December 5, 2016

5 Steps to Consider Before Hiring a Caregiver

Filed under: home health care — seniorlivingguide @ 5:50 pm

Courtesy of Caring People Inc.

Many seniors are adamantly opposed to nursing homes or assisted living facilities, hiring-a-caregiverand yet some help will be required for them to remain at home. Entrusting your loved one to a caregiver is a big step, and must be undertaken with informed caution. While you may feel anxious about handing over the care of your family member to a stranger, using these 5 steps to guide your decisions when hiring a caregiver can give you confidence throughout the process.

1) Credentials – When hiring a caregiver, always examine the candidate’s credentials.

Ask for proof of relevant training, certifications, and experience. Are they Red Cross certified in CPR and First Aid? Are they trained to handle medications?

In some states, in-home caregivers may be required to hold certain licenses and/or certifications. Check with your county and state regulatory agencies for their requirements. Be sure to review any relevant documentation with the caregiver or agency.

What are the needs of your loved one? Is the candidate able and willing to provide for these needs, even though some may not necessarily be medical-related? Evaluate the values and preferences of your loved one. He or she may be more comfortable with a caregiver who shares his or her cultural background and/or language.

Your loved one may also have a preference between a male or female caregiver, especially if personal care is required.

2 ) References – Always ask for more references than those offered by the caregiver, and speak with everyone.

Listen for complaints, comments, and also any subtle hesitancy to answer questions regarding the candidate. Ask about tenure and relational skills. The in-home caregiver will become part of your family in a very real sense, so do not rush this part of the process.

3) Background Checks – Those candidates who provide the required credentials and positive references should then submit to a background investigation by a reputable agency.

While the professionals perform their due diligence, do some searching of your own. Look up the individual on social media sites and do a Google search of their name. Social media can be an illuminating window into the real person under consideration.

When hiring a caregiver for your loved one, leave no stone unturned.

4) Legal Matters – Contracts must detail employment terms including, but not limited to, duties, privileges, compensation and benefits, time off, performance reviews, requirements for transportation and mileage reimbursement, notices and severance issues, and confidentiality.

Many problems can be avoided by compiling a clear contract.

5) Finances & Taxes – The difference between an employee and an independent contractor depends on control in the workplace.

Before hiring a caregiver, determine with the caregiver how they will be treated for employment and tax purposes. Do not consider hiding your in-home caregiver expenses for tax purposes. Paying a caregiver under the table is against federal law and can have serious consequences.

Hiring a caregiver for your loved one is a sensitive process that should not be rushed; but neither should it be feared. Follow these 5 guidelines, take your time, and make solid decisions. You, and your loved one, will be glad you did.

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November 9, 2016

New FEATURED Listing Alert – The Residences of United HomeCare 9355 SW 158th Ave. Miami, FL 33196

Filed under: assisted living — seniorlivingguide @ 10:47 am

Please welcome our newest FEATURED listing in the Southeast Florida market – The Residences of United HomeCare! A Featured listing appears at the very top of our search results creating the most traffic and most leads for this top notch community!

The Residences of United HomeCare’s apartments allow seniors to experience all the comforts of home. LEED certified building and beautifully designed rooms with UHC-4205 Logo3_The Residencesspacious living areas, kitchenette, wall-mounted flat-screen TV, ample storage space, oversized windows to allow in natural light and individually 20161109080859photo1controlled heat and air-conditioning. Residents enjoy superb services delivered by trained, compassionate professionals.

Our commitment is to treat you like family, making sure you are loved, and are comfortable, happy and healthy. We also promise to provide you with a vibrant lifestyle that will keep your mind engaged, your body active, and your soul fulfilled.

Check out their complete listing here!

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November 1, 2016

New Listing Alert – Discovery Village at the West End 9801 Harmony Woods Drive Richmond, VA 23233

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 11:52 am

Check out our newest FEATURED advertiser in Richmond Virginia – Discovery Village at the West End!

dvgeneric_bydsl-logoWelcome home to Discovery Village at the West End, a modern senior living community offering the best combinations of active adult lifestyles and personalized services. Wake up inspired each morning with a wealth of amenity and services at your doorstep. Explore the stylish Grand Clubhouse and indulge in our unique lifestyle programs: Sensations Dining, Celebrations Activities and Dimensions Wellness, Whether you are looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, we are sure you will agree Discovery Village is an unmatched value in Richmond that can provide everything you need now or may need in the future, all in one place.

You can view this beautiful Central Virginia community here and view pictures, floor plans and even a custom video!

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September 30, 2016

New Advertiser Alert – Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield 100 Crestwood Court Wheatfield, NY 14304

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 11:24 am

please welcome the newest community to the fastest growing senior housing and services resource (SeniorLivingGuide.com) – Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield
in Wheatfield, sales NY!

At Elderwood Residences of Wheatfield you have the freedom from home ownership wht-il-3c-1-lineburdens with our month-to-month rental which enables you to live within your means. We have no up-front costs or association fees. In addition, health we provide a wide range of amenities that includes home maintenance, viagra maid services, community events and wellness programs. Residing at Elderwood Residences you can wake up each morning with a complimentary continental breakfast. Our attentive staff will provide any assistance you may need. We have extra space for what you need, like your car, furniture and décor. Come and see what we have to offer and get back to doing what you love!

Check out their FEATURED listing here!

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September 8, 2016

Premium Listing Alert – Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons

Filed under: active adult,Alzheimer's,assisted living,retirement,senior housing — seniorlivingguide @ 11:36 am

agbydsl_parklandcommons_final_vert_smallThe Southeast area of Florida is a heavily saturated market when it comes to senior housing. Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons now has an opportunity to showcase their community by standing out from fellow communities. How did they do it? By upgrading to a Premium position on the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource – SeniorLivingGuide.com!

Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons now appears ABOVE all of the basic listings in Southeast Florida giving them premium exposure to seniors and their loved ones who are searching for Retirement, Active Adult, Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s care in that area. Not only that, but our Premium and Featured listings also include a custom video so consumers can learn more about Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons and all that they have to offer.

Want to check them out on SeniorLivingGuide.com? Click HERE

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July 21, 2016

New Listing Alert – St. Catherine’s Village 200 Dominican Dr Madison, MS 39110 866-451-3617

Filed under: active adult,Alzheimer's,assisted living,New Senior Housing Information — seniorlivingguide @ 1:31 pm

Please welcome our newest FEATURED listing in the Jackson, Mississippi region – St. Catherine’s Village!

St. Catherine’s Village, Mississippi’s first all-inclusive, Continuing Care Retirement logoCommunity, is a gracious environment of caring. For health and well-being, for comfort and security, for faith and friendship, St. Catherine’s Village is a lifestyle, a family and a ministry. Services and amenities are designed to enhance the lifestyle and promote choice.

Nestled on 160 acres of rolling green hills and tall pine trees, St. Catherine’s Village overlooks a tranquil 15 acre stocked lake.

Check out there full listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20160721112204

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July 20, 2016

New Listings Alert – Total Home Health – 2 Southeast Florida Locations!

Filed under: home health care — seniorlivingguide @ 8:15 am

Please welcome 2 more FEATURED listings to the Southeast Florida market! Total Home Health has two locations, store one in Stuart, drugstore one in Vero Beach that will treat you like family!

Untitled-1Total Home Health is a licensed and Medicare certified home health care agency committed to providing coordinated and quality health care to qualified individuals through professional and compassionate personnel. The patient’s health, viagra comfort and peace of mind are of primary concern, with respect to dignity and right to privacy. We serve as a comprehensive resource for health care and believe that patients have the right to access a health care professional 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Agency recognizes that involvement of patient, family and community resources all reinforce a positive affirmation of life.

View their Stuart location HERE and their Vero Beach location HERE.

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New Listing Alert – Home Instead Senior Care – Clearwater 14202 62nd St. N Clearwater, FL 33760

Filed under: home health care — seniorlivingguide @ 7:37 am

Check out the new FEATURED listing for Home Instead Senior Care – Clearwater! They’ve been added to our West Coast Florida Home Health Care listings as a FEATURED listing so they appear at the very top of our search results making their service easy to find for seniors and their loved ones!

Home Instead compassionate CAREGivers assist elder clients with common activities20150708132419logo of daily living like showering, cooking and much more. CAREGivers even can help with errands and transportation. So if you are looking for someone to help on aging parent or care for yourself, we can accommodate your needs from a few hours a week or if you need more comprehensive care up to 24 hours a day. Home Instead Senior Care is here to help!

View their full listing HERE

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July 8, 2016

Please welcome The Georgian to SeniorLivingGuide.com!

Filed under: active adult,New Senior Housing Information,retirement,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 9:52 am

11659359_455966671230071_6193672419490700539_nCheck out our newest Featured advertiser – The Georgian Apartments in Houston TX! You can view their new FEATURED ad complete with a video and links to their corporate website, clinic Facebook and Twitter profiles here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20160707095456

uniiHome is not a place but a feeling of complete comfort and relaxation. Here at The Georgian, you will enjoy a community of Houston apartments perfect for independent seniors, ages fifty-five and up. Designed with a variety of recreational and residential accommodations, these one and two bedroom apartments and townhomes offer neighborhood convenience at an affordable price. Take a look around and you will see why so many are proud to call The Georgian their home.

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May 10, 2016

Florida Caregiver Conference – Wednesday May 18th

Filed under: Companions,Healthcare,home health care,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 8:53 am

Are you caring for a child, healing spouse, veteran, or senior adult?
This is the conference for you!

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