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My Family and I Chose Home Care

After 50 years of marriage, I felt that I knew my wife well. It wasn’t until after she was diagnosed with dementia that I found out that wasn’t necessarily the case. She needed a lot more care than I was able to give and as much as it pained me, I gathered my sons and daughter to our home and explained that I simply couldn’t do it by myself anymore. There was only one choice...we would have to find a nursing home or some type of dementia care home where my wife would be taken ... Read More

My Family and I Chose Home Care

After 50 years of marriage, I felt that I knew my wife well. It wasn’t until after she was diagnosed with dementia that I found out that wasn’t necessarily the case. She needed a lot more care than I was able to give and as much as it pained me, I gathered my sons and daughter to our home and explained that I simply couldn’t do it by myself anymore. There was only one choice...we would have to find a nursing home or some type of dementia care home where my wife would be taken ... 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

Senior Beats Pain with a New Home Care Routine

Ninety-three year old Edna Roseberry struggled with angina pain for nearly 50 years of her life before finding victory in a place she never expected to find it. Living and farming in Iowa from the 40’s up until she retired in the 80’s, Edna’s life was one of hard work, child rearing, and farm style eating – including home grown meats, milk, vegetables, and whatever else they could produce on their own.  However, in the 1960’s she began to suffer from nightly angina pains, which... 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

Confused about Home Health Care Costs?

Due to the changes in health care legislation and the economy, many people are confused about their health insurance, and that includes seniors.  Everybody wants to know how the new requirements will affect their insurance bills, healthcare costs, and whether or not they will be able to find help paying for their senior care.  The department of Health and Human Services is now partnering up with local pharmacies to make sure seniors understand their benefits. Head to the ... 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

Choosing Home Care Made Sense For Us

  If there is something that my father loved more than anything, it was his dog, Skip. Skip had been with Dad ever since my mother had passed away five years ago. It seemed like Dad and Skip became immediate friends and I was really happy, as an only child, that Dad had a pet that he not only adored, but that he was able to care for and that kept him young, vibrant and busy throughout the day. Skip was certainly not a vicious dog, but he kept an eye on Dad just as Dad kept an... Read More

Home Care With Macular Degeneration

According to the American Health Assistance Foundation, millions of American seniors suffer from vision loss due to macular degeneration. Whereas in the past there was not much to do, we have developed ways in which to allow recipients of senior-care to continue to live their independent lives. Because we are so vision-oriented, we tend to under-utilize our other senses. However, once our vision began to fails us, we can still go back to strengthening our other senses. ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 HIV Testing Raises Concerns

For those who wouldn’t normally go to get themselves tested, in-home care testing could literally be a lifesaver, but what about those who respond to bad news and have no-one to follow up with? OraSure, a Pennsylvania based technology company, has recently developed a rapid HIV test which is currently pending FDA approval. Having just received a positive report by the FDA advisory board, it could receive full FDA support by the end of the year, giving it full access to ... Read More

How Obamacare Ruling Affects Seniors

Health insurance reform has taken place already, but with the potential striking down of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare may be caught wondering what to charge for its services, with seniors in flux waiting to see what happens.  As of now, they are already affected by:   The Price of Drugs. The law intends to reduce what Medicare can charge for drugs when a person’s coverage lapses.  This has been implemented to some extent and has already saved consumers ... Read More

Losing Home Care in PA

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has announced that it will decrease care for frail seniors who use state health services for in-home care. Earlier this year, DPW officials decided to drop the extensive Care Management services in their Aging Waiver program, and instead provide limited care for the elderly statewide with Service Coordinators. This affects needy senior citizens qualifying for Medicaid-paid nursing home care. More than 20,000 ... 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

New Program for Senior Medical Home Care

A new model of health care shows promise in treating elderly patients without a lengthy hospital stay. The program is known as Hospital at Home, and is aimed at seniors with diseases normally necessitating hospitalization, such as heart failure, emphysema, urinary tract infections, or pneumonia. A new study published in the journal “Health Affairs” looked at people receiving this care through the New Mexico-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services. The study found those receiving ... 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

Social Media in Senior Living

Facebook and Twitter may be the domain of youth, but our honored seniors can now stay connected, using social network trends to connect with their doctors and caregivers. A new software created by the California based company “Care Innovations” is helping seniors to take their pills, measure their blood pressure, and even give them the opportunity to video conference with their doctor. All of this on a tablet from home. Care Innovations recently moved to Beaverton, ... Read More

KeyHIE Helps Senior Care

Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE) recently announced that they have expanded by adding eleven Golden Living skilled nursing facilities to their network. Golden Living is one of the largest providers of post-acute health care in the country and will be filling a role that had been lacking previously. These eleven facilities, located in NE and central Pennsylvania, are the first post-acute health care facilities to join the KeyHIE network. This is good news for ... Read More

Safety and Privacy for Seniors

As technology continues to improve, so does the ability to keep the health of our seniors monitored at all times. Many residents living independently have the possibility of falling, suffering a stroke or heart attack in their home. The goal of assisted living is to make sure that if this does happen there is someone to help.   However, while being a possible life saver, can this technology go too far? This is a question communities around the nation are finding themselves having... Read More

Medical Reform for Seniors

  Medical Reform is Here to Stay Obamacare seems to be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the recent medical debate. It appears that the frustration with the inefficiency and high cost of both hospital and in-home care has reached an all-time high and most people are sick of it. Within this month, the Supreme Court will be judging on the constitutionality of the currently implemented laws. However, the reverb of this historical push for reformed health care will... Read More

Food or Medicine for Seniors?

Because of the high cost of medical care, many people are finding themselves forced to make decisions they never imagined they would have to. If given the choice between being able to buy food and paying for needed medical supplies what would you choose?  Unfortunately for Roger and Linda Conrad this was no hypothetical question but a real life dilemma. Two years ago, sixty five year old Linda Conrad found herself severely ill and subsequently discovered that ninety ... Read More

Look Out for Senior Health Risks

When senior citizens live at home, they are consciously making a choice to live independently, indicating that they are aware that they can take care of themselves. Still, it is vital to keep a close eye on any potential health risks they might be encountering, as they can quickly escalate if left untreated. Here are some common ways to find out if your loved one might require immediate professional care. Make Sure Their Memories are Intact Alzheimer’s and dementia are, ... Read More

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

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

Medical Care for Parents who Love Traveling

  My mother has been an avid traveler since my brother and I were young. You could never really tell where she and my father would take us when we were younger and as we got older, the travel continued. Even after my father passed away, my mother continued to travel. However, once she was diagnosed with her illness, we were afraid that her travel days were coming to an end. She was certainly upset my brother and I just weren’t able to come up with a solution until my ... 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

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 vs. Non-Medical Care

Everyone wants their elderly loved ones to have the best care possible, but sometimes that can be hard to find or even to determine if they are getting the best senior care possible once you have decided on a solution. Many people look into providing in home care for their loved ones, but then become confused about the difference between in home care and home health care. While home health care and in home care are able to provide some of the same assistance they actually are ... Read More

Medical Home Care: Recovering After Hospitalization

Medical home care is often arranged for seniors before discharging them from a hospital. A senior that is recovering after a hospitalization may need nurses and other types of care to get well.  The senior may be well enough to leave a hospital, but they may not be well enough to take care of their medical needs on their own. Hospitals are often the facilities that make the diagnosis of a chronic disease. Medical home care is often the best option to help a senior adjust to the ... Read More

Home Health Care Goals and Expectations

Seniors coping with a variety of health conditions use home health care.  Seniors that suffer from a chronic disease that limits their ability to manage their health on their own or requires medical treatments that only a nurse can provide.  Seniors that are recovering from an injury or sudden illness may also need home health care services to help them heal properly and recover some of the abilities they lost due to an injury or illness.  The goal of home healthcare is to ... 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

Helping Move Into A Nursing Home

  There may come a time when your loved one needs nursing home care and no longer able to live independently. The reason for going into nursing home care may be because the scope of specialized medical caregiving calls for intensive medical care around the clock. Deciding to go into nursing home care is a very personal matter that should be carefully planned together with your elderly loved one. You should go over all other caregiving alternatives such as in home ... 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

Dementia: A Guide For Caretakers

Dementia is a critical thing for caretakers to look out for. It occurs when a person has a loss of mental functions severe enough that it interferes with their daily lives. Knowing the symptoms of dementia and how to treat it is crucial for caretakers, so we’ve put together this guide.  More information is included in this article on dementia care. Changes in personality, mood and behavior are the basic symptoms caretakers should be aware of when treating a patient with ... Read More

Nursing Care: Dieticians

Planning diets is a critical part of nursing care and senior assisted living, so having a registered dietician on hand to help you is essential. These specialists provide nursing care for senior assisted living caretakers by providing nutritional support and are available to provide any number of dietary needs, such as checking caloric requirements and diabetic meal planning, if required. But that’s only a portion of what this role entails. Dieticians serve as food ... Read More

Senior Caretakers - Understanding Respite

Respite is a break for a caretaker to get away from the responsibilities of providing home care for a senior.  It is difficult to watch a senior age and start having difficulty doing the things that they once did with easy and enjoyed.  Whether it is the child of a senior, a spouse, or close friend it is a natural feeling to want to help the senior in all possible ways.  This may mean staying home with a spouse with advance Alzheimer’s or making multiple trips to a parents home ... Read More

Power of Attorney for Caregivers

Power of attorney or POA documents are necessary for the caretakers of seniors to make many decisions to ensure the health and safety of a loved one.  If a senior is dependent on their caretaker to make most of the important financial and personal decisions, two documents are vital.  These are power of attorney documents. Legal Power of Attorney A legal power of attorney or POA provides a caretaker to handle all legal tasks that a senior would normally handle.  This ... Read More

Managing Medical Conditions and Medications for Seniors

  Family caretakers that provide in home care of an elderly family member have to be familiar with a senior's medical conditions and all the medications they take to help those conditions.  Many seniors are capable of managing their medications on their own, but it is still important that other family members who are responsible for their in home care also have a good understanding of what the senior’s medications are for and the proper dosage instructions.  ... 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

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

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

Advantage of Home Health Care

The home health services industry is continuing to grow year to year.  As more of the population reaches retirement age, the services available to the sick and elderly to enable them to remain in their homes as they age are also continuing to grow.  In a 2010 survey by AARP of 1,616 participants age 45 and older almost 75% of the participants stated that they would prefer to remain in their homes as long as possible as they age.   This is not a surprising statistic for care ... Read More

In Home Senior Care is a Growing Industry

When considering options for taking care of elderly relatives, one option that many families return to time and again is in home senior care.  In home senior care is when seniors choose to continue to live at home as they age.  Family caregivers usually begin by providing most of the needed care for elderly relatives.   When family is no longer able to meet those needs they contact elder care services to bring in a private care professional.  In home senior care can be very ... Read More

What kind of person would need senior home care?

As your parents or others you know and love get older, you may start to question if these people are staying healthy and able to take care of themselves. You may wonder if they need senior care. If this is you, here are three questions that you can use to assess whether those you love need senior care. 1. Have these people lost a significant amount of weight? If those you are worried about have lost a significant amount of weight, it can be attributed to a number of things. If... Read More

Does My Elderly Loved One Need In Home Care?

In home care benefits many seniors by providing the caregiving they need yet letting them have the independence they want. Perhaps you may be wondering if in home care is the type of caregiving your elderly loved one needs.  There can be various reasons for seeking out in home care. One common reason is because of the loss of mobility. As aging progresses, the ability to take care of oneself diminishes and caregiving is required with everyday living. Other reasons could be for ... 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

How Can Memory Care Help My Loved One With Alzheimer’s?

If your elderly loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, memory care may be beneficial. Memory care is a specially designed form of care usually found in assisted living or nursing home facilities that specialize in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Many in home care agencies also offer memory care in your loved one’s home through specially trained care givers. Memory care facilities: Memory care facilities provide dedicated dementia and Alzheimer’s care that ... Read More

How Home Monitoring Can Help Your Elderly Loved One

The advance in technology in home monitoring brings the possibility of aging at home to many seniors. With the combined help of in home care and home monitoring, your loved one can continue to live at home and avoid moving into a facility. Many in home care agencies offer home monitoring solutions to keep your loved one safe. Usually, the in home care agency will first assess your loved one’s home and recommend home monitoring solutions based on your loved one’s needs. The in ... 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

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

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

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

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

The Costs of Home Care and Institutional Care

If you are not acquainted with the average costs associated with home care, it is important to be informed on the average costs. By knowing these figures, you are better able to gauge quality in home care for the elderly for the right price. It is important to note that medical home care services are more expensive than non medical in home care for the elderly because of the expertise needed to perform these special services. Since nurses, therapists, and registered nursing ... Read More

Who Pays for Long-Term Home Health Aides

While keeping elderly relatives at home has been shown to dramatically improve quality of life in most cases, paying for home health aides can be very difficult.  Homecare agencies can cost upwards of $35 an hour for non-medical related care.  In many cases, home bound patients only need very intermittent nursing care, but more frequent care from home health aides.  Unfortunately, Medicare will only pay to cover sixty days worth of in home care.  Home health aides perform ... Read More

Paying for Home Health Services

There are several instances where you can get Medicare home health care services with little to no out of pocket costs.  If the patient in question meets all four of the following criteria, Medicare home health care services are available. A Doctor must order home health services and draw up a care plan. The patient must need some type of medical care from a specialist, such as part-time nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. The ... Read More

Paying for In Home Care with PACE and Medicare

A senior that needs long-term home care may exhaust the traditional Medicare payments.  Since Medicare is only designed to home care services for a short period of time, a senior or their family will have to pay increasing costs out of pocket. For many seniors paying the costs for the home care they need can empty savings accounts and eventually require them to do what they can to qualify for Medicaid.  This may require selling their home or other assets and paying Medicaid ... Read More

How to Pay for Home Care Services

In home care for the elderly is what many families and seniors prefer, allowing the elderly to age at home.  However due to the expense involved in paying visiting nurses, nurses aides, and other home health services, at home healthcare can be too expensive for a senior’s family to afford out of pocket.  With the average live span of an elderly person being well into the 80’s it is not surprising that the majority of the elderly would require some sort of in home care or visiting... 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

Medical Home Care Services

  Medical home health care or medical in home care provides various medical caregiving in the home of those who need medical care. Usually medical home health care service is provided by a home health care agency. Generally the home health care agency is licensed and certified by Medicare. It is important to verify the home health care agency you are working with is properly licensed and has Medicare certification in order to receive Medicare benefits for medical ... Read More

Who’s Who in Medical Home Care?

With medical in home care, there are many different medical personnel available to provide home health services. It is helpful to understand the different roles of the care providers who may visit your elderly loved one’s home. Here is a list of the different types of care providers available for medical in home care. Medical Doctor (MD): Medical doctors play an important role by prescribing medical in home care for your elderly loved one. They also develop a plan for... 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

Services For Medical Home Care

Medical in home health care can offer your help with caregiving in a variety of forms for you or your loved one depending on your individual needs. This article will offer a brief run-through of the different types of medical in home health care you can receive once you gain doctor approval. Specific Services for Medical In Home Health Care: Specialized Nursing Care Registered Nurses, or RNs, are the only caregiving specialists who can explicitly offer you medical in ... Read More

A Guide to Home Health Care

There are varieties of home healthcare agency services available to seniors who need home healthcare after an illness or injury.  Depending on what type medical services a senior 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 healthcare agency nurse can be either a registered nurse (RN) or a ... 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

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

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

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

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

What is Senior Home Care?

Senior home care (sometimes referred to as home care or in home care) is generally defined as non medical home care assistance delivered at home. The goal of in home senior care is to allow the senior to live at home rather than at a nursing facility or family member’s home. In home senior care is a popular choice for seniors who aren’t quite ready to give up where they live but need assistance with their daily living activities. Daily living activities that seniors ... 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