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May 10, 2018 - When a parent or loved one needs 24-hour care, the first thought may be that the only option is a nursing home or other care facility. But 24-hour home care can help keep those who need more intense medical care in their homes longer and offer family caregivers respite.
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May 4, 2018 - Once you decide that home care is the right decision for you, it's time to prepare your loved one and their home for the new caregiver and the new routine. Here are some tips that can make the transition to home care easier for you, your loved one and your caregiver.
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April 26, 2018 - How can you tell when a senior loved one is no longer a safe driver? While age alone can’t predict driving ability and safety, getting older can mean slower reflexes, vision issues and health conditions that may impair driving ability. Here are some questions to help you assess their driving skills and safety.
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April 19, 2018 - Occupational therapists use exercise and rehabilitation techniques to help seniors with mobility, vision and cognitive issues successfully achieve their daily life activities in their own homes. They can also help families create a safer, healthier environment for their loved ones.
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April 13, 2018 - Vaccines are especially important for adults ages 65 and over. As you age, your immune system weakens and less able to fight off illness and infections. Seniors are more vulnerable to flu, pneumonia, and shingles and other illnesses that can come with long-term, or even fatal, complications.
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April 3, 2018 - Your healthcare team can help you decide what level of medical care your loved one needs but deciding that a senior needs help with household tasks can be trickier. But more than just unsightly, a dirty or cluttered house is a health hazard for seniors.
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March 23, 2018 - Spring cleaning is a great way to sweep out the winter doldrums and welcome the fresh, new season with a clean and organized home. For caregivers whose loved ones have health and mobility issues, it’s also a good opportunity to assess their health and safety.
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March 11, 2018 - Personal care aides (PCAs) are home care professionals who assist people with their day-to-day living activities. At Belvedere Home Care, our PCAs serve the elderly, the chronically ill, people with life-limiting conditions and people with physical or mental disabilities.
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Feb. 28, 2018 - Belvedere Home Care can offer any combination of medical care, personal care, transportation services and assistance with household tasks. Whether your hours, days or level of care needs change, we are here to assist you.
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February 26, 2018 - For seniors who are homebound, loneliness is more than being sad or having a bad day; it can seriously impact their health.
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February 14, 2018 - Watching a loved one cope with cardiovascular disease is enough to break your heart. The Belvedere Home Care staff has specialized training and the experience to care for clients living with cardiovascular conditions and help them stay home longer with the benefit of professional care.
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February 8, 2018 - ​​​​​​​For seniors living at home, pets can be an important part of their daily lives. More than just companionship, pets can help reduce stress, increase activity, lower blood pressure and increase social interaction.
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February 5, 2018 - ​​​​​​​There are many misconceptions about paying for home health care and other forms of long-term care for seniors. The biggest is that people vastly underestimate their potential need and the very real cost.
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January 26, 2018 - In the winter months, when you aren’t feeling summer’s heat, it can be easy to forget that you need to drink.
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January 14, 2018 - At the beginning of each year, we reflect upon everything that has changed in the last 12 months and plan ahead for what the New Year will bring. It’s also a time many of us make the resolution to be more organized or to stop procrastinating. One task that many families put off far too long is estate planning. If you are taking steps now to get your finances and taxes and budgets settled for the new year, stay in that paperwork-and-planning mind frame and make sure that your…
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December 8, 2017 - Sometimes going home for the holidays is bittersweet, especially for adult children traveling long distances to see their parents. A senior’s health and appearance can change dramatically in just a few months. If you haven’t been able to visit older parents since summer, for example, it might surprise you to see how much they have aged.
December 4, 2017 - Cary Myers has been named the new chief financial officer of Belvedere Health Services. “I look forward to contributing to Belvedere’s continued success, and I appreciate very much this new opportunity. Hopefully, I can make a positive impact to the company and I am committed to its vision of caring for and about people, no matter what.”
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November 30, 2017 - Caregivers and patients need the support of everyone around them for a safe and healthy holiday season. If you’re a caregiver, make sure everyone is aware of dietary restrictions and any dangers deviations may pose. If everyone thinks they are the only one offering a diabetic just a little piece of dessert or a sip of wine, for example, it won’t take long for trouble to set in. Make sure your family and friends are helping you support your loved one’s good health.
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November 27, 2017 - It can be difficult for families to tell the difference between the average mental issues of growing older versus symptoms that can signal the early stages of dementia. The changes may occur so gradually that family hasn’t noticed. The senior may have been able to adjust to problems well enough to disguise more serious issues. Or the family may be reluctant to see and admit that their loved one is having trouble that may require ongoing care. Seniors may at first be…
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November 23, 2017 - Everyday life is stressful enough for caregivers. Throw in the pressure to buy 127 gifts, bake a turkey and create a magical wonderland of joy and memories for the whole family, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Caregivers shouldn’t have to dread the holidays. Here are a few quick, easy ways to plan ahead, slow down and get a time out when you can’t take one more fa-la-la.
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November 17, 2017 - Deciding a loved one needs help at home can be an emotional decision – for the loved one and the family. But home health care doesn’t mean the family doesn’t care enough, or that the loved one is incapable. It means you want the best care, and time to focus on what’s important rather than struggling through daily tasks. Home health care allows many types of patients to stay in the comfort of their own homes while receiving professional caregiver treatment and monitoring.
November 14, 2017 - For John McCooey, home health care is personal. The Belvedere Home Care president experienced firsthand what it was like to have a loved one unable to stay in their home because the right care was not available. “Belvedere’s mission is to keep people safe in the community,” he said. “We’re a community-based provider, and we’ve been that since day one.”
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February 27, 2017 - As the temperatures drop we stockpile firewood, check the weather stripping and pull the snow shovels out of the garage rafters. Don’t forget to get your senior loved ones and their homes ready for winter weather, too! Winter is full of hazards for seniors, from increased falls to hazardous driving to dangerous wind chills. A few easy steps can help you all be prepared and ready for the long season ahead.