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December 12, 2013

“Joy is increased by spreading it to others.” -Robert Murray McCheyne

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is easy to get wrapped up in the frenzy of activity that can go along with it. From planning vacation to Christmas shopping, life is bound to become hectic in the upcoming months. (more…)

December 12, 2013

Recognizing the Need for Hospice and Palliative Care

Recent studies from the Marie Curie Cancer Care, the University of Edinburgh, and NHS Lothian, reveal that only 20% of non-cancer patients are receiving palliative care before passing away, compared to the 75% of cancer patients.

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July 18, 2013

Is It Time to Take a Break?

caregiver respiteMany caregivers care for others because it is their passion.  They feel a sense of fulfillment and typically say they receive as much or more than they give.  Others become caregivers due to circumstances, such as when a family member sustains an illness or injury.  Whatever the situation, all people performing regular, ongoing caregiving occasionally need a break to maintain their own health and energy levels.

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July 8, 2013

Your Best Friends

Exercise is like vegetables in many ways.  Both are good for you and something mom wanted you to have every day.  They each make it easier for you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and avoid countless chronic diseases.  So why do we resist them so much?

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June 27, 2013

Senior Drivers in Arizona

senior driversHow do you know when a loved one should no longer drive?  In Arizona, once a driver reaches age 60, their license will only be valid for five years. They’ll need to renew their license in person at their local MVD office and may need to complete the following items: an updated vision test, a new photo for the license, and a written test. (more…)

June 17, 2013

Caregiver Stress Test

Caregiving is an extremely demanding task, and often it is required of us with little advance knowledge or preparation.  It’s not unusual for the caregiver to suffer more dire physical consequences than the individual being cared for.  How are you doing?

Use the following scale to rate how true each statement is for you right now: (more…)

May 30, 2013

Brain Fog

Have you found yourself feeling forgetful, unfocused, scattered, or confused, especially when making decisions?  Often erroneously chalked up to old age and the onset of dementia, according to studies of older adults, forgetfulness, attention lapses, and diminished mental sharpness are more closely related to mood and general health than to age or the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.   These conditions may be the side effect of a medication, the result of an underlying medical condition, or most often the result of a sleep or mood disturbance or everyday stress.

May 23, 2013

Managing Grief and Loss

Grief and loss are unavoidable parts of life, and for caregivers, they’re often more commonplace than we’d like.  Loss comes in many forms. It could be the death of a beloved client or our own dear family member.  We may grieve the end of a relationship or a lifestyle, such as our clients do when they are no longer able to drive safely.  As caregivers, we carry an extra burden, sharing in the grief of our clients.  Clients and their family members typically experience grief as waves of sadness, frustration, anger, despondency, and other painful emotions that caregivers can’t help but feel right along with them. (more…)

May 16, 2013

Diagnosing Dementia

“Alzheimer’s disease is the 2nd largest contributor to elderly death.”  So says the Alzheimer’s Association, and we believe it.  Most of our clients experience some level of dementia. (more…)

February 4, 2013

Valley of Sun Homecare Appears on AZTV’s The Morning Scramble

On January 30, 2013 Joanne Deck of Valley of the Sun Homecare appeared with Bryce Ramey from College America on AZTV’s The Morning Scramble.  View their interview with local celebrity Pat McMahon as they discuss job search strategies and the services provided by Valley of the Sun Homecare’s outstanding Caregivers.

VOS Homecare on The Morning Scramble