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Not everybody knows what senior companion care is. Many of those who are aware of what it is, do not understand how helpful it can be. This article will look at the true value of senior companion care.
When you think of senior care in your mind, what does that look like? A caregiver helping a senior get out of bed in the morning? Helping them get up and downstairs or helping them get around in a wheelchair? Helping them in the bathroom? All these tasks fall under the umbrella of personal care. Personal care helps seniors accomplish what we at Executive Care call the “Activities of Daily Living”. These are the everyday tasks we all must do to take care of ourselves.
But personal care is not the only form of senior care. For example, there are homemaking services. Many seniors can take care of themselves but vacuuming their carpets or going grocery shopping are more difficult. And there are less tangible matters with which seniors need help, too. For example, many seniors face mental health challenges. Senior companion care helps to ease the isolation, loneliness, and depression that many seniors face.
Senior companion care improves the lives of seniors via social interaction. Seniors live in isolation at higher rates than other demographics. Over seventy years or so, people tend to move around. Many seniors find themselves living their retirement years in cities and towns where they don’t have many, if any, family and friends. This can be especially dangerous for seniors who live alone, but even couples can become isolated together. This can lead to loneliness which can lead to depression which can lead to myriad other problems, both mental and physical.
Senior companion care can be as simple as a caregiver visiting a senior for a few hours every week and talking to them. Senior companion caregivers listen their clients’ concerns, play card games and board games with them, help them keep up with correspondence, and encourage them to get outside and be social (in a way that is not potentially dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic). While not therapists, by simply listening to seniors’ concerns, caregivers can really help them. Senior companion caregivers can also keep an eye out for any signs of declining cognitive function, such as symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases.
Executive Care offers in-home senior companion care. Even for seniors who do live in cities with friends and family, senior companion care can still be beneficial because seniors often don’t feel comfortable talking about their problems with their family. To learn more, please contact us via our website or call (888) 963-9133.
Live-in senior care represents the most total form of in-home care that exists. Not every senior who requires care needs the services of a live-in senior caregiver, but many can benefit from their services, nonetheless. Here are five ways a live-in senior caregiver can help.
Many caregivers visit seniors in their homes and provide care as needed. Some seniors receive visits every day, others multiple times a day, and still others only weekly. In-home care is a customized service, so seniors get whatever care they need however often they need it. But what if seniors need around-the-clock access to care? For such seniors there is live-in senior care. Live-in senior caregivers can provide their clients with care whenever they need it because they live in the same home with them.
Live-in senior caregivers can’t work 24/7, obviously. They need time off, days off, and privacy like anybody else, so you will have to negotiate their schedules so that you have a plan that works for everybody. Having said that, because live-in senior caregivers live in their clients’ homes, there will always be somebody there in case of an emergency. A 2AM fall on the bathroom floor is far less dangerous with a live-in senior caregiver around.
When we think of line-in caregivers, we usually imagine them providing personal care to their senior clients. Personal care involves physically taking care of people. But live-in care isn’t just about personal care. Having somebody around also keeps seniors company, boosting their mental health and emotional wellbeing. And since they live there, these caregivers can also provide homemaking care, taking care of household chores and errands.
Seniors can get access to the same services in a senior living facility, such as an assisted living community or nursing home. But these places can be quite expensive and moreover, many seniors don’t want to move out of their homes. And there’s another reason right now why seniors might want to avoid senior living communities. . .
Many seniors need care, pandemic or no pandemic. But some senior living communities have been unable to contain outbreaks of COVID-19. Having all your care given to you by one caregiver with whom you live reduces your chances of contracting COVID-19 drastically.
In-home personal care can help seniors and their families in a variety of different ways. Can in-home personal care help you? Here are eight ways in-home personal care helps seniors and younger people living with disabilities.
Many seniors face mobility issues. Whether they use wheelchairs, canes, or simply walk slowly, mobility is challenging for many seniors. Caregivers can visit seniors in the morning and at night to help get in and out of bed. They can also help them get in and out of wheelchairs, navigate stairs, and go outside for walks.
Bathrooms can be tricky and even dangerous places for seniors. When it comes to the bathroom, in-home personal care can be as simple as reminding seniors to brush their teeth or take care of their dentures or it can be as involved as helping seniors with catheters, colostomy bags, and general toileting. In-home personal care can also cover help with showering, bathing, combing hair, shaving, and other bathroom tasks.
From reminding seniors to eat, helping them eat, encouraging them to perform suggested exercises, or simply going for walks with them, personal care helps seniors improve and maintain their health.
Many of these same services are offered in senior living facilities, such as assisted living communities and nursing homes. Many seniors are happy in these communities and get the care they need. But many others don’t want to live there; they’re much happier in their own private homes. In-home personal care means those seniors can stay in their homes.
In-home personal care is almost always cheaper than moving into a senior living community. You need not pay rent to a community to receive in-home personal care services and the only fee you pay is for the services you receive.
Another drawback of senior living communities is that many of them have fared poorly when it comes to containing the coronavirus. Having your care provided by a single caregiver who follows rigorous protocols to avoid transmitting COVID-19 is safer.
With live-in care, seniors can have access to in-home personal care whenever they need it.
Are you looking for a live-in caregiver for an elderly loved one? Is that the best option for your senior parent? How does live-in care work? Here’s what you need to know.
Home care companies deliver in-home care to elderly people, as well as younger people who live with disabilities, all over America. Some of this care is temporary, perhaps in response to a surgery or injury. Some of this care is comparatively minimal, such as help with household chores or even just visiting a senior once a week to keep them company. Many seniors need more involved care, though.
Personal care helps seniors with the Activities of Daily Living. These are things we must all do every day to take care of ourselves. Get out of bed, use the toilet, brush our teeth, go downstairs, make and eat breakfast, etc. Seniors who require assistance with these activities can benefit from personal caregivers visiting them in their homes. Caregivers can visit every day and even twice a day. But sometimes seniors need access to around-the-clock care. That’s when a live-in caregiver is necessary.
For live-in care to work, you must have the right parameters. The live-in caregiver will need their own room and privacy. They also need their own free time. Many families arrange to visit their elderly loved ones on the live-in caregiver’s day off. The great benefit to live-in care is not just the extended hours of assistance, it’s the presence of caregivers in emergency situations. Live-in caregivers aren’t working at 2AM, but if your elderly loved one goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night and falls, you can avoid the horrible situation of them lying there all night because the caregiver is in the house and can help.
When a senior parent’s needs reach the stage when they require live-in care, many families explore their senior living options. Good nursing homes and assisted living communities are able to provide the same services as live-in care, and these are great options for many seniors. But many seniors don’t want to move out of their own homes; they like it there. And while live-in care is the most expensive form of in-home care, it is often still cheaper than the rents and fees one pays to a senior living community.
If you’re looking for a live-in caregiver for the elderly, please contact us.
The year 2020 will always be remembered first for one thing: COVID-19. The coronavirus turned our whole world upside down. But few sectors were more affected than senior care. How did home care companies deal with the pandemic?
It was hard to miss all the news stories about COVID-19 and senior living communities. Seniors are the most at-risk age group for serious health consequences and even death from the coronavirus. And sadly, many senior living communities proved to be breeding grounds for the virus. Some of these communities were not run very well. But others were run by genuinely competent and caring management and they still could not halt the spread of this virus.
It’s a sad fact but if you have a facility with multiple common areas and people moving back and forth, it’s incredibly difficult to halt the spread of COVID-19 once one person is affected. And even communities that did manage to halt the spread did so by imposing lockdowns that removed many of the benefits of living in such a community. Overall, you can’t come to any conclusion other than 2020 was a bad year for senior living communities. But what about the alternative? How did home care companies fare during 2020?
Home care companies were hurt far less by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, it is advised that people keep their social circles as small as possible. Ideally, you should not welcome anybody into your home who does not live there. This means that home care companies can’t supply caregivers to visit seniors in their homes, correct?
Incorrect. If a pipe bursts in your home, you still need a plumber to come inside to fix it. If you purchase a piece of heavy furniture, you still need some movers to bring it inside for you. Life must go on even in the midst of a pandemic. Many seniors need the services of home care companies. What’s the solution? Home care companies need to be responsible and vigilant.
The best home care companies have developed rigorous practices for their caregivers to follow to minimize the possibility of contracting and transmitting COVID-19. While 2020 was hard on home care companies that weren’t organized and proactive, the best home care companies showed that not only can they traverse the choppy waters of a pandemic, they can even make seniors’ lives safer going into 2021.
Executive Care is a home care company that has helped countless seniors stay safe from COVID-19 while providing them with the everyday care they need. Contact us to learn more.
In-home companionship services are rarely the first type of senior care that comes to mind when people consider health care for the elderly. But in-home care can have huge benefits. Here are five in-home companionship services that might be able to help you.
Is it really worth it to arrange for in-home companionship services just so your elderly loved one has somebody to talk to? Can’t you just talk to them yourself? You absolutely should talk to them as much as possible. But many people live far away from their senior parents or they have busy schedules. Seniors live in isolation at worryingly high rates and this can lead to loneliness and depression. Even if you can meet with your elderly loved one in person, they’re not necessarily going to open up to you. Many seniors feel uncomfortable sharing their emotional burdens with family or friends. But for whatever reason, we’re often able to open up better to strangers.
It’s an in-home companionship service even though it involves going outside. Seniors often don’t get out enough. This might be because they don’t feel comfortable outside, because they need physical help, or they simply just forget. In-home companion caregivers can accompany seniors to social functions, religious services, and on errands.
Forgetfulness is a big problem for all of us as we age, even if we don’t have a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s. Many seniors simply forget to return letters and phone calls and other times they’re unfamiliar with the technology that would allow them to send emails and texts and participate in video calls. Companion caregivers can help seniors keep up with their correspondence.
It’s not all seriousness and gloom with companion care. A big part of in-home companionship services is playing games. Card games like bridge, uno, or poker, and board games like chess, checkers, and backgammon are all popular among seniors.
Sometimes seniors are hesitant to accept care. But nobody likes doing household chores, right? If you pair in-home companionship services with homemaking services, you get the best of both worlds. Your elderly loved one gets some help with laundry, vacuuming, and other chores, while also having a companion there to talk to. Furthermore, this makes the transition to personal care easier if and when that becomes necessary.
To learn more about our in-home companionship services, please contact us today.
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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