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Quick, Healthy Meals for Seniors

Have you stopped eating healthy because cooking’s become a hassle? You’re not alone. A lot of seniors feel that way. But not getting the proper nutrition can weaken your muscles and bones, which will increase your risk for illness and falls. If you’re a senior who’s looking for easy meals, or a caregiver who’s providing care at home to a parent or other loved one, keep this in mind when it comes to nutrition. Healthy meals should include a mixture of lean protein (e.g., lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans), fruits and vegetables, whole grains (e.g., whole grain breads, cereals, brown rice, whole wheat pasta), and low-fat dairy (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese). To that end, here are some quick, healthy recipes for seniors. You should be […]
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When Hygiene is an Issue: Helping Your Aging Parent Stay Clean

The last time you dropped by your mom’s house in Kansas City, did you notice an unpleasant odor? And finally realize it was coming from her? Unfortunately, elderly people don’t always bathe as often as they should. There are a number of reasons why. For example, changing clothes can be difficult. Or there could be a fear of falling in the tub. Or they may just not remember they didn’t do it. Here are some things you can do to help if your mom (or dad) has stopped bathing. Open a dialogue. Your mom might not realize she has body odor if you don’t tell her. Or she may need help getting in and out of the shower and be embarrassed to ask. If she doesn’t have Alzheimer’s or dementia, see if […]
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Talking to Your Loved One About End-of-Life Care

The thought of a loved one dying can be painful, so it might seem easier not to talk about it. But if you don’t ask about end-of-life wishes, how will you know what your elderly mother in Independence or your ailing brother in Overland Park wants if a time comes when they can’t answer for themselves? Or how will your children (or other caregiver) know what your wishes are when you near the end of your life (especially if they no longer live in Kansas City)? Although potentially uncomfortable, discussions about end-of-life care are important. Here are some tips that might help: If you are a caregiver: Choose a quiet setting where you wont be interrupted. Ask, first, if your loved one would like to talk about […]
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Senior Respite Care in Kansas City

Taking care of an elderly loved one can be a rewarding yet taxing experience. When you need a temporary break, Kansas City Home Care provides respite care to families across the metro. Our certified Kansas City caregivers are available 24 hours a day, serving seniors in the comfort of their own homes. While the primary family caregiver gets some much-needed relief and rest, our reliable caregivers provide: Personal care services, such as bathing, dressing and exercising Light housekeeping and laundry Meal preparation Errand running and transportation to appointments Entertainment, including crafts, games, reading and more Whether you need an afternoon off or a week-long vacation, Kansas City Home Care provides respite care by the hour (with a four-hour minimum). Contact us today and we’ll make sure your […]
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Caregiver Resolutions

If you are an adult child of an aging parent, you can relate to the challenges and stresses of care giving. Many middle-aged adult children have their own families to raise and support. Additionally, some adult children also live away from their parents and deal with the challenges of caregiving from a distance. Adult children face numerous stresses from caregiving. Examples of this include guilt for living in another state, loss of sleep, health concerns caused by stress and parent’s unresolved estate planning and financial uncertainty. According to the National Institute on Aging, 53% of caregivers said that their health had gotten worse due to caregiving and that their decline in health affected their ability to provide care. Additionally, caregivers’ jobs are oftentimes affected. About […]
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November is National Family Caregivers Month

More than 65 million people in the United States provide care for chronically ill, disabled or aged family, friends, neighbors or loved ones in any given year. Those 65 million people, on average, spend 20 hours a week providing that care which is valued at approximately $375 billion a year. This figure is almost twice as much spent on homecare and nursing home services combined. If you are among the 65 million unpaid family caregivers who are providing help to someone else (usually an aging parent) who needs help performing the daily tasks essential to leading a normal life, thinking you can do it alone can have potentially disastrous outcomes. Caregiving affects every aspect of your life, from finances to housing to your own health. […]
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Can hiring non-agency caregivers put Alzheimer’s patients at risk?

The story below is about Mary (name has been changed) who was told by a neighbor she needed someone to help her at home. Mary had some diminished capacity and hired the “friend” that the neighbor suggested.  Unfortunately, the circumstances’ surrounding this case are not unusual and demonstrates the necessity of hiring a home care company that provides care management, bonded, insured and supervised caregivers. Mary’s primary care physician became concerned for her well-being after an appointment in July of 2012.  Mary’s privately-hired caregiver exhibited controlling behavior over Mary during the appointment.  The physician expressed his concerns to Mary’s Trust Administrator, and after a brief investigation the Administrator realized that the caregiver was financially and emotionally taking advantage of Mary.  Acting quickly the Administrator contacted […]
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When is it time to ask for help when caring for a loved one?

One of the hardest decisions family caregivers make is deciding to ask for help—first there are the guilt feelings, then the “who do I call or ask” and then the final step of taking action to get help. Caregiver burnout can be caused by a myriad of reasons that can diminish your ability to provide good care for your loved one. How do you know if you are on the path to caregiver burnout and what can you do about it? Warning Signs of Burnout: Lack of sleep and time for yourself • Caring for another loved one can lead to constant worry and sleepless nights. The struggle between being a good parent, a spouse or caregiver can lead to thoughts of “What happens if […]
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How to provide long distance care for a loved one with dementia

Overland Park, KS – When you live many miles away from your loved one with dementia, the separation complicates  caregiving. Concerns about the person’s safety, nutrition and health can be overwhelming at times.Here are some strategies to manage long-distance caregiving. Identify needed help If the person with Alzheimer’s disease lives alone, he or she may have difficulty managing daily tasks.  Identify what kind of help he or she may need to remain independent in the home for as long as possible. When you visit you loved one, observe the following: Is there food in the refrigerator? Is it spoiled? Is the person eating regular meals? What is the condition of the inside and the outside of the home? Has it changed? Are the bills paid? […]
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Protect your health this winter by getting a flu shot

Leawood, KS – The flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. If you’re at risk of complications from the flu, make sure you have your annual flu shot. Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat. Because the flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it.  Anyone can get the flu, but it can be more serious for certain people, such as people aged 65 or over or people who have a serious medical condition If you are in one of these groups, you’re more vulnerable to the effects of seasonal flu […]
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