Narberth, PA

3 GREAT REASONS TO BECOME A CAREGIVER TODAY


“There are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been a caregiver, those who are currently a caregiver, those who will be a caregiver and those who will need a caregiver. Caregiving is universal.”- Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady of the United States According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute, over 40 million Americans are providing care for an adult family member or friend. Additionally, the number of new career opportunities for care jobs will be over 1 million by 2028, which would grow the current care workforce by 46%….

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HOW HOME CARE CAN HELP ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES


Non-medical home care can be a lifeline for not just seniors but for younger adults who have disabilities, whether cognitive or physical. Any adult with cognitive decline, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, vision impairment, multiple sclerosis and more could benefit from in-home support. Disability care services that support family caregivers and care for loved ones with chronic or specialized conditions can help families face the challenges in their daily lives by providing Companion Care, Personal Care, and even Respite Care to offer the family caregiver a much-needed break to take care of themselves and their needs. Here are a few…

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4 REASONS RESPITE CARE IS NECESSARY FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS


For the family caregiver, taking care of an elderly or chronically ill family member, or a loved one with a disability, is something that you do out of love, compassion and desire for a meaningful connection to the person you love. But caregiving is a demanding job. It can be all-consuming and exhausting as you try to navigate the healthcare system, manage appointments, advocate for the care receiver, and take care of their growing day-to-day needs…all while trying to do those same things for yourself and your family. Respite care, or temporary relief from your caregiving tasks, is critical. As…

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CAREGIVING IN A WORLD WITH ALZHEIMER’S


During the month of September, a lot of information is distributed about Alzheimer’s disease with the entire 30-days dedicated to World Alzheimer’s Month. Now, that it is officially October, awareness for the disease does not stop! At FirstLight Home Care we continue to raise awareness, challenge the stigma and support those who are working to find an end to this disease all year long. The quick and sobering facts of Alzheimer’s disease show us that the impact and the battle for a cure are far from over. FirstLight has always been committed to sharing helpful, and up-to-date information on Alzheimer’s…

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Keep Seniors Active During COVID-19


Caregiving during COVID-19 has been a challenge both for family caregivers and for their loved ones. Social isolation and loneliness have played a big part in these challenges as isolating during the pandemic has hit the elderly population especially hard. Isolation for those over the age of 60 has serious medical and psychological effects and can lead to depression, heart disease, anxiety and cognitive decline. Another factor that adds to these issues is chronic loneliness because more and more seniors live alone. But caregivers can keep seniors active and engaged during COVID-19 without putting them at risk: Cheer them up…

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TOP TIPS FOR MANAGING STRESS DURING COVID-19


Are you feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, maybe even a little scared amid the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you are not alone. During these unprecedented times, we are all experiencing a wide range of emotions. Just know it is normal and acceptable to feel this way during a crisis. As we care for our families and elderly loved ones in our lives, now more than ever, it’s important to take proper steps to manage stress and practice self-care. Here are our top tips for managing and reducing your stress during Covid-19. As best as you can, keep your daily routine. Routines…

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Understanding Medicare and Medicare Advantage


Medicare is a national health insurance program in the United States, begun in 1966 under the Social Security Administration and now administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It primarily provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older, but also for some people with disability status. In 2020, Medicare will help more than 61 million people pay for everything from hospital stays to doctor visits to prescription drugs. Then there is also Medicare Advantage, which is different than traditional Medicare. And now Medicare Advantage plans have the option of covering things that you would not normally think…

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Everyday Ways to Boost Brain Health


Brain health is the ability to remember, learn, play and maintain an active mind. According to the American Heart Association, failing brain health is a public health epidemic that could be more serious than we think. Consider these statistics: The brain begins showing signs of cognitive decline as a person enters their 20s. 3 out of 5 Americans will develop a brain disease in their lifetime. By 2030, the total cost of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke is expected to exceed $1 trillion. The good news is, we can develop and change our brains no matter how old we are! It’s…

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A Comparison of 3 Main Senior Care Living Options


Many people think of senior living communities and nursing home facilities as being the same thing. Meanwhile, that assumption has evolved and grown over the years, making the notion outdated. In fact, a nursing home isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach for senior care anymore. The change is a good thing since it provides a better fit for aging people who aren’t ready to move into nursing homes. Whatever your reason for investigating senior living arrangements in Narberth, PA, it’s vital to assess the existing, unique situation and thoroughly research all the options. By learning more about them, you can make a…

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What Skills Do You Need to be a Caregiver?


Being a family caregiver to a loved one is a very rewarding and worthwhile endeavor, but it is not always an easy task. It takes a combination of skills, including technical skills – the knowledge needed to perform specific tasks, and soft skills – the way you interact with people and solve problems. Of the many skills a caregiver should ideally have, the following are at the top of our list…whether you are or will become a family caregiver, or if you are considering a career in the dynamic home care industry. Communication Skills: Communication skills are essential. Being able…

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