Take Charge of Your Time Management as a Family Caregiver

Finding the time to do everything that you want and need to do as a family caregiver might feel to you a bit like fitting puzzle pieces into place. Using the right tools and techniques for you can help you to get the most out of every minute of every day. Start Using a Planner or a Calendar Many people who have a difficult time managing their time effectively aren't using a calendar or planner of any sort. This means that you're relying ... Read more

Using the Plate Plan to help your Diabetic Parent

Creating a diabetic meal plan can be confusing. Between the carbohydrate counting approach, the low glycemic index model or the plate plan—it can be difficult to know which direction and what plan to incorporate. For those seeking an easy to follow plan that does not require constant counting of carbohydrates, the plate plan may be the ideal model. It will be important, however, to ensure that your loved one keep a close eye on their blood sugar levels in order to ... Read more

What Can Put Your Aging Loved One at Risk for Tuberculosis?

Many people might think of tuberculosis as a thing of the past, but you can be assured that this once-devastating disease is still alive and well. Although it saw a massive outbreak in the 20th century, in today’s society, tuberculosis is more rare, and more treatable. Tuberculosis, an infectious lung disease, is spread by airborne germs. One must usually be in contact with these germs for a long time before they can grow and the person becomes sick. When they do become ... Read more

NEW CENTRAL STAR BABY ARRIVES AT AVITA HEALTH SYSTEM

Central Star Home Health Services in Mansfield Ohio is pleased to report the birth of Kashton Paul Banks.  Kaston arrived on the morning of April 10th, 2017 at Avita Health Systems-Galion. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 ¾ inches long.  Kashton is the son of Elaina Banks who has worked as the Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator at Central Star for over two years. Elaina reported having received “star treatment” from the staff at Avita stating “All the staff ... Read more

What Can You Do if You’re Struggling for Control with Your Elderly Loved One?

It's not uncommon for family caregivers and their elderly loved ones to feel as if they're battling for control constantly. There are ways for you to learn to let go of that need, however, and they can improve your caregiving experience greatly. Give up the Need to Control What You Can't Control It's only natural to want to control so much for your elderly loved one. You want the best for your loved one, which can often mean that you want to do ... Read more

4 Reasons Your Loved One Might Be More Prone to Falling

Of all the reasons your loved one might be more likely to fall, sometimes physical causes are among the most frustrating. Your loved one might feel as if her own body is betraying her, which can be incredibly frustrating. Being Unable to See Well Vision that is impaired or otherwise not working properly isn't going to help your loved one to spot obstacles or potential hazards in her path. You can definitely try increasing the lighting in her home, but if your loved ... Read more

5 Positive Steps You Can Take Today to Keep Yourself Healthy

Keeping yourself healthy when you're a family caregiver is not as difficult as it seems. You'll need to focus on some key areas to help yourself stay healthy. Get as Much Sleep as You Can When you're getting enough sleep, you're able to face the challenges of your day much more readily. Getting enough sleep, though, isn't as easy always as just deciding that you want to get more sleep. Start by going to bed at a reasonable time and work with your ... Read more

ALS Awareness Month

May brings us amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) awareness month. This designated month is designed to gain awareness and encourage funding and research for this currently incurable disease. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named for the famous baseball player that came down with ALS and brought it to national attention when he delivered his farewell speech at Yankee stadium. ALS destroys the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. These neurons are essential in transmitting information that helps control the muscles. ... Read more

Helping your Parent after a Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

A diagnosis of macular degeneration can leave a senior fearful of what lies ahead and their ability to lead an independent life. Depending on the stage of the disease, they may have no vision loss or their central vision may be diminishing at a rapid pace. There are lifestyle changes that may slow down the progression of this disease and ways to make your loved one’s home safer and easier to navigate so that they can live as independently as possible ... Read more

Is There a Way to Keep Family Members Informed and Still Have Peace?

Keeping the peace and keeping other family members informed about your loved one's health don't have to be mutually exclusive goals. With a little practice and planning, you can manage both. Don't Force Anyone to Participate It can be really difficult for some family members to participate in meetings or discussions about your elderly loved one's health. They could be in denial or they could be so emotional about your loved one's condition that they cannot cope. With that in mind, making mandatory ... Read more
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