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What is Non-Medical Home Care?

Many people think of home care as being restricted to their home, in a hospital bed, and overseen by a nurse.  This is not always the case though.  Senior care in the home can range from medical care to companion care.  It all depends on the needs of the senior receiving care.  Although you may not need care specific to your medical needs, you may still need help with daily living activities or someone to simply check in on you now and then.  Depending on the care agency you hire... Read More

Relieving Senior Stress through the Gift of Laughter

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

Get on a Waiting List Now for Better Care Later

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

Choosing Home Care Was the Right Decision for Our Family

Coming from a large family, it was sometimes hard to make decisions that pleased everyone. Growing up we were always fighting over this and that and having to do things like secret ballot to decide where we were going to go on summer vacation. It wasn’t until all of my brothers and sisters were grown that we made our first collective decision as a family. We chose in home health care for our ailing father. Options for Our Dad's Living Dad was getting frailer by the month ... Read More

Cuts to Senior Living in California

California’s Governor, Jerry Brown is position to make some very large budget cuts very soon. With a nearly $16 billion deficit, Governor Brown has proposed a budget that will trim home care workers’ hours by seven percent. However some people are afraid that cuts to in-home care workers will not just affect the patients being cared for, but that there could be more long-term consequences for their families, as well as California taxpayers. Finding an Alternative ... 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

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

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

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

Is an Assisted Living Facility Right for You?

Assisted living is an option for seniors who need or want help with their activities of daily living. Assisted living facilities allow a senior to live in a residential facility where they can receive help with transportation, housekeeping and other daily life activities. In the United States there is no global definition of the term assisted living, so an assisted living facility can be called by many different names. Other names for assisted living facilities: ... Read More

Types of Senior Living Facilities

  There are a number of reasons why a person may choose to stay in a senior assisted living facility. There is as many senior assisted living facilities as there are reasons to be in one. The majority of facility residents are those that need 24-hour-supervision and care. This includes individuals who need medicine management and those affected by a dementia-like Alzheimer's disease. Here are some of the facilities that you choose from when considering senior ... Read More

Tips for Adjusting to an Assisted Living Facility

You’ve finally made a choice about your new assisted living facility or you are in the process. The next stop in this process is moving into your new assisted living facility. It can be stressful to begin this transition, in addition to meeting new people and adjusting to a new senior living facility, you may also be feeling some grief at the idea of leaving your home and losing a bit of your Independence. To help your transition go well, follow these tips: Pack your home... Read More

Tips and Advice for Picking an Assisted Living Facility

When looking for an assisted living facility, it is important that both services and staff be to your liking. Remember that, in addition to services, how the staff interacts with residents and how residents interact together are important criteria to consider when choosing an assisted living facility (sometimes called sheltered housing, board and care or residential care). There are other questions you should ask or think about when choosing an assisted living facility. What ... Read More

Caregiving: Massage Therapy For the Nurse Aide

  If you’re a nurse aide that’s caregiving for a senior citizen, massage therapy is something that can be extremely beneficial. In the last couple of years, many a nurse aide working to provide the best caregiving as the demand for massage therapy has grown, so here’s a run quick run down of everything you need to know. Massage therapy is important for caregiving and provides relief for aches, pains, stiffness and other health conditions that come with aging like... Read More

Be A Care Provider! Health Care Services Industry On The Rise

  If you want to be a care provider in the health care services industry, now is a great time to jump in. Seniors today are among the fastest growing population groups in the country, and the growth is projected to continue as baby boomers turn 65. The health care services industry has been growing in demand because of this, so being a care provider could be the right option for you. According to AARP, as people age they are deciding to remain at home. And as ... 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

Keeping the Care Giver Sane

  The needs of a growing elderly population are expressed clearly in some of the changing policies that CMS is enacting to support the care giver.  Providing home elderly healthcare is a huge responsibility and burden on any care giver.  It is only recently that government programs have begun to offer care giver support that can effectively help with providing home elderly healthcare.  Current CMS programs allow support in the following areas: Cost of ... 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

Senior’s Caretakers and Doctor’s Appointments

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

How Home Healthcare Reduces Cost

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

What Are the Advantages of In Home Care?

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

Benefits of Aging at Home

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

Caregiver Support: Is Companion Care For You?

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

What Are the Advantages of Receiving Home Health Care?

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

The Advantages of In Home Care Services

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

Senior Assisted Living versus Independent Living

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

The Benefits of Having Home Healthcare

Home healthcare services can be quite beneficial to senior citizens in need. Home healthcare services allow senior citizens that would normally be stuck in a hospital or rehabilitation center to come home and finish their treatment in the comfort of their own home. Many doctors have discovered that when senior citizens are in their everyday surroundings they tend to have a better disposition for treatment. Home healthcare services are the perfect solution for helping to get senior... 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

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

Adult Care: The Village Concept Gaining Popularity Over Elderly Homes

Adult care in elderly homes being impacted by the economy just as much as anything else. Independent seniors looking to tighten their own spending for adult care are starting to take up a popular new option: the village concept. Under the village concept, active seniors receive adult care without having to rely on elderly homes and the like. Members join up with a “village” and get access to special adult care programs and services. Some of these services include trips to the ... 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

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

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

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

How Should Seniors Plan for the Future?

There are a lot of decisions that need to be made in regards to planning for the future. While retirement seems to be what the majority of people worry about, elderly home care should be what they are worried about. The cost of residing in nursing homes  and elderly homes have been on the rise, and with the average person not even owning their home anymore it can be rather difficult to take in a loved one and provide elderly care in their own home. This is why many people have ... Read More

Non-Medical Senior services

There are a whole host of non-medical senior services that help those caring for the aged.  Caring for the aged can be very difficult for the many families that don’t want to relegate their loved one to nursing homes, but either work full time or live hundreds of miles away.  Long-Term Care  is something that many people need to look into as their loved ones age. Because caring for the aged long-term can be so difficult for family members, there are a range of senior services ... 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

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

Aging at Home Requires Care and Assistance

Aging at home is something that many aspire to do.  Homecare agencies are there to provide care to those that prefer aging at home.  For many, the decision to contact homecare agencies is a long and difficult one.  It feels humiliating to admit that you can’t take care of yourself anymore.  Aging at home forces you to confront the fact that you may need help long before you are bedridden.  If you are unsure about contacting homecare agencies to provide in home care for ... 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

Visiting Nurses and Nursing Aides in a Home Care Setting

Visiting nurses have long been integral care providers of necessary health care to seniors that need home care.  For seniors with chronic or acute medical conditions, visiting nurses and nursing aides have provided an invaluable service to those who need regular monitoring of their chronic or acute health conditions.  Services Visiting Nurses provide Visiting nurses often act as liaisons between a senior and their various doctors.  They provide many of the same services ... 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

Becoming a Caretaker for a Senior- What to Expect

  Becoming a caretaker for a senior who has been independent can be a difficult and emotional undertaking.  The more independent the senior is the more they may resist assistance.  Many times becoming a caretaker does not happen overnight.  Usually it is a gradual process.  Becoming a caretaker starts by assisting the senior with small tasks that increase over time as the senior has more difficulty managing their daily life.  Whether this starts with help doing household... Read More

What is Senior Home Health Care?

As people get older they may need more help with their day to day errands and at some point may even need the kind of help that only a senior home health care provider can provide.  In the event that a senior is hurt medical assistance on a more regular basis may become a necessity.  If such a situation should arise home health care can provide a solution.  Home health care is when a medical care provider is hired to watch over/care for a senior in the comfort of a senior’s home.... Read More

Common Confusing Words Related to Senior Caregiving

While searching for in home care and caregiving options, different terminology, unfamiliar acronyms, and words that look similar may cause confusion. Here is a list of common terms you may come across that many people find confusing. In home care (or homecare): Numerous variations to the word “in home care” confuse many people. Basically, in home care is any form of caregiving that is provided in the home of the care recipient. There are two different types of in home care. One ... Read More