Millennial-caregiver-with-mom
Millennial-caregiver-with-mom
By Andy Ratana, 8:47 am on July 20, 2018

In my first semester of college I received the phone call. Mom had a hemorrhagic stroke, was in critical condition, and was being airlifted to Seattle for treatment. Before we hung up, the doctor asked how old I was. He sounded relieved when I told him that I was 18….

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home remodel
home remodel
By Andy Ratana, 4:53 pm on February 17, 2018

Design a beautiful home and set yourself up for successful aging Most people prefer to age in place.  If you have a beautiful home that you love, why leave it? Yet common features in many homes – steep stairs, “classic” plumbing fixtures, even hardwood floors – can actually make life…

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perfectionism
perfectionism
By Andy Ratana, 4:30 pm on October 15, 2017

If you’re a caregiver and a perfectionist, you may be facing an uphill battle. Caregiving is a demanding job and it’s critical to accept that not everything will be perfect. As a caregiver, there are many things you cannot control and at the end of the day the most important…

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hca-dementia-caregiving-decline-1024×683
By Andy Ratana, 4:12 pm on August 27, 2017

Grieving can be a highly personal and complicated experience when a loved one is faced with dementia. Caring for a loved one with dementia, unfortunately, involves watching your loved one slowly decline. This process can be frustrating because, although you want to do everything you can to slow the progression…

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caregiver-helping-elderly-woman-recover-from-hospital
caregiver-helping-elderly-woman-recover-from-hospital
By Andy Ratana, 8:51 pm on February 28, 2016

One of the leading causes of hospital readmissions is the lack of adequate support following a hospital discharge. To help make a patient’s transition home smooth and successful, Home Care Assistance is committed to educating seniors and their loved ones about post-hospitalization care through ourHospital to Home Care program, a comprehensive set of resources for families managing the sometimes difficult transition home after hospitalization. The first 72 hours home are critical for post-hospitalization patients. Patients are fatigued and family members are often confused and helpless. In addition to a comprehensive discharge plan, a caregiver can help manage the transition home and help you on the path towards a successful recovery….

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aging-loved-one
aging-loved-one
By Andy Ratana, 11:06 am on February 7, 2016

As the number of people over the age of 80 continues to grow more quickly than the number of people born, there is an increasing need for long-term care options. Many of us are finding ourselves in a position where we will either need to be a family caregiver or hire a professional caregiver. As someone who has dedicated her career to the care of seniors, I am aware of the qualities we can develop in ourselves as family caregivers or look for in professional caregivers to ensure our loved ones are cared for with the dignity and compassion he or she deserves. Here are 7 habits of highly effective…

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