Renata Gelman, RN, B.S.N., is assistant director of clinical services at Partners in Care, an affiliate of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY). In this role, she coordinates patient care and manages a multi-disciplinary team of field nursing and home health care professionals in the clinical area of a VNSNY’s private care division.

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You don't have to cancel the family vacation just because a loved one is getting older. Transportation options, activities and accommodations may need to be adapted, but with some planning, taking a trip with a senior can be a wonderful experience.

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The longer you spend caring for an ill or aging spouse, the more likely you are to experience emotions and thoughts that you're reluctant to admit, even to yourself.

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Fresh air and a change in a senior’s surroundings can do more than help diminish boredom and complacency. People who spend a few minutes outside daily are less likely to have health problems and more likely to remain active.

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Discover 5 factors that can lead to a senior's bad mood. Learn how to deal with the constant complaints, criticisms and demands.

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Specialized training enables professional caregivers to notice and act on important changes in an aging loved one’s health and well being. Professional caregivers can serve as the eyes and ears for family who cannot personally provide full-time care.

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Professional nurses are skilled at balancing the needs of multiple people at once, without getting overwhelmed. A registered nurse shares her best strategies for minimizing stress and avoiding caregiver burnout.

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When a caregiver arrives, some elders see only differences, such as skin color or cultural background. Over time, a professional caregiver’s commitment and consistency translates into trust and can bridge divides in admirable and sometimes surprising ways.

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Even when blood sugar levels are properly managed, individuals with diabetes can develop serious health concerns. Learn the signs and symptoms to watch out for.

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Those who are caring for a loved one, including home health aides, registered nurses and social workers, witness some of the patient's most vulnerable moments. These are a few essential points professionals may see that could easily fly under the radar for family members, friends or even a routine checkup.

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Family caregivers often think that taking a vacation with an elderly parent or relative who requires special care is out of the question. But with careful planning and some minor accommodations, many seniors can still participate in family vacations.

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Hiring a professional caregiver to help ensure a loved one’s smooth transition from hospital to home reduces the risk of readmission and provides peace of mind for family caregivers.

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It can take some trial and error to find the right in-home care provider and caregivers for a senior. If you decide to change companies, follow these steps to ensure a smooth transition and a better home care experience.

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Seniors with limited mobility or health issues can feel isolated when everyone is gathering for the holidays. They may no longer have the mental or physical stamina to participate in some traditions, but simple adaptations can help them feel involved.

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The first step in hiring in-home care is to research, consult with, and select a reputable home care company. When it's time to screen professional caregivers, include these 5 important attributes in your search for the right match.

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