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By Susan Bruketta, 6:33 pm on August 9, 2013

The years following retirement are meant to be filled with excitement and wonder; a time where you can follow your dreams and do things you never had the time, or the opportunity to before. At Albuquerque Home Care Assistance, we fully support this notion and encourage each and every one of our senior clients to remain active and passionate as they age. In our years of working with older adults, we’ve found that these simple activities are great ways to ensure a higher quality of life during one’s golden years: 1. Stay active. While some seniors may no longer have the luxury of traveling as they age due to immobility or medical conditions, there are plenty of other ways to stay active while continuing to learn about the culture and…

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By Susan Bruketta, 9:36 pm on July 12, 2013

Summer is in full swing and everyone’s feeling the heat in Albuquerque. While the summer means pool parties, trips to the river and barbeques with family and friends, the hot weather can be particularly dangerous for senior adults. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one, Albuquerque Home Care Assistance provides some advice for helping them stay cool and safe this summer. First, make sure your loved one is provided with plenty of liquids. The hot weather makes seniors more vulnerable to heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. Check in with your loved one throughout the day and make sure they have easy access to water and other hydrating liquids. In many cases, seniors are unaware they are overheating and increase their risk for health complications. Also…

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By Susan Bruketta, 4:32 pm on June 27, 2013

The American Heart Association recently reported that one American experiences a heart attack every 34 seconds. Unfortunately, many individuals, especially senior adults, are unable to tell when a heart attack is happening because the symptoms can easily be overlooked. It is important that seniors are able to identify the warning signs of a heart attack so they are able to contact professional medical assistance as soon as possible. Identifying a heart attack symptom early could be the difference between life and death. Recognizing heart attack symptoms in seniors can sometimes be difficult as seniors may also suffer from frailty or an advanced illness. Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque provides the most common signs that may indicate a senior is suffering from a heart attack: Discomfort in the middle of the…

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By Susan Bruketta, 11:01 pm on June 20, 2013

Did you know that depression is one of the most common conditions affecting the elderly? While depression affects individuals of all ages, depression is a serious health concern for seniors as they face unfamiliar events such as retirement, the death of loved ones and advanced medical problems. These events often leave seniors with feelings of worthlessness and sadness, which can quickly turn into depression. While the symptoms of depression are the same for seniors as they are for younger individuals, they can be harder to identify. If you are concerned about the health and wellbeing of your loved one and think they may be suffering from depression, Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of home health care in Albuquerque, provides a list of warning signs to watch for. Your elderly…

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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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