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How Pet Therapy Benefits the Elderly in North Broward, FL
How Pet Therapy Benefits the Elderly in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on March 22, 2016

Many hourly and live-in caregivers in North Broward confuse therapy pets with service animals, however, they are not the same thing. A service pet provides assistance to the disabled, while a therapy animal serves to boost or sustain a person’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive wellbeing. A therapy pet can be any type of animal, but it is typically a dog or cat that has gone through special training. Therapy pets can be used to help those undergoing physical therapy or rehabilitation, those with special needs, seniors who reside in nursing homes, and even those who receive North Broward at-home care. These animals provide a wide range of benefits for the…

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Easy Ways to Stave Off Seasonal Allergies in North Broward, FL
Easy Ways to Stave Off Seasonal Allergies in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on March 15, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Spring flowers are starting to bloom, which might mean itchy, watery eyes and sneezing for North Broward hourly caregivers and their senior loved ones. There are a few simple things that you can do to help your loved one minimize allergy symptoms and still enjoy springtime. Close the Windows Of course, refraining from turning on the air conditioner for as long as possible will save money as the weather warms up. However, allergy sufferers might fare better by turning on the AC and closing the windows. If pollen is a trigger for your senior loved one, having the windows open and breathing in the…

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How Are Strokes Related to Depression in North Broward, FL?
How Are Strokes Related to Depression in North Broward, FL?
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on March 8, 2016

Depression following a stroke is a very common problem for seniors and their post-stroke caregivers in North Broward, but it often goes untreated. However, mental and emotional health is just as important as physical health, which is why post-stroke depression should be taken seriously. But do strokes directly cause depression? Read on to find out. Inability to Perform ADLs About a third of people who have strokes experience depression weeks, months, or sometimes years after a stroke. Because strokes occur so suddenly, they can have life-changing effects on an individual that can lead to depression, particularly if an individual becomes disabled after the stroke. When people are unable to perform…

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Enjoyable Games for Seniors with Dementia in North Broward, FL
Enjoyable Games for Seniors with Dementia in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on February 23, 2016

Researchers from around the world discovered the benefits that seniors with dementia obtain by playing certain games. The focus, concentration, and motor skills exercised during these games play helps reinforce and build new neural pathways of seniors with dementia. Games also bring memories to the surface while encouraging social interaction between providers of at-home care in North Broward and the seniors they care for. Bingo Depending on the severity of dementia symptoms, learning new games may be frustrating and too challenging. Common games like bingo have been played for generations and are based on a simple concept. In addition to cards displaying traditional numbers and columns marked by the letters…

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How to Ease the Elderly into Home Care in North Broward, FL
How to Ease the Elderly into Home Care in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on February 16, 2016

While a North Broward live-in home care provider can be an excellent resource for your senior loved one, making the transition from living alone to having another person to help out may be difficult for him or her. Here are some ways to make the transition to in-home care easier for your senior loved one. Promote Independence It’s important to have a candid conversation with your senior loved one about his or her independence. Many seniors fear that once they have at-home help, they will no longer be able to be independent or make their own decisions. You can put your senior loved one’s mind at ease by explaining that…

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How to Overcome Caregiver Stress in North Broward, FL
How to Overcome Caregiver Stress in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on February 9, 2016

Caring for an elderly loved one is an extremely rewarding job that comes with some challenges. In order to provide the best possible home care North Broward seniors deserve, it’s important for family caregivers to take care of themselves, too. To help you manage and overcome caregiver stress, employ these five effective methods. 1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help You may feel like Superman some days, but there is nothing wrong with needing a little help when things get overwhelming. To best assess your needs, make a list of the things you can realistically accomplish, and then enlist the help of some trusted friends or relatives to help…

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How to Determine When It's Time for Your Senior Loved One to Have In-Home Care in North Broward County, FL
How to Determine When It's Time for Your Senior Loved One to Have In-Home Care in North Broward County, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on February 2, 2016

The help from North Broward home care agents can allow seniors to remain independent and to continue to age in place. However, it can be difficult to know when the right time to bring in in-home care is. Here are some indicators that your loved one needs in-home care. Changes in Personal Hygiene If your senior loved one was always well groomed but is no longer seems to be taking care of his or her hygiene, he or she may be struggling to manage personal care activities like bathing, grooming, and dressing. With help from a professional in-home caregiver in North Broward, your loved one will always be clean, well…

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