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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 everyday needs. As a caregiver, a summer holiday getaway may not seem possible, especially if it means leaving your elderly loved one alone in their home. Worrying about their safety while you are away can make it difficult for you to relax and enjoy your well-deserved, and most likely needed, vacation. Caring for a parent or grandparent can be challenging…

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Recovery After a Stroke: Tips for the Family Caregiver


May is National Stroke Awareness Month. If you are caring for a family member who has had a stroke, and you are helping them recover in their home, we know firsthand the high levels of emotional, mental and physical stress you both may experience. Caregivers play a vital role in the post-stroke recovery process. The more aware caregivers are of available resources, programs, services, and self-care tips – for the stroke survivor and themselves – the more likely they will affect positive outcomes and keep stress at a minimum. FirstLight Home Care has put together the following helpful tips for…

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Our Best Mother’s Day Advice


“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” —Unknown Mother’s Day is a holiday that it is observed in many different forms throughout the world. According to History.com, the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. In honor of the holiday, we asked our FirstLight family to share their best Mother’s Day advice. We’ve included a sampling here, along with a sprinkling of inspirational quotes. Enjoy! And please comment here on this post or on our Facebook page if you’d like to share…

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5 Reasons to Thank a Nurse. National Nurses Week is May 6-12.


Nursing is a noble profession that is not for the faint of heart. Nurses face risks and challenges in their job each day, and their courage and patients should be celebrated. In 1993, the American Nurses Association declared May 6-12 as the national week to honor and elevate the nursing profession. National Nurses Week is a time for everyone to recognize the positive impact and vast contributions millions of nurses make to our communities. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. At FirstLight Home Care, we have dozens of reasons to thank a nurse for their…

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8 Ways to Deal with Caregiver Stress


It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one who is aging or one living with cognitive problems or a disability. Too much stress can be harmful to you and to the one in your care. It’s important to recognize the signs of caregiver stress and to put actions in place to manage and reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Signs of caregiver stress As a caregiver, you are “on call” almost all the time. This ongoing demand can make you become so focused on the loved one in your care, that you forget about yourself. You put…

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What Makes a Healthy Brain?


The human brain is a powerful organ. It controls how we remember, learn, play and concentrate. Practicing brain-strengthening habits every day keeps your mind sharp and can help prevent or delay cognition problems such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Here are six tips that could help you maintain a healthier brain and improve brain function. Exercise daily. Spend at least 30 minutes most days doing some type of activity that gets your heart pumping. Focus on a combination of cardio exercises, strength training, flexibility, and balance. Make sure you are doing activities you enjoy so that you…

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Personal or Companion Care: Which is Better?


“Sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance.”— Unknown If you are caring for a loved one, whether it’s an aging parent who needs help around the home or a family member with a disability, there may come a time when you – as the family caregiver – need an extra helping hand with personal and companion care. Enlisting the help of non-medical home care and hiring a caregiver to deliver personal and companion care services can be the next step in providing respite and peace of mind for you. But home care can include such a…

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What Are the Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout?


April is National Stress Awareness Month. Most people are under some level stress due to everyday life situations, and our family caregiver is not immune. In fact, caregiver burnout is more common than most families think. WebMD defines caregiver burnout as a “state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned”. Caregivers often burn the candle at both ends. They are so busy caring for their aging loved one and their own family members that they tend to neglect themselves. The demands on a…

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Why Family Caregivers Should Consider Joining a 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. The benefits of joining a support group. 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…

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Tips for Caring for an Adult with Disabilities


March is Disabilities Awareness Month. If you are a family member who cares for someone with a disability, whether a child or an adult, handling personal, caregiving, and everyday needs is hard work. Home care services are not limited to seniors – adults with chronic needs or disabilities can benefit from a professional caregiver to help them live independently and help you keep stress at bay. Our FirstLight caregivers support families with family members who are autistic and those with Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Working closely with these local families, they have found the…

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