Aging at Home

What is a Home Care Agency and How is Mavencare Different?

What is a Home Care Agency and How is Mavencare Different?

Ninety percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging in place” but the majority cannot accomplish this. Senior home care typically involves services performed in a senior’s home to help them when they are struggling to perform daily tasks, chronically ill, or recovering from surgery. They need reliable caregivers and/or nurses to assist them with activities of daily living to keep them healthy and safe at home.

What it Means to Be a Care Lead

What it Means to Be a Care Lead

Some clients arrange their own basic care needs, while others require a care lead. When we discuss the topic of care lead, we are often referring to the member of the family that has been appointed to make medical or healthcare decisions. The formal term for this is referred to as a Medical Power of Attorney.

This person is appointed by the client for the purpose of making healthcare decisions, but only if the client is not able to make decisions for themselves.

Art Therapy For Healthy Seniors

Art Therapy For Healthy Seniors

Creating art offers these health benefits for people of all ages, but it offers a special opportunity for aging seniors to find control and purpose in their life again.

As some seniors age, they can develop chronic illnesses that can negatively affect every aspect of their life. In this post we’ll explain more about how using art as a form of therapy helps improve aging seniors’ mental health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions.

Ready for Your Biggest Challenge? Elder Care Planning Will Change Your Life.

Ready for Your Biggest Challenge? Elder Care Planning Will Change Your Life.

You know your parents are getting older, but are you prepared to step into a decision-making role if a sudden health emergency were to happen?

Do you know where your parents keep important documents? What are your parents’ care preferences and do they have the money to pay for their care? Do you know what your parents’ thoughts are on end-of-life care or life support?

While these questions may seem daunting or too far away to consider, many aging parents haven’t thought about their future care needs, and a sudden health change could cause even more stress without a plan in place.

Can Your Parents Spring Clean On Their Own?

Can Your Parents Spring Clean On Their Own?

Spring cleaning is a common tradition because we are ready to shake off the dust - quite literally - and start a fresh new season.

At this time of year, it’s a good idea to take a fresh look at your parents living situation. Your aging parents will want their home cleaned for the spring too, but they may not be physically able to do everything they used to do. A common first sign that your parents are struggling to live on their own is a decrease in their ability to care for their living space and themselves.

A Senior's Guide to Staying Healthy in Winter

A Senior's Guide to Staying Healthy in Winter

Winter brings many pleasant things: the holiday season, picturesque snowfalls, and the ideal conditions for certain sports. However, it also brings many things that aren’t so pleasant, like frigid weather, slippery sidewalks, and the dreaded flu season. No one looks forward to these parts of winter, but for seniors, they can be particularly troublesome. This post offers tips to help seniors deal with the more challenging parts of the winter months while staying as healthy as possible during the chilliest part of the year. 

Top 10 Things to Do with Your Aging Parents in Boston

Top 10 Things to Do with Your Aging Parents in Boston

Boston is a city rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Sources of entertainment are seemingly limitless in Boston, but seniors do often face limitations when it comes to being active and exploring, such as low stamina and difficulties with mobility. Despite this, however, there are numerous senior-friendly activities in the city which are suitable for both visitors and longtime residents. In this post, you'll find a list of activities that you can partake in with your senior parents, many of which are accessible. Find an activity that suits your parent's interests and enjoy a family outing in "Beantown." 

Top 5 Online Activities for Seniors

Top 5 Online Activities for Seniors

We’ve all heard the advice that seniors should try to keep their minds as active as possible, even if their physical health is limiting some of their mobility. We’ve heard about all the ways to fight cognitive decline: reading newspapers, playing card games, completing sudoku puzzles, even playing musical instruments. But in our technological age, there are even more activities available to keep seniors mentally active - and they’re available at the click of a button. 

This post outlines five different online activities for seniors that provide mental stimulation, promote engagement, and supply entertainment.