options offer some…

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How to Find In-Home Care You Can Trust


Is a loved one having trouble with dressing, bathing or mobility on their own, or are they missing doctor’s appointments? These are red flags that it’s time to consider in-home care. If in-home care is something you want to explore, you need to find a company you can trust. This certainly takes time and effort. However, it will be well worth it when you have access to experienced and compassionate caregivers who will treat your loved one like family. The caregiver(s) you choose will also meet your loved one’s practical needs, whether it’s with meal preparation, mobility, housekeeping or in…

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How to Keep Mom and Dad Happy at Home


As the pandemic’s end remains uncertain, most senior citizens are being forced to stay at home and limit contact with others to protect their health and safety. While it is certainly in the best interest of their physical wellness, feeling locked indoors and away from their routine can significantly impact a senior’s mental and emotional health. Here are some tips to help ensure your elderly loved one remains happy and healthy while at home. Ways to Help Elderly Adults Stay Happy at Home Maintain a routine One of the most difficult aspects of having to stay indoors for many seniors…

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Understanding Parkinson’s Disease and Providing Care


In the U.S. alone, nearly one million people are living with Parkinson’s disease with 60,000 new cases diagnosed every year. There are more people with Parkinson’s than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined. Yet, it can be a condition that is difficult to diagnose and hard to spot until serious damage has already occurred. If you’re concerned about a loved one who’s showing potential signs of Parkinson’s, what should you do? Here’s everything you need to know to provide Parkinson’s care. Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease Tremors are one of the most widely recognized signs of Parkinson’s…

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What Skills Do You Need to Be a Caregiver?


Being a caregiver is a rewarding career path. However, it’s not for everyone. It takes a unique blend of skills and abilities, along with a strong desire to help others. If this sounds like the kind of work that’s a good fit for you, you may be wondering what kind of hard and soft skills you will need to get a caregiver job? Here’s a look at a few: Hard Skills You’ll Need As a Caregiver Physical Strength: Caregivers perform many physical tasks and duties each day that require strength and stamina. Some of these include helping an individual with…

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Personalizing Amazon Alexa for Seniors


By: My Caring Plan Amazon Alexa just may be the perfect digital device for your loved one. Seniors can talk to Alexa just as they would a normal person and ask it for a wide range of services. As a holistic resource, Alexa can become an integral part of your senior’s daily routine. However, setting up Alexa for your loved one can take time. It’s not always clear how to integrate accounts and set up apps for Alexa. Let’s go over key aspects of personalizing Amazon Alexa for seniors so your loved one can make the most of it. Challenges…

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