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At Home Care vs. Assisted Living

At Home Health Care Vs. Assisted Living Facilities

If you are or have an elderly loved one struggling to care for themselves, you may be wondering how to provide the best at home health care they need in their senior years. There are various options you can consider for this purpose. Options For Care Facilities Independent Living Communities ...
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Senior Moving

Moving Elderly Parents Out Of Their Home

Many seniors face the stressful decision to either move into assisted living or stay at home. It's a tough decision, but there is an alternative solution: moving parents into your own home. This article will cover five tips for making the transition of moving elderly parents out of their home ...
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7 Tips For a Successful Telehealth Visit

Let's be honest. We're currently in a period where it is more secure and more practical for doctors to meet with patients by means of video rather than meeting face to face in an office.  Imagine sitting in a waiting room among other sick patients, exposing your immune system to ...
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Surviving Spring Allergies with a woman blowing her nose.

Surviving Spring Allergies

Who doesn’t love the joy of a spring day after a long winter? The trees are flashing their new green, robins are back in the yard, the first colorful flower wildflowers are emerging with a vibrant new sense of energy. Aah, but then comes a certain price to pay for ...
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10 Tips For Family Caregivers of Seniors

As people age, they often need help dealing with a myriad of health issues. From getting dressed to preparing meals, almost every part of the day can require some extra assistance. Often, family caregivers step up to provide this essential care. Out of affection for their parents, grandparents, or other ...
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Early Warning Signs & Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

Dementia is a frightening, progressive, mental disorder afflicting 50 million persons throughout the world. Researchers also estimate that 10 million new cases occur worldwide each year.The disease not only exercises numerous adverse impacts on the stricken subject but their families, friends, and caretakers.  Fortunately, recognizing the early signs of dementia ...
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How to Keep Your Brain Healthy As You Age

As the aging process advances, many people notice a difference in their thinking. Cognitive thinking and mood can decline without proper care. How then do you keep your brain healthy? While certain health issues may still persist, senior brain exercise can help improve emotions and cognitive abilities.  What Is “Brain ...
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Where To Get Your Covid-19 Vaccine in Columbia, SC

The maze of locating providers and scheduling your Covid-19 vaccine in Columbia, SC can be daunting. Not only do you have to research places that are giving the vaccine, but getting scheduled for it using the providers' scheduling tools can involve using computers, forms, and other scheduling tools. RetireEase is ...
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Indoor Activities for Seniors to Stay Mentally and Physically Active During the Winter

What are some indoor activities for seniors to stay mentally and physically active? Are you or your family member wondering what some indoor activities for seniors to stay healthy both mentally and physically during the winter months might be? Getting active and exercise improves our quality of life in every ...
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Integrated Senior Care: What Is It?

Integrated care is a worldwide health trend that is currently transforming how healthcare is done and taught at hospitals, clinics, and schools. In the medical field, integrated care refers specifically to an approach where primary health care and mental health care are combined in one setting, creating a team-based approach ...
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Weekly Meal Planning for Elderly Parents

We all know that nutrition is one of the most important parts of staying healthy, but when it comes to eating well, it can be hard to stay consistent. Let’s face it: even if you love cooking, nobody wants to be in the kitchen most of the day. But if ...
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Fun Fall Activities for Seniors

It’s one of the best seasons for seniors. Here are some fun ideas to help them make the most of it. It’s that time of year again. The days are getting cooler, the sun is setting earlier, and the leaves on some trees have already begun to change.  Fall is ...
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Home Care Checklist: What Questions to Ask

Here’s what to ask to make sure your loved one gets the best care possible. As we get older, day-to-day activities can become a challenge. At a certain point, whether it’s for you or a loved one, it may be time to think about finding a home care provider. The ...
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How to Choose Which Care Provider to Work for in Columbia?

How to choose which care provider to work for in the Columbia area? Columbia and the surrounding areas have several care providers that are regularly posting caregiver jobs. How do you decide which to apply to? How do you decide which offer to take if multiple are presented?  This is ...
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Summer Bingo for Seniors

Summer Bingo for Seniors During the summer, there are so many opportunities to engage seniors in activities both inside and outside. The benefits to adding activities to their routine stimulates physical, emotional and mental wellness. In addition, it creates an increased social and engaging environment for them. Free Bingo Template ...
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The Power of Touch in Elder Caregiving

When Kay Olson checked her husband, John, age 66, into Lakeview Ranch in Dassel, Minnesota, caregivers greeted both of them with a hug. They immediately helped John into the bathroom, washing him gently. He came out crying what he told Kay were "happy tears." John, who suffers from dementia, was ...
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Senior Saving Spotlight

No matter what type it is, everyone loves saving money. As adults age, budgets may become even tighter whenever they enter retirement. Therefore, every opportunity they can find to save money they might take advantage of. Health wise, many adults require glasses of some sort whenever they get older. In ...
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March is Time To Thank Social Workers for National Social Worker Month

March is the month we take time to recognize the social workers who do such much amazing work for the seniors in our communities.  We often call on them for referrals for in our homecare business and help them locate the best solutions for a families of an elderly loved one.  Social ...
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Celebrating Black History Month, The legacy of Robert M. Johnson, EMT, NRP

  My father made history in Camden, SC and in Kershaw County in May of 1979 when he became the first Black Paramedic in the county. His accomplishments continued to make history by becoming the first Black Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director of Kershaw County Medical Center in October of ...
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When your aging parents aren’t tell you when they are ill

One difficult role reversal in life is when parents become the  caregiver and advocate for aging parents. As discussed in an article titled ""What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You", writer, Patrick O'Brien, discusses the warning signs that adult children might notice in their aging parents, such as loss of ...
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Sleeping correctly can Ease your back pain

Most likely you have had one of those nights when you awoke the next morning to discover annoying back or neck pain. Maybe it was from trying a new pillow, getting "kicked" to the couch or perhaps you may be sleeping in the wrong position. Either way, it makes for ...
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PCA’s, Caregivers, Home Health Aides, CNA’s (Lexington, Richland, Kershaw Counties) – NOW HIRING

NOW HIRING FOR: CNA's (preferably active), Home Health Aides, Companion Caregivers RetireEASE Senior Services is the industry leader in non-medical home care services. RetireEASE has established a reputation as one of the best places to work in home for the past 10 YEARS and would like for you to join ...
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RetireEASE volunteers at The Cooperative Ministry

On Thursday, December 16th, a few staff members from RetireEASE went and volunteered at The Cooperative Ministry in Columbia. The Cooperative Ministry serves the Midlands community by assisting the working poor through assistance such as counseling, prayers, or providing guidance to availability of community resources. This ministry provides help as ...
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medical alert products and senior citizen safety

Do you have questions about purchasing or looking at a type of medical alert button for yourself or a senior citizen in your life? If the answer to this question is "yes", then the popular Huffington Post blog, "Savvy Senior" has some information for you. In a recent post, it lists  many medical alert ...
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from the senior choice connection, hearing loss in seniors.

Another extract from our The Senior's Choice Connection, summer newsletter. This discussion is on dealing with hearing loss as you or your elderly family member age. Hearing loss is reported as one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. A third of American, ages 65 to 74, and 50% of those ...
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from the senior’s choice connection

We will be using our blog site to update our clientele on articles from the The Senior's Choice Connection newsletter. Here below is the first article post from the newsletter. Selling a Home if Your Parent has Alzheimer's Alzheimer's can be a heart-breaking disease that robs elderly of their memory, mobility ...
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summer heat safety

As we hit the peak of the summer season, we are also seeing the peak of heat across the Midlands. South Carolina is seeing record high temperatures this summer. This increases the concerns for all, especially senior citizens. There are a number of worries  that senior citizens or  their caregivers ...
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senior citizens discounts

Everyone loves a good discount. Whether it's the "SALES" sign on the clothes rack at your favorite department store, or a coupon, people love saving money. A perk with age is discounts at different business, with companies, or on particular items. Here is a list of senior citizen discounts as you ...
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3 Power Move to Keep Your Parents Out of the Hospital.

"Americans have a love affair with hospitals." Hospital personnel in a hallwayJust take a look at all the fictional dramas that production Hospital personnel in a hallway companies have created: ER, Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, General Hospital, etc. There is a lot of good in the hospital system and they are extremely helpful; ...
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Simplified Cellphone for Seniors

In today's 21st century world, it is dangerous to not have a cellphone. If there is an emergency or someone finds themselves in a situation where they need help, like being stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, a cellphone is handy. However, many senior citizens ...
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technology and seniors

Huffington Post Seniors Currently we are living in a digital age that is fast-paced and always evolving. As soon as someone masters one form of technology, another "newer" version of it is already on the market. How are people supposed to stay educated on these technologies? How are the senior ...
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how to find and choose a new doctor

One struggle that many senior citizens and their parents or caregivers who look after them find, is picking a correct doctor. There are many extenuating factors that contribute to why someone may be looking for a new doctor. For the elderly who may have more medications or health issues, finding ...
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Home Improvement Assistance Programs for Seniors

The summer calls for more than just relaxing days in the sun, it may also call for some home repair. As the winter months have gone by, ware and tare on homes may have occurred. A few damages such as rotting wood on handicap ramps, leaky pipes, or peeling walls ...
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Home Improvement Assistance Programs for Seniors

The summer seasons calls for more than just days of relaxation, but also days of work. Warmer weather may also mean dealing with the damage from the previous winter months. There are many homes that experience ware that must be repaired, such as handicap ramps, pipes, walls, air conditioners, etc. ...
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Home Improvement Projects and Senior Citizens

The summer calls for more than just relaxing days in the sun, it may also call for some home repair. As the winter months have gone by, ware and tare on homes may have occurred. A few damages such as rotting wood on handicap ramps, leaky pipes, or peeling walls ...
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Benefits of Older American In the Workforce

image source: (incedogroup.com) Recently in an article in Huffington Post Small Business, columnist Linda P. Fried discusses the topic of the benefits of the older Americans in the workforce, especially to small businesses and the manufacturing industry. We take a look at how this topic relates to our seniors and ...
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Allergies 101

As the weather begins to transition into the warmer spring weather (thanks goodness!), there are also negative factors that come with the sunshine. There is also another yellow pest: pollen. This can stir up allergies in people, and other seasonal allergies that someone may suffer from. Senior citizens are also ...
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Take Care of Your Kidneys

In a recent article in the Huffington Post Post 50 recurring column, Savvy Senior, a questioned was posed by a reader about kidney disease. Adults who are 60 or older are especially vulnerable to contract this disease; a disease whose symptoms can go virtually undetected. Here are some questions about ...
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Preparing for A Weather Emergency

As we brace cold, wet, and potentially dangerous winter weather, here are some safety tips for preparing ahead of time for these types of hazardous conditions. Our biggest concern is a fear of being unprepared. Will I run out of food? What do I do if my power goes out? ...
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Ideas for retirees on fixed incomes or anyone on a budget

Taken from USA TODAY MONEY BY NANCI HELLMICH: In the wake of the madness of Black Friday, many Americans are looking into the holiday season of Christmas thinking about what gifts to buy their family, friends, or loved ones. For many there is already a hint of worry or concern ...
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Senior-giving before Thanksgiving.

As November moves closer to the holiday season, the Christmas decorations and "SALE" signs are already being displayed in stores. Kids are starting to make their list to Santa and families are planning which side dish to bring to the family Thanksgiving dinner. The end of November is ready to take off at full speed. ...
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Identity Theft Protection For Seniors

At the top of the consumer complaints list to the Federal Trade Commission for the past three years is identity theft. This can be an even bigger issue or just simply a fear, for senior citizens who are not as familiar with the Internet as younger adults or even teenagers. ...
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Low-Cost and Free Cell Phones for Seniors

In our previous newsletter, we shared an article about the relationship between seniors and technology. Not all seniors prefer to interact too much with technology. Whether this technology is Facebook, smartphones or simply the internet itself, all seniors most likely need to have access to a cellphone. In today's world, it ...
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Warnings Between Sleep Deprivation and Medication

Many Americans struggle with sleep problems. It may range from one night of restless sleep to an impending habit known as insomnia. About 25 percent of the U.S adult population reports suffering from insomnia with issues of either trouble falling asleep or trouble staying asleep. This issue affects senior citizens ...
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Summer Newsletter!

 Maximize Your Summer with Seniors    As you pack or plan for your summer activities, we at RetireEASE have some tips on how to have a fun but safe summer caring for an elderly loved one. Check out our attached Summer Newletter to find out activities that seniors and caregivers can ...
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Pinterest Inspired 4th of July Celebration Ideas

When the 4th of July pops into one's mind, images of fireworks, BBQ's and lots of red, white, and blue are dancing around. Families revel in traditions or head to the lakes/oceans/or pools to celebrate America's independence. However, what happens when you have to plan a last minute party? Did ...
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Summer Travel Discounts for Senior Citizens

With the start of summer, that means beginning to plan your summer trips. Just as there are many discounts for families or when you are staying at your chosen destination, there are also discounts for senior citizens. Since many senior citizens are in retirement, they have more time to travel. ...
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2014 Best of Home Care® Provider AND Employer of Choice Award

RetireEASE is happy to announce that we have achieved the title of 2014 Best of Home Care® Provider AND Employer of Choice Award for the fourth year in a row! This recognition of our home care business is one of being one of the best in the nation. Thank you to all ...
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New Year Resolution’s…for the CareGiver.

Who can believe it, but 2014 is upon us. With the ringing in of the New Year there is the ever-expected New Year's resolutions that everyone makes. These lists of good habits to pick up as you enter 2014 do not have to be a burden you place upon yourself ...
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Celebrating three years of “Best in Home Care” awards!

RetireEASE is proud to announce that for a third year in a row, we have won the "Best in Home Care" award with Home Care Pulse! RetireEASE was recognized for being best in: Timeliness of Caregivers Work Ethic  Knowledge of Caregivers  Compassion of Caregivers  Appropriate Appearance  Coordination of Schedules   Confidence Level ...
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Senior Citizens and Hydration vs. Dehydration

                  When the sun begins to shine and families begin to spend more time outside, family safety becomes a priority. With the heat, another precaution that arises is senior citizens and staying hydrated while engaging in outside, summer activities with family or ...
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Healthy Vacations

When the humid weather hits families begin daydreaming about exotic vacation spots or summer getaways. While calling a travel agent and booking a budget friendly vacation is important; so is protecting senior citizens when traveling. Whether your destination is close to home or thousands of miles away, most senior citizens ...
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Senior Citizens and Sun Exposure

Photo Credit (www.griswoldhomecare.com)Senior Citizens Sun SafetyThe hot, humid weather of May after the April showers also brings to light the concern with senior citizens and sun safety. It is tempting to run outside whenever the sun rays shine through the windows. Before spending countless hours in the sun, it is important to ...
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Cold and Flu

It's that time of the year again. The tissue boxes and cough drops are making their appearance. RetireEase Senior Services has issued this article on precautions that senior adults can take to hopefully prevent an oncoming cold or influenza virus.             Having the flu is never a pleasant experience for anyone. ...
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Senior Citizens and Exercising

Even though senior citizens are older it certainly doesn’t mean that they have to or should stop exercising. Even those elderly that may have certain physical or health disabilities or conditions can have daily exercise programs. As with any age, daily exercise has long-term health benefits. The National Institutes of ...
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Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia and Senior Citizens.

It is a scary reality for any senior citizen to face. The fact that their forgetting little facts, people’s names or even recalling memories is more than just “growing older”. Perhaps there is a more serious cause of all these lapses in memory. Maybe it is something as serious as ...
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Senior Adults and Driving Concerns

It is important to understand that it is normal for people's driving abilities to change as they grow older. It is even more important to be aware of the warning signs that age might be hindering the ability to drive safely. Here are some concerns to take note of that ...
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2013 Leader in Excellence

With a new year, comes new goals and chances to strive for success. Also, comes recognition for hard work in the previous year. RetireEASE Senior Service is excited to share that we've been named Best of Home Care 2013 Leader in Excellence for 2013. This prestigious recognition is awarded to those who ...
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Ada S Williams (“Miss Ada”)

RetireEASE Senior Services is sadden by the loss of our dear client and friend, Ada S Williams. Ada passed away on February 14, 2013, after a brief illness. Ada was born to J Walter and Alice Simons in Ridgeway, SC on April 20, 1919. The family's farm instilled in Ada the ...
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Senior Citizens and Fall Prevention

With January comes those cold winter weather months and that means snow, sleet, and ice. It also means that senior citizens are at a greater risk of falling on all that wintry mix. With a new year comes a chance for both the elderly and their families to become more educated on ...
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The Parent Care Show

The Parent Care ShowDon't miss Steve along with Dr. Skipper weekly on WVOC AM 560AM. Tune in on Saturdays from 11-12noon.
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How to Get the Most Out of Support Groups: Seniors and Caregivers

RetireEASE Senior Services cares about the mind, body and spirit of our clients. The following article published in the Senior Spirit, a newsletter published by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors gives practical advise and helpful tips on supporting our aging loved ones.When faced with life altering issues such as ...
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When is it time to move mom or dad from home?

“Notes of a Caregiver” Published by Steve Parrott, Owner, RetireEASE Senior Services When more personal assistance is needed, Assisted Living Communities are a valuable Parent Care solution. January 8, 2012 I often get asked the question by many families, “When is the right time to move mom or dad from ...
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