Olympia, WA

The Many Benefits of a Senior Travel Companion


The busy travel season will soon be upon us with spring and summer vacations, graduations, weddings and family reunions. Many aging seniors want to attend these special events, but for some, travel can be tricky – whether it’s because of mobility issues or just the anxiety that comes with making a long-distance trip. Additionally, if you are the adult daughter or son caring for your aging parent, you may feel a bit uneasy about them making the trip alone. At FirstLight Home Care we completely understand. Traveling can be hectic and stressful at any age, but for senior travelers especially,…

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Stress on the Family Caregiver


Long-term stress of any kind, including caregiver stress, can lead to serious health problems. At FirstLight Home Care – South Sound we understand how stress impacts families. When a family member is ill, aging, disabled, or unable to complete daily tasks on their own, a family member may find themselves becoming the caregiver for their loved one. Caregiving is a 24/7 job and the stress from the demands can take its toll on the family member leading the care. We’ve seen it often and we offer a variety of resources to help support caregivers and their families with tools, tips and recommendations…

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Family Caregiving Is Impacting the Workplace


The responsibilities of family caregiving is having a greater impact on the workplace than ever before, according to a study released jointly by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Most family caregivers in Olympia juggle caring for an aging family member or relative with employment. The study reports that the average U.S. caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who works outside the home and spends nearly 20 hours per week – the equivalent of another part-time job – providing unpaid care to an elderly person for nearly five years. An estimated 61 percent of family caregivers of adults age 50…

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Spring Maintenance for Your Aging Loved One


As the weather warms and things begin to thaw, many of us also have a general routine of spring maintenance. For aging seniors, some of these routine tasks around the home can be difficult to take on, especially if they have mobility issues. There are several ways you can assist your senior to help get their home ready for spring and ensure a safe, secure environment inside and out. Here are 5 specific ways you can help your senior loved one with spring maintenance: Inspect the medicine cabinet. This is a good time to go through your loved one’s medicine…

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‘Best Home Care Agency’ in the South Sound Three Straight Years!


Annual Best of South Sound Vote Names FirstLight as “Best Home Care Agency” in 2015, 2016 and 2017 For the third year in a row, FirstLight Home Care – South Sound in Olympia was voted “Best Home Health Care Agency” in the annual Best of South Sound contest. Sarah and Greg Lane, co-owners of FirstLight Home Care – South Sound, accepted the award at the 2017 Best of South Sound ceremony, sponsored by the Thurston County Chamber and The Olympian.  Sarah Lane said everyone at FirstLight was excited to be voted “Best Home Health Care Agency” for the third straight year. “What makes…

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Is Your Aging Veteran Taking Advantage of their Aid and Attendance Benefit?


Are you a military veteran – or the child of an aging veteran – who is in need of home care services in Olympia? The Aid & Attendance benefit may help reduce the cost of care. Many military veterans and their family are unaware of the Aid & Attendance benefits program for which they could be eligible. The Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension is a little-known existing benefit which helps reduce the cost of care for older veterans and their surviving spouses. Aid & Attendance is available to eligible veterans and spouses who require home care – including assistance with…

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Stephanie Lane Named FirstLight ‘Caregiver of the Year’


FirstLight Home Care – South Sound is delighted to announce that Stephanie Lane has been named our 2017 Caregiver of the Year! FirstLight co-owner Sarah Lane (no relation) called Stephanie “an amazing caregiver who is very deserving of our Caregiver of the Year award.” “She is kind, compassionate and extremely skilled,” explained Sarah. “She has a soft touch and works well with all clients, those needing lots of physical care and those needing mostly companionship or help around the house. Clients and families love her. Many have often told us she is the best caregiver they have ever had.” Originally…

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Real Men Make Heart Health a Priority


The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of heart health. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. That’s why this February, during American Heart Month, FirstLight Home Care – South Sound in Olympia is encouraging men to take charge of their health and start one new, heart-healthy behavior that can help reduce their risk of heart…

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Caring for an Aging Family Member? You Need a Vacation Too.


Tremendous responsibilities fall on the shoulders of family caregivers. Caring for an elderly parent or family member can be emotionally and physically draining. And for primary caregivers, it is often a 24/7, 365-day-a-year job. Taking any kind of break – let alone a planned vacation – seems impossible. Then when you begin to think about all the planning and preparation that is involved, you wonder if it’s even worth doing. The thought of taking time off from your caregiving duties also brings much worry. What if Mom falls? What if she forgets to take her medication? What if she needs…

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Preventing Your Aging Parent from Becoming Lonely


Do you have a lonely parent who is struggling with feelings of isolation or depression? Are you having a hard time getting them to leave the house and enjoy social activities, especially during this festive season? With age comes an increased risk of loneliness and social isolation. This can be problematic for seniors because loneliness can often result in depression and ultimately additional health problems. There are several factors that may be keeping your parent secluded and feeling down: They are no longer able to drive, and they must rely on others to take them where they need or want…

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