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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.

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Helping a Parent That Doesn’t Want Help

We sympathize with anyone going through this today.

You have probably encountered this problem before. You have an older parent who refuses to receive care. Despite your best attempts, a parent with a declining health can be difficult to handle especially during stressful moment. At times, they’ll be strong and request to be left alone without caring for them. As our parents, how can we not worry about them?

The many of us are faced with a dilemma. We want to give our parents the best like they did for us. However, since they are parents, you want to remain respectful while at the same time ensuring that they are okay. We don’t want to see our parents in pain.

These are some helpful tips to get you through these tough moments. They are pieces of advice you can use when encountering this problem.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Family

You want to take care of yourself and your family. You need to remember that, even though it hurts, your parents are adults. You will be in position to care for anyone if you allow your mental and physical health to decline. Additionally, if you have a family of your own, it is important that you stay strong for them.

Furthermore, you shouldn’t bare the responsibility alone. If you have siblings, plan accordingly to ensure that additional family members are available for your parents well-being.

Home Care Services Provide Relief

The next piece of advice is to check your local area. You can see what services are available for respite care of in-home health care. If your parents refuse care, you can give them the option to at least conduct interview of available home health aides. Home Health Aides are a great option because they provide an independent function to families. They aren’t intrusive unless they need to be.

It will give you a piece of mind and your parents won’t feel as if they are being monitored. Nevertheless, the reality is that no one would choose to have their parents left alone if their health is declining.

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The Difference Between Hands on Care and Companion Care

This is a common question I see on health care forums everywhere. It is an excellent question! The answer to the question is simple. Hands on care means that Home Health Aides provide physical care.

This type of physical care will range to a variety of care plans and treatment types:

  1. Bathing
  2. Eating
  3. Moving
  4. Grocery shopping
  5. Picking-up medications
  6. Cooking
  7. Cleaning
  8. Laundry,
  9. Monitoring vital signs
  10. Basic medical tasks
  11. Following a care treatment plan

Companion Care

Companion care is less hands-on care. For instance, companion caregivers will usually provide services like talking, playing board games, going out shopping, but it never includes nothing physical.

Home Health Aides are required to be capable of doing both. However, there are families that may request one or the other.

Companion care may include:

  1. Accompany patients to social events
  2. Promote health to their clients by adhering to diet and exercise plans
  3. Providing emotional support for clients as they heal or cope with their conditions
  4. Making conversations
  5. Keeping the patient comfortable

Furthermore, companion care centers on the patient’s psychological and emotional well-being.

Hands on Care and Companion Care are Equally Important

What is more important? Emotional and physical needs are equally valuable. The hands on care and companion care equally important. Nevertheless, families may request to have either services. Coincidentally, home health aides are equipped to handle both.

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Why Home Care Options are Important

Since the emergence of Obamacare, the home care sector boomed. With more access to health care options, it’s no secret that home care became the number one choice for elderly and disabled Americans. In comparison to other options, home care services provide Americans the choice to stay home.

Home Care services provide comfort to clients and families alike. Additionally, choices give families the ability to find the perfect peace of mind.

Families Have Options for Care

Families have several options when choosing a care plan for their loved one. These options include nursing homes or assisted living facilities. There is one problem with this option. It comes at a cost. Your loved one may not receive the care they need.

I am a firm believer that families should have as many options as possible for their care needs. The more care need options there are the more likely a family will find what works for them.

Home Care Is a Reliable Choice

I work as a director at a vocational school that trains and educates Nurse Aides. Despite their best intentions, most often the human resource teams at nursing homes are faced with a dilemma. They have the members at their home, but not enough nurse aides to stabilize the care at their facilities.

Nursing Homes are Under Staffed

Nursing homes provide an important piece to the puzzle. However, they face challenges. As someone in charge of a Vocational School, nursing homes are often understaffed and cannot provide the quality their patients deserve.

It is a sad, but true reality for nursing homes. The main reason they are understaffed is because nurse aides are hard to staff. Nevertheless, home care agencies may encounter a similar situation with home health aides.

The main difference though is that home health aides may work for more than one agency. Furthermore, home care attendants provide a personal care assistance that nursing homes cannot give. Essentially, people who are in the home care service industry are passionate about what they do.