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Stay up-to-date with blog posts about the latest healthcare topics, data, and interviews.

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Understanding Home Care in Assisted Living Facilities

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

When a loved one needs to reside in an assisted living facility, it can be a stressful time for everyone involved. You want to make sure the right decisions are made for your family and ensure they receive the best care possible.

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What does my health care provider need to know?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Did you ever visit the doctor or clinic, notice the office was full, and decide not to bother the doctor or nurse with something that was concerning you?

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Understanding the Difference between Dementia and Alzheimer's

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

To a lay person, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease may seem like the same condition, however, they are different diseases with their own collection of symptoms.

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Heathy BBQ Recipes for This Labor Day

Friday, September 1, 2017

According to The Daily Meal, your average BBQ meal could total over 2,600 calories. That means you could be eating more than your daily suggested intake in just one meal!

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The Keys to Diabetes Management

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The state of diabetes in the United States today is serious. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes and one in four individuals do not even know they have diabetes.

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Avoiding Burnout as a Caregiver

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Home care professionals and caregivers have a difficult job. Providing assistance to those with medical needs is uniquely challenging and demands a high level of commitment, patience, and attentiveness.

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Physical Therapy In-Home

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Physical therapy and exercise are perhaps the most mainstream of all non-surgical treatments for most types of pain.

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From Hospital to Home: Preparing for a Loved One’s Transition

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The quality of care provided during a hospital stay is just as important as supportive recovery. If you are transitioning a loved one back home after a lengthy hospital visit, there are many ways you can prepare and ensure that their recovery is successful.

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Learning the Basics of Advocating for a Family Member with Special Needs

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

When a family member is coping with a serious medical condition, it can be difficult for them to get through even the simplest day-to-day interactions.

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The Five P’s of Raising Medically Fragile Children

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

For parents raising medically fragile children, it may seem as though every day brings new and different challenges.

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Preparing for a Live In Home Health Aide

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Preparing for a Home Health Aide to live in with an aging parent can be stressful, understanding the process will help ease the burden.

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The Value of Home Care Services During Family Events

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Having the opportunity to spend extra quality time with your aging loved one is one of the most wonderful benefits of being a family caregiver, and can make a tremendous difference in your parent’s well-being and quality of life.

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Dehydration & the Development of Delirium in Seniors

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What is Delirium? Delirium is a serious condition that affects nearly 2.2 million elderly Americans each year. If left untreated, it can lead to other illnesses, complications and even death.

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Understanding Fall Risk

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

There are many factors that can be explored to prevent the risk of falling. Being aware of the risk factors can prevent injury caused by a fall.

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Pediatric Home Care

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Whether a newborn needs follow-up visits after going home from the hospital or parents require specialized care for a sick child or young adult, pediatric home care can be a huge help to both parent and child.

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Bringing Home Your Premature Baby

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every 10 babies born is preterm. A “preterm birth,” often called premature, is a baby born prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy.

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Managing COPD

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects 30 million Americans and over half of them have symptoms of COPD and do not know it.

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Raising Awareness for Lupus

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My name is Elizabeth SantaCruz. If you aren't aware, Lupus is an autoimmune chronic illness that can affect any part of the body including skin, joints, and internal organs.

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See Why People are Choosing Home Health Aides through CommandCare

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

As many of you know, juggling work, family, and a social life is hard. Add in being responsible for an elderly person, and it can get overwhelming.

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Dangers of Isolation

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Social isolation can result in a decline of mental and physical health for the elderly. Senior citizens who don’t interact with the community regularly are at risk for a decline in overall health.

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Power of Social Engagement for Seniors

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Social engagement is an extremely important component for healthy aging. Senior citizens face obstacles staying socially engaged as they age.

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Home Safety Tips for Senior Citizens

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

According to the Administration of Community Living, the population of age 65 and over numbered 46.2 million in 2014, an increase 10 million, or 28 percent, since 2004. As more and more senior citizens choose to live independently in their homes, it is important that they and their families know their home is safe.

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Keeping Susan’s name alive—for the long run!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Susan Zabransky Hughes (or “Susie Hughsie,” as I liked to call her) was a vibrant, beautiful mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend who was full of life and laughter. She was fun with a wicked sense of humor.

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Spring Activities for Seniors

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The nice weather is coming! It is time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Seniors need to get exercise and enjoy the fresh air. Everyone has heard the phrase “use it or lose it” – well, it is true! Senior citizens need to get out and enjoy activities that are suitable for their age.

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Understanding Live-In Care by Certified Home Health Aides

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

According to the Administration for Community Living, the older adult population represents 14.1% of the U.S. population; about one in every seven Americans. By 2040, there will be approximately 82.3 million older persons in the United States; over twice the number in 2000.

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Why is it Important for Healthcare Workers to Wear Gloves?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Many patients in home care question why their caregiver wears gloves. Any nurse who has worked in home care will tell you that they have encountered clients and family members who have asked why they wear the gloves.

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Honoring World Autism Awareness Day

Friday, March 31, 2017

World Autism Awareness Day was created to help people around the globe gain a better understanding of autism. This special day gives people the chance to learn more about how autism affects individuals and families in local communities and around the world.

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Clearing Up 5 Common Misconceptions About Autism

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

While awareness and understanding of autism are on the rise, there continue to be many common misunderstandings and inaccuracies by the public.

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Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21st isn’t just another day on the calendar. Chosen because the date 3/21 reflects the chromosomal condition of a 3rd iteration of the 21st chromosome, it’s recognized across the globe as World Down Syndrome Day, a day meant to raise awareness and give voice to the individuals and families affected by this condition that affects roughly one in every 700 babies born in America today.

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Nurses in the Home Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

As the baby-boomer population continues to age, understanding the different types of home care and what each can provide will become a more important issue for families.

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5 Tips to Diet Right During National Nutrition Month in March

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Nutrition and healthy eating are hot topics in America today. There are more specialty diets and nutritional fads than ever, and it can be difficult to determine what’s best for their health. Luckily, March is National Nutrition Month and it’s the perfect time to refocus on creating a smart, structured nutrition plan for yourself.

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Keeping Up with Your Resolutions for Healthy Living in 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

With 2017 in full swing, you might be feeling worn out from following your New Year’s resolutions to be healthier. As resolutions go, there’s nothing better than making a commitment to living healthier and taking proper care of your body, so be proud that you’ve taken the first steps.

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Benefits of Visiting Nurses

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

There are many benefits associated with having a nurse follow up with patients at home after hospitalization. First and foremost a visiting nurse is trained to assess the homecare needs of a patient who may be fragile due to a recent hospitalization.

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7 Vital Lifestyle Changes to Focus on During American Heart Month

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

When February comes around, people tend to have hearts on their mind as they shop for Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones. But February and hearts share a much more important connection: American Heart Month.

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Depression or Dementia

Monday, February 6, 2017

Depression is a difficult diagnosis to make. In the elderly, symptoms of depression may mimic signs of dementia. Some recognizable symptoms of depression in the elderly include loss of interest/ pleasure in most activities, weight loss or gain, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, irritability, feelings of worthlessness, sloppy hygiene and memory problems. It is easy to see how depression could be mistaken for dementia in the elderly and knowing the differences and risk factors may help confirm a diagnosis as well as save a life.

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Talking to a Loved one about Homecare

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

One of the toughest conversations a family has with an aging relative is convincing them to get help. A source of anxiety for the elderly person is becoming a burden on their family. Loved ones are stressing about when and how to have the conversation about homecare with their parent. Many families have the same experience, their parents are slowing down and depending on them for assistance in and out of the home. Broaching the subject of hiring a Home Health Aide takes picking the right moment as well as being educated about the process.

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Pediatric Home Care for Kids with Special Needs

Monday, January 23, 2017

Parents of medically fragile children cope with a myriad of challenges. For these families, it’s helpful to know that high quality pediatric home health care is available all day, every day, 365 days a year. Home health care services allow children with short-term or chronic medical needs to receive safe and appropriate pediatric care in the comfort of their own homes.

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What to Look for in a Home Healthcare Provider

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The task of choosing a home health care provider can be daunting. With so many choices and various services, it can overwhelm even the most healthcare savvy person.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the home health care sector is projected to grow rapidly, eventually accounting for approximately 1.3 million jobs through 2022*. This is a result of more and more American seniors looking forward to staying in their own homes as they age. It is about the convenience and cost differences, as well as the comfort.

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How to Pay for Home Healthcare

Monday, January 9, 2017

When researching home healthcare choices for yourself or a loved one, there are a variety of different options to consider. A big question for many is how to pay for home healthcare. While this may not seem like an easy question to answer, there are several different ways to help develop a better idea of options and the costs associated with each.

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What is Home Healthcare?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

When looking into home healthcare, there are a wide variety of services available. It helps keep adults as independent as possible at home where family is always most comfortable. It is a great way to keep the patient emotionally happy when they can be home in familiar surroundings instead of an assisted living facility or nursing home. When an illness, injury, or age interrupts normal daily life, it can prove frustrating for all those involved. Someone who requires care never wants to be a burden, which is where home healthcare can help. The options when it comes to home healthcare, however, can feel overwhelming. But, with a little upfront research and discussions with health care professionals, the process can be much easier for all those involved.

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