Family Caregiver Blog

At Legacy Home Care, we understand the pressures you are under as a family caregiver. This blog is designed to support you in the incredibly important work that you do.

As the Nassau and Suffolk Counties experts in family caregiving, we have resources, tips and information that can make your life much easier.

If you would like help, give us a call at: 631-880-6321.


It is flu season

Watch for symptoms of the flu. They include fever, body aches, chills, sore throat, headache, runny nose, cough, and fatigue. Why the flu shot is important. Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious illness caused by viruses. People over age 65 are most at risk of having severe complications. Older adults represent up to 90% of…

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Managing your relative’s money

Confusion about finances is common among older adults. Balancing the checkbook and paying bills can just get to be too much. Assisting with money matters is something a long-distance son or daughter can do to help. Geography poses many challenges for those who live far away. But managing finances is a fairly simple task, near or…

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What is a bedsore?

If you are caring for a frail elder or someone who is largely immobile (in bed or a wheelchair), be on the lookout for bedsores. Bedsores usually appear on bony parts of the body when a person is unable to turn, lift, or shift him- or herself. First, the skin just seems to be red….

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How to report symptoms to the doctor

All healing begins with an accurate diagnosis, yet errors are common. So common that most of us are likely to experience at least one diagnostic error in our lifetime. The Institute of Medicine reports that diagnostic errors play a role in 10% of all deaths. How we describe symptoms to the doctor can go a…

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The importance of touch

It is said that touch is our “first language.” As babies, it is through touch that we learn connection, trust, and well-being. Not just for children. Touch is integral to these feelings throughout our lifespan. But older adults have roughly 75% fewer touch receptors than 20-year-olds. In a twist of fate, when we literally need…

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Funeral logistics

Funerals are like weddings: gatherings of family and friends to mark a life passage. They are typically very emotional and can be very sweet. And they can also get very expensive! Plan ahead It’s optimal to talk with your loved one about his or her funeral wishes well before there is a need. Allow him or…

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Complications of diabetes

Diabetes is common, affecting one of every four older adults. The condition occurs when the body doesn’t process sugars correctly, leaving too much in the blood. This is a setup for complications, many of them quite serious. To reduce the impact of the most typical complications: Check the feet. Many diabetics experience nerve problems in…

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Working with doctors long-distance

It can be challenging to stay on top of a relative’s medical needs when he or she lives far away. Success depends on three factors: information, cooperation, and communication. Information is essential. Learn the basics about each disease affecting your family member. This way you can understand the doctor and ask good questions. Know the symptoms…

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What Medicare does NOT cover

Medicare is health insurance for those over age 65. A surprising number of things that might seem obvious as health needs of elders are not included as benefits. This can get costly! For example, in the normal process of aging, many older adults need glasses, hearing aids, and sometimes dentures. Foot problems are also common….

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Whose idea was this, anyway?

If the role of “chief caregiver” for Mom or Dad was not one you chose, you are not alone. According to a study by the American Association of Retired Persons and the National Alliance for Caregiving, 49% of family caregivers feel they really did not have a choice in the matter. There are several factors:…

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