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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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By Marius Butas, 5:32 pm on January 20, 2014

Parkinson’s patients frequently have trouble sleeping, which can be attributed to several different causes. If you provide care for an aging parent or grandparent with Parkinson’s, it is important to understand the types of sleep disturbances, as well as their causes to ensure that a full nights rest is attained. Home Care Assistance of Mesa, AZ explores the relationship between Parkinson’s and sleep and presents a few tips on how to cope with commonly associated sleep problems. Common Types of Sleep Disturbances Those with Parkinson’s may experience disrupted sleep due to muscle stiffness and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with their health condition. The stress that accompanies Parkinson’s may also lead to insomnia and vivid dreams that may lead to early waking or unstable sleeping patterns. When sleep problems continue, senior…

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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on January 3, 2014

As a leading provider of Mesa, Home Care  Assistance , we are familiar with the growing number of seniors in need of Alzheimer’s care. While there is no way to completely prevent the onset of the disease, there are a handful of ways to reduce the likelihood of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Participate in Regular Exercise Studies show that participating in a regular exercise regimen reduces the risk of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis by almost 50 percent! The increased physical activity boosts chemicals in the brain that offset the natural decline of brain connections which occur as we age. Opt for 30 minutes of activity, such as walking or swimming, around 4 times a week. Keep Your Brain Active Challenging the brain lessens the chance of developing Alzheimer’s by helping to preserve…

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By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on December 20, 2013

With 2014 on the horizon, many people are taking the final days of the month to make resolutions for the coming year. Unfortunately, the New Year is known to bring out a variety of health and fitness resolutions that don’t last more than a few weeks. As a result, Home Care Assistance of Mesa, AZ wanted to offer a few senior health resolutions that are not only achievable, but easy to stick to! One resolution that all seniors can easily make for the upcoming year is to have an annual eye exam. Most optometrists and ophthalmologists recommend annual eye exams for seniors whether they wear corrective lenses or not. An annual eye exam can detect subtle changes in the vision, ensuring any potential problems are corrected before they grow into…

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