Posts Tagged ‘independence’

Is It Still Safe for Your Elderly Loved One to Drive?

Driving gives people a sense of independence and freedom. Having the ability to run out to the store, drive to appointments or meet friends or family on a whim is something many of us with a driver’s license takes for granted. Sadly, there may come a time when it is no longer safe for an aging person to drive. Poor eyesight, mental decline or confusion, side effects from medications, slower reflexes–any of these conditions can make driving hazardous to both the driver and other people on the road. It is never easy to talk to a loved one about their declining health or their ability to drive, but it is important to have a conversation if you have reason to believe they might not be in a position to drive safely anymore. If they talk about getting lost, start getting parking or driving tickets or if their car shows signs of damage, it may be time for your loved one to hand over the keys. Involving their doctor in the conversation can help take the pressure off of you being “the bad guy.”

Fortunately there are organizations that can help your loved one retain some independence. The Independent Transportation Network offers rides to those in need for a small fee. These can be scheduled on the fly or prearranged. Volunteer drivers donate their time to help your loved one stay safe and get to where they need to be. Click here to learn more about Charleston’s ITN network.

Congratulations to our November Caregiver of the Month!

Rose J

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Rose J. as our Caregiver of the month for November. Rose has been a valued employee with Home Care Plus since 2011. Her kindness, patience and dependability has fostered strong bonds with her clients. Rose enjoys taking her clients on outings and preparing and cooking their favorite meals. She is dedicated and encourages her clients’ independence in daily activities as much as they are able to do.

Rose, we are grateful you are on our team and for the devoted care you have provided to our clients at Home Care Plus.

Congratulations Rose!

Recovering from Stroke: The Value of Rehabilitation

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke causes a death every 4 minutes, is more likely to happen to females than males, and is the leading cause of disability in adults. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke is critical, as better outcomes can often be achieved if emergency treatment is received quickly. It is also important to understand your risk factors. Many people incorrectly believe that strokes aren’t preventable, but according to the National Stroke Association, up to 80% of strokes are avoidable.

Just as timely treatment is important during a stroke, having a plan for recovery after a stroke is vital. Your doctor can help you develop a rehabilitation plan with the goal of recovering as much independence as possible. Depending on the severity of the stroke, going home and working towards resuming your daily activities may be a very real possibility. You may need the help of a trained caregiver as you ease back into your routine for a short while, but if the stroke caused severe motor, speech or cognitive impairment, in-home care may be a longer-term requirement. Either way, finding a trusted, licensed in-home care provider can go a long way to making rehabilitation much smoother. The American Stroke Association has a number of information sheets which provide guidance on many stroke related topics, such as stroke risk, identifying a stroke, as well as this guide to Living At Home After a Stroke. Stroke prevention should be the goal, but when a stroke does happen, quick identification, timely care and a rehabilitation plan with input from your physician and an experienced caregiver can help with the adjustment to life at home post-stroke.

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!