Posts Tagged ‘caregiver’

Why We Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Home Care Plus team recently participated in the Charleston Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This wonderful event helps raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, research and support. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a debilitating disease that destroys a person’s memory and cognitive abilities over time. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it currently affects over 5 million Americans and is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented or cured. Millions of caregivers provide billions of unpaid hours of care each year  to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s website.

Congratulations to Our July Caregiver of the Month!

Jamie-Lee Viera

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Jamie-lee V. as our July Caregiver of the Month. She has been a valued employee with us for nearly 5 years. Jamie-lee is a natural caregiver, and we are so happy to recognize her accomplishments! She consistently upholds
the values and principles Home Care Plus is built upon–she is reliable, responsible and professional.  Jamie-lee is presently working on getting her degree and working night shifts. We at Home Care Plus commend and thank Jamie-lee forall she does!

Why You Should Consider In Home Care

 

happy senior woman on wheelchair with caregiver

Have you noticed that mom and dad are just not taking care of themselves like they used to? Are bills and mail piling up around the house? Is the lawn in need of attention? Does their physical appearance indicate that maybe they haven’t kept on top of their personal hygiene? Perhaps it’s something they said—maybe even joking around—that leaves you with a nagging worry about how they are doing on their own. Sometimes it happens much more quickly, such as a cancer or Alzheimer’s diagnosis or a bad fall, and suddenly you are scrambling to find the right kind of care. You want to be there for them as much as possible but you have your career, spouse and children to take care of. Your loved one wants to retain their independence in their own home. What do you do?

Fortunately, an in-home care company such as Home Care Plus can be just what you and your loved one need. Using a trusted, respected local company helps ensure your loved one gets the best care when you can’t be there. Home Care Plus caregivers are professional, qualified, compassionate and dependable. They can help around the house with light housekeeping and meals. Our caregivers offer a helping hand with personal hygiene, medication reminders, transportation to appointments and prescription pick-up and more. Home Care Plus offers peace of mind that your loved one is safe, eating nutritious meals, taking their medications safely, and has daily companionship. Call us today at 843-628-3642 for a free quote!

Financial Strain: Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Young woman helping and supporting her grandfather to walk outdoor in the garden with his support walking stick.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease takes a toll on the family caregiver, not only emotionally and physically, but financially as well. With over 5 million Americans living with the disease, the “costs of care” are having a profound financial impact on many families in the U.S. The 2016 Facts & Figures report by the Alzheimer’s Association highlights the monetary hardships facing these family caregivers.

According to the report, family caregivers spend over $5,000 annually on care. For some, this means they have to sell personal items to cover their bills; for others, it means forgoing their own medical appointments and even groceries. At the same time these families are dealing with the costs of caring for their suffering loved one, many caregivers are forced to cut back their hours at work, which further exacerbates the financial hardship. The report shows that on average, over $15,000 annually is being lost due to caregivers’ reduction in working hours or having to leave their job altogether to provide care.

Just this year alone, the cost of Alzheimer’s care in the U.S. is expected to reach $236 billion (2016 Facts & Figures, Alzheimer’s Association)—with Medicare paying for just under half of this amount. With the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease expected to nearly triple by 2050, there is plenty of work to be done, including increased planning and educational support for those suffering from the disease and their families, to help ease the financial burden of care.

Visit Alzheimer’s Association’s website, www.alz.org, for the full report.

 

Is It Time to Hire In Home Care?

nurse or helper in residential home giving food to senior man

Are you a family caregiver struggling to meet the demands of a full or part time career while taking care of your elderly parent? Have the constant demands of family caregiving started to take a toll on your own physical and emotional health and wellness? Do you wish to retain your independence while you age by staying in your own home as long as possible? If you answered yes to any of these questions, an in home caregiver from a trusted company like Home Care Plus can help.

Letting a “stranger” into your home and trusting them to provide your loved one with the same love, care and compassion you do requires a huge mental leap of faith. Home Care Plus is licensed and insured and the owners are personally involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. Our caregivers are experienced, compassionate and dependable, and we work with each client to ensure a good personality match between caregiver and client. In other words, you can feel confident and assured when you choose us for your caregiving needs.

Our trained caregiving staff can help with any of the following:

Personal Care

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

Homemaking

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

Companionship

  • 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

Experienced caregiving help is just a phone call away! Call us today at 843-628-3642.

 

Our June Caregiver of the Month is Lois H!

Lois Hendra

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Lois H. as our June Caregiver of the Month.  Lois has been a valued member of our team since 2012.  She works primarily for one client and has become an integral part of their life.  Lois’ compassion and empathy are invaluable to the Home Care Plus team!

Congratulations Lois!

 

The Staggering Cost of Being a Family Caregiver

Mother and daughter

How can you quantify the work of a family caregiver? The countless hours spent cooking, cleaning, shopping, bathing, paying bills, navigating the health care system, driving, worrying, loving, crying, stressing? A recent study by the AARP, entitled Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update, estimates that the economic value of unpaid family caregiving approached $470 billion in 2013. To put this number in perspective, that’s on par with the annual sales numbers for Walmart, the world’s biggest store! (AARP, Valuing the Invaluable, 2015)

Simply put, a lot of unpaid work is being done by family members out of love, respect, a sense of obligation, and yes, necessity. Many of these family caregivers also work part or full time jobs on top of their caregiving responsibilities. The toll their “second job” takes on their mental and physical health is profound; research has shown family caregivers suffer from poorer health, higher stress levels and an increased mortality rate as compared to non-caregivers (AARP, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015).

Family caregivers need better access to resources to help them navigate this increasingly complex role. Acceptance is important too—at some point your loved one may require more skilled care than you can provide, or supervision around the clock, or both—and it is ok to ask for help any step of the way. A trusted in home care company like Home Care Plus can help you shoulder the caregiving burden and give you peace of mind that your loved one is being properly cared for by a professional, highly trained, compassionate caregiver.

For more information on the economic impact of caregiving, its toll on family caregivers, and caregiving resources, visit the AARP’s website. For more information on how we can help you and your loved ones, visit the Home Care Plus website!

We Are Hiring!

Are you a caring, compassionate individual who is looking to help others? We are currently hiring caregivers for all shifts, click here to learn more!

Our April Caregiver of the Month is Bernice M!

Bernice McMcKenzie

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Bernice M. as our April Caregiver of the Month. Bernice has been with us for almost a year but has over 20 years experience in this field.  She works primarily with our Alzheimer’s/dementia clients.  We are so happy to have Bernice as part of our team and know that we can count on her to show professionalism and empathy to our clients and their families.

Thank you and congratulations Bernice!

 

Our October Caregiver of the Month is Courtney H!

Courtney Harris

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Courtney H. as our October caregiver of the month. Courtney has been with us for just under six months, but we are so excited to have her on our team.  Her energy and smile light up the clients’ homes and her genuine love of what she is doing is a blessing to the clients she serves. 

Congratulations Courtney!