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Making the Choice: In-Home Care or Nursing Home?


If you have an aging parent, the term “age in place” is a topic that comes up in many conversations about their future. While most seniors want to remain in their home for as long as possible, life occurrences may not allow. And if they have reached a point when they cannot physically care for themselves, one of the options that must be considered is moving your loved one to a nursing home. Making the decision to have your aging parents remain in their home or to move them into a nursing home is a difficult choice. In-home care offers…

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Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia: September is World Alzheimer’s Month


World Alzheimer’s Month is an international campaign that happens every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders, like Alzheimer’s, that affect memory, thinking, behavior and emotion. It is estimated that there are more than 46 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to more than 131 million by 2050. This September, and all year long, our FirstLight Home Care locations across the United States support World Alzheimer’s Month by raising awareness of dementia and its impact on families…

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In-Home Care or Assisted Living?


In-home care vs. assisted living can be a difficult choice. Many families faced with the decision on which is best for their aging loved one might not even be sure of the differences between the two. Determining the best place for aging parents or loved ones to receive the care they need to live a vibrant and independent life will depend on individuals needs and care requirements. With in-home care, a caregiver is hired to come into the home to help with activities of daily living. Home care offers companion care and personal care services to help seniors maintain their…

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Respite Care for the Dementia Caregiver


I just don’t know when I’m going to have time to get all my errands done. It would be so nice to take a long walk. Or even a long nap! I really wish I could spend some time catching up with my friends. If you’re a dementia caregiver, you may have spoken these words a time or two. And for good reason! Everyone deserves a break, especially those family caregivers who devote so much time taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Enter respite care for the dementia caregiver… Respite care allows you to take temporary time…

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Protecting Your Parent from Common Senior Scams


National Senior Citizens Day is August 21st National Senior Citizens Day was first celebrated in 1988 as a result of a proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan. Each August 21st, people from across the United States celebrate, recognize, and support senior citizens for their contributions to the community. National Senior Citizen Day is also aimed at raising awareness for the safety of our senior citizens, both economically and physically. Unfortunately, the senior community is often targeted by scammers searching for sensitive, personal information. This is why it’s important for us to educate and raise awareness among seniors and family caregivers,…

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10 Inspiring Quotes for {Caregivers}


Caring for another person is selfless and quite rewarding. But it also can be a heavy responsibility, whether you’re a family member caring for a loved one or a professional caregiver working with a client. Oftentimes the stress that comes with being a family caregiver can make it difficult to maintain a positive attitude. Here we share 10 inspirational caregiver quotes to help bring comfort, joy and positivity to all the caregivers out there who may need a little inspiration from time to time. Do you have a favorite inspirational quote? Comment here or head to the FirstLight Facebook page…

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Recommended Vaccines for Older Adults


August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance to bring awareness to the importance of vaccines for people of all ages. Immunization Awareness Month was established to encourage people – young and old – to make sure they are up to date on the various vaccines recommended for them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that all adults need immunizations to keep them from getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work and not being able to care for family or themselves. Older adults may need one or more vaccines, even…

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Healthy Eating for Seniors on a Budget


When your monthly financial budget is tight, meal planning and grocery shopping can be challenging. For many seniors who are on a fixed income and need to watch their overall expenses, eating healthy on a set budget can be tricky. Here are 9 great tips to help you or your aging loved one eat well and stay on budget: Plan Meals Around Store Sales: Many times, healthier food options cost more. If your local grocery store offers a savings or loyalty card, be sure to sign up and check the weekly circular to see what’s on sale. Instead of shopping…

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Summer Sun Safety for Seniors


Summer has settled in! Temperatures are creeping up, and in some parts of the country, they are soaring into the triple digits. In times of extreme heat, it’s especially important to protect our elderly loved ones. At FirstLight Home Care, our mission is to keep seniors safe, healthy and happy in any conditions. If you or an elderly loved one must be in the heat this summer, here are 7 sun safety tips to help you stay safe and cool. Put on Proper Clothing: The best summertime clothing for seniors is something loose, lightweight and made of a breathable fabric….

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Benefits of Companion Care – for Seniors, Vets, and Adults with Disabilities


A wide range of companion care services is offered at home, in the hospital, or in healthcare facility settings. Whether you need elderly companion care services, senior care services, or 24-hour care for a loved one who is elderly, chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or living with a disability, there are overall happiness and quality of life benefits, for the entire family, when adding a companion care provider to your day-to-day life: A companion care provider can handle daily needs: such as light cleaning, bathing, and keeping seniors, veterans and adults with disabilities safe from harm. They can ensure that…

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