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Happy Halloween from Just Like Family

On behalf of everyone at Just Like Family Home Care, Happy Halloween! At JLF, we love to have our employees dress up, not just on Halloween, but the entire week! Each day we have a different theme. This week included a Woodstock Day (1960’s), an 80’s Day and PJ Day. It’s just an overall fun week to see what each employee comes in wearing. Put the standard work clothes aside and put on your creative hats! I believe it helps moral in the office and that’s why we will continue to have dress up week at Just Like Family in years to come. For those of you who will be out Trick-or-Treating tomorrow, be safe and have a blast!

-Just Like Family Home Care

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Driving for Seniors

imagesAre you or a loved one starting to feel the effects of aging? The aging process can have an effect on your driving skills. There are no age limits for older drivers, but it is recommended to get your eyesight tested, be certain your loved ones aren’t worried about your driving, and make sure driving doesn’t make you nervous or overwhelmed.
All of these concerns should be taken into account when you consider whether or not to give up your ability to drive. It may seem hard to give up that independence, but the safety of yourself and other drivers and pedestrians needs to be taken into consideration.
Eyesight
Have you noticed it is difficult to read signs? Is the headlight glare at night bothersome? Are you able to properly navigate at night? Be certain that your seat is high enough so you can see over the steering wheel. If you wear glasses, make sure the prescription is up to date and get prescription sunglasses if needed. It is also recommended if you are over 60 to visit the eye doctor each year.
Control of the Vehicle
Be certain you are able to physically control the vehicle. Is it difficult to look over your should when you change lanes? Is walking a concern? Do you get pain or out of breath walking up or down stairs? Answering yes to any of these questions should prompt you to consult your doctor. Be sure when you drive that you are comfortable, that mirrors and your seat are in the proper positions so you can see.
Feel Safe Driving
Have you had any dizzy spells recently? Has your vision become blurry? Be sure to wait a while before driving, or have a friend drive you if you have been feeling dizzy. If you recently took medicine it may cause you to become fatigued, so it is best if you do not drive right after. Try to avoid driving during busy times of the day, plan your outings for during the day.
Loved Ones Concerned
If your loved ones have expressed concerns over your driving it may be a good idea to enroll in a mature driving class. These are offered by AAA and AARP. It is also smart to give your loved ones a call or text when you plan to go out and when you return home, so they know you are safe. If it becomes a major concern, ask them to provide rides for you or set up rides with a transport service.
If you ever need a ride to a doctors appointment, event or you just need help running errands, call Just Like Family Concierge Transport Services 


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Big News for Cure Alzheimer’s

n-ALZHEIMERS-large570Anyone who knows anyone effected by Alzheimers can appreciate the breakthrough research that was announced this week by the journal Nature. For my family, this is BIG news. My grandparents have been very active in Cure Alzheimer’s and anytime one is dedicated personally and financially in a cause, it’s exciting to see all the hard work pay off. At Just Like Family Home Care, we are asked to take care of many patients who have Alzheimers. While all illness is challenging to care for, Alzheimer’s is one of the hardest to watch. I’m am excited about this research and I hope it continues to fuel new findings that will ultimately lead to a cure.

See the full article below:

For the first time, and to the astonishment of many of their colleagues, researchers created what they call Alzheimer’s in a Dish — a petri dish with human brain cells that develop the telltale structures of Alzheimer’s disease.

So begins a new story in the New York Times by science reporter Gina Kolata announcing breakthrough research just published by the journal Nature.

The research, conducted by Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) colleagues Drs. Doo Yeon KimSe Hoon Choi and Dora Kovacs and funded by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (CAF), demonstrates for the first time precisely how the protein Abeta (the main component of plaques) stimulates the creation of tau “tangles.” Further, the researchers identified a key enzyme in this process.

“It is a giant step forward for the field,” Duke Univeristy’s Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy told the Times. “It could dramatically accelerate testing of new drug candidates.”

The Tanzi breakthrough simultaneously boosts Alzheimer’s research in three vital ways:

First, it gives reseachers final confirmation of the “amyloid hypothesis,” a long-disputed theory about the earliest stages of the disease.

Second, it provides a promising new therapeutic target. “Here we show for the first time that Abeta deposition by human neurons is sufficient to lead to tangles,” said Tanzi, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at MGH and chairman of CAF’s Research Consortium. “If you block the amyloid deposition, you block tangles from forming downstream.”

Finally, the experiment was conducted with an innovative and powerful new tool: use of human Alzheimer’s neurons derived from non-embryonic stem cells grown in a petri dish. “We call this system Alzheimer’s-in-a-Dish,” Tanzi said. “This is the first time anyone has successfully recapitulated amyloid and tau pathology in a single human neural cell culture. It creates a near-ideal lab model of the disease that will help us dramatically accelerate drug testing.”

Jeffrey L. Morby, Chairman of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, welcomed the research breakthrough and the high-level recognition. “We’re so gratified that Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious science journals, and The New York Times, the newspaper of record, have both recognized the profound importance of this research. But we won’t rest on these laurels. We are already leveraging these exciting discoveries into even more aggressive research. We are determined to stop this dreadful disease as soon as humanly possible.”

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The New York Times story can be found here. Please note, it is Times policy not to mention the names of funders when covering scientific studies.

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Want to learn more about Dr. Tanzi’s research? Watch his presentation during our symposium live stream on Wednesday, October 15.


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Become a Caregiver for Just Like Family

Caregiver and male patientJust Like Family Home Care is a Nurse Registry that takes applications at all times. As an independent contractor registered with our company, we will refer clients to you that meet your availability and skill level.

Please download the caregiver application and fax to (239) 431-6690 or mail to our office. If you have any questions, you may direct them to info@justlikefamilyhomecare.com or call our office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at (239) 431-6661. The application must be complete including copies that you need to include according to your skill level. Please also download a copy of the rules and regulations that apply to your skill level. We also have physical forms available to download if you need one.

Click HERE to download the application


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Just Like Family: Plastic Surgery After Care

Many times people assume Just Like Family Home Care is just for elderly patients needing a nurse or caregiver, but that’s not the case. For several years now we have offered after care for those who are recovering from plastic surgery.

Our Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Home Health Aides are available to provide you with superior care 24 hours/7 days a week directly in your home or temporary accommodation setting. We provide daily drop-in care, day or night care, extended hourly and after hours house-calls.

We offer our clients flexible scheduling because we understand that it may be difficult to gauge how much care you will need following surgery. Some patients may require more hours and some
may need fewer than anticipated. We will work with your surgical team to customize a plan of care that fits your needs.

Our compassionate staff is sensitive to your complete privacy and you will rest peacefully knowing that we will have all your needs attended to—just like your own family would. This is what we mean by “where your family is our family, too”.

Our Nurses

Our nurses are carefully screened, licensed and go through a rigorous selection process. We only seek individuals that are experienced, possess high customer service standards and a warm bedside manner. Many of our nurses have even been referred to us from leading plastic surgeons in our area.

We understand that the decision to undergo surgery requires a lot of research and planning. It is just as important to consider your options for post-operative care. Just Like Family caters to those individuals who seek the best in nursing care and know the peace of mind of having assistance after surgery.

Physical exertion or stress could lead to serious complications. Allow us to pamper you throughout your experience and provide you with a smooth and successful recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my Nurse assist me with after surgery?

Depending on your surgery and medical history, your surgeon may require you to have a Nurse to care for you in the beginning hours following your surgery. A Nurse can actually administer your medications and assist you with wound care, drain tubes, etc. They can also provide assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, getting dressed, preparing meals, light housekeeping, laundry and general household management. Because of different circumstances, including some people having family and/or friends to assist with the recovery, we will work closely with your surgeon and his office staff to customize a plan of care that promotes your safety and best outcome for recovery.

Will my Nurse be able to transport me to and from surgery and to my follow-up appointment?

If your follow-up visit is scheduled during the course of your services, your Nurse can transport you to your appointment. You can also hire our company for transportation to or from your surgery and/or post operative appointments.

In the event of an emergency, what will my Nurse do?

You can rest assured that all Just Like Family Nurses are experienced with post-op care and are CPR certified. Thus, in the event of an emergency, a standard protocol will be followed and they will contact your surgeon’s office immediately.

Call today for more information: 239-431-6661.