Signs that Your Senior is Not Getting Enough to Eat

Inadequate nutrition is a potentially dangerous issue for elderly adults, leading to increased risk for a wide variety of health problems and complications, but unfortunately a large percentage of the older adult population of the United States lives with chronic malnutrition. In fact, experts note that between 29 and 61 percent of elderly adults who are admitted to the hospital for any cause arrive with malnutrition. Being able to recognize the possibility of malnutrition is important for you as a caregiver ... Read more

Could Your Aging Loved One Benefit From Transportation Assistance?

In your role as a family caregiver, starting home care for your senior can be an exceptional way to meet their needs and boost their quality of life. In-home senior care services providers can offer a wide range of highly personalized services tailored specifically to your loved one’s individual challenges and limitations so that they are able to meet these needs while encouraging better mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being. One of the most beneficial services for many seniors is ... Read more

How to Help Your Parent Downsize with Minimal Stress

Downsizing can be an extremely beneficial process for your elderly loved one. Reducing the belongings that they have and transitioning them into a smaller home can help them to live more comfortably, enjoy more of their home and reduce the risk of injury due to mobility or balance issues that make certain features dangers, and even be closer to you and the rest of your family. Despite all of these benefits, downsizing can be a stressful and emotionally difficult process for ... Read more

Setting Care Boundaries with Your Parent When They Come to Live with You

Having your elderly parent living with you can be highly beneficial for all of you. For your parent, being in your home with you and your family ensures that your aging parent is close to you, getting care and support at all times. For your family, this helps to support closer relationships. This arrangement can also provide financial benefits for all of you and allow your parent to help you with your children, if desired. When considering having your parent living ... Read more

Tips for Caring for a Senior Who is Suffering from Shingles

Shingles can be a miserable and even dangerous condition for an elderly adult to have. Coming from the same virus that causes chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus, shingles causes a red, blistering rash that can cause severe pain and itching and last for several weeks. If not handled properly, a shingles virus that occurs on the face can spread into the eye and lead to eye damage and even blindness. If you are a family caregiver for one of the 1 ... Read more

How can Identity Thieves Steal Your Elderly Loved One’s Information?

If you are responsible for the elderly care of an aging loved one, you might already be aware that seniors are at an even higher risk for identity theft than their younger counterparts. This is due to many reasons, one being that the thieves might think that can get away with it easier, or that your loved one’s information is easier to steal. Regardless of their reasoning, though, there are several ways that identity thieves can go about stealing your elderly mother ... Read more

Take Charge of Your Time Management as a Family Caregiver

Finding the time to do everything that you want and need to do as a family caregiver might feel to you a bit like fitting puzzle pieces into place. Using the right tools and techniques for you can help you to get the most out of every minute of every day. Start Using a Planner or a Calendar Many people who have a difficult time managing their time effectively aren't using a calendar or planner of any sort. This means that you're relying ... Read more

Using the Plate Plan to help your Diabetic Parent

Creating a diabetic meal plan can be confusing. Between the carbohydrate counting approach, the low glycemic index model or the plate plan—it can be difficult to know which direction and what plan to incorporate. For those seeking an easy to follow plan that does not require constant counting of carbohydrates, the plate plan may be the ideal model. It will be important, however, to ensure that your loved one keep a close eye on their blood sugar levels in order to ... Read more

What Can Put Your Aging Loved One at Risk for Tuberculosis?

Many people might think of tuberculosis as a thing of the past, but you can be assured that this once-devastating disease is still alive and well. Although it saw a massive outbreak in the 20th century, in today’s society, tuberculosis is more rare, and more treatable. Tuberculosis, an infectious lung disease, is spread by airborne germs. One must usually be in contact with these germs for a long time before they can grow and the person becomes sick. When they do become ... Read more

NEW CENTRAL STAR BABY ARRIVES AT AVITA HEALTH SYSTEM

Central Star Home Health Services in Mansfield Ohio is pleased to report the birth of Kashton Paul Banks.  Kaston arrived on the morning of April 10th, 2017 at Avita Health Systems-Galion. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 ¾ inches long.  Kashton is the son of Elaina Banks who has worked as the Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator at Central Star for over two years. Elaina reported having received “star treatment” from the staff at Avita stating “All the staff ... Read more
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