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5 Red Flags Pointing to Caregiver Burnout

5 Red Flags Pointing to Caregiver Burnout

Being a caregiver is a rewarding position and offers an opportunity to be empathic and compassionate. However, no one has an unlimited amount to give, and being a caregiver can have some adverse effects. Namely, many caregivers experience high levels of stress — which...

6 Signs a Family Member Needs a Caregiver

6 Signs a Family Member Needs a Caregiver

When our elderly loved ones continue to live independently, we aren’t always assured that they are doing well on their own. Sometimes, we will see various signs which indicate that they may need immediate support aside from an illness or medical diagnosis. In this...

Guest Blogger: Dan Pletcher – FocusCFO

Guest Blogger: Dan Pletcher – FocusCFO

Dan has more than 35 years’ experience in executive management and leadership in business finance, management, and accounting.  Dan and his wife Bonny live on a lake in Southeast Michigan and have four adult children. Dan previously worked as General Manager,...

4 Reasons to Apply for Caregiver Jobs

4 Reasons to Apply for Caregiver Jobs

Caregiver jobs are needed now more than ever. As of July 2019, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 54 million people aged 65 or above living in the country, many of whom need compassionate care. Not only does this make caregiving a...

Tips to Get Your Loved One with No Appetite to Eat

Tips to Get Your Loved One with No Appetite to Eat

More often than not, seniors deal with a lot of health and medical conditions, making proper nutrition essential in keeping their strength up. However, there are days when they don’t seem to have a healthy appetite. This can be especially worrying when this behavior...

Top 4 Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Top 4 Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Every year in the U.S., more than 7,000 seniors die at home due to easily preventable accidents including fires, poisoning, and slip-and-fall accidents. Since prevention is the best medicine, caregivers need to take the necessary safety precautions and measures,...

How Respite Care Can Help Your Family

How Respite Care Can Help Your Family

However, you might realize that the longer you try to do your best to care for them, the more demanding and stressful everything becomes. Soon, you start to forget about your needs, and all of a sudden, it’s taking a toll on your health. While you’re giving everything...

Guest Blogger: Deitra Hickey, PhD

Guest Blogger: Deitra Hickey, PhD

  Guest Blogger: Deitra Hickey, PhD Dr. Deitra Hickey PhD., was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She has utilized her life experiences to develop a passion to help others find their balance and honor themselves through physical, mental, and emotional wellness....

5 Signs Your Loved One May Need In-Home Care

5 Signs Your Loved One May Need In-Home Care

Many amazing things come with age, including more time to spend with loved ones and experiences that bring joy, wisdom, and skills, as well as an overall happier outlook on life. However, after a certain point, we start to face some new challenges as well. When that...

5 Senior Care Tips for New Caregivers

5 Senior Care Tips for New Caregivers

Senior caregiving is a journey different for each person who embarks upon it. For some, the event begins quite suddenly. Maybe an accident has left an aging loved one unable to care for themselves, or a loved one of any age has suffered an abrupt change in health. For...

Alzheimer’s and Your Loved One—6 Tips for Daily Life

Alzheimer’s and Your Loved One—6 Tips for Daily Life

Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a journey requiring a great deal of patience and understanding. The progressive nature of this disease means you will need to be aware of and adapt to changes in the behavior of your loved one as the disease progresses....

3 Ways You Can Help the Senior in Your Life Make Healthy Choices

3 Ways You Can Help the Senior in Your Life Make Healthy Choices

If you have a senior family member who lives alone, you may be concerned about whether they are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting adequate nutrition. If you are unable to visit often due to long distances, it may be even more worrisome. There are several...

Guest Blogger: Liz Thees – 3 Affirmations of Self-Care

Guest Blogger: Liz Thees – 3 Affirmations of Self-Care

  Guest Blogger: Liz Thees - Life Coach Like you, Liz had been searching for her life purpose. After many years of studying and self-reflection, she discovered that she was meant to help women find clarity in their life purpose. Liz is a Certified Life Coach with...

How Can You Tell if Your Spouse Needs Home Care?

How Can You Tell if Your Spouse Needs Home Care?

The aging process involves many changes in health, lifestyle, and the ability to perform essential self-care tasks. It can be a difficult transition for many seniors, as they fear losing their independence and try to adjust to a new way of life. In many cases, one...

Senior Home Care and Home Health Care – What’s the Difference?

Senior Home Care and Home Health Care – What’s the Difference?

When you’ve decided that your loved one either needs or could benefit greatly from home care, the decision-making process is far from over. Before you decide on a trusted home care service, you’ll need to choose which type of care is best for your situation. Often,...

Why COVID-19 Is Driving the Demand for In-Home Senior Care

Why COVID-19 Is Driving the Demand for In-Home Senior Care

Now, more than ever, may be a good time to consider in-home health care for your senior loved ones. Though group and nursing homes are doing their best to stem the influx of COVID cases, the more people someone is exposed to, the more at-risk a person is. Sadly, this...

5 Ways At-Home Health Is Prepping to Step In for COVID-19 Patients

5 Ways At-Home Health Is Prepping to Step In for COVID-19 Patients

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced healthcare workers across the country to adapt their thinking and their approach to healthcare. In-home healthcare is also changing and preparing to step in for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. As Americans adapt to this new...

Arista Home Care Solutions Moves to Accommodate Growth

Arista Home Care Solutions Moves to Accommodate Growth

Growing home care company Arista Home Care Solutions has relocated to 7850 W. Central Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43617 to accommodate growth and offer a wider range of in-home services, including skilled health care. Toledo, OH (July 1, 2020) – Arista Home Care Solutions, a...

World Elder Abuse Day

World Elder Abuse Day

This month we want to highlight two special days. The first is The Longest Day. The Longest Day is the day with the most light – the summer solstice. On June 20, people across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their...

Guest Blogger: Adam Spriggs

Guest Blogger: Adam Spriggs

  Guest Blogger: Adam Spriggs Adam Spriggs joined Kingston in 2018 as Director of Marketing. Adam is passionate about shining a new light on how senior living communities help residents and their adult children thrive with a little help from exceptional...

How Will COVID-19 Affect Healthcare in the U.S.?

How Will COVID-19 Affect Healthcare in the U.S.?

While the U.S. has surpassed the rest of the world in its number of COVID-19 cases and places like New York, Washington, Louisiana, and California have certainly shared the brunt of the impact thus far, much of the country has not yet experienced the density of cases...

5 Ways Hospitals Are Reacting to the Coronavirus

5 Ways Hospitals Are Reacting to the Coronavirus

As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation, much has been made recently about the social and economic concerns surrounding the virus. Now that its spread has reached pandemic proportions, however, it is more important than ever to focus on the virus’ effect on...

6 Books on Senior Care That Every Caregiver Should Read

6 Books on Senior Care That Every Caregiver Should Read

While friends, family, and healthcare professionals are ideal components of any support system, it’s just as important to learn from other caregivers. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best books written by caregivers, for caregivers. These unique...

A Message from Arista Home Care Solutions

A Message from Arista Home Care Solutions

Arista Home Care Solutions recognizes the need for caution during this uncertain time. As a home health provider, it is our duty to continue to serve our patients while keeping our workforce safe. We have always practiced Universal Precautions and will continue to do...

6 Senior Care Trends of the Near Future

6 Senior Care Trends of the Near Future

Entering your Golden Years is no longer a daunting prospect. While not long ago, being in a senior living or assisted living facility evoked thoughts of lack of autonomy, however technology and education have made advancements in senior living that have made...

Arista Home Care Solutions Acquires Alpha Home Healthcare

Arista Home Care Solutions Acquires Alpha Home Healthcare

Growing home care company Arista Home Care continues to offer Toledo-area residents home care options. Arista Home Care Solutions has acquired Alpha Home Healthcare to offer a wider range of in-home services, including skilled health care. Toledo, OH – Arista Home...

24/7 Senior Home Care: 6 Qualities of the Best Options Available

24/7 Senior Home Care: 6 Qualities of the Best Options Available

If your loved one needs more care than you and your family can offer, 24/7 senior home care could be the ideal solution. This level of service offers several benefits to seniors as well as family members. If your family is considering 24/7 senior home care for a loved...

Signs for Long-Distance Caregivers to Look For

Signs for Long-Distance Caregivers to Look For

It’s hard for our aging parents to admit they need help, because this could result in a loss of independence. At Arista Home Care, we want to make sure they maintain their dignity and freedom. We respect their independence and encourage as much self-reliance as they...

Common Senior Care Problems Caregivers Face and How to Navigate

Common Senior Care Problems Caregivers Face and How to Navigate

If you are caring for an elderly loved one or plan to start working as a senior caregiver in the near future, it’s important to know more than just your day-to-day responsibilities and job duties. You should also have some idea of what to expect in terms of the most...

What is an Ombudsman?

What is an Ombudsman?

  Guest Blogger: Christopher Stieben Chris Stieben has worked at ABLE for 9 years, gaining experience as a Certified Ombudsman Specialist and Certified Program Director. As a seasoned Ombudsman, he is passionate about advancing advocacy and information for elders...

Reasons to Consider Respite Care Services

Reasons to Consider Respite Care Services

Respite care is temporary care for a loved one in order to provide the regular family caregiver with a brief period away from related responsibilities. This care may occur on a pre-planned basis or as emergencies arise. For example, many caregivers arrange for respite...

Myths of Senior Home Care Services

Myths of Senior Home Care Services

For most people, caring for an elderly loved one is a first-time experience, and it’s an experience that everyone has an opinion about – whether they’ve been through it or not. Though the internet can be a great place to find information about time saving tips and...

The Benefits of Aquatic Exercise for Seniors

The Benefits of Aquatic Exercise for Seniors

Guest Blogger: Cindy Binkley Cindy Binkley is the Administrator at NOMS CPW Healthcare. She is a kinesiotherapist by training and has been fortunate to work at CPW (now NOMS CPW Healthcare) for over 30 years! As an active member in the community, Cindy is a board...

Preventative Home Care for Seniors

Preventative Home Care for Seniors

Aging takes a significant toll on the human body and mind, and eventually most senior citizens will need to rely on others for help. Some may be capable of independent living longer than others while some struggle with degenerative conditions that interfere with daily...

The Blue Zones – Nine Lessons for Living Longer

The Blue Zones – Nine Lessons for Living Longer

Originally published in Dan Buettner’s bookThrive. If you live the average American lifestyle, you may never reach your potential maxi­mum lifespan. You may even fall short by as much as a decade. But what if you could follow a simple program that could help you feel...

Avoiding Portion Distortion

Avoiding Portion Distortion

Guest Blogger: Jarin Jaffee Jarin Jaffee is the owner of Profile by Sanford, a nutrition and weight loss coaching program recently opened on Secor Road. For Jarin, Profile is personal. He lost 32 pounds through Profile while living in southern Indiana. When his family...

Sun Protection Tips for Seniors

Sun Protection Tips for Seniors

Every year nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer; it is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States and most skin cancers occur in the elderly population. While we are all at risk, older adults are some of the most vulnerable to acute...

Trusts as an Alternative to Guardianship

Trusts as an Alternative to Guardianship

  Guest Blogger: Josh Didion Josh Didion is a member of the law firm of Semro, Henry & Barga, Ltd. His focus is on trust and estate planning, business, and real estate. Josh is a board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He...

How to Prevent Injury Accidents on Stairs for Seniors

How to Prevent Injury Accidents on Stairs for Seniors

According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans aged 65 and older will suffer a fall this year. Injuries from these falls range from minor scrapes and bruises to more serious strains and fractures. Other falls can lead to more serious injuries, and...

Senior Care Technology and Its Role in 2019

Senior Care Technology and Its Role in 2019

The constant advancements in technology today are radically changing our way of life in seemingly endless ways. One specific area where technology has been slow to impact is senior care. However, the development of new senior care  technology, as well as the...

4 Ways to Help a Loved One Recover from a Stroke

4 Ways to Help a Loved One Recover from a Stroke

  Guest Bloggers: Cindy Roshon & Sue Rindskopf Cindy Roshon and Sue Rindskopf started the Stroke Life Center to help stroke survivors continue their journey in healing. Both Cindy and Sue are stroke survivors themselves. They know from their own experience...

How to Improve Bathroom Safety for Seniors

How to Improve Bathroom Safety for Seniors

Bathrooms are generally not safe places and often present a danger to senior citizens. The combination of water and tile or linoleum flooring can leave seniors vulnerable to injuries at home. However, by making some inexpensive additions and modifications to your...

Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors

Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors

Taking care of an older relative can be difficult. Nobody wants to give up their independence, but there are real safety risks that come with age. Cooking, for example, is already the leading cause of house fires, and the elderly are two and a half times more likely...

From Spouse to Caregiver

From Spouse to Caregiver

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. When young couples dream of their future selves, the...

Headaches

Guest Blogger: Chiropractor Taylor Mainous, D.C. is an Ohio native, growing up just outside Columbus, in Dublin, OH. He received his undergraduate degree in Pre-Physical Therapy, at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. Post undergraduate, he continued...

Staying Active While Staying In

Staying Active While Staying In

The sedentary life of an Ohio winter and early spring can induce a hibernation-like state for even the most active of people. It’s common to avoid the cold temperatures by staying home more, moving less, and spending more time on the couch. These lackadaisical winter...

How to Be Sure You Are Choosing the Right In-Home Care

How to Be Sure You Are Choosing the Right In-Home Care

As loved ones age and require more assistance, the decision between in-home and facility-based care is a common dilemma. With over 90% of seniors preferring to stay in their own homes as long as possible, in-home care is more in demand than ever. However, not all...

Considerations When Choosing Senior Home Care

Considerations When Choosing Senior Home Care

If you are dealing with an aging parent, the thought of assisted living might be weighing on your mind. It is a difficult decision and important to consider all alternative types of care available. In-home care allows your parent stay at home and still receive the...

Common Heart Attack Warning Signs

Common Heart Attack Warning Signs

Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience: Chest discomfort. Most heart...

Caregiver Burnout & the Importance of Creating Health

Caregiver Burnout & the Importance of Creating Health

  Guest Blogger: Michelle Sandwisch, APRN, FNP-C Michelle is an Advanced Practice Certified Nurse Practitioner licensed in Ohio. She earned a Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Georgetown University and Bachelor of Science, Nursing, from Lourdes...

How to Protect Seniors from Scam Artists and Sob Stories

How to Protect Seniors from Scam Artists and Sob Stories

Today’s senior population is composed of men and women who grew up during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, typically have adult children as well as grandchildren, and have at least a minimal amount saved for retirement. Scam artists are well-aware of the influence of dementia...

Taking Care of You: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

Taking Care of You: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

Guest Blogger: Michelle Sandwisch, APRN, FNP-C Michelle is an Advanced Practice Certified Nurse Practitioner licensed in Ohio. She earned a Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Georgetown University and Bachelor of Science, Nursing, from Lourdes...

Fire Safety Tips for Seniors

Fire Safety Tips for Seniors

How Vulnerable Are Your Elderly Parents to Fires? Winter is here, but the cold weather does not always signal holiday cheer and the end of the year. The winter months have the highest number of house fires due to increased electrical strain, holiday decorations, open...

Ways for Distant Caregivers to Know When a Loved One Needs Support

Ways for Distant Caregivers to Know When a Loved One Needs Support

If you live more than an hour away from an aging loved one, you can’t always provide the help and care they need. When distance acts as a barrier, it can take days or weeks to know if your loved one needs assistance. Many seniors refrain from speaking up about their...

Medicare Open Enrollment Period

Medicare Open Enrollment Period

https://www.healthcare.gov/quick-guide/dates-and-deadlines/ Every year a Medicare Open Enrollment Period, correctly referred to as the Annual Election Period, is made available for people who qualify for Medicare benefits. During the 2019 Annual Election Dates, anyone...

Are You Dreaming of a Stress-free Caregiver Holiday Season?

Are You Dreaming of a Stress-free Caregiver Holiday Season?

In the early weeks of the holiday season you picture your days like a scene from “White Christmas” but soon remember that it’s more like the chaos of “Home Alone”. Every year you promise yourself that you are going to simplify and slow down and enjoy the reason for...

Financial Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Financial Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Panczyszyn, Financial Advisor - Edward Jones As an Edward Jones financial advisor, Jennifer has an established process to help clients build personalized strategies to achieve their goals. She earned her Masters in Business Administration from...

Protect Yourself with these Top 3 Vaccines

Protect Yourself with these Top 3 Vaccines

One of the best ways to protect yourself this winter season is to make sure your vaccines are up-to-date. The CDC recommends you follow a vaccine calendar. Immunity can wear off over time, making you vulnerable. Here is an overview of the top three vaccines the CDC...

The Care in Caregiving

The Care in Caregiving

I don’t just get paid to “wipe butts…” I kiss your mom on the forehead and say “I love you, good night” every night when I help her to bed. I tell her that I hope she has sweet dreams and that I will be back in the morning to get her up. To her this is comforting,...

This Is SO Not Like Caring For Another Kid

This Is SO Not Like Caring For Another Kid

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. Parenting comes with a certain amount of...

Medication Management for Seniors

Medication Management for Seniors

Maintaining as much independence as possible for seniors helps them feel self-worth, confidence and purposeful throughout their day. From preparing their own meals to maintaining their finances, taking care of their pets to keeping their home orderly. But some tasks,...

Becoming the Caregiver

Becoming the Caregiver

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’ve sat in countless doctors’ appointments with my...

How Seniors Can Create and Practice an Emergency Preparedness Plan

How Seniors Can Create and Practice an Emergency Preparedness Plan

  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...

Urinary Tract Infections Mimic Dementia in Seniors

Urinary Tract Infections Mimic Dementia in Seniors

It can be very concerning when an otherwise cognitively healthy senior suddenly, over a matter of days, begins to show rapidly declining mental health symptoms. Memory loss, disorientation, agitation, and even hallucinations raise major red flags for caregivers but...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

If asked, “Has Alzheimer’s affected someone in your family?” how many of your friends and family would answer, “yes.”  But did you know that this disease is an epidemic affecting millions of people? Right here in Michigan there are 180,000 people living with the...

Make National Senior Citizens Day Special for Your Loved Ones

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

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...

Firework Distress in Dementia Patients and Elderly Loved Ones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Eight Symptoms

Parkinson’s Disease – Know these Eight Symptoms

What is Parkinson's Disease? 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...

7 Ways to Help a Relative Who is Sundowning

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®

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...

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