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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.

Speak with your loved one’s physician

Talk with your loved one’s doctor about their ability to travel before you book your trip. Specifically, ask about:

 Their medications and possible side effects
 Bringing extra doses of medication in case of a delay coming home
 Any specialized medical equipment they might need
 Considerations for the area in which you want to travel (such as immunizations and climate)
 Whether you need a medical certificate to travel with certain medications.

Plan to bring a few copies of all medical documentation, including medical cards, insurance and your physician’s contact information. Remember to save electronic photos of each on your phone, just in case.
It’s also a good idea to research the areas you’re visiting ahead of time to see if there are pharmacies, medical offices, hospitals or other amenities nearby.

Opt for accessibility

Before you book, check with the hotels, restaurants and attractions you plan to visit to ensure they have accessible features and can accommodate any dietary restrictions and needs. Consider working with a travel agent who specializes in travel for seniors, as they’ll have experience with accessible destinations.

Don’t forget to plan for transportation, too:

 Will you need to take transit to get around and if so, is it accessible?
 If you’re renting a car, will you need certain disability plates or permits?
 What transportation is available to make getting around easier once you’re there?


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:

heart health

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…)

How To Prevent The Flu

With Flu Season now officially underway, it is vital that you take the necessary steps to protect yourself. We often start to see a rise in influenza activity in October/November, with the peak usually between December and February. Cases can still crop up as late as May. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, it is highly recommended to get vaccinated early in fall,  ideally by the end of October.


How To Choose A CDPAP Caregiver

CDPAP gives you the freedom to select your own personal assistant and appoint a friend, relative, neighbor – or even a previously hired aide to provide care for you at home.

But how do you know who will make the best personal assistant for you? Who will be the best fit for your needs?

Here are three tips to help you select a personal assistant. (more…)

How To Be The Best CDPAP Caregiver You Can Be

Assuming the role of CDPAP Personal Assistant is a serious responsibility – one that could be overwhelming at first.

Here are five tips for CDPAP caregivers to minimize stress, reduce anxiety, and stay energized while caring for a loved one. (more…)

New Century’s CDPAP: A Popular Home Care Alternative

Patients with Medicaid coverage have a home care alternative: the right to choose and hire a family member or friend to be their caregiver: Somebody they already know – and trust.

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) gives patients the opportunity to choose a family member or friend to provide the assistance they need at home.

While traditional home care provides professionals of the highest caliber, the reality is that they are still strangers to the patient and the family members who, until they get to know the person providing the care, often worry: (more…)

5 Tips for Seniors to Enjoy the Spring!

This Spring… Check In for A Check Up!

Spring is a great time to get your weight, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels checked out.
If it’s been a year since your eyes were tested, schedule an appointment with your optometrist, and see your dentist if you haven’t been examined for at least six to nine months.

If you find it difficult to catch what people are saying, especially in a crowd of people, it’s probably time to get your hearing tested.

Here are 5 TIPS for you to enjoy this season: (more…)

Protect Yourself and Your Family – Take 3 Steps To Fight The Flu

Flu activity is widespread in the U.S. While flu vaccination is the most important way to prevent the flu, antiviral drugs are the most important way to treat flu.

1. Take preventative actions every day to help prevent the spread of germs.

  • If you do get sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Also, clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way. Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.