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Ensuring Your Senior Has a Safe & Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an exciting time for the family, including your senior relatives. It’s a wonderful time for family and friends to get together and share a meal and for seniors it’s the perfect opportunity to see friends and family that they may not get to spend time with often. However, it’s also a time when a few precautions should be put in place to ensure there are no accidents, your senior relatives are safe and that everyone has a fun day. Here are a few safety tips to consider for Thanksgiving Day. Travel Safety

How To Reduce The Risk of Seniors Falling

How To Reduce The Risk of Seniors Falling

If you have an elderly parent or grandparent in your life, one of the best things you can do to help them is to ensure their home is safe against the risk of falls. Unfortunately, falls are the leading causes for hospital visits (both nonfatal and fatal injuries) for people who are aged 65 and beyond. As people age, failing and/or tripping becomes significantly more dangerous and can lead to hip fractures, broken bones and/or head injuries. The good news is that most falls can be prevented-the key factor is to know where to look for risks and what you can do to prevent them.

How To Talk With Your Family Member About Their Health

How To Talk With Your Family Member About Their Health

Many elderly people are choosing to age at home. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for many older adults to talk about any health issues they may be experiencing, which makes it difficult for family members to know what is going on. Not only is it difficult for your aging loved one to acknowledge that they may need help with their day-to-day activities, but it is often even more difficult to introduce them to the idea of hiring a professional in-home caregiver for help.

Coordinating the Relationship Between Aging Parents and Adult Children

Coordinating the Relationship Between Aging Parents and Adult Children

It is common for adult children to face a wide range of problems when they are dealing with elderly parents. This is primarily due to the reversal of the parent-child relationship. As young children, your parents are who you relied on to tell you right from wrong, to make decisions for you and to protect you. As children become young adults, their relationship to their parents became “different”. You still turned to your parents, but more for support and guidance. Never do children imagine or expect that one day they would be the parent to their parent.

4 Father's Day Activities to Do With Elderly Dads

With their independence and strength fading away, many elderly fathers and grandfathers feel lost and possibly out of place. Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to honor and celebrate them, but many people struggle with how to celebrate this special day. Whether you dad is living at home or in an assisted living facility, here are a few fun ideas for Father’s Day activities as well as some tips on how to prepare for your activities.

Spring Time Activities for Seniors to Stay Active and Healthy

Spring Time Activities for Seniors to Stay Active and Healthy

The spring season can often bring on the urge to get out of the house or try something new, and why not? By spring time, the cold winter weather has begun to fade, the flowers are blooming, and everything begins to feel renewed. Seniors have the same urge to get out and enjoy the spring season as anyone else, and doing so can be good for their health. Take a look at a few spring activities perfect for the senior in your life.  

Tips on Traveling with Elderly Parents

Tips on Traveling with Elderly Parents

Traveling is an enriching experience for anyone at any age, and taking a vacation with your elderly parents is a great way for all of you to make some wonderful memories together. However, traveling with seniors also comes with some unique challenges. Take a look at some tips that can help ensure a smooth trip with an elderly parent.Make a Doctor’s Appointment First

10 Traits Every Great Health Care Professional Embodies

10 Traits Every Great Health Care Professional Embodies

Health Care Professionals possess several skills to do their job well.  This can range from the way they communicate, their interpersonal skills, to the way they handle stressful situations.  Do you have what it takes to be a Health Care Professional?  Here are 10 traits every great health care professional embodies:

Happy Holidays From Everyone at Meridian Home Care!

When we here at Meridian Home Care think of all the benefits of being in our business, we quickly think of our relationships with great people like you. We wish you peace, joy, and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we enjoy.     Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Meridian Home Care!   

Depression Among the Elderly During the Holidays

The holidays can be a fun and joyful time for many and is a time to get together with family and friends, but that is not always the case with elderly people. Sometimes during the holidays you can see a change in the elderly such as a change in their mood, signs of fatigue, and even less interest in the holiday season. Sadly approximately six million people over 65 are depressed (AMRI, 2016).   Signs of depression in the elderly  

Thanksgiving Wishes and Staff Member Highlight: Sophia, Office Supervisor

Please meet Sophia!  Sophia is the Office Supervisor for Meridian Home Care.

When was the last time you checked your smoke alarms?

When was the last time you checked your smoke alarms?

October is change the battery in your smoke detector month - when is the last time you checked your smoke alarms?

Meridian Home Care Winning Team of Sharp Hospice Regatta

Meridian Home Care - Giving Back To The Community

We love serving San Diego and understand it is important to give back to the community when possible.  We are proud to announce we had 2 opportunities recently to be sponsors and participate in events that give back to the community.  

sponsor of the Cortez Racing Association's (CRA) San Diego 2016 Beer Can Sailing Race

Sponsoring the Cortez Racing Association's San Diego 2016 Beer Can Sailing Race

Meridian Home Care was a proud sponsor of the Cortez Racing Association's (CRA) San Diego 2016 Beer Can Sailing Race earlier this month.   Our owner, Kym, was able to present over 50 prizes and trophies to the winners.   Thank you CRA (Cortez Racing Association)!   Please enjoy these pictures from our sponsorship:  

Meet Jarvis, New Business Development and Placement Services

Staff Member Highlight: Jarvis, New Business Development and Placement Services

Please meet Jarvis! Jarvis is in charge of New Business Development and Placement Services for Meridian Home Care.     He has several years of experience in home care business development after working with In Home Personal Services as its Franchise Business Advisor where he oversaw all franchising activities as well as worked to expand IHPS's home care business.   

Staff Member Highlight: Susana, Front Desk Associate

Meet Susana, our Front Desk Associate!   Susana, is the friendly voice you hear when you call us, and the very first person you will encounter when visiting our offices.    

Easing Family Tensions When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's Disease

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease can be extremely challenging and stressful. Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's can ultimately result in many strong emotions. As the disease of your loved one progresses, family conflicts can arise. There are many strategies to help ease family tensions when your loved one has Alzheimer's disease and many ways in which you can care for your parent.

How To Help Seniors Ward Off Depression As They Age

Seniors face many changes as they age, such as the death of loved ones, retirement and medical problems. Unfortunately, these changes often lead to depression in the elderly. Depression not only prevents them from enjoying life like they used to, but it also impacts sleep, appetites, energy and their physical health. It is important to understand that depression is not normal grieving, nor is it a routine symptom of aging. Many seniors are resistant to talking about the way they are feeling, because they don’t want to burden their families.

Care At Home and Compliance with New Regulations

It's difficult to witness the deterioration of physical or mental abilities in an aging parent, grandparent or other loved one. Whether or not we're well-equipped or prepared, the reality remains that many of us will be tasked with making impactful decisions associated with caring for an elderly loved one. Since 80 to 90 percent of elderly people would choose to reside in their own homes as long as possible, as opposed to a nursing home or independent care, the new role for elderly caregivers can be challenging.

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November is National Home Care & Hospice Month

During November, the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across the nation.  And as the Baby Boomers age, the role of the home health care worker will become increasingly important.  

New California Regulations for Home Care Agencies & What They Mean To Patients

New California Regulations for Home Care Agencies & What They Mean To Patients

Starting January 1, 2016, new regulations go into effect for Home Care Organizations and Aides that are designed to protect consumers.  It’s called the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act (A.B. 1217) and it requires all Home Care Organizations to be licensed, even those who do not provide medical care.  

Understanding Long-Term Health Care Costs

Understanding Long Term Health Care

A recent survey discovered most Americans do not understand the risk of needing and the costs associated with long-term health care.  Experts esitmate that approximately 70% of Americans will need long-term care in their lifetimes but are totally unprepared when it comes to understanding the costs involved.

Managing Healthcare Costs In Retirement

Managing Healthcare Costs In Retirement

As healthcare costs and life expectancy ages continue to rise, covering the costs of healthcare as one approaches retirement age can cause an enormous amount of stress, not only for the individual, but sometimes for their family caregivers as well.  Some assume that Medicare will be able to cover the costs, but the reality is Medicare often cannot cover everything an individual might need, especially if in-home health care is needed.  The best way to combat this stress is to start now to create a strategy to save and manage your healthcare in retirement.

Do You know How To Dispose of Expired Medication?

Do You know How To Dispose of Expired Medication?

Chances are you, or your loved who you are caring for, has some old, unused, or expired medications in your medicine cabinet or drawer.  It is necessary to pay attention to the expiration dates on all medications as the chemical composition of the medication could have changed or the medicine simply becomes less effective making it unsafe to take, especially when you're counting on the medicines to do what they're supposed to.  Whether it's prescription medication or over the counter medication, there is a right way to dispose of expired medications.

5 Things To Consider When Elderly Parents Choose To Live At Home Alone

5 Things To Consider When Elderly Parents Choose To Live At Home Alone

It's difficult to witness the deterioration of physical or mental abilities in an aging parent, grandparent or other loved one. Whether or not we're well-equipped or prepared, the reality remains that many of us will be tasked with making impactful decisions associated with caring for an elderly loved one.  Since 80 to 90 percent of elderly people would choose to reside in their own homes as long as possible, as opposed to a nursing home or independent care, the new role for elderly caregivers can be challenging.

Still Alice and Caregiving Through The Hidden Tolls of Alzheimer's

Caregiving Through The Hidden Tolls of Alzheimer's and Dementia

Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.  Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.

Giving Back

Giving Back and Staying Healthy At The Holidays

Holidays are a time for spending time with family and friends. It's also a time when people feel the most alone. As caregivers, we understand the need to help others & give back especially during the holidays. Meridian Home Care supports our local community and are committed to providing families the best quality home care possible.

When is it time for assisted living

When is it time for Assisted Living?

When families mention assisted living to older adults, many times horror stories are conjured up and it feels like they are being put away. However, once they actually settle into the new community, many times they are surprised by how pleasant it actually is.

Fall Proofing Your Home

Fall Proofing Your House

Everyone no matter his or her age is at risk for a fall. For younger individuals, a fall can mean simply a cut or a bruise and rarely leads to major complications. However, for elderly people, a fall can be much more catastrophic, leading to bruising, breakages, not being able to get oneself up after, and many more complications.

Meridian Home Care Team Sharp Hospice Regatta

Meridian Home Care Events

Meridian Home Care believes in giving back to our community and is proud to support great causes by participating in health care fundraisers. Please continue reading to find out what we've been up to!

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families

Meet our Featured Staff Member of the Month and Learn How to Prepare to Care for Your Loved Ones

Summer Nutrition Ideas & Hydration Tips For Seniors

Summer Nutrition Ideas & Hydration Tips For Seniors

Meet our Featured Staff Member of the Month and Learn Tips for Nutrition & Hydration for Seniors During the Summer Months