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Our Commitment to You: Coronavirus (COVID-19)


There is no doubt we are in unprecedented times. With the ongoing and increased uncertainty of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the tremendous speed in which things are changing, caring for our clients, families, caregivers and team members continues to be our top priority. We want to ensure you that every member of our FirstLight family is informed daily of what is happening around us. And we are prepared for these types of situations. FirstLight® Home Care continues to actively monitor the progression of coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure that we have the most accurate, updated information. The infection control practices we have…

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How Coronavirus Could Affect Seniors


We have been closely following Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and reports from the CDC, the World Health Organization and other state and local entities, and our thoughts have undeniably been with all those affected. Recent news of the virus starting to spread in the U.S. is unsettling. While it’s natural to worry and wonder what could happen if the spread of the virus gets worse, it’s also important not to panic… but instead to be armed with helpful information from the experts. Of course, we at FirstLight Home Care are deeply committed to the health, safety and well-being of all our clients,…

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5 Surprising Ways Stress Can Impact Senior Health


Everyone experiences stress to some degree. Yet, it can be a silent factor of overall well-being, especially for seniors. Often, senior stress can mask itself in a number of ways, and cause serious issues that may be attributed to other senior health issues. Therefore, it’s important for seniors and their caregivers to understand the symptoms of stress, as well as the different ways to address and prevent it. Overeating When people get stressed, their body releases cortisol, a hormone that readies the body for a fight or flight response. This is why appetite increases during stressful situations: the body is…

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WHAT MAKES A GREAT CAREGIVER?


Caregiving is more than just taking care of the physical needs of a senior, a person with disabilities, or someone recovering from surgery. A good in-home caregiver provides support and encouragement. They form a relationship and foster a bond with the person in their care. And for many families, the caregiver becomes part of their family. At FirstLight Home Care, we have found that the best professional caregivers go above and beyond for the families in their care. They are reliable, responsible and trustworthy. They are respectful, kind and patient. If you’re searching for a professional home caregiver, it’s important…

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TOP REASONS TO HIRE A COMPANION CAREGIVER FOR YOUR AGING PARENT


Everyone needs companionship, and all of us need a helping hand every now and again. If you have an elderly parent who lives alone, then chances are they could benefit from in-home companionship when family members cannot be there. At FirstLight Home Care we specialize in elderly companion care services. We provide a wide range of caregiver services to support your aging parent with daily activities, as well as personal companionship so that they can maintain their independence. Here are some top reasons to hire a companion caregiver for your aging parent: Company and conversation. Simply having a visitor from time…

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WHAT ARE THE EARLY SIGNS OF HEART DISEASE?


Heart disease describes a variety of conditions that affect your heart. The Mayo Clinic places heart disease under an umbrella of different types of heart or cardiovascular diseases, including blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects one is born with (congenital heart defects), among others. Early signs of heart disease depend on what type you have. And, these diseases and symptoms may be different for men and women. For instance, men are more likely to have chest pain; women are more likely to have other symptoms along with chest discomfort, such as…

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How to Help Your Parents Safely Manage Their Medications


Your parents may be taking multiple medications throughout the day and it can be easy for a mix-up to happen. Studies conducted by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists have reported that 87% of seniors take at least one prescription drug, while 36% take 5 or more; and 38% use over-the-counter medications. Taking medicine correctly is essential to your older adult’s health and wellness! That’s why helping your parents with medication management is so important. Understanding what your parent is taking will help to avoid common medication mistakes like taking the wrong drug, missing doses, or taking more than prescribed….

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Lessening the Losses of Aging


When we’re caring for an aging loved one, it sometimes feels like all we do is take away. We take away her car; we convince her to sell her home; we change his diet; we take away his privacy. These losses (and the discussions that surround them) are tough on everyone, but if you work at it, it’s possible to lessen those losses and the guilt you feel about them. In our family, the loss was babysitting. One of the most heartbreaking discussions we had with my father-in-law before he died was when we told him he couldn’t babysit our…

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Common Causes of Vision Loss in Older Adults


January is National Eye Care and National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Vision changes can occur as you get older. Based on statistical data from the American Optometric Association, approximately 142 million U.S. citizens age 40 and older have vision problems. It is important to know the most common age-related eye and vision problems, the signs and potential treatment options in order to retain good vision as you age. GLAUCOMA is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve resulting in loss of peripheral (side) vision. It often affects both eyes, typically one eye before the other. If…

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Prevent Falls in Seniors with These Home Safety Tips


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the most common cause of non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. The facts are alarming: Ninety-five percent of the 250,000 hip fractures that occur annually are the result of a fall. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room due to a fall. Every 19 minutes an older adult will die from a fall. However, falls are often preventable. Our team at FirstLight Home Care has outlined the most common causes of falls in the elderly, as well as what to do to…

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