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When to Consider Home Care


If you traveled home for the holidays and spent some time with your elderly parents, you may have noticed they need a little extra assistance at home. Although it can often be difficult to know when your loved one is no longer able to live independently, there are some tell-tale signs. Perhaps their home isn’t as clean as it used to be. Or they have expired food in the fridge or pantry. Maybe their personal hygiene has gone by the wayside. Or they have some new dents and scratches on their car. We’ve collected a few of our most-read blog…

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Are You Facing Caregiver Burnout?


It’s well-documented that caregivers often suffer from emotional and physical health problems because of their overwhelming caregiving duties. According to the Mayo Clinic, caregiver stress is common. In fact, one in three American adults cares for a family member, and this figure is sure to rise. As a caregiver, you might not realize you’re facing caregiver burnout, but friends and family are often the first ones to notice that your behavior is different. Luckily, these folks can be your greatest supporters during the caregiving journey. Here are three factors that may indicate you’re facing caregiver burnout. You have a short…

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For Caregivers, Laughter is the Best Medicine


It’s no secret that caring for an aging family member can be a very stressful role. But that doesn’t mean that caregivers – and their loved ones – can’t spend a few moments of the day finding the humor in life. For caregivers, laughing can be a lifesaver. According to research by the Mayo Clinic, data suggests that laughter really is some of the best medicine out there. In the short term, laughter: Enhances your oxygen intake, which stimulates the heart, lungs and muscles Increases the production of endorphins, which helps relieve stress Soothes tensions by stimulating circulation and muscle…

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Happy Holidays from FirstLight


May all that is beautiful, meaningful, and brings you joy be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year. Season’s greetings from our Firstlight family to yours. From Us to You By: Dusty M. Kallembach It’s Christmas time, And I wish you well. May the Lord bless you With the best of health. I hope the stockings are hung And you’re filled with wonder. There are so many surprises For you to ponder. May your children be merry When Santa brings toys. Some for the girls And some for the boys. I pray you have food And plenty to…

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We Value Client Satisfaction


FirstLight Home Care Partners with Home Care Pulse At FirstLight Home Care, we are committed to collecting honest feedback and opinions from our clients and families. We’ve set a new standard by creating a Culture of Care that drives industry-leading client satisfaction. What does that mean for our clients? It means we take action on the feedback we receive to improve, innovate and ensure we continually provide first-class personal service and quality care to individuals who need support in the place they call home. We chose Home Care Pulse as our third-party survey partner because of the company’s dedication to…

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Tips to Maintain Your Support Network


Having close friends and family is an important part of life. We spend years building the friendships and relationships that carry through our adult years. Social lives keep people happier and provide us with a safe haven from day-to-day stresses and challenges. But as people age, friends can start dropping away. People move on or their lives come to an end. It’s also not out of the question to see formerly close friends and family members grow distant as caregiving eats into your time and energy. Caregiving can be stressful. But remember that friends are a precious resource. It’s never…

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Alzheimer’s: Finding a Cure


More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia in the world and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is projected that by 2050, the number of people living with the disease will rise to nearly 13 million as baby boomers continue to age and people are living longer overall. In fact, over the past decade, the average life expectancy has dramatically increased around the world. In the 1950s, the average global life expectancy was estimated to be 47 years. As of 2020, the global average…

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3 Best Travel Ideas for Older Travelers and Their Companions


Seniors are some of the biggest travelers out there. The idea that as you get older you should slow down and take it easy has been comprehensively debunked. Traveling more, further and to new and exciting locations is the number one aspiration for people over the age of 50. And it’s not hard to understand why! Seniors tend to have more time on their hands, more disposable income, and the drive to discover the world having worked hard their whole lives. Travel can also be hugely beneficial for seniors. Medical studies show that travel is great for older folks, helping…

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