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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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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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Understanding Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer’s Disease


How can Alzheimer’s Disease relate to Poor Sleep?   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. Here, we discuss this common issue, why it occurs, and ways caregivers can help.   The Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease & Sleep Apnea Medical experts have known for a long time that there is a strong connection between Alzheimer’s and one specific type of sleep apnea called…

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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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Summer Travel Tips for the Family Caregiver


Summer is quickly approaching, and for many, the longing for a vacation is in the air. But the idea of taking time off can be daunting for the 40+ million family caregivers who support and aid a loved one with their everyday needs.   As a family caregiver, a summer holiday getaway may not seem possible, especially if it means leaving your elderly loved at home alone. Worrying about their safety while you are away can make it difficult for you to relax and enjoy your well-deserved vacation.   Caring for a parent or grandparent can be challenging, and respite…

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The Benefits of Joining a Family Caregiver Support Group


Caring for a family loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be overwhelming. The family caregiver is only human, and they need both emotional and practical support to maintain a healthy self. Joining a local support group is one solution to help the family caregiver feel less isolated, and it provides the opportunity to be around people who know exactly what they’re going through.   Research has shown that participating in caregiver support groups has many benefits and can significantly improve the quality of life for the caregiver and their family. Caregiver support group members can…

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