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For seniors, mealtime should be a positive, enjoyable, and safe experience. Unfortunately, seemingly simple tasks like grocery shopping and cooking can create unsafe conditions for your loved one. From fire or fall-related injury, to the dangers of food-borne illness, to the difficulty of maintaining a healthy diet—meal preparation for seniors comes with some serious risks. 

Fortunately, meal preparation services can be an incredible resource for seniors, setting them up with meals that are safely prepared, nutritionally balanced, and customized for their needs. From grocery shopping, to meal-planning, to cooking, to clean-up, specialized caregivers can make a world of difference. Let's take a closer look at how meal preparation services can help keep your loved one safe at home.

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Not only do those with respiratory diseases suffer from difficulties breathing, but they can suffer from lower levels of oxygen in the body. These lower levels can affect energy, strength, and lead to dizziness and/or lightheadedness. These symptoms can lead to fainting and falling if low oxygen levels are not corrected.

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Seniors deserve to feel safe and comfortable while on the mend, and preparing your loved one's home with affordable, durable medical equipment (DME) is important. After surgery, your loved one will need a little extra assistance around the house, and these pieces of equipment, from simple to complex, can help your loved one remain safe. Read this DME guide to post-knee surgery replacement care to find out how.

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While knee replacement surgeries are widely successful, it's still important for patients to prepare for their surgery to achieve the best outcome. Here is an overview of how to prepare for your knee surgery so you can be prepared! 

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As we get older, a traditional bike becomes less appealing. They can put strain on your hips and knees, are uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time, and are just more exercise than you can handle. Riding a bike, however, doesn’t have to and shouldn’t be painful. By using a recumbent bike, you can enjoy bike riding again, without the pain. Here are some of the benefits of recumbent bikes for seniors, as well as the rest of the population.  

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Incontinence is a common problem for seniors, and it can affect their dignity as well as making life difficult for their caregivers. In some cases, incontinence can be fixed or mitigated with medication, but lifestyle changes are also vital to reduce incontinence and the problems and embarrassment that come with it. Here are some things you or your loved one can do to reduce the symptoms of incontinence.

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As we get older, getting a good night’s rest often becomes more important and more difficult. Many seniors don’t need to be told how difficult it is to sleep with aches and pains, but one of the biggest obstacles to sleeping well is being able to breathe clearly.

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Saying goodbye to a person with whom you share a bond is never easy. But it can be particularly difficult for a senior who must say goodbye to a trusted caregiver. The keys to a smooth transition from one caregiver to another are preparation and an open mind.

Below is a look at some steps you can take to make saying goodbye easier and some ways to help you extend a warm welcome to a new caregiver. 

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Staying cool in the summer heat is no easy task, yet it’s essential for comfortable living as the seasons change. Having a cool, dedicated space to relax is of utmost important, especially when your elderly loved one requires it while you’re away.

Fortunately, there are ways to help seniors stay cool during warmer weather even when you are unable to tend to their required needs personally. Learn more below about the 5 best ways to stay cool at home this summer!

1. Ensure AC Works Properly

Air conditioning is extremely important to keep cool in the summer. Whether you invest in central air or decide to go with individual units, AC is a great way to protect against heat building up throughout the home.

If you notice air conditioning units are not flowing properly, make sure vents and filters are clean and free of obstructions. Often, vents may be covered by furniture or air filters can become blocked by a buildup of dust and other airborne dander. To avoid this, keep furniture pulled away from walls, hire a professional to clean or replace filters each year, and safeguard against rugs covering air ducts.

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Traumatic events are tragically common. In fact, 70% of United States adults experience a serious traumatic event at least once in their life, and 20% of those people will develop PTSD in response to the event. This leaves a whopping 24.4 million individuals coping with a serious mental health condition that requires professional intervention. 

If the senior that you live with or care for is one of the many Americans who suffers with PTSD, you may find yourself struggling to cope with this serious condition. Fortunately, by recognizing the common causes, symptoms, signs, and treatments for PTSD, you can help provide invaluable support for your loved one.

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