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By Marius Butas, 11:20 pm on April 11, 2014

While some seniors take to their wheelchair as though it is an extension of their body, others may find their new wheels to be bulky and unwieldy. Caregivers also may require an adjustment period during which they learn how to safely maneuver the wheelchair throughout a senior’s daily routine. If you are new to using a wheelchair, then these expert tips from Home Care Assistance of Mesa will help you navigate like a pro. Encourage Proper Posture – Wheelchairs have a center of balance that must be maintained to ensure senior’s stay seated in the chair, and making sure the senior sits in the correct posture will help you to push them correctly. Use the appropriate type of seat cushion for seniors who may feel pressure or pain from sitting…

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By Marius Butas, 11:44 pm on April 4, 2014

It’s important to adopt healthy living practices throughout life. However, with age, healthy habits become even more significant to overall health and wellness. Because the elderly may become more susceptible to diseases, infections, colds and advanced conditions, implementing the right strategies can ensure a strengthened immune system for optimal health and longevity. At Home Care Assistance of Mesa, we stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle in our revolutionary approach to care, also known as the Balanced Care Method™. Promoting senior care with a heavy focus on balance and moderation, we wanted to share a few ways for seniors to boost overall health and strengthen the immune system: Eat Healthy – Senior diets are often missing variety. A combination of vegetables, fruits, vitamins D, C, and E and whole-grains are…

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By Marius Butas, 7:54 pm on March 28, 2014

The degenerative nature of Parkinson’s disease can leave seniors and older adults unmotivated when they are unable to complete or become fearful of completing certain activities of daily living. As a leading provider of Mesa Parkinson’s care, we understand these feelings and strongly believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle plays a large role in helping Parkinson’s patients maintain independence and abilities, while enhancing overall mood. Here are some key diet and exercise tips that can help aging seniors with Parkinson’s. Diet Tips Save high protein food for later in the day. Levodopa, a common drug prescribed for Parkinson’s, contains an amino acid and fights other proteins the body is trying to absorb. A high protein meal could affect how efficiently the medication works. Choose carbohydrates and vegetables for lunch and…

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By Marius Butas, 7:06 pm on March 25, 2014

There comes a time when families must address their aging loved ones’ need for assistance at home, allowing them to live out their remaining years safely and comfortably. Although having an open and honest conversation with your aging loved one about senior care is the best way to ensure the appropriate level of care is provided, the topic is often met with resistance by seniors. As a trusted Mesa live-in care provider, we strongly encourage families to sit down and talk with their aging parents, but understand that it is not always an easy task. Some seniors may feel threatened, fearful of losing their independence or dignity. We suggest that families look out for warning signs that may indicate an additional need for help at home. This is an easy…

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By Marius Butas, 5:21 pm on March 17, 2014

Many family members focus on managing medications and attending to physical needs when it comes to ensuring the safety of their elderly loved ones. However, emotional challenges can post just as much of a risk for a senior who lives alone. By recognizing and identifying the common emotional challenges that seniors often face with living alone, you can ensure that your aging parents, grandparents or loved ones enjoy a high quality of life and have a solid support system to rely on. As a leading provider of live-in care in Mesa, we thought it was important to educate families about the top 3 emotional challenges encountered by seniors who live alone: Fear – Fear is a common feeling among seniors and older adults. The idea of no longer being able…

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By Marius Butas, 9:14 pm on March 7, 2014

Today, many families are separated by physical distance as the result of personal family obligations and work commitments. If you live a long distance from your aging parent, grandparent, or loved one, you might wonder what steps you can take to remain present in their life, continuing to help and provide as much assistance as possible. While acting as a long-distance caregiver does pose challenges, there are measures you can take to ensure comfort and safety as your loved one approaches the golden years of life. At Mesa Home Care Assistance, we believe communication is an essential component in acting as a long-distance caregiver. First, you’ll want to take the time to have a face-to-face visit. Visit with the intent of gathering important health information, legal documents, and information on…

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By Marius Butas, 8:10 pm on February 28, 2014

Caregiving is a role often thrust onto family members with little to no experience, making it a difficult task both emotionally and physically. When providing care to a loved one with dementia, devoted family caregivers often become so involved in ensuring his or her comfort and safety, they overlook the other aspects of care such as companionship and engagement, components that are just as important in ensuring quality of life. As a leading provider of home care for seniors, we encourage you to learn about our specialized plans of care for seniors with dementia in Mesa before you continue to read how you can encourage activity and promote engagement for your elderly loved one. One of the easiest ways to get a dementia patient moving is by having them assist…

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By Marius Butas, 6:05 pm on February 21, 2014

As a caregiver, it is easy to become so focused on tending to your loved one’s needs that you overlook the importance of taking a break. Today’s caregivers frequently must juggle multiple responsibilities at work and home in addition to their caregiving duties that can quickly lead to the feeling of being overwhelmed. While the prospect of self-care may incite a twinge of guilt, it is important to take a step back on occasion so that you can de-stress while knowing your loved one is still receiving the best care. Delegate Responsibilities – Caregivers often take on the greatest load of responsibility when it comes to their loved one’s care and this is to be commended. However, it is likely that there are others who can manage certain tasks while…

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By Marius Butas, 5:27 pm on February 14, 2014

Today, many stroke survivors are able to return to their homes and age in place with a few simple modifications. If your loved one is preparing to return home, then it is important to know that having a safe home environment is essential for their recovery. Mesa Home Care Assistance presents the steps that you’ll need to create a comfortable home environment for your loved one that will promote independence as they recover from a stroke. Schedule a Home Assessment The first step you will need to take is to assess the current design of the home to determine how it may need to be modified. If you are unsure where to begin, then a professional home care service can conduct a thorough assessment that will include a list of…

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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on January 31, 2014

For senior adults, eating a nutritious diet can offer substantial benefits that include better mental alertness, more energy and the ability to better manage chronic health issues. Although striking the right balance between flavorful dishes and nutritious ingredients may seem challenging for seniors who prefer to eat what they want, the following guide will make it easy to prepare nutritious meals that are aligned with the latest recommendations for a healthy senior diet. Superfoods for Seniors As the specialists in live-in care in Mesa, we tell our clients that a well-balanced senior diet should include a combination of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and grains served with a minimal amount of fat. Several of the most recently recognized superfoods can serve double duty by offering many vital nutrients in one simple…

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