17 Jun

Secrets to Combating the Side Effects of Chemo

The side effects of chemotherapy can present patients with additional, uncomfortable challenges, including severe energy loss, depression, skin impairments, hair loss, nausea and change of appetite. As a caregiver, you can help your loved one combat the side effects of chemo in a number of ways. Skin Problems: Cancer patients are at risk for numerous […]

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03 Jun

Chemo 101: Understanding Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a common treatment used to fight cancer. It is often used to destroy cancer cells, stop cancer cells from spreading, and/or slow cancer cell growth. Many patients often have questions and/or a few fears about receiving chemotherapy. To help in your understanding of chemotherapy, Heaven at Home would like to explain the basics […]

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15 May

The Benefits of Referring to Home Care Agencies vs. Independent Contractors

The hours immediately following a hospital discharge are a vulnerable time for patients, a time when they require personalized, professional care in order to avoid further health issues and possible hospital readmission. But who can you trust to provide the best care for your patients? When making referrals for private pay home care services, it’s […]

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01 May

The Heaven at Home Approach for Better Patient Outcomes Through Home Care

As a patient’s needs change, so does his or her care environment. Oftentimes, patients move through the spectrum of care multiple times, transferring from home health services to full service private pay home care and back to home health services as new care needs arise. In order to assure that patients receive an excellent level […]

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24 Apr

Is It Alzheimer’s or Just Forgetfulness?

Where did I put my keys? Did I leave the iron on at home? As we age, mild memory loss is common, but with the rise in Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., many people are becoming fearful that their forgetfulness is something more. Knowing more about the disease and its warning signs can help family […]

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17 Apr

Under Pressure: Stress Management Tips for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Oftentimes, the care for aging parents must be taken on by their adult children. Dubbed the “Sandwich Generation,” these adults have the added stress of raising children, dealing with financial burdens and limited resources, and maintaining a full-time job. But, because we tend to focus so intently on the Alzheimer’s patient, we forget that there […]

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08 Apr

Debunking Common Alzheimer’s Disease Myths

Even with the growing library of materials on Alzheimer’s disease, there are still a lot of misconceptions about how Alzheimer’s is developed, how it affects people and whether or not you can prevent the disease. To help clarify some of the more commonly believed Alzheimer’s myths, here are a few of the truths: Myth: Dad […]

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01 Apr

Caring for Alzheimer’s Disease: Bond with Your Loved One Through Activities

Alzheimer’s disease can take a physical, emotional and mental toll on patients, families and caregivers. As communication skills fade for a person with Alzheimer’s, caregivers often find it frustrating to support the person’s sense of self while trying to minimize skills that may be compromised due to the disease. Doing simple, enjoyable activities together can […]

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25 Feb

Understanding and Managing Hoarding in the Elderly

Hoarding is a delicate, psychological issue that often affects elderly individuals. Many people do not understand or know how to deal with hoarding properly. The immediate reaction is often to begin throwing out perceived junk. This, however, can upset the hoarder and exacerbate the problem. The key is to help the person who hoards understand […]

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18 Feb

Recognizing the Signs and Protecting Against Elder Fraud

Who would take advantage of a sweet older woman? Unfortunately a lot of people. Seniors are vulnerable to fraud from people who, while seemingly well intentioned, are out to make a quick buck. In fact, elder fraud costs older adults more than $2.6 billion per year Recognizing elder fraud red flags can help you protect […]

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