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How to Make the Holidays Comfortable for Seniors at Home

As wonderful as the holiday season is, it can also be quite a lot of work – especially if mom and dad are in their senior years! For older adults, it can be a difficult time when they miss someone who is no longer with them, or when they feel isolated from all the holiday …

What Does a Home Health Aide Do, Exactly?

For seniors who want to enjoy their retirement at home and stay active in their communities, in-home care can be a real blessing! With a bit of extra assistance and companionship from home health aides, in-home care is convenient for seniors who want to stay independent. Not to mention, this type of service also provides …

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving at Home with Mom and Dad

Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays of the year for families. It’s a time to gather and be thankful for the joy during the good times, as well as the support through the difficult times. Thanksgiving can also be a sentimental time for your senior parent who may have handled all the dinner …

4 Signs That Caregivers Can Benefit from Senior Home Care Services

Caregiving is a full-time job. It can be tough for the children of senior parents to take on the task alone – especially if you already have a full-time job or care for your own children. To avoid caregiver burnout and maintain a healthy care-life balance, many children of senior parents make use of senior …

Caring for a Senior Recovering from a Stroke

When caring for a loved one who has survived a stroke, you may have a lot of questions about their condition, how to support them during their recovery journey, and what their needs will be moving ahead. You may also worry about how you will manage in your new role. If you’re looking for advice …

Best Technology to Help Seniors Living at Home

Seniors who are still living at home can always benefit from a little technology. Installing smart technology within the home like security systems, smoke detectors and home assistants like Amazon’s Alexa could not only make your loved one’s life easier, but also protect them from painful falls and other emergency situations. If your loved one …

5 Benefits of Live-In Care

Seniors that choose to have live-in caregivers benefit from having someone present with them 24 hours a day. Choosing to age in place in the comfort and safety of their own homes can have many advantages. The team of caregivers at United Methodist Communities HomeWorks has compiled some compelling reasons why live-in care just may …

How Can I Cover In-Home Care Costs?

When deciding on in-home care for mom or dad, trying to calculate all the costs involved can easily become overwhelming. United Methodist Communities HomeWorks is here to help families understand their options when it comes to affording in-home care for their loved ones. When you’re paying for in-home care, it’s important to understand what exactly …

Make Healthy Habits a Hobby!

Proper self-care is essential to being the best senior caregiver you can be. If you haven’t already, start taking active steps to maintain your self-care on a daily basis. Start with something small: a new yoga routine or trying out a new recipe. If you stick to this daily regimen, positive habits will form along …

How to Decide Between In-Home Care or Assisted Living

Should your loved one receive care at home or in an assisted living community? This is a decision that many children of senior parents struggle with. Is mom independent enough to remain at home with weekly assistance? Does she have a medical issue that may make living home alone a challenge in the future? Before …

Taking a Vacation? Consider In-Home Respite Care for Your Senior Parents

Taking care of your elderly parents requires a lot of patience and time, which can be challenging. Sometimes, you just need a short-term break, otherwise known as “respite.”  Using in-home respite care services can support and even strengthen your ability to be a caregiver after returning from your much-deserved break. If you are unfamiliar with …

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5 Ways to Tackle Senior Depression

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and an important opportunity to address a very real issue for seniors: depression. It’s important to note, depression is more than feeling sad from time to time.  Depression affects how older adults think, feel and go about everyday tasks in their lives. It can also negatively impact preexisting physical …

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How In-Home Care Works During COVID-19

With the current health crisis still active, some people may be apprehensive about hiring a home health aide to come in and out of their senior parents’ house. While the vaccine rollout means that healthcare workers, seniors and those with high-risk health conditions will be prioritized, it will still be a considerable amount of time …

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Home Safety Tips for Older Adults

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” We’ve all seen that 80s commercial for LifeAlert, that is now a viral meme people poke fun at. However, LifeAlert did something right because you can say that infamous line to almost anyone and they immediately know it’s for a fall alert system. Despite their comedic claim to …

At-Home Exercises to Improve Senior Strength and Balance

It’s important to maintain balance and strength as we age and become more prone to falls. By performing the right exercises each day, seniors can improve balance and strength in order to maintain great posture and feel more confident when walking anywhere.  United Methodist Communities HomeWorks has put a list together of senior exercises to …