What Do You Need to Know About Being a Family Caregiver After Your Senior Has a Stroke

Each year throughout the United States are more than 800,000 strokes. Stroke is the leading cause of long term disability among adults in the United States, and one of the leading causes of death among both men and women. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who has suffered a stroke, it is important to prepare yourself for the challenges you will face caring for your senior, so you can help them to make the most of their ... Read more

Making Cooking Less Painful if Your Senior Has Arthritis

Cooking is one of those activities that you might not think twice about, but if it’s painful for your senior, she might skip it. Arthritis makes all sorts of daily activities, including cooking even a small meal, really painful and difficult to do.   Use Tools that Require Less Dexterity Ergonomic cooking utensils, like spoons and whisks that have larger handles, can make it easier for your senior to grip them. Likewise, chopping tools and food processors can make using a knife less necessary ... Read more

Your Senior Has Heart Failure. Now What?

Heart failure is a misleading term, but it’s a phrase your senior might hear well before she’s ready for it. This condition means that your senior’s heart isn’t working the way that it should in one or more ways and that’s affecting how the rest of her body works. Heart failure can be manageable for a long time.     Every Diagnosis Is Slightly Different Heart failure covers a lot of ground, medically speaking. Your senior might be in the earlier stages of heart failure with ... Read more

What to Expect After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

In 2018, the Alzheimer's Association found 5.7 million men and women in the U.S. had Alzheimer's. An Alzheimer's diagnosis is frightening to the man or woman diagnosed with the disease, it also impacts friends and family. More than 16 million people provide care to a friend or family member with dementia. That care is unpaid and puts a strain on the family caregiver.       It's a good time to dig in and learn as much as you can. Start with books like The 36-Hour ... Read more

JANUARY 26 Respite Care Services Make it Possible to Celebrate Spouse’s Day

January 26th is National Spouse's Day. What is Spouse's Day? It's a day for spouse's to spend quality time together without letting work and other personal responsibilities get in the way. When you're a family caregiver, it can be very hard to walk away from your parent. It is essential that you do take time for your spouse.     Facts About Marriage and Divorce In 2016, the CDC reported there were more than 2.2 million marriages in the U.S. There were also more than 827,000 ... Read more

Packing an Elderly Adult’s Bag for the Hospital

Is your aging parent getting ready for a scheduled surgery or medical procedure that requires a hospital stay? If so, you have some time to pull together a hospital bag that specifically meets their needs if they must stay there for several days. While the hospital will provide the basics, many people like to bring some important extras that make their stay more pleasant and won’t leave them without some essential items that they don’t want to live without.   It's also a good ... Read more

Loneliness Plagues Elderly Adults, Study Shows

In a recent study published in the prestigious journal, International Psychogeriatrics, the data revealed that more people suffer from severe loneliness at three peak periods in their lives. The study showed that people reported the most loneliness in their late 20s, their late 50s, and their late 80s. Any family caregiver with an aging adult that is in their late 80s should pay attention to any signs that their loved one is experiencing chronic loneliness, then take steps to fix that.     How ... Read more

Star Multi Care’s New Year Wishes

Star Multi Care extends our sincerest thank you to our referral network who trusts us, our clients who have chosen us and most importantly, our employees who have made us the successful company we are today. Thank you all and we hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2019.     If you or a family member are in need of Home Care Services in Fort Lauderdale, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray ... Read more

What Causes Hallucinations?

When an older adult talks about seeing something that isn’t there, it can be disconcerting for family caregivers. This is especially true if the senior is frightened by what they see. However, hallucinations are not confined to just seeing things that aren’t present. Knowing the kinds of hallucinations that can happen and some of the possible causes can make them a little less difficult to deal with.     Kinds of Hallucinations Hallucinations can affect any of the senses. Kinds of hallucinations include: Visual: A visual ... Read more

Finding the Right Wheelchair for Your Parent

At first glance, purchasing a wheelchair for an older adult may seem like a fairly simple thing. A family caregiver just goes to a medical supply store and buys one, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of different kinds of wheelchairs to choose from as well as accessories. Which one is right for your family member depends on their particular needs. Choosing the right wheelchair can make the senior more comfortable and can also make the job of being ... Read more
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