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Understanding Elder Abuse

Abuse can happen to anyone and older adults are particularly vulnerable to being abused because of cognitive impairment, physical limitations, and social isolation. As we get older or weaker, it is more difficult to stand up for yourself, remove yourself from harmful situations, or to fight back if needed. With increasing cases of dementia, care needs become more challenging and open to scams or others who might try to take advantage. ...

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For Papa’s Sake Home Care Receives 2021 Best of Home Care® – Leader in Excellence Award for the 4th Consecutive Year

For Papa’s Sake Home Care announced today that it received the distinguished 2021 Best of Home Care –Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for home care. The Leader in Excellence Award is the highest recognition awarded by Home Care Pulse and is given to select home care businesses that consistently rank among the very highest in 10 or more quality metrics....

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Coping With Loss Around The Holidays

This year has been unlike any holiday that we’ve known and the holidays are looking a lot different this year. Typically, the holidays are a season when many of our families come together to celebrate and cherish one another. However, the season can be a particularly challenging and emotional time for those who are grieving or have lost a loved one, especially this year with COVID-19 added to the mix. The holidays can bring to light special memories and feelings tied to the joy we had with our loved on, or they may bring negative thoughts from the past....

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Navigating through the Holidays During COVID-19

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration, but for many people it also causes anxiety, stress, and depression during a “normal” year. Adding the COVID-19 pandemic to our holiday season this year can bring a new layer of worries or fears. This year, there is added concern as we think about keeping ourselves and loved ones safe, while also finding some enjoyment and minimizing isolation....

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Normal Aging Signs vs. Dementia

We’ve all been there. We forget something and wonder- am I losing my mind? Do I have dementia? Considering nearly 6 million Americans are living with some form of dementia and it is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, it seems natural to worry about ourselves or loved ones. ...

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Is it a cold, the flu, or COVID-19?

Many of us have been on edge this year as we now notice every little sniffle or cough that we might usually ignore- even the slightest symptom has us wondering if we are experiencing seasonal allergies, a common cold, or something more serious like the flu. This year, we also have COVID-19 to contend with. There has been a lot of information out there to help us differentiate between these possible illnesses....

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The Power of Laughter

Your grandma or grandpa may have told you that laughter is the best medicine. And, as is often is the case, they were right. Whether during the COVID-19 Pandemic or more normal times, laughter can help, regardless of gender or age. It can help caregivers and the clients they provide care for....

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Common COVID Related Scams

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created myriad issues for people to deal with. As if this time isn’t challenging enough, it also has created an opportunity for people to prey on the elder with a variety of COVID-19 scams. Below is some information for caregivers and home healthcare workers to be on the look-out for to try and reduce the chances that someone you know or work with gets taken advantage of. MercuryNews.com wrote about this topic and said that scammers are already out in full force....

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The Importance of Staying Social (Even While Socially Distancing)

While the COVID-19 pandemic affected social lives around the globe, it will likely have long standing effects for our senior population. Due to the increased risks for seniors, the CDC recommends that older adults (aged 65 years and older) stay home if possible and avoid close contact from others. While restrictions are beginning to be lifted in some areas of the country, seniors are recommended to proceed with more caution than the general population....

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A Little Self-Care Goes a Long Way

The heart of Home Care lies in the compassion, kindness, and care that our caregivers offer. But caregivers can’t take care of others unless they first take care of themselves. However, the stress and anxiety that often surrounds a global pandemic can make self-care difficult. Especially for caregivers that are balancing competing demands such as caring for their clients, their families, themselves, and adjusting to this new way of life. Therefore, it’s vital that caregivers take measures to care for themselves during this stressful time....

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