Posts Tagged ‘aging loved one’

Holiday Help is Here!

As we enter November, it’s hard not to look ahead to the holidays that are just around the corner. If you are caring for an aging loved one with a chronic disease, you may be feeling more fear than cheer. The holidays can be stressful without the added emotional and time commitments that come with caring for a loved one. As difficult as it may be, setting aside quiet time with your loved one and carrying on family traditions can help everyone feel less stressed and more in touch with what is most important during this hectic time of year.

Don’t forget to ask for help! Our compassionate, dependable caregivers are here to help you and your loved one. We can give you the time and assistance you need and the peace of mind that your loved one is in good hands.

Give Home Care Plus a call today! 843-628-3642.

Tips for Creating a Care Plan for Your Aging Loved One

Acknowledging that your loved one needs help is the first step, and often a very difficult one for both you and your loved one to take. Once you establish there is a need for care coordination, a detailed care plan can ensure that they are being well cared for and nothing is overlooked. Involving close family and friends, as well as trusted professionals, can make the process more manageable. Agingcare.com’s article, Personal Care Plans, the Secret to Confident Caregiving, is a great resource for anyone looking to create a care plan for their loved one.

Our August Caregiver of the Month was Amanda L!

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Amanda L. as our August Caregiver of the Month. Amanda is sincerely dedicated to her clients and has a track record of excellent care.  She is reliable, punctual and engaged with the client at all times.  Amanda is truly an exceptional caregiver, and we are happy to have her as part of the Home Care Plus team.

Congratulations Amanda!

Understanding In-Home Care

care giver holding senior's hands

While many people are thrust into the world of in-home care when something unexpected happens, others include it in their long-term health care planning discussions with professionals and loved ones. Regardless of how you’ve arrived at this point, understanding what in-home care can offer and how to go about choosing the in-home care company that’s right for you can be overwhelming. There are a few boxes to check when searching for a company.  Here is a list of common questions to ask:

  • Are they licensed and insured?
  • Do they accept most forms of insurance?
  • What type of certifications/training do the caregivers have?
  • Who will be working with the family/individual to develop a plan of care? Is it a registered nurse?
  • Do the owners of the company play an active role in the hiring process?
  • Does the company come well recommended?

Trust is a major component of being comfortable bringing someone into your house to take care of your loved one. Suzy Kuppens, founder of Home Care Plus, had first hand experience caring for her father with Alzheimer’s. She not only played the role of supportive daughter but also nurse and this gives her unique insight into what other families are going through and what they need most during this trying time.

The other question people often have is “what exactly does an in-home caregiver do?” Home Care Plus is a great option for a senior living independently at home who wants to remain at home as long as possible, those who may need help transitioning a loved one from a care facility to home, families who want to help aging parents maintain quality of life at home, but do not have the knowledge, skills or time to do the job alone, and long distance caregivers who need a local liaison to oversee care and notify them of problems. Our services include:

  • An in-person meeting with a registered nurse to develop a comprehensive plan of care
  • Arrangement and monitoring services for social activities as needed.
  • Home and or facility visits.
  • Medication oversight.
  • Accompanying client during physician/professional visits as desired.
  • Communication and reports to physicians, facility staff and other professionals.
  • Advocacy
  • Assistance with transition from home to a care facility or facility to home.
  • Assistance with filing insurance claims and with mail order pharmacy as needed.

As well as the following Home Care responsibilities:

Personal Care

  • Bathing & hygiene assistance
  • Dressing
  • Assistance with walking and exercise
  • Medication reminders
  • Prompting and mental cueing
  • Safety supervision
  • Meal planning and preparation

Homemaking

  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry and linens
  • Dusting and ironing
  • Making beds

Companionship

  • Letter writing and correspondence
  • Conversation
  • Reading
  • Playing games/cards

Transportation

  • Shopping and errands
  • Transportation to appointments or social events
  • Picking up prescriptions

Additional Services

  • Pet Care
  • Family Respite Care
  • Independent and Assisted Living in home care

For more information on how Home Care Plus can help you and your loved ones, visit our website or give us a call at 843-628-3642 today!