Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Awareness Month. A red tulip is the symbol for Parkinson’s Disease. As with many other chronic conditions, Parkinson’s is on the rise in the United States. There are about 60,000 people diagnosed each year with this life-changing disease, and it is expected to increase substantially over the next 20 years! Many people with PD struggle with everyday tasks and rely on the help of a loved one. With the caregiver in mind, we created this bookmark outlining the care strategies titled, “TULIPS.”

We always believe that knowledge leads to better care! We are hoping this image will encourage caregivers and guide their efforts to do the best they can for their loved ones. It also helps us raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease! The TULIPS care strategies remind us that patience is important when we are working with someone with PD. Also, ensuring that patients take their medications on time, every time is critical!

Over the years we have cared for many people with this disease, and we would be happy to provide care to you or your loved one as well! We incorporate these strategies into the care plan and educate families as well on TULIPS. Need more information? Visit us on Facebook or give us a call at 844-543-3546!

Everyone needs a cheerleader!

Stroke recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. For every story of recovery, there is a story of support! Our caregivers do an incredible job of providing the patience and encouragement that is so necessary to a stroke survivor’s success. Some clients need more help than others, but everyone needs a cheerleader, and that is where our caregivers shine! This flyer lays out the many services we provide to support someone who is still recovering from a stroke or trying to cope with the lasting effects. No two people are the same, and everyone has specific needs that we take into consideration when we create a client’s care plan. Need more information? Give us a call at 844-543-3546!

What does the future of Long-Term Care look like?

When we consider long-term care, we typically think of institutional care for seniors. Thankfully, times have changed! As we shift towards the future more healthcare providers are leaning towards a home-based care delivery model. In fact, the Home Care Act of 2021 recommends getting seniors home with the services they need to keep them safe and happy. When it comes to long-term care, most of the need centers around basic ADLs such as dressing, and personal hygiene. Homecare can meet these needs, this is what we specialize in! Do you have a family member that will be transitioning back into the home soon? Give our office a call at 844-543-3546 so that we can give your loved one the smoothest transition possible! 

Living with COPD

Did you know that surveys show 70% of COPD patients have limited physical activity, 56% have issues with completing household chores, and 53% feel limited in social activities? Do you know someone with COPD that is facing the same issues? Our caregivers can help! We help our clients manage their disease while supporting their safety and independence at the same time. People with chronic conditions such as COPD, benefit significantly from home care. Not only does having assistance make life easier, but our care strategies can also really help minimize flare-ups that lead to complications and ultimately, hospitalizations. Helping our clients manage their chronic conditions is a focus for us. If there is someone in your life that you know is limited in their abilities, perhaps it is time to consider home care services to help secure their safety and independence. Please call our office or visit our website for more information regarding our services. Please call our office at 844-543-3546 for more information regarding our services. 

Social Work Month

Happy Social Work Month! Social Workers are the backbone of the healthcare industry and we want to thank them for the mark they make on our community and the people they serve. If you are a Social Worker, we extend our highest appreciation for all that you do for your patients, residents, and clients! Like you, our motivation is to help people live the best life possible. We created this poster to help us all recognize social workers this month and all those who make a positive mark on others! 

Thank you Homecare Caregivers

HCAOA Honors Caregivers This Labor Day
Labor Day has been a nationally celebrated holiday in the United States since 1894, and while industries like manufacturing are traditionally thought of when it comes to “labor,” in the home care industry our caregivers practice a labor of love. This holiday, and every day, the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) honors frontline home care aides who are the lifelines for so many people particularly throughout the pandemic. “Labor Day is a great opportunity for the home care industry to once again emphasize the valuable service more than 2 million home care aides bring to thousands of older Americans, individuals with disabilities, and children with complex medical conditions every day,” said HCAOA Executive Director Vicki Hoak. “Caregiving is a labor of love that should be respected and honored. We extend a sincere THANK YOU to all professional caregivers who enable Americans to remain in their own homes – living as independently as possible. Our frontline home care workers have undoubtedly saved thousands of lives by keeping the most vulnerable population to the coronavirus safe at home,” added Hoak.  Caregivers don’t just go through the motions of their day-to-day jobs. They bring care to individuals in their own homes, helping with daily activities while monitoring their conditions. They form strong relationships and many times become a member of the entire family. The types of bonds home care aides develop with their clients are unlike any other and require an individual with a high degree of compassion, dedication and professionalism. “I cannot think of a job where someone can so directly impact the quality of life of an individual as private duty homecare. It can simultaneously be both the most challenging and the most rewarding work. Caregivers deserve our utmost respect for the work they do every day. Hats off to caregivers on this Labor Day!” said Pattie Rogers, Vice President and Director of Operations, Waverly Care Associates in Pennsylvania. HCAOA member Dave Lamb, General Manager, CareMaster Medical Services in Georgia, said, “Every year America pauses on Labor Day to honor fellow Americans that work every day in all walks of life to support our families, each other, and all Americans. This year, and for the second consecutive year under the strain of COVID-19, America pauses on Labor Day to honor the caregivers and nurses that work so hard every day to allow the elderly and disabled to remain in their homes and communities. Thanks to each of you for your hard work and great care.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” HCAOA values all direct care workers and hopes to continue to be a resource for all. 
 Home Care Association of America

Caregiving and Covid

Approximately 34 million Americans provide unpaid care for aging adult family members each year. Many family caregivers juggle childcare, work and elder caregiving. Covid adds an even greater stress factor to this juggling act.

Those over 65 were most at risk as the Covid pandemic began and certainly remain vulnerable. Vaccines have helped reduce the severity in many cases but there are still several documented breakthrough cases as the virus mutates. In addition, even those who are vaccinated are said to be able to carry and spread the disease. There is still a need for everyone to be cautious.

Now the Delta variant is spreading through the 18 and under age group. Covid vaccines are currently only approved for children 12 and over. As children go back to school, transmission rates are likely to increase among the unvaccinated. As family caregivers juggle childcare, work and eldercare there is often fear and worry about spreading the virus among vulnerable family members. Minimizing gatherings where exposure can happen is recommended.

Lifeline Homecare can help in the fight against Covid and reduce stress for caregivers balancing the needs of different generations. By bringing in homecare caregivers to assist, clients can stay safe and healthy at home. This alleviates stress among family members and the strain on overburdened medical facilities. As hospitals reach capacity and manage health conditions for patients, homecare becomes even more important. Caregivers trained in safety and infection control, may notice hazards in the home or minor changes in client condition and are able to prevent falls or exacerbations of issues. By utilizing homecare services, eveyone gets the care and attention they need without unduly exposing family members to risk…and the best part – caregivers get a much needed break!

*Note: Lifeline caregivers are trained in proper infection control procedures to mitigate the spread of disease, including Covid. Personal protective equipment (ppe) is provided to each caregiver to protect them and their clients.

Memory, Forgetfulness, and Aging: What’s Normal and What’s Not?

Many older adults worry about their memory and other thinking abilities. For example, they might be concerned about taking longer than before to learn new things, or they may sometimes forget to pay a bill. These changes are usually signs of mild forgetfulness — often a normal part of aging — not serious memory problems….

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Home therapeutic activities for individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease

“As the Coronavirus pandemic forces many families to stay confined at home, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is providing families affected by Alzheimer’s disease with information about simple therapeutic activities they can do to keep their loved one engaged and active while at home.

“Stimulating the brain is beneficial both for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Staying active and engaged can help improve mood, reduce stress and avoid caregiver burnout, and it’s even more important at a time when people are staying indoors for prolonged periods,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “There are many fun activities caregivers can do with their loved ones to help exercise their minds together, using things they already have at home.”

Here are a number of simple activities that can be done at home and their potential benefits:”

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