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Hiring an In-Home Caregiver – What Options Are Available?

Posted by Anne Hein on October 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Most seniors want to age in place. According to AARP, 90 percent of those 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible and 80 percent think their current residence is where they will always be. However, to stay at home, older adults often require assistance with everyday activities from bathing and going to the bathroom, to running errands and preparing meals. Family and friends can often chip in, but sometimes they are not available, they live far away or it is more than they can juggle. That’s where home care comes in. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Need Help Coordinating Health Care? Turn to a Case Manager

Posted by Anne Hein on October 10, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Case managers play a critical role in the health care system, but many do not know they exist. Case managers help individuals and their families understand a person’s illness or injury and then work with them and other health care professionals to develop a treatment plan.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

Reducing Hospital Readmissions: How Home Care Can Help Improve Outcomes

Posted by ComForCare on August 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Did you know nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries – approximately 2.6 million seniors – who are discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days? These unplanned readmissions are not only costly (an estimated $26 billion dollars every year in the U.S.), but harmful for patients. Who wants to get out of the hospital and get worse instead of better?  Yet, research shows up to 75 percent of hospital readmissions may be preventable. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

7 Ways to Pay for In-Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on July 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

paying-for-home-care.jpgAs you develop a long-term care plan for yourself or a loved one, several factors must be considered, such as one’s current and future medical needs, family support system and budget. Since 90 percent of people 65+ want to stay in their home as long as possible,[1] home care is a popular option.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances

How to Talk With Your Aging Parents About Their Long-Term Care

Posted by ComForCare on July 21, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Maybe you’ve noticed Mom forgetting to turn off the faucet after washing dishes or Dad having difficulty using stairs. You think it might be time to talk to them about finding some additional help, but you don’t know the best communication techniques to use. If your aging parents are accustomed to living independently or are tenacious (to say it nicely), it can be challenging to convince them of the need for help.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Intergenerational Summer Fun

Posted by ComForCare on June 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Summer days bring out the child in each of us. Whether you are young or old, or somewhere in-between, the hot days of summer can be filled with laughter, play and happy times together.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle

In-Home Care to Nursing Homes: A Variety of Options for Senior Care

Posted by ComForCare on June 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people want to be at home. According to an AARP survey, 90 percent of seniors 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible, and 80 percent think their current home is where they will always be.[1] It makes sense; home is familiar, close to friends and neighbors, and provides a sense of independence.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

10 Reasons to Choose Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on June 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

  1. Home is where Mom and Dad want to be! According to AARP, 90 percent of people 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible, and 80 percent think their current home is where they will always be.[1]
  2. Older adults need help. Surveys have found 40 percent of people 65+ need daily assistance, and 70 percent of adults 65+ will need assistance at some point. [2] In-home caregivers can assist with activities of daily living, such as errands, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, bathing, hygiene and dressing.
  3. Home care can help keep seniors out of the hospital. In a study of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, those receiving home care had lower hospital readmission rates – 58 percent compared to 66 percent without home care. Another study found seniors using home care had 25 percent fewer doctor visits.[3]
  4. Older adults are at a high risk of falling. In-home caregivers can identify trip hazards and assist with tasks that are sometimes dangerous, such as carrying a basket of laundry up the stairs or getting in and out of the shower.
  5. Home care can help older adults maintain health. In-home caregivers can prepare nutritious meals, take clients to doctor appointments and provide medication reminders.
  6. Many seniors are lonely. In fact, 43 percent of older adults report feeling lonely on a regular basis.[4] In-home caregivers provide companionship and meaningful activities, such as listening to music, playing games and looking through old photo albums.
  7. Family members may not be available to provide assistance. In 2010, the ratio of family caregivers to seniors (80 years and older) was 7-to-1. In 2030, the ratio is expected to drop to 4-to-1.[5] Family members also are living farther apart. On average, adults 60 and over are 280 miles away from their nearest child.[6]
  8. Family caregivers need a break sometimes. According to AARP, nearly nine out of 10 family caregivers said caring for a loved one was harder than they anticipated, and more than half felt overwhelmed by the amount of care their loved one needs.[7]
  9. Home care is often a more affordable option. Compared to nursing homes, assisted living and other senior housing options, providing care in the home may work better with one’s budget.
  10. Home care is personal. Home care helps people live independently in their own home and continue to do the things they love. At ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care, we work with each client and their family members to create a customized care plan. We also have innovative programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Call us today for a free in-home consultation. Our goal is to help people live their best life possible.

To learn more about in-home care, download our "Ultimate Guide to Home Care." This free e-book will lead you through the in-home care process, including:

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Keeping Safe at Home

Posted by ComForCare on May 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Home should be a place of comfort and safety. As time passes, however, we can become a little too comfortable in those familiar surroundings to recognize emerging safety concerns. For this reason, living safely at home can turn into a challenge for older adults. 

With increasing age, vision and hearing become less acute, balance is less steady and reaction time slows. Household and personal tasks that were once easy and safe to complete can turn into difficult and dangerous activities.

Make Necessary Repairs

Make it a priority to look around your loved one's home for potential safety hazards. Take time to check that all appliances, electrical devices and outlets are in good working order. If necessary, make repairs and replacements. It's important to personally assess the situation. Your loved one may be reluctant to bring any household problems to your attention due to concerns about costs, maintaining personal independence or simply not wanting to make extra work for you. 

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Safety

Make It Your Nature to Garden

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM

For some, there is nothing more refreshing than sinking their fingers into fresh, warm soil or biting into a sun-ripened tomato fresh off the vine. There is a basic human feeling when plugging in seeds or root balls — a sense of accomplishment and a state of deep peace. However, gardening not only feels good, it is good for you. In addition to growing nutritious fruits and vegetables, here are some of other health benefits of gardening. 

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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