Could You Tell If Your Parent Is Vitamin D Deficient?

Vitamin D deficiency can result in many kinds of health problems. It can make bones brittle, increase the risk of fractures. It can also impact the body’s ability to produce insulin, essential for energy production. Most younger adults get plenty of vitamin D through their diets and exposure to sunlight. However, people over the age of 65 are at risk for being vitamin D deficient because of changes in their diet. Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency Knowing if your older adult relative is ... Read more

What if Your Senior Only Wants You to Help Her?

Being a caregiver is hard work and sometimes you need to take a break, but what happens when your elderly family member refuses that idea? If you’re the only person that she allows to help her, that can put a big wrench in your plans. This Isn’t Unusual Needing help from other people is embarrassing and your elderly family member may have come to terms with the fact that you’ll help her. But that doesn’t make this easier for you. It’s tough to ... Read more

Questions to Ask Before Your Senior is Discharged from the Emergency Room

Hearing they are being discharged from the emergency room can be an exciting moment for your senior. No one enjoys spending time in an emergency room, but discharge can be an important time of the process, and you don't want to overlook it or rush it. During this time, it is important to make sure both of you fully understand what happens during the visit, and what needs to be done moving forward to help your parent overcome what brought them ... Read more

Are You Coping with Emotional Stress in Your Caregiver Experience in Healthy Ways?

Being a family caregiver for your elder loved one is stressful. In fact, adults who take on the responsibility of caring for their elder parent are much more likely to experience stress and its consequences than those who don't. This stress is increased dramatically when your parent is dealing with a serious health issue, a progressive challenge, or otherwise has serious needs. It is essential for you to manage this emotional stress in healthy, constructive ways so you can protect your mental, ... Read more

What to Do If There May be a Wintertime Power Outage Soon

When the winter weather comes, it is important to be prepared for the potential of serious storms and power outages. You're elderly loved one could suffer serious consequences during a power outage, but with proper preparation, you can protect their health and safety as they get through this event. If there may be a wintertime power outage in the near future, some steps you can take to protect your parent include: If the power outage is imminent and you are not confident your ... Read more

Tips for Fast Relief on National Winter Skin Relief Day

January 8th is National Winter Skin Relief Day. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important for you to understand how dangerous dry and irritated skin can be for an elderly adult. Seniors tend to have skin that is more vulnerable, thinner, dryer, and more easily damaged than that of younger people. This can then make them vulnerable to infections that further compromise their immune system and can potentially put them at risk for further illness and infection. Proper skin care is ... Read more

Central Star Home Health Care’s New Year Wishes

Central Star Home Health Care extends our sincerest thank you to our referral network who trusts us, our clients who have chosen us and most importantly, our employees who have made us the successful company we are today. Thank you all and we hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2019.     If you are considering Senior Care Services in Mansfield OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, ... Read more

What is Kyphosis?

Lillian’s mother, Eloise, had been a stickler about posture when Lillian was growing up. She had often reprimanded Lillian and her siblings for slouching. “Lillian,” she would say, “Stand up straight and proud. You’re too beautiful to go about slouching like that.” As Eloise aged, though, she developed a stooped posture with a severe rounding in her upper back. Eloise’s doctor diagnosed her with kyphosis. Lillian had never heard of kyphosis. Lillian isn’t alone in her lack of knowledge about kyphosis. Although ... Read more

Is Mom Lonely? Encourage Her to Join a Choir

Older adults are at greater risk for being lonely than younger people are. The loss of friends and close family members to death is one contributor. In addition, in today’s society, families often move apart from one another so that the adult children of seniors don’t live near them. It’s quite common for older adults to live alone after the death of a spouse. If they have difficulty getting out of the house because of frailty or disability, they may have ... Read more

4 Ways to Ease Seasonal Depression Symptoms

Seasonal depression is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People with SAD experience symptoms of depression that are associated with changing seasons. Most of the time, SAD occurs during the fall and winter months. Doctors aren’t sure why some people get SAD, but it may have to do with the way changing seasons affect the body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm. Whatever the cause, it can be difficult to live with seasonal depression. If your older family member has SAD, ... Read more
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