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Paying for Senior Home Care in California

When deciding between in-home care and nursing home care for a senior, an important element in the decision is the relative cost of the two options. Also, if in-home care is chosen, it must be decided whether the caregiver will be part-time, full-time, or live-in full-time. There are two aspects of care: medical and non-medical, and both of these must be planned for if in-home care is the chosen option. In California, the average cost per hour to hire non-medical caregivers is ... Read More

Paying for Senior Home Care in Colorado

The two most essential elements of the decision to care for a senior in a nursing home or to hire a caregiver are the level of care needed and cost. In Colorado, the average cost per hour to hire a non-medical caregiver is $21, and the cost to hire a medical caregiver is $25. This ranks Colorado 34th in the nation in home care affordability, adjusted for median per capita income by state. In-Home Care Programs: State-Sponsored Colorado does not directly subsidize in-home ... Read More

End of Life Issues for Seniors and Caregivers

Death: it’s not something most of us like to talk about, but as we all know, caring for an elderly parent or other relative logically ends--you might even say culminates—in that person’s death. As death is a part of life, we must spend part of our life preparing for death. Doing so for an elderly loved one can provide them with an orderly, dignified, and as much as possible, painless transition from this world to the next. Making a Living Will This is an important step in... Read More

Find Unique Caregivers

  When you are looking for an in-home caregiver, there are a number of issues that you need to consider over and above the caregiver’s competence.  In other words, there’s more to it than simply what services he or she will be providing, the cost of those services, etc. The difference between in-home caregiving and having a visiting caretaker is that, obviously, the person who gives you care will also be living in your home. This means that you need to consider issues that ... Read More

Hiring a Caregiver

The decision to hire an in-home caregiver is difficult and complex. The expense can be substantial, depending on the level of care. You probably don’t know what’s involved in the process of finding a caregiver and what the role of the caregiver should be. If you live in or near a large city, there can be hundreds of possible choices: private, independent caregivers, senior care service agencies, outcall nurses, etc. The key is to decide beforehand exactly what you want in a ... Read More

Geriatric Care Managers

If you or a loved one is facing a tough choice regarding choosing senior care services, you may want to invest in the help of a geriatric care manager.  With so many seniors reaching the age when home care or assisted living may be necessary, it’s no wonder this expertise has become so requested.  Not only do they assist seniors with making their transition into care, they help the family decide on the best care for their loved one’s needs. Choosing between Home Care and ... Read More

What is In-Home Care?

It is quite often found that most people don’t actually know what home care entails. With such a variety of available care it can be confusing trying to keep the different options separate from each other. Put in the easiest, most understandable terms, in-home care is care that is given within the boundaries of your own home. The Popularity of Home Care In-home care has become increasingly popular lately as more and more people are wanting the independence of being able ... Read More

Finding the Right Home Care Resources

Having to search for care for your parents can be a confusing and stressful time of life. Not only do you have to come to grips with finding out that they are sick, but now you have the added pressure of needing to do something about it. With all of the options available, it can be an overwhelming situation. There is good news however. With the rising trend in home care services, more information is available than perhaps ever before. The downside is that wading through this... Read More

Hiring a Live-In Caregiver

Hiring a live-in home care provider can be one of the biggest reliefs that a family member can have. However, there are specific things that you should consider for the well-being and safety of your loved one before you rush out and find the first caregiver available. Tips on Caregivers Look at ads for live-in caregivers. One of the best ways to discover what is out there is to see what other people are looking for. Often advertisements ask for specifics qualities, ... Read More

Tips For Finding Home Caregivers

When it comes to finding a caregiver, it’s important to look for one who is experienced with senior ailments so that more efficient diagnoses can be made.  Your caregiver is the one who would be most likely to notice any health changes, so a medical background can be important for seniors using in-home care. A common ailment that often goes unnoticed these days is called Tinnitus.  It can be defined as that “ringing” in your ears when there is no other sound, or the sound of ... Read More

Look for a Caregiver who Incorporates Art

As the number of seniors partaking in in-home care rises, many often deal with the challenge of continued self-validation. While the truth is that seniors still have much to give to the world, with a plethora of avenues of self-exploration, many are not able to see the potential. A holistic approach to senior care takes into account not only the medical needs of the patient but also the emotional and inner-needs. Art is a fantastic way for seniors to express their emotions, ... Read More

Care for Seniors with Depression

Depression is on the rise in America not only with the young or those in the middle of stressful career and family situations, but amongst America’s seniors as well. As estimated by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), there are over 5 million seniors, age 65 and older, who suffer from the effects of full-blown depression or a lesser form of the affliction. With the increase in necessitated senior care, more people are dealing with the realities of declining health and what ... Read More

Counteracting Poor Vision with In-Home Aids

Poor vision doesn’t have to mean the end of enjoying the things you’ve always loved. Cultural awareness/sensitivity along with the accompanying technology has made it so that individuals suffering with glaucoma can continue with their lives uninterrupted. With the help of a vision therapist, you can find the right tools to assist you with your daily in-home care. People have different needs and so will have needs for different devices. While not every device below is necessary ... Read More

Caregiver Help for Chronic Back Pain

One in four in-home care recipients live daily with chronic back pain. With no lasting relief, sufferers are left with very little hope of bringing the pain under control.  What if there were other ways to help your body cope with the pain though? According to an article on chronic back pain, Dr. Natalie Morone who works for the University of Pittsburgh in the School of Medicine, has recently released study notes on the value of treating chronic back pain in seniors with the use ... Read More

Eating Healthy During Home Care Helps Your Eyes

You know the old saying that carrots are good for the eyes? Well, the old adages have truth to them. A combination of diet and exercise are important to good eye-health. Even for those already suffering from eye disease, a proper diet can arrest degeneration and in some instances improve sight slightly. For recipients of in-home care, always check with your physician before starting a new exercise program or diet, to make sure that everything is conducive with your treatment plan... Read More

Picking a Caregiver's Qualities

Whether you are a family looking for the right in-home caregiver or a caregiver hoping to provide quality in-home senior care, the future is looking bright for you. There are caregivers waiting for their chance to help families with the in-home care of loved ones. Six Caregiver Qualities to Look For There are six qualities every caregiver should have. They need these in order for their patients to receive an excellent life. It is important for families to take note of ... Read More

Home Care for Diabetes

When someone is first diagnosed with diabetes it can be a real shock and a splash of cold water to the reality of one’s own frailty. There is now a very real concern to maintain a proper diet, take the correct prescription meds, as well as the daily task of checking blood glucose. However, while this is nothing to shake a stick at, it doesn’t have to destroy your lifestyle. There are several ways that you can adjust your life to begin to cope with the diagnosis of diabetes and ... Read More

How to Avoid Scams that Target Seniors Aging in Home

With more people receiving home care, seniors have become a larger target for scammers trying to dishonestly make a buck. It’s important that caregivers and seniors both know things to look out for and what to do if a real problem arises. Rules to Keep Your Senior Safe Don’t Open the Door – This is the first line of defense, and if practiced, can help you to avoid a large number of potential scammers. Once you open the door, you are giving a person the opportunity to... Read More

A Few Tips on How to Avoid Falls

Anyone who has fallen before will tell you that this can be one of the scariest and potentially health concerning accidents that a senior can have. The good news is that with a bit of prevention and some common sense you can keep yourself safe. Here’s a short list of some things to consider. Use Your Walking Aids Properly - Many people don’t like to use their canes or walkers, but there is a reason for them. They very well could keep you from taking a misstep and falling.... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preparing Seniors for Emergencies

With the start of hurricane season underway in many areas of the country, now is a good time to think about emergency plans for your elderly loved ones. Even if you don’t live in a hurricane prone area, it is still a good idea to have plans in place for any type of emergency. Senior care experts are advising families to prepare their senior family members for severe weather emergencies and the possibility of evacuation. Debra Foscolo, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care Office ... Read More

Choosing Home Care Over Senior Homes (White Paper)

What is In-Home Care? In-Home care is care given within the boundaries of your own home. It has become more popular these days as people are seeking the independence of aging and/or convalescing in their own residence. With technology advancing, this is becoming more and more possible; even for those with acute medical needs. Today, in-home care is the most requested medical service in our society with businesses improving service to compete for the demand. With 10,000 ... Read More

What Makes a Good Caregiver?

According to a recent National Health Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the year 2050, the number of Americans needing long-term care is expected to nearly double. Although unpaid family members will provide most of this care, the need for paid in-home caregivers will most likely increase dramatically. The report also projects that between 2008 and 2018 the employment of home health aides will rise by 50 percent. There are many matters to ... Read More

Washington Care Workers Asking for a Raise

Home care workers in Washington have been talking with their unions and both have come to the conclusion that it’s time that wages and benefits begin to match up with the cost of living. Union representatives have begun to meet with state negotiators for the latest contract talks and they want a raise. There are some 30,000 in-home care workers in the state with the average price just over $10 per hour. Their jobs include helping people with non-medical care such as chores, ... Read More

Agency Offers Certified Alzheimer's Caregivers

  Total home health care is a rapidly growing business model. As the trend continues to move in the direction of health institutes offering comprehensive coverage, Professional HealthCare at Home, is already doing that very thing in spades. Based out of San Francisco, they are right now leading the Bay area’s medical care industry as the largest provider of total home health care. This includes offering nurse care, rehab, personalized caregivers, and hospice service. Now, ... 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

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

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