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Our FAQ page provides answers to some commonly asked questions about hourly and full-time home care. If you have any other questions or would like more information, please call us.
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When we think of goals, we think of those that we set when we are young and trying to build our lives, families, and careers. However, goals are important as we age as well; they can improve the quality of life and personal health as well.

When it comes to living a happy, fulfilled life, goals are the markers along the way. They are the things that tell us how we are doing and what we have accomplished. If your loved one is beginning to feel that there is nothing left for them to do and one day feels no different than the next, it may be time to set goals. Life coaches use goal setting as inspiration and motivation, and that can work for your senior too, serving to uplift and engage them in life.

Goals give you something to focus on- they move your forward and motivate you. A written goal is a reminder of what you need to accomplish.

Goals help us believe in ourselves. They are the inspiration necessary to accomplish things we never thought were possible.

Goals help us to live life to the fullest and make the most of our time and our days. They are like the itinerary we create for ourselves when we are on vacation so that we won’t miss important sights and monuments.

The National Institutes of Health newsletter, NIH Senior Health says that goal setting is the best way to improve physical activity for seniors. Setting short term goals can help them to successfully make physical activity a part of daily life. Here are the NIH recommendations:

Think about the things you’ll need to do to be physically active. For example, you may need to buy walking shoes or set your alarm to wake up in time to walk.

Set short-term goals, for example:

Today, I will decide to be more active.
Tomorrow, I will find out about exercise classes in my area.
By the end of this week, I will talk with my friend about exercising with me a couple of times a week.
In the next 2 weeks, I will make sure I have the shoes and comfortable clothes I need to start walking.

No matter what the starting point, reaching short-term goals will make your loved one feel good and increase self-confidence.

Home Care Assistance caregivers can help your loved one to set and work toward personal goals. Our Balanced Care Method™ teaches caregivers the importance of nutrition, exercise, social ties, mental and spiritual health, and how all these things can contribute to longevity and wellbeing for seniors and individuals of all ages. Caregivers are also trained in knowing what foods are the most beneficial, depending on the client’s health, habits and goals.

Our focus is to raise the quality of care for your loved one and to improve aging. Helping them to achieve their health and daily life goals is an important part of that effort.

We provide services throughout northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Solon, Beachwood, Hudson, Bedford, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, Chagrin Falls, Northfield, Macedonia, Pepper Pike, Gates Mills, Twinsburg, Mayfield Heights and Surrounding Areas
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I read a recent post from a good friend which really resonates with me. It is short but very impactful. As we think of New Year's resolutions, these are things to include in your everyday activities.

We often undervalue the power of a Smile, a Compliment, a Hug, a Kind Word, a Listening Ear.

These are small gestures with GREAT impacts.

Be impactful!
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Be Watchful

I recently read an interesting article about visiting relatives during the holidays written by Anthony Cirillo. Visiting is an opportunity to observe your relatives' behaviours, such as physical abiliites, personal attributes, mental competencies and others. It is also a time to consider their interactions with outside organizations and individuals. Is there any potential for abuse - mental, physical or financial. This is a great time either learn or refresh our memories on our visits. Be watchful.

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Be sure to give us a call if you need any home care service to support your loved ones and enhance their quality of life. We provide services throughout northeast Ohio, including the following cities and surrounding areas - Solon, Chagrin Falls, Twinsburg, Macedonia, Northfield, Shaker Heights, Bedford, Independence, Maple Heights, North Royalton, Beachwood, Orange, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland, and many others.
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Our facility is designed to keep your elderly loved ones safe and comfortable. Call for more information!
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Mesothelioma - Aging & Coping

Thank You to Matt Mauney who contributed this article to our blog. Matt is a writer at The Mesothelioma Center and

Coping with Mesothelioma as You Age

Mesothelioma is a rare, asbestos-related cancer that primarily develops in the protective lining of the lungs, called the pleura.

Doctors diagnose an estimated 3,000 mesothelioma cases in the U.S. each year.

The cancer typically develops after prolonged exposure to asbestos in the workplace.

It also has an unusually long latency period, or the gap in time between exposure and the onset of symptoms.

The latency period for mesothelioma typically ranges from 20 to 50 years and is the key reason why the disease predominately affects people 60 and older.

Mesothelioma is also a very aggressive cancer. Early symptoms of mesothelioma often mirror common flu-like symptoms, and many primary doctors who do not specialize in the disease mistake the symptoms for less serious illnesses.

By the time a diagnosis is made, the cancer is often in late stages or has spread to other organs.

Seniors with mesothelioma generally have a less favorable cancer prognosis compared to younger patients.

Issues Seniors with Mesothelioma Will Likely Face

As we age our immune systems worsen, making it harder to fight disease and withstand intense treatments and surgery.

Elderly people also often manage one or more chronic medical conditions in addition to mesothelioma.

Many seniors may be ineligible for some common mesothelioma treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. They may also be ineligible for many surgeries, including extrapleural pneumonectomy and pleurectomy/decortication, the two types of potentially curative surgeries for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Elderly patients should consult with an oncologist who specializes in mesothelioma to determine if their body is strong enough to withstand potential complications and recovery from surgery.

For patients not healthy enough to withstand the strains of major surgery, palliative surgery may be an option. This noncurative treatment is designed to improve the person’s quality of life and make the symptoms of the disease more tolerable.

As mesothelioma advances, symptoms intensify. Advance symptoms include chest pain, weight loss and respiratory conditions. Fatigue and breathlessness are also common.

This can especially take a toll on seniors, who may already be weak and feeble because of age and preexisting conditions.

Seniors who are eligible for surgery or other treatments are likely to experience more serious side effects or complications than younger patients who might be in better health.

Coping with Mesothelioma-Related Issues

Living with mesothelioma can be difficult, and at times, overwhelming, especially for seniors.

But there are measures to help improve a patient’s quality of life, even if surgery and treatments are not an option.

Oncologists highly recommend exercise and a healthy diet for mesothelioma cancer patients. These two things can be difficult for seniors, who may have strict dietary restrictions and may be unable to get around well.

But finding a way to stay active and eat healthy will lessen fatigue, improve mood and potentially prolong survival.

Even simple, low impact exercises, such as walking or yoga, helps. Seniors with mesothelioma should consult a nutritionist or dietitian to help put them on the best possible healthy eating plan, which can help patients maintain weight and energy.

A healthy diet can also help with recovery from treatments and surgery.

Perhaps the most important thing seniors with mesothelioma can do is stay positive and surround themselves with a strong support system. This could range from family and friends to a mesothelioma support group.

The fight won’t be easy, but it’s important to never give up hope.
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Here is a great article by Carol Larkin about taking care of a dementia patient in the hospital. Did you know that many medical professionals do not know how to communicate with a dementia patient? Did you know that some patients with dementia may not be diagnosed when being admitted to the hospital? It is important that you take a very active role in communicating with the hospital staff. Go to this website for the full article
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Allergy season is in full swing and can last through the end of this month. Don’t let allergy culprits like pet dander, ragweed, pollen, mold and grass get you down.

Instead, try these simple tricks that can help you combat your allergies:
Cut back on hair products. It may seem odd, but using sticky hair care products can draw in more pollen since it naturally sticks to your hair and clothes.
Take extra care of your home by wiping down areas such as windows, curtains and blinds, where dust and mold hides.
Give your nose lots of TLC. Try a saline rinse or any nasal spray to help prevent sneezing.
Travel wisely. Summer is prime road trip time – and also when the pollen count is high. Keep your car windows closed and the air conditioner on.
Eat your greens. Studies have shown that foods filled with antioxidants – fruits, veggies and event nuts – can help fight inflammation. Be sure to take extra caution if you have food allergies.
A quick change into clean, pollen-free clothes after being outside can reduce your allergen exposure. (And if time allows, rinse off in the shower before changing.)
The above tips are taken from information provided by Teladoc.
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Issues Families Caring for An Aging America Report 
The demand for family caregivers for adults who are 65 or older is increasing significantly, and family caregivers need more recognition, information, and support to fulfill their responsibilities and maintain their own health, financial security, and well-being, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  Although caregivers' individual circumstances vary, family caregiving can negatively affect caregivers' mental and physical health as well cause economic harm, including loss of income and career opportunities.  The report calls for health care delivery system reform that elevates family-centered care alongside person-centered care to better account for the roles of family caregivers and support their involvement in the care delivery process.  
The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report found that by 2030, 72.8 million U.S. residents - more than 1 in 5 - will be 65 or older.  According to the National Survey of Caregivers, in 2011, 17.7 million people - or approximately 7.7 percent of the total U.S. population aged 20 and older - were caregivers of an older adult because of health problems or functional impairments.  This estimate does not include caregivers of nursing home residents.  Furthermore, for most family caregivers, caregiving is not a short-term obligation.  The median number of years of family care for older adults with high needs is five years.  The proportion of older adults who are most likely to need intensive support from family caregivers - those in their 80s and beyond - is projected to climb from 27 percent in 2012 to 37 percent in 2050.  Little action has been taken to prepare the health care and social service systems for this demographic shift, the committee said.
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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6PM - Solon Community Center
Home Care Assistance is sponsoring a community meeting and Tridia Hospice will be presenting Hospice 101 - learn about hospice. What is it? Who qualifies? Who pays? How does it work? Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP - 440-332-0170

Hope you can attend and learn more about HOSPICE.
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