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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. 
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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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Alzheimer’s: Tips to make holidays more enjoyable

The holiday season can cause mixed feelings for a family affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

While typically a time for celebration, families may experience a sense of loss for the way things used to be. For caregivers, the holidays may create added work. You’ll also have to consider the needs of the person with dementia during holiday decorating and gatherings.

By adjusting your expectations and modifying some traditions, you may find meaningful ways to celebrate holidays.

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Today Show: Should seniors take extra precautions against COVID-19 this fall? Experts weigh in.

By Kerry Breen

As the coronavirus pandemic continues and flu season begins, leading to concerns of a “twindemic” in the United States, health experts are urging those who are high-risk for either or both illnesses to limit their social bubbles to stay healthy.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the country, said on Sept. 10 that people needed to prepare to “hunker down and get through this fall and winter.”

“We’ve been through this before,” Fauci said. “Don’t ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic. And don’t try and look at the rosy side of things.”……….

Coronavirus concerns show increased need, demand for home care, experts say

By Daniella Silva

For people recovering from COVID-19, home care can be both essential and elaborate, involving a health care professional who provides additional oxygen, monitors vital signs, administers medication and helps with daily tasks such as eating, bathing and getting in and out of bed.

Home care professionals and nurses said the coronavirus pandemic shows how crucial the industry is. It provides life-saving services to people who are vulnerable while keeping them safe in their own homes.

“It’s been quite a dramatic challenge for all of us and certainly the public health challenge of our lifetime,” said Dr. Steven Landers, president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, which serves New Jersey and Ohio.

“Nurses, therapists, home health aides, they have really shown up to help fragile, medically vulnerable people stay home and also help people come home from hospitals and nursing homes, which have been under incredible stress,” he said.

Landers said his organization has helped more than 500 patients in New Jersey with home services get out of hospitals and emergency rooms. The workers have adapted to the pandemic, learning new protocols and infection control regimens and wearing new types of protective equipment, he said…….

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