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Archive for February 2011:

How to Get a Parent to Stop Driving

Editor's Note: This article was written by Amy Alvord, a co-owner of the Douglasville, GA caregiving service  Better off at Home.  Better off at Home strives to give "home healthcare with a personal touch for those you love most".  You may contact Amy at amy@betteroffathome.com   Enjoy!     Driving is typically considered a significant part of independent living. But the ability to drive safely decreases with age. So, there comes a time when families are ... Read More

How To Choose The Best Home Care Agency

I assume if you are reading this, you are in the situation I was in a few years ago. My elderly mother had a multitude of health problems and as an only child, I knew it would be my responsibility to get care for her as she aged. My dad had passed away several years before, so I really was on my own. My mom and I had discussed a few options, but both of us were really focused on in home health care. After a relatively easy decision, the hard part began: choosing the best in home ... Read More

How to Pay for Home Health Care

When you are thinking about in home health care for your senior parent, if you are anything like I was, you will certainly have to consider how you were going to pay for this type of care. I will be honest...it was really overwhelming and my brother and I really had no idea how we were going to pay for it. We knew that our dad had a little bit of money put away for a “just in case” moment, but here we were at that moment and we really had no idea where to start. Thankfully a ... Read More

Why Home Care Was Perfect for My Parents

I knew my parents were getting older and since I was an only child, I also knew that a lot of their care would fall to me as they got older. Though they were both retired and living at home, I began to notice that they were both slowing down. It was taking them a long time to do simple things like cooking, personal care and keeping up on the housekeeping.  I thought an assisted living situation may be best for them, but both my mother and father refused. They wanted to stay in ... Read More

Home Care: Patient's Rights

Medical home care is subject to federal regulations to help ensure the quality of medical care that seniors receive in their homes.  While patient’s rights are usually provided to seniors and their families when hiring a home care agency there are often more urgent concerns that lead to seniors not reading or having the time to understand their rights prior to hiring a medical home care provider or agency. Federal Home Care Patient’s Rights Medical home care providers ... Read More

How to Find the Right Home Care Provider

If a senior loved one needs help safely performing tasks like bathing, cooking, and basic housekeeping duties, it may time to discuss hiring a home care service or provider.  There are many ways to start the process of finding the right care provider for a senior.  This may include speaking with their physicians to determine the type of care they would benefit from as well as speaking with other members of the community to get recommendations of care providers or agencies. ... Read More

The Realities of Long-term Home Care

Many seniors and their families do not realize how expensive long-term care can be even when using home care services and informal family care arrangements.  According to Mass Mutual Financial Group the average annual cost of a private nursing home was over $75,000 in 2006, and according to CNN Money the average cost of four hours a day of home care is almost $40,000 a year. Unless a senior has been planning for the eventuality of having to pay for their own health care as an ... Read More

Companionship Care for Seniors

The elderly that are no longer able to leave their home when they want to visit family and friends can become lonely and depressed.  Friends and family often do their best to meet the emotional needs of the seniors they are close to by visiting often.  However, many seniors may find that they spend a larger portion of their time alone then they would prefer.  Companionship care can help alleviate some of the loneliness that too many of the elderly population experiences when they... Read More

Explore the Difference between Home Daycare and a Home Health Nurse

There are several levels of at home health care, but they really come down to the type of care offered: home daycare services or a home health nurse.  Home daycare services are usually non-medical in nature.  Home daycare offers help with tasks such as: Laundry Cooking Cleaning Dressing Bathing Transportation These sorts of services can be a big help to those that provide in home care to their elderly relatives.  Sometimes the most difficult tasks ... Read More

In Home Care - A Senior’s Best Option

  Many seniors if given the choice would prefer to remain in their home for as long as possible as they age.  Besides the memories a senior has created in their home, they often have a strong connection to their community.  This may seem like a difficult request for a family to accommodate especially if they do not live nearby.  While a senior would prefer aging in place to being moved to an assisted living facility or nursing home, their families may pressure ... Read More

Medical Home Care for Dementia

  Being a caretaker to a senior with dementia presents challenges that can sometimes be unexpected. Organizing Medications Due to the progressive nature of dementia and diseases like Alzheimer’s it becomes increasingly difficult for a senior to manage their own healthcare.  In the early stages, the senior may have trouble remembering the name of a medication or why they even take it.  These early memory lapses are temporary, but they can be dangerous if the ... Read More

Visiting Nurses and Nursing Aides in a Home Care Setting

Visiting nurses have long been integral care providers of necessary health care to seniors that need home care.  For seniors with chronic or acute medical conditions, visiting nurses and nursing aides have provided an invaluable service to those who need regular monitoring of their chronic or acute health conditions.  Services Visiting Nurses provide Visiting nurses often act as liaisons between a senior and their various doctors.  They provide many of the same services ... Read More

What Elderly Care Home Options are Available?

  Not everyone can afford a live in caregiver for the senior citizens in their family. While individuals may not be able to afford a live in caregiver it does not mean that they do not want the senior citizens in their family to have the best care possible. While many senior citizens treasure their independent living it is not always possible to keep it that way, and if a live in caregiver is out of the question there are many other elderly care home options available to ... Read More

Types of Home Healthcare Services

It can be rather confusing to try and figure out exactly what type of home healthcare services your ageing parent may need. Believe it or not, there are quite a lot of home healthcare services available when it comes to hiring a person or agency to provide for the needs of an ill or ageing individual. Many of these options such as adult day care or a companion can actually be found for free through insurance or community programs. The adult day care programs are amazing ... Read More

What Type of Home Care Do You Need?

  Home Care has become a perfect solution for providing in care at home for people who need it the most, but do not wish to be checked into an institution. There are several ways that home healthcare is provided to the senior citizens in need of this specialized form of care. The in home care that some individuals need is not necessarily medically related. Sometimes all an elderly person needs is a little bit of companionship, and they can be well on their way to ... Read More

A Guide to Home Health Care Agency Services

There are varieties of home health care agency services available to seniors who need home healthcare after an illness or injury.  Depending on what type medical services an elderly patient may need, there may be many different healthcare personnel involved in the senior’s day-to-day care at home. Home Health Nurse A home health nurse is the primary person responsible for administering medical treatments.  A home health nurse can be either a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed... Read More

What Exactly is Senior Home Health Care?

There are quite a lot of stress points that can be associated with getting older. While some of them can be rather vain, others are quite serious and important such as who exactly will be caring for you once you reach a certain age or if you become disabled. There are quite a lot of options available. You may move into in a senior assisted living facility or have a live in caregiver. Many people may even choose to move in with their children.  These are only a few of the many ... Read More

Wisconsin Senior Home Care Resources

  Wisconsin provides its elderly with many resources to help them find the senior home care services they need.  Whether it is caretaker support, assistance locating home care agencies and other senior services, or insurance benefits, there are a variety of programs available to Wisconsin’s seniors and their families to help age in place. Caretaker Support and Home Care Resources Helping a senior retain their independence can be difficult for families at times.  It can... Read More

Becoming a Caretaker for a Senior- What to Expect

  Becoming a caretaker for a senior who has been independent can be a difficult and emotional undertaking.  The more independent the senior is the more they may resist assistance.  Many times becoming a caretaker does not happen overnight.  Usually it is a gradual process.  Becoming a caretaker starts by assisting the senior with small tasks that increase over time as the senior has more difficulty managing their daily life.  Whether this starts with help doing household... Read More