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Benefits of In-Home Care for Aging Adults in Hartford, CT
Benefits of In-Home Care for Aging Adults in Hartford, CT
By Kathy Corcoran, 9:00 am on June 23, 2017

There may come a point in your loved one’s life when he or she needs more help than you can provide. If this sounds like your situation, it might be time to take a closer look at in-home care. Hiring a caregiver can provide your loved one with a variety…

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Brain-Boosting Activities for Aging Adults with Alzheimer's in Hartford, CT
Brain-Boosting Activities for Aging Adults with Alzheimer's in Hartford, CT
By Kathy Corcoran, 9:00 am on June 9, 2017

Keeping a loved one who has Alzheimer’s occupied throughout the day can be difficult, but participating in engaging activities is important for slowing the rate of cognitive decline, boosting confidence, and eliminating stress. Here are a few brain-boosting activities perfect for seniors with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.  1. Cooking a…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 9:00 am on November 25, 2014

The holiday season can be a hard time for seniors who miss loved ones who are gone or who no longer see some family members who have moved away or out-of-state. Therefore, it is especially important to plan activities and keep your elderly relative active and involved during the holiday season. The well-qualified staff at Hartford Home Care Assistance suggest the following ideas that your senior is sure to enjoy. “A Cup of Christmas Tea” Party Invite two or three family members or friends by for a holiday tea party. If available, read aloud the short book, A Cup of Christmas Tea, which is a sweet story for the season. Serve a special holiday-blend tea and festive cookies or treats on the best china.  Holiday Craft Fair Find a holiday craft…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 11:46 pm on November 18, 2014

This month, Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford has awarded Kathy Taylor with our Caregiver of the Month. Kathy is an amazing caregiver who puts her knowledge and skills to use to benefit the clients she cares for.  She goes above and beyond, ensuring that the client’s needs are met and all the little things are in place, in a quiet and gracious way. She has demonstrated her desire for learning by completing 13 courses offered by HCA University and is grateful for the opportunity to have this wonderful resource available for our caregivers.  Recently, Kathy has been observed in action at the home of her client while other residents of the facility watched.  They took time out of their day to call our office and report “how impressed” they…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 7:05 pm on November 11, 2014

The White House Conference on Aging is held so that interested groups and individuals can discuss issues important to senior adults. The 2015 Conference will recognize the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act. It will also commemorate the 80th anniversary of Social Security. This conference, which is held only every 10 years, is of great importance to U.S. seniors and caregivers around the country, which is why you can trust your local senior care provider in Hartford, CT to be paying close attention to conference details and discussions. Home Care Assistance of Hartford has also taken the time to provide some information on the upcoming conference, but complete details can be found at whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov. What are the issues to be discussed? The 2015 Conference will focus…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 10:18 pm on November 4, 2014

Every November, healthcare professionals are appreciated during National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Those who have experienced the caring and conscious services provided by these caregivers understand the immeasurable value for both patient and family. Serious and terminal illnesses can cause high levels of stress and anxiety, but hospice and palliative caregivers in Hartford help in many different ways. What are hospice and palliative care? Hospice is care for those with terminal illness. Palliative care is care designed to improve a patient’s quality of life by treating symptoms, pain, and stress associated with illness. Palliative care often works alongside hospice in order to help a terminally ill patient experience a comfortable and dignified end of life. Specialized Palliative care can also help those who have chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s,…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on October 28, 2014

Many people refer to the years after retirement as the Golden Years. However, many senior citizens do not see it that way, whether they are dealing with health issues, have lost a spouse, or are coping with newfound feelings of depression or loneliness. It is so important for aging men and women to maintain late-in-life friendships to help them cope with the various aspects of aging. Having a good friend to turn to at any time is essential in every stage of life, but especially for aging adults. By staying in touch with others through the bond of friendship, it makes it possible for seniors to remain active, mentally alert, and connected to life. Without a friend, close relative or 24/7 care companion in Greater Hartford to provide support, senior…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on October 21, 2014

Cold weather in Harford, CT can inconvenience the most able-bodied individual, but it can be especially challenging for older adults. Cold temperatures, ice and snow all pose significant risks to the elderly population. Taking steps to prepare for the winter can ease the transition and safeguard seniors against certain potential hazards. Listed below are some tips from the expert senior caregivers in Greater Hartford at Home Care Assistance. Supplies A well-stocked supply of winter necessities helps prepare for some of the unexpected circumstances of harsh winters, such as blackouts and subzero temperatures. Ice poses a particular danger to older people in regard to falls, so be sure to pick up some rock salt and sand which have the ability to melt ice and provide traction. Also be sure that your…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 4:23 pm on October 14, 2014

There are a variety of ways that you can improve your loved one’s day. The best part is, most of these ways are completely free and require little else than your time. With the tips listed below, provided by Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford, you’ll enhance a senior’s quality of life by giving them some of your quality time.  Talk About What They Love Reminiscing on the good times is one way to brighten up your loved one’s day, as nothing makes a person happier than discussing something they love and have a passion for. You can talk with your senior about past vacations, the plot lines on their daily TV shows, or even share stories about what other members of the family are up to. You could also…

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By Kathy Corcoran, 8:00 am on October 7, 2014

Before World War II, it was common in American households to have several generations living under one roof. This created an opportunity for parents to work while grandparents took responsibility for child care, allowing everyone to save money on things like housing. Today, many adult children are making the choice to reinstate this style of living, either for economic reasons or to care for aging parents who are unable to care for themselves. However, this move could come with some unanticipated surprises if you’re not prepared. Home Care Assistance, a trusted senior care provider in Greater Hartford, has put together a list of things to consider before packing your bags. Aging Parents Can’t Always be Babysitters If child care is one of the reasons that you’re considering moving an aging…

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