Three Important Things You have to know about Home Care Agencies

When the time comes for you or your loved one to reach out for help, a lot of tough decisions become part of the conversation. Not only is it a stressful time, full of emotion and discomfort. Therefore, there are many options available that makes you overwhelming.

We understand that and want to help ease the stress of sifting through endless amounts of information. By simplifying your criteria into 3 important factors that can help you choose an agency that’s right for you.

First, Know the Differences                                          

The types of services and caregivers providing and payment options are determined by whether skilled or unskilled care is needed. The medical home health care agency provides skilled services. When it is ordered by a physician such as skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work. However, some times agencies are licensed but its different by the state.

The non-medical home care agency provides what is termed unskilled supportive custodial care that is supplied by home health aides, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and also non-certified nurse aides, homemakers, and companions.

Non-medical home care agencies may or may not be licensed as requirements vary from state to state. It is important to note that unskilled personal care services such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation are what is needed most.

Second, Interviewing in-home care agencies

Most agencies will have their representative pay a visit to your home and conduct an interview with you. They will ask you some questions to find out what type of help you are seeking, of course, but this is your opportunity to ask some questions as well to verify some important things before making a choice.

Here are some guidelines on what to check when interviewing agencies:

  • Guaranteed background checks for in-home care candidates they employ
  • What level of training and experience do their caregivers offer?
  • Medical training and licensed candidates if you require medically qualified assistance
  • The agency will take care of payroll, taxes and legal matters regarding when employing a caregiver
  • Availability of caregiver staff for example days of the week, holiday coverage, backup staff if needed, live-in services if needed
  • Financial cost and payments
  • What is the price of services (hourly wages or shift payment)?
  • Payment for holidays, vacation, or sick days?
  • Will you provide food for the care attendant meals or they bring their own food?

Third, Reduce Your Hospital Visits.

Home health care agencies helps you stay at home and support the goal of the patient getting better, not just keep them from getting worse. Therefore, Home health care agency that works with the patient to teach them how to care for their disease is one who has your best interests at heart.

This happens through a focused team of clinical professionals and nurses who can identify what’s keeping a patient from getting better. They can assess attitudes, and execute behavior modification techniques, that can change a patient’s perspective, and inspire independence as they learn to do many of their treatments themselves.

We at E & S Wish Everyone A Happy Thanksgiving

This is the time of the year where we spend time with family and loved ones. Furthermore, we try to give thanks for the special moments in our lives. At E & S, we are a family. We want to give thanks to our customers and the support that they give us because without you we would not be here today!

We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Technology Could Make People With Dementia Happier

Technology Can Help Improve the Mood of Those With Dementia

Technology is a part of our lives. It has a bad reputation. The moment you clicked on this article you were probably expecting it to be all bad! There are positive aspects to what we consider a terrible intrusion in our lives. Furthermore, its damages to health are considerable.

In the news, it is blamed for the loneliness epidemic. It has caused problems with distraction. Our common conversations are interrupted by cell phone usage. However, what if I were to tell you that technology has a benefit? What if technology could be used in the right way? There are positives to technology usage especially for dementia patients.

Without a doubt, you might be asking how can technology improve the mood of people with dementia. Despite its flaws, technology offers an outlet for seniors. It can distract them from their current state. For anyone who has cared for a senior with dementia, negative moods like confusion, anger, and sadness are common.

What Research Says

In recent research studies, YouTube was associated with positive moods. According to a mobile company, screen time spent looking at photos, listening to music, or watching videos on YouTube can improve moods drastically. Researchers see this as an alternative to medication. The vast majority of people benefit from tablet sessions.

Aaron Gilson is a health policy researcher with the UW School of Pharmacy who comments on technology usage for patients with dementia. Patients who live in nursing homes and home care are encouraged to use tablets. This is because eighty percent of the care recipients showed significant improvement to their negative mood. Patients can view family photos, playing their favorite music, and following topics they are interested in. Coincidentally, it’s not secret that more people are discovering the wonders of technology for their loved ones.

Final Thoughts

Technology used correctly can enrich someone’s life. It brings families together closer. Dementia patients use visuals like photos and videos to distract themselves from their debilitating disease. Additionally, it engages their brain with positive associations. Patients with dementia enjoy a significant mood boost.

Remembrance 9-11-2001

Where were you on this day? For some, it was an amazing day filled with opportunities. For others, they barely remember it. Those born after 9/11 look at images in history books and ponder at the tragedy. Finally, for many others, it was the last day they would see their loved one or walk on this earth.

The experiences of that day are different for everyone. It provokes a sense of mystery behind why thousands had lost their lives in a span of a couple of hours. However, the dark message is the same. Tragedy can rattle our hearts. It can make us feel unsafe. We may be numb to the pain. As cliche as it seems, it is important to not take things for granted and always appreciate what is around you.

Today is a day of remembrance. It was eighteen years ago that 3000 people lost their lives. While some of us don’t want to think about the tragedy, it is a sign of love and respect for those who lost their lives. The best thing we can do is to continue to do our best in this life while supporting those in need. 9/11 was a day that brought the nation together in the midst of chaos.

Nevertheless, it is days like these that we give thanks to another day. Their souls will forever be in our memories.

E & S Family shows its respect and remembrance for the tragedy that happened. Our hearts are with the families who continue to suffer to this day. Though we cannot repair what happened, we can hope to bring a little bit of light to the darkness of the day.

E & S Home Care Solutions Wishes Everyone a Happy 4th of July

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our Declaration of Independence from colonial tyranny with family gatherings, barbecues, parties, games, food, fun, festivals, parades, musical events, and fireworks.

While all of these events are delightful, let us never forget the significance of the Fourth of July, a day in 1776 when courageous members of the Continental Congress—people soon to be “Americans”—published a moral standard by which we continue to evaluate our actions and core beliefs:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Members of the Continental Congress set thirteen colonies on the road to becoming a sovereign nation. The road would not an easy one, for there was a war yet to be won and a constitution yet to be written.

E&S Home Care Solutions  DBA: E&S Academy and its members know exactly what it means to fight for what it is right and do good by the people we help and the community we serve, we’ve been marching toward success since October of 2009, and thanks to each and every one of you, there were battles to be fought, wars to be won, and success to achieve.

Note: E&S Home Care Solutions will be observing the 4th of July holiday, and with that being said, all the offices will be closed on Thursday the 4th, resuming on Friday the 5th.