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COVID-19 Resources

On February 25, 2020 the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) issued an alert in regard to the Coronavirus also known as COVID-19. The spread of COVID-19 is thought to occur mostly from person-to person contact via respiratory droplets. Please see the following resources to learn more. CDC resources: What you need to know about COVID-19 What to do if you are sick with COVID-19 Stop the spread of germs Symptoms of COVID-19 Proper hand washing techniques Flowchart to identify and assess COVID-19
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9 Quick Facts of Caregiving [Infographic]

Being an caregiver for a parent or a spouse can be exhausting and time consuming, not to mention costly. If you are currently caring for a loved one, know that you are not alone. While the facts speak for themselves, it’s important to understand your options. Private pay clinicians and aides like those at Legacy Home Care are available to help you and your loved ones for a quick reprieve, or an on-going basis. Sometimes it’s the simple peace-of-mind knowing that someone is there to provide support to you and loving care to your family. 32.4 Million Unpaid Caregivers While
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Share Your Legacy: Dale Piepho

After undergoing several knee replacements and suffering from recurring C. difficile, Dale Piepho of Maplewood, MN began services with Legacy Home Care. His live-in caregiver helps him with activities of daily living, house work and medication management, and he can’t rave enough about the care he receives. In the latest video in our Share Your Legacy series, Dale talks about the legacy he hopes to leave behind – the exceptional care he provided and continues to provide to his son, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. He also shares his Minnesota Twins Bobblehead collection, which would
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The Future of Home Health

America’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. There are a record number of seniors (65 years and older) living in the United States, and this number is expected to reach 70 million by the year 2030. With the increase in the number of older Americans comes the increase in the need for geriatric care. As our population lives longer, it is expected that we will see increasing numbers of those diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions such as diabetes or Alzheimer’s. According to a report from the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI), a patient’s home is likely to become the
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Six Tips for Being More Productive in the New Year

Being productive can make life easier for you and give you extra time to pursue the things you want. In order to have a productive day you have to remember it boils down to having a work life balance and staying organized. Here are six tips to help you be more productive in the New Year! Use a planner to stay organized and make “to-do lists” By using a planner you will accomplish more because you are organized and aware of everything, which will eliminate missing events and forgetting about things. There are only so many hours in the day,
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Three Ways to Improve Conversations with Loved Ones Suffering from Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is an irreversible disease that causes one to have memory loss which can result in not being able to perform basic day-to-day tasks. This can be a scary situation for both the person suffering from the disease, as well as his or her family members. In order to communicate more effectively with the person, it’s important to understand Alzheimer’s and the process. There are 3 stages in Alzheimer’s – early, middle and late. The early stage is when the person is functioning independently, but is starting to have memory lapses. Friends and family start noticing difficulties, such as coming
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Surrogate Decision Making in Elder Care

Your elderly father has cardiovascular disease and has trouble getting around on his own. He sometimes needs help with cleaning, eating and dressing himself. A recent visit to his doctor resulted in a diagnosis of stage IV bladder cancer. The doctor recommends surgery to remove the tumor as well as chemotherapy. Surgery and chemo present foreseeable problems for your father and chances of him living longer than six months are slim, even with the treatment. While it is already painful to watch your father succumb to the cardiovascular disease, treating the cancer would drag him down to an all-time low.
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Top 9 Benefits of Home Health Care

If you have an aging parent, chances are you have spent endless hours worrying about their future. For many families, home health care is a beneficial choice—a safe and affordable solution that supports the family, while allowing your loved ones to stay in the comfort of their own homes. If you are caring for a loved one, here are nine ways home health care can support you: Home health care professionals can be there when you aren’t able to be. If you are caregiving from a distance, home health care can give you peace of mind. Trained and qualified professionals can
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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

90% of men in their 70s have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a nonmalignant growth of the prostate gland. Find out about various treatment options, and lifestyle changes that can slow the progression of prostatic enlargement. Ed Goldman, a retired bookbinder who says he’s “pushing 80,” does not let his age or enlarged prostate curtail his physical activities and desire to travel. He walks the streets of his beloved New York for about two miles a day, five or more days a week, and knows every possible bathroom stop along his usual routes. When arriving in foreign territory, he immediately checks
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