The Key Skills that Make a Great Family In Home Caregiver

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Learn the skills you need to provide better care for your senior loved one.

If you’re providing care for a senior family member, it’s possible that you stumbled into the responsibility without having formal training: you saw the requirement, and gallantly stepped forward to meet it. Yet, at Regency Home Care, comprehensive training is provided to each of our professional in-home caregivers before they are fully equipped to safely and effectively take care of seniors. Through our efforts to encourage family caregivers, we’ve detailed a few of the crucial skills necessary to be the best possible family in home caregiver. [Read more…]

The Senior Malnutrition Crisis

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Remember Sunday dinners at Grandma’s, whenever the whole family came together round the table to enjoy a hearty meal, chitchat, and laughter? Regrettably, with many families now living at a distance from their older loved ones, along with so many pressing needs pulling us in numerous directions, it is difficult to keep on with this tradition – and it could be one among the countless factors adding to the dramatic rise in senior malnutrition. [Read more…]

The Top Foods to Avoid for a Kidney Friendly Diet

Senior Woman Eating Healthy SaladAs the saying goes, we are what we eat, and for people with kidney disease, it is even more vital that an appropriate nutrition plan be observed to lessen symptoms, such as swelling, pain, nausea and more, and to perhaps even slow down the progression of the disease. Regency Home Care recommends the following dietary considerations (after approval by the physician) to ensure a kidney friendly diet: [Read more…]

Best Tips for Seniors Living with Kidney Disease

Itching. Hiccups. Loss of appetite. Sleep problems. These are just some of the seemingly innocuous indicators that could mean kidney disease. And with as many as 20 million people in America diagnosed with the disease, and many more not yet diagnosed, it’s crucial to bring any troublesome signs to the attention of the doctor. [Read more…]

The Best Way to Address Senior Money Management

Mature Woman Helping Senior Neighbor With Home FinancesIt’s a sensitive topic to discuss with aging parents, but one that should be resolved at some point: senior money management. Many adult children are hesitant to muddle with

 until there’s an obvious need, but beginning the conversation prior to the need provides ample opportunity to ensure all things are in order. [Read more…]

How to Communicate with Aging Parents Without Hurtful Feelings

Shocking news.Honesty is always the best policy, right? Even so, there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging loved ones. While we could have the best of intentions in wanting to help seniors navigate life, we are able to help prevent hurt feelings in our aging parents by rethinking statements such as the following: [Read more…]

Is It Possible to Go Overboard with Senior Health Care?

Mature radiologist talking to senior patient.Most people want the most effective medical care for our family and friends, but is it possible that in some cases, less is the most beneficial? Based upon a recent report published in Plos One by Dr. Martin Makary, professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a full 21% of treatment people receive is unneeded – meaning that huge numbers of patients put through various treatment plans, tests and scans are receiving little or no benefit. And these types of unwarranted healthcare services come at a price: up to $210 billion on a yearly basis, as revealed by the National Academy of Medicine. [Read more…]

Holidays with Alzheimer’s: Georgia Home Care Experts Share Helpful Tips

Photo of elderly woman having breakfast with her caregiversObserving the holiday season through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can feel anything but merry and bright. Family members might be stressed with caregiving duties, and the disruption to routine can cause more distress for a person struggling with the effects of dementia. [Read more…]

The Most Common Elderly Medication Errors and How to Avoid Them

Medication ErrorsWe all recognize that medications can save lives, but most of us have heard alarming stories about patients who have been given incorrect medication – either due to an issue with the health care provider or pharmacy. What many people don’t think about is that there is a hidden risk even when we get the correct medication — the danger of non-adherence. [Read more…]

The Difficulties of Elderly Medication Management and How to Overcome Them

elderly medication managementThere are literally thousands of prescription drugs obtainable in America, and nearly one-third of all adults take five or more of these drugs per day. If you happen to be a care provider for a senior friend or family member, the intricacy of dealing with the prescriptions, interactions and doses can be overwhelming. In fact, research has shown that 55% of prescription medications are not taken accurately for a wide variety of reasons, and the results can be severe. [Read more…]