Verneil “Ric” Williams of Extended Family Care Named 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year

Harrisburg, Pa. (March 28, 2018) – Verneil “Ric” Williams, a home health aide with Extended Family Care in Pittsburgh (a branch of Star Multi Care), has been named the 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year. Williams was recognized today among nearly 200 of his peers at the second annual Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg, organized by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA). Williams has been an aide with Extended Family Care for nearly ... Read more

What Can You Do When You’re Overwhelmed by Anger?

Caregiving is full of situations that can make you feel angry very quickly. There are paperwork problems, frustrating family members, and all sorts of other bureaucratic red tape that might have you seeing red. How you cope is really important. Check that You're Meeting Your Needs There are plenty of reasons that you can become genuinely angry as a caregiver, but if you're hungry, not sleeping well, or otherwise not getting your needs met, you might have a shorter fuse than usual. If ... Read more

8 Ways to Make Eating Easier for Older Adults

There are many conditions that can make eating difficult for older adults. Their hands may shake, making food fall from their fork or spoon. Or, arthritic hands might have difficulty holding the fork at all. Other conditions that may affect the ability to eat are stroke, dementia, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Eating can also be hard because of health problems that affect the mouth or digestive system. If you’re a family caregiver to an older adult who has difficulty eating, here ... Read more

Tips for Caring for a Senior with Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can be a devastating condition for elderly adults. Those who suffer from this condition are at greatly increased risk for fractures that can have a severely negative impact on your parent's health, well-being, and even mortality. If your parent has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, the care that you give them can make a tremendous difference in how they are abe to cope with the condition and their health and safety. Use these tips to help you care for a senior with ... Read more

What Can You Do to Make Recovery from Surgery Easier for Your Senior?

Your senior might not be looking forward to surgery, but there are some things that you can do in advance that can help make that recovery period easier on everyone. Assess What She Needs After Surgery Talk with your elderly family member's surgeon and anyone else who is instrumental to her care about what to expect after your senior has surgery. Your elderly family member's surgical team may even have a checklist that you can follow to make things even easier. This can ... Read more