Family Matters

Midnight Sun Home Care’s collection of blog post that relate to the family.

How to Talk to Your Siblings about Getting Help for Mom and Dad

Watching our parents age can be tough; for many years they were our caregivers and when the roles become reversed it can be a challenging time for everyone. Understanding the level of care they require can be complicated and if there are many opinions involved, deciding on a care plan can feel impossible. Talking to… Continue reading

Men’s Health Month – Help Dad Stay Safe This Summer

What better time of year to celebrate Men’s Health Month than when the salmon are running and dad is out enjoying his favorite summer activities. Men’s Health Month is certainly about celebrating the men in our life but more importantly, it aims to keep them healthy by spreading awareness about the importance of preventative care… Continue reading

Dad Wants to Avoid the Nursing Home, But Is Home Health Care an Affordable Option?

Dad Wants to Avoid the Nursing Home, But Is Home Health Care an Affordable Option?
Pick a senior, any senior, and you’re likely to hear the same sentiments: the vast majority of older adults agree that they’d prefer to spend their elder years at home over moving to a nursing home facility. However, there are a number of misconceptions about who will pay for home health care. Medicare? Medicaid? Insurance?… Continue reading

Caring for a Senior and Feeling Invisible? Learn How to Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard.

Caring for a Senior and Feeling Invisible? Learn How to Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has reported that family members caring for a senior loved one are “routinely marginalized and ignored within the health care system.” With about 18 million family members providing care for seniors, this report is alarming, as it points to the possibility that these seniors are at risk… Continue reading

Managing Family Dynamics When Seniors Need Care: Home Care Services Can Help

Managing Family Dynamics When Seniors Need Care: Home Care Services Can Help
As people age, it’s natural to experience changes. This is especially true in older adulthood. Aging adults can be faced with changes in physical and mental health, independence and mobility, and social connections and relationships, to name just a few. For many seniors and their loved ones, these changes are often experienced as losses and… Continue reading

Important Papers that No One Wants to Talk About

Important Papers that No One Wants to Talk About
When it comes time to fill out certain paperwork it seems like there’s always at least one involved party hesitating. Living Wills, Advanced Directives, and DNR Orders are all important documents, and they can all put you into an awkward conversation. Whether the discomfort comes from a child that doesn’t want to think of their… Continue reading

Who Can Use Lifeline?

Who Can Use Lifeline?
When you think of someone using a medical alert device, what’s the first thing that you think of? Is it someone older or someone young? We’ve all seen the old commercial with a woman that’s fallen and can’t get up. Unfortunately, falls are a very real danger for many seniors. Also unfortunately, this commercial has… Continue reading

Holiday Gatherings with Alzheimer’s

Holiday Gatherings with Alzheimer’s
  The holidays should be a time of gathering together with joy and love. But for many families, large gatherings can be stress inducing and a cause for months of anxiety. An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and this disease affects their whole family. We believe that every family should be able to celebrate… Continue reading

How Families Can Support their Aging Loved Ones

How Families Can Support their Aging Loved Ones
 It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that families play a very important role when it comes to supporting aging loved ones. Traditionally, that support has come pretty naturally, as families often stay close together and it is just expected that the younger will take care of the aging, when the time… Continue reading
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