Central Star Home Health Care would like to recognize our Employee of the Month, Natasha W. She has been working as a State Trained Nursing Assistant (STNA) for fourteen years and we were thrilled to have hired her at Central Star in September. Natasha stated that she embarked upon the profession of a STNA because she “enjoys helping others that cannot do things for themselves”. Her selfless personality is reflected in everything she does. She has exemplified our Mission “to meet ... Read more

What Can Help a Senior Who Is Experiencing Diminished Eyesight?

Vision changes are something your aging family member might not be prepared to deal with at this stage of her life. It’s not uncommon for aging adults to lose their eyesight, but someone who has never experienced vision problems can find this to be an extremely uncomfortable situation. Talk to Her Eye Doctor If your senior is experiencing changing vision and hasn’t been to her eye doctor in a while, it’s time to set up an appointment. There may be more going on ... Read more

Five Ways to Help Your Brain Keep up with Caregiving Demands

When you’re a caregiver, you expect your brain to keep up with everything that’s going on. But if you’re starting to feel run down and having a hard time thinking properly, you might need to try some of these ideas. Quit Making Your Brain Remember Stuff Your brain is designed to do more thinking than remembering. And when you’re forcing your brain to remember a lot of little details, they’re going to start to go missing. The easy fix for this, and one ... Read more

What Does it Mean to Have a Special Needs Child?

Every special needs child is unique and amazing in their own right, but they’re facing some extra challenges that a lot of children never have to face. Special needs children can manage a great many of these additional challenges with help from you, their medical team, and often from pediatric home health care services as well. There are so many different types of special needs, and many of them can overlap, creating even bigger challenges for children who are already dealing ... Read more

Things to Watch Out for in Your Elderly Loved One

If you are taking care of your elderly loved one, it is important that you watch out for certain things. Before getting into these things, you will want to make sure you are always doing what is best for them. If you do happen to notice any red flags, it is important to do something about it right away. Eating Unhealthy or Weight Changes Do you notice that your loved one is eating unhealthy foods? Maybe they just aren’t eating nearly enough. Have ... Read more

What Can You Do if Your Senior Believes She’s Developing Alzheimer’s Disease?

Sometimes aging adults experience cognitive changes or memory troubles and become concerned that they’re developing Alzheimer’s disease. If that’s the case for your senior, there are some steps you need to take in order to help her to approach the topic from a fact-based standpoint. Once you have answers, you’ll know how to best proceed. Ask Her Why She Believes She’s Developing Alzheimer’s Disease Try to avoid any sort of knee jerk reactions when your senior brings this topic up. If she truly ... Read more

Four Things to Know about Caring for Your Child’s Tracheostomy

Your child might have a condition that requires a tracheostomy in order to allow her to breathe. Sometimes a trach is a temporary situation, but it might have to be a permanent solution, depending on other details. That means that you need to know everything that you can learn about taking care of your child’s tracheostomy. Practice Before Your Child Is Discharged Before your child is discharged from the hospital, her doctor and nurses will give you a chance to practice cleaning and ... Read more

Five Ideas for Making Vision Loss Easier on Your Senior

It’s incredibly difficult to start losing your vision when you’ve always relied on it in the past. Your senior may have some emotional responses to her vision loss that surprise you, in fact. Finding ways to make vision loss less of a difficulty for her is essential. Talk to Her Eye Doctor Just because your senior is losing her vision, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t need her eye doctor. Her eye doctor can still help to determine if her eyes are healthy and ... Read more

Natural Options to Handle the Pain of Aging

As someone gets older, they are more likely to be in pain. With the bone loss they experience and the weakness in their body, this alone can cause them pain. However, many elderly adults also experience back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and other painful conditions. If you are caring for an elderly adult, it is important to know that many prescription pain medications can lead them to have an addiction. The good news is there are many natural options to handle ... Read more

Four Ways to Keep Your Preemie Healthier During Flu Season

There are so many variables about keeping your preemie healthy, especially during flu season. The thing to remember, though, is that some of those variables may be more controllable than you thought. Don’t Smoke and Stay Away from Smoke Tobacco smoke, especially secondhand smoke, can damage your baby’s lungs and make her more susceptible to lung infections and to possibly getting sick from other people’s germs. If you smoke, make sure that you keep smoke away from the baby. Smoke outside and put ... Read more
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