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Top 5 Responsibilities of a Caregiver to Know

Caregiver Responsibilities

Home health aides are responsible for a number of skills. Their duties involve shopping for meals or cleaning, but that is not all. Actually, home health aides are tasked with the responsibility of following a care plan designed for the individual patient.

Home attendants assist family members at home with their care. You’ll get a peek into the patience and wisdom that a caregiver possesses. In most instances, home health aides are the center of what is rich about living in today’s day and age.

There are a wide-range of responsibilities that caregivers are responsible for. What makes their experience unique is that every caregiver brings a unique insight about their life’s duties to provide care.

However, these are the top five responsibilities that caregivers look over. While being a caregiver is trying and not something everyone is cut out for, there are caregivers that truly enjoy what they do. There are rich rewards that cannot be truly defined.

Home Management and Care planning

Caregivers assist with care planning. Normally, a team of medical professionals, family member, and all those providing services will work with the patient to ensure that the caregiver follows the plan-of-care set. The home health aide is responsible for guiding the patient through the plan.

Help with personal hygiene

Help with personal hygiene is important. Getting assistance with bathing, using the toilet, and cleaning after being sick, is an important step for aging in place. It is a sensitive subject. Home Health Aides have a delicate touch and a good track record of working with the elderly.

It can be hard work keeping an older relative happy and healthy. The perks of a caregiver shouldn’t be ignored.

Assisting with meals

It’s normal for older adults to lose their appetite. There is also the consideration of whether foods will interact with their medications. Home health aides assist with meals. Nutrition plays an important role in how quickly a patient recovers. With the additional assistance and following a care plan, patients will get the best out of their meals that will help them recover.

Keeping them company

Companionship is another resource home health aides give to their patients. Caregivers will spend hours with a patient talking, playing, or helping them through their daily tasks. Stories of their youth, tales of their dreams, and wishes are never ending. Without a doubt, home health aides appreciate how important it is to step up support systems. A support system helps patients gain a perspective and keeps minor issues at bay.

Reporting and monitoring

When a caregiver is assigned to a patient, home health aides will report and monitor changes of the patient. It’s almost like a patient is being taken care at a hospital with personalized care, but at home. Furthermore, patients receive the one on one attention needed for them to recover quickly and safely.

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It Can Be Frightening: The Cost of Alzheimer’s

It Can Be Frightening: The Cost of Alzheimer

The world around us can be cruel sometimes. It’s a part of life we have to go through.

Emotionally, dementia and Alzheimer are hard on people including families. The families have to watch their loved one deteriorate slowly. It is a debilitating disease. The emotional expensive is one thing. However, the financial toll is frightening.

What is important to families is that they have options. When someone you love has a disease, care is essential. In 2018, the average lifetime cost for a person with Alzheimer’s is $341,840.

There is a more affordable option. Home health aide services continue to be the least expensive and most valuable choice. The average cost of a home health aide is $138 per day or $50,336 per year. In comparison to a nursing home or assisted living facility, it can cost up to $100,000 per year.

It is stated that this year the growing cost and impact of Alzheimer’s on the nation’s health care system is taking a toll on families. What option is there? Since there is no cure, the best choice would be to provide quality.

There is a rising mortality rate because of the lack of effective treatment. However, this problem will only get worse! During the early stages of Alzheimer, support should be provided to families including personal benefits for families and individuals.

Emotional and physical support is important. Hopefully, a cure can be found soon. Currently, we can work on giving those suffering from the disease the support they need.

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Pros and Cons of Live-In Care

We receive questions on a daily basis on the pros and cons of live-in care. Recently, I had a daughter who wanted to have her mother live at home. She was interested in hiring a live-in caregiver. However, she wasn’t sure where to begin.

I decided to write a short review of what the pros and cons of live-in care are and versus assisted living. As we age, we look forward to a quality of life. Unfortunately, with assisted live-in facilities, one caregiver takes care of 8 to 10 residents. This may lower the quality of time and care a senior may receive especially one receiving care.

An Overview Live-In Care

The best part about live-in care is that it allows a client to eat and sleep at their own rhythm. Additionally, a team of caregivers provides a scheduled, personal care of plan that is designed for the patient. They can rotate schedules to accommodate time off and have family or friends visit them in their own environment.

Pros:

  1. Live at their home
  2. Family can visit them somewhere comfortable
  3. Can eat and move around at their own rhythm
  4. Personal care plan designed for them
  5. Higher morale and quality of life
  6. Therapeutic

Cons:

  1. May not be comfortable at home
  2. Sometimes they may need more attention
  3. Could be stressful for family members concerned with hiring caregivers

What you choose for your loved one is personal. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to do your research and see which benefits your loved one more.

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10 Ways We Can Help Our Seniors Feel More Special

10 Ways to Make a Senior Feel Special

Once you get to know a patient, there are so many things you can do. It depends on their personality. However, our team of specialists have created a list for our clients.

We love ensuring that our clients are well taken care of. During the holiday season, it is difficult finding the right hobbies. Additionally, it is important that we make them feel validated and appreciated through activities.

I have made a list of activities that are great.

  1. Crafts
  2. Singing
  3. Baking
  4. Yoga.
  5. Jokes and Laughter
  6. Creating jewelry with grand kids
  7. Karaoke
  8. Listen and support
  9. Reading
  10. Art Museum

Whatever you decide to do, make sure that your client or loved one enjoys it.

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What is a Good Rate to Pay for a Senior Caregiver?

This is a question that we receive on a number of occasions. Families opt to choose a personal caregiver. While we advise they should go with a home care agency, it is important they understand their options. For families picking home care services for the first time, the rate you should pay for a good home health aide depends on the experience.

There is no question that home care services are a growing service. Demand is higher than ever before.

There are caregivers who will charge more for their services. Normally, families are advised to go with a home care agency. Home care agencies provide affordable prices. Additionally, they are more secure including cover any liability problems that may arise. Home Health Aides should be certified and have state requirements.

Experience and Skills Require Higher Rates

A choice for what type of skills you need is important. A home attendant that has been in the field of the years will require a higher rate.

However, if you prefer to hire your own caregiver, the typical rate ranges from $20 to $25. The hourly salaries are more depending on education. The more experience and certifications a home health aide the more they tend to charge per hour.

The Tasks Matter

The level of care you are looking for is important too. Do you want companion or a care provider who can bathe, feed, transport to appointments, etc.

Companion caregivers can be charged anywhere from $10-$15 per hour. Nevertheless, the amount you pay should make sense to your family.