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Stress is commonly attributed to hectic work and family schedules in adults. However, despite the fact that a senior’s schedule may be “slowing down,” this doesn’t mean that the adults in this age group are any less stressed. As a local Vancouver home care agency, our caregivers have seen how stress can impact a senior’s daily life. From concerns about finances to changes in physical abilities, life after retirement is often filled with many unknowns that can result in feelings of stress and anxiety. While our caregivers assist seniors with daily activities to help minimize stress by promoting independence and stability, it’s important that families learn more about the impact of stress on senior health, and how they can look…

Seniors need to consume fewer calories since metabolism tends to slow with age. At the same time, older adults also need essential nutrients like calcium and vitamins B, C and D. Throw diabetes into the mix, and seniors are faced with a difficult balancing act when it comes to the foods they can – and should – eat. Knowing that diabetes is a prevalent problem among seniors, the live-in and hourly Vancouver caregivers from Home Care Assistance share some of the best foods for seniors with diabetes. Knowing this information can help you better care for your loved one with diabetes. Fruits and Vegetables Bright fruits (apples, oranges, berries) tend to have more essential nutrients and are low in fat…

Seniors who have dementia often experience episodes of agitation as their condition progresses. Impaired cognitive functioning leads the older individual into falsely perceiving reality, which oftentimes can lead to aberrant behavior. If you provide home care for a senior loved one with dementia, recognizing factors that may be triggering agitation can help you implement strategies that can provide feelings of safety and prevent or diminish the behaviors. Encouraging Rest Agitation in older adults with dementia is often triggered by physical factors. Fatigue can precipitate events, and people who consume foods and drinks that contain caffeine or high amounts of sugar tend to experience an increase in agitation. If a senior is suffering from insomnia, the physician may want to prescribe…

Every family has its share of conflicts, and sibling rivalry can continue on indefinitely into older adulthood. When issues arise about caring for parents as they age, strong personalities tend to take over and old, unresolved problems can become exacerbated. Disagreements about who should care for the parents and how it should be done are the most common dilemmas that create conflict. At Home Care Assistance Vancouver, we understand the challenges that families and siblings face when providing care for aging parents. Along with offering families support and reliable in-home care in Vancouver, we wanted to share a bit of insight as to why families fight about senior care. Knowing some of the common topics of disagreement may help you…

Media Contact: Kathryn Zakskorn Director of Franchise Marketing 650-462-9501 [email protected] Home Care Assistance Vancouver is recognized for the third year as one of the top home care agencies in the country based on client satisfaction Vancouver, BC – February 12, 2015 – Home Care Assistance Vancouver, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, is honored to be recognized as a 2015 Best of Home Care Provider of Choice. This prestigious award is given to home care providers who rank in the top 50th percentile in one or more client satisfaction categories, based on monthly satisfaction interviews conducted by Home Care Pulse. “The Best of Home Care Awards recognize the leading home care businesses, the best of the best!” says Home…

Every year, heart disease and stroke cause more deaths and hospitalizations throughout Canada than any other disease, and account for a large number of emergency room visits. In fact, ninety percent of the country’s adults have at least one risk factor that makes them susceptible to stroke and heart disease. As a leading provider of stroke care in Vancouver, we wanted to share some information about stroke and heart disease in honor of Heart Month 2015 to help promote heart-healthy lifestyles for seniors and older adults. Uncontrolled hypertension is a major cause. High blood pressure that is poorly managed is a major contributing factor in both heart disease and stroke. Blood pressures that exceed the body’s normal limits can result…