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Benefits of Yoga in Your Golden Years

Added on October 4, 2018 by Harry_Cline

Benefits of Yoga in Your Golden Years

As we age, it is inevitable that we will be unable to perform certain tasks, at least not as quickly and easily as we used to. Your joints might crack and groan when you get out of bed in the morning and you just can't move around as easily. Aging is to blame, but this is not to say that you can't get back a little of that flexibility and feel good doing it. Yoga isn't just for the young – it's for the young at heart, too.

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Happy 4th of July

Added on July 4, 2018 by Life_Force_Eldercare

Happy 4th of July

Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly wishes everyone a happy 4th of July!


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Life Force Walks to End Alzheimer's

Added on June 22, 2018 by Jared_Rodgers

Life Force Walks to End Alzheimer's

Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly is participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's - South Jersey Shore in Atlantic City, NJ on October 07, 2018. Take a few moments to visit our website, alz.lifeforceeldercare.com, to learn more about contributing to a great event. Here are some ways you can help.

  1. Donate to team Life Force Senior Care Corporation online or by mailing your donation to 1060 N. Kings Highway, Suite 314, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.
  2. Join our team, Life Force Senior Care Corporation, as a walker to raise money for a great cause.

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Stay Mentally Active With These Hobbies For Seniors

Added on April 13, 2018 by Lucy_Wyndham

Stay Mentally Active With These Hobbies For Seniors

The top 15 health concerns for seniors include cancer, arthritis and heart disease, showing the importance of a good diet and exercise as you age. However, included in this list are cognitive impairments including Alzheimer's and depression. To avoid the problems of memory-related conditions as well as mental conditions related to social isolation, seniors should find mentally stimulating hobbies. Engaging in the following activities will keep you sharp well into old age, in order to slow the natural deterioration of cognitive faculties.

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Life Force In Search of RN Supervisors for New Jersey (NJ)

Added on April 6, 2018 by Life_Force_Senior_Care

Life Force In Search of RN Supervisors for New Jersey (NJ)

Life Force's New Jersey location is in search of a few nurse supervisors to provide case monitoring for patients located in throughout the state of New Jersey. The Nurse will provide case supervision for homemaker-home health aides, as indicated by agency policies, state and federal laws/regulations. In-home, admission visits and bi-monthly reassessment visits are part of the RN Supervisor duties, as is the development of the Plan of Care. The RN also prepares paperwork necessary for agency policies and federal/state laws and assists with the training and supervision of Homemaker-Home Health Aides.

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Out And About: Helping Seniors With Limited Mobility Make The Most Of Springtime

Added on March 30, 2018 by Lucy_Wyndham

Out And About: Helping Seniors With Limited Mobility Make The Most Of Springtime

Spring is here, and it's the perfect time to enjoy the mild weather and revel in the beauty of nature. Anyone who wants to improve their health and shake off the winter doldrums should take advantage of the mild weather as the Harvard Health Letter reports that being outdoors allows you to get more exercise, improve focus and concentration, and it can even help to boost happiness. Even seniors who need help with ambulation can benefit from the sunshine and fresh air as being outdoors can improve an elderly person's physical and mental health in different ways.

If you have an aging parent or relative with limited mobility, don't fret. There are lots of ways that your loved one can enjoy the great outdoors while staying safe and comfortable. Here's how you can help your senior loved one make the most of springtime.

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How to Assess Your Elderly Parent's Daily Caregiving Needs

Added on March 16, 2018 by Lydia_Chan

How to Assess Your Elderly Parent's Daily Caregiving Needs

Hiring a caregiver is a wonderful way to improve your elderly parent's quality of life while also managing caregiving expenses. However, without a clear vision of your parent's needs, a caregiver can't make the best use of her time. As the closest family member, it's up to you to assess and communicate your parent's daily caregiving needs.

Assessing daily needs isn't complicated, but it does require you to be thorough. You need to observe all of your parent's daily routines so you can identify the tasks she needs help with. The best way to do this is to spend a few days living with your parent and monitoring as she moves through her daily life.

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3 Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Aging Loved One Has Enough Help

Added on March 2, 2018 by June_Duncan

3 Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Aging Loved One Has Enough Help

One of the hardest parts of having an aging loved one is ensuring she has enough help. While she may say she is handling daily tasks well, you may have your doubts. Hiring a caregiver or becoming a caregiver for your senior loved one is one way to make sure she has the assistance she needs to take care of herself. We offer other suggestions for making sure your aging loved one has enough help here, to put your mind at ease.

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Making Technology Senior Friendly

Added on February 16, 2018 by Kristen_Heller

Technology is our way of "keeping up" with an increasingly hectic world. With it, we have the tools to stay as up-to-date as we can manage; without it, we're left to mainly fend for ourselves. Technology - specifically the internet - is considered the supreme tool of a younger generation, though there's no reason for it to be age-restricted. As it turns out, seniors also want to join in on the fun.

Today, four-in-ten seniors now use smartphones, which is more than double the share observed in 2013. This is a sign that seniors want to get into the tech game - they might just need someone like you to teach them.

Whether you're caring for a senior family member or loved one, or if you've recently begun offering your services as a family caregiver, teaching a senior how to use a new technology offers them a huge lifestyle improvement.

Of course, this path of education should be taken on carefully. After all, seniors come from a time long before the internet. If you're looking for some key teaching points, scroll down and we'll start you off in the right direction.

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Disaster Planning for Live-In Aides And Their Elderly Clients

Added on February 2, 2018 by Jared_Rodgers

Disaster Planning for Live-In Aides And Their Elderly Clients

In October 2017 I took an opportunity to travel to Corpus Christi, Texas to offer my assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. What I witnessed was complete devastation, as Hurricane Harvey had no mercy with its path of destruction. I witness people grieving the loss of their homes, belongings, pets and, for some, a loved one. A home is the symbol of our hard work, memories, familiarity and security. It is our safe haven. What took a lifetime to build was leveled in a matter of minutes leaving many asking, "Where do we go from here?"

Going through a disaster like Hurricane Harvey is a life changing experience. We can never predict the next disaster; yet there are ways we can prepare and respond which could save our life or the lives of those we love.

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Keeping Your Senior Warm This Winter

Added on January 19, 2018 by Lucy_Wyndham

Keeping Your Senior Warm This Winter

Winter can be inconvenient and uncomfortable for even the most healthy of us but bear in mind that what is just an annoying level of cold for you could be dangerous for the senior you care about. Elderly people lose body heat faster than when they were younger and are more likely to have health conditions which make being cold more serious. Here are some things to remember to keep the seniors in your life warm this winter.

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Tips to Prepare Your Home for Taking Care of an Alzheimer's Patient

Added on January 5, 2018 by Lydia_Chan

Tips to Prepare Your Home for Taking Care of an Alzheimer's Patient

According to Helpguide.org, there are approximately 15 million people in the U.S. caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's. There are millions more around the world currently caring for a loved one with this debilitating disease. And the job is far from easy. Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's typically leaves you feeling tired and overwhelmed. Assisted living facilities are better equipped to care for an Alzheimer's patient, as these types of facilities feature round-the-clock care provided by multiple staff members. Residents participate in social activities and are kept safe throughout the day and night. In other words, the responsibility doesn't rest on one person's shoulders.

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How Pet Ownership Can Make Seniors Live Long and Healthy

Added on December 15, 2017 by Lucy_Wyndham

How Pet Ownership Can Make Seniors Live Long and Healthy

People love their pets. According to the American Pet Product Association, 68% of U.S. families own a pet, which are about 85 million households in America. As a result, pet owners spend approximately $40 billion a year in pet care and supplies alone. This might seem a bit overwhelming but when you consider the benefits, it will instantly seem like a smart investment for years to come.

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Giving Your Elderly the Best Care

Added on November 24, 2017 by Lucy_Wyndham

Giving Your Elderly the Best Care

Caring for elderly relatives ought to be rewarding, but can often be stressful as you try to find the best solution. A good Home Care Company can be a possibility but they are not easy to come by and can be costly. Simply finding them a 'helping hand'; someone to pop in and out throughout the day might also work. However, if they want to remain safe and secure in their own home with companionship they may need to find someone to 'live in'. This  kind of care not only supports the elderly with personal care but can also help to maintain the fabric of their home by making sure essential repairs are carried out and utilities are running properly.

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How to Help Elderly Loved Ones Maintain Good Oral Health

Added on November 10, 2017 by Lucy_Wyndham

How to Help Elderly Loved Ones Maintain Good Oral Health

The good news for our elderly loved ones is that seniors aged over 65 still have an average of about 18.90 remaining teeth. Only 24% have no remaining teeth at all, meaning that keeping teeth and gums healthy is a vital part of disease prevention. In this post, we discuss the biggest dental risks for mature persons, suggesting measures that carers and loved ones can take to keep seniors healthy and happy.

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Ways to Help Seniors Age Happily At Home

Added on October 27, 2017 by Lucy_Wyndham

Ways to Help Seniors Age Happily At Home

Growing old comes with many new challenges, and it is much easier to take on these trials in the comfort of one's home. When confronting changes to one's life, health, and abilities in any capacity, having the familiarity of one's same belongings and regular daily routines can make any situation more manageable. If you are a senior or you have an aging loved one, you may be wondering how to gain access to the right resources to make aging in place a possibility.

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How to Help a Beloved Alzheimer's Sufferer Cope with Spousal Death

Added on October 13, 2017 by Marie_Villeza

How to Help a Beloved Alzheimer's Sufferer Cope with Spousal Death

The death of a spouse is an especially difficult life event to experience; this trial poses an even more daunting challenge to sufferers of Alzheimer's, who must now live without their primary caregiver and mate. The dementia sufferer will typically express random bouts of confusion as he or she attempts to process the lost. This further affects already grieving family members who are aching to see their loved one properly grieve the loss of his or her spouse.

However, depending on the severity of the illness, the surviving spouse may not have the sufficient memory bandwidth to process the death.

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How to Make Any Garden Elderly-Friendly

Added on September 29, 2017 by Lucy_Wyndham

How to Make Any Garden Elderly-Friendly

One of the great joys of growing old is finally having the time to do the things you've always wanted—like growing your very own garden. Gardening encourages spending time with nature, allowing people to be more in touch with natural beauty and realize the benefits of being outdoors. Studies in public health show that people in the U.S. spend up to 90% of their time indoors, which can lead to a sedentary, isolated lifestyle, especially for seniors.

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Can Light Therapy Help With Alzheimer's?

Added on September 22, 2017 by Lucy_Wyndham

Can Light Therapy Help With Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It causes untold emotional pain and difficulty for the loved ones of the five million Americans currently suffering with the disease; but, at present, there is no cure. A recent study on light therapy emerged from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has created promise for a new therapy that might alleviate Alzheimer's suffering.

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How Modern Apps and Services Can Help You Care for a Loved One from Far Away

Added on August 31, 2017 by Marie_Villeza

How Modern Apps and Services Can Help You Care for a Loved One from Far Away

If you live more than an hour or so away from an elderly loved one but are still responsible for their care, you are technically a long-distance caregiver. Unavoidable life circumstances often prevent us from living as close to our loved ones as we wish we could, but even so, we sometimes still have the responsibility of organizing their caretaking. Lucky for us, modern technology is making long-distance caregiving easier than ever. Here's how you can use apps and services to ensure your loved one is safe and happy from afar.

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Guidance for Purchasing a Home as a Senior

Added on July 12, 2017 by Jim_Vogel

When you're ready to begin searching for a home, there are certain aspects you should look for as a senior. To avoid making changes after you purchase your home, you can look for one that already has designs that will allow you to age in place. There are also specific financial considerations to make, especially if you're living off of retirement funds or on a fixed income.

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How Caregivers Can Make a Difference for Seniors with Mesothelioma

Added on December 19, 2016 by Mesothelioma_Center

How Caregivers Can Make a Difference for Seniors with Mesothelioma

The symptoms of mesothelioma may make it impossible for a senior to live independently, but with a dedicated and experienced caregiver, a senior can still enjoy a good quality of life.

Mesothelioma can rapidly take away a senior's ability to drive and carry out activities of daily living. A caregiver supports the senior by taking on these tasks and providing emotional support. Because caregiving for a senior with cancer is extremely demanding for untrained relatives with their own responsibilities, the services of a live-in caregiver are highly recommended.

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Life Force Walks to End Alzheimer's Fundraiser

Added on July 10, 2016 by Jared_Rodgers

 Life Force Walks to End Alzheimer's Fundraiser

Life Force has specialized in providing live-in home health aides since 1989. Over the past 27 years we have seen the effects that Alzheimer's disease has had on many of our clients and their supportive family members. We personally have serviced hundreds who have battled Alzheimer's and join in the effort to provide support to combat this detrimental disease. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050.

In response, Life Force has organized a wrap-around fundraising event for the Walk to End Alzheimer's to generate awareness while raising donations for our team goal. The money raised for the walk will empower the Alzheimer's Association to continue to do what it does best: (1) Provide support to victims and to the family members who struggle alongside their loved ones. (2) Support ongoing research to find a cure.

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Life Force Offers New Jersey Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aide (CHHHA) Training

Added on May 20, 2016 by Jared_Rodgers

Life Force Offers New Jersey Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aide (CHHHA) Training

Life Force Senior Care Corporation has chosen the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed) to provide online caregiver training and compliance to all their home health aides.

CHERRY HILL, NJ Life Force Senior Care Corporation has made a commitment to providing the highest quality care to seniors in New Jersey by implementing a certified homemaker home health aide training program developed by the Institute for Professional Care Education. Life Force Senior Care Corporation's aides now have access to IPCed's online caregiver training as well as IPCed's award-winning Medifecta series of DVD-based caregiver training.

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CEU Offered by Live-in Specialist

Added on July 15, 2015 by Daryoush_Ekhterae

CEU Offered by Live-in Specialist

The New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative has approved Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly to offer three (3) clinical/social and cultural competence continuing education hours.

The program was developed by Daryoush Ekhterae, PhD. He is a manager at Life Force Eldercare Corporation which seeks to enhance the quality of senior living. Dr. Ekhterae has significant professional experience in training health care providers and caregivers for the elderly. He also lends a unique personal perspective, having dealt with the challenges of caregiving in his own family.

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Estate Planning Before Needing Live-in Care

Added on June 15, 2015 by Jared_Rodgers

Estate Planning Before Needing Live-in Care

My mother recently called me seeking help with updating her and my father's wills. Of course I agreed and was more than happy to help my parents review their wills. Since I was told that I would eventually become the executor of their estate, planning ahead would benefit both my parents and me.

Most of my experience is in providing live-in care services to the elderly and very little on the side of estate planning. I was very curious to go through the estate planning process myself, so this was the perfect opportunity for that experience.

As my mother and I continued to speak, I asked if she had in addition to the will a power of attorney (POA) and an advance directive, also known as a living will. She was not sure - which I knew most likely meant they did not have all the essential documents necessary. I suggested that the three of us meet with the attorney that originally drafted their will back in the '80s to ensure that we have everything we need. They both agreed.

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Live-in Eldercare Agency vs Private Aide

Added on December 16, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Live-in Eldercare Agency vs Private Aide

Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly has provided personalized live-in custodial care to hundreds of seniors since 1989. A live-in home health aide is an alternative to an assisted living or long-term care nursing facility by assisting with activities of daily living right in the comfort of your own home. While conducting the initial assessment of a client's needs and expectations, families naturally ask questions about Life Force's services. One question that sometimes arises is: What is the advantage of working with an agency like Life Force over hiring our own private aide?

When choosing between these two options families normally make a decision based upon price. Hiring a private aide is typically cheaper than working with a licensed agency, but a private caregiver easily becomes more costly in the end.

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Live-in Care vs 24-Hour Care

Added on July 11, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Live-in Care vs 24-Hour Care

Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly provides live-in personal senior care. At times families have confused live-in care with 24-hour care. Although there are similarities, there are major differences that should be identified.

Live-in elder care provides ONE home health aide who lives at the home of the client for several days or several weeks at a time. With 24-hour care, there are multiple shifts throughout the day. The most common shifts are either three 8 hour shifts or two 12 hour shifts.

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Live-in Care Complements Hospice Care

Added on July 2, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Live-in Care Complements Hospice Care

Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly supplements hospice care with live-in personal care. While hospice manages a client's palliative care, our live-in caregiver is ready to assist with the client's activities of daily living (ADLs). Here are some advantages when contemplating live-in custodial care for a loved one utilizing hospice.

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Long Term Care Insurance Pays for Live-in Care

Added on June 29, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Long Term Care Insurance Pays for Live-in Care

Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is a privately owned insurance policy that pays for the cost of live-in custodial care. An individual will pay monthly premiums until there is a need for assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Typically an LTCI policy requires assistance with three or more ADLs for the beneficiary to qualify to receive payments for live-in elder care services.

Make life easier by reviewing the list below. Addressing these items early will reduce much stress and disappointment when submitting a claim with your long term care insurance company.

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Top Three Reasons You Referred To Life Force

Added on March 22, 2013 by Victoria_Evereklian

Top Three Reasons You Referred To Life Force

We asked you, you told us.  Here are the answers to the most important question we asked you in our elder care survey.

Over the past 24 months, Life Force, a provider of live-in caregivers for the elderly, conducted a survey across Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The survey was conducted among 322 professionals in the home health care industry, including social workers (37% of sample), registered nurses (23%), administration (10%), volunteer coordinators (10%), directors of services (9%), and others.

This survey asked respondents questions relevant to the home care industry, particularly the live-in personal care industry. The key question in the survey asked what the top three most important considerations are upon referring a client for live-in personal care.

Below is a breakdown of the survey, as well as how Life Force delivers on each count.

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Safety Responsibilities of Clients to Home Health Aides

Added on March 15, 2013 by Alicia_Evereklian

Safety Responsibilities of Clients to Home Health Aides

Ensuring the safety of a caregiver living in an elderly client's home is one of the most important responsibilities of the client and a foremost priority of our home care agency.

Since most Life Force's caregivers are live-in caregivers for the elderly, the client's home becomes a workplace for the caregiver. These client responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following.

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What Qualities Make a Caregiver Excellent?

Added on February 15, 2013 by Alicia_Evereklian

What Qualities Make a Caregiver Excellent?

In running a home health care agency specializing in live-in care for the elderly, we have found that finding qualified caregivers is the most critical factor in an agency's success. A criminal background check, face-to-face interview, a high score on a pre-assignment competency test, TB screening, relevant experience, and two references still may not guarantee that the caregiver is uniquely qualified to assist elderly clients with the activities of daily living. Although caregivers may meet every criteria required by the state, there are certain intangibles that make a caregiver excellent, rather than merely good.

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