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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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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Top 3 Tips for Fall Prevention

Falls can cause serious injuries that take a long time to heal. They can lead to permanent mobility problems that prevent your enjoyment of hobbies and/or limit your ability to drive, shop, cook or bathe. Top 3 Tips for Fall Prevention Falls are usually the result of spatial orientation miscalculations, dizziness, vision issues, imbalance, poor mobility and/or foot traffic obstacles. Check Your Health If you have arthritis, osteoporosis, hypoglycemia, diabetes, blood pressure fluctuation or another condition that can affect your ability to walk, ask your doctor about symptom management methods. If you’re otherwise experiencing symptoms that make you feel like you’re

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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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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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Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

How to reduce falls in the home: Did you know falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults? So how can you help your parents make their home fall-safe? Home Safety Checklist for Seniors First, you can address the fall risks in the home, room by room. You both may be so used to the layout of their home  and the way things are that you don’t notice the risks. Be prepared for some push back, particularly if they are resistant to you stepping in and “taking over.”

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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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Living Room Fall Prevention Guide

Making your living room safe is critical to both the aging loved one and the caregiver.  Trying to stand from a soft couch often causes shoulder and wrist injuries or a significant fall.  Often seniors will wait for someone in the home to help them stand up, which limits their freedom and can cause anxiety when you need to use the restroom.  For caregivers, repeatedly helping someone to stand from a seated position will cause painful back injuries! For a small investment, you can outfit your home for fall prevention.   These recommended products ensure both the aging senior and caregiver

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What Seniors Miss Most about Home in Facility Care

What Seniors Miss Most about Home in Facility Care

Moving away from home and into a care facility can be a jarring experience for seniors. While moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home is sometimes the only option, studies* have found that these moves can have a damaging effect on the emotional, mental, and physical well-being of seniors. What Seniors Miss Most about Home in Facility Care It’s little surprise then that nearly 90% of seniors reported to the AARP* that they wished to age-in-place for as long as possible. That’s true even in situations where seniors require professional in-home care to live at home safely and

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