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    Fun Events for State College Senior Citizens and Their Families

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Often, when seniors move to a residential care facility, it can be more difficult for family members to visit them. With the help of a home care agency; however, your loved one can enjoy more frequent visits from friends and family members, in addition to community activities. If your loved one lives in the State College area, take advantage of some fun summer activities to grow closer together as a family.

    Art Classes
    If your loved one enjoys creative endeavors, the State College area has plenty to offer this summer! Ceramics for Adults is being offered through July at the C. Barton McCann School of Art. The series of classes is designed for beginners and those at an intermediate level. You and your loved one will learn the basics of wheel throwing, trimming, and glazing, in addition to intricate detail work such as relief design techniques. Additionally, seniors and their families may enjoy the Digital Photography for Adults class, which is also being taught through July at the C. Barton McCann School of Art. Ideal for beginners and those at an intermediate level, this class covers shooting and editing images with digital cameras. Camera rentals are available.

    Nature Exploration
    If your loved one loves to explore nature, yet has mobility impairment, then the Meet the Birds of Prey program at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is perfect for your family! Visit the Raptor Center between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays or Sundays through the rest of the summer to get a sneak peek at live birds of prey. Your loved one can see owls, hawks, and eagles.

    Annual Festivals
    Bring your loved one to the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds on August 1 or 2 for free entry to FarmFest! This festival features interactive activities, entertainment, local foods, and educational opportunities highlighting organic agriculture.

    Comfort Keepers Central Pennsylvania provides a comprehensive array of home care services to help your loved one remain in his or her own home. You can learn more about our compassionate, respectful home care services on our website or by calling (814) 933-0059. Our home caregivers are proud to serve families in the Altoona, Clearfield, State College, and Ebensburg areas.

    What Is Dementia?

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Dementia occurs when an individual experiences a severe decline in mental function, such as memory loss, that interferes with daily life. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a number of conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the development of plaques and tangles between the neurons of the brain. These abnormalities interfere with the proper communication among brain cells that is necessary for basic functions.

    You can learn more about dementia by watching this video. This expert discusses Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, such as vascular dementia, frontotemporal lobe dementia, and Lewy body dementia.

    Seniors with dementia often require assistance to remain within the comfort of their own homes. Families can call (814) 933-0059 to get in touch with a home caregiver at Comfort Keepers Central Pennsylvania of Altoona, Clearfield, and State College.

    How Caregivers Can Care for Themselves

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Caring for an elderly parent is a selfless labor of love. Sometimes; however, it can be quite overwhelming, especially if you’re caring for your own growing family. As a home caregiver, it’s important to recognize that there are limits as to what you can accomplish each day and to reach out for help before you become overwhelmed. For example, arranging for respite care on a regular or occasional basis with a home care agency can help you care for yourself while maintaining your loved one’s high standard of care.

    Understand the Signs of Caregiver Burnout
    It’s always ideal to connect with a home care agency and ask about respite care before you experience caregiver burnout. However, learning to recognize the signs can help you ask for help when you most need it. Caregiver burnout is typically characterized by social isolation, emotional exhaustion, and irritability. You may also notice physical symptoms, such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, changes in weight, and even more frequent infections.

    Arrange for Respite Care
    If you or your loved one isn’t quite ready yet for a more intensive level of home care assistance, you can arrange for respite care. A home caregiver can visit your loved one for a few hours—or as long as you need—to provide help around the home. Your loved one’s respite care plan may include meal preparation, light housekeeping, and even incidental errands. Home caregivers are also an important source of social contact for your loved one. Plus, respite care will give you some much needed time to relax and care for yourself.

    Use Healthy Coping Strategies
    While the home caregiver is looking after your loved one, use productive strategies to cope with stress. Go for a jog in the park or cook a week’s worth of healthy meals to freeze. Connect with a friend, see a movie, or visit with a spiritual or religious group.

    Comfort Keepers Central Pennsylvania is a team of home caregivers that understands the unique challenges facing those caring for elderly parents. Our home care agency provides respite care as needed to help you maintain balance in your life. Families in the Clearfield, Altoona, and State College areas are invited to call us at (814) 933-0059 and ask us how we can help.

    Making Your Loved One's Home Safe

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If your loved one prefers to stay in the comfort of his or her own home for as long as possible, you may have concerns about safety. Due to mobility problems, impaired sight, and slower reactions, seniors are more susceptible to sustaining injuries in the home. Ask your loved one’s home caregiver to conduct an in-home evaluation to look for ways of improving safety. The home care agency may even offer home monitoring systems and emergency response systems to grant you peace of mind while your loved one enjoys his or her own home.

    Evaluate Fire Safety
    The first step in improving fire safety in your loved one’s home is to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of the home and outside the door of every bedroom. Get into the habit of checking the batteries every month. Additionally, place a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Then, make sure there are no obstacles blocking an escape route in the event a fire occurs.

    Eliminate Tripping Hazards
    Tripping hazards are a significant concern for seniors since many have poor eyesight or problems with balance. Reduce the risk of a fall by removing throw rugs, electrical cords, and other loose objects from the floor. Eliminate any doorway thresholds that are raised, and make sure the stairs and bathrooms feature safety handrails. You can also install nightlights in the bathrooms and hallways to improve lighting. Additionally, home caregivers recommend providing shower chairs and nonskid shower mats for your loved one.

    Improve Accessibility
    Improving the accessibility of a home can benefit seniors in wheelchairs and those who use walkers. For example, install offset hinges on the doors to allow for greater clearance—or remove the doors entirely whenever possible. You can also install lever-style handles on any doors that remain to make them easier to open.

    Comfort Keepers Central Pennsylvania offers a comprehensive suite of home care services to families in Dubois, Clearfield, Altoona, Bellefonte, and beyond. Not only do we provide expert respite care and in-home care for your loved one, we also ensure their safety with our emergency response systems and home monitoring systems. Call our office today at (814) 933-0059 to arrange an in-home safety evaluation for your loved one.

    Running for the Gold | Grampian 5K Run/Walk For Cancer

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The Women's Health Task Force of Clearfield County is sponsoring Running for the Gold! A Grampian 5K run/walk for cancer! Print the registration form attached to this post or visit the Clearfield County Career & Technology Center to download the registration form!

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