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Live-in elderly caregivers do something no other caregivers can do. They provide the elderly with all the care they need while allowing them to stay in their own private homes. But how do live-in elderly caregivers compare to nursing homes?
The elderly in America can get pretty much all the care they need in the comfort of their own homes. No longer are nursing homes the default choice for seniors who need some form of care. Companion care looks to maintain and improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of seniors. Homemaking services help seniors manage their homes and do chores. Personal care helps seniors with the Activities of Daily Living. This covers the tasks we all must do to take care of ourselves every day, such as brushing our teeth, shaving, eating food, showering, using the toilet, and so on.
Many seniors receive personal care daily or even twice daily from in-home caregivers. But what happens when elderly people need more personal care than even that? At that point, the senior in question and their family must decide what is better: live-in elderly care or a nursing home?
Nursing homes are just one type of senior living facility. There are also assisted living communities and others, and all are the right fit for the right senior. For a senior who requires around-the-clock access to care, a nursing home is often the best choice. There are many well-run nursing homes that look after their residents more than adequately. However, all nursing homes require that the elderly leave their own private homes to move into the nursing home and not all elderly folks want to do this. Many elderly have a sentimental attachment to their homes and they don’t want to leave. Furthermore, nursing homes have had real struggles trying to contain the coronavirus.
With a live-in elderly caregiver, a senior can have around-the-clock access to care without having to move out of their home. This is ideal for many seniors. Obviously, a live-in caregiver cannot work 24/7. They need to sleep and have breaks and days off like anybody else. However, they live in the same home as their client. That means in emergency situations, the caregiver is always there to assist. Live-in elderly care will cost more than any other form of in-home care because it is more comprehensive, but once all the costs have been tabulated, live-in elderly care is still almost always cheaper than a nursing home.
If you would like to learn more about live-in elderly care or about any of the other services that we offer at Executive Care, please contact us.
In-home skilled care goes above the standard services offered with other types of care. It’s not always necessary but when it is, having an in-home option for skilled care is always a huge benefit.
You can receive a plethora of services by the staff of caregivers working at assisted living communities and other senior living facilities. But many seniors prefer to remain living in their own private homes. This is possible thanks to in-home care. In-home care is almost always cheaper than moving into a senior living community, it is often preferable to the senior in question because of an emotional attachment they have with their home, and it’s just more convenient.
In-home care covers personal care, homemaking services, and companion care. Personal care helps seniors with the Activities of Daily Living. Such activities include dental and denture care, showering, grooming, using the toilet, getting in and out of bed, getting up and down stairs, eating, and any other task one must do to take care of oneself. Homemaking services help seniors manage their homes by taking care of tasks such as cleaning kitchens and bathrooms, vacuuming, doing laundry, and more. Companion care helps seniors with their mental and emotional health. But what happens when a senior’s needs go beyond these?
All of the above services are offered by caregivers. The caregivers employed by Executive Care must pass a comprehensive pre-employment screening and are bonded, insured, and are closely supervised. All of this is to say, they know what they are doing. But they are not medical professionals. Registered nurses are, and sometimes a senior needs the help of a medical professional. Usually, this means having to go to a hospital or clinic, but with in-home skilled care, a nurse can visit you in your own home and provide skilled care as needed.
In-home skilled care can’t possibly cover all the work a registered nurse can do, but it does cover quite a lot of ground. With in-home skilled care, a registered nurse can provide:
Not all in-home skilled care services are necessarily available in all fifty states. Please talk with us to find out if the in-home skilled services in which you are interested are available in the area where you are located.
If you would like to learn more about in-home skilled care or about any of the other services that we offer at Executive Care, please contact us today.
The true value of home companions for the elderly is something that is difficult for some people to grasp. Indeed, the whole concept of companion care might seem strange. But home companions can make a huge difference in the welfare of seniors.
When you think of senior care, you probably first think of personal care. This involves a caregiver helping a senior physically. A personal caregiver might help a senior get up and down stairs, use the shower or toilet, eat food, get around in a wheelchair, and so on. Personal care is offered in assisted living communities, but many seniors prefer to stay in their own homes for reasons of convenience, emotional attachment, and because of money. That’s fine because personal care is offered as part of home care, as are homemaking services which help seniors manage their homes by taking care of chores such as cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping.
Then there is companion care. Many of the problems seniors face are not physical, but mental and emotional, and these issues are just as important. Elderly people face depression at higher rates and having somebody there to talk to and keep them company can really help. Likewise, having somebody there to monitor their mental condition can ensure any mental or neurodegenerative issues are spotted early.
People tend to move around over the course of their lives. By the time you retire, you might find you live in a city without any family and friends. This kind of isolation is compounded as your mobility is reduced. Isolation can lead to loneliness which can lead to depression and depression is an existential threat. Furthermore, seniors are diagnosed with neurodegenerative diseases at far higher rates than younger people and this affects their mental health. Having a caregiver who visits them every week, every day, or even who lives with them can help them get a handle on these mental and emotional issues and stop them from spiraling out of control.
Companion care can be very simple or it can be more involved. It depends on what the client needs. Sometimes just having conversations and listening to the problems that the elderly face is all that is needed. Home companions can also play card or board games with the elderly, accompany them to social functions, and encourage them to keep up with correspondence.
If you would like to learn more about home companions for the elderly or about any of the other services that we at Executive Care offer, please contact us today.
Homemaking services have helped many seniors across America age in place. Aging is often a difficult process. Anything to make it easier is valuable. Here are five underrated benefits of homemaking services.
It’s obvious, but let’s not overlook it: homemaking services just makes life easier. Think of how annoying vacuuming, laundry, and mopping can be for young, able-bodied people. As a senior or a person living with a disability, homemaking services are exponentially more bothersome. It’s easier to enjoy life when you don’t have to deal with the laborious and tedious tasks of homemaking.
That homemaking services make life more convenient is great, but for many seniors, it goes beyond that. Senior living communities can be great, but many seniors would prefer to live in their own homes. Sometimes, this is not possible. Far too often, however, the families of seniors urge them into a senior living community just because the senior has trouble maintaining their home. This is terrible because homemaking services offer such an easy fix. Furthermore, homemaking services will always be cheaper than the fees and rents charged by senior living communities.
Sometimes homemaking services aren’t absolutely necessary but are still a good idea. Maybe a senior can vacuum the carpet, but what if they throw their back out doing that? That’s weeks of their life spent stuck in bed or on the couch. What if they slip on the basement stairs carrying the laundry basket? Homemaking services take a lot of the worry out of life.
In a time when we’re not really supposed to let people into our homes, it might seem strange that homemaking services are actually an effective preventive measure against the coronavirus. Rather than going out into the world to run errands like grocery shopping and exposing oneself to dozens of people and surfaces that could potentially transmit the coronavirus, why not simply reduce that number to one homemaking caregiver? All Executive Care’s caregivers follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Aging is a progressive issue and often our faculties diminish over time. Starting care early with homemaking services make the transition to companion care or personal care much easier if those forms of care become necessary.
If you would like to learn more about the homemaking services that Executive Care offers, or about any of our other services, please contact us today.
Home care companies have revolutionized senior care. Not long ago, senior care amounted to little more than nursing homes, and, if you were lucky, something more like an assisted living community. Now, most areas in the US have access to home care companies.
Senior living communities are great for a number of different reasons and they’re great for a number of different seniors. But they’re not great for every senior. Many seniors love their homes. They don’t want to move out of them no matter how nice a senior care community looks. A move like this can be especially heartbreaking if they view such a move as the last one they will ever make. That’s a depressing thought but it can be avoided by utilizing the services of a home care company.
Because home care is much more convenient than moving into a senior care community for many seniors, they and their families automatically think it’s more expensive. After all, the more convenient option is typically the more expensive one in our society. But this isn’t true when it comes to home care companies. Home care companies don’t need to charge you rent or fees to pay for an entire community. By employing the services of a home care company, you need only pay for the services you receive.
Home care companies are more adept at customizing the care they provide for any given client. Because home care consists of a caregiver helping a client in the client’s own home care, it’s easy for the caregiver to remember what care is required and how it should be provided. The client and caregiver often establish a rapport quite easily and communication between the two is uncomplicated.
At Executive Care, we divide our home care services into three categories: personal care, homemaking services, and companionship services. Personal care helps seniors take care of themselves and execute the Activities of Daily Living. Homemaking services help seniors manage their homes. Companion care helps to improve and maintain the mental and emotional wellbeing of seniors. Executive Care also offers skilled care, where registered nurses can visit clients in-home to provide certain services when necessary.
To learn everything a home care company can do for you, you had better contact the best home care company around. Executive Care offers myriad services that can be customized to every client we serve. To learn more about Executive Care and what we can do for you, please get in touch with us today.
Senior companion care helps countless seniors across America live healthier, safer, and more enjoyable lives. Can senior companion care help you or your elderly loved one? Here are six benefits of senior companion care.
Seniors live in isolation at worryingly high rates. Over the course of our lives, friends and family move away, or we might move away. After we retire, we don’t even see co-workers anymore. You can find yourself at seventy living in a city with hardly anybody you know with nothing to do and nowhere to go. This can be very bad indeed. This sense of isolation can be truly damaging for seniors who live alone but even couple who live together can become isolated together. Senior companion care gives seniors somebody to talk to, somebody who will listen to their problems, or even just somebody with whom they can play a board game. This can have a remarkable positive effect on seniors’ wellbeing.
Senior companion caregivers can encourage seniors to visit with their friends and family (when it’s safe to do so). They can accompany seniors to social functions, to church, or to community meetings.
Whether it’s because of difficulty figuring out email, forgetting phone numbers, or simply forgetting to write a letter, many seniors lapse on correspondence that can boost their spirits. Senior companion caregivers encourage and help seniors keep up with correspondence with family and friends.
Dementia disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, affect many seniors. The effects of something like Alzheimer’s Disease can be devastating. But it’s a progressive neurodegenerative disease; it gets worse with time but many who receive the diagnosis have several years where they can function more or less as normally. Companion caregivers can keep tabs on such a disease and notify loved ones when the disease progresses to a state where more care is required.
A caregiver’s main objective might be looking after a senior’s mental or emotional health. But that doesn’t mean they can’t dust, vacuum, or do other household chores while they’re there. Many clients choose to pair companion care services with homemaking services.
To learn more about senior companion care, please contact us today.
Live-in senior caregivers play an integral role in the senior care world. They provide an option for numerous seniors who simply cannot get their needs met any other way. But who are these live-in senior caregivers and just what do they do?
First let’s discuss just what live-in care is and who it’s for. Live-in care can provide the services of any other type of care. Some seniors need help taking care of themselves and accomplishing the Activities of Daily Living (personal care), some seniors are lonely, depressed, and/or have a neurodegenerative disease that necessitates the help of a caregiver to improve and maintain their mental and emotional health (companion care), and some seniors can more or less take care of themselves but want help managing their homes (homemaking care). Live-in caregivers typically perform services from all three of these categories. They live in the homes of the clients they serve and work a schedule like any other worker in America, however because they live there, they’re always able to assist in the case of an emergency. So, while they’re not on the clock at 2 AM, if your elderly loved one has a fall going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, the live-in caregiver is there to help.
When people first learn about live-in care, many think it must be expensive. After all, you’re paying for somebody to be on-hand 24/7. But again, they don’t work 24/7, that would be impossible. And some of the cost is offset by providing a room to the caregiver, so you save a lot of money by dint of merely having an extra bedroom to offer. Lastly, you’re only paying for one caregiver to deliver the services your elderly loved one needs. You’re not paying the rent and fees which are necessary when living in a senior living community.
Live-in senior caregivers are much like any other caregiver, they just have the flexibility to live where their clients are. At Executive Care, we go to great lengths to ensure that our live-in caregivers have all the skills necessary to carry out their responsibilities. Live-in senior caregivers undergo an extensive pre-employment screening process, which includes a criminal background check as well as a verification of their references and employment history. They also pass all state and federal health regulations and are bonded and insured. All Executive Care’s live-in senior caregivers are also supervised and periodically evaluated to ensure they can provide the best care possible.
To learn more about our live-in senior caregivers, please contact us today.
Alzheimer’s is a nasty disease, but it can take years or even a decade for the disease to progress. If you manage it well, Alzheimer’s patients can still enjoy several great years. But how do you take care of an Alzheimer’s patient at home?
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, accounting for somewhere between 60%–70% of all cases. It is a neurodegenerative disease that progresses over time. The first symptom is typically short-term memory loss. Disorientation, trouble with language, loss of motivation to eat or take care of oneself, mood swings, and behavioral issues can all follow. Gradually, bodily functions are lost and, as there is no known cure, the disease ultimately results in death. It’s a grim diagnosis to receive and the final stages of Alzheimer’s are difficult for everybody.
But this is not to say that every Alzheimer’s patient is a sad, non-functioning member of society. There are many Alzheimer’s patients who can still function and whose vibrant personalities still shine through, if only intermittently. As with all incurable diseases, managing the situation is the most important thing. But how can one take care of an Alzheimer’s patient?
There are many senior living communities that say they can care of Alzheimer’s patients. Many are great at this. Others are not. And then there are homes that are specifically set up to care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. As with all things, some are great and some are not. But even the great Alzheimer care homes have a few drawbacks in common.
First, they all require their residents move out of their private homes and into their facility. Many seniors without dementia don’t like this option and prefer in-home care instead. For Alzheimer’s patients, moving out of their home that they recognize and enjoy can be disastrous. It doesn’t seem right to take one of the few things somebody recognizes away from them. Furthermore, these homes can cost quite a lot in rent and fees. Alzheimer’s care at home is usually cheaper, even live-in Alzheimer’s care.
Step one: realize you can’t do it all yourself. It might be a great idea to move in with your elderly parent or have them move in with you. You get to spend more time with them and care for them at the beginning. But as Alzheimer’s progresses, you will not have the time nor the expertise to care for them. That’s why you need specialized in-home care from a healthcare agency that has specific protocols and methods for Alzheimer’s patients.
The best way to take care of an Alzheimer’s patient at home is to contact Executive Care.
Live-in home care for the elderly can be a great alternative to moving into a senior living community. But many seniors and their families are not aware that live-in home care is a viable option.
When they first hear of it, many elderly people and their families think that live-in home care is an impractical solution. On the contrary, for many elderly people, live-in home care is the most practical option given their situation. Live-in home care for the elderly solves so many different problems that it’s actually suitable for many very different seniors. What kind of problems? Well, here are a few:
To learn more about our live-in home care services for the elderly, please contact us.
Senior in-home care services can benefit different seniors in different ways. In-home care is all about getting care that is customized to your needs. Here are six different senior in-home care services that might benefit you.
Personal care is all about helping seniors take care of themselves. Please note that throughout this article we will discuss the needs of seniors, as they are the main beneficiaries of in-home care services, but there are younger people who live with disabilities that can also benefit for these services. At Executive Care, we often discuss the “Activities of Daily Living”. These are everyday activities we do to take care of ourselves. Such acts of self-care include brushing our hair, shaving, using the toilet, getting out of bed, and more. If you are unable to do these activities, then you need help to take care of yourself. With in-home care services, a caregiver will visit your home and help you with any of these tasks with which you struggle.
Physical health isn’t the only kind of health. You might be physically able to brush your teeth, shower, and cook and eat food no problem. But if you’re depressed, you might neglect all of these activities and more. And depression occurs at alarmingly high rates for seniors. This is often caused by isolation and loneliness. Companion care involves caregivers visiting seniors, talking to them, listening to them, playing games with them to strengthen their mental acuity, and encouraging them to be social with others.
It’s hard to be happy and healthy if you live in a dirty or run down home. Just because you’re of sound mind and can shower everyday doesn’t mean you have the energy to scrub that shower clean or lug a vacuum cleaner around. Or maybe your eyesight has become too poor to drive. With homemaking services, caregivers can take care of all these chores and more.
Some seniors need around-the-clock access to care. If you have a large enough home with an extra bedroom, arranging for live-in care can still be cheaper than moving into an assisted living community.
Caregivers are great but they can’t handle everything. Sometimes you need the skills of registered nurses. A healthcare company that provides senior in-home care services can arrange for nurses to provide certain services in your own home.
Seniors with diagnoses such as Alzheimer’s Disease can receive specialized care in-home. To learn more about senior in-home 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
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