Understanding Our Services: Personal Care
Do you have a loved one with physical challenges or a chronic condition? Personal care can help with daily activities, like bathing, dressing, eating and getting ready for bed. At FirstLight® Home Care, we always provide these services with the utmost care and respect, ensuring your loved one’s dignity and comfort are maintained. We want to keep our clients looking and feeling their best and can achieve this in many ways, including help with: Getting Ready for the Day If your loved one has trouble bathing or dressing, it can be awkward for you both when you try to help….
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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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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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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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Understanding Our Services: Disability Care
Helping a loved one who has special needs isn’t easy. If you are a family caregiver, it’s up to you to provide comfort and disability care in a range of ways, from housekeeping help and assistance with bathing and dressing to running errands and transportation. Not only is this a serious commitment, but a long-term one as well. Whether they were born with a disability or became disabled through an injury or medical condition, FirstLight® Home Care can support you and your loved one with our disability care services. While we won’t ever be able to take that special place…
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