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The Power of Laughter

Your grandma or grandpa may have told you that laughter is the best medicine. And, as is often is the case, they were right. Whether during the COVID-19 Pandemic or more normal times, laughter can help, regardless of gender or age. It can help caregivers and the clients they provide care for....

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Common COVID Related Scams

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created myriad issues for people to deal with. As if this time isn’t challenging enough, it also has created an opportunity for people to prey on the elder with a variety of COVID-19 scams. Below is some information for caregivers and home healthcare workers to be on the look-out for to try and reduce the chances that someone you know or work with gets taken advantage of. MercuryNews.com wrote about this topic and said that scammers are already out in full force....

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The Importance of Staying Social (Even While Socially Distancing)

While the COVID-19 pandemic affected social lives around the globe, it will likely have long standing effects for our senior population. Due to the increased risks for seniors, the CDC recommends that older adults (aged 65 years and older) stay home if possible and avoid close contact from others. While restrictions are beginning to be lifted in some areas of the country, seniors are recommended to proceed with more caution than the general population....

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A Little Self-Care Goes a Long Way

The heart of Home Care lies in the compassion, kindness, and care that our caregivers offer. But caregivers can’t take care of others unless they first take care of themselves. However, the stress and anxiety that often surrounds a global pandemic can make self-care difficult. Especially for caregivers that are balancing competing demands such as caring for their clients, their families, themselves, and adjusting to this new way of life. Therefore, it’s vital that caregivers take measures to care for themselves during this stressful time....

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Coronavirus Update

While most cases of COVID-19 are mild, causing only fever and cough, a very small percentage of cases become severe and may progress particularly in the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. Because this is the primary population that For Papa’s Sake serves, we understand your concerns and want to share with you how our organization is responding to the threat of COVID-19. ...

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For Papa’s Sake Home Care Receives 2020 Best of Home Care® – Leader in Excellence Award

Arlington Heights, IL– For Papa’s Sake Home Care announced today that it received the distinguished 2020 Best of Home Care –Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for home care. The Leader in Excellence Award is the highest recognition awarded by Home Care Pulse and is given to select home care businesses that consistently rank among the very highest in 10 or more quality metrics....

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Selecting the Right Home Care Agency

Life can be stressful enough when you or someone you love needs home care. If you do a quick “Google” search, you’ll easily become inundated with information, some helpful, the rest not so much. We wanted to provide some key tips when starting your search to help streamline the process. ...

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Breaking Down Shingles

Shingles is something we often hear about in the home care industry as it often impacts senior adults. The truth is, shingles can creep up on you at any age. Shingles is the result of the varicella-zoster virus which stays in your system once you’ve had the chicken pox. 99% of the U.S. population over the age of 50 has had chickenpox as a child. The good news: Chicken pox is a one and done disease meaning, you can’t get it again. Bad news: varicella-zoster virus remains dormant in your nerves and can strike at any given time....

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Sadly, elder abuse, or older adults who experience abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, is far too common. Perpetrators of elder abuse are often those closest to the individual, as studies from the Adult Protective Services report that 90 percent of perpetrators of elder abuse are family members. Individuals with dementia are the majority of those abused, as one study reported that 47 percent of people with dementia suffer from some kind of abuse. ...

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Why Do I Need Powers of Attorney?

A common question I get asked is, “Why do I need a Health Care or Power of Attorney?” The short answer is because only YOU can make a health care decision on your behalf or sign your own name. ...

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