In-Home Care Articles and Resources
Helpful articles and resources for families looking for compassionate and experienced home care.
Respite care is quite common nowadays. Statistics show that 20% of households have someone who is providing caregiving services to their loved one or family member. While this can be highly rewarding, it can also be a heavy task. Sometimes, family caregivers will end up stressed and feeling drained. Here is why respite is important for caregivers.
Building connections takes time. That's why it's important to ensure that you give your loved one some time to adjust to a new caregiver. Statistics show that 33% of non-institutionalized individuals over 65 have limited activity levels resulting from chronic health issues. This means that your loved one will need a caregiver they can trust and one who fully understands their needs. Here's how you can help your loved one adjust to a new...more
It can be difficult to be objective and understand that your loved one may require in-home care. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with needing home care assistance, making that decision will almost always be difficult. It's recognizing a transition, and lots of people remain in denial about a need for that transition well until occurs. But you don't want to get to that point. With that in mind,...more
These are the positive aspects every senior needs to feel and what makes home care a better option than relocating.more
When it comes time to hire home care services, we all want the best for our loved ones. But how do you know which company will give them the quality of care they deserve? Below are some questions that should be asked before making any decisions.
1. How Much Does the Company Charge?
When it comes to home care, you should never hire someone based on price alone. Rather, consider how their cost...more
In-home care is allowing millions of seniors to continue to live where they want and how they want. It is estimated that a whopping 90% of seniors want to age in place at home. In-home care is making that possible.
Professional home care assists seniors in their homes and helps to keep them safe, but that is not all it has to offer. There is a broad spectrum of benefits that come with professional care at home.
It's always hard to think about our parents growing older. But it is a reality that we all have to accept. In the best-case scenario, they will be cared for by their children in their home with help from home care assistants and caregivers.
Many families have to choose between work and caregiving. If you know that somebody in your family will need constant care and supervision, it makes sense to put a plan into action now. The more...more
The US Census Bureau estimates that the American population will continue to age, with one in five people being 65+ by 2042. Ninety percent of aging adults say that they prefer to age in place. The talk about home care assistance is a sensitive one, laden with much emotion, but it is an important one.
Changing The Narrative
Primary caregivers may feel fear or a feeling of...more
The American population is gradually aging, with the average life expectancy doubling over the last century. The Population Reference Bureau estimates there will be 95 million citizens above 65 by the year 2040.
A nationwide survey by the AARP shows that 90% of seniors prefer to age in place. They get to maintain their independence while spending their last years in a familiar environment. While your loved one might enjoy the...more
As you look for an in home caregiver, you want to find a professional that will provide quality care. Statistics show that close to 90% of seniors say they want to remain in their house as they age.
But providing elderly care at home or in the hospital requires staff with many skills. In this article, we’ll look at some of those characteristics that make a great caregiver.
Each day, there are over 10,000 senior baby boomers turning 65 in the United States. Over 90% of them would prefer to age-in-place. Choosing a senior care agency for your parent can be stressful. Without the right information on what to look out for, it may be easy to get stuck with the wrong caregiver. Here are five mistakes to avoid as you hire an aide to care for your loved one.
When your parents or close loved one advance in age and cannot take care of themselves anymore, the least you can do is to ensure that they do not suffer. Even though you may not have enough time to take care of them, you can always ensure that they are comfortable by finding in home elderly care services. Senior citizens have more than enough options when it comes to this situation.
Every day in the United States nearly 10,000 seniors turn 65. While around 1 million Americans are currently living in senior communities, a majority of those entering their elder years are hoping to age comfortably in their own homes. For some, this may be difficult to do alone, especially if special care is required; however, an in home care service is working to change this for the...more
Nearly 80% of elderly people suffer from a chronic disease with 68% suffering from two or more. Getting older isn’t always easy. For some people, care options are needed so they get the attention they need when it becomes too difficult to take care of themselves. It can be a frustrating and overwhelming time for your entire family. Lifestyle changes are in the future when it comes to taking care of an elderly family member. Trying to...more
The American population is gradually aging. To put it into perspective, the United States Census Bureau shows that at least 15% of Americans are 65 years and above. Over one million seniors are already placed in home care, with the number expected to double by 2030.
As a primary caregiver, you may be overwhelmed with responsibilities leading to burnout. Finding ‘...more
As the population ages, more primary caregivers continue to willing undertake tough, and at times unpleasant tasks for their loved ones. Care giving has its difficult moments. A study by the American Psychological Association found that 23% of caregivers in elderly care had higher levels of stress hormones than non-caregivers. Additionally, a 2018 survey by Genworth reported that 41% of caregivers suffered from signs of depression, mood...more
A huge number of middle-aged Americans have to juggle the demanding schedule of work, taking care of their children, furthering their education, and caring for their elderly or ill loved ones. While it’s incredibly loyal and noble to help your loved ones at all costs, it’s important to remember that there’s only one of you.
All these responsibilities may soon catch up to you and overwhelm you. When you start feeling burnt out and...more
There are around 10,000 seniors who turn 65 in the United States each day. The majority of them want to be able to age in their own homes. Looking for in-home care services can allow your senior relative the opportunity to do that. Here are some tips you can follow to help you with your search.
Determine What Your Insurance Covers
Your insurance will be a big factor in your search for home care services. In...more
One of the most difficult conversations you might have in your lifetime is trying to convince an elderly parent or loved one they need assistance from a caregiver. Whether it’s pride or fear of losing their independence, it’s normal to be met with resistance. Your loved one might suggest that they are fine or that you can help them, but you know outside help is needed. Here are five strategies that can help you convince...more
Providing long-term care for a family member takes an emotional, physical, and economic toll on families. If you are the primary caregiver for an elderly parent or family member, you are more likely to suffer from exhaustion, sickness, stress, and depression. It is important to remember that you and your family’s health and well-being should be a priority, too. Respite care provides caregivers the opportunity for a break from caregiving...more
Senior residential communities come in all stripes, and all of them try to create an environment where residents have access to activities and care depending on their needs. How can you create an environment that allows seniors to live in their homes with the same benefits?
IoT and Telehealth
There’s a lot of buzz about the Internet of Things in health care and telehealth. Both of these technological tools...more
Whether you care for a loved one in their home, or manage their care from a distance, you have probably found yourself responsible for advocating for your loved one’s needs. Perhaps you’ve been on the phone with insurance companies on behalf of a loved one with dementia, or expressed concerns to your loved one’s care team about a sudden change in pain levels.
Home care workers are an important line of defense in many ways,...more
Avoiding hospital visits saves patients, providers, and government aid programs a whole lot of money. More importantly, we shouldn’t lose sight of how avoiding hospitalization benefits the patient. No one wants to be transported to the emergency room if they can avoid it and stay at home instead, safe and healthy.
What a Nursing Home Study Teaches Us About In-Home Care
A recent study by the Centers for...more
The flu virus presents an annual risk to our population, especially among aging adults. Flu symptoms can quickly escalate into medical emergencies among those with compromised immune systems. This includes people with chronic illnesses, and it also includes aging adults whose bodies generally take longer to recover from illnesses.
Flu Activity During 2017-2018
During the 2017-2018 flu season, the CDC has...more
As Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s approach, there are things you can do to help your senior loved ones stay healthy and happy during the holidays.
It can be difficult, and indeed seems cruel, to prohibit a person from enjoying their favorite holiday foods. For those with strict diets, try alternative recipes that deliver flavor without breaking the diet. For those who wish to avoid...more
Activities of daily living, or ADL, are often used by Long Term Insurance providers as a way of gauging whether or not an individual qualifies to receive benefits.
Activities of Daily Living typically include:
- Using the Restroom
- Transferring and Mobility
Typically, to qualify for the benefits associated with Long Term...more
Caregiving can be complicated for families. More than one family member often needs some level of ongoing care, and these needs change over time as health improves or declines. Often, the decision to hire a caregiver is made by multiple family members, all with different desires, schedules, budgets and terms under which they are willing to hire a caregiver.
Caregiving and health care form a complex web when families are involved....more
Home care policies recently passed by the U.S. Senate are intended to help families support aging loved ones at home, instead of having to move to an institutional setting.
S.1028 – The RAISE Family Caregivers Act
The RAISE Family Caregivers Act seeks to accomplish three goals:
- Require that a national strategy be developed...
Affordable home care matters. A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP outlined the need for caregivers. If you find yourself struggling with the financial and health elements of caring for a loved one at home, you’re not alone.
The researchers found that in years to come, the number of those requiring care will grow, but the population of those who can provide care will shrink. People will need to look...more
A recent study by The National Alliance of Caregiving outlined the special circumstances experienced by caregivers of a loved one with dementia.
Here are some of the statistics about dementia caregivers:
- 58% of dementia caregivers are women.
- On average, dementia caregivers are about 6 years older than non-dementia...
When it comes to the health of your senior loved one, it’s important to be proactive. With this approach, home care can be effective preventative health care. Home care can prevent injury and mitigate complications from chronic illnesses, major recoveries, or a sedentary lifestyle. This could improve long-term outcomes and reduce costly doctor visits. Here are a few examples of home care as preventative health care:
Letting someone come into your home and trusting them to take care of yourself or a loved one can understandably be scary. While quality caregivers provide reliable nonmedical homecare with compassion and professionalism, some individuals take advantage of older adults and their family members. This is a good reason to consider hiring from an accredited agency that vets its employees.
Nutrition is a vital part of good health. For aging adults this is especially important, because great health helps you maintain an independent lifestyle and aids in the management of chronic illnesses.
Here are 5 nutrition tips for seniors:
1. Nutritional needs change as you age. Eating a variety of foods can help make sure that nutritional needs are met. Look for foods that are low in salt and higher in...more
The right caregiver can make all the difference in the world when it comes to helping seniors manage heart disease. Here’s how a good caregiver can help:
- Lower stress level. Lowering stress is a great way to manage heart disease.
- Maintain a positive atmosphere. A home care provider can help make sure the home atmosphere for patients with heart disease is positive and...
Two apparent trends have emerged regarding the aging population. One: It’s growing, and as such, more and more people will require long-term care at some point. Two: a large segment of that growing population prefers to remain independent, living in their own homes, for as long as possible.
In general, home care is less expensive than...more
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Arizona and Southeast California. The warning forecasts temperatures of 110-120 degrees. Excessive heat increases the chances of heat-related illnesses and death. It’s considered especially dangerous for anyone working outside during the day, the...more
We all need to sleep in occasionally. Sometimes, however, extra sleep may indicate illness. A recent study showed that sleeping for nine hours or more, nightly, could signal greater risk for dementia. Lengthy sleep habits were also connected to a decrease in brain volume.
Need Extra Sleep? Look for the Reason
Not everyone who...more
People often associate technology proficiency with youth: Millennials are tech-savvy, while seniors are tech-challenged. Despite these stereotypes, a growing number of seniors are embracing smart technology because it enables them to age in place. Using the latest developments in software and hardware, seniors can more feasibly choose not to join an assisted living community. Instead, they can stay at home knowing that the following...more
The costs of living after retirement can be overwhelming when you are taking you or your loved one’s long-term safety and quality of life into account. Research projects major growth in the over 65 population as baby boomers age, and a reduction in the amount of family caretakers available to provide adequate care. As policymakers, health care providers, insurance companies and research institutions work to come up with solutions, here...more
Home care and home health are related industries, but each provides a different set of services. Find out which type of in-home care works best for you and your family. If you’re not sure, feel free to call us for a free consultation at 1-800-648-8950.
Home health is typically provided by a professional with medical training, such as a registered nurse. Typically, doctors prescribe home health...more
For many seniors and their loved ones, end of life care in a familiar, comfortable home setting, rather than an impersonal institution, is vastly preferable. In the home setting, caregivers from a quality home care agency provide comfort care support, delivered with a personal touch.
At-home hospice care services typically provide just two hours (or sometimes...more
Home care is a supportive, personalized option to help aging, disabled or rehabilitating residents with daily tasks. The service assigns a polite, reliable and caring worker to visit your home or apartment. Your home care worker handles daily errands and household tasks for you. Home care workers can help you stick to your routine, get to appointments and provide...more
When you’re doing just fine at home, but need help with a few important daily or weekly tasks, home care can help you. Home care services in AZ are designed to help seniors or people recovering from illness. With home care help, you can live comfortably and safely at home.
Dependable In-Home Care for Seniors
Home care services can help you...more
How to Recognize an Excellent Home Care Provider
The best home care providers are knowledgeable, trustworthy and caring. Here’s how you can be sure a company is right for you. Ask yourself:
- Are the home care workers background-checked? At A-Z Home Care our checks are done by an independent agency with expertise in background checking. We also require drug screening.
- What type of credentials and...
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