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By Susan Bruketta, 11:48 pm on May 28, 2013

We talk with family caregivers, guardians and elder professionals every day.  I’m frequently asked why it is better to hire a professional Full Service Home Care Agency in Albuquerque, when it might cost less per hour to hire a friend or a private individual to help a parent or loved one. Essentially, there are three choices for home care services; private hire, domestic referral agencies and Full Service Home Care Agencies.  Although there are compassionate and caring private caregivers in our industry, there are two issues that families need to understand before undertaking private hire solutions to their home care. The first is the personal liability families will assume with a private caregiver and the second is that they are now entering into a worker / employer relationship in the…

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By Susan Bruketta, 8:09 pm on May 23, 2013

In the past half century, the world population has experienced a demographic transition where people are living longer than ever before. There is now a demographic divide where the elderly population is reaching heights that society has never seen. In the United States, the average life expectancy is estimated at 78 years old, an increase of almost 10 years since 1990. Although people are living longer, that is not to say that the quality of life for all senior adults has improved correspondingly. However, with the help of Home Care Assistance, seniors in Albuquerque are able to maintain a high quality of life while remaining in the comfort of their own home. At Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque, we are committed to helping seniors live a happy, healthy life during…

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By Susan Bruketta, 8:05 pm on May 23, 2013

Are you assisting an aging parent or loved one with their daily tasks? Are you struggling to provide specialty care for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. Thousands of family members in North America currently provide care for an elderly loved one who is no longer able to take care of themselves due to frailty, immobility, memory loss or an advanced illness. Family members often step up and demonstrate unbelievable strength, courage and passion when they find themselves in a caregiving role. At Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque, we understand that caring for an elderly adult can be stressful and full of daily challenges. If you are an overwhelmed family caregiver, there are a variety of respite care options available…

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By Susan Bruketta, 7:19 pm on April 23, 2013

An overwhelming majority of senior adults prefer to remain at home as they age, surrounded by their personal belongings, family and friends. Unfortunately, physical limitations and advanced conditions often make living at home unsafe for a senior. If you have an elderly parent or loved one who does not want to leave their home but is unable to take care of them-self, consider assistance from an Albuquerque home care agency. In-home care provided by a reputable agency enables seniors to receive the care they need and deserve without leaving the comforts of home. Unlike nursing homes or assisted living facilities, home care is available on a flexible schedule that is decided by the care recipient and their family. The cost of home care typically coincides with the amount of care…

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By Susan Bruketta, 7:17 pm on April 23, 2013

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is difficult for an elderly patient as well as their family. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s, the daily responsibilities may eventually become too difficult to handle both physically and emotionally. For caregivers who feel overwhelmed by their care responsibilities, it may be in their best interest, as well as the best interest of their loved one, to seek professional assistance from a certified Albuquerque Alzheimer’s care provider. Many families feel they cannot afford professional help and take the burden of providing care for their loved one upon themselves. However, there are many options available to help finance senior care including long-term care insurance, Medicaid and veterans assistance. With the proper research, families can learn more about the programs designed…

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By Susan Bruketta, 7:26 pm on March 18, 2013

An estimated 1.5 million Americans over the age of 65 will be moving this year.  Whether your parents are moving into a retirement community, an Albuquerque elder care facility or are downsizing to a home that is more appropriate for their lifestyle, moving is stressful for seniors, as well as their families. In addition, many seniors find leaving their home emotionally difficult, not wanting to leave familiar and comfortable surroundings. Home Care Assistance, a trusted Albuquerque home care provider, offers a few tips to help make for a successful and smooth move for seniors. Prepare for the move.  The first step in helping your elderly loved one is preparing and planning for the move. This involves deciding when and how you are going to pack all of your loved one’s…

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By Susan Bruketta, 7:22 pm on March 18, 2013

The senior population continues to grow and is larger than ever before.  Albuquerque elder care professionals estimate that there are currently 36 million seniors aged 65 and older living in the United States.  While an increase in the average life expectancy for Americans is a positive change, there are many stressors that accompany old age.  Seniors often struggle with financial difficulties, rising medical costs and declines in health. Although many individuals suffer from some form of stress at some point in their lives, seniors are often not as physically and mentally capable of handling stress.  As a result, seniors may experience physical side effects including increased blood pressure and elevated heart rates, as well as emotional side effects that range from feelings of anxiousness and irritability to depression and anger….

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By Susan Bruketta, 5:36 pm on January 17, 2013

If your parent or loved one has experienced a decline in their health and you are going to provide care from your own home, there are many things that can be done to ensure the home is safe and accessible for your loved one.  Although setting up a home for family elder care in Albuquerque may require a little extra time and patience, the advantages of keeping a senior loved in familiar surroundings can significantly enhance their overall happiness and quality of life. Eliminate Clutter by Expanding Storage Seniors require clear floor space so they can maneuver safely through the home. This is especially important for seniors who use mobility aids such as walkers and wheelchairs. To begin eliminating the clutter, decide upon which objects are necessary for daily living….

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By Susan Bruketta, 5:34 pm on January 17, 2013

According to statistical data, an estimated 33 percent of seniors aged 65 and older suffer from falls every year.  While many seniors are able to manage certain tasks safely during the day, at night simple activities can easily cause falls or accidents.  Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque offers tips to help reduce your loved one’s risk of falling at night. 1. Make sure your loved one stays up to date on all of their medical appointments and exams.  With age, declining eyesight and mobility makes seniors more prone to falls, especially at night.  In addition, these medical appointments can ensure your loved one doesn’t suffer negative side effects from any of their medications such as dizziness or drowsiness which could hinder their mobility and also increase their risk for falls….

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