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In our society, we have long overlooked mental health. There has always been a stigma to mental health and, sadly, that still exists today. Happily, however, we are slowly but surely removing that stigma. No longer do we encourage people to hide their mental and emotional troubles because we know that only makes them worse. We encourage people to talk about their issues and to see a therapist if necessary. But what about seniors?
There are two big obstacles to dealing with seniors’ mental health properly. The first is that seniors often have physical health issues. Physical problems are a lot easier to see than mental or emotional ones. If you have a parent who is in or nearing their senior years, you might look for signs that they are slowing down, signs of physical problems. You might not be looking for signs of depression, because depression is hard to see. But it’s just as much a threat. Second, seniors grew up in a different time when that stigma against mental health problems was much stronger than it is today. It can be difficult to get them to open up about their problems. What should we do?
Seniors live in isolation at frighteningly high rates. Isolation looks different for every person. What might be a healthy and acceptable amount of contact with others for some might be far too low for another, so you have to judge it on a case-by-case basis. But let’s face it: by the time you retire, you’ve lived long enough that many of your friends and family have moved away, or you have. You don’t see friends or family that often and you no longer see coworkers. This can become dangerous. Things can get especially bad if you’re single and especially if your partner has recently passed away. Though it is important to note that elderly couples can become isolated from the outside world together. This isolation can breed loneliness which can lead to depression which can lead to a whole host of physical problems. What can you do about it?
One solution might be to encourage your elderly loved ones to move into a senior care facility, such as a retirement home or assisted living community. This way, they’ll always be around others. This might work for some seniors, but others will hate the idea. They might not want to move out of their homes and these facilities can be expensive. What’s the answer then?
The answer is in-home companionship. Senior care is not just about helping seniors get dressed or go to the bathroom. It can be about engaging with them mentally and emotionally. A caregiver can come by to visit with seniors in their homes as often as needed. In-home companionship can consist of playing card games, encouraging seniors to get outside and to meet up with people, going through old photo albums, and just talking to them. Even if you live in the same city as your elderly loved one and can meet with them often, in-home companionship might be a good idea because it can be easier to talk about some matters with an unbiased third party.
To learn more about in-home companionship, please contact us.
Home care companies have revolutionized the senior care industry in recent years. Home care companies have turned the whole paradigm of senior care on its head. But how have home care companies done that and what can they do for you? To find out this answer and more, please read on.
Home care companies provide care mostly for seniors. (Not only for seniors, but more on that later). Seniors require care and assistance at higher rates than other demographics. It’s just part of aging. We slow down, both physically and, eventually, mentally, and we become more prone to illnesses. So what can we do? Well, not too long ago, the answer to that would have almost invariably been to move into a senior care facility.
Senior care facilities come in different varieties. There are independent living communities, assisted living communities, and nursing homes. All cater to different types of seniors and all have their benefits and many of the residents of these communities are perfectly happy. But they’re not for everybody. Many seniors would rather refuse care than to leave their beloved homes and move into a senior care facility. But why?
Think about it: do you like to ask for help? Probably not. Now consider asking for help with something you used to be able to do –like brush your teeth– but that you now struggle to do. It’s not a good feeling. And now your family is suggesting that you have to move out of your home and into a strange new place with other seniors because of your difficulty brushing your teeth? That’s not a fun scenario, yet it’s one in which many seniors find themselves. But, receiving the care you need while still being able to live in your beloved, comfortable home? That’s not such a bad prospect.
Home care companies can provide all the care seniors might receive in an assisted living facility but right in their own, private homes. A caregiver can come by as often as needed and assist seniors with whatever they need. And it’s not just seniors who can benefit from the services of a home care company. Many younger people who live with disabilities, both physical and mental, can have their lives improved by a home care company.
Most home care companies break down their services into three main categories: companion care, homemaker services, and personal care. Companion care focuses on improving and maintaining the mental and emotional wellbeing of seniors. Homemaker services help clients take care of their homes. Personal care helps clients perform the activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, toileting, and more.
The best home care companies offer additional services. These might include skilled care, in which a registered nurse can visit clients in their homes. Specialized care means that a senior with a specific condition –ALS, Alzheimer’s, MS, etc.– can work with a caregiver who is especially experienced in helping clients with that condition. And some home care companies even offer live-in care in which a caregiver is placed in the private home of the client to provide around-the-clock care.
To learn more about home care companies, and about Executive Care specifically, please contact us.
Personal care is a popular form of senior care. Is it right for you? Is it right for the senior in your life? What exactly does “personal care” mean and what kinds of services does it consist of? This article will explain personal care, what it entails, and some of its many benefits.
Many elderly people require senior care of some kind. Some receive homemaker services to help them look after their homes. Others receive companionship services to help them maintain good mental and emotional wellbeing. And then some seniors need personal care. Many seniors receive one of these other types of care before they require personal care, but many will come to a point where personal care is necessary for them to live safely.
Many elderly people need personal care services because they struggle to perform the activities of daily living by themselves. “Activities of Daily Living” is a term we use here at Executive Care to denote the activities that we all need to perform every day in order to take care of ourselves. These are activities such as brushing your teeth, brushing your hair, bathing, using the toilet, and eating. If you can’t do these things for yourself, you’re not going to have a very high quality of life. Personal care is necessary for seniors who struggle with these activities.
Many seniors move into senior care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living communities, in order to receive personal care. And many seniors are happy in such environments. Other seniors would rather refuse care than to move into such a community. They’ve grown attached to their own home and they don’t want what may be their final years on earth spent in a place they don’t feel comfortable. Thankfully personal care can be provided to seniors in their own homes. A caregiver can come by as often as needed to provide personal care to seniors. Under the right circumstances, you can arrange to have a caregiver live in the home with the senior to provide personal care services whenever required.
What kind of personal care services can be provided to seniors in their own homes? Well, a lot of different services, in fact. Services such as:
Something to consider: getting personal care for your elderly loved one can be a rough adjustment, but it can be a lot easier if the senior in question is already used to receiving elder care. Even if your elderly loved one doesn’t currently need personal care, arranging for homemaker services or companionship care now might prove fruitful in the future.
To learn more about personal care for seniors, please contact us.
Homemaker services for the elderly are becoming increasingly popular. But why is that? I mean, what’s so special about dusting and vacuuming? That’s all homemaker services for the elderly really entail, right? How can that be important? Well, homemaker services for the elderly can be very important in a number of different ways. This article will go over six reasons why homemaker services are really important to the elderly and their families.
We all want our lives to be more convenient, don’t we? Of course we do. And let’s not minimize that. Most of us are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a new gadget if it automatically adjusts the temperature in our house or pay for subscription delivery services that brings us toilet paper without having to think about it. So, yeah, the convenience is reason enough for many families to secure homemaker services for themselves or for their elderly family members.
To age in place is to grow old in your own private home. Many seniors have lived in their homes for years and even decades. They have grown very attached to them. The idea of moving into a senior care community because they can no longer properly look after their homes is very demoralizing to them. Even suggesting it to them can be the cause for big fights. And some seniors see such a move as the beginning of the end. There are a lot of complex emotions wrapped up in such a move, so it seems silly to bring it up just because your elderly loved one is struggling to clean the bathroom. Homemaker services allow the elderly to remain living in their beloved, clean, and tidy homes.
Even if you are not particularly attached to your home and you don’t mind the idea of living in a senior care community, there’s still a good reason to stay put and enlist homemaker services instead: it’s cheaper. Individual cases may vary, but because senior care communities charge rent and fees, it’s usually more affordable to pay for homemaker services instead.
Living in a dirty home is not good for your mental health, let alone your physical health. This is even truer if you want to live in a clean home, but you just don’t have the energy or strength to clean it anymore. Living in a clean home just makes you happier.
Without homemaker services, you might spend all of your time with your elderly loved one cleaning, cooking, or running errands. Homemaker services mean that a caregiver takes care of all that so you can sit down with your elderly loved one, talk, and enjoy each other’s company.
Many seniors will need higher levels of care than homemaker services eventually. But receiving homemaker services first can make the transition to something like personal care much smoother.
To learn more about homemaker services for the elderly, please contact us.
Home health care providers can provide care to seniors in their own homes. But just what kind of care services can home health care providers provide? Can seniors really get all the care they need in their own homes? Here is a list of nine senior care services clients can receive from a home health care provider.
Executive Care is one of the leading home health care providers in the country and we use the term: “the Activities of Daily Living”. By this we mean the seemingly simple tasks that we all do every day to take care of ourselves. This includes oral care, brushing our hair, bathing, preparing and eating food, and so on. These tasks may be simple, but many seniors struggle with them or just forget to do them. Home health care providers can help seniors with these activities.
The above services fall under the umbrella of personal care. Personal care services are provided to seniors who need help taking care of themselves. Whether that means help using the toilet, help with colostomy or osotmy bags, help bathing, or being reminded to take medication, home health care providers can provide that help.
Some seniors are in good physical health but their mental health is troubled. A poor memory, for example, can be a symptom of dementia or neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s. Or it could just be a factor of aging. Either way, home health care providers can send a caregiver over to talk with seniors, reminisce with them about past events, and play card games to help keep them sharp.
Home health care providers can help with a senior’s mental and emotional health by providing companionship services. Many seniors live in isolation and become lonely and even clinically depressed. This can be very dangerous. By having a caregiver to talk to, who can help them with correspondence, and encourage them to go outside can really help a senior’s emotional wellbeing.
Many seniors can take care of themselves but not their homes. This is a problem. Home health care companies can provide caregivers to dust, vacuum, and clean for them. These are called homemaking services.
Homemaking services do not just stay in the home. Caregivers can also run errands for seniors or help them run errands. These include grocery shopping and accompanying them to appointments.
If a senior has a condition such as Parkinson’s, MS, is recovering from a stroke, or something similar, they might need a caregiver who is especially adept at helping clients with that condition. Home health care providers can provide such a caregiver.
For some services home health care providers can even send a registered nurse around to see clients in their homes.
Even 24-7 care is not beyond what home health care providers can do. With live-in care, seniors who have a suitable room to spare can have a qualified caregiver live with them to provide care whenever required.
To learn more about what home health care providers can do, please contact us.
Senior care improves lives. Senior care transforms lives. Senior care saves lives. Not every senior will need care at some point in their lives, but many, if not most, will. Given that there are approximately 52 million seniors in the United States right now, that’s a lot of demand for senior care. Can senior care facilities, such as assisted living communities and nursing homes, provide all that care? The answer is . . . no. But that’s OK, because not every senior who needs or wants senior care has to receive that care from a senior care facility. They can receive that care in their own homes.
Some seniors need help taking care of themselves. They need help with the Activities of Daily Living. This is a term we use to denote all the tasks we do every day to take care of ourselves. Activities such as brushing our teeth, using the toilet, bathing, getting in and out of bed, etc. For many seniors, these are as easy as they are for a 20-year old. But many other seniors struggle with these tasks and they can get help with them from the caregivers at senior care communities. The same is true for seniors who struggle with emotional or mental issues.
Other seniors can take care of themselves all right, but don’t do well when it comes to their homes. Activities such as dusting, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, grocery shopping, and many others are too difficult, painful, or even dangerous for some seniors. By living in a senior care community, seniors need not worry about these tasks. So senior care communities solve everything, right?
Wrong. Senior care communities are often great, but they’re expensive. Residents and their families have to pay rent and a series of fees to keep the facility up and running. That’s beyond the means of many families. With home care assistance, however, you only have to pay for the services you receive. This makes home care assistance, for most seniors, the more affordable option. Beyond being affordable and convenient, many seniors would just prefer to receive their care in their own homes. It’s only natural to grow attached to one’s home and for seniors who have lived in the same home for years, perhaps even decades, leaving it to move into a care facility can be very disheartening. Home care assistance allows seniors to receive care under more positive circumstances.
So home care assistance is cheaper, more convenient, and preferable for many seniors. What’s the catch? You can only receive a limited number of senior care services at home, right? Wrong again. The truth is that from a well-run and accomplished senior healthcare organization –such as Executive Care– you can receive pretty much any senior care service offered in a care facility right in your own home. This is true of personal care services, homemaking services, and companionship services. But it is also true of specialized care which are services for seniors with special conditions, skilled care which are services that require a registered nurse, and even live-in care which is when a caregiver lives in the home of the client to provide assistance whenever necessary.
To learn more about home care assistance, please contact us.
If your parents are seniors, you probably live in fear. At least a tiny bit; let’s not be overly dramatic. But who among us cannot see say we secretly dread receiving a phone call from a hospital saying our eldelrly loved one has had a fall? Who can say that we don’t fixate on every time our eldelry loved one complains about back pain? But sometimes, we’re not looking for the right signs.
WIth wisdom comes wrinkles. But wrinkles are just superficial. It’s the mobility issues, weakened immune systems, and the neurodegenerative diseases we really fear, either for ourselves or our eldelry loved ones. These are the things we most often think of when we see our parents struggle or a symptom of some illness (or what we perceive to be a symptom). But the truth is, many seniors are healthy; they’re just old. And with age, we tend to slow down, lose some energy, and lose some strength. These are pretty much universal symptoms of aging; far more common than any specific health condition. This means that, for many seniors, the ability to manage their homes leaves them long before the ability to take care of themselves. And this is what we should keep an eye out for with regards to our elderly loved ones.
Household chores are a pain in the neck whether you’re eight, forty-eight, or eighty-eight. But when you’re eighty-eight, they can be painful and even dangerous. Going down the basement stairs might have frightened you as an eight-year-old, but there was nothing to be afraid of then. When you’re eighty-eight and carrying a heavy basket of laundry, there is a legitimate fear there. A fear you could fall and suffer a grievous injury. Seniors can slip while mopping the kitchen floor or they just might be too tired to do the dusting and vacuuming every week. And many seniors have poor eyesight, which makes driving to get groceries very dangerous indeed. What can do you do then?
The first instinct many of us have is to just do the home care tasks our parents need ourselves. After about a month of that, you’ll discover why that was a bad idea. Even if you live in the same city, can you really add the household chores of another house on top of your own, as well as your job, and social and familial obligations? Probably not. That’s why elderly home care services are usually the right choice.
Elderly home care services involves a caregiver coming by to take care of your elderly loved one’s home. We’re familiar with home care in terms of personal care, where caregivers help seniors brush their teeth, make and eat their meals, and use the bathroom. But caregivers can also take care of the homes of seniors. Elderly home care services mean that seniors don’t have to leave their homes and move into a senior care community just because caring for their homes has become tricky. Elderly home care services also open the door for personal care or Why Companion Care is More Important than You Think if and when they become necessary.
To learn more about elderly home care services, please contact us.
Many seniors all over America require care of some kind. Sometimes that care is temporary, to help recover from surgery or a fall, for example. Sometimes that care is more about helping the senior in question manage their home, for which homemaking services are ideal. Other times that care focuses on the mental and emotional health of the senior, as companion care does. Personal care is about physically helping seniors. But sometimes seniors needs go beyond these basic categories. What then?
All of the above forms of care are available to seniors in-home across much of the country. Executive Care is proud to provide personal care, companion care, and homemaker care services to seniors in their own homes, thus precluding the need for seniors to move into a senior care facility. Some seniors enjoy living in care communities, but many do not. For other seniors, the costs of care communities make them prohibitive. That is why in-home care is so important for so many seniors. It means that they can get the care they need. But some seniors have special needs and requirements when it comes to their care. Do they have the same options?
What does it mean to need special care? Every senior requires different care services to help with their different needs. So what makes a senior need specialized senior care? In these cases, we typically mean seniors who have conditions that complicate their care. For example, Alzheimer’s Disease, and dementia more generally, can be very difficult conditions to live with. Neurodegenerative diseases are progressive, so they get worse over time. This can make caring for such seniors very difficult.
Parkinson’s Disease can also be progressive, but the symptoms there are seen more physically than neurologically. Multiple Sclerosis and ALS are also unfortunate conditions that require specialized senior care. And sometimes specialized senior care is needed not because of a condition but because of a health incident, such as a stroke, injury, or accident of some kind. What can seniors who have any of the above conditions do?
Specialized senior care is also available in-home to many seniors. This means that seniors who have Alzheimer’s, MS, ALS, are recovering from a stroke, or anything similar, can get the care they need without having to move into a senior care community. How does specialized senior care work? First, the care is provided by a caregiver who is experienced and/or specially trained in how to provide care for seniors with certain conditions. Furthermore, specialized Plans of Care are drawn up by nurses who know how best to care for seniors with such conditions. By having specialized Plans of Care provided by caregivers who are experienced in helping seniors with special conditions, you can be sure that your senior parent or elderly loved one is getting the best care possible, even in their own home, even when they have a difficult condition.
Executive Care is proud to provide specialized senior care to those clients who need it. To learn more about specialized senior care, please get in touch with us today.
In our society we have a tendency to focus more on physical health rather than mental or emotional health. It makes sense, given that physical health is more visible and easily noticed, but there is often also a stigma around people admitting to having mental health issues. This is a shame but, thankfully, this is beginning to change. For seniors who grew up in a different time, however, admitting to struggling with mental or emotional health problems can be very difficult. This is particularly distressing because seniors suffer from depression at higher rates, largely due to the fact that many seniors live in isolation. Companion care services can help solve this problem. Here are five benefits of companion care services.
Once a senior retires, they don’t see the same coworkers every day. They or their friends and family may have moved away over time and many seniors live alone, sometimes due to the death of their spouse. But even elderly couples can become isolated from the outside world together. This isolation can lead to depression which can lead to a number of physical health problems, such as lack of eating and self-care.
Companion care services can break this isolation, reconnect seniors with the outside world, and prevent the worst results of depression. Companion care services are provided by caregivers who come to visit seniors in their homes. Caregivers provide companionship by playing card or board games with seniors, driving them to appointments, helping them keep up with correspondence, and just talking and listening to them.
Companion care services are not just for seniors who are already exhibiting signs of depression. If you fear that your elderly loved one is cut off from the outside world and is living in isolation, you can arrange for companion care services for them. This can prevent emotional problems such as depression from taking hold. Companion care services can be part of a healthy routine for seniors.
With companion care services, families can more fully enjoy their time together. With companion care services, a caregiver can talk to and listen to your elderly loved one about how they’re feeling. Caregivers in this position are able to give you insights into the mental health of your elderly loved one and let you know of any possible problems on the horizon. This means you don’t have to analyze everything your elderly loved one says and worry if every misremembered anecdote is a symptom of onset dementia. You can just relax and enjoy your time together.
Apart from everything else, companion services are just fun. Your elderly loved one will have somebody to converse with, to laugh with, to reminisce with, to play games with, to take walks with, and a number of other activities.
Many seniors’ needs change over time. Seniors often need higher levels of care as they age. Transitioning from companion care to personal care is much easier than going from zero to sixty.
To learn more about companion care services, please contact us.
It can be hard to imagine now, but the house call was once how a majority of people received their healthcare. Doctors and nurses used to regularly visit their patients in their homes to provide the healthcare services that their patients required. Of course, this was rarely the case in large, urban cities. But in small, pastoral villages –which is how most humans lived once upon a time– this was the case. And it still is in some communities. But for most urban, suburban, and even rural people today, house calls seem like a thing of the past. But is that true?
Executive Care prides itself on delivering high quality senior care in the homes of our clients. Many seniors require some form of care to live healthy, safe, and happy lives. Whether this is personal care, companion care, or homemaking services, Executive Care can provide the care you or your elderly loved one needs right in the comfort of their own homes. While many seniors require care, they don’t relish the thought of moving into a senior care facility. Such facilities can be very expensive and some seniors can become very depressed having to move into one. Executive Care removes this barrier to seniors getting the care they need.
Executive Care helps clients by providing them access to caregivers. Caregivers are not doctors or nurses, but they still provide much, if not most, of the healthcare services that many seniors receive. All of our caregivers must pass a rigorous screening process before being hired. They are all insured, bonded, and skills-tested as well as receiving ongoing training. Caregivers can help seniors with everything from performing the Activities of Daily Living, to doing the laundry, to just chatting and playing card games. But there are some healthcare needs that require the services of a registered nurse. In such instances, seniors must go to a hospital or clinic to see a nurse, right? Well, not always.
Executive Care provides in-home skilled care. In-home skilled care involves a registered nurse visiting seniors in their own homes to provide one or more of a number of healthcare services. Caregivers, as great as they are, are not qualified to provide every service that a senior is likely to need over time; they just don’t have all the necessary skills. But nurses do have such skills and with in-home skilled care, seniors can benefit from those skills without ever leaving their homes.
With in-home skilled care, nurses can provide seniors with healthcare services such as:
Please note that not all in-home skilled care services are necessarily available in all fifty states. Please talk with us to find out if the specific in-home skilled care service that you or your elderly loved one needs is available where you live.
If you would like to learn more about in-home skilled care, or about any other of Executive Care’s in-home senior care services, please contact us.
I’d like to convey to you how wonderful the aide Afia is for my mother’s care. She has been with her since last January and has become more than just a caregiver. She truly “cares” and is skillful in her abilities. My mom has had several health situations and her current health has improved to the best she has been in several years. Both her doctor and my family attribute a large part of that to Afia’s care. She is diligent about her diet and sleep patterns, and her “toileting” issues. All of this has contributed greatly to my mom’s overall improved health and her peace of mind as well as our family’s peace of mind. We cannot say enough about her. We are also very satisfied with Executive Care all the way around, from the billing department and everyone we speak with on the phone, very courteous and professional.Cindi E
It’s almost five years since we have been receiving caregivers through Executive Care, and I would like to take this transitional period to express our appreciation for the services you have provided thus far. We are particularly appreciative of the special attention and care Lili has given to our case. Lili has been very sensitive to our particular needs and it has been and remains important to us to have consistency in the arrangements by having Lili as our go-to person in light of Dr. E’s special needs. It is apparent that Lili has many other important responsibilities, so we wanted to thank Executive Care and Lili for the efforts she has made on our behalf.Judge Naomi E
I have had business dealings with Executive Care for some time now and have invariably been very satisfied. The personnel have been considerate, trustworthy, capable and always responsive. They have provided a genuine physical and emotional lift to the patient, in my case an elderly, frail sister. I do not hesitate to recommend the organization for the services rendered.Samuel S
At Executive Care, our mission is to improve quality of life for our clients and their families, while focusing on service excellence.
To be the Home Care company of choice for clients, their families, caregivers and our community.
What makes Executive Care unique is our devotion to client experience. At Executive Care, providing our clients with peace of mind is more than a corporate mission statement; it is the sole reason for doing what we do.