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Supplemental healthcare staffing is a way that third-party healthcare agencies can help senior care communities, hospitals, clinics, and other care homes. Here are four benefits of supplemental healthcare staffing.
Last year was a rude awakening for the healthcare industry. Many of our worst fears of a global pandemic were realized. Many healthcare facilities, especially ones that specialize in helping seniors, became overwhelmed. You can’t help people if you don’t have enough staff. Supplemental healthcare staffing means your patients, clients, or residents will never be left without the care they need. If you have an established relationship with an agency that provides supplemental healthcare staffing, you know you won’t need to worry when times get tough because you’ll be able to add staff to meet any challenge.
Hiring staff can be a lengthy and involved process. Laying people off is no fun at all. With supplemental healthcare staffing, you’ll rarely have to worry about these. You don’t have to spend hours upon hours interviewing and checking up on the employment history of candidates if your staff is provided by a trusted healthcare agency. Supplemental staffing gives you a lot more flexibility to increase or decrease staff hours as needed.
Supplemental healthcare staffing reduces payroll costs. You won’t have to have as many permanent staff members with supplemental staffing. This means you’ll never have anybody you’re paying when they don’t have any work to do. Supplemental healthcare staffing can also reduce insurance costs, thus saving facilities more money. Overall, supplemental healthcare staffing can minimize overhead costs.
If you manage a healthcare facility of just about any description, supplemental healthcare staffing can probably help you. Executive Care can provide long-term or short-term supplemental staffing to facilities such as:
Supplemental healthcare staffing only works if the staff you’re getting is of the top-notch quality that your facility deserves. Afterall, these supplemental staff members aren’t going to save you any time or headaches if they don’t know what they’re doing. Executive Care provides trained and capable caregivers and nurses to facilities that might occasionally experience a shortage of qualified employees to provide care to their patients. We can guarantee that all our caregivers are screened, tested, insured, and experienced. To learn more about supplemental healthcare staffing, please contact us via our website or call (888) 963-9133.
Homemaker services help the elderly in pragmatic and more intangible ways. They help seniors clean their homes, but they also improve seniors’ lives by giving them a clean, happy home. Here are five homemaker services for the elderly.
Who enjoys dusting and vacuuming an entire home? Who enjoys washing the dishes or doing the laundry? There are probably some oddballs who find a sense of joy in these chores, but for most of us, they’re just that: chores. If you had the opportunity to have somebody else do them for you, wouldn’t you take it? And regardless of a senior’s aptitude to perform these homemaking chores, let’s face it, they’ve earned the right to not have to do them anymore. If you get to be 70 or 80 or older, you shouldn’t have to dust and vacuum any more.
All the chores mentioned above are routine chores. Some seniors really don’t have any problems with these. But there are certain chores we don’t all do as regularly that are more difficult. Once-a-month cleans or spring-cleaning chores can require a lot of elbow grease. It’s not fair to assume seniors can manage scrubbing their bathroom fixtures, cleaning the inside of a refrigerator, or rubbing out tough grease stains from a stovetop. Homemaker services can help the elderly with all these chores and more.
Homemaking doesn’t stay in the home. There are routine errands that can be tricky for the elderly as well. Homemaker caregivers can get the groceries and pick up medication for the elderly so they don’t have to.
Homemaker services don’t just make life more convenient for the elderly. There are real health benefits to homemaker services. Living in a dirty home is not good. It’s unsanitary and it can wreak a terrible toll on your mental health. And sometimes seniors dread doing chores that are tough for them and get stressed. And then there are physical challenges. Seniors shouldn’t be walking up and down dark basement stairs if they don’t feel comfortable doing so.
Without homemaker services, many elderly people would have to move into a senior living community. While some seniors love these communities, they’re not for every senior. And what’s more, these communities are expensive. Homemaker services allow the elderly to remain living in the homes they love.
Home companionship for the elderly is not a brand-new concept, but it’s not exactly the most traditional form of elder care. Many people still struggle to see the benefits of home companionship. So, how can home companions boost the health of the elderly?
“Isolation” is a word we’ve all heard a lot over the past year. More than we can care for, most likely. But isolation is nothing new for many seniors. Over the course our lives, we tend to move around a lot. After a senior retires, they can find themselves living in a city where no family and no friends reside. Once you stop seeing coworkers every day, you’re pretty much alone. This isolation can breed loneliness which can breed depression, and that’s a serious problem. Isolation really affects seniors who live alone but even couples can become isolated from the outside world together.
Many seniors enjoy senior living communities because they’re just that: communities. These communities can provide rich social lives to seniors and relieve their loneliness. But these communities aren’t right for every senior. Some seniors simply don’t want to live there. They like having their own space and they like living in their own homes. Many seniors have sentimental attachments to their home and they view moving out of their home and into a community as the beginning of the end. Furthermore, senior living communities are expensive. Home companion care is significantly cheaper.
Home companion caregivers visit seniors in their own homes. They can visit once a week or as often as every day. What they do is simple, but they can offer huge benefits to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of seniors. First, they talk to seniors. About anything. These can be serious talks about what the senior is facing and struggling with. Many seniors are reticent to discuss their troubles with family or friends, but they feel more comfortable opening up to a companion caregiver.
But these talks can also be lighthearted discussions about the weather, sports, or it can be reminiscing about the old days when seniors can talk about their lives and their history. They can also have fun playing card games or board games with seniors. Overall, they encourage seniors to keep in touch with the outside world whether that’s by accompanying them to social functions or encouraging them to keep up with correspondence.
Personal care can help seniors in a variety of different ways. This article will go over a number of different services that personal care can offer to seniors.
Some forms of senior care help seniors with their mental health (companionship care). Some forms of senior care help seniors with pragmatic matters such as taking care of their homes (homemaking care). Personal care helps seniors physically. Personal care helps seniors take care of themselves and manage what we at Executive Care term the “Activities of Daily Living”.
We use this term to describe everyday tasks of self-care that we all must do. We all have to get out of bed each morning and get back in it at night. In between we have to shower, shave, brush our teeth, or take care of our dentures. We have to use the toilet. We have to get up and down stairs. We have to eat and more. Personal care can help seniors do all these things and more.
Many seniors experience struggles in the bathroom. First there’s using the toilet. Some seniors have problems with bowel regularity and others struggle with incontinence. Some seniors need help using bedpans or commodes and others have to use external urinary devices like catheter bags, and other use ostomy bags or colostomy bags. These items aren’t always easy to use, especially when seniors are first getting used to them. Senior caregivers can help with all of them.
But the toilet is one of only two prominent fixtures in the bathroom, the other being the bath or shower. The bathtub can be a dangerous place for seniors, that’s why personal caregivers can help seniors get in and out of showers and baths as well as bathe themselves, if necessary. But bathing is only one part of cleaning and grooming. There’s dental/denture care, skin care, nail maintenance, combing hair, and more, and personal caregivers can help seniors with all of these.
Beyond staying clean, one needs to eat healthy to be healthy. Yet many seniors don’t eat healthy either because they can’t really cook for themselves, or in cases of neurodegenerative diseases, they simply forget to eat. Personal caregivers can help seniors with eating and remind them to take medication. Personal care can also help seniors follow prescribed exercise routines. Furthermore, all these personal care services and more can be provided to seniors in their own private homes.
No two people are the same. When caring for seniors, some health care agencies make the error of assuming the needs of their clients are all the same. But that’s not true; seniors often need specialized care.
We all have different needs and when it comes to health care, this is especially important to remember. One-size-fits-all does not work when it comes to senior care. Every client needs to receive a set of care services that is tailored to their specific needs. This is one advantage in-home senior care has over senior living communities. In these communities, it’s easier for individual residents to fade into the background and not receive the bespoke care they deserve from every staff member. With in-home senior care, you have one caregiver working with a client in the client’s home. It’s much easier for caregiver and client to establish rapport in these situations.
Yes, there are. While every senior receives a customized package of services, we at Executive Care divide the care we provide into broad categories. Companion care helps seniors to improve and maintain their emotional wellbeing and mental health. Personal care helps seniors physically by aiding them in everyday tasks of self-care. Homemaking services help seniors take care of their homes and run errands. Skilled care, delivered by a registered nurse, can also be provided to seniors in their own private homes. Caregivers can even live in their clients’ homes to provide around-the-clock access to care.
Every senior deserves to have personalized care. Some seniors have ailments or conditions that make caring for them complicated. The best healthcare agencies have protocols, techniques, and experienced caregivers to best treat seniors with specific conditions. For example, at Executive Care, our caregivers undergo specialty training to help seniors with conditions such as:
There is. Alzheimer’s, and dementia more generally, are terrible diseases. But many of those afflicted can live great lives for several years, even over a decade, with the right care. With education and support, we at Executive Care can help families maintain a positive relationship with elderly loves one who have dementia as well as providing a comforting environment for our clients.
Homemaking services are too often overlooked when people discuss senior care. It might seem like they are an extra to, or not as important as, other forms of care, but homemaking services can make a big difference.
Let’s start with the most obvious and what’s probably the least crucial, but most widely enjoyed benefit of homemaking services: it just makes life easier. Who likes changing the bed linen? Who enjoys taking the trash out? Who wakes up in the morning and says, “I’m really looking forward to cleaning the inside of the refrigerator today!”? Nobody. Regardless of any health concerns, having somebody else take care of these tedious and sometimes arduous tasks just makes life more pleasant.
Household chores are annoying, but for most younger people, they’re not painful. But for seniors, they often are. Lugging around a vacuum cleaner or vigorously scrubbing a greasy stovetop can exacerbate muscle or joint pain. These household chores can also be exhausting for many seniors. Homemaking services improve the lives of seniors by sparing them painful chores.
Some of these chores aren’t just tiring and painful, they can actually be dangerous. Imagine a 75-year-old having to carry a laundry basket down and up dark, narrow basement stairs. That could be a recipe for disaster. It would be much more prudent to have a caregiver do it for them. Similarly, some errands can be dangerous. Some seniors struggle to drive because of poor eyesight. But they need to get groceries, medication, and get to appointments. Having somebody else take care of that driving is much safer.
It might seem counterintuitive, but homemaking services can keep seniors safe from the coronavirus. How can this be in a time when we shouldn’t be inviting other people into our homes? Well, how many people do you come into contact with when shopping for groceries? There are a number of ways seniors can be exposed to the coronavirus in grocery stores or when running other errands. One caregiver who takes care of those errands for them, and then follows strict COVID-19 protocols when dropping off those groceries, presents much less of a risk.
The alternative to homemaking services is to move into a senior living facility where these tasks are performed by the staff. But many seniors don’t want to leave their homes. Furthermore, homemaking services are cheaper.
Senior care is a fairly simple concept at first. Seniors require care and assistance at higher rates than younger people, so an industry has sprung up to care for them. But all seniors are different. Is senior care specialized or is it one-size-fits-all?
Seniors experience certain problems at comparatively high rates. The average septuagenarian or octogenarian is less mobile than younger people. Therefore, it only makes sense that they hire a healthcare agency to provide a caregiver who can help them get in and out of bed or up and down stairs. Seniors are likely to experience memory loss. If this extends to forgetting to take medication or even forgetting to eat or bathe, then somebody needs to be there to remind them. These caregivers deliver their services in one of two places:
At Executive Care, we divide our in-home care into three broad categories:
Any of the above three categories of care can be specialized to suit the client in question. Often, clients receive a package of care that combines services from two or three of these categories, specialized to suit their needs. But some seniors have issues, such as dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s Disease that require specialized care. Executive Care can assign a caregiver who specializes in helping seniors with these diagnoses.
To learn more about specialized care, 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
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