Combating Loneliness for Seniors

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During the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), “social distancing” has been the norm; for seniors confined to their homes for health reasons, the situation has become a lonely one. Senior centers and adult day services are shuttered. Many of the social opportunities available to older adults and people with disabilities have evaporated. Health Effects of Loneliness Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, ...

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Tips for Caregivers and Seniors During Coronavirus and Flu Concerns

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The novel coronavirus is at the top of everyone’s news these days. While it’s important not to panic, it does make sense to stay informed and follow basic tips to protect yourself and those around you. The good news is that the risk of getting coronavirus in the United States is currently low. However, like with the seasonal flu, older adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of being impacted if the illness does spread. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is monitoring the situation closely and is the best source of information. ...

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Top 6 Traits to Look for When Choosing an In-Home Caregiver

These Qualities Will Help You Choose the Best In-Home Caregiver for Your Family. An in-home caregiver does more than just taking care of the physical needs of a senior or person with disabilities. A good in-home caregiver provides encouragement, fosters a bond with the senior in their care, and in many ways becomes like part of the family. The best professional caregivers go above and beyond for the seniors in their care. If you’re searching for a professional in-home caregiver for your senior loved one, it’s important to choose the person with the right ...

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Perfect Christmas Gifts for Seniors

Christmas can be overwhelming because the expectation to provide the perfect gift can be tricky. This holiday season you can stress less because Home Care Associates focuses on your loved ones’ well-being, and the gracious family members who are also involved. Therefore, we have compiled a list of 11 items that are functional and practical for your loved ones! 11 Christmas Gifts That Are Home Care Approved Weighted Blankets These weighted blankets are perfect for light sleepers while also aiding with anxiety, and vary in weight depending on preference. ...

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Understanding the Importance of Home Care

Home Care Associates is a trusted name for elderly home care services. Our team of dedicated professionals provide the best companionship, homemaker, and personal care services for seniors and cater to our clients within the comfort of their own home. All care is specific to each client and there is no “one size fits all” approach to planning one’s care. In honor of November being National Home Care & Hospice Month, we want to recognize each caregiver professional within the community who make an impact on the patients and families they serve. This includes ...

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Home Care in Rural Areas

Home Care in rural areas should have the same quality as urban providers.

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Home Care: What to Expect

Finding the right home care company is very challenging, particularly when a loved one is struggling with an illness and the choice is need driven.  Making that first call to companies you do not know is intimidating (and sometimes frustrating).  Unlike most things in life, our clients and their families rarely know what to ask when calling to establish service.  As a provider, it is our job to offer guidance and information so everyone gets “safely somewhere”, even if it is not with Home Care Associates. Everything begins with the initial contact, ...

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Free Home Care for Veterans

Veterans or their surviving spouses may qualify for home care with no out of pocket expense to them. Many people do not realize that the Veterans Administration offers a solution to pay for home care services, called "Aid and Attendance". A married couple, a surviving spouse, or a single veterans may all qualify. For seniors who are Veterans seeking home care services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas, there are many resources available. Home Care Associates offers a free service to assist those thru the application process. Our case managers will help ...

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Do Your Parents Qualify for Veterans Home Care?

The Veteran's Administration provides a wonderful home care benefit to Veterans and their spouses.  This allows veterans to remain in their homes with assistance from a home care aide.  Home Care Associates works with a third party to assist with the easy application process. The monthly amount varies, but is nearly: $1,113.00 Surviving Spouse $1,732.00 Single Veteran $2,054.00 Married Veteran $2,676.00 Two Married Veterans As you can see, this is a large amount and can be a game changer when planning for mom or dad's home care needs.  Call us ...

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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Home Care Provider

Choosing the right home care provider for your loved one can often seem like a daunting task. This is a service people choose only once or twice in their lifetime, so the value is considered an unknown (or unfamiliar) to most people. Below are a few questions to consider when selecting the right home care provider, however you should also follow your instinct and work with those you feel most comfortable. Questions: - Is the company independently owned, and have you spoken with or met the owner? An owner who is involved with the day-to-day operations is key to the ...

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