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Reasons to Choose Home Care

It may be a difficult choice deciding to elicit the help of an outside organization when it comes to the care of a loved one, but often, it’s for the best. Caregiver burnout is a very real symptom that can happen to family members who have been the sole source of provision for too long. Professional care offers the ability to take care of special needs that family members are not often able to while assisting with some of the routine duties of housework and daily care. Often, ... 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

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

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

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

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

Choosing A Wellness Check for Your Parents

  My parents were getting older and I lived 400 miles away. I was always worried that something would happen to them and since I was so far away, I wouldn’t be able to make it to them on time. I was also worried that they were not taking care of themselves as they should. While pondering this at work one day, one of my co-workers clued me into some of the service that her mother’s in home care company offered.  I explained that my parents were still rather spry ... Read More

Affording Home Health Care For Our Mother

My sister and I were shocked when out mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness and we were even more shocked when we found out how much her medical care would cost. We spoke with our mother about the options that were available to her and she simply begged us not to put her in a nursing home. We knew that home health care was our only choice. Once that was decided, it was time to figure out how we were going to pay for it. Knowing Our Options The first thought we had ... Read More

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 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

Choosing Home Care For Your Loved One

There may be a time in your life where you will need to consider in home care for an elderly loved on, such as a parent or even a partner. When it comes to this, I know the decision can be difficult. I have gone through it myself and in our situation, we were able to find a lot of great resources out there which helped us choose the perfect in home care for our elderly parent. The choices available are overwhelming and if you are anything like I was, you will have ... Read More

Home Care and Living Wills

Living wills can be a difficult subject to discuss with an elderly loved one.  No one wants to think about the day that a loved one will die.  Living wills and advanced directives are documents that detail the amount of care a person would want to receive if they were unable to communicate there wishes at the time.  They are intensely personal decisions, but they need to be communicated clearly in order for those decisions to be honored. The Purpose of a Living Will The... Read More

Home Health Care for Seniors: Vital Sign Monitoring

Home health care for seniors is more common than ever, and the demand for home care services is expected to increase dramatically over the next two decades as more of the baby boomer generation ages. Seniors and the elderly make up the fastest growing segment of the American population. As a result, more seniors are living longer with chronic diseases than ever before. A critical part of managing chronic diseases and home health care is the careful monitoring of a senior’s vital ... Read More

Choosing the Best Home Care Agency

At home care has become a big industry for senior independent living over the years. With so many options, it’s best to research all of your at home care options. Choosing a senior independent living is an extremely important thing for treating your loved ones, so ask these questions as you make your decisions: 1. How long as this at home care facility been in business? This doesn’t always mean that the senior independent living service that has been around is better, but... Read More

Explore the Benefits of Elderly Home Care

When considering the different methods of caring for aging relatives, a live in care giver definitely must be considered.  Elderly home care can be difficult with even the most active of elderly relatives, but for those that are house bound or worse, bedridden, it can be impossible for families to provide within their own home.  When providing long-term elderly home care is no longer practical, or in the best interest of the aging individual, many people leap to a nursing home as... 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

Do You Need Home Care?

It can be hard to know when it is time to look for senior at home care. What is known is that a decrease in your ability to complete daily life activities is a significant factor in deciding on if you need senior at home care; and a combination of lifestyle factors can increase your chances of needing senior at home care sooner rather than later. The first activities you should look at when considering if you need or do not need senior in home care are your daily life ... Read More

What Kind of Person Needs Senior Care Services?

  At some given point in an elder person’s life he or she may need the services of senior care services such as a nurse home or live in caregiver. When a elder person can no longer take care of him or herself, whether that be from an injury, degrading mental facilities, and/or disease and his or her family cannot provide the care necessary is when senior care services should be considered.  There is no one specific type of elder person who qualifies for a nurse home ... Read More

Two Different Types of In Home Care

When considering in home care service for your elderly loved one, it is helpful to understand the differences between the two types of in home care. One is medical in home care and the other is non medical home care. Medical in home care, or home health care, is prescribed by a doctor when it is medically necessary for your elderly loved one to receive skilled medical in home care.  Some of the reasons for necessary medical in home care includes administrating and managing ... 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

How to Choose a Non Medical Home Care Provider

  Choosing a non medical home care provider can be a daunting task.  Finding a care provider who can provide the services that the senior needs is the most important priority.  Unique concerns can arise when hiring a non medical care provider.  There are no certifications for non medical caregivers unlike the requirements for medical home care providers.  Concerns about the safety of the senior and other family members that live in the same household inevitably arise... Read More

Home Care Questions to Ask

If you are looking for a home health care agency (aka medical in home care) for your elderly loved one because his or her physician prescribed home health care services by a medically skilled care provider, most likely those services will be paid by Medicare. To ensure proper health care services and coverage by Medicare, it is important to find a qualified home health care agency. Here are 5 important questions you must ask the home health care agency to ensure proper health... Read More

How to Decide on Senior Housing Options

  Aging at home, senior independent living, senior assisted living, and nursing home care are some of the options available for senior housing. These senior housing options cater to the many needs that change as you age. Many seniors choose aging at home, or aging in place, where they can continue to live in their homes and receive in home care when caregiving is needed. Others choose senior independent living where they live in retirement communities and receive ... Read More

Care Giver Guide: Finding A Home Nurse

Hiring a home nurse care giver is an excellent option for a person that wants their loved one to live with them for as long as possible. If you can afford it, a home nurse as a care giver can take care of just about anything you can think of for senior citizens or just help you out when things get too overwhelming The most direct way to find a home nurse care giver is just hire someone to come in and care for your loved one for extended amounts of time. This is more ... Read More

Medical Social Workers in Home Care

Elderly services professionals at homecare agencies recognize the value of medical social workers. These individuals are available to provide critical elderly services and assist families in their changing needs resulting from a loved one’s medical condition. This field of homecare agencies can also provide emotional support and assistance in long term care, as well as give information on homecare agencies and elderly services around the community. What Home Care Agencies Do... Read More

Home Care Decision Making

  In home care has to be an informed decision. A care provider, a person who is responsible for a senior that is generally a family member or close friend, cannot simply decide that in home care assistance is needed and expect to receive the  elderly home care services necessary. A care provider has to talk to a medical specialist first.  Often, a care provider will be given the information necessary for caring for a senior by a personal physician. A care provider ... Read More

Advice for Hiring Home Care Aide

Whether you choose to hire an independent caregiver or one sent from an agency there are a few universal rules that apply to hiring a caregiver. These tips will help make the choice an easier affair to deal with. Interview candidates before hiring You will want to meet the potential caregiver who you are hiring to help you, even if the caregiver is from an agency. You will want to make sure that it is a right fit. Interview at least several candidates before hiring and if... Read More

Choosing Your Home Care Services

Once you have decided to stay at home and use at home care services, it is time to chose an at home service. What service or care giver you pick should be based on your medical, social and daily life activity needs. What follows are some tips and advice on looking for home care services or caregivers. Home health care agencies Agencies can be a great benefit to you when searching for at home care services. Agencies normally provide pre-screened caregivers and at home ... Read More

Seeking Out Senior Care

As the average age in America continues to rise in in home senior care has seen a recent explosion. Many care providers continue to pop up to meet the pending demand in the coming years. With so many to choose from, though, which one should you or your loved one pick? An especially important point to consider is that, with demand ever increasing, the number of professionals without proper qualifications continues to rise as well. Picking out the right care provider can ... Read More

Planning for Home Health Care

  Home health services are often necessary for seniors as they age.  Seniors are often faced with the possibility of losing independence and having to rely on others to do household tasks.  This can be difficult to think about or discuss with family, so it is easy to understand why many seniors may put off thinking or planning how they want to be cared for if they are no longer able to care for themselves.  A senior who prefers to receive home health services instead... Read More

How to Find Home Healthcare Services

Most caretakers know that anyone that they are providing elderly care for really values their independent living. Few people have the time or the energy to provide elderly care to an individual 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is what leads many caregivers to search for home healthcare services, which is a growing industry (according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics) as people realize that this often costs far less than in-clinic care. Fortunately, there are a lot of home ... Read More

How to Find a Home Healthcare Agency

If you are in need of in home care to help with the elderly care that you need to provide to a loved one you will find that there are many facilities that help provide the in home care that you need. A lot of people do not realize the immense amount of work that is involved with caring for a senior citizen, and how it can truly take both an emotional as well as a physical toll on an individual. This is why home healthcare agencies were established. These agencies are made up of ... Read More

The Differences Between Medical and Non-Medical Senior Home Care

  For those starting to seek senior home care, the differences between medical and non medical home care may seem confusing at first. Which services fall under which category? Which specific home care services do I need? How do I choose what I need? This article hopes to clear up some of that confusion and give you a better idea about the differences between these different home care services. A Doctor's Orders The main difference between medical and non-medical home ... 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

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

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