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How Medicaid Waivers Can Help You Stay Safe and Comfortable at Home

Medicaid Waivers

New Century Home Care is proud to participate in Medicaid’s Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) Waiver, as well as their Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver programs. Designed for New Yorkers with disabilities and seniors who want to age in place but require complex care, these programs are an alternative to costly nursing homes and help those who are eligible receive the care that they need in the comfort of their own home. (more…)

Healthy Sleep Patterns

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It’s National Sleep Awareness Week, which is a great time to talk about healthy sleep. Sleep is a really important component of our overall health (we spend at least a third of our lives sleeping)! For older adults, sleep is often an issue. As we age it can become more difficult to get a good night’s sleep, especially when we suffer from issues like sleep apnea, diabetes, decreased bladder or kidney function, and mood-related issues like depression and anxiety. (more…)

Let’s Talk Nutrition!

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In honor of National Nutrition Month, let’s talk about nutrition! Nutrition encompasses so many different elements — the study of food and how your body uses it, as well as the different foods you should eat (as well as those you should avoid). It’s important to understand the relationship between your diet and your overall health because eating nutritious food is very important to overall health and can reduce the risk of developing illnesses and other conditions. (more…)

5 Apps & Technologies that Give Seniors More Control Over Their Health

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Apps and other new technology might still seem unintuitive to some older adults. If your loved one is unfamiliar or uncomfortable with new technologies, then you may be hesitant to make recommendations. However, there are some technologies that help seniors so much, that they’re worth the time and investment to get. Here are five technologies and apps that are worth your time because they’re designed to help seniors regain control of their health and live more independently. (more…)

5 Reasons to be an HHA in 2020

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Brave and compassionate people are needed now more than ever to work within the healthcare industry. Those who choose a career as a Home Health Aide (HHA) do so because they want to help others. In doing so, they experience a number of other benefits, too! Here are five reasons to consider becoming an HHA in 2020: (more…)

How to Celebrate Senior Citizen’s Day

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August 21st is World Senior Citizen’s Day. Ronald Reagan created the day and the United Nations adopted it in 1990. According to the Presidency Project, Reagan intended the day to be about appreciating our seniors and focusing on raising their standard of living. He wanted our communities to be, “places where older people can participate as much as possible and find the encouragement, acceptance, support and services they need to continue living a life of independence and dignity.” Does that inspire you to celebrate World Senior Citizen’s Day? Here are some ways that you can celebrate. (more…)

National Wellness Month

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Did you know that August is National Wellness Month? This celebration is the perfect excuse for seniors and their caregivers to focus on healthy routines, stress management, and self-care. When seniors age, they often find that they are facing new challenges that can derail them even if they have led a very healthy and independent lifestyle. Here are some ways that seniors can get better routines back into their lives. (more…)

The Pros and Cons of Getting a Pet

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When you have a senior loved one, you want to explore every option that might keep them happy and healthy. Many seniors turn to pets to help bolster their emotional and physical health. While pets, especially dogs, have a well-documented benefit on people’s physical and emotional health, there are serious considerations that should be made before jumping into pet ownership. It’s important to look at the pros and cons of pet ownership before deciding to add an animal to your loved one’s family. (more…)

Summer Activities for Older Adults

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Summer Activities for Seniors While Social Distancing

Many older adults feel more limited in the summer than during other seasons. Heat and humidity can be hard on everyone but is especially bothersome for older adults. This year, with social distancing and masks, seniors may feel even less able to get out and enjoy the sun. However, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and safe while still enjoying fun summer activities. (more…)

How Seniors Can Prepare for the Post COVID-19 Reopening and Stay Safe

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Seniors are at increased risk of complications due to COVID-19. As the risk dims for the rest of the world and we begin to open back up again, how can seniors remain safe? First, your local government and health department may have some suggestions to help seniors navigate these difficult times, so you may want to look up local guidelines first. Then, consider these general suggestions to keep yourself or your senior loved one safe during the post COVID-19 reopening. (more…)