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If you’re a mom or a family member stuck in the sandwich generation, it’s vital to realize the importance of not letting stress destroy your family.

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When Lisa and Mark Piegza moved to the Lowcountry from New Jersey to begin a new venture, they envisioned Mark’s parents would also make the move someday, as his mom, now 84, has shown a slow cognitive decline over the last ten years.

Four years ago, Mark’s mom, Helen, fell and fractured her hip. The surgery and recovery from the fall significantly exacerbated the decline in her memory. Life was becoming more challenging for Mark’s mom and dad, who were too far away for them to provide hands-on help or care.

No one in the family was ready for what took place last spring. Helen fell again and fractured her other hip. Complications led to three surgeries within five weeks, causing her dementia to accelerate faster than the family could have imagined.

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit our lives like a runaway train, you probably worried about your aging parents living alone, wondering, “Are they healthy? Taking care of themselves? Eating enough? Taking their medication on schedule?” What about the guilt of not visiting them as often as you probably should?

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Caring for aging parents isn’t an easy task, but it can be really challenging when you live out of town and don’t see them on a constant basis. You may start out handling small things like paying bills or keeping track of important paperwork, but the role of a caregiver can change dramatically as your parents’ needs change. 

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Whether you live close to your parents or are keeping tabs on them from afar, it may be difficult to recognize when they are in need of support at home. Facing the reality that your parents are aging and vulnerable can be hard and you may find yourself in a state of denial for a period of time.

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With the uncertainty of living with COVID-19, the considerations for transitioning from hospital or rehab to home have changed considerably, particularly for seniors. Similarly, with safety in mind, many seniors are voluntarily transitioning from assisted or skilled nursing facilities to home under the care of a single caregiver to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. 

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Often, adult children and other family members fail to consider how caring for an aging parent or loved one can impact the dynamics of their family relationships until they are face to face with the situation. Siblings and close family members can live next door to one another, in the same city or across the country, but the challenge of providing care and what it will mean to them as family caregivers can be stressful. Even the strongest of relationships can become strained when roles change and people become more than sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters and take on the role of caregiver.

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When thinking of caregivers, you may picture a female around 20-30 years old, assisting an elderly person. While this isn’t an inaccurate assumption, it isn’t quite fair. Today, more and more people are taking on the role of ‘caregiver.’ Whether they are caregivers of family members or by professional employment, people of a different race, age and gender are contributing to this role of service. Caregivers are daughters, wives, husbands, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, partners and friends. 

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The impact of COVID-19 has hit different people in different ways. For many, fear of contracting the virus has made daily activities like grocery shopping or picking up prescriptions a challenge. Some families have lost childcare due to the closure of childcare facilities. And every day public interactions have become scary and risky. 

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With the proliferation of COVID-19, parents of school age children are scrambling to secure safe child care as they go back to work. Parents who once depended on camps and day care are questioning how safe it is to have their children attend programs with many children enrolled. Some camps and day care centers are weighing steps to open—but others aren’t certain if or when they’ll reopen their facilities.  Parents are challenged with the “what ifs” of allowing their children to be exposed to other kids.

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Seniors want to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Learn how these top five smart technologies for seniors do just that! 

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in the Seattle, WA market.

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We are Growing! Announcing another new Franchise opening soon in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Here are some of the services offered by non-medical senior care providers.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Temecula, CA!

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At-home senior care providers and their clients should follow these tips for keeping the kitchen safe.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Lakewood, CO.

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If you provide at-home senior care, you've probably come across clients who are a little reticent to put their life and health into the hands of a stranger.

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Providers of elderly home care services often have clients who are at risk for or already suffer from osteoporosis.

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As we prepare to celebrate the winter holidays, our thoughts and best wishes are with you.This is the time of year that makes us feel extra grateful for our team of compassionate caregivers. 

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There's a popular anonymous quote that says, "The cardiologist's diet: If it tastes good, spit it out."

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If you provide elderly home care services for a client with Alzheimer's or dementia, here are a few holiday-related activities to keep your client busy while at home.

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Staying healthy over the holidays is hard for anyone to do, with all of the delicious food begging to be eaten and the cold weather keeping people indoors and a little more inactive.

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If you are an at-home senior care provider, you should be prepared for any medical emergency, so that you can act at a moment's notice to get your client to safety.

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If you're an at-home senior care provider, and you think your client is at risk for developing Type-2 diabetes, here's how you can help them avoid it.

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It's very common for people to feel lonely or depressed during the holidays.

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Providing home care for seniors takes a lot of organization and patience, and there are now smart phone apps that can make staying organized as a caregiver much easier.

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As the weather cools down, it's easy to be tempted by the indoors and laziness, but seniors should make sure to stay active.

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As an at-home senior care provider, video games are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you're brainstorming ways to get your client active and excited.

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The Caregiver of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Provost at the recent 2014 SYNERGY HomeCare AFM. 

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Philadelphia, PA.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Glen Allen, VA.

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We are pleased to announce another new Franchise opening soon in Augusta, Georgia.

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The biggest issue many seniors have with home care is the idea that it’s a loss of independence. Not only that, but they feel there is a stigma attached to any sort of assistance around the house.

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