Keeping You Safe From COVID-19
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Are Your Parents Aware of the Latest Coronavirus Scams?

Scammers can take any crisis or concern and turn it into a convincing scam. The COVID-19 pandemic has been no different. Several scams popped up in hopes of convincing people to pay money to “cure” or “prevent” the disease. There are scams for protective supplies like face masks and hand sanitizers. There are also scams designed to trick people into giving out personal information like SSNs or bank account numbers.

Pet Scams

People are home more and have the time to spend training a new pet. As a result, there is an uptick in scams involving pet sales or adoptions. The scammer posts pictures of a pet that’s up for adoption or sale and asks for money to send the pet to you following new COVID-19 guidelines.

You pay the insurance or deposit and once that’s received, the animal will be sent via an airline, courier, or another service. The thing is the pet doesn’t exist. The scammer takes that deposit or insurance payment and disappears. A home care aide could help your parent look for a new pet without falling for this type of scam.

Expedited Stimulus Checks

One of the scams the IRS started warning people about involved the CARES Act stimulus checks. People were getting calls or emails from people claiming to be from the IRS or other government agencies. The caller said they could help you get your stimulus payment faster. You just had to share personal information like your SSN or bank routing number and account number.

Checks and automatic payments go out when the IRS sends them. There is no expedited option, and your parents need to be aware of that.

Phishing Scams

If your parents get an email telling them to click a link to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine or drug, it’s a scam. It may simply ask for a lot of money, but there’s the chance the link could install malware on their computer if they click that link. The same goes for emails that appear to be from a government agency that sends a link to sign up for additional aid.

Fake Cures

Another scam has involved treatments and cures. People are told they can buy the cure or preventative treatment for COVID-19 online or over the phone. These products include everything from lotions to teas. There is no cure or treatment available at this point. Make sure your parents are not falling for a hoax and spending far too much money in hopes of staying safe.

Schedule home care services to make sure your parents are not alone and vulnerable while you’re self-distancing during the pandemic. If they’re the only ones sorting mail, handling phone calls, and managing emails, they may find it hard to determine real warnings and offers from scams. Home care services are going to help.

If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring home care in Cave Creek, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!

Congratulations Paola on your Caregiver Award!

Golden Heart is proud to announce that Paola has been awarded a Caregiver Award today! Paola never misses a shift; has a compassionate manner and her seniors are very important to her. Paola has excellent clinical skills coupled with the gift of kindness. She works closely with the office team, helping out wherever needed. Her primary client, a bed bound gentleman, speaks of her careful handling, and dignified care. We pride ourselves on having an excellent team and she exemplifies that. Paola will receive a bonus for this award!

Golden Heart supports Homestead Hospice’s Food Drive!

On Behalf of myself and the entire team at Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care, Thank you to everyone that dropped off donations today for the Extended Hands Food Bank! We had more than 75 generous donors. We really have a great community! Special thanks to Laurie Malone & Rodney Malone and their team at Golden Heart Senior Care for their very generous donation! As well as Isabella Stanton Hernandez and her team from Sacred Heart Home Healthcare for their help. And of course, a HUGE Thank you Fountain View Village for all the donations from your staff and residents and the use of your parking lot – You are amazing! Lisa Paulsen, Community Liaison for Homestead Hospice!


Congratulations Bridgette on your Caregiver Award!

Golden Heart Senior Care has awarded Bridgette a coveted Caregiver Award for going above and beyond and always helping clients; stepping up to take extra shifts and being a joy for the office team. We are proud to have her as part of our team for close to a year! Thank you Bridgette for your service to seniors! She will receive a bonus on her next check!

Tips for Pain Relief if Your Elderly Loved One Suffers from Arthritis

There are many types of medications that doctors prescribe to help reduce the pain that people experience from arthritis. However, many of these medications come with side effects, especially if taken over a long period of time. If your elderly loved one is looking for a way to relieve arthritis pain, they might want to try natural pain relief options.

Cold and Hot Treatments

Many elderly adults use cold or hot treatments to help control their arthritis pain. You can have your elderly loved one try placing a heating pad on the joint where they are feeling the pain. If this doesn’t help, you can have them take a hot bath. You can also encourage them to use ice packs which often work well for pain relief, as well.

Massage and Acupuncture

Some professionals recommend acupuncture and massage to elderly adults who experience pain due to arthritis. These techniques are designed to give temporary relief to stiff joints. It is important to speak with your elderly loved one’s doctor before they do any kind of acupuncture or get a massage. If the doctor approves these treatments, you can have your loved one’s senior care provider take them to these appointments.

Meditation and Yoga

Meditation and yoga can help a person relax and de-stress. These options can also help reduce pain in the joints and other areas of the body. You can find many mediation and yoga videos online that your elderly loved one can try out.


Exercising is good for the entire body. It can also help reduce pain, improve movement, and make your elderly loved one stronger. Some types of exercise that many elderly adults use to help with pain relief include the following:

  • Stretching
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Strength training exercises
  • Seated back exercises

There are many exercise videos online that are specifically designed to help with pain relief. Just remember to have your elderly loved one check with their doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.

Maintaining Proper Posture

Maintaining proper posture is very important. If a person sits too long without moving their joints, their pain can get worse. It is important to encourage your elderly loved one to move around throughout the day. For instance, you should make sure they get up off their chair every hour. You can also walk with them around the yard or have them stand up and stretch while they watch television.


There are medications that are designed to help with arthritis pain. However, many of these come with side effects. Instead of using these medications, you can encourage your elderly loved one to try the above-mentioned tips for arthritis pain relief.


If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring senior care in Queens Creek, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!