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How to Pay for In-Home Care

The average cost of in-home care can range from $25 to $40 an hour, depending on a variety of different factors. Your location, the type of care that is needed, and whether the caregiver comes from a licensed agency can all effect in-home healthcare costs.

Urban areas tend to be more expensive than rural areas when it comes to factoring costs for care at home.

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Could You Be a Helicopter Child?

We have all known helicopter parents, particularly when a child leaves for college. In fact, we could possibly be guilty of hovering a bit too closely ourselves. Discovering that ideal balance between caring and overstepping our boundaries is not always straightforward.

And now, due to the increased number of sandwich generationers providing care for both children and aging parents,

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Bring Back the Joy of the Season: Beat the Holiday Blues with These Tips

Ah, the holidays: they are oftentimes the most wonderful time of the year, or the most difficult. For many seniors in Massachusetts who have lost relatives, are battling chronic health conditions, or are suffering from isolation and loneliness, the holiday season can result in depression. And, the family caregivers who care for a loved one may also be prone to holiday blues,

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Can Planning for Senior Falls Actually Help You Avoid Them?

Falls among the elderly are all too common and can have dire consequences. Taking precautionary measures is key, including assessing the house for fall dangers like throw rugs as well as other tripping hazards, poor lighting, and an absence of appropriate grab bars and railings. But there’s another tactic being recommended now: creating a fall plan of care,

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Why a Trip to the Emergency Room May be in Your Holiday Plans

While we may visualize a Norman Rockwell-worthy Thanksgiving get-together, with the entire family enjoying high quality time together and Grandma’s classic food, the reality for some families may include something unanticipated: a visit to the hospital. Believe it or not, studies indicate that emergency room visits for seniors jump an astounding 10% – 20% over the holidays.

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Boston Resource Guide for Dementia & Memory Care

Whether you’re caring for someone with dementia and memory care issues or you’ve been afflicted with them yourself, it’s critical for you to understand that this is one journey you do not have to take alone.

According to one recent study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association, the total number of people in Massachusetts living with these conditions rose to 120,000 in 2016.

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The Hidden Dangers of Sleeping Meds for Seniors – And What to Try Instead

What’s better than waking up well rested after a good night’s sleep, fully energized and ready to face the day? For many older adults – as many as a third of them – getting sufficient sleep only happens in their dreams. And sadly, it’s a common assumption that poor sleep is simply something to be accepted in our later years – a misconception that Preeti Malani,

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Are We Missing the Mark? Neuroscientist Shares Radical Thinking on Alzheimer’s Cause.

Thomas Edison’s infamous words ring true today in the race to find both the cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Each day seems to bring hopeful news of yet another clinical trial, followed soon after by the disappointing news that results failed to meet expectations – and so the cycle continues.

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Can Surgery Anesthesia Cause Dementia in Seniors?

For seniors, experiencing surgery always includes some inherent risks, but there’s a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors following surgery that people all need to be aware of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD takes place in more than 25% of seniors during the days after non-cardiac surgery, and can present with a variety of symptoms,

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Attention Family Caregivers: Here Are the Necessary Crucial Skills You Need

If you’re providing care for a senior relative, it is likely that you fell into the responsibility without having formal training: you saw the need, and gallantly came forward to satisfy it. Yet, at North River Home Care, substantial training is provided to each of our professional in-home caregivers before they’re fully equipped to properly and effectively take care of older adults.

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Can Exercise Help Overcome the Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease?

The effects of remaining physically active throughout aging are tremendous, but for those with Parkinson’s, it may truly be a game-changer in the progression of the disease. Several recent studies are revealing direct links between exercise and Parkinson’s, including the largest clinical study to date, in which patients who exercised a minimum of 2½ hours per week achieved a higher quality of life than those who refrained from physical activity.

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The Senior Malnutrition Crisis

Remember Sunday dinners at Grandma’s house, when the whole family came together around the table to share a hearty meal, conversations, and laughter? Sadly, with many families now living at a distance from their older loved ones, and with so many pressing needs pulling us in different directions, it’s difficult to continue this tradition – and it may be just one of the many factors contributing to the dramatic increase in senior malnutrition.

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Missteps We All Make When Talking to Senior Parents & How to Communicate Better

It is always best to tell the truth, right? Even so there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging parents. Although we may have the finest of intentions in wanting to help senior parents navigate life, we are able to help prevent hurt feelings in our loved ones by rethinking statements such as the following:

  • Don’t you remember…?
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Is Your Family Struggling with Fairly Dividing Care Tasks? These Tips Can Help.

Do you recall how hard it could be when you were a child to learn the concept of sharing with your sisters and brothers? Even though the incredible importance of considering other people’s feelings, as well as being fair, was impressed upon us from a young age, it can nevertheless be a challenge to minimize sibling squabbles about stressful choices we face in adulthood – such as the right way to fairly divide caregiving needs for our aging parents.

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Finding a Cure for Alzheimer’s: How We Can ALL Help

The world of Alzheimer’s disease research is expanding, and now there’s a way every one of us can help hasten the discovery of a cure. Through an online game, Stall Catchers, thousands of people are devoting time to sorting through slides of mouse brains to aid researchers in determining the effectiveness of treating cerebral blood flow problems to reverse memory loss.

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Can Computerized Games Really Enhance Cognitive Functioning?

The Internet provides us with instantaneous answers to any question we can imagine, educational opportunities beyond what we could have dreamed of a generation ago, socialization enhancement, and so much more. One of the more fascinating online developments for those of us in the senior care industry has been brain training programs – the computerized memory games and puzzles that promote enhanced cognitive functioning.

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When Family Dynamics Impact Senior Care

Perhaps your family rivals those on Walton’s Mountain in its unconditional love, unwavering patience with one another, and determination to stick together through thick and thin. But if your family is like most, there’s at least some level of dysfunction, some leftover diehard sibling rivalry, and even some lingering competition to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite.

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Have You Crossed the Line Between Caring and Controlling?

Is there any better feeling than knowing you’re cared for, protected, and safe? Parents thrive on ensuring their children are enveloped in the comfort of knowing their needs will be met, providing the safety net that allows them the confidence to explore the world around them. But there comes a point in all children’s lives when the yearning for independence outweighs the benefit of protection,

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Medicare Denials: How Older Adults Can Get the Coverage They Need

Medicare coverage of medicines for seniors is often crucial, especially because on average, older adults take a shocking 15-18 prescription medications. And with the standard pricetag of over $11,000 per year for the most common prescription drugs prescribed by doctors for the elderly, it usually is debilitating when Medicare suddenly declines coverage.

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Traveling with a Senior? These Tips Can Help!

Summer vacations are something everyone looks forward to! Exploring new places, checking items off our bucket lists, leaving the worries of everyday life behind. And helping a senior loved one enjoy such a thrill makes it all the better. There will be, however, certain considerations to take into account that can help lead the way to an outstanding vacation with an older adult:

  • Schedule a pre-trip physician visit.
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When Caring for Elderly Parents Means Moving Back To Massachusetts

We’re living longer than ever before, thanks to incredible advances in science and medicine, and as a result, the sandwich generation (those caring for elderly parents and children simultaneously) are finding a new niche as they age: the boomerang generation.

“Aging together” is the descriptor for older adults whose mom and dad are still living and needing care.

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The Cancer Treatment that May Also Help with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

What if there was a medication that could treat not just one, but three devastating diseases: leukemia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s? Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center are hopeful that nilotinib fits the bill. Currently approved for use in those with one type of leukemia, a small trial is causing great excitement in its promising results to rid the brain of toxic proteins.

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The Surprising Impact of Opioids on Seniors

Certain groups of people are typically stereotyped, and it can be hard not to have preconceived ideas of what these people are actually like. Think about the words “drug addict”. What immediately comes to your mind? A young adult struggling to get through daily living without a fix, potentially resorting to a life of crime to fund his or her habit?

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Holiday Sugar Indulging and How It Affects Older Adults

It’s here: we’ve gotten into the season of sweet treats! From sugar cookies to pecan pies to candy canes and chocolate mint cocoa, it’s tough to overlook the overabundance of delicious sweets that bombard us, and the special thoughts they bring to mind, particularly close to the holidays. But what result does this surge in sugar consumption have on our health and wellness,

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North River Home Care: How Design Thinking Can Benefit the Elderly

One of the latest buzz phrases, “design thinking,” has become synonymous with creating products targeted specifically to the elderly. However, its true purpose actually encompasses so much more: creating a solution through products that makes life easier – regardless of age.

While seniors can certainly benefit from the development of carefully thought out products,

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Surprising New Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and the Immune System

There’s never been a more exciting time in the world of Alzheimer’s research than now, and new developments seem to be springing up each time we turn around! The latest findings are slated to have a huge impact in the quest for treatments and a cure: the correlation between Alzheimer’s and the body’s natural immune response to infections.

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North River Home Care’s Top Tips for Eating Right After a Cancer Diagnosis

A healthy diet is important for everyone, but doubly so following a cancer diagnosis. Proper nutrition can help cancer patients gain the strength they need to endure chemotherapy treatments, defend against infections, prevent body tissue from breaking down, and rebuild tissue. Eating well can also help patients cope with any side effects of cancer treatments and may even be able to help them handle higher doses of certain drugs.

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Family Caregivers: Overcome Overwhelmed, Embrace Empowerment

Millions of Americans are taking on the role of family caregiver for an elderly or disabled loved one, but few are prepared for the challenges that come with caregiving. It’s normal for caregivers to feel overwhelmed at first, but there are ways to empower yourself as a family caregiver and take control of your new role instead of letting it take control of your life.

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10 Summer Health Tips for Seniors to Beat the Heat

 

Seniors are especially at risk in high heat situations. Large stretches of the USA are experiencing extreme temperatures at the moment. Care-givers need to check on the elderly. If you live in another city, call the police department, or someone you know, to check on your loved one.

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8 Life Issues You’re Bound to Face When Caring for an Aging Parent

As you start down the sometimes difficult road of caring for your parents, you’ll confront a range of challenges from the profound to the practical. You’ll find it’s a life-changing experience — one that’s often as inspiring as it is painful. To get you started, here’s a list of the important life issues you’ll face in the months and years to come:

  1. Understanding your parents’
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North River Home Care Receives Home Care Pulse Certification

North River Home Care has completed and received its  Home Care Pulse Certification.  This certification program is dedicated to the measurement of client and employee satisfaction scores, North River Home Care is now officially certified in home care quality.

“We know that sometimes it is difficult to make care decisions when you don’t have specific experience with an agency. 

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How Facebook Helps Seniors Battle Loneliness

Senior Citizens Learn Social Media

Classes on how to use Facebook are becoming very popular with senior citizens in the U.S., who say that social networking reduces depression and fights memory loss.

Senior centers, retirement homes and assisted living facilities nationwide are now offering computer classes that branch off into specific courses focusing on social networking and teaching older adults how to engage with these tools. 

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Home Health Care – Nutritional Advice

Many of us do not get the proper nutrition that our bodies require from the foods that we consume. In general, most people do not maintain a healthy and well balanced diet from which the nutrients could be derived. Failing to do this could result in a number of adverse health effects due to vitamin deficiencies within the body –

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Why Choose In-Home Senior Care Provider Like Us

Caring for an aging and ailing loved one can be a daunting task. Most families make an effort to keep their elderly loved ones at home, sacrificing much of their own lives in the process. For some families, care giving begins to take its toll on the care provider and they eventually find themselves being forced to consider alternatives that they may never have otherwise.

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Arthritis Home Care

Problems with joints and bones are a painful fact of life for many people. However, these conditions are often exacerbated in the elderly. These afflictions make getting around difficult at best, thereby forcing many to rely on mobility aids for walking or even standing, and possibly home care. Most of the aged population just chalk up the aches and pains to ‘arthritis’

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Financial Scams and the Senior, Care Needed!

Financial scams involving seniors have grown exponentially over the past several years. These scams come via postal mail, unsolicited telephone calls, and sometimes even through the Internet. The scam artists tend to prey on the unsuspecting and many have found the seniors to be prime targets. The reason that the elderly end up being the targets of these scams could be that they get confused more easily or have a more trusting nature than other sectors of society.

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Care Provider Guide to Summer Safety

The summer heat can be dangerous – especially for the youngest and the eldest portions of society. Each year millions of people are affected by heat related illnesses, injury, and even death. These illnesses occur when the body is not able to cool itself in an effective manner. If the body temperature rises too quickly,

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Elderly Care During the Heat of Summer

Keeping cool during the summer heat can be a challenge for everyone. As the temperatures begin to rise, most of us go indoors and turn the thermostat down on the air conditioning without a second thought. However, some of the most vulnerable among us may not have that option. When providing elderly care it is important to be aware of some of the following points.

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Caregiver Advice – Walking Aids Safety

Recently, the Center For Disease Control (CDC) released a study estimating that forty seven thousand elderly Americans are injured each year due to falls attributed to the use of mobility aids such as canes and walkers. With these shocking figures in mind we have given you some of our caregiver advice to help avoid these situations.

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Making sure to take medications on time

Did you know that roughly 25% of senior citizens take more than 3 pills per day? With most seniors taking some kind of medication necessary for their health, it’s an unfortunate reality that many do not take their medication as prescribed. Here are a few suggestions on how to remember to take medications on time for you or your loved one:

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Elder Nutrition

I saw this article on Agingcare.com and thought it was a great overview of a common problem with the elderly, it’s not just eating poorly, it’s a lack of interest in food. The original article can be found by clicking here

Ten Reasons Why Your Parent May Not Be Eating Properly…and What To Do About It By Leonard J.

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Norwell Mariner Business of the Month

We are happy to say we were chosen as the business of the month by the Norwell Chamber of Commerce for the month of February, 2009. We did an interview with the Norwell Mariner, and they published it a couple of weeks ago. Many thanks to the folks at the Norwell Chamber of Commerce and the Mariner,

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