Steering Clear of Profit-First Senior Care

Steering Clear of Profit-First Senior Care

When someone you love requires senior care, it’s important that they receive care from a provider who puts seniors first. The sudden boom in America’s elderly population has made senior care one of America’s most lucrative industries. While many owners of senior care agencies and facilities are getting into the industry for the right reasons, too many others only see dollar signs. Instead of putting seniors first, they’re prioritizing the bottom line. Steering Clear of Profit-First Senior Care At Visiting Angels®, we’ve been focused on seniors’ well-being for more than twenty years and have become one of the most trusted names

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Post-Acute Care Advice after a Hospital Stay

Post-Acute Care Advice after a Hospital Stay

One of the most challenging experiences for seniors and caregivers can be managing the recovery process after a hospital stay. Often, it’s not the hospitalization that is most difficult, but the specialized follow-up care that many seniors require to avoid complications or readmission into the hospital. This follow-up care, called post-acute care, is one of the most important parts of the recovery process. It’s also one of the most misunderstood and difficult to navigate parts of our healthcare system. Seniors who receive high-quality post-acute care after an injury or illness experience better, faster recoveries and have lower out-of-pocket healthcare. Post-Acute

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Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home vs. Home Care

How to choose the right living situation for your aging parent You have to consider several factors (finances, health care needs and preferences) when choosing where your aging loved one should live. Although seniors have many different living options, most people choose an assisted living facility, a nursing home or in-home care. Before making any decision about where your loved one should live, talk to them. Find out what they want their daily life to look like and what would make them happiest. Their ideal situation (retiring to Hawaii, for example) might not be feasible, but having an honest conversation

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Resources to Help Caregivers

Become a caregiver for a spouse or elderly parent can be overwhelming. From managing two households to overseeing or providing personal care, it can be difficult to reach out for help when you don’t know where to turn. Whether you need help in the home or emotional support for you or your parent, reaching out can make a positive impact on your day-to-day life. These underutilized free or low cost resources are a great place to start in connecting with others and finding support on your caregiving journey. Resources to Help Caregivers  Senior Centers: I am a huge fan of senior

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How to Prevent Agitation in Loved One with Dementia

How to Prevent Agitation in Loved One with Dementia

  A person with dementia can become agitated for a number of reasons such as pain, fatigue, confusion, or restlessness. Agitation is indicated by feelings of anxiety or becoming upset very quickly. Loved ones and caregivers should be cognizant of how to prevent or respond to these cases by taking a few precautions.  How to Prevent Agitation in Loved One with Dementia [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_KVCWAiv8Y[/embed] Dr. Elizabeth A. Landsverk, Silverado Belmont Hills Medical Director, suggests three ways to reduce or prevent agitation with dementia patients: Remove medicationsthat cause any agitation or more confusion, such as Xanax or sleeping pills. It’s best to consult

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How To Be a Caregiver for a Difficult Person

How To Be a Caregiver for a Difficult Person

Stay Sane When You Are Caring For A Challenging Caree Ideally, the person you provide care for is thankful and happy to have you in their life, caring for their personal, physical and emotional needs. Unfortunately, in the real world, sometimes being a caregiver is hard. Your caree may be angry that they need care or struggle with pain or frustration over their new situation, making you their easiest target. Or, maybe they weren’t very pleasant to begin with and you are stepping up regardless of their disposition. How To Be a Caregiver for a Difficult Person It can be extremely

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Caring for Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help

Why Long Distance Care Matters Now More Than Ever

Admitting you need help is hard. Especially when you used to be the one people went to for help. Suddenly, people are telling you what you should do or what you can’t do. Most seniors, regardless of what the outside looks like, still feel like their old selves, so when their adult children start treating them like a frail person who needs assistance, they can resist. Caring for Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help So how can you respectfully help your independent mother or father accept help, whether from you or a hired caregiver, so that they can continue their independent lifestyle

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Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors Receiving In-Home Care

Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors Receiving In-Home Care

The kitchen is one of the busiest places in any home – but also one of the most dangerous. Along with bathrooms, kitchens represent some of the most significant health and injury hazards to seniors. At Visiting Angels, our in-home care professionals work with seniors to make kitchens safer. Over the years, we’ve developed a number of safety tips that can be used by seniors, their caregivers, and their loved ones to improve kitchen safety. Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors Receiving In-Home Care “Preventing injury is one of the most important aspects of in-home care,” says Larry Meigs, CEO and President

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Hygiene of a bedridden person

Senior man lying in bed at home.

Advice on Caring for Someone Bedridden Make sure that you have all the necessary items at hand before you start. Protect the bed with a special hygienic underpad before attempting to carry out the bed bath. Start the bath by washing the face, and then wash the ears and the neck. Proceed to wash the arms and torso. Carefully dry the parts you have washed. Do not rub the skin with a towel – rather pat the skin dry. Turn the person to one side to wash his or her back. Take care to clean between the toes when washing

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