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How to Prevent Wintertime Depression

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With the holiday season wrapped up and everyone returning to normal routines, some seniors are at a higher risk for developing SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or other serious symptoms of wintertime depression. Especially vulnerable are those seniors who are unable to get out of the house or outside of a community setting to enjoy social activities or family events, and those who are generally more affected by the lack of sunlight. Immobility and vitamin D deficiency can compound symptoms of SAD, so it’s important to pay close attention to seniors affected by these issues. Learning to identify and address both SAD and depression early on is helpful in supporting seniors to feel happier and more like themselves again. (more…)

New Century Home Care Proud to be Deficiency Free

We’re excited to share that New Century Home Care (NCHC) has achieved distinctive results following the New York State Department of Health’s last survey of the agency.  The department conducted a survey during an unannounced visit at the end of November. The results are quite unusual – NCHC was given a ‘No Deficiencies’ rating, which is not a regular occurrence for most health care agencies!

“It was very gratifying to pass our survey in November by the DOH with flying colors,” said Mrs. Scharf, President of New Century Home Care. “We are dedicated to providing quality care to all our clients while maintaining the highest standards of compliance with all Department of Health policies and regulations.”

As part of the survey process, the New York State Department of Health reviewed a number of our health records and policies and also interviewed New Century Home Care’s Administrator Allen Spielman. (more…)

How to Keep Seniors Safe and Happy Through the Holidays

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With many social gatherings, the festive season is often a time of celebration and cheer; but it can also become an isolating time for seniors – especially those who live alone or further away. The disruption of everyone’s normal schedules may mean less frequent visits and phone calls, and hectic planning and events can potentially cause us to forget to check in with our loved ones. It’s natural to miss a phone call or visit here and there, but it’s important to make sure that seniors have the support and resources they need to stay healthy and protected over the holidays. (more…)

Practice Feeling Grateful This Thanksgiving

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It’s the season for giving thanks, not only to others but also to ourselves. This is a special time to focus on being thankful for our health, family and friends, and new experiences throughout the year. However, as we age it can be more difficult to feel that gratitude, especially with unexpected losses and health issues. These problems can make it hard to move forward mentally and can prevent us from staying active and mobile.

Despite these challenges, it’s important to find positive things to feel thankful for this season and throughout the year. Studies consistently show us that the simple act of gratitude – of feeling deeply grateful for something – has a real effect on our physiology. According to an article published by Forbes, “A growing body of research finds that gratitude can have a lasting impact on health. It can boost the immune system, improve sleep and combat the negative effects of stress. When we think about what we appreciate, our body responds by increasing oxytocin, the feel-good hormone.”

The article also mentions that experiencing gratitude and maintaining connections to others is critical to developing a positive sense of well-being as we age. The holidays are a perfect time to enhance this feeling and be thankful. Here’s how: (more…)

National Health Care Quality Week

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October 20th to October 26th is National Health Care Quality Week, and we’re excited to celebrate the hard work of our team in providing quality health care to our clients!

What does healthcare quality mean to you? For many it means offering a standard level of care for all seniors and working towards better treatments, procedures and ongoing quality checks that protect everyone. For others it also means health professionals engaging more with patients to take responsibility for their own care and taking preventative measures with their health. (more…)

Focus on Falls Prevention Day This Fall

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September is Healthy Aging Month and September 23rd is Falls Prevention Day. This is doubly important to recognize, because preventing falls has a lot to do with healthy aging and keeping up, as much as possible, with flexibility, balance, and strength. Your senior loved one may not be as strong as they used to be, so there are other precautions you can take to help protect them from a fall. (more…)

Fun Activities for Seniors to Beat the Heat

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Caregivers and seniors might get a little bored when it’s hot out. After all, the heat is especially hard on older adults. If you or a loved one have a health condition that is aggravated by the heat, it might be necessary to stay indoors or closely monitor your temperature. That doesn’t need to limit you though. There are plenty of fun activities you can plan for the hottest summer days. (more…)

Caregiver Vacation Tips

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Are you a caregiver who is dreaming of a vacation? Traveling with your loved one is possible. You might be tempted to put travel plans aside to remain close to your loved one, but you don’t have to. Taking time off to relax is important for your physical and mental health. It’s also a wonderful way to connect and create new memories together. All it takes is some foresight and planning. (more…)

Keeping Seniors Safe During The Winter’s Deep Freeze

With the outdoor temperatures dipping below freezing, it is essential to make sure everyone is well-protected from the elements. Seniors are especially vulnerable during the winter season, and if you have an elderly family member or neighbor – we suggest you keep an eye out to make sure they are safe and warm. (more…)

February Is Heart Health Month:

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It’s February – Heart Health Month. There are many ways to incorporate healthy choices to promote a healthy heart. We chose to bring you:

7 Food Choices To Fight Heart Disease

1. Pack your plate with fruits and veggies
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends filling half your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal. (more…)