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Are you looking for a trusted resource to help you navigate the elder health care system?

Are you overwhelmed and need help identifying the best course of care for your loved one?

At Aveanna Healthcare’s Concierge Services, we aim to be a valuable resource to clients and prospective clients as well as their family members. We take a consultative approach in addressing your questions and concerns, and will be by your side throughout the process.

If you need assistance and don’t know where to turn, our team of experienced senior healthcare professionals can help!

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Are you looking for a trusted resource to help you navigate the elder home healthcare system? Are you overwhelmed and need help identifying the best course of care for your loved one?

At Aveanna Healthcare’s Concierge Services, we aim to be a valuable resource to our clients and their family members. We take a consultative approach in addressing your questions and concerns, and will be by your side throughout the process.

If you need assistance and don’t know where to turn, our team of experienced home healthcare professionals can help!

Alzheimer’s Disease Research
As a program of the American Health Assistance Foundation, this site provides useful information about Alzheimer’s disease, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options, as well as how to live with or care for someone with the disease.

HBO: The Alzheimer’s Project
The official website for the HBO documentary film series “The Alzheimer’s Project” allows visitors to stream the films to their computers; also provides information about the disease and other helpful resources.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Signs, Symptoms and Stages
Helpguide.org details the signs, symptoms, characteristics and common problems associated with each stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

Know the 10 Signs
The Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, along with helpful information about the importance of early detection and next steps.

Alzheimer’s Home Care
Helpful articles and resources answer some frequently asked questions about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease at home.

Information on Aging and Alzheimer’s
Information about aging and Alzheimer’s from the American Federation for Aging Research.

Ageless Design
A resource for caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.

When is home care appropriate?
This site provides an informational article plus links to other articles on helping one determine when home care is appropriate.

Explaining Medicare home health care
This is the official US Government booklet about Medicare home health care benefits for people with original Medicare.

What’s the difference between home care and home health care?
A simple comparison chart shows how home health care and home care differ.

Information to help determine which type of home care is most appropriate
Although this downloadable PDF pertains to Michigan, it explains the differences in home care and home health care, and gives some good examples of how to determine which one is appropriate for care needs.

Differences between full-service home care agencies, private hires and referral agencies
When paying for home care services, this article gives a good explanation of the differences in hiring an agency and using independent contractors or referral/registries.

Hearing Loss FAQs
The National Institute on Aging provides answers to some frequently asked questions concerning seniors and hearing loss.

Fact Sheet: Buying a Hearing Aid
The American Academy of Otolaryngology provides a fact sheet on the steps and issues associated with buying a hearing aid, including what people should do if they don’t hear well, where to purchase a hearing aid and how much to spend.

Guides to Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
Healthy Hearing provides online information on hearing aids, hearing loss, tinnitus and other topics associated with hearing loss.

Signs of Hearing Loss
Caring.com details the symptoms of hearing loss and provides hearing tests that can help pinpoint the causes of hearing loss.

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
This site contains a quick test to determine if there are any hearing concerns and other resources for those suffering from hearing loss, as well as resources for their caregivers.

Center for Hearing and Communication
This site contains a wealth of information for all audiences on hearing loss.

Tips for Coping with Vision Loss
An informative article from All About Vision provides useful information and advice for dealing with age-related vision loss.

Low Vision Aids
Useful article provided by Caring.com offers advice on how to help older adults identify aids and tools for dealing with low vision on a daily basis.

Eye Disorders
Lighthouse International’s VisionConnection provides information and the option to view comparative simulations of some of the most common vision conditions.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration
The National Eye Institute offers a wealth of information to help patients and their families learn about age-related macular degeneration.

Glaucoma
The Glaucoma Research Foundation provides all sorts of helpful information about glaucoma, including an overview of the disease, risk factors, tests, and other useful facts.

Cataracts
This comprehensive overview of the symptoms, causes and treatments of cataracts is available courtesy of the Mayo Clinic.

Diabetic Retinopathy
The American Optometric Association outlines detailed information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Caregiver Tips for People with Low Vision
Downloadable form offers 10 helpful tips for those who care for people with low vision, courtesy of Magnifiers and More.

Self Help for Vision Loss
VisionAware.org is a self-help resource center for vision loss website that provides free, practical, hands-on information to enhance quality of life and independence for adults with vision loss, their families and friends, caregivers and related professionals.

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Professional Geriatric Care Manager
Helpful information from the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.

Aging-In-Place Design Checklist
A checklist of exterior and interior design elements to consider when building or remodeling homes for seniors.

National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
NAPFA is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of fee-only comprehensive financial planning.

Benefits Checkup
Useful tool with information about programs and services designed for assisting in eldercare, available from the National Council on Aging.

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Professional Geriatric Care Manager
Helpful information from the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
NAELA site assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others who work with older clients and their families.

Since heart disease is our nation’s No. 1 killer, it’s important to understand the risks and symptoms of heart disease, plus be aware of ways to improve heart health.

Freedom Home Healthcare is experienced in caring for someone with heart disease as well as someone recovering from heart surgery or a stroke. Contact us for more information, and discover our customized options for varying elder care needs in the New Jersey area.

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Cardiovascular Disease 101
This overview is provided by the Mayo Clinic to help people understand the basics of cardiovascular disease and the conditions that can affect heart and blood vessels.

Heart Information Sheets
The American Heart Association offers a number of downloadable information sheets to answer any heart-related questions (also available in Spanish).

Assess Your Cholesterol with this Personal Online Survey
This online cholesterol health assessment reveals risk for heart disease, as well as information, tips and strategies for improving cholesterol levels. Also check out this Heart360 online tool from the American Heart Association.

High Blood Pressure Health Risk Calculator
Calculate your health risks from high blood pressure and learn how a few simple changes can lower your risk.

When frailty, an accident or an operation causes a need for additional care at home, determining the kind and amount of care someone requires is a difficult task. Each person’s situation is unique, and there is no “one size fits all” answer to elder care.

A comprehensive assessment of overall health status begins with a screening process using simple, rapid, inexpensive and internationally validated scales to rate cognitive function, affective status, gait (walking and balance), autonomy and nutrition.

There are many benefits to having a thorough assessment prior to determining a care plan. Freedom Home Healthcare is qualified to assess home care needs, and can determine what kind of home care or elder care is needed for someone in New Jersey.

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From a Nursing Perspective, Ramifications of Aging and Functional Assessments
The health care delivery system in America is fragmented and in a state of change. This interesting article covers how the changing demographics are affecting health care, and details some interesting facts relating to assessments for care.

Study on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments Finds Success in Reducing Disability
This classic article uses coordinated multidisciplinary geriatric assessments to see if rehabilitation services can reduce disability.

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Flu Vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides key facts and useful information about seasonal flu vaccinations.

Pneumococcal Vaccine
The Immunization Action Coalition offers a detailed Q&A page explaining and educating on the pneumococcal vaccine.

Shingles Vaccine
Downloadable PDF available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relays important information concerning the shingles vaccine.

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
A wealth of information and resources to help plan for future long-term care needs, courtesy of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Long-Term Care Link
This comprehensive resource for long-term care planning, available from the National Care Planning Council, offers an assortment of articles to help educate about all aspects of long-term care planning.

Long-Term Care Insurance
AARP discusses important features and key issues for those considering long-term care insurance.

Medicare and Long-Term Care
This section on Medicare.gov provides a summary of what long-term care means and the roles of Medicare and Medicaid in long-term care.

Statistics on Long-Term Care
Family Caregiver Alliance compiles national long-term care statistics from multiple studies and sources in this informative fact sheet.

Long-Term Care Calculator
The Long Term Care Insurance National Advisory Center offers this handy long-term care cost calculator to help people calculate the average cost of long-term care in their area and plan accordingly.

Planning for long-term care today can help protect family income and savings in the future, as many people underestimate the costs and risks associated with long-term care. Freedom Home Healthcare can help with preparations and planning for long-term care as well as assist with any home care needs.

Contact Freedom Home Healthcare for more information on planning for long-term care and customized options for varying elder care needs in New Jersey.

Web Resources:

Long-Term Care Calculator
The Long Term Care Insurance National Advisory Center offers this handy long-term care cost calculator to help people calculate the average cost of long-term care in their area and plan accordingly.

Options for Home Care Services
Although focused on Alzheimer’s care, this informative list explains the various options for care, both in-home and institutional.

Home Care – The Differences Between Full-Service Agencies, Private Hire & Referral Agencies
This article addresses the differences between the options for home care services and outlines the associated benefits and risks.

Benefits CheckUp
The National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp allows users to search more than 1,800 public and private benefits programs in the US to find benefits programs for which they may qualify.

Reverse Mortgage Calculator
AARP offers an easy-to-use calculator that will generate approximate estimates for two federally insured reverse mortgages.

Veterans Pension Program
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides information and answers to some frequently asked questions concerning the Veterans Pension Program.

Caring for Your Parents: Paying for Home Care
PBS offers an informative website for those caring for aging parents that details the challenges of paying for home care services.

Boomer Tips for Parent Care
The demographics of our aging society coupled with the increased longevity of those currently older than 80 means that more boomers will be responsible, in part, for assisting with care for parents. Here are some tips for approaching that scenario.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: 10 Tips for the Caregiver
EverydayHealth.com offers useful information to help caregivers learn how to deal with the emotional toll of rheumatoid arthritis.

Fighting Arthritis Pain with Food
This article, written by the Today Show’s nutritionist, notes how nutrition can fight the inflammation associated with several types of arthritis. The article lists important nutrients that reduce inflammation and several foods that contain those nutrients.

Caring for Seniors with Arthritis
Care.com answers some common questions and provides advice for families and caregivers dealing with a loved one’s arthritis care issues.

Arthritis: Keeping Your Joints Healthy
AARP provides this in-depth health guide that overviews various types of arthritis, symptoms, treatment options and more. AARP also offers other helpful resources.

Parkinson’s Disease Fact Sheet
The Family Caregiver Alliance offers an informative guide for patients and caregivers about Parkinson’s disease.

10 Signs that Your Parent Might Have Parkinson’s Disease
Caring.com offers this handy checklist to help decipher whether or not a loved one might be exhibiting symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s Disease Caregiving
This site offers useful tips and tools for helping caregivers who manage or care for someone with Parkinson’s disease.

Combating Depression in Parkinson’s Disease
This Parkinson’s Disease Foundation downloadable fact sheet offers strategies for handling the depression that many people living with Parkinson’s suffer.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. The foundation is working for the nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research and by supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services.

Caregiver Depression: A Silent Health Crisis
The Family Caregiver Alliance offers an informative fact sheet on the risks and symptoms of depression in caregivers.

Help Guide: Understand Respite Care
Learn more about the different types of respite care.

“Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers”
This informative guide provides valuable tips for keeping healthy while delivering care to others.

Achieving Emotional Distance from Overwhelming Caregiving Responsibilities
Learn a strategy to help a caregiver deal with feelings and be objective in providing daily care over the long term to a loved one.

Employer Best Practices for Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance explaining circumstances under which discrimination against workers with caregiving responsibilities might constitute discrimination.

Caring Connections
Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides an assortment of information on improving end-of-life care.

Government Benefits
Look here for eligibility of government benefits and get contact info for the programs you’re interested in. Fill out the questionnaires to ensure that you’re not missing anything.

Medicare
This government site offers an interactive tool for comparing Medicare prescription drug plans and tips for lowering costs in the coverage gap known as the doughnut hole.

Avoiding Family Caregiver Holiday Traps
StrengthforCaring.com article offers five applicable tips for helping caregivers cope with holiday stress.

Stress, Depression and the Holidays: 12 Tips for Coping
Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.

Caregiving and the Holidays
The Family Caregiver Alliance provides some handy advice for helping caregivers manage holiday stress.

Managing Holiday Stress: Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Article on About.com offers advice and information to help Alzheimer’s caregivers deal with holiday stress.

Five Ways to Alzheimer’s-Proof Your Holidays
Healthcentral.com provides tips from an expert caregiver on how to enjoy a stress-free holiday season while caring for someone suffering from dementia.

Tips for a Stress Free Holiday by Julie Hunt, Stress Expert
Nine simple steps to help you relax and enjoy the holidays stress-free.

Easing the Added Stress of Caregiving During the Holidays
Stress occurs when we work too much, sleep too little, try to cope with difficult or troubling situations, and neglect to take good care of ourselves.

Stroke Fact Sheet
Informative fact sheet from Family Caregiver Alliance outlines various details regarding strokes, including symptoms, effects, treatment and risk factors.

Stroke Caregivers Handbook
Stroke Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) created a stroke caregivers handbook, a guide for those needing help in dealing with the crisis of a stroke.

When symptoms surface that make daily activities difficult, a home care agency can assist in making life more comfortable. Contact Freedom Home Healthcare for more information on how we can assist with customized care options for someone with MS in New Jersey.

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Living Victoriously with MS
How I Fight MS is a site featuring the stories of five people living with MS. They share their stories and insights through videos, blogs, photos and more.

Educational MS Survey
WebMD provides a short educational survey about MS that is appropriate for those with MS, as well as those taking the survey for someone else with MS, or someone who is worried about a symptom or just curious.

Understanding How MS is Treated
Although there is still no cure for MS, effective strategies are available to modify the disease course, treat flare-ups, manage symptoms, and improve function and safety to enhance the quality of life for people living with MS. Read more about treatments at The National MS Society website.

Managing Symptoms of MS
The MS Society provides a series of educational videos on managing such MS symptoms as pain, tremors, seizures and loss of balance.

Clinical Trials and Research Studies Resource
The MS Foundation provides several links to current clinical trials and research studies on MS.

Statistics show that more employees are also family caregivers for their aging parents. Businesses are reporting lost productivity, as well as increased healthcare utilization and employee turnover. With the graying of the Boomer generation, these trends pose an urgent need for businesses to plan for the needs of their working family caregivers.

Call Freedom Home Healthcare today to learn about our elder care services and educational workshops as a value-added benefit for businesses in New Jersey.

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Why is Elder Care an Important Workplace Issue?
This information is provided by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network at Boston College, and covers statistics and reports on how elder care is affecting the workplace.

CBS News Video Reports on Employees and Elder Care
View this short CBS video on how companies lose billions of dollars a year when employees miss work to take care of their loved ones. Some employers are acting to ease the burden and boost their bottom line.