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Signs That an Elderly Person Needs a Home Care Aide.

Aging in place is a positive option for seniors. Elderly persons benefit in many ways when they can enjoy independence in their own homes. However, this does not mean a senior does not need help. You may notice some signs that your loved one needs a home care aide. Your Loved One Has Become Forgetful Some degree of forgetfulness is natural to many elderly persons. It does not necessarily mean he has a health or mental health issue. Forgetfulness, though, is a sign that he needs assistance. Forgetfulness can affect a senior’s health and safety. He may not remember to take his medications on time, eat meals, or lock his doors. Even moderate forgetfulness can be harmful or dangerous to an elderly person. Your Loved One Spends Too Much Time Alone If your elderly relative does not have friends in his age group, does not associate with his neighbors on a regular basis, or does not have a family member who visits frequently, loneliness can be harmful. When a senior does not have someone to communicate with regularly, he may spend much of his time worrying. It can affect his mental health, and he may become severely depressed. Your Loved One Neglects His Home Seniors are not all excellent housekeepers. Some seniors may not feel up to tidying their homes, while others dislike household chores or have never learned the skills. There are also many seniors who refuse to throw anything away. These issues can make the home environment unsafe. When debris is allowed to build up, it can increase the risk of falls. Items can block doorways, or... read more

6 Helpful In-Home Caregiving Products

6 Helpful In-Home Caregiving Products: Tools to Help Make Caregiving a Little Easier   Practical tools can help make any job a little easier, especially tools that are designed specifically for the situation at hand. Thankfully there’s a wide variety of products to help in-home caregivers care for their senior loved ones and help keep them safe. Caregiving is a tough enough job as it is. The following are a few products that can help make a caregiver’s job, and a senior’s life, a little easier. 6 Helpful In-Home Caregiving Products Automatic Stove Turn-Off With Preprogrammed Timer Motion sensors and timers are a great a resource for anyone caring for a loved one with dementia. They can be installed on any number of household fixtures, including stoves and faucets. If there’s no movement near the stove or faucet for a specific time, the sensor triggers an automatic shut-off. The automatic stove turn-off device will automatically turn the stove off after the preprogrammed 8 minute time period if the person leaves the kitchen and forgets to return. If a person turns the stove on, leaves the kitchen, and does not return within the default 6 minute warning time period, the device begins a series of beeping alerts and flashing lights for a two minute period. LED Night Lights Dark nighttime hallways and bathrooms are difficult to navigate for anyone, but they can be especially hazardous for a senior person with limited vision or mobility. Wall-socket plug–in LED night lights are environment-friendly, relatively inexpensive, and automatic, which means they turn on and off depending on the level of ambient light in... read more

How Do I Know When It’s Time For In Home Care For My Loved One?

Care. It may be a small word, but one that encompasses many emotions and physical activities when it comes to caregiving. Caring for an aging parent or spouse is both demanding, both physically and emotionally. Family caregiver stress and burnout are all too common, and your health often deteriorates faster than the aging loved one you’re caring for. Seniors want to maintain their independence and dignity so they won’t usually ask for help until they’ve suffered a fall or had a hospital stay. A physician or social worker might recommend a senior home care agency, but it’s not always easy to determine when it’s the right time, and which services are needed. It might be time for senior in home care when your loved one: Stops preparing full meals, lives on TV dinners, or often says they just aren’t hungry. Lets their daily hygiene start to slip. Forgets to take medications or confuses medications. Doesn’t pay bills on time or forgets to deposit checks. Becomes fearful about driving or limits their driving (avoids busy streets or doesn’t drive after dark). Starts limiting contact with family and friends. Doesn’t engage with others in group... read more

How Do I Choose The Right In Home Caregiver?

Many times the search for the right Senior Home Care Agency must be performed quickly because of an emergency medical condition. Other times people are able to plan ahead and research the various provider companies. Regardless of your timeline, this is a decision which impacts everyone involved emotionally, as well as financially. You want to know the home care agency, as a business, is following all the necessary legal requirements so they are liable for the caregiver as their employee and you are not. Senior Home Care Agencies must hire the Caregiver as their employee and pay for all payroll taxes and Worker’s Compensation Insurance in order to protect you if any injuries occur while the Caregiver is providing care. If the Caregiver were working directly for you as an independent contractor, they would be able to sue you if they had a physical injury on the job or felt there were other abuses. All of our agencies employ their Caregivers to protect you from this... read more

Why In Home Care Is Better Than A Nursing Home…

Most elders would prefer to stay in their own homes, where they know their neighbors and can associate memories with each piece of furniture and object around them, rather than move to an institution as they age. Things that can make “aging in place” — the current term for staying in one’s own home as one ages — problematic are tasks such as cooking, cleaning, toileting, shopping, doing laundry, and driving, as well as falls, which for frail elders could initiate a downward spiral. Support Systems Help could come from family members, friends, or neighbors, who take care of the specific thing the elder has trouble with — such as doing laundry or shopping. Or, some elders turn to their religious community, as often there are volunteers willing to enable a senior to age in place. Preventing Falls Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists You can now hire a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist — someone who can assess a home to determine how to make it as safe as possible for a senior, and who can then make the necessary repairs. These specialists have been trained to add a wide range of safety features that can enable an elderly person to live independently. Home Care Agencies Most home care agency employees have received training in how to assess a senior’s home to determine what about it could pose a risk of falling. The senior would then have to make her own arrangements to have her home adapted. How to prevent falls Rearrange the furniture to create an unobstructed passageway into and around all rooms Make sure no rugs or carpets bunch up or... read more