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Benefits of Companion Care – for Seniors, Vets, and Adults with Disabilities


A wide range of companion care services is offered at home, in the hospital, or in healthcare facility settings. Whether you need elderly companion care services, senior care services, or 24-hour care for a loved one who is elderly, chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or living with a disability, there are overall happiness and quality of life benefits, for the entire family, when adding a companion care provider to your day-to-day life: A companion care provider can handle daily needs: such as light cleaning, bathing, and keeping seniors, veterans and adults with disabilities safe from harm. They can ensure that…

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Living Independently After Age 65


The number of American seniors is expected to reach 70 million by the year 2030, according to the U.S. Census. AARP reports that as many as 90% of people over the age of 65 are focused on living independently and live in their home for as long as they can. We get it. Living independently has its perks, including staying in the comfort of your home with all its amenities, maintaining your privacy, and continuing to do the things you love. There is no doubt the aging-in-place movement promotes senior self-reliance! Advancements in technology, home modifications, and in-home senior assistance…

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5 Things to Consider Before Becoming Your Parent’s Caregiver


Each year, more than 43 million Americans provide unpaid care to a family member, usually a parent. Most seniors prefer to age in place, but as they grow older and face declining health, they may need extra care at home. In many cases, their children decide to step in and become the caregiver. Serving as a caregiver for a family member is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do. It allows you to spend time with your loved one, and it provides you with the opportunity to ensure they receive the best quality care possible. Every day, adult…

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Helpful Travel Tips for Seniors Adventuring Abroad


It’s official. Summer is here. It’s time to pack up the suitcase and travel to fun places or family you want to see. There are certainly no age limits to travel! And AARP confirms this with their latest travel report: “More people, age 65 and older, will be traveling this summer, with more than 40% of Baby Boomers reporting that they will be traveling outside of the United States.” If you or an elderly loved one in your family will be traveling abroad this summer, here are a few key tips you need to know before you go. Planning: Research and…

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What’s the Best Advice Your Dad Has Given You?


Father’s Day is this Sunday. In celebration of all the dads out there – and the impact they have on our lives – we asked FirstLight Home Care team members to share the paternal words of wisdom that have proved to be true in their lives over the years. The response from our owners and other team members was inspiring! Here are more than a dozen great pieces of fatherly advice from our very own FirstLight family. My father taught us kids to drive. There were four of us. Dad was always very calm. He always said, “Keep right on the…

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How Technology for Seniors Can Enhance Their Daily Living


From digital therapy to smart home monitoring solutions, technology for seniors could improve their health, well-being and safety. By the year 2020, 56 million Americans will be aged 65 and older; by 2050, that number will reach 84 million. Research suggests that many Americans turning 65 will need long-term care services at some point in their lives – this could include personal care, assistance with daily tasks around the home, and specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Are you caring for a parent who wants to live out their remaining years at home? Do you think…

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Understanding Lewy Body Dementia


Lewy Body Dementia: Symptoms, treatment, and the challenges that come with caring for a loved one living with this disease. For this post, we spoke with Nurse Beckie, FirstLight Home Care resident nurse and Certified Dementia Practitioner. Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a disease associated with abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the brain. These deposits, also known as Lewy bodies, affect chemicals in the brain whose changes, in turn, can lead to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood. It is the third most common cause of dementia, after Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia…

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5 Helpful Tips for Dementia Caregivers


16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Caring for someone with dementia can be demanding and stressful if you’re not sure what to expect. If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, the following 5 dementia caregiver tips can help with your day-to-day responsibilities and overall care. #1. Encourage your loved one to eat right: People living with dementia should consume a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables. Proper nutrition is key to keeping their body strong and healthy. Remember that nutritious meals may become a challenge…

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May is Older Americans Month


Encouraging Older Americans to “Engage at Every Age” Each May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. It is a time to recognize the contributions of older Americans and think about how we can work together to support and value people over age 65. The 2018 Older Americans Month theme is “Engage at Every Age”. It’s meant to remind us that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the ways…

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Announcing Our 2018 National Caregiver of the Year


Cherise Knowlin, FirstLight Home Care of The Grand Strand, South Carolina We are so very proud and honored to share with you our 2018 National Caregiver of the Year award winner, Cherise Knowlin. Cherise was selected from more than 4,500 caregivers and was the only FirstLight employee nationwide to receive the honor. The award was presented during an annual gala at the recent FirstLight Home Care national conference in San Antonio, Texas. Our caregivers are the heart and soul of our company. They breathe life into our Culture of Care and build meaningful relationships that provide help, joy and peace…

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