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Disease Care and Management Articles

Below is a list of short, helpful resources that explain the basics of identifying and dealing with a variety of diseases. Care Advantage and All About Care Services can help with the Care and Management of these diseases and more.


Alzheimer’s Disease Care

What is Alzheimer's? Alzheimer's is a progressive disease. In the early stages, a slow decline in memory and thinking abilities are common. As the disease progresses daily activities become more difficult. In the later stages of Alzheimer's, the patient may…

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Arthritis Care

What is Arthritis? Many people start to feel pain and stiffness in their bodies over time. Sometimes their hands or knees or hips get sore and are hard to move. These people may have arthritis. Arthritis is an illness that…

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Cancer Care

What is Cancer: Cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases in which cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all…

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Care Advantage Arthritis Management Plan

Home Health Services: Visiting skilled nurses and therapists Skilled Nurses will instruct family members on the management of Arthritis. We will establish and educate on a medication regimen. And will ensure adequate pain management Medical Social Workers will help the…

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Care Advantage Cancer Management Plan

Home Health Services: Visiting skilled nurses & therapists Skilled nurses will educate the patient and family about proper nutrition, pain management and pre- and post-surgical care, and will establish a medication regimen. We will also assist with post chemotherapy/radiation therapy…

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Care Advantage COPD Management Plan

Establishing a plan of care to assist the patient in understanding the disease process will increase quality of life. Care Advantage and All About Care can help you develop a healthy self-management routine to help prevent or delay complications. Home…

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Care Advantage Diabetes Management Plans

Home Health Services: Visiting Skilled Nurses And Therapists Skilled nurses will provide information about the management of Diabetes and proper nutrition. They will monitor medications and train family members how to correctly use a glucometer to test blood sugar levels…

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Care Advantage Heart Disease Management Plan

Home Health Services: Visiting skilled nurses and therapists Skilled Nurses will educate family about the disease process and measures that will prevent further complications; they will establish a medication regimen and instruct on the significance of each medication; and they…

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Care Advantage Multiple Sclerosis Management Plan

Home Health Services: Visiting skilled nurses and therapists Skilled nurses will instruct family members on the care for those with Multiple Sclerosis and educate on the disease process. They will also monitor medications and provide a medication regimen Physical and…

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COPD Care Facts

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term referring to two lung diseases, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, that are characterized by obstruction to airflow that interferes with normal breathing. Both of these conditions…

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Dementia Care

What is Dementia? Dementia is general term describing a group of conditions that result in a loss of mental skills. This lack of brain function affects daily life, causes memory problems and changes the ability to think, plan, reason and…

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Dementia: Assessing Pain in Dementia Patients

Dementia has a significant impact on communication. As the disorder progresses, people lose their language skills and their ability to verbally communicate. It is difficult for a person with dementia to fully describe their thoughts and feelings. Symptoms and signs…

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Diabetes Care Facts

What is Diabetes: Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them…

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Heart Disease Care Facts

What is Heart Disease? Heart Disease is an umbrella term that is used to describe many different conditions that affect the heart muscle and its function. Some of the most commonly found terms are Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure or…

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High Cholesterol and Heart Disease

High cholesterol is a silent disease, oftentimes going undetected unless blood work reveals higher than normal levels. It’s estimated that high cholesterol affects over 73 million Americans—this is nearly 1/3 of the total population. Although a very common condition in…

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How to Manage High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very common, yet highly misunderstood medical condition.  It’s important for people to understand how high blood pressure affects their body.  When the heart pushes blood through the circulatory system, it puts force on…

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In-Home Asthma Care

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects a person’s ability to breathe, as well as their overall comfort level in particular environments and situations.  Airway obstruction, inflammation and airway irritability are key characteristics of the condition.  Tightening of the…

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Multiple Sclerosis Care Facts

What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, potentially debilitating disease that affects your central nervous system, which is made up of your brain and spinal cord. Multiple sclerosis is widely believed to be an autoimmune disease,…

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Osteoporosis & Bone Health

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become weak and brittle due to low bone mass and loss of bone tissue. As the disease progresses bones are easily susceptible to fractures.  This is especially common in the hip…

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Osteoporosis Disease Care

What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis develops when the formation of new bone cannot keep up with the deterioration of old bone. This weakens existing bones and increases the risk of unexpected fractures. Osteoporosis can be prevented by a combination of diet…

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Ostomy Care

Many people living with digestive, kidney or urinary diseases have ostomy surgery to create an opening from the inside of the body to the outside. The surgical opening is called a stoma. There are several types of ostomy. Ileostomy involves…

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Parkinson’s Disease Care

What is Parkinson's? Parkinson's is a disease that primarily affects older people between the ages of 50 and 65. In the vast majority of cases, the cause is unknown. However, some researchers believe that genetics play a role in the…

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Senior Heart Health – February is American Heart Month

February 5, 2016 is National Wear Red Day in Recognition of American Heart Month Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, is responsible for nearly one in four deaths, and represents the leading cause of death for…

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Senior Memory Loss – Fun Activities that Strengthen Memory

Poor memory is a common complaint among older adults.  Whether it’s failing to remember the ending of a book you just finished, or blanking on a familiar street name in your neighborhood, forgetfulness can be very frustrating.  Luckily most of…

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The Shingles Virus

Shingles is viral infection characterized by a painful, blistering rash. It can develop in various places, but is usually limited to a small section on one side of the body. The earliest, most common symptoms of the virus include pain,…

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Value of Personal Care Services Articles

Aging in Place

For most people, aging poses certain mental and physical challenges. However, this does not necessarily mean that they should move to an assisted living facility or a nursing home. While these places can make certain things easier for residents, such…

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Financing Care for your Aging Parents

This year, baby boomers are between the ages of 52 and 70. Over the next few decades, the number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to climb close to 100 million. This will have seniors comprising nearly 25%…

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Five Reasons to Choose Home Healthcare for Aging Parents

Why should you consider home healthcare for your aging loved ones? If you have an aging parent, chances are you’ve spent sleepless nights worrying about them, unsure what the future brings.  At some point, you’ll be faced with the overwhelming choice…

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Home Health Aides: Promoting Independence

As seniors age, they sometimes lose their ability to maintain many of the daily tasks that are critical to their overall well-being. This, in turn, causes family members to be concerned about their loved one's safety and to contemplate whether…

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How To Help Mom and Dad Live On Their Own

It’s a shared goal among the elderly: Maintain independence and live at home through their golden years.  Although it may seem a simple wish, and one that as their children, you want to help them achieve, but it can be…

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How to Know When Mom or Dad Needs Help

Many of us don’t think to plan exactly what we’ll do when mom and dad need help.  For years they’ve been self sufficient, put together and happy, living independently and safely at home, but this can change quickly.  Physical and…

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Value of Personal Care Services: Home Assistance

Oftentimes, a choice between moving into a long-term care facility and remaining at home is a big decision that involves not only the senior, but their loved ones as well. Staying at home might be the best choice, especially if…

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Value of Personal Care Services: Home Safety

For seniors, a safe and comfortable living environment is an essential component to living a healthy, quality life. A senior’s home serves not only as a collection of memories, but it’s highly likely that the home is their most significant…

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Value of Personal Care Services: Housekeeping

Many daily tasks are part of such a regular routine that we sometimes forget how they can quickly become difficult and time consuming chores for elderly people who require assistance.

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Value of Personal Care Services: Nutrition/Meal Preparation

What is the value of nutrition/meal preparation?

For the elderly, proper diet and nutrition is of the utmost importance, and this includes not only food, but the right amount of vitamins and nutrients. Recent health findings show that the elderly have an increased risk of malnutrition.

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Therapy Articles

Fine Motor Skills Exercises

What are Fine Motor Skills Exercises? Those who are suffering from nerve injuries and other ailments that affect motor skills may need frequent care in order to maintain their existing motor function. There are a number of activities that these…

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How can an occupational therapist help after an injury?

When someone has had a serious injury and will need rehabilitation to regain function and perhaps independence, he or she will work with many health professionals. One of them is an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists also work with patients who…

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Joint Rehab Therapy

Joint rehab therapy is a type of physical therapy that is focused on restoring joint movement. This therapy is specifically helpful to patients who suffer from degenerative diseases or have been injured. Whether they've recently undergone surgery, prepare for surgery,…

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy offers skilled treatments to help individuals achieve and maintain independence in many different aspects of their lives. When an occupational therapist works with an elder or ailing person there is first and foremost an emphasis on handling the…

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Physical Therapy

Rehabilitation is a critical health care component for people with a number of medical conditions. For patients who are planning for, or have had surgery, physical therapy is a significant part of pre and post-operative care. For those with illnesses,…

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Physical Therapy in Palliative Care Programs

The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life by focusing on the symptoms of a disease. This type of program is available to hospice patients, but also those with chronic, curable conditions. It is suitable for patients…

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Post-Stroke Rehab

Roughly 750, 000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year. Of that number, an estimated two-thirds will survive and require rehabilitation. For stroke survivors, the process of rehabilitation is designed to assist in developing the necessary skills…

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Speech Therapy At Home

Speech therapy is type of treatment for patients that are dealing with a variety of diseases and debilitating conditions. Speech disorders, language disorders and medical conditions all create speaking difficulties. Specifically, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, dementia, cancer, stroke, traumatic brain…

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Training Articles

Bed Mobility Training

What is Bed Mobility Training? Dealing with mobility issues is difficult. It is frustrating for the person dealing with limited mobility or who is bedridden. It can also be stressful for caregivers or family members. Some of the common concerns…

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Bowel and Bladder Training

Incontinence is not considered a normal part of aging, but the incidence of the condition increases with age. Additionally, there are numerous health conditions that result in incontinence. Fortunately, many in-home health care agencies offer bowel and bladder training programs…

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Dysphasia Training

Communication is a necessity when caring for another, but what do you do when dysphasia makes simple conversation almost impossible. Dysphasia, sometimes called aphasia, means a disturbance of language comprehension. The brain maintains a storage chest of words that a…

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Gait Training

Walking, or gait, training can be a vital element in a person's rehabilitation program after suffering a setback that has left them otherwise unable to walk. Whether a person is dealing with a sudden disability, recovery from an injury or…

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Wheelchair Training

Wheelchair training is an important feature of aiding a person to become mobile as soon as they have progressed from bed activities. Despite the ease which many people see a person in a wheelchair maneuver in public, the hidden reality…

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More Articles

All About Care – Did You Know…

DID YOU KNOW that All About Care offers therapy services including physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy so that your loved one can recover in the comfort of their own home?... No need to arrange transportation to the doctor’s…

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Care Advantage – Did You Know…

DID YOU KNOW that Care Advantage has no minimum hour requirement?... Our services are available to you as a one-time visit or 24/7/365. DID YOU KNOW that Care Advantage is cheaper than a taxi?... We can take your loved ones…

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Care Advantage, Inc launches a Condition Specific Program to improve outcomes and reduce hospitalizations

Care Advantage, Inc has launched a new Condition Specific Training Program for all Care Advantage nurse aides across the state. Our aides will be trained to recognize signs and symptoms of a certain condition, things they can do to help…

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Common Eye Problems and Protecting Your Vision

Eye health is an important part of overall health & well-being. Typically the age of 40 marks a steady decline in vision. Around this time, many people find themselves benefiting from reading glasses or a stronger prescription lens to improve…

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Family’s Role in Home Care

Role Reversal: When Elderly Family Need Care

As baby boomers grow older, more and more children find themselves stepping in and caring for their elderly parents. Research suggests that almost 20% of the adult (18+) population is providing care to a family member (50+). Taking over care-giving roles can be challenging, tiring and frustrating.

Home Health Care and the Sandwich Generation

The term sandwich generation refers to the group of people who care for aging parents, but still support their own children. Research shows that nearly 1 in 8 people between the ages of 40 and 60 falls into this category.…

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Research indicates that over 75% of seniors prefer to age in place. For many, cost is a huge factor in making this decision. Believe it or not, the annual price tag of a nursing facility or assisted living can come…

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Hospice Care

What is Hospice Care? Hospice care is end of life care provided by a team of health professionals including doctors, nurses, health aides and therapists. Clergy members and volunteers also make up a hospice care team. These people give medical,…

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How In-Home Care Prevents Hospital Readmission

The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee reports that 1 in 5 Medicare patients are readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of being of being discharged. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the cost for preventable hospital readmissions is nearing $20 billion. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid hospital readmission.

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Nurse Advantage – Did You Know…

DID YOU KNOW that Nurse Advantage can staff our highly qualified personnel in your hospital, nursing home, assisted living, physician office, clinic, school, industrial/allied, correctional facility, and any other place of business that requires medical staff? DID YOU KNOW that…

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Personal Care Or Registered Nurses

Deciding between an In-Home Personal Care Aide or a Registered Nurse When faced with the decision to find personal health care for an elderly family member there is much uncertainty. It can be overwhelming to understand and choose from a…

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Senior Health & Advance Care Planning

Few people plan ahead for senior care or in-home assistance until they need it. This isn’t surprising considering as we age it’s difficult to predict our needs. In fact, over 80% of adults age 45-54 say they haven’t thought about…

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What is a Family’s Role in Hospice?

It's never easy to accept that a loved one is dealing with a life-limiting illness. Despite the many emotions that you may be experiencing, it's important for close family members to remain involved and to take whatever steps necessary to…

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