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We offer a no-cost assisted living referral service to families in need of customized senior placement options in the Los Angeles area. Contact us today for your no-cost consultation. http://www.heartlightreferralslaca.com/

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This black teacup poodle named Nala is making everyone smile at a nursing home in Minnesota. She scurries from room to room, even riding the elevator by herself, to see her friends!

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If you or your loved one is seeking a new home for elder care then give us a call! We can help find the best options for your situation.

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I think we know some seniors that would love this kind of hands on fun!

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The companionship of “man’s best friend” becomes even more welcome as people transition into their golden years. See the 25 best dog breeds for seniors:

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THE HAZARDS OF HOARDING 

Most people have experienced clutter in their lives or others'. When clutter becomes out of control in the home, it can become dangerous. If the disarray spreads beyond a messy counter, a sink full of dirty dishes or a pile of newspapers in the corner, you may have reason to become concerned. 
 
The difference between a hoarder and the average pack rat is that a hoarder's belongings interfere with daily life, according to AARP. For example, a hoarder may sleep on the floor when the bed is covered in clothing or other items.
 
Anyone can become a hoarder, but it is more common in older adults. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found 6.2 percent of people ages 55 to 94 years old were hoarders. This need to accumulate among some older adults may be due to the rations and deprivations they experienced during the Great Depression or WWII.
Potential Dangers
In addition to the possibility of an insect or rodent infestation and fires, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers says hoarding may have the following negative effects:
• Increased fall risk. Pathways filled with stacks of newspapers or boxes can cause you or your loved one to trip and fall. The piles of possessions may even topple or trap someone in the home.
• Illness. Although your loved one may take their medicine as prescribed, the presence of clutter can inadvertently cause more symptoms. For instance, mold and dust may worsen pulmonary disorders. Clutter may make it difficult for caregivers to enter the home to administer care.
• Smaller social circle. Your loved one may feel ashamed at the clutter and repel company. Decreased mobility and transportation issues coupled with hoarding may lead to isolation and depression.
Has your loved one's clutter caused distress in your life? Don't let an overabundance of possessions get in the way of maintaining a warm relationship with your loved one. Be aware of possible safety concerns and do your best to provide the extra support to maintain a clean and safe home.
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We offer a no-cost assisted living referral service to families in need of customized senior placement options in the Los Angeles area. Contact us today for your no-cost consultation.

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We offer no-cost referral services to families in search for the right assisted living facility for their elderly loved one in the Los Angeles area. We account for the “whole senior” by factoring in care, costs, socialization needs, geography and who the senior is or was, and what services or programs will keep them inspired and engaged. Learn more on our website:
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