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SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley Blog

Caregiving

February 06, 2018

Bringing a pet into your parents life can be a fantastic way to enhance their quality of life and enrich their daily living. Regularly interacting with this animal can give your parents a wide variety of benefits for both their physical and mental and emotional well-being, creating a more fulfilling life as they age in place.

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August 01, 2017

It might not seem true, but if your loved one is constipated, that can have a massive impact on her eating habits. Figuring out why she's having these issues can help you figure out what to do.

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July 25, 2017

A diagnosis of heart disease can mean that your loved one needs to make some big changes to live a healthier lifestyle. But what does that entail?

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July 18, 2017

Most family caregivers have felt the twinge of guilt when leaving their aging loved one alone to go out. Many family members wonder if getting a dog or cat for their elderly loved one would be a benefit or if it would become too much of a burden.

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July 10, 2017

Sometimes it is hard to get aging loved ones to eat, whether it’s because their medicine is diminishing their appetite, they struggle to chew and swallow or they are simply picky eaters. Let healthy summer smoothies come to the rescue and check off all the boxes for a nutritious snack.

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July 04, 2017

Because the demands of family and jobs are reduced in their golden years, many elderly people find themselves with a lot of spare time. Hobbies are supposed to help participants indulge in things they really like to do. 

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June 27, 2017

If your mom is having a hard time taking a walk by herself, owning an active dog may be difficult. At the same time, there are proven health benefits to owning a dog. 

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June 20, 2017

If your parent has reached a stage in life where they can no longer live independently at home without some help, you’re probably considering hiring someone to provide home care. Here are just four reasons you should consider hiring a home care provider through an agency.

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June 13, 2017

Family caregivers that are looking for ways to keep their elderly loved ones busy and active may have given swimming and water exercises some consideration. Swimming means fun and exercise for all ages, but is it necessarily right for the elderly? 

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June 06, 2017

If you are like many family caregivers, Alzheimer’s is something that you have been concerned about since first starting your caregiver journey with them. Here are some ways that you can use your sense of vision inside of your parent’s home to detect Alzheimer’s disease.

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May 30, 2017

Let these ideas inspire you for ways that you can celebrate your parent’s survival on National Cancer Survivors Day.

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May 23, 2017

Taking care of yourself is essential if you're a family caregiver. Many people want to believe that this is selfish, but it ensures that you're going to be in the right condition to be able to take care of your elderly loved one.

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May 17, 2017

When you first became a caregiver, you might have put quite a bit of your own life on hold. It's time to rethink that approach and start participating in your own life again.

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May 09, 2017

Many family caregivers quickly realize that they experience conflicts between their job and their elderly loved one's needs. How you manage those conflicts can help you to meet everyone's needs in this situation.

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May 02, 2017

Living with asthma can be difficult. That feeling of wheezing and gasping for breath is uncomfortable and can even be frightening. If your parent struggles with asthma, there may be ways you can help them to better control asthma symptoms.

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April 25, 2017

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Laterals Sclerosis, but the disease is more commonly known as Lou Gherig’s disease. Lou Gehrig was a famous baseball player who was diagnosed with the disease, ending his career more than 75 years ago. 

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April 18, 2017

Home care can be a divisive issue among parents and their children. You might be sure that your parent is incapable of safely living on their own any longer, but the parent in question might disagree.

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April 12, 2017

As many as 8 out of 10 dementia patients suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Being diagnosed with Alzheimer's is frightening. Here are some tips on helping your aging parent adapt to necessary changes once he or she is diagnosed.

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April 04, 2017

As people age, it is normal for their appetite to wane due to the fact that they are no longer growing, no longer need as much energy, and are doing less physical activity. However, a significant loss of appetite can be a sign that something could be seriously wrong.

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March 29, 2017

Falls are one of the main causes of long-term pain and impairment in older adults. Not only do these produce pain and possible long-term disabilities, those that fall are twice as likely to experience another fall compared to those that are fall-free.

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March 21, 2017

Night time is usually the best time for a busy caregiver to be sleeping, but you might find that you've been accidentally cheating yourself out of good sleep. Here's how to stop that.

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March 14, 2017

Making exercise goals can be a lot easier for your elderly loved one than keeping them. How you help her to keep on target can make a big difference for her.

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March 07, 2017

March 19 through 25 is American Chocolate Week. This is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about chocolate and the possible health benefits that it can give your senior. 

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February 28, 2017

Arthritis of the hands is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis, otherwise known as degenerative joint disease, is due to the breakdown of cartilage, the tissue that lies between bones within the joints, and can ultimately lead to bone rubbing on bone.

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February 14, 2017

It's not an easy task to be able to figure out when your elderly loved one truly needs more help and when she's fine going on the way that she has. You may have to be subtle when you're evaluating your loved one's needs.

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February 07, 2017

In order to provide the care your senior needs, you need to take care of yourself first. Here are 5 ways to do so for your sanity and health.

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January 31, 2017

Fibromyalgia can have a significant effect on the everyday life of your elderly parent. It can cause them pain and trouble trying to complete tasks that used to be so easy for them. 

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January 24, 2017

Most family caregivers spend a lot of time worrying about their elderly loved one's health and precious little time even thinking about their own help until they're incredibly run down. Don't let that be you if you're a family caregiver.

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January 17, 2017

Recovering from a stroke can be a long process for your elderly loved one. Making sure that she can do so safely at home is vital to her recovery.

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January 10, 2017

In your role as a family caregiver, seeing your elderly loved one suffer a heart attack can be one of the most frightening things that you can experience. Here are some of the ways that you can encourage your loved one to get support after a heart attack.

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January 03, 2017

You already know that physical activity is an important part of staying healthy and enjoying life to the fullest. As a family caregiver, however, you also recognize that your elderly loved one might struggle with limitations and challenges that keep them from being able to be as active as they should be. 

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December 27, 2016

Anger is often one of the most unexpected symptoms that elderly adults with Alzheimer’s disease face. It can seem as though it is coming out of nowhere and leave you feeling shocked and even frightened by your parent’s behavior. 

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December 21, 2016

The following tips will help your elderly parent become one of the millions of seniors who are now living longer, healthier lives. 

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December 15, 2016

Did you know that SYNERGY HomeCare East Valley has nurses?  Our licensed team of nurses and certified nursing assistants add to the portfolio of services already provided by our wonderful caregivers. 

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December 15, 2016

On Saturday, November 12th, 2016 SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley participated in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. The event was a smashing success as local chapter raised over $500,000 to end Alzheimer's. 

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December 13, 2016

Along with the joy that comes with the holiday season also comes stress. With these tips and the company of an elder care provider, your loved one may be able to focus on their happiness during this time of the year.

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December 06, 2016

Most people know how important a healthy diet and exercise are for their health. However, what seniors may not realize is that taking care of their feet is equally important.

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November 29, 2016

Caring for an elderly parent with a health condition can be an exhausting and difficult job to take on, but those feelings can become even more intensified when the elder's condition is bipolar disorder. Here are a few tips to consider.

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November 22, 2016

Physical impairment produces a vast array of losses, depending on the type, with most involving a loss of freedom and anticipation. And one of the hardest loses that occurs is the loss of family and friends.

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November 15, 2016

It is not uncommon for an elderly adult to have instructions from their doctor to restrict the amount of sodium that they consume on a daily basis. Try these simple ways to trim salt from your aging parent’s Thanksgiving meal this year.

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November 09, 2016

If you can figure out a rough idea of your own limitations as a caregiver before you reach them, you're in a better position to be able to make the right plans for you and your elderly loved one.

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November 01, 2016

When thinking about whether you are prepared to take on the role of family caregiver, consider whether you are ready to.

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October 26, 2016

Here are some of the boundaries about your care efforts that you should establish before your parent moves.

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October 17, 2016

Caregiver burnout is a serious problem for family caregivers. You have to first notice what you're dealing with and then take proactive steps to solve the problem. The sooner you can deal with the issue, the better.

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October 12, 2016

Memory, vision, and hearing loss are not the only problems seniors have to deal with. Elders are also at risk for digestive issues.

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October 05, 2016

Use these tips to help you plan a bowling outing with your loved one and the rest of your family during Learn to Bowl Month.

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September 28, 2016

October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, the ideal opportunity for you to work with your aging parent to help them improve their health by trading out some or even all of the meat in their current diet and turning to a more plant-based eating pattern. 

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September 21, 2016

Enjoying a meal with your senior loved one and your own family offers benefits for all involved. Here are just a few of them.

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September 13, 2016

SYNERGY HomeCare -East Valley is proud to present,  his NEIGHBOR phil.  A movie that chronicles a family struggles with Alzheimers.

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September 13, 2016

Does your elderly loved one sometimes feel left out when it comes to big family dinners? Try a few of these strategies to see if they help.

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August 31, 2016

Use these tips to properly manage food during an emergency.

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August 24, 2016

Here are some of the ways that you can help your parent comply with their health team with dealing with congestive heart failure.

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August 17, 2016

Here are some tools that can help make showering or bathing easier for your aging loved one.

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August 10, 2016

SYNERGY HomeCare - East Valley welcomes two new caregivers! After completing the caregiver skills testing, practical testing and new hire orientation this picture Andrea and Norma are pictured here with Lora (human resources and training) and Isela (coordinator).

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August 10, 2016

Staying physically fit is important for people of all ages, but especially for senior citizens.

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August 04, 2016

August 6 through 10 is National Scrabble Week. Use these tips to help you plan a fun celebration of National Scrabble Week with your family.

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July 28, 2016

While not being recognized can be painful and upsetting, there are things that you can do to help manage it as you continue to fulfill your caregiver duties. 

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July 19, 2016

Although many family caregivers try to do it all alone, they do not have to.

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July 11, 2016

We're celebrating! I would like to introduce you to Angel C. Angel is celebrating 12th year work anniversary with SYNERGY HomeCare in July of 2016.

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July 11, 2016

Your loved one might go through a phase where she doesn't want to eat much. Here are some things that you can do.

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July 05, 2016

Going to the bathroom is highly personal, but you may need to help your elderly loved one.

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July 02, 2015

Home-care services allow the elderly an opportunity to continue to live in the comfort of the familiarity and privacy of their own homes. Call us today for more information.

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