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December 19, 2016

Helping Seniors Safely Deck the Halls This Holiday Season

helping seniorsWhat’s more fun than holiday decorating? At Valley of the Sun Homecare, we’d say helping seniors with holiday decorating! The nostalgia experienced in carefully unpacking each precious ornament, and the memories evoked with lovingly placing each piece are priceless. (more…)

December 8, 2016

Giving the Gift of Care: How Elderly Care Can Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays

elderly careFruitcake? A pair of socks? Another knick-knack for the already overloaded mantel? Trying to think of the perfect holiday gift for a senior loved one seems to get more challenging as each year goes by. What would be the best way to show your deep love and appreciation for someone who’s given so much of herself throughout her lifetime? (more…)

November 21, 2016

Breathe Easier with These COPD Tips | Scottsdale Home Healthcare

Scottsdale Home HealthcareTaking a deep, cleansing breath can relieve stress, help us relax, reduce pain, and even create a better acid/alkaline balance in our bodies. But for those with COPD, the thought of breathing deeply can have the exact opposite effect: inducing feelings of anxiety about the coughing and wheezing to follow. (more…)

October 4, 2016

Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care Following a Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

Parkinsons DiseaseA diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is the first step in a long journey in which the scenery can change from one day to the next. Navigating each step is much easier with a caring support system – both for the Parkinson’s patient and for the family providing his care. And what better source for support than those who are walking that same path? (more…)

September 20, 2016

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Talk the Talk: Top Tips for Communicating with a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimers CaregiversConnecting with others is one of the most basic human necessities: sharing the ups and downs of life, discovering commonalities, and growing closer to those we care about. In fact, it’s so crucial to our wellbeing that isolation from relationships can result in the same negative health effects as smoking, obesity and high blood pressure. (more…)

August 9, 2016

How to Have the “Personal Home Care Talk” with a Senior Loved One

personal home careThe relationship between parents and their children is cemented in a lifetime of clearly designated roles. Parents have, after all, been responsible for the health and wellbeing of their children from the time they were born – teaching, instilling values, offering unconditional love, advice and support. What happens when those roles begin to shift, and adult children find themselves in a position of caring for their aging parents? (more…)

July 19, 2016

Valley of the Sun Home Care Agency’s Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

home care agencyClose your eyes and listen for a moment: children laughing and playing, lawn mowers humming, birds singing. Summertime’s longer days are filled with wonder, but for older adults, the extreme heat of summer in Arizona can be dangerous. (more…)

June 22, 2016

The Benefits of Hiring an Arizona Home Care Agency vs. an Independent Caregiver

Arizona home care agencyWe’ve all seen them: ads in the paper from individuals touting their elderly caregiving skills, promising low rates, glowing references, and around-the-clock availability. Sounds ideal, right? But before grabbing the phone to see how soon this person can start, there are some serious concerns to be aware of that could result in grave consequences for your senior loved one. (more…)

May 25, 2016

Uncovering the Hidden Patient: Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Alzheimer’s caregivers in ScottsdaleIf you’re like most family members serving as Alzheimer’s caregivers for a loved one, your day is consumed from sunup to sundown with a variety of tasks and duties, and may look something like this: (more…)

May 11, 2016

Home Modification Tips for Seniors with Arthritis

In Home Care Services for Seniors with ArthritisGrandma used to swear by it: a spoonful of cod liver oil taken twice a day and that arthritis pain just goes away! Today, however, arthritis sufferers know that it takes more than old wives’ tales and home remedies to manage the challenges of arthritis. When arthritis pain is at its worst, it can be hard to complete simple tasks such as opening doors, picking up dropped items, or stirring a pot of soup.

Try these tips to help ease the aggravation of arthritis and make daily activities a little easier: (more…)