How to choose a home care provider

1. Write down all the care services needed Start by making a complete list of all the tasks you or your loved one needs help with. Once you have this list, you can decide whether you need one provider or a few with different specialties. 2. Screen over the phone first Next, call the companies that advertise the services you need and confirm that their employees can do everything needed. Use the list of questions from Eldercare.gov to ensure your loved one will receive quality care. 3. Interview in the resident’s home If a provider meets your standards after talking

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Find Senior Care on Limited Budget

Recently, a reader asked, "If you can't afford to live in a senior care facility, or have family to take care of you what other options does a person have when they can't take care of yourself?" For many seniors, they survive on Social Security from month to month. The retirement years is challenging and enjoying the golden years and living comfortably is only a dream. And once they retire, they struggle. They are in survival mode. Others, like the 10,000 Americans who turn 65 every day, are just now facing the reality. When seeking care on the limited income

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Aging: Help Planning for Your Future

Aging: Help Planning for Your Future

Aging happens naturally, but aging well takes careful planning. Take steps to ensure that your financial, living, and medical needs are met in old age. When thinking about the elderly years and how they will play out usually starts after caregiving. It's when people understand the difficulties of growing older. Some see their parents deal with heart problems while others confront dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Observing decline is heart-wrenching. Caregivers feel parents are invincible but soon find out the contrary. What families learn about growing older is that getting organized and prepared for the golden years will help them the

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Aging Parents: Plan for All Seasons

Plan now for where your elders will live as they age.  Get their vision for what they want to happen if they need care or accommodations for an illness.  Having a plan is the key.  It reduces the stress, eases the frustration and makes caregiving easier for all involved.  I’ve boiled it down to 3 steps. Do your elders want to live at their own home as long as they can? Do they have a vision for where they’ll want to be if the time comes when they need care?  Does each family member have a role? First – talk

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5 Biggest Reasons for Aging in Place

5 Biggest Reasons for Aging in Place

As the old saying goes, “Home is where the heart is.” That saying holds true for most Americans, but it holds particular meaning for America’s seniors. According to data from the AARP, nearly 90% of American seniors wish to remain in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible. Even when faced with significant age-related difficulties, most older adults believe that aging in place is important.  5 Biggest Reasons for Aging in Place  5 Biggest Reasons for Aging in Place At Visiting Angels, we’ve been helping American seniors age in place for nearly twenty years. Our experience as home

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All the Ways to Use a Reacher

How to use a Reacher

How to use a Reacher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-ko0q_IoxY If you have a bad back and can't bend, you hate putting on shoes and socks and pants and undies, and taking them off is no better. Picking up things you've dropped is a painful and hated task. If you have a bad neck that hates tilting up and down, you hate getting cans off that high shelf you reach on tiptoes, and you males like urinals but hate neck craning over a toilet. But you have to do all these things, so you're in a real bind. All the Ways to Use a

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5 Tips to Maximize Your Elderly Parent’s At-Home-Care

5 Tips to Maximize Your Elderly Parent’s At Home Care

Anytime a child must care for their elderly parents it can be stressful for both parties. Many people are turning to home healthcare to combat this reality. An estimated 12 million people use these services as an alternative to nursing homes. If you are using at home care or are interested in learning more, here are five things you can do to maximize your parent’s experience. 1.) Know Your Limitations If you are going to provide at-home care for a parent, being honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do is important. Providing for another person in your home

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10 Best American Cities for Older Adults

As the 80+ million baby boomers age, more and more Americans will reach senior status. By 2040, more than one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. While the classic picture of retirement involves moving to the Sun Belt, many older adults actually want to stay put and age in their home and communities in cities both large and small. This desire is part of what prompted the Milken Institute—a non-partisan economic think tank—to rank the best large and small cities for older adults to live in. The Institute looked at 83 indicators from publicly available data

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How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents

How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents

If you are a long distance caregiver, or just don’t live close enough to visit your parents on a regular basis, you may not have enough time to evaluate how they are doing. Here are some ways to maximize your visits so that you get quality time but also check in on their ability to safely live independently. How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents  Leave the House This may sound like an odd suggestion, but I worked with many families who were very close and the adult children visited regularly, however, they had no idea that their parent had a

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