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Long-Distance Caregiving: Checking for Elder Abuse
Long-Distance Caregiving: Checking for Elder Abuse
By Pete Lane, 4:55 pm on March 24, 2014

As a provider of home care Centennial families trust, we wanted to take the time to share some insight about long-distance caregiving and elder abuse. We understand that caring for a senior loved one from a distance poses many challenges, and it is common to be concerned about the possibility of elder abuse. Senior adults are among the most vulnerable members of the population and may not always be able to defend themselves against scams or abuse. Although you may be living far away, it is reassuring to know that you can still keep a watchful eye by adding these…

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Communication Aids for Stroke Survivors
Communication Aids for Stroke Survivors
By Pete Lane, 9:38 pm on March 17, 2014

If you have an elderly loved one who has suffered from a stroke that has impaired their communication skills, it is important to find alternative ways for them to effectively express their needs and desires. While the time following a stroke is often challenging, stressful and frustrating for the patient, there are communication aids made specifically to help stroke survivors communicate on their own terms, helping them to live life as independently as possible.  Learn more about professional Centennial stroke care and continue reading to learn about some of the top communication aids to help stroke survivors regain communication skills….

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Dinner Table “Pick-Me-Ups” for Seniors and Older Adults
Dinner Table “Pick-Me-Ups” for Seniors and Older Adults
By Pete Lane, 8:07 pm on March 10, 2014

If you provide care for an aging parent in Centennial, ensuring they receive adequate nutrition may be challenging. From restricted mobility that makes using cutlery difficult to the inability to focus on the complex process of managing a meal as the result of dementia, there are a handful of things that can make mealtime difficult and frustrating. As a leading provider of live-in care in Centennial, we’ve found that simple changes can make all the difference in a senior’s quality life. If your aging parent or loved one has difficulty eating, consider finger foods! Preparing foods that can be picked…

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Weight Training Eases Parkinson's Symptoms
Weight Training Eases Parkinson's Symptoms
By Pete Lane, 9:41 pm on March 3, 2014

Parkinson’s is a disease known by many to restrict movements, with patients experiencing a range of mobility issues from muscle rigidity and body stiffness to the loss of balance and muscle tone. However, did you know that daily movement can actually help counteract and minimize associated mobility problems? As a leading provider of Parkinson’s care in Centennial, we always recommend that our clients with Parkinson’s incorporate weight training exercises at least twice a week. While certain weight training exercises may be difficult to complete at first, over-time they become easier and can help prolong independence and quality of life. The…

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Senior Driving Assessment
Senior Driving Assessment
By Pete Lane, 5:47 pm on February 24, 2014

From the time a person first earns their driver’s license in their teens, driving represents independence that also comes with the responsibility of making sure others stay safe. However, there sometimes comes a time when a senior adult may no longer be able to operate a motor vehicle safely on the road. For this reason, a senior driving assessment should be conducted regularly to help senior adults and their families determine if a person still has the necessary skills to continue driving safely on public roads. As a leading provider of live-in home care in Centennial, we wanted to provide…

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The Benefits of Green Tea for Seniors
The Benefits of Green Tea for Seniors
By Pete Lane, 6:50 pm on February 17, 2014

At Centennial Home Care Assistance, we’re always looking to share new information about senior health and wellness with our clients and couldn’t pass this one up! According to a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, seniors who consumed green tea daily experienced more mental sharpness, significant weight loss and remained self-sufficient longer. Although researchers noted that a healthy lifestyle is vital for overall health, seniors who drank the hot beverage each day showed significant health benefits that were not related to standard tea or coffee. So why green tea? Green tea contains high amounts of natural occurring…

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What Role does Music Play in Alzheimer’s Care?
What Role does Music Play in Alzheimer’s Care?
By Pete Lane, 5:40 pm on February 10, 2014

Music has long been a popular source of entertainment that is known to promote relaxation and stress-relief. Today, evidence gathered from research is also starting to show that music can enhance Alzheimer’s care by stimulating a person’s cognition and memory. Not only is music a wonderful way to help loved one’s with Alzheimer’s recall favorite memories, but families can also use music to provide opportunities for social interaction. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s, click here for information about specialty in-home care in South Suburban Denver, and continue reading and find out how…

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By Pete Lane, 10:30 pm on February 3, 2014

After deciding that 24 hour care is the best option for an aging loved one, finding the right agency is the next step. This process is often overwhelming, stressful and emotional as families must cope with their loved one’s increased dependency and care needs. Although challenging, finding a quality, compassionate and devoted care agency will be instrumental in helping your loved one maintain their independence and quality of life at home. Don’t know where to start? Here are some important questions that families should ask when interviewing home care agencies in Centennial, CO. Services Provided – There are several questions about the type and level of services that should be asked. What services are included in live-in care? What services are not included? Is there specific care for seniors with…

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Helping an Aging Loved One Move into a New Home
Helping an Aging Loved One Move into a New Home
By Pete Lane, 5:58 pm on January 27, 2014

At Centennial Home Care Assistance, we work with many seniors who have discovered that they no longer require such a large home or apartment for daily living. For this reason, many senior adults choose to downsize and move to a residence that requires less upkeep while allowing them to save money. If your aging parent has decided to move to a smaller residence, they will most likely need help moving and finalizing all paperwork and financial agreements. Here is how to help your aging parent with the move: Start with Storage Areas For many senior adults, the moving process is…

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Exercises for Bedbound Seniors
Exercises for Bedbound Seniors
By Pete Lane, 7:37 pm on January 20, 2014

Regular exercise is critical for maintaining good physical, emotional and mental health, even when an aging loved one is bedridden due to injury or illness. Without exercise, the muscles of a bed-bound patient can atrophy, bones can weaken and bed sores can become a debilitating problem. Fortunately, bedridden seniors or those receiving care after a hospital stay can still perform a series of simple exercises to improve their health and cognitive function, as well as their range of motion, strength and endurance. Hand Exercises Spread fingers apart as wide as possible, and then close your hand into a tight fist….

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