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Companion Home Care of Long Island Awarded “Caring Star of 2017” by Caring.com

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Companion Home Care of Long Island honored Among Top Home Care Agencies in the Nation — Named “Caring Star of 2017” for Senior Care Service Excellence

Positive Consumer Ratings Led to This Industry-Leading Distinction from Caring.com

Melville, New York – October 25, 2016 Companion Home Care of Long Island is pleased to announce it has been selected as a “Caring Star of 2017” for in-home care service excellence. In ratings and reviews from family caregivers and cognitively healthy older adults, Companion Home Care of Long Island earned a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score) within the last year, while also having a high volume of positive reviews and meeting other qualifying criteria for this national honor. There is only 1 Caring Star 2017 agency in Suffolk county, and overall Companion Home Care of Long Island is among 390 Caring Stars senior care providers across the nation.

“We strive daily to delivery the highest quality in-home care for our clients, and this award helps validate our delivery on that promise,” said Dorothy Anderson of Companion Home Care of Long Island. “On behalf of our agency’s staff and leadership, thank you to those who shared positive feedback about the services we offer, and to Caring.com for recognizing us as a Caring Star of 2017.”

Americans are increasingly seeking insights provided by online reviews to help guide important senior care decisions for aging or ailing loved ones. In multiple Caring.com research studies, the majority of family caregivers have indicated that they turn to the Internet and consumer reviews when researching home care agencies, and have relied on these perspectives more so than in-person recommendations from geriatric professionals or medical personnel. The Caring Stars annual list helps consumers reliably narrow senior care service options for their loved ones to the most-acclaimed providers – particularly as they gather for the holidays and discover increased or urgent senior care needs.

“Congratulations to Companion Home Care of Long Island for achieving this award after earning accolades on Caring.com from clients and their loved ones,” said Karen Cassel, Caring.com CEO. “This important milestone speaks volumes about the positive difference Companion Home Care of Long Island is making in serving older adults, and we celebrate their accomplishment.”

Some of the positive feedback that led to Companion Home Care of Long Island’s being a Caring Star of 2017 includes:

  • The agency was very prompt, courteous and responsive.
  • I consider them excellent
  • It was like Dorothy knew exactly who to place in the home with my mom

Read the full text of these reviews and others on Caring.com. To learn more about the Caring Stars program and view the complete winner list, please visit: In home caregiving stars 2017

About Companion Home Care of Long Island

Companion Home Care is a family owned and operated agency that offers a variety of private pay services to enrich the daily lives of our clients. Our caregivers are so much more than companions. They are trained to make living at home a joy for each and every client.

For so many, the idea of aging and requiring assistance can be overwhelming. Our caregivers strive to assure that the client feels as comforted by their presence as they would if it were a family member or close friend.  Contact us, when it’s convenient for you, Schedule a Call – you choose the time & day, Text us your questions @ 631.912.7286 or Call Directly – 631.884.0005.  We invite you to come visit and share by connecting with us on Facebook.


How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian

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Selection Of Fresh Vegetables

The key to a healthy vegetarian diet — like any diet — is to enjoy a variety of foods. No single food can provide all the nutrients your body needs. The more restrictive your diet is, the more challenging it can be to get all the nutrients you need. A vegan diet, for example, eliminates natural food sources of vitamin B-12, as well as milk products, which are good sources of calcium.

With a little planning, however, you can be sure that your diet includes everything your body needs. Pay special attention to the following nutrients:

Calcium helps build and maintain strong teeth and bones. Milk and dairy foods are highest in calcium. However, dark green vegetables, such as turnip and collard greens, kale and broccoli, are good plant sources when eaten in sufficient quantities. Calcium-enriched and fortified products, including juices, cereals, soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, are other options.
Iodine is a component in thyroid hormones, which help regulate metabolism, growth and function of key organs. Vegans may not get enough iodine and be at risk of deficiency and possibly even a goiter. In addition, foods such as soybeans, cruciferous vegetables and sweet potatoes may promote a goiter. However, just 1/4 teaspoon of iodized salt provides a significant amount of iodine.
Iron is a crucial component of red blood cells. Dried beans and peas, lentils, enriched cereals, whole-grain products, dark leafy green vegetables and dried fruit are good sources of iron. Because iron isn’t as easily absorbed from plant sources, the recommended intake of iron for vegetarians is almost double that recommended for nonvegetarians. To help your body absorb iron, eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as strawberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli, at the same time as you’re eating iron-containing foods.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important for heart health. Diets that do not include fish and eggs are generally low in active forms of omega-3 fatty acids. Canola oil, soy oil, walnuts, ground flaxseed and soybeans are good sources of essential fatty acids. However, because conversion of plant-based omega-3 to the types used by humans is inefficient, you may want to consider fortified products or supplements, or both.
Protein helps maintain healthy skin, bones, muscles and organs. Eggs and dairy products are good sources, and you don’t need to eat large amounts to meet your protein needs. You can also get sufficient protein from plant-based foods if you eat a variety of them throughout the day. Plant sources include soy products and meat substitutes, legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Vitamin B-12 is necessary to produce red blood cells and prevent anemia. This vitamin is found almost exclusively in animal products, so it can be difficult to get enough B-12 on a vegan diet. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may go undetected in people who eat a vegan diet. This is because the vegan diet is rich in a vitamin called folate, which may mask deficiency in vitamin B-12 until severe problems occur. For this reason, it’s important for vegans to consider vitamin supplements, vitamin-enriched cereals and fortified soy products.
Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health.Normally acquired by exposure to sunlight intake can become limited as we age. Vitamin D is added to cow’s milk, some brands of soy and rice milk, and some cereals and margarine. Be sure to check food labels. If you don’t eat enough fortified foods and have limited sun exposure, you may need a vitamin D supplement (one derived from plants).
Zinc is an essential component of many enzymes and plays a role in cell division and in formation of proteins. Like iron, zinc is not as easily absorbed from plant sources as it is from animal products. Cheese is a good option if you eat dairy products. Plant sources of zinc include whole grains, soy products, legumes, nuts and wheat germ.
If you need help creating a vegetarian diet that’s right for you, talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian.


Professional Caregivers for Dementia Care

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One of our professional caregivers can provide supervision for safety, cognitive stimulation for social welfare and assistancewith the activities of daily living. This support is crucial as your loved one begins to experience the symptoms of dementia.

Dementia is a condition in which changes in the brain cause symptoms affecting intellectual and social abilities. The affects of dementia can impair a person’s ability to carry out their normal routines such as preparing their own meals, taking medications on time and in the proper dosages, doing chores around the home and so much more. It can be a very frightening time. Being alone often leads to isolation or shame, as people have trouble understanding and communicating the changes they are experiencing

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Other types of dementia include Lewy body, Vascular and Frontotemporal. Each type affects particular parts of the brain and has its own prognosis.

Common signs and symptoms of dementia include:
Memory loss
Difficulty communicating
Personality changes
Inability to reason
Inappropriate behavior
Paranoia
Agitation
Hallucinations

Dementia has many different causes. Some can symptoms can be brought on by a trauma or a reaction to medications after a medical procedure. These are usually short in duration and the symptoms can abate with time. Medical professionals are best equipped to determine if symptoms are brought on by something more serious. Be it short term or progressive, dementia symptoms are always frightening and should be evaluated as soon as they appear.

Signs that your loved one may have dementia:

Financial mismanagement such as overdue bills,bounced checks or overdrawn bank accounts.
Frequently misplacing everyday items such as keys or T.V. remotes
Repetitive speech patterns
Frequently losing track of simple conversations or trains of thought
Frequent falls.

Professional caregivers in the home to assist the person with dementia provides relief for family members caring for the person. Caregivers who are experienced and trained in dementia care can assist with the following activities:
Medication reminders.
Bathing reminders and supervision.
Dressing supervision and assistance.
Meal planning and preparation.
Household chores.
Transportation.
Socialization to stimulate brain function such as playing board games or cards
Assisting with favorite activities such as correspondence with family and friends or cooking

Our professional Caregivers will work with the family to create a care plan that provides optimal quality of life for your loved one while encouraging activities that will stimulate the mind and assist in keeping in good physical condition.


Why Breakfast Is Important ( Multipage )

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Breakfast

Breakfast has long been called “The Most Important Meal of the Day.” The morning meal has many benefits, particularly as we are aging

Eating a healthy breakfast, in addition to maintaining a well-balanced diet that emphasizes foods lower in saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars, and salt can jump start the brain and assist seniors in living a vital life

Breakfast is part of a healthy lifestyle. Older adults often consume less food at one sitting, so eating breakfast helps ensure an adequate intake of calories, vitamins, and minerals throughout the day. Moreover, breakfast can be especially helpful if you need to take medications in the morning on a full stomach. It can even help regulate bowel function.

So what is the best thing to eat for breakfast when you’re trying to make healthy selections? Ideally, a balanced morning meal includes a whole-grain carbohydrate, a fruit, and a high-protein or dairy component. Consider these well-rounded, tasty breakfast combinations:

A bowl of high-fiber multigrain cold cereal, banana, and low-fat milk
A slice of whole wheat toast with fruit spread, and a cup of nonfat fruit yogurt
A bowl of oatmeal with walnuts and blueberries, and a hard-boiled egg
A granola bar and a smoothie made with frozen berries and nonfat yogurt and milk
A whole-wheat roll, an orange, and a scrambled egg
A whole-grain waffle, toasted and topped with sliced fresh strawberries and low-fat cottage cheese

These choices are easy to prepare and also appeal to many seniors who want a “light” meal.


Senior Workouts

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Do you ever wonder if seniors workouts are appropriate? George Burns (who lived to be 100) used to say, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!” It’s true that some individuals are blessed with good genes, and no matter how many unhealthy lifestyle habits they have, they’re going to live into old age. But for the rest of us who might be concerned with quality of life as we age, exercise is one of the keys. Is it ever too late to start? Research proves it’s not. In this article, I’ll discuss the benefits of exercising into old age and then give you some tips on how to get started no matter how old you are.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, by the year 2030, the number of individuals in the United States 65 years and over will reach 70 million, and people 85 years and older will be the fastest growing segment of the population. Some of you may already be there, while others may be approaching. But whatever your age, exercise can help. Below is a description of what happens to our bodies as we age and how exercise can make all the difference.

As many of us have already noticed, muscle mass decreases as we age. Beginning in the fourth decade of life, adults lose 3%-5% of muscle mass per decade, and the decline increases to 1%-2% per year after age 50. Muscle keeps us strong, it burns calories and helps us maintain our weight, and it is also an essential contributor to our balance and bone strength. Without it, we can lose our independence and our mobility.

The good news is that muscle mass can increase at any age in response to exercise. In an important study of weight lifting and older adults conducted with 100 male and female residents of a nursing home in Boston (age range: 72 to 98 years of age; average age 87), subjects lifted weights with their legs three times a week for 10 weeks. At the end of the study, there was an increase in thigh mass of 2.7%, walking speed increased 12%, and leg strength increased a whopping 113%! In a similar study of adults 65-79 years old, subjects who lifted weights three times a week for three months increased their walking endurance by 38% (from 25 minutes to 34 minutes) without appreciable increases in mass. Ida Weiss, a 91-year-old participant in the Boston study, had the following to say after the study, “It’s very beneficial for me. Things that I couldn’t do when I came here, I can do now. I didn’t think that I was going to live anymore, but I feel different now.”

Balance decreases as we age, and consequently, falling is a major problem as a result. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of every three Americans over the age of 65 falls each year, and among individuals 65-84, falls account for 87% of all fractures and are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury. The good news is that physical activity can improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. The results of a study of 256 older adults (70 to 92 years of age, average age 77) who participated in tai chi for six months found that there were 52% fewer falls in the individuals who did tai chi compared to those who didn’t, and there were fewer falls overall among the individuals who did tai chi compared to those who didn’t (28% versus 46%).

In an even more convincing study called a meta-analysis, where researchers combine the results of many studies on the same subject, it was reported that muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises in 1,016 older men and women (ages 65 to 97) reduced the risk of falls and fall injuries by as much as 35%-45%.

One of the important conclusions of the research is that it’s important to select balance-training exercises that are specific to activities that you do during the day. For instance, you might want to do balance exercises on one leg that mimic the act of walking if you are unsteady while you walk (when you walk, one leg is in the air). Tai chi is excellent for this because it involves slow, coordinated movements, and is particularly beneficial for balance since you lift one leg frequently while doing it.

One of the most exciting areas of exercise research is the investigation of cognitive function. What scientists have learned so far is that brain neurons, the special cells that help you think, move, perform all the bodily functions that keep you alive, and even help your memory, all increase in number after just a few days or weeks of regular activity. In other words, senior workouts contribute to building brain tissue.

In a recent study of 1,740 adults older than 65, researchers found that the incidence of dementia in individuals who walked three or more times per week was 35% lower than those individuals who walked less than three days per week.

The American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association recently published guidelines for physical activity in older adults. Here is a summary of the recommendations.

Aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, dancing, biking, swimming, etc.): To promote and maintain health, older adults need moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes five days each week or vigorous intensity aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes three days each week. (Moderate intensity is when you feel “warm and slightly out of breath,” and vigorous is when you feel “out of breath and sweaty.”)

Resistance exercise (weight lifting, calisthenics): To promote and maintain health and physical independence, older adults will benefit from performing activities that maintain or increase muscular strength and endurance for a minimum of two days each week. It is recommended that eight to 10 exercises be performed on two or more nonconsecutive days per week using the major muscle groups.

Flexibility exercise: To maintain the flexibility necessary for regular physical activity and daily life, older adults should perform activities that maintain or increase flexibility at least two days each week for at least 10 minutes each day.

Balance exercise: To reduce risk of injury from falls, older adults with substantial risk of falls (those with frequent falls or mobility problems) should perform exercises that maintain or improve balance.

Check back here next week when we will list easy exercises that can be done by most anyone at any age. Consider asking your professional caregiver to assist your loved one, (after seeking your doctors permission) , the results might just surprise you and them