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The Healing Power of Music

Music has the unique ability to evoke memories and emotions from long ago. Choose favorite songs or musical styles from your loved one's formative years -- teens to mid-20s are ideal -- to elicit the most engaged response. If your loved one is still relatively mobile, attend a concert or go out dancing. Or, buy a karaoke machine so you can sing along together to favorite tunes at home. If a particular type of music causes your loved one to exhibit signs of distress, avoid playing it in the future; it may be associated with an upsetting memory. For adults [...]

Needing help isn’t a sign of weakness

Asking for help can be hard. It requires a level of vulnerability that most of us are not comfortable with. This is especially true for the demographic Companions for Seniors serves the most, our mothers, fathers and grandparents. They're usually from a generation that survived The Great Depression, fought in a World War and raised a family through it all. They're use to providing others with care, comfort and a helping hand. When that dynamic shifts for your parent or grandparent it's important to emphasize that asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. When talking to your loved about [...]

Talking About In-Home Care

One of the questions we get quite often is "When is the right time to talk to my Mother/Father/Loved One about getting help?" which is usually followed closely by "How do I go about having that conversation?". The answer to these questions varies person to person. Usually they're prompted by an event or a series of events that show a clear decline in health. Speaking specifically about getting help for your elderly parents, one of the hardest parts can be accepting the switch in relationship dynamic. For the majority of your life, your parents have been a source of strength [...]

5 Benefits of In-Home Care for Seniors

According to a recent study by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Therefore, it is not surprising that most elderly people are cared for in the comfort of their own homes by a primary caregiver, such as a spouse, or other family member, with the assistance of a home care agency. Home care, also known as in-home care, provides the following 5 important benefits for seniors: 1. Promotes Independence. The home is a source of comfort, familiarity, and independence. A major reason people choose in-home care is [...]

Caregiver stress: Tips for taking care of yourself

As the population ages, more caregiving is being provided by people who aren't health care professionals. These informal caregivers provide 80 percent of long-term care in the United States. A caregiver is anyone who provides help to another person in need, such as an ill spouse or partner, a disabled child, or an aging relative. However, family members who are actively caring for an older adult often don't self-identify as a "caregiver." Recognizing this role can help caregivers receive the support they need. Caregiving is rewarding but stressful Caregiving can have many rewards. For most caregivers, being there when a [...]

When should you hire home care for your parent?

No matter where loved ones calls “home” – the house they’ve lived in for 40 years, the seniors-only apartment building they moved into last year, the mother-in-law suite you added to your house a couple of years ago – there’s probably going to come a time when home care can help them stay “at home.” There are two kinds of home care, explains Christine Foley, the manager of home care at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Personal vs. Medical Care Many seniors just need some help with personal care. This might include assistance with bathing and grooming; light housekeeping and [...]

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