Monthly Archives: August 2013

Long Distance Caregivers Rely on Home Care Nurses

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Keet is a home helper in Manhattan, NY for Lo, an 81-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease. Here they are just goofing off in a hospital that Lo is recovering from a mini stroke. Lo was complaining about being bored in bed so they switched places. Americans are aging quickly, and that means there is a great need for elder services. According to a recent estimate by The National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP, the number of Americans providing home care to an individual in need has surpassed 65 million. Generally speaking, home helpers live fairly close to the person to whom they are providing care, out of basic necessity. For example, if one sibling lives closer to an ailing […]

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Medical Training Programs Teach Family Home Care

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Providing care for seniors is becoming easier for families who are looking for quality home care without resorting to hiring professional caregiving assistance. This is because there are now academic programs which offer family members the knowledge necessary to provide first-rate care for their elders. One such program is at the Valley colleges in Arizona, with others sprinkling up all over the United States. By participating in these programs, family caregivers are given the foundation necessary to provide long term home care to their loved ones. For example, students in the Valley program learn to recognize key infections, as well as to perform basic tasks such as how to take a patient’s blood pressure and monitor their vital signs. This […]

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Breakthrough Alzheimer’s Drug Great News for Elder Care

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Researchers in Switzerland are claiming to have found a way to combat Alzheimer’s disease, without causing unintended harm to the human body. This is perceived as a major breakthrough in the struggle to find a cure for the disease which affects tens of millions worldwide. Essentially, the breakthrough drug is able to destroy the toxic plaques in the brain responsible for causing Alzheimer’s symptoms without affecting other areas in the brain. According to Dirk Beher, one of authors of the report describing the groundbreaking research, this progress has been reached through an acute understanding of how a certain enzyme functions. The enzyme, gamma secretase, which is responsible for destroying brain cells, can now be partially tempered. The researchers are hopeful […]

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Why Approach an In-Home Caregivers Agency

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With the American population aging rapidly, there has been a significant increase in the demand for in-home caregiving. Although homecare is consistently found to be the preferred option of seniors, it is a form of care which often places a large amount of unintended strain on the patient’s loved ones. This is not a problem to be underestimated, as the phenomenon of “caregiver distress” is a condition that is becoming as frequent as it is harmful. The high level of responsibility and the sheer pressure in caring for a loved one can have unfortunate consequences for the caregiver.  According to one recent study on this subject, there were indications of depression in more than half of the caregivers entrusted with […]

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Senior Home Care Services Continue to Grow

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 The senior home care services sector has experienced consistent growth in recent times, and this is a trend that shows no signs of letting up. According to the latest jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the numbers of jobs in the home healthcare sector continues to increase at a remarkable rate.The jobs report indicates that in July of 2013, the sector added a considerable 3,900 jobs. These numbers are even more significant when you factor into this equation that the employment numbers in competing sectors, such as in nursing homes, hospitals and other care facilities, continue to decline. As Americans continue to age, the home healthcare industry is booming corresponding to the increase in demand. In fact, […]

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