What to consider when choosing an in-home care provider

If you are looking into hiring an in-home care provider here are some things to consider: Service availability Home health aide schedules vary between agencies. This can impact affordability and convenience when hiring a service. Home for the holidays: Does the agency offer holiday service? Many elderly people celebrate in their own homes, making it crucial for an assistant to be available during these days. Part-time option: Not all seniors need round-the-clock care, so a part-time option helps keep costs low. Overtime service: Family members responsible for primary care may face a late day at the office, bad traffic or

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10 Essential Tips to Become Nurse Supporting Family Caregivers

Becoming a nurse who supports caregivers is a calling for many healthcare professionals. It’s a job you have to do if it is aligned with your passion. Being a nurse already allows you to work in a job that you are passionate about. With ambulatory care nursing, you will be able to flex your schedule a lot more. This is a great benefit and avenue for nurses who are also moms or just want more flexibility. Going into this career option without much knowledge of what it would be like can be daunting. It’s always best to get as much

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Why is Dementia Rate Rising 5X as Fast as US Population

Why is Dementia Rate Rising 5X as Fast as US Population

Cases of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have increased sharply in the US over the past several years. The reason why it is taken for granted: as the American population grows older, dementia becomes more prevalent. But Alzheimer’s and other dementias may be spreading faster than many people think. Why is Dementia Rate Rising 5X as Fast as US Population A new study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has found that cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia are projected to increase from 6 million cases in 2017 to 15 million cases by 2060. That’s an increase of

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Caregiving Tips to Help Aging Parents Manage their Lives

If you are a caregiver to your aging parent, you know that you need to be organized to juggle everything on your plate. However, did you know that it will be beneficial to everyone involved if your aging parent or loved one is also organized? Many people think that once they retire, they don’t need to be organized anymore. The thing is, if you have appointments and rely on people to assist you, the more organized you are, the better off everyone is. A caree’s organization system doesn’t have to be as in depth as a caregiver’s system. They just

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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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Patient Advocate vs Geriatric Care Manager

Patient Advocate vs Geriatric Care Manager

A few weeks ago, a reader asked, "Can you tell me the differences between a geriatric care manager and a patient advocate? I hear the two terms frequently and wonder if they are the same?" Here are the basic differences: A Patient Advocate can assist anyone of any age - not limited to someone who is elderly, or at least over a 'certain age,' as a geriatric case manager would be. A Geriatric Care Manager does not focus strictly on healthcare. Their work is broader with some emphasis on finances, housing, and other aspects of life that change as we

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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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