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6 Major Risks for Seniors Who Live Alone at Home in Des Moines, IA
6 Major Risks for Seniors Who Live Alone at Home in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on February 16, 2018

Due to divorce, the death of a spouse, or having never been married, many older adults live alone. According to the Administration on Aging, statistics indicate that in 2010, 1.3 million seniors lived alone. Here are a few risks involved with solitary living in the golden years.  1. Medication Management Older adults with memory deficits or cognitive impairment may not be able to manage their medications. They may forget to…

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Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Caregiver in Des Moines, IA
Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Caregiver in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on February 2, 2018

The decision to become a family caregiver is not one you should take lightly. While you may be looking forward to spending more time with your senior loved one, it is also normal to worry about whether or not you have what it takes to keep him or her healthy and happy. While there is no easy answer, you can make the right decision for your family by understanding the…

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How to Provide Good Post-Stroke Care for a Senior in Des Moines, IA
How to Provide Good Post-Stroke Care for a Senior in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on January 19, 2018

A stroke can occur whenever blood flow to the brain is blocked, and it is often caused by a blood clot or a broken blood vessel. Having a stroke may result in various health issues that take time and patience to heal. During stroke recovery, the primary focus is on increasing physical health and helping the person restore lost brain functions. If your senior loved one has recently experienced a…

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7 Simple Tips for Preventing Caregiver Burnout in Des Moines, IA
7 Simple Tips for Preventing Caregiver Burnout in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on January 5, 2018

Being a family caregiver offers the chance to spend quality time with an older loved one while making treasured memories. However, over time, the task can become quite challenging for many reasons. If you keep in mind a few tips, you can ensure your own health and wellbeing while preventing burnout. 1. Eat Right While it is often easier to grab a quick bite of fast food, you need more…

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The Risks of Stroke in the Elderly in Des Moines, IA
The Risks of Stroke in the Elderly in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on December 22, 2017

According to the National Stroke Association, over 790,000 Americans have strokes every year. While strokes can occur at any age, most of these events take place after the age of 65, which is why it is important for family caregivers to look out for new ways to reduce the risk of strokes among the elderly.  Minimize Exposure to Smoke Even if your loved one has given up smoking or never…

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Reasons Family Caregivers Need Respite Care in Des Moines, IA
Reasons Family Caregivers Need Respite Care in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on December 8, 2017

Many caregivers experience stress and exhaustion as they care for their senior loved ones. Taking on the extra responsibility can be challenging, but respite care can lighten the load. Here are some of the reasons family caregivers opt for respite care.  1. Receive Assistance Having family and friends help is ideal for family caregivers, but it is not always an option. Family members may live far away, have busy schedules,…

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Important Tips for New Dementia Caregivers in Des Moines, IA
Important Tips for New Dementia Caregivers in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on November 17, 2017

While taking on the responsibility of being a caregiver for a family member can be a rewarding experience, the task also presents several challenges. This is especially true if the senior is living with dementia. By gaining knowledge about the diagnosis and behaviors in advance, new caregivers can become better equipped to handle the demands.  1. Ask Simple Questions  An older adult living with dementia cannot easily receive or process…

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Differences Between Part-Time Caregiving and Live-In Care in Des Moines, IA
Differences Between Part-Time Caregiving and Live-In Care in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on November 3, 2017

When your elderly loved one is unable to live safely, there are a variety of options to choose from, including hourly and live-in home care. However, there are some differences between these two options. Both have their advantages, and you need to decide which is best for your loved one’s current situation. Here are some of the differences between hourly and live-in home care for seniors.  Caregiving Schedule With live-in…

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7 Tips to Keep an Elder's Home Safe in Des Moines, IA
7 Tips to Keep an Elder's Home Safe in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on October 20, 2017

Aging in place gives seniors an unparalleled sense of freedom, but there are some risks older adults and their caregivers need to address. Home-related accidents can result in a variety of injuries, and recovering from sprains and broken bones becomes very difficult with age. These seven tips can help you increase the safety of your loved one’s home without making any major structural changes.  1. Increase the Lighting Improper lighting…

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Choosing a Great Caregiver for Your Aging Loved Ones in Des Moines, IA
Choosing a Great Caregiver for Your Aging Loved Ones in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on October 6, 2017

Choosing a great in-home caregiver means your elderly loved one will receive adequate care he or she can depend on. In addition to providing high-quality care, the caregiver can also be a liaison between your loved one, his or her doctor, family members, and other important individuals. Here are some of the things that matter the most when choosing the best in-home caregiver.  Ask About Professional Certifications The right caregiver…

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