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  • Enhancing Safety and Comfort: Must-Have Gadgets for Dementia Care

    For people with dementia or Alzheimer's, there are several tech devices designed to enhance safety, communication, and overall quality of life. Here are some notable ones: 1. GPS Tracking Devices : Wearable GPS trackers, such as smartwatches or pendants, help caregivers monitor the location of individuals, ensuring they don't get lost. Examples include the Garmin InReach Mini and AngelSense GPS. 2. Medication Reminders : Devices like MedMinder and Hero provide automated medication dispensing and reminders to ensure medications are taken on time. 3. Smart Home Systems : Systems like Amazon Echo and Google Home can be programmed with reminders for daily tasks, play calming music, or control home devices with voice commands. 4. Digital Photo Frames : Frames like Skylight and Aura can display photos and videos, helping to trigger memories and provide comfort through familiar images. 5. Interactive Tablets and Apps : Tablets preloaded with apps designed for cognitive engagement, such as the GrandPad, offer games, puzzles, and simplified communication tools. 6. Wander Prevention Systems : Door alarms and motion sensors can alert caregivers if a person tries to leave the house unexpectedly. Examples include the Smart Caregiver System and SafeWander. 7. Monitoring Cameras : Cameras like Nest Cam and Ring can help caregivers monitor activity and safety within the home remotely. 8. Robotic Pets : Devices like Joy for All Companion Pets provide comfort and companionship through interactive, lifelike robotic pets. Integrating these technologies can greatly enhance the safety and well-being of individuals with dementia or Alzheimer's while providing peace of mind to their caregivers. ———————————————————————————————————— Enabling seniors to age in place with dignity and grace.

  • Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Families

    Alzheimer's disease is a challenging and often heartbreaking journey, but understanding it can help families provide the best care and support for their loved ones. At First Coast Senior Care, we are committed to offering compassionate, dignified care for seniors, allowing them to age gracefully in their own homes. What is Alzheimer's Disease? Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It's the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of cases. While the exact cause isn't fully understood, it's believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Early Signs and Symptoms Recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer's can make a significant difference in managing the disease. Here are some common early symptoms: Memory Loss: Forgetting recently learned information, important dates, or events. Difficulty Planning or Solving Problems: Trouble following familiar recipes or keeping track of monthly bills. Confusion with Time or Place: Losing track of dates, seasons, and the passage of time. Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships: Difficulty reading, judging distance, or determining color contrast. New Problems with Words in Speaking or Writing: Struggling with vocabulary, finding the right word, or repeating themselves. Misplacing Things: Putting items in unusual places and being unable to retrace steps. Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Providing care for someone with Alzheimer's requires patience, compassion, and a well-thought-out approach. Here are some tips to help you support your loved one: Create a Safe Environment: Ensure the home is safe by removing tripping hazards, installing handrails, and using locks on cabinets that may contain dangerous items. Establish a Routine: Consistent daily routines can help reduce confusion and anxiety. Encourage Physical Activity: Gentle exercises like walking or chair yoga can improve mood and overall health. Promote Mental Stimulation: Activities such as puzzles, reading, or listening to music can help maintain cognitive function. Communicate Clearly: Use simple language, maintain eye contact, and speak slowly. Support for Families Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be overwhelming. It's essential to seek support and take care of your own well-being. Here are some resources: Support Groups: Connecting with others who are in similar situations can provide emotional support and practical advice. Professional Care Services: At First Coast Senior Care, we offer personalized care plans to ensure your loved one receives the support they need while allowing you to find balance and peace of mind. Respite Care: Taking regular breaks from caregiving duties is crucial. Respite care can provide temporary relief, allowing you to recharge. Conclusion Alzheimer's disease is a complex and emotional journey, but you don't have to navigate it alone. At First Coast Senior Care, we are here to support you and your loved ones every step of the way. Together, we can ensure that seniors age with dignity, grace, and the highest quality of life possible. For more information or to discuss how we can help your family, please contact us today. We are here for you. ———————————————————————————————————— Enabling seniors to age in place with dignity and grace.

  • Creating Meaningful Holidays for Seniors: A Guide to Support

    The holiday season is a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. However, for seniors, it can also be a period of loneliness and stress. As the owner of First Coast Senior Care, I understand the importance of ensuring that our aging loved ones have a memorable and comfortable holiday season. Here are some tips on how to support seniors during this special time. 1. Plan Inclusive Gatherings If your elderly parents or loved ones are still living independently, consider hosting holiday gatherings at their homes or in environments familiar to them. This can reduce the stress of travel and make them feel more comfortable. Ensure that their home is safe and accessible for everyone. 2. Keep Traditions Alive Seniors often have cherished holiday traditions. Take the time to ask them about their favorite customs and make an effort to keep these alive. It can be as simple as preparing a beloved family recipe or decorating the house with familiar ornaments. 3. Connect Virtually In today's world, technology makes it easier than ever to connect with loved ones, even if they are far away. Arrange video calls or virtual gatherings to bring the family together, especially if your parents or loved ones can't be there in person. 4. Focus on Meaningful Gifts When choosing gifts for seniors, think about what would make their lives easier and more enjoyable. Consider practical items that enhance their daily living, like cozy blankets, puzzles, or books. Personalized gifts with sentimental value can also be very meaningful. 5. Offer Assistance The holiday season can be physically demanding. Offer to help with tasks like decorating, shopping, or meal preparation. Be sensitive to their energy levels and don't overwhelm them with too much to do. 6. Listen and Provide Emotional Support The holidays can bring up a mix of emotions for seniors, including nostalgia and even feelings of loss. Be there to listen and provide emotional support, creating a safe space for them to express their feelings. 7. Be Mindful of Dietary Restrictions If your seniors have dietary restrictions or health concerns, plan meals that accommodate their needs. This shows that you care about their well-being. 8. Create a Calm Environment Holidays can be hectic. Ensure that the environment is peaceful and not overly stimulating. Some seniors may have sensory sensitivities, so be mindful of loud noises or bright lights. 9. Encourage Social Activities Help your seniors stay socially active during the holiday season. Consider taking them to community events, senior centers, or even organizing small gatherings with their friends. 10. Maintain a Positive Attitude Your attitude sets the tone for the holidays. Stay positive, patient, and understanding. Your enthusiasm can be contagious and make the season more enjoyable for everyone. Remember that the holidays are about spending quality time with loved ones. Your efforts to support and include your seniors will make a significant difference in their experience. Let's make this holiday season a time of dignity, grace, and cherished memories for our aging loved ones. At First Coast Senior Care, we are dedicated to ensuring that seniors age in place with the care and respect they deserve. If you have any questions or need additional support, please don't hesitate to reach out. Wishing you and your family a warm and joyful holiday season. Warm regards, Chris Yancey Owner, First Coast Senior Care

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  • Leading Home Care Agency - First Coast Senior Care

    Our Process Our Services Our Founder Contact Us Join Our Team Testimonials Blog First Coast Senior Care Enabling Seniors to Age in Place with Dignity and Grace Who We Are What We Do We Provide In-Home Senior Companion Care Services We are prepared to offer exceptional care and are committed to being mindful, respectful, courteous, and compassionate to ensure a positive experience. ​ Proudly serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St Johns and Volusia counties. Our Services We'd love to chat with you! Call us at (904) 810-8097 to speak with our geriatric expert, Chris Yancey . ​ She can help you determine if First Coast Senior Care is a good fit for your loved one, and if so, discuss how to begin services. You can also reach us by emailing connect@firstcoastseniorcare.com , or by visiting the Contact Us page and scheduling an appointment to chat. "First Coast Senior Care has been so helpful in taking care of my 91 year old Mom at home. The owner, Chris, happily adjusted hours as my Mom has gotten better from a fall, and she keeps me apprised of events daily. Her caretakers have each been wonderful in their own unique ways and we know them all like good friends of the family. I would highly recommend this agency for a wide range of services!" Mary Lou H. St. Augustine Our clients say... Insight & Experience Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Families Alzheimer's disease is a challenging and often heartbreaking journey, but understanding it can help families provide the best care and... Creating Meaningful Holidays for Seniors: A Guide to Support The holiday season is a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. However, for seniors, it can also be a period of loneliness and... Supporting Seniors from Afar: A Guide to Long-Distance Care As the owner of First Coast Senior Care, a board-certified geriatric specialist in physical therapy, and somebody who has worked... The Benefits of a Caregiver During a Pandemic It’s 2020 and in some office spaces, calendars have not been flipped since March; clothing stores have their dressing rooms closed;... Fall Prevention Exercises (Disclaimer: before beginning any exercise program, you should consult with your physician) 1. Practice standing on one leg! You can do... Exercise is a Prescription Consider Exercise a Prescription! Exercise has been proven to be beneficial in treating many diagnoses. In fact, the American College of... Fall Prevention Strategies The number one cause of injury in the elderly population is falls. Here are 10 easy tips to help you or your loved ones avoid falls. 1. ... Services Cheerful Companionship Our caregivers, known for their trustworthiness and compassion, are carefully matched with clients based on shared interests, fostering natural connections. Assist with Errands/Transportation Caregivers can provide transportation to appointments and run a client's errands, and it is up to the client if they would like to join. Light Housekeeping We'll tidy the kitchen, handle food, dishwasher, counters, trash, and floor crumbs, spot clean hard floors, and assist with laundry including washing, drying, and folding. Supervision during bathing, grooming, and dressing When taking a shower or a bath, we will ensure the client has everything they need and supervise to make sure the client is safe entering and exiting the tub/shower. We will assist with grooming and dressing as needed. Meal Prep and Planning We provide menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation services tailored to dietary needs, allergies, and preferences, including assistance with food cutting if necessary, followed by kitchen cleanup and proper food storage. Fall Prevention Falls are a common occurrence in the elderly and seniors with caregivers are less likely to fall. Having a caregiver available to assist in daily activities means that a senior is less likely to fall. Follow Us On Facebook Join our Facebook community for informative articles, inspiring stories, and helpful resources tailored to geriatric care. Don’t miss out on exclusive updates, event announcements, and promotions that can benefit you and your loved ones. Follow us on Facebook today! Follow Us Exceptional Caregivers, Providing Compassionate Support and Personalized Care Our caregiver-companions are truly outstanding. They are trustworthy, empathetic, and reliable, and form genuine connections with our seniors. Count on anyone from our exceptional team to provide the highest level of care and support. ​ We can provide you with a list of references who can speak to the exceptional care we offer. These references have firsthand experience with our services and can share their honest opinions and feedback. ​ – License # 235472 – Christine Yancey PT, MPT, GCS, CEEAA Get in Touch Now We are excited to hear from you and will respond within 24 hours of your inquiry! Contact Us First Coast Senior Care Saint Augustine, FL. 32080 904-810-8097 connect@firstcoastseniorcare.com Offiice Hours ​ Monday-Friday – 8:30-5:00, except major holidays. ​ Saturday-Sunday – messages are checked and assignments made as needed. Connect With Us ​ ​ Privacy Policy Top of Page

  • Leading Home Care Agency - First Coast Senior Care

    Our Process Our Services Our Founder Contact Us Join Our Team Testimonials Blog First Coast Senior Care Enabling Seniors to Age in Place with Dignity and Grace Who We Are What We Do Free Consultation Our Services Our Caregivers We'd love to chat with you! Call us at (904) 810-8097 to speak with our geriatric expert, Chris Yancey . ​ She can help you determine if First Coast Senior Care is a good fit for your loved one, and if so, discuss how to begin services. You can also reach us by emailing connect@firstcoastseniorcare.com , or by visiting the Contact Us page and scheduling an appointment to chat. "First Coast Senior Care has been so helpful in taking care of my 91 year old Mom at home. The owner, Chris, happily adjusted hours as my Mom has gotten better from a fall, and she keeps me apprised of events daily. Her caretakers have each been wonderful in their own unique ways and we know them all like good friends of the family. I would highly recommend this agency for a wide range of services!" Mary Lou H. St. Augustine Our clients say... Insight & Experience Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Families Alzheimer's disease is a challenging and often heartbreaking journey, but understanding it can help families provide the best care and... Creating Meaningful Holidays for Seniors: A Guide to Support The holiday season is a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. However, for seniors, it can also be a period of loneliness and... Supporting Seniors from Afar: A Guide to Long-Distance Care As the owner of First Coast Senior Care, a board-certified geriatric specialist in physical therapy, and somebody who has worked... The Benefits of a Caregiver During a Pandemic It’s 2020 and in some office spaces, calendars have not been flipped since March; clothing stores have their dressing rooms closed;... Fall Prevention Exercises (Disclaimer: before beginning any exercise program, you should consult with your physician) 1. Practice standing on one leg! You can do... Exercise is a Prescription Consider Exercise a Prescription! Exercise has been proven to be beneficial in treating many diagnoses. In fact, the American College of... Fall Prevention Strategies The number one cause of injury in the elderly population is falls. Here are 10 easy tips to help you or your loved ones avoid falls. 1. ... Follow Us On Facebook Join our Facebook community for informative articles, inspiring stories, and helpful resources tailored to geriatric care. Don’t miss out on exclusive updates, event announcements, and promotions that can benefit you and your loved ones. Follow us on Facebook today! Follow Us Services Cheerful Companionship Our caregivers, known for their trustworthiness and compassion, are carefully matched with clients based on shared interests, fostering natural connections. Assist with Errands/Transportation Caregivers can provide transportation to appointments and run a client's errands, and it is up to the client if they would like to join. Light Housekeeping We'll tidy the kitchen, handle food, dishwasher, counters, trash, and floor crumbs, spot clean hard floors, and assist with laundry including washing, drying, and folding. Supervision during bathing, grooming, and dressing When taking a shower or a bath, we will ensure the client has everything they need and supervise to make sure the client is safe entering and exiting the tub/shower. We will assist with grooming and dressing as needed. Meal Prep and Planning We provide menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation services tailored to dietary needs, allergies, and preferences, including assistance with food cutting if necessary, followed by kitchen cleanup and proper food storage. Fall Prevention Falls are a common occurrence in the elderly and seniors with caregivers are less likely to fall. Having a caregiver available to assist in daily activities means that a senior is less likely to fall. Get in Touch Now We are excited to hear from you and will respond within 24 hours of your inquiry! Contact Us First Coast Senior Care Saint Augustine, FL. 32080 904-810-8097 connect@firstcoastseniorcare.com ​ License #235472 Offiice Hours ​ Monday-Friday – 8:30-5:00, except major holidays. ​ Saturday-Sunday – messages are checked and assignments made as needed. Connect With Us ​ ​ Privacy Policy Top of Page

  • Join Our Team | FirstCoastSeniorCare

    Join Our Team We are rapidly growing and would love to talk to you about joining our team! Our caregivers are... ...compassionate, patient, and have a heart for seniors. They act as companions and assistants to our clients, finding joy and fulfillment from helping improve the lives of the seniors they care for. Benefits of working with us: Flexible hours Possibility for night shifts and weekends Hourly pay above industry average Small team – personal relationships with owner and other caregivers Help seniors & improve their lives! Responsibilities include... Report changes in client condition in a timely manner Supervision with dressing, grooming, and bathing Assistance with ambulatory needs Assistance with medication reminders Provide companionship and conversation Provide transportation to doctors appointments or shopping as needed Perform light housekeeping tasks and meal preparation Qualifications include... Ability to relate to and form a relationship with seniors Ability to treat clients with compassion, dignity and respect Ability to consistently display dependability and reliability Up-to-date Level 2 background screening Tell us about yourself... We'll get back to you shortly if we think you'd be a good fit! Phone 904 - 810 - 8097 Email recruitment@firstcoastseniorcare.com Name Email What city do you live in? Message What is thirteen minus 6? Send Thanks for submitting!

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