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Home health care providers offer a range of health care services that their clients receive in their own homes. But what are the limitations of these services?
Home health care provides something that senior living facilities do not. You’re probably familiar with nursing homes, assisted living communities, retirement homes, and the like. These are different kinds of senior living communities that serve their residents in different ways. Many seniors are safe, healthy, and happy in these facilities. But this style of care, and this style of living, isn’t for everybody.
Simply put, a lot of seniors don’t want to move out of their homes. Many seniors love their homes and would be saddened if they felt forced to leave. Furthermore, all senior living communities involve a communal style of living to some degree, and that’s just not for everybody. Lastly, home health care is almost always less expensive than moving into a senior living facility.
If home health care is more affordable, then it must be lesser than senior living communities in some way, right? Well, perhaps not. Home health care can be divided into three main categories:
Mental health challenges are common for seniors. Sometimes these challenges come in the form of loneliness and isolation. Many seniors live in places where they can’t visit often with family and friends. This can cause depression which can lead to a host of other problems. Companion caregivers visit seniors in their homes, keep them company, and help them with their mental health.
The biggest problem facing many seniors is simply how to take care of their home. Homemaking caregivers can visit to do the dusting, mopping, scrubbing, and other difficult household chores. They can even run errands for their clients such as grocery shopping.
Personal care helps seniors with the Activities of Daily Living. Tasks that are simple for younger people—going to the bathroom, getting up and down stairs, brushing their teeth, etc.—are very difficult for some seniors. A personal caregiver can visit seniors and help with all these tasks and more. Unless a senior needs a specialized piece of machinery or equipment that can only be accessed in a medical facility, home care assistance can help with just about anything.
Executive Care is a home health care provider. We offer all the home health care services mentioned in this article and more. To learn more about home health care, or about any of our many services, please contact us via our website or call (888) 963-9133.
Home care assistance is available across the US to seniors and people with disabilities. But how does home care assistance compare to senior care communities?
Home care assistance is largely provided to seniors. Seniors face a plethora of health challenges that can make everyday life difficult. Sometimes these challenges come in the shape of diagnoses of diseases or mental health issues, and sometimes they’re simply the result of the reduced mobility that accompanies aging. Younger people receive home care assistance, too, however. Many younger people live with disabilities and receiving home care assistance makes their lives more convenient, enjoyable, safer, and simply better.
Caregivers visit their clients in their homes. Sometimes they visit to help their clients get in or out of bed, to use the toilet, to perform basic hygiene functions, to get around, and to eat. Sometimes they visit to take care of household chores and errands. And sometimes they simply visit just to visit. Having somebody to talk to and encourage them to be more social is greatly beneficial for many seniors.
To receive largely the same care, a senior can move into a senior care community of some kind. There are nursing homes for seniors with high level needs, independent living communities where seniors don’t receive care from the staff but don’t have to worry about certain chores, and assisted living communities which balance care and independence. There are also specialized communities for seniors with Alzheimer’s, seniors with mobility issues, and so on. All of these different facilities have their pros and cons and many seniors are happy and healthy in these communities.
The right decision depends on the senior in question, but perhaps most seniors are better served by home care assistance. For one, many seniors simply don’t want to move out of their homes. Maybe they love their homes and are emotionally attached to them. Maybe they aren’t attracted to a communal style of living. Or maybe it’s just too much of a hassle for them. Another important point is that home care assistance is almost always more affordable than moving into a senior care community. Furthermore, with home care assistance, each client receives a personalized set of services designed to help them.
Executive Care offers home care assistance. We offer all the home care services mentioned in this article and more. To learn more about home care assistance, or about any of our many other services, please contact us via our website or call (888) 963-9133.
Elderly home care services are varied and wide ranging. If you or an elderly loved one are considering care services, here are some of the most useful.
Not all elderly home care services are about caring for a senior directly. Sometimes it’s more about making their lives easier, more convenient, and safer. Many seniors can look after themselves all right, but managing their homes is difficult. Lugging around vacuum cleaners, going up and down stairs with laundry baskets, and certain errands like grocery shopping are often tiring, painful, and even dangerous for seniors.
With homemaking care, a caregiver will visit a client in their own home and help with all these chores and more. This has several benefits. First, it makes life easier for the client. And second, it gets them used to elderly care. Transitioning from homemaking care to personal care is a lot easier for a senior than going from no care to personal care cold.
We all must take care of ourselves by completing the Activities of Daily Living. These include, what are for most able-bodied young people, mundane tasks that don’t require much thought. But getting in and out of bed, dental or denture care, using the toilet, showering, getting around, and eating can be very difficult and occasionally even impossible tasks for many seniors. A personal caregiver visits seniors in their homes and helps them take care of themselves.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. While we can often see the physical challenges seniors face, their mental challenges are harder to notice. But many seniors live far away from family and friends and become lonely, depressed, and isolated from the outside world. Others suffer from neurodegenerative diseases that make mental functions increasingly difficult.
Companionship caregivers visit seniors and spend time with them. They have conversations, play card and board games with them, and encourage them to socialize with the outside world. They can also monitor their mental health and recommend if they think specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care is necessary.
Executive Care offers elderly home care services. We offer all the services mentioned in this article and more, such as in-home skilled nursing care and live-in care in which a caregiver can actually live in the home of their client. To learn more about elderly home care services, or about any of our many other services, please contact us via our website or call (888) 963-9133.
How to take care of Alzheimer patients at home? It’s an unfortunately common question. This article will discuss home care for those with Alzheimer’s disease.
How to take care of Alzheimer’s patient at home? It starts right with the diagnosis. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is never easy and it’s common for it to be followed with sadness, grief, and anxiety. While entirely natural, those emotions are not necessarily helpful. The first thing to do is some research.
Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease, meaning it causes a degradation of brain matter. It accounts for 60% to 70% of all cases of dementia. In most cases, Alzheimer’s begins slowly and the first symptom is typically short-term memory loss. Subsequent symptoms will develop, such as disorientation, problems with language, mood swings, behavioral problems, a loss of motivation, and self-neglect. Every individual Alzheimer’s patient will have different symptoms that manifest in different ways.
The causes of Alzheimer’s are not well understood, there is no known cure, and the disease is progressive, so it only gets worse over time. That’s a lot of bad news, but it’s not entirely bad. You typically have a few years after a diagnosis to prepare for the worst of the disease. The typical life expectancy following a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in someone 65 or older is between three and nine years. This means, with the right approach and care, there’s a good chance you can enjoy several meaningful years of companionship with your elderly loved one. It’s not as though they’ll forget who you are immediately after the diagnosis.
This also means you have some time to take effective steps. Instituting simple routines early only following diagnosis can reap great benefits down the road. Get your loved one in the habit of starting their day at the same time in the same way and try to adhere to a simple schedule. Visit at the same time every day. And have a caregiver visit at the same time every day.
Many Alzheimer’s patients are high functioning early on, but it’s still best to begin home care during this early period. Having a caregiver come by to visit at the same time every day early on to help with some cleaning or just to spend time with them will prepare your elderly loved one for later on when they need significantly more care, specifically personal care.
Executive Care offers Alzheimer’s and dementia care. To learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia care, or about any of our many other services, please contact us via our website or call (888) 963-9133.
Different healthcare agencies offer different services. Elderly people need more healthcare services than most younger people do. Here are six ways that a healthcare agency can help seniors specifically.
Knowing you could use some assistance is not the same thing as knowing exactly what form that assistance should take, how it should be provided, and how often. These are things that should be figured out in a detailed and personalized plan of care. The best healthcare agencies have nurses on staff who can sit down with seniors, listen to their concerns, assess their needs, and draw up a plan of care.
Many of the services this article will discuss are available in senior care communities. But not every senior wants to live in such a community. Many prefer living in their own homes. A healthcare agency that offers in-home care can allow seniors the opportunity to remain in their homes and age in place.
Personal care helps seniors with physical tasks such as getting around, using the toilet, bathing or showering, and eating meals.
Many seniors face mental health challenges that stem from loneliness and depression. Companion caregivers visit seniors, converse with them, encourage them to be social, and keep them connected to the outside world.
Sometimes simple things like having somebody come over to take care of the vacuuming, laundry, or grocery shopping can really improve the quality of life for some seniors.
All of the above examples are ways in which a healthcare agency can directly help their elderly clients. But in-home care is only one category of care that an agency can provide. As mentioned above, there are senior care facilities, such as assisted living communities and nursing homes, that hire caregivers to look after their residents. Caregivers also work at hospitals, rehab centers, outpatient clinics, and more.
It can be difficult for establishments such as these to maintain the perfect number of staff. A healthcare agency can provide supplemental staffing so that these facilities don’t have to worry about hiring or laying off employees while still having the right number of staff.
Executive Care is a healthcare agency and we provide all the services listed in this article and more. To learn more about Executive Care and what we can do for you or your elderly loved one, please contact us via our website or call (888) 963-9133.
Live-in senior caregivers can provide seniors with access to care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Do you or an elderly loved one need this kind of care? How can you know?
Live-in caregivers live in the homes of their elderly clients. For this to work, the client must have an extra room for the caregiver to live in and enough space so they can have their privacy. There are many services that caregivers can render by visiting their clients in their homes. However, they can’t be there all the time, particularly in the middle of the night.
Unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time. And at 2AM when an elderly person is feeling their way through the dark to visit the bathroom, bad things can happen. Many seniors are in danger of falls and without a live-in caregiver, they could be stuck on the ground for hours, or even longer. Other seniors are at high risk of seizures, strokes, heart attacks, and other emergencies. While a live-in caregiver doesn’t work 24/7, they do live there, so if an emergency does occur, there will be somebody on hand to help.
In-home caregivers can visit seniors every day and even multiple times a day. But if you or an elderly loved one needs assistance to get out of bed, use the toilet, bathe, to eat every meal, to get up and down stairs, to get in and out of chairs or a wheelchair, to get back into bed at night, and more, then getting a caregiver to visit seven times a day or more just isn’t practical. Live-in care is much easier in such cases.
When we think of seniors’ health, we tend to focus on what we can see: their physical health. But mental health is just as important. Unfortunately, seniors often lead lives of isolation, far from any family or friends who can regularly visit. This can breed loneliness which can cause depression. Live-in caregivers are always there to provide their senior clients with company.
These same benefits can be found in senior care communities. But not every senior wants to live in such a community. That type of living just isn’t for everybody and many seniors are emotionally attached to their own homes. Live-in care allows them to stay there.
Senior companion care is a form of care that is perhaps not as well known as others. Nevertheless, it can be an absolutely vital form of care for elderly people.
Personal caregivers can visit seniors to help them with what we at Executive Care call the Activities of Daily Living. These are everyday tasks of self-care that are simple for the young and able-bodied, but not quite so simple for others. Personal caregivers remind their clients to take medication, help them with eating, help them with mobility, and help them in the bathroom.
But personal care is not the only form of senior care. Mental health is just as important and companion caregivers can help their clients maintain their mental health and improve their emotional wellbeing. They visit with them, spend time with them, monitor their mental health, and keep them connected to the outside world and grounded in reality.
We all know that seniors face physical health challenges more frequently than younger people. But the same is often also true of mental health challenges. Many seniors find themselves living their retirement years in places where no family or friends live nearby, or at least not any who can visit very often. With no coworkers to see every day, these seniors lead very isolated existences and experience far too little interaction.
This can create loneliness, depression, and a loss of touch with reality. The effect is quite pronounced in seniors who live alone, but even couples can become isolated together. Companion caregivers visit these seniors and alleviate their loneliness. Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, pose other threats to mental health. Companion caregivers can help institute routines and tools to help seniors cope with these diseases and they can monitor the disease’s progression. When things get bad, caregivers can recommend a transition to full-on Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
Senior companion caregivers can provide seniors with a number of services. Some of these include:
In-home senior services have become an integral part of the healthcare for many seniors across the United States. Here are seven in-home senior services that could improve your life or the life of an elderly loved one.
This article will discuss several heavy topics and deal with serious healthcare matters. And while in-home senior services can literally save lives, things don’t have to be so drastic for these services to be valuable. Many seniors are generally pretty healthy, but that doesn’t mean that household chores are easy. Vacuuming can be tiring, laundry is annoying, and going out to get groceries can sometimes be dangerous. Homemaking caregivers can do all these tasks and more for seniors, thus making their lives more convenient and enjoyable.
While some seniors just want some help with their chores, others need serious healthcare. Personal caregivers can visit weekly, daily, or multiple times a day to help seniors use the toilet, shower or bathe, eat meals, and with mobility issues.
Mental health is as important as physical health. Sadly, seniors face many mental health challenges. Many live alone, far away from family and friends, and can become lonely and depressed. Companion care can keep seniors’ company and encourage them to interact with the outside world, either in-person, by phone, or through correspondence.
Other mental health issues facing seniors stem from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Seniors can lose touch with reality due to these neurodegenerative diseases. In-home senior services can be customized to help people with these diseases and monitor their progression.
Caregivers can help seniors avoid falls and improve the safety of their homes. A home safety check and medication review minimizes the possibility of falls and other emergencies.
With live-in care, seniors can have access to all these seniors around the clock. If a senior’s home is large enough, a caregiver can move in with them and provide care as needed. They obviously can’t work 24/7, but they will be there in case there’s an emergency in the middle of the night, for example.
With a skilled care program, a registered nurse can visit seniors in their homes to provide certain services.
Alzheimer’s and dementia care is available to people diagnosed with those conditions. If your loved one has received such a diagnosis, what should you do and what do you need to know about Alzheimer’s and dementia care?
The first step is to know what you’re up against. Many people have a broad understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia but don’t know all the key details. Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease and it accounts for 60% to 70% of all cases of dementia. It typically begins slowly and the first symptom is often short-term memory loss. Over time, Alzheimer’s patients often experience mood swings, behavioral problems, disorientation, problems with language, loss of motivation, and self-neglect.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse over time. Furthermore, we don’t have a clear understanding of the causes of Alzheimer’s or dementia and there is no known cure. It can be pretty depressing, but with knowledge, love, and care, the disease can often be managed quite well.
The typical life expectancy following a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in someone 65 or older is between three and nine years. With the right care and the right attitude, many families can enjoy several years of meaningful happiness with their loved one.
Care for Alzheimer’s patients is available in nursing homes, assisted living communities, and other types of senior care facilities. Moreover, there are facilities that are specifically designed for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Many Alzheimer’s care homes and dementia care homes are great and they’re run by caring and experienced caregivers. However, they all require Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to move out of their home and into a strange new place. For many with dementia, this can be an incredibly disorienting and upsetting experience. Many people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia do better in familiar environments, so it might be better for them to simply remain in their homes.
Executive Care offers Alzheimer’s and dementia care. We know that caring for Alzheimer’s patients should begin right after diagnosis with the implementation of simplified routines. We suggest installing safety locks and labeling household items early on. Executive Care can provide a caregiver to visit weekly, daily, or to even live in the same home as your loved one with dementia.
Live-in home care for the elderly is available across much of the United States. Here are four reasons to get live-in home care, and four reasons to choose an alternative.
If an elderly person is at high risk for a fall or another emergency situation, live-in home care is an excellent option. While live-in caregivers obviously don’t work every minute of every day, because they live in the same home as their client, they will always be on hand in case of an emergency.
Another option if an elderly person requires 24-7 access to care is to move into a senior living facility, such as an assisted living community or nursing home. But many elderly people love their own homes and don’t want to move out. Thanks to live-in home care, they don’t have to.
It makes little sense to move into a care home if you only need a few months to recover from an injury or fall. Live-in home care helps elderly folks recover from these incidents and get back on their feet.
The cost of live-in home care is competitive with the cost of moving into a senior care community and, often, live-in home care is more affordable.
Some elderly people love living in senior care communities. If you think you’d enjoy living in such a community, then that might be a better option.
If you’re already paying rent, it might be more prudent to pay that rent to care facility who will also provide you with care.
Live-in caregivers need their own rooms, space, privacy, and free time.
Many elderly people don’t need live-in home care, just weekly, daily, or semi-daily visits from caregivers.
Executive Care offers live-in home care to our elderly clients, as well as to those clients who are younger but live with disabilities. To learn more about live-in home care for the elderly, please contact us via our website or call (888) 963-9133.
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