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Make National Senior Citizens Day Special for Your Loved Ones

Ronald Reagan formally declared August 21st National Senior Citizens Day, to honor how seniors positively contribute to society. For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt...

Emergency Preparation Resources for Toledo Seniors

  Guest Blogger: Daniel Hunt, Mobility Manager - TARTA Daniel Hunt has over 30 years of business experience, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Associate degrees in Health Facility Administration and Marketing. Currently Daniel is the Mobility...

Firework Distress in Dementia Patients and Elderly Loved Ones

Fireworks and Fourth of July go together like presents and Christmas. But unlike those red and green wrapped gifts enjoyed by all, fireworks are anxiously anticipated and a huge source of confusion and angst for many. While firework distress is commonly discussed in...

Join the Cause to End Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day

The Longest Day is the Alzheimer’s Association’s second biggest outreach initiative, organized with the purpose of recognizing the challenges facing both Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones. The Longest Day will occur on June 21, 2018: the summer solstice and...

A Guide to Respite Care for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers can face a lot of stress when taking care of a loved one full-time. There are many responsibilities and it can be difficult to keep up with their needs as well as one’s personal needs. Caregivers may also struggle to balance their life when they need...

The Definitive Guide to Toledo Caregiver Support Resources

Providing full-time care for a loved one can be exhausting physically, mentally and emotionally. Using respite care, caregiver support resources, and taking time to be a part of a good support group can ease the burden and make you a better caregiver. Whether your...

Dealing with the Stress of Caring for Dementia Patients

Caring for dementia patients, even those for whom you care deeply, can be stressful for caregivers. How caregivers deal with that stress can actually exacerbate the patient’s condition or help it. A recent study showed how a caregiver’s stress-management techniques...

Nutrition At Home – Tips for Safe Food Storage in a Freezer

With a health care background of 15 years, working in senior care environments including long-term care, private homes and agencies, Kathy is currently a member of Arista’s staff preparing healthy meals to serve to clients. Her experience includes 2 years in the...

Respite Care Services: So Caregivers Can Be Caretakers

The saying goes “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” But refilling that cup isn’t always as easy as turning on the tap water.  It’s often difficult for a care-GIVER to remember to be a care-TAKER of themselves. Using respite care services for your loved one so that you...

When Childcare and Senior Care Collide

What follows is a guest post by Allison Schroeder, a 30-something mother of three who finds herself also caring for her parents. Below she opens up about the challenges that being in the Sandwich Generation brings. I knew that life would at some point involve...

When Children Become the Parent

As parents age and their health declines, children may encounter a change of roles. Instead of the parent taking care of the child, the child becomes the parent. This change may come on gradually as you slowly take on a more active role in their lives. Preparing for...

Nutrition At Home – Salsa Meat Loaf Recipe

With a health care background of 15 years, working in senior care environments including long-term care, private homes and agencies, I am currently a member of Arista’s staff and preparing meals to serve 7 days a week for one of our clients. My experience includes 2...

Parkinson’s Disease – Know these Six Symptoms

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder that affects motor function through its impact on the brain’s ability to produce dopamine. No one knows the cause, and the disease progresses in several stages. The progression is generally slow and variable....

7 Ways to Help a Relative Who is Sundowning

Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease that affects people in the late hours of the day. They may become confused or more upset than they usually are. Studies have shown that around 20% of people with Alzheimer’s will go through this. If you or someone you...

Paula Birney Earns Status as Certified Dementia Practitioner®

Arista Home Care Solutions is proud to announce that owner, Paula A. Birney, CMA, CDP has successfully met the requirements of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and is now a Certified Dementia Practitioner®. The Council was formed to...

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. It was early 1999 when colon...

What is Respite Care?

Caring for a senior loved one day after day can be exhausting and thankless. Getting time to recharge or just to perform necessary errands can make a world of difference, not just in your life, but in the quality of care you are able to provide for your loved one....

How to Pay for Senior In-Home Care with Careful Planning

It is common for families to become concerned about keeping a loved one at home when considering the cost of non-medical in-home senior care. While most people have heard that the annual cost of long-term care is expected to increase at an alarming rate during the...

Senior Care Trends to Watch in 2018

While much of today’s society seems to change at a hectic pace, trends involving seniors seem to progress more slowly. The rapid change in lifestyles, however, is catching up to the senior care industry and change will likely continue to accelerate in the coming...

The Benefits of Information Technology in Senior Home Care

Thanks to advances in medicine, Americans are living longer than ever. It is expected that 10,000 baby boomers will celebrate their 65th birthdays every day from now until 2030. To help serve this growing population, information technology is paving the way. While...

Arista Home Care Solutions Welcomes New Office Manager

Clayton and Paula would like to introduce our new Office Manager, Wendy Waggoner. Wendy lives in Maumee, Ohio with her son Michael who is a senior at Penta. Wendy was most recently the office manager at Carty Rentals in Bowling Green Ohio, where she managed up to 20...

The Growing Trend Away From Nursing Homes in 2018

Spending your final years in a nursing home is commonplace today, and nursing homes are a modern invention. While nursing homes are solid options for many needing full-time medical care, there is a growing trend away from nursing homes and toward solutions that...

The Demanding Job of the Adult Caregiver

It’s hard to imagine the demands on a family member providing full-time care for an elderly loved one, until they are in the position of providing that care themselves. Finding both physical and emotional support is vitally important for you as an adult caregiver and...

What to Look for in a Respite Care Provider

You’ve provided for your loved one day-in and day-out for some time. Now you’re looking into hiring someone else to provide respite care, but don’t know where to begin. Choosing an outside respite care provider is a big step that can feel intimidating. Entrusting the...

3 Ways to Keep Loved Ones Active During Winter

Cold weather can make people want to hibernate, but it’s important as a caregiver to keep loved ones active and in shape. Regular activity can prevent serious health problems and do a lot for mental health as well. Movement improves circulation, helps ward off chronic...

Holiday Gift Ideas for Senior Parents

Finding a gift for elderly loved ones can be a challenge. If you are already providing in home senior care, then you are sure all their day-to-day essentials are being taken care of. That doesn’t mean they don’t deserve something special from you around the holidays....

5 Fun Indoor Activities for Caregivers and Loved Ones

When the season starts to turn in Ohio and Michigan, outdoor activities become limited. This is especially true for the elderly, who cannot easily navigate snow and ice. Luckily, there are plenty of fun and rewarding activities caregivers can do with loved ones...

3 Ways to Relieve Caregiver Stress During the Holidays

Caregiving can impose physical and emotional stresses on the provider. With the holidays on the horizon, caregivers may find it difficult to maintain a busy schedule while providing care. This can lead to burnout, feelings of depression, or grief. Fortunately, there...

Caregiver Stress: Causes. Signs. Solutions.

Sometimes caregivers need a break. Taking care of an aging loved one can be one of the most precious tasks of a lifetime, but it also requires an enormous amount of energy and time. A report by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) says half of all...

Protect Your Elderly Parents by Eliminating Germs

Your elderly parents have enough health risks without worrying about harmful germs cultivating right inside the home. As a caregiver, a top priority is the cleanliness of the house. A germ-free home protects elderly loved ones from illnesses and diseases that could be...

I spent the day cheering on female Triathlon competitors as they swam, rode a bike and ran. Watching these amazing athletes, I was in awe of the various ages of the champions before me. The age ranged from 20-85. Yes, 85 years old and doing a Triathlon. I couldn’t...

Area Office on Aging | A Testimonial

Area Office on Aging Northwest Ohio When things began to get difficult for Mom I wasn’t sure where to go for help. Luckily, we have a great resource in the Area Office on Aging. Mom was living alone in a 55+ apartment building for seniors.  The only resources were...

I am my mother’s daughter

I am a 56-year-old wife, mother, friend and daughter. I’ll always be a daughter, her daughter, even though mom is gone. It’s been over 3 years and I miss her every day. I thought it would get easier, but I still reach for the phone to share a story I know she would...

Small Space Gardening for Health and Wellness

Summer is here and it's time to get back outside! However, full scale gardening is typically not an activity that caregivers have time or energy to pull off. That's why small space, or container gardening is the way to go. On a porch, in a window sill or in a sunny...

A Simple Request

Today I sat with a beautiful elderly couple as they held hands and told each other "I love you" for what might be the last time.  He's on Hospice Care now and getting near to the end. He sleeps most of the time and does not always realize she is there. They have been...

What’s The Most Contaminated Item in Most Kitchens?

Cleaning the Kitchen:   The most germ-contaminated room in your house! Everyone knows it’s the cutting board, right?  Or perhaps a knife set or cooking utensils?  Nope, the most contaminated item in most kitchens is hands.  And since you’re taking the time to read...

Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures 2017

Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures 2017 Alzheimer’s disease is the most commonly known and diagnosed disease of approximately 50 different diseases comprising the condition category known as dementia.  The good news is that public awareness has increased quite...

Hazards Lurking in Your Elderly Parents’ Home

Falls lead the way when it comes to injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, among adults 65 and older.  What can be done around their home to minimize the risk?  Everyone knows about the obvious things: eliminate clutter, manage electrical cords, ensure adequate lighting...

Are You Letting Strangers Into Your Parents’ Home?

Questions to ask your home care provider Remember the popular phrase you taught your kids -- Stranger danger, stranger danger?  Now you’re taking care of your parents, but stop and think about it, isn’t this phrase just as applicable?  The same parents who you...

Communication Tips for Seniors with Dementia

Here's one of our most popular blog posts from recent years:  Communication Tips for Dementia Patients People with Alzheimer's and other dementias find communication difficult; both in their effort to express thoughts and in their ability to understand others. Go into...

The 7 Greatest Risks When Choosing a Home Care Provider

The 7 Greatest Risks When Choosing a Home Care Provider Okay, so it really comes down to one big mistake that leads to this set of risks, and that’s hiring a person “off the street” rather than working with a professional home care company. Would you hire some unknown...

There’s No Place like Home

In Home Senior Care Services As they age, our parents may develop trouble doing everyday chores like shopping, cooking, and taking care of their home or themselves. When activities of daily living become too difficult for your loved one to manage, many believe that a...

Who Will Help Take Care of My Home and My Property?

VIP Total Care You’ve lived a successful life, raised your kids and worked hard to be ready for retirement. You were so successful, in fact, that you have a great home in a great neighborhood or perhaps on a nice piece of acreage. So what’s the problem? Well, now that...

Happy Holidays from Arista Home Care Solutions

Arista Home Care Solutions will be open throughout the holidays to serve new and existing clients, including on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Keep us in mind if you know someone who needs help at home during this holiday season, and in 2017. About Arista Home Care...

In-Home Senior Care: When Should I Ask for Help?

When is it time for an in-home senior caregiver? For most of us independence and privacy is an important condition for a comfortable life. We each have our habits and methods of doing things, and life has a rhythm that just “fits” our personalities. But as people age...

Make Halloween Safe Again!

The simple act of slowing dowMake Halloween Safe Again!n on neighborhood roads can not only make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but it can save lives. Expecting Trick-or-Treaters at Your House? • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well lit and free of...

Are You Properly Vaccinated? Take the CDC Quiz

Vaccination is typically associated with children.  It's true, every child should receive the recommended childhood vaccinations.  Many adults (of all ages) may need vaccinations as well - your age, your medical history, your work and personal habits, whether or not...

Which Foods are Bad (or Good) If You Experience Joint Pain?

There can be a lot of contributors to joint pain, and if you experience chronic or reoccurring episodes you should consult with your doctor.  Your primary care physician may refer you to a joint pain specialist, typically a rheumatologist or an orthopedist. There are...

The Average Person Forgets 4 Things Per Day!

Do older adults (55 years +) or younger adults (18-34) have worse memories? If you thought older...guess again! In fact, research reveals younger adults are 3 times more likely to forget to take a shower! A little fact from Brain Games, Brain Training & Brain...

7 Greatest Risks When Hiring an In-Home Senior Care Provider

Risks When Hiring an In-Home Senior Care Provider Okay, so it really comes down to one big mistake that leads to this set of risks, and that’s hiring a person “off the street” rather than working with a professional in-home senior care company. Would you hire some...

Selecting the Proper In-Home Care for Your Parents

Re-posted with edits from www.agingcare.com The original article was titled How to Choose Home Care for Elderly Parents, by Carolyn Rosenblatt As our population lives longer, the need for in-home care aides is increasing significantly. Most elders, if asked, would say...

When Does Mom or Dad Need Help?

(five must-read tips at the end of this article) This article was initially published in the Rotary Club of Maumee News & Views monthly newsletter following a presentation made to the rotary membership by Arista Home Care Solutions owner and Rotarian Paula Birney....

Dementia-Friendly Communication Tips

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Add Safety and Value to Your Home

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Could Delaying Retirement Be Great For Your Health?

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Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs

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Flu Prevention for the Elderly

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The Five Rights of Medication

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Our Aging Parents – A Catch-22

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Dangers of Dehydration

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When Should Seniors Give Up Driving

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When does Mom or Dad need help?

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Diagnosis and Prognosis – What does it mean?

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