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Home Care Preparation Strategies

Everyone has a different preparation strategy for providing in-home care to their elderly loved ones. There are many very important things to remember when creating a plan; after all, someone’s personal well-being may be at risk if certain factors are not considered. Here is a list of some techniques that can assure that your loved one receives the best home care possible. Take Advantage of Technology Since technology’s main motive in society is to better human life, why ... Read More

Scam Opens Eyes to Fraud in Seniors

Caregiving is a burgeoning business and an optimal option for senior care, but like all businesses, it is not without those who attempt to cheat the system. In the Lehigh Valley area of the Northeastern United States, a group of four men went around to various senior citizens living at home and talked them into signing contracts for future services, which never ended up being provided. Over 200 seniors were roped into the fraudulent scheme, and thousands of dollars were lost. The... Read More

New Alzheimer's Program Available for Family Use

Alzheimer’s is one of the most serious and prominent diseases that can commonly afflict senior citizens. Recently, however, it has come to light that it be easily and thoroughly treated by family members and home caregivers. Home Instead Senior Care revealed on May 15 that they were going forward with the online program Alzheimer’s CARE, which outlines methods in which family members and caregivers can provide home care to their Alzheimer’s-stricken loved ones or patients. It... Read More

Getting Seniors into Cyberspace

There are always going to be people who need a little help learning technology, especially when it comes to those who did not grow up with the technology of today’s age. However, technology’s main purpose in the world is to make life more convenient for the people living it. Therefore, when it comes to the topic of seniors and technology, it would make sense for seniors to embrace the increased comforts that technology can provide. Still, with much of today’s technological ... Read More

Department of Labor Helps Home Health Aides

With caregiving and personal health care looking to become the two most rapidly expanding careers nationwide in the next decade, the federal government is looking into providing workers within these occupations with the resources necessary to live a healthy and fulfilling life. A May 16 proposal by The Department of Labor included provisions for home care aides, such as minimum wage requirements as well as increased pay for overtime work. With the elderly population ... Read More

Improving Home Care with Technology

Seniors often prefer living out their twilight years at home instead of at nursing homes, given the substantially greater independence gained from the former. So if you know of an elderly friend who has chosen this style of living, why not help them have the best possible experience while they’re at it? Recent technological advances have allowed senior citizens to have a much better and more comfortable home care. They can also provide them with a greater feeling of overall ... Read More

Prepare for Home Care

As an employment specialist in San Francisco, Julie Baldocchi had no experience or knowledge when it came to providing senior care. When her mother suddenly had a massive stroke in July though, she was suddenly immersed in her care and was caught completely off-guard at the responsibility. “I was flying by the seat of my pants,” she said, but she decided to take on the task anyway because she wasn’t willing to put her mother in a home as the hospital had recommended. Instead, she... Read More

Preparing for Dementia Care

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, you are probably dealing with a lot of emotions right now.  When the shock of the diagnosis has passed though, it’s important to take this time to begin preparing for the progression of the illness.  By taking the time to prepare, you can make the process easier and the loved ones who end up providing senior care for someone with dementia will be able to deal with that process ... Read More

Tips for Alzheimer's In-Home Care

If you’ve decided to take on the challenge of providing in-home care for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s, you know you have a tough road ahead of you. As the disease progresses, understanding how to deal with your loved one’s needs can become confusing. The illness can cause people to be frustrated, angry, and sad, which are difficult emotions to deal with on a daily basis. Knowing what to expect and preparing for these situations is important. There are also a few things ... Read More

Home Care and Independence

Many seniors these days are opting for in-home care<span style="white-space: pre-wrap"> instead of facility care and they have good reason.  They want to stay in the homes and communities they know and love as long as possible, instead of spending their golden years in an unfamiliar facility.  This allows them to maintain some level of independence and to keep the comforts they’ve worked so hard throughout their lives to enjoy.  While they may eventually need some assistance for... Read More

Need Help with Senior Care?

With so many seniors living with their kids during their elderly years, many of their now adult children have become their caregivers.  Home care has become a popular choice.  It allows families to save money and to spend more time together.  Unfortunately, though, as seniors age, in-home care can become more difficult, especially when proper medical expertise or 24 hour supervision is needed.  For those who do not have this expertise or who cannot stay home with their aging ... Read More

Housing Developments Adapt to Senior Care Trends

Some cultures have included multiple generations in their homes for centuries, in America though, it has only recently become a trend.  Many seniors are opting for in-home care opposed to other more expensive senior care homes in an effort to save money and to be close to their loved ones.  Their children, as well as their grandchildren, may also need to group up to save money due to the bad economy.  This is causing architects to rethink the way they design family housing ... Read More

Home Care Gets Attention from Woman Walking Across Country

Teri Swezey is no stranger to taking care of an elderly parent.  In fact, she provided home care for her mother, who had dementia, for three years before she died in 2010.  After going through such a difficult experience, she wants others who are caring for elderly parents to get recognized for all the time and effort they’re giving to their family.  In order to do this, she is walking across America, from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, all the way to Cambria, ... Read More

Home Care Challenges for Sandwich Generation

According to NPR a record number of families are now made up of parents, adult children, young children, and grandparents, all living under one roof.  For the parents who own the home, they face unique challenges when it comes to finances and home care responsibilities.  During a recent show regarding “Family Matters,” they had caller after caller describing their multigenerational family situations.  Many were living in homes designed for only a few people, and were working to ... Read More

Call for More Spending on Senior Home Care

Although the last generation spent most of their senior care money on nursing homes, today’s senior generations are asking for more of that money to go to in-home senior care and senior homes instead.  In Michigan, senior citizens feel that spending 80 percent of senior care dollars on nursing homes isn’t in keeping with the choices that most modern seniors are making.  Instead of spending their final years in nursing homes, many now prefer to stay at home.  Of course, with the ... Read More

Paying for Home Care with Medicare

There are many complicated rules when it comes to getting Medicare, but families can save money by using Medicare to pay for in-home senior care.  When a senior needs medical assistance, the cost of paying for that assistance can be intimidating.  There’s no reason families need to go into debt in order to care for their loved ones though.  Medicare will pay for up 35 hours each week for nursing care.  Of course, the patient does need to meet certain requirements in order to ... Read More

How We Found At-Home Treatment for Dad

We were all quite shocked when our elderly and otherwise healthy father was diagnosed with terminal cancer three years ago. Though we were saddened, my sister and I immediately went into care mode and really catered to our dad’s every need. However, after a few months of watching Dad’s health decline before our eyes, we knew that we wouldn’t be able to handle his care for much longer and we would have to put him into a care home. As we began telling our friends and ... Read More

How We Chose Home Care for Mom

  When my brother called to tell me that Mom had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I definitely tried to be strong. I knew about Alzheimer’s and I knew what it would do to her. I also knew that we would have to find a solution for her care as the disease progressed. Both of my brothers traveled for work, so I was the only one of Mom’s kids who was around and able to give her a lot of care. After my brothers and I met for dinner to discuss a plan, we knew there was only ... Read More

Senior Assisted Living: Home Daycare Getting More Popular

When it comes to senior assisted living, more and more people are choosing home daycare for their loved ones. And it’s never too late to find the right agency for their specific needs. According to the U.S Census Bureau, more than 7.6 million Americans receive some sort of home daycare. That number is compounded even further when factoring in informal senior assisted living care provided by family members, which generally isn’t counted in the Census’s numbers. Senior assisted ... Read More

Alzheimer’s Care Options for Seniors

Alzheimer’s care and other elderly services for senior citizens are more important than ever as the US population gets older. While there currently is no cure for the disease, there are plenty of options available for people that suffer from it.  There are many types of home health care services that can help you out with this. Alzheimer's Medications Alzheimer’s care is primarily by way of medications, and all elderly services utilize them. Several kinds of medicine are ... Read More

Home Health Aides: An Important Care Giver For Your Loved One

  When it comes to home health aides, your loved one should have the best care giver in their corner. Knowing what to look for in one, at and away from the hospital,  is extremely important.  There are many different types of home health care specialists: Registered Nurses: An experienced RN care giver should be able to provide your loved one with skilled services all home health aides are expected to provide, such as injections, wound care, case management, and more. ... Read More

Senior Care: The Home Nurse

  <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.85pt;margin-left: 0in;line-height:15.6pt;background:white"> A home nurse provides senior care to patients and promotes health, disease prevention, and helps patients cope with their respective illnesses. A home nurse serves as a seniorcare advocate and serves as an educator to patients, families, and communities as well. <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.85pt;margin-left: 0in;... Read More

Elderly Home Care: The Certified Nurse Assistant

  The Certified Nurse Assistant, also known as CNA, provides elderly home care and assists patients with their needs under the eye of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Also known as just Nurse Assistants (NA), this is a role that provides elderly home care at a high level, though issues of liability prevent them from performing certain procedures. The nurse aide provides elderly home care under direct supervision. Since nurse assistants have ... Read More

Types of Home Health Care

  Home health care can provide all the necessary care for a senior.  Often the care needed by a senior is very specific and the care of an untrained professional is not enough.  In light of such a fact there are a number of home elderly home care workers that can better assist a senior should he or she need more specific care that can be provided via a home health care agency.  Elderly home care workers come from a range of backgrounds and offer both medical and ... Read More

What Types of Services are Included in Senior Home Care?

  Medical Care Home elderly healthcare is a means of treating the injuries/illnesses seniors may develop later in life in the comfort of his or her own home. Home elderly healthcare is usually requested immediately after seniors have been released from a hospital.  In such a situation home health aides are usually hired to treat seniors and, if requested teach the seniors’ families and/or friends how to administer medications/use medical equipment. The kind of ... Read More

Types of home care: At Home

  Most types of long-term at-home care can be in one of two categories: caregivers and home and community-based services (HCBSs). HCBSs provide a range of services that deal with support, health and personal needs. These services allow individuals to live at home with as much independence as possible. Caregivers allow elderly individuals to be at home and live independently. The majority of caregivers are unpaid. Caregiving The role of caregiver is usually filled by a... Read More

Medical Home Care Specialists

  Medical services for at home healthcare can vary drastically as it can cover anything from around the clock care to bathing and hygiene. You or your loved one may know that you need care but may not be sure just what is available. This article will serve as an overview of the services offered to seniors seeking medical services for at home healthcare. Professionals available for medical at home healthcare: Registered Nurses (RNs) and Certified Nursing ... Read More

How Much Does In Home Care Cost?

The cost of in home care services varies across the county depending on the type of caregiving and the qualification of the care giver. According to Genworth, the median cost for in home care services in the United States is $18 per hour for licensed homemaker services. Cost range varies from state to state. For example, in South Carolina, the minimum hourly rate is $10 and the maximum hourly rate is $20. However, the minimum hourly rate in Oregon is $17 and the maximum is $28 ... Read More

Is A Nursing Home Right For Your Loved One?

A nurse home is the best home elderly healthcare option available when living alone just isn’t possible and you can’t take care of your family member yourself. The highest form of home elderly healthcare there is, a nurse home will provide the best level of care, so you know your loved one is taken care of. While a nurse home does provide help for a person’s daily living, it’s different from other forms of home elderly healthcare in the level of attention a person gets. There... Read More

Cost Comparison of Senior Care Services

When deciding on senior care services, it is important to look at all different factors to find the best match for your elderly loved one. Would getting in home care make more sense or would a nursing home be a better match? Here is a cost comparison list of different senior care services available for your elderly loved one. The data is based on Genworth’s 2011 Cost of Care Survey.  One advantage of home care over nursing home care is that in-home care is much cheaper. ... Read More

Medicare Coverage in Home Care

Keeping up with medical costs as you age can get quite difficult, and while home health care services are often cheaper than nursing care, they still aren't cheap. Fortunately, Medicare can cover part, and sometimes most, of the expenses associated with hiring home health aides. However, there are certain criteria you must meet to qualify for the financial aid. Below is a brief explanation of how you can qualify for coverage, what it will cover, and what it likely will not ... Read More

Cost of Home Care

The cost of senior home care varies from state to state.  The specific type of adult care will influence the cost of the home care, but on average the cost, in the United States, of home medical assistance is $21 per hour and $19 per hour for assisted living. Medicare and Medicaid After the age of 65 all U.S. citizens qualify for Medicare insurance. However, medicare does not cover the costs of long-term adult care, only short term care of 100 days.  And only after a ... Read More

Recent Changes to Medicare and Home Care

Live in care has continued to rise in recent years because of the increasingly expensive costs of nursing home facilities. Live in care, on the other hand, has seen only small steady rises. As such, it has become a cheaper alternative for elder care that allows for both flexibility and independence. Yet despite its cheaper costs, it may not always be incredibly cheap. Medicare and Live-in Care in the Past A major help for those seeking elder care has been Medicare. ... Read More