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Archive for July 2011:

Preparing For Hospice

In 2011, the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association, conducted a study that showed 70 percent of seniors in Nebraska wanted to discuss end of life options with their doctors, but only 21 percent were even made aware of hospice options from their doctors. The results confirmed what some independent researchers had suspected for years. Namely that while a patient's level of medical care.has increasingly improved, it comes at the cost of seeing multiple separate ... Read More

Tai Chi for Seniors

Health experts around the globe are recognizing the amazing health benefits of Tai-Chi for seniors. Tai-Chi is a low impact exercise that focuses on slow movements and increasing mental acuity. It only takes about 20 minutes a day and has been documented to grant drastic improvement in the health of an individual who participates regularly. Because it does not take long to learn, it is particularly helpful for in-home care patients who are not able to leave their homes. In fact, ... Read More

The Importance of Entertainment

Researchers are finding out more and more about how activities can help add to life expectancy by helping to prevent mental and physical disabilities. Even just changing up routine can have a significant impact on a person’s overall well-being. For many in-home care seniors, daily life consists of sitting in the same chair and watching the same television every day. Whereas routine can be a comforting thing, it can also lead to a sedentary lifestyle, now seen as one of the ... Read More

Dealing with Guilt Over your PTSD Loved One

Post traumatic Syndrome (PTSD) is a symptom that affects thousands of our military men and women returning from active duty even decades after service. Recognized as a real disease, much attention has been given to its treatment. Not as widely recognized is what is coming to be known as Secondary Post-Traumatic Syndrome. This is the effects on the family and in-home care providers of former soldiers struggling with PTSD. One of the symptoms of S-PTSD has to do with an ... Read More

How Asbestos has Affected Senior Citizens

Mesothelioma – the signature asbestos-causing cancer – is most frequently diagnosed in patients between 50 and 70 years old. Seniors also have higher incidence rates of other asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis and lung cancer. These diseases are often the result of asbestos exposure that occurred more than 20 years ago. In some cases, as much as 50 years can pass between the time of exposure and the time of diagnosis. For many seniors, the asbestos ... Read More

The Benefits of Dogs in Increasing the Quality of Life

During a lightning storm in Covington, Georgia, a lightning bolt struck the house of a resident senior Tammy Fouts causing a fire which grew rapidly. The senior’s dog, “Lonely Lola” rushed to the bedroom to alert Tammy of the danger. Tammy ignored Lola at first, but the dog continued to be persistent, and at last Tammy woke up to find out what was the problem. It seems that she was woke up timely as she had just enough time to wake her grandson and escape from the house ... Read More

Selecting the Right Caregiver and Avoiding Burnout

Caregiver burnout is a very real problem facing our nation, particularly amongst unpaid family members. When a family member is involved in the caregiving process, stressful situations often arise that can actually be detrimental to the health of the seniors. Namely the added stress that strained familial relationships often bring to the table. The Society of Certified Seniors Advisors (CSA) will be hosting a webinar on caregiver burnout. The speaker is Dr. Jim McCabe ... Read More

Relieving Senior Stress through the Gift of Laughter

One of the newest fads taking root in America is that of laughter yoga. Developed in Mumbai (Bombay) India about 17 years ago, laughter yoga concentrates on the benefits of positive thinking upon health. Unlike other forms of yoga, the focus is not on becoming more flexible, gaining muscle mass, or increasing breathing, but instead overcoming negative thinking. Humor has been found to lower blood pressure and strengthen an individual’s blood pressure. In fact the Centers for... Read More

Get on a Waiting List Now for Better Care Later

Almost every senior living facility uses a waiting list, but many have very few people taking advantage of them. However, getting on a waiting list now for a facility you or your loved one prefers will save you from having to make hasty decisions later down the road. Most senior communities will request a 100% refundable deposit that will give you priority once the type of room you choose becomes available. And you can also delay your move-in without jeopardizing your place ... Read More

Finding Help for Veterans with PTSD

During a lightning storm in Covington, Georgia, a lightning bolt struck the house of a resident senior Tammy Fouts causing a fire which grew rapidly. The senior’s dog, “Lonely Lola” rushed to the bedroom to alert Tammy of the danger. Tammy ignored Lola at first, but the dog continued to be persistent, and at last Tammy woke up to find out what was the problem. It seems that she was woke up timely as she had just enough time to wake her grandson and escape from the house ... Read More

Telemedicine Bringing Home Treatment to Thousands of Veterans

A new program has been announced by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) making it possible to treat chronic disease such as Hepatitis C, heart failure, and chronic pain. The program that the V.A. will be using is known by its long name “Specialty Care Access-Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes,” or more conveniently, “SCAN-ECHO” for short. What originally came out of the University of New Mexico as a way to treat rural patients with needed medical ... Read More

Veterans May Be Eligible for Benefits Even Decades After Active Duty

You may not realize that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) offers multiple benefit programs for veterans, their spouses, and survivors. Many people think that because a condition started recently that they are not eligible for benefits. Even if your veteran has never claimed benefits before, he/she may be eligible now. Programs are based on current health conditions and even if they were not eligible in the past, may be eligible now.    The V.A. Looks at ... Read More

Home Gardening Provides Positive Stimulation for Seniors

The Summer is a great time for gardening and a great way to get a little exercise. Unfortunately many seniors receiving in-home care feel that they’ve lost their ability to take part in the activities that they once loved. Due to chronic conditions, many of today’s seniors feel the need to pull-back from activity rather than keep up their activity level. Gardening is a fantastic way to provide your senior with both mental and physical exercise.  Get into Gardening ... Read More

More Available Benefits For Veterans

  Concierge Care Advisors has announced that it will be financially supporting the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) by committing a part of each quarterly earnings to support their ongoing veteran programs. WWP is a 501cf, not for profit organization that serves veterans who received wounds, illnesses, or injuries on the day of September 11, 200 and beyond. WWP also serves the family members of the aforementioned veterans. Concierge Care Advisors was founded by Veteran Marc... Read More

80 Year Old Daughter Provides Care for 105-year Old Mother

Faina Meleikovskaia has been taking care of her 105 year old mother for the past ten years. Unable to afford the long-term care needed, they are going to have to wait another two years before assistance is available. Faina and her mother do receive a weekly visit by the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) to give what support can be offered, but the family says that more help is needed. Start Working on Your Budget Now There are several reasons why you need to ... Read More

Social Interaction Is a Must for Seniors

Elders dealing with loneliness can often suffer from changes in their bodies that cause premature aging. Loneliness exacerbates the normal change in heart condition due to aging and can increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease. Research was recently done through a Cornell study group that measured a person’s loneliness before and after social interaction, testing for changes in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The results showed an improvement after ... Read More

Seniors Don’t Drink Water Like Others Do

    It may seem like a funny thing to say, but seniors don’t drink water as much as the younger generations do. With the advent of bottled water, this generation has more access to water than the earlier ones did. Walking into any grocery store or quick-e-mart, you can pick up liters and even gallons of water to carry with you throughout the day.  However, in the old days, people relied on drinking fountains and really only drank when they were thirsty. In short, ... Read More

In Home Care was an Easy Decision

We knew that we would have a decision to make when we were sitting in a doctor’s office and she told us that we would not be able to take care of our mother’s health concerns on our own anymore. We knew that this time would come when she first got her diagnosis, but when it is actually reality, it’s a tough pill to swallow. Perhaps we should have planned better or really thought it through but there we were, talking to the doctor about what we were going to do with our mother and... Read More

Keep Infection at Bay

A recent survey of in-home care workers and senior patients, documented in the “Home Healthcare Nurse” reported that several healthcare workers have acquired infections from their place of work and spread it to other senior patients. The report also showed that there is no standardized policy regarding handling infection control. This becomes increasingly worrisome when antibiotic-resistant infections are involved. These results are worrisome to federal health agencies as ... Read More

Is Your State’s In-Home Care System Easy?

Pennsylvania’s recent administration has recently drafted a State plan on aging that includes a goal to ease of seniors to go home after hospital stays. Current trend has been for seniors to be pushed into staying at a skilled nursing facility, whether they want to or not. While pushing this agenda forward, the State Department just recently stopped a program that was doing this very thing. Some wonder how the State plans to achieve their goals when laying off the very agencies ... Read More

House Calls Cost-Effective for Seniors

Medicare and Medicaid centers are beginning to look into the benefits and cost affordability of having doctors make house calls. This practice has for the most part fallen out of use over the last several decades, with it today only accounting for 1% of all hospital’s medical care billing. However, advocates are hoping that more doctors will see the potential cost saving benefits and begin in-home care to patients. National Testing for House Calls “Independence at Home”... Read More

Program for Family Caring for Alzheimer's

According to statistics, one in eight of America’s elderly is living with Alzheimer’s disease. That adds up to 5.1 million people with the disease and 70 percent of them living at home, with the majority of care being provided by family caregivers. Kristina Anderson, operations manager for “Home Instead Senior Care” based out of Collinsville, Illinois, knows first-hand the special challenges when it comes to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. A few years ago, ... Read More

Indiana In-Home Specialists Merge to Better Serve the Elderly

To help curb the trend of rising costs, two Indiana based agencies, both involved in different aspects of in-home senior care, announced that they will be combining resources. The “Allen County Council on Aging” currently provides transportation for recipients of in-home care as well as running a loan program for durable medical equipment. Their merger with “Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana” comes after months of planning and discussion on how both organizations ... Read More

Labor Negotiations Good for Senior Care

Labor leaders are putting their hopes on a proposal, this is expected to be sent to California Governor Jerry Brown as part of the State’s current labor negotiations. The proposal would hopefully lead to better wages for California’s 423,000 in-home care workers by creating a new state authority to negotiate all future pay of caregivers. The law would take the responsibility of negotiating with In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) away from the counties and give it to a board ... Read More

Los Angeles Caregivers Negotiate a Wage for Seniors

Los Angeles County was the home of a great celebration by in-home caregivers who just won a battle to increase their current wages to that of $9.64 per hour.  Considered a living wage, this is a sixty-five cent increase from what they were receiving before and comes as a result of months of negotiations. The need for a raise had been previously brought to the view of the county when unions, representing the interest of county caregivers, had managed to compile a petition ... Read More

Senior’s Caretakers and Doctor’s Appointments

Many caretakers are responsible for taking their elderly parents to their various doctor’s appointments.  While healthy senior may only need to do to a doctor for a checkup, those with serious health conditions will have appointments much more often.  Rather than a caretaker sitting in the waiting room, many choose to attend the appointments as well. If a senior is comfortable with their caretakers knowing details about their medical status and history, it can be very helpful... Read More

Home Care Changes to Recent Policy

  The future of caregiving and in home care is promising under the recent health reform changes. More options in caregiving will be available as in home care will become easier to afford and available for many families. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2009): President Obama signed this health reform bill in to law on March 23, 2010. Along many changes in health care, in home care is affected through the following changes: Community First ... Read More

How Home Healthcare Reduces Cost

There are an estimated 79.6 million baby boomers and about 6 out of every ten of them (roughly 37 million people) will eventually manage more than one chronic condition by 2030 and need the services of healthcare.  As said chronic conditions grow more and more people will need the consistent care only trained professionals can provide.  The U.S. currently, spends more per capita than any other country on healthcare. Demand has increased for healthcare such that government ... Read More

Government Policy Expands Caregiver Network

As the government recognizes the savings that occur due to the efforts of informal caretakers they enact policies to create caregiver support systems to encourage family members to continue to take care of elderly relatives.  In 2000, the federal government enacted the National Family Caregiver support Program to better care for those that are caretakers for others. The already strained resources of the federal government have been struggling to continue to provide health care to... Read More

Changes to Home Care

Prior to the passage of the Federal Balanced Budget act of 1997, more and more patients were opting for at home care.  Due to the abuses of the Medicare system and the fraud that was being perpetrated, the federal government put strict limitations on in home care services.  The restrictions limiting when at home care would be covered by Medicare may have adversely affected the standard of care for those patients.  In home care services are generally accepted to be better for the ... Read More

Federal Changes in Home Care Coverage

In the past decade and a half, significant legislative changes have occurred that directly affect those who require both medical and non medical in home care for the elderly.  In 1997, the federal balanced budget act cut payments to medical providers for in home health services for Medicare.  This resulted in a decrease of the elderly and disabled who received long term in home care services.  This caused agencies to be much more discerning in evaluating the medical needs of ... Read More

What Are the Advantages of In Home Care?

In home care provides a myriad of advantages by receiving caregiving at home. Being able to live in the home you love is one significant advantage of in home care. When AARP surveyed American seniors, an astounding eighty-nine percent said they preferred to age at home as long as possible. In addition to being able to age at home, in home care offers many additional advantages. Some of the advantages of in home care include: Flexibility: In home care is the most flexible ... Read More

Why Use an In Home Care Agency?

  When searching for in home care for your elderly loved one, you might have considered the option to privately hire a care giver to provide caregiving for your elderly loved one. While this may seem like a good idea, there are several important factors you should consider before hiring a care giver outside of an in home care agency. Background check: When hiring a care giver to provide in home care, it is important to have substantial background checks done ... Read More

Benefits of Aging at Home

Among seniors, aging at home (aka aging in place) is the most desirable way of aging. Since most caregiving needs can be met through in home care services, most seniors can choose aging at home. AARP survey shows the preference of aging at home becomes more prevalent as age increases. The survey shows that 75% of those between the ages 45 to 54 prefer aging at home. 83% of those 55 to 64 prefer aging at home. 92% of those between the ages 65 to 74 prefer aging at home. And 95% of... Read More

Independent Living for Seniors

Senior independent living is a general health care services term used for any arrangements made specifically for the elderly. The primary benefit to senior independent living is that it’s friendlier for the elderly, but there are other things that work in its favor. Compared to other health care services, senior independent living facilities tend to be easier to get around, more compact, and often include help with outside maintenence. Some senior independent living centers ... Read More

Caregiver Support: Is Companion Care For You?

If you’re providing caregiver support for a loved one but they don’t need serious medical attention, companion care is an option you should consider. Also known as non-medical care, companion care is exactly what it sounds like. Preparing meals, housekeeping, bathroom assistance, shopping, reading and playing games are but some of the many caregiver support services that this kind of position entails. Experienced Caregivers Ann Sanders has plenty of experience in ... Read More

What Are the Advantages of Receiving Home Health Care?

Making a decision as to the type of care an elderly person needs, such as assisted living or more specifically at home health care, is never easy.  However, as people get older they may need the kind of assistance that only the consistent help of a trained professional can provide.  The standard for elderly assisted living has been nursing home care, but that in no way means that it is the best solution.  Advances in medical technology and geriatric care have made home assisted ... Read More

The Advantages of In Home Care Services

In recent years, there has been a shift in adult care. Many primary caregivers have been forced to look elsewhere for help due to their work schedules and financial commitments. With this trend continuing to grow, in home care services have become a virtual necessity for some seeking adult care. For those who are not comfortable with the idea of living in a nursing home or retirement facility, in home care services can offer a cheaper and more comfortable alternative. In ... Read More

Senior Assisted Living versus Independent Living

Contemplating senior assisted living facilities or senior independent living is not a pleasant task, but waiting until they are a necessity is even worse.  Don’t wait until you have no other options to begin drafting your plan for caregiving during your old age.  The longer you wait to make decisions about the lifestyle you would like to lead, the fewer options you will have.  Take some time and consider the following questions if you are a senior citizen: What is your ... Read More

Why Choose Home Health Services?

There are quite a lot of options when it comes to caring for an elderly parent. Many people choose to do it themselves, but other may not have the ability to do so. It seems that many more elderly people are begin suffering from dementia. Dementia can cause its own set of issues on top of all the other problems with trying to provide eldercare to a senior citizen or elderly person. Dementia sufferers cannot all be lumped into a single category. Some elderly people only have ... Read More