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Arthritis & How To Feel Better!

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jan 11, 2019 12:16:51 PM

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For many arthritis can be a debilitating disease.  It causes decreased mobility, pain, swelling, stiffness and can limit activities.  The five most common and serious types of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid
  • Lupus

The key steps to managing life with arthritis in order to feel better are:

  • Keep active - In this case the saying "use it or lose it" rings true.  The less you do from a physical standpoint, the less mobility and flexibility you will have.
  • Maintain a healthy weight - Additional pounds increase stress on the joints which increases pain.
  • Avoid injuries - Falls and injuries can cause the development of osteoarthritis.
  • Develop strategies and healthy skills - Exercise, eating certain foods and avoiding foods that can cause inflammation can keep the body working better and feeling better.
  • Diet - Eat foods that are anti inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.
  • Early diagnosis - Avoid ignoring the symptoms! Establish a plan early on to live a healthy lifestyle.

Foods that fight and block inflammation and offer healthy benefits for combating arthritis are:

  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger 
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Green, black & white tea
  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Water-flushes toxins out of the body!
  • Tart & dark cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • Avocado
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Olives
  • Onions, leeks, shallots
  • Omega-3's found in fatty acid fish; salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Marine Collagen, the building block for cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments and skin
  • MSM, a natural anti inflammatory that targets joint tissue
  • Glucosamine, aids joint structure and can provide significant pain relief

Foods to avoid that can worsen and cause pain are:

  • Processed and refined
  • Fats and oils that are saturated fat found in meat, butter and cheese
  • Omega 6"s found in corn oil, safflower, soy and vegetable oil
  • Trans fats
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Reduce sugar
  • Moderate consumption of alcohol

If you or a loved one are struggling with a debilitating condition that can benefit from a little help to make life easier, we are here for you! Since 1994 Easy Living Services and has been an expert resource for thousands of Atlanta families with Home Care needs.

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Topics: elder care, senior care, chronic disease, fibromyalgia, Lupus, disabled

Holiday Gifts for Senior Loved Ones

Posted by Debby Franklin on Nov 30, 2017 12:37:45 PM

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It can be difficult finding appreciated gifts for senior loved ones.  Many have down sized and lack storage space or they may be dealing with health issues and physical challenges.  At this time in life, your loved one probably doesn't need more stuff they only need things that can really be used.  

Here is a list of ideas to help with your gift giving this holiday:

  • Flameless Candles - Provides a safe alternative to the traditional candle and they can help to lift the spirit and mood.
  • Digital Picture Frames - Record a personalized greeting that can be replayed by your loved one.
  • Photo Dialer Telephones - This device is equipped with large buttons and high volume.  The photo dialer makes calling family, friends and medical professionals less challenging for those suffering with age, eye and ear related issues.
  • Technology - Stay connected and in touch by purchasing a tablet and helping them to set up user friendly apps and programs such as Facebook, email and instant messenger.
  • Lotions and Skin Care Items - These are gifts that are always useful.  Be sure to find out about allergies and favorite products. 
  • Homemade Anything - Treats, gifts made by the family or grandchildren are always special.
  • Decorate for the Holidays - Offering to bring in and decorate the sitting area for your loved one helps to share the holiday joy.
  • Schedule an Outing - Make arrangements for a visit or special outing with a favorite past time or holiday show.
  • Adult Coloring books - These are very popular for all ages and have been known to provide hours of positive brain stimulation.  The coloring books can be a creative outlet that can brighten the day for someone who may be at home or by themselves throughout the day.
  • TV Apps - Set up Netflix and buy a years subscription or call their provider and pay for the Hallmark Channels to be added to their account.
  • Comfy Things - Bathrobes, slippers, cozy blankets or throws, bed jackets and shawls are always appreciated.
  • Home Care Assistance - Purchase a gift certificate, redeemable for hours of home care service. Here are examples:
    • Give the gift of a personal driver to take your loved one on appointments, errands, shopping or outings with friends.
    • Give the gift of help with household chores. Light housekeeping, organizing and maintenance.
    • Give the gift of holiday help.  Gift shopping and wrapping, mailing packages, sending out cards,  holiday decorating, help with holiday recipes or transportation to holiday events.
    • Give the gift of respite care for a family member that is a full time caregiver.  For the enormously large number of people who care for a family member, having time to allow for self care is a most valuable gift. 
    • Give the gift of companionship and socialization. Many senors have lost spouses and close friends or may be separated from family, it can be a time of loneliness and sadness that result in holiday blues.

Time is the most valuable gift you can give to anyone, not only during the holidays but throughout the year.  The holidays are a reminder for family and friends to come together and serve one another.  It' a time to be thankful and to be selfless in giving.

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Easy Living Services, Inc. has proudly supported Atlanta families by providing quality caregivers since 1994.  Affordable, flexible care plans designed to insure safety, comfort and companionship.  consult Atlanta's most trusted source for Home Care

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Topics: Caregiver Information, elder care, senior care

How Can Home Care Help?

Posted by Debby Franklin on Oct 9, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Loving Care in the Comfort of Home

At Easy Living Services, our clients rely on our office staff and caregivers as extensions of their own family's care team.  Since 1994, we've partnered with thousands of Atlanta area families in caring for seniors, the disabled and chronically ill adults in the comfort of home.  Easy Living's team of professionally trained and extensively screened nursing assistants are there when you can't be with reliable, expert care.  

Flexible, customized care options are available to accomodate any budget and are available on an hourly or "Live-In"/24 hr basis. Available service options include:Home Care, In-Home Care, Caregiver

  • Personal Care & Hygiene Assistance
  • Sitter Services at Home, Hospital or Rehab Facility 
  • Homemaker Services including Light Housekeeping, Laundry & Meal Preparation
  • Errands and Transportation
  • Alzheimer's and Dementia Patient Care
  • Respite and Temporary Care Coverage
  • Transitional Cardiac Care
  • Mobility & Safety Supervision
  • Cancer Home Care
  • Parkinson's Care
  • Post Hospital Transitions
  • Stroke Rehab Assistance
  • Post Operative Care
  • Cosmetic Surgery Care

Our clients enjoy our small office feel and personalized attention.  Nothing is more important to our team than the complete satisfaction of our clients and their families.  That’s why a caring Easy Living staff member is available 24/7 to discuss urgent needs and concerns.  Our agency is non-franchised which allows for flexible, customized care options; designed to meet each family’s unique needs and budget.  Care plans and service schedules are always client directed.   Contracts are never required; period. 

Our agency has recognized the need for more affordable In-Home Care options in today’s marketplace.   In order to make Home Care a viable long term care option for seniors, Easy Living Services introduced Total Care Plus.  This service plan provides complete, 24 hour care coverage for your loved one at an affordable, flat rate.  With Total Care Plus, it’s all covered; personal care assistance, homemaker services, supervision, companionship and transportation.  Total Care Plus is a excellent solution for persons with Alzheimer's and Dementia.  Now, seniors can make the decision to age at home with confidence, assured that a professional caregiver will be there to provide the supportive care they may require at an affordable rate. 

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At Easy Living, we understand that it's difficult trying to juggle everything when a family member needs care. Turn to us for the extra support your family needs to keep a loved one safe, comfortable and well cared for at home.   

We're here to help.  Call Easy Living Services today.

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What's Included in Transportation & Accompaniment?

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jun 26, 2014 4:41:00 PM

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You have finally made the decision to have that minor medical procedure that requires someone accompany you and drive you home, to find that your friends and family aren't available on that day! If you have ever worried about a loved one feeling isolated and confined at home and if calling a cab to get them to appointments is not the answer, here is a solution!

Our transportation & accompaniment service is much more than just a door-to-door service.  Our caregivers go above and beyond, accompanying you or your loved one wherever is needed, ensuring safety and providing peace of mind.

 

Transportation & Accompaniment services can include:

  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Therapy sessions, Dialysis
  • Medical Procedures
  • Grocery shopping
  • Hair appointments
  • Special events (birthdays, weddings, graduations, reunions,)
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Surgery (including overnight stay and pick-up)
  • Religious services, plays, concerts
  • Social outings with family and friends
  • General shopping and errands
  • Transportation and assistance with same day surgery

 

Our caregivers are ready to not only pick up and drop off, they also will:

  • Assist with getting ready
  • Accompany to the appointments
  • Take notes (when requested)
  • Stay until the client is ready to leave
  • Drive the client back home
  • Stay until the client is settled at home and ready to resume normal activities
  • Prepare a light meal

 

Easy Livings Transportation & Accompaniment services are not a taxi, ambulance, or transit service.  Our services are provided along side our companion services.  We prefer a 48 hour notice, and we can provide service for a single event or on a regular schedule, seven days a week, including holidays.  Contact us for pricing and mileage fees that may be incurred.770-442-664


Topics: Home Care, senior care, transportation, accompaniment

Home Care: 8 Things You Should Know Before You Hire a Caregiver

Posted by David Bacon on Apr 29, 2014 2:53:00 PM

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Each week, Easy Living Services interacts with clients that are struggling to make decisions not only for themselves, but also for a loved one.  Each family has questions and we took our most common queries and posted them below.  We hope you find them useful!

What are the three most important qualities to look for in a caregiver?
  • Compassion, Passionate about helping others & Skilled -  Caregivers that are Certified Nursing Assistants who have a minimum of 5 years experience.  Demand a rigorous screening process that includes an extensive background check, in-depth interview and personal and professional reference checks. Only with an agency that provides this are you ensured of working with a highly skilled caregiver who is passionate about caring for those who need assistance.  For your peace of mind, our referred caregivers meet all of these criteria and are fully insured.
What kind of services should I expect from my caregiver?
  • All non-medical assistance that will keep your loved one safe and comfortable at home, at the hospital or in a nursing or re-hab facility. Companion / Homemaker / Personal Care - Caregivers can provide light housekeeping, errands, meals, socialization and companionship.  Personal Care can include bathing, dressing, grooming, safety, sanitation and meal preparation.
What if my caregiver can't make it due to illness?
  • Ensure that your provider has a large staff of qualified, professional and reliable caregivers -  In the event of  caregiver illness or emergency absence this ensures that a replacement is available. Easy Living Services maintains a backup program and has a large network of professionals available to assist with your needs.
Why should I use an agency instead of hiring a private caregiver out of the newspaper or internet?
  • You will want to ensure that caregivers are screened, trained, have an excellent work ethic and are insured for your safety - Caregivers that have been professionally trained specifically in working with persons who are disabled, recovering from an illness or injury as well as senior care must be adequately screened to ensure that they are qualified to care for your loved one.  Working with an agency is like having an insurance plan ensuring that you have a qualified caregiver available when you want and need "life made easier".
What is live-in care and how is the cost determined?
  • Clients requiring around the clock care can opt for a caregiver to live with their loved one.  The caregiver must be able to sleep 7-8 hours at night and have a separate room for sleeping.  Live-in services are available for both Companion and Personal Care. Instead of paying an hourly rate Live-In rates are normally a flat fee per day making the cost a more affordable option.   Easy Living Services rates are highly competitive - starting at $175/Day.
Can I have flexible hourly care?
  • Yes. Some clients require only part-time care. Easy Living Services offers hourly care services starting at only $16.95/Hour.  (Some minimums may apply.)        
What about emergency care after business hours?
  • Your caregiver provider should be available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  When their office is closed, there needs to be an on-call knowledgeable person availble to assist with any emergency needs. Easy Living has an on-call knowledgeable person available to assist with emergency after hour needs 24/7/365.
Why would I want to use a locally owned company rather than a franchise agency?
  • Ask yourself if a bigger company is necessarily a better company. Home Care agencies are one of the largest growing industries in today's market.  "Big business" has seized this opportunity.  Franchised, "locally owned" agencies are on every corner.  A franchise owner typically goes to franchise school for a couple of weeks and then becomes apart of a large corporate run entity.   At Easy Living you control your Home Care service and selection guided by our expertise and insight.  At Easy Living caring is more than just a business, it is our philosophy in action every day! 

 

Easy Living works with only the best Atlanta caregivers. Many of our clients have used our service for 10+ years and the feedback is consistent in superior levels of satisfaction. We are your Home Care staffing expert - we've been assisting Atlanta families for over 20 years!

For more information on professional In-Home service for your loved one, please contact Easy Living services today at (770) 442-8664.

 

Topics: elder care, Home Care, senior care, caregiver, homecare, dementia, cancer, Alzheimers