January 9, 2017

Considering Supportive Homecare Options

Filed under: Healthcare,home health care — seniorlivingguide @ 3:18 pm
Courtesy of –
Karina Tama – Rutigliano
Digital Marketing Manager
Caring People Home Healthcare Agency

Whether you are in your 60s or 70s, have you considered your future living arrangements? Perhaps you live in a multistory home with a tricky staircase and a bathroom only on one floor? If this sounds familiar, it’s time to put some thought into supportive homecare options for your future.

Do You Plan on Moving?

What would you do if you could no longer live in your own home? Do you have a child to live with? Of course, there are advantages to living with a child and it is certainly an option for homecare for the elderly. Two major benefits include:

  • You are surrounded by loving family
  • You have people you are familiar with, helping you with your daily tasks

However, there are disadvantages to this solution, too, such as:

  • Losing the familiarity of your community and friends
  • Your family’s home may also have steep staircases
  • You may no longer be able to enjoy your independence
  • You may have to throw out treasured keepsakes to make space for moving in with family

How About Aging in Place?supportive-homecare-options

If you would much prefer to enjoy aging on place, but fear that your home is not up to aging with you and your new needs, there are a few things you can do to ensure you can continue to live comfortably in the embrace of your home, such as:

  • Installing slip-resistant floors
  • Widening doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers
  • Installing a stair lift if you have stairs
  • Remote control lighting
  • Installing rails and ramps
  • Consider a walk-in shower

Besides those supportive homecare options, there is also the option of in home health care service. Professionals who are familiar with homecare for the elderly will ensure you get to live as comfortable a life as possible while maintaining your independence.

Supportive Homecare Options – the Benefits of an In-Home Health Care Service

  1. All the Comforts of Home

For many seniors, the feeling of being at home where they are close to their friends and family can promote independence and recovery from illnesses or operations. Homecare for the elderly is ideal for rehabilitation, and research has shown that people tend to heal quicker in the comfort of their own home.

  1. Personalized Care

Aging in place with the assistance of in-home healthcare means you can enjoy quality care and one-on-one attention to ensure you have a comfortable lifestyle.

  1. Peace of Mind for the Elderly and Their Family

When you and your family decide to employ the services of in-home care professionals for a senior family member, you’re doing more than just making sure you receive top-quality care. You are also ensuring peace of mind for your family members. Often, it is nearly impossible for family members to provide the level and range of care you need. With the responsibilities of jobs, children, spouses, and their own life to lead, it can be tough being responsible for an elder, too. With professional and supportive homecare options like in-home health care, your family won’t feel like they are giving up on you and you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

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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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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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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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January 20, 2015

New Advertiser Alert – Home Care Solutions of Jacksonville

Filed under: home health care,senior living guide,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 11:21 am

Please welcome our latest addition to the Jacksonville Florida market – Home Care Solutions of Jacksonville!

homecarejaxHome Care Solutions of Jacksonville is a community-based homemaker & companion service that benefits Duval, viagra Baker, case Clay, no rx Nassau, and St Johns Counties. We offer non-medical assistance in your home or in a care facility that is both flexible and affordable. Our services include assistance & companionship for the elderly, disabled, or those recovering from illness. We can be your lifeline to bring back stability to your lives starting within your home.

You can view their complete listing here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/DB/facilities.tpl?sku=20150120090657

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December 16, 2014

New Advertiser Alert – Phoenix Home Healthcare 4793 Shallowford Circle Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Filed under: home health care,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 12:30 pm

Untitled-1Phoenix Home Healthcare offers quality comfort care to their clients while enhancing their quality of life, pharm all from the comfort of their home. Our staff is thoroughly screened and insured. Call Today for a no-obligation meeting.

View the full listing here.

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December 5, 2014

New Listing Alert – Comprehensive Home Care – Ft. Lauderdale

Filed under: home health care,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 11:36 am

Please welcome our newest advertiser on the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource – SeniorLivingGuide.com!

Untitled-1Comprehensive Home Care is dedicated to providing the highest quality multidisciplinary home care to our patients in the least restrictive and most comfortable environment possible — the patient’s own home. Providing Medicare Home Health Care Services in 29 counties throughout Florida, Comprehensive has been the innovator in designing its services to recognize the needs of our patients and promote preventative health programs to maintain the highest quality life.

Check out the complete listing here!

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November 4, 2014

New Advertiser Alert – Timeless Home Care 2750 N 29th Ave. Suite 320 Hollywood, FL 33020

Filed under: home health care,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 12:25 pm

Untitled-1Please welcome our newest advertiser in Southeast Florida – Timeless Home Care!

Timeless Home Care provides individualized private duty home health care to meet your independent lifestyle needs. Let our staff assist you at home with one or more of our many available customized, affordable services.

Our Skilled Services provide a professional staff to evaluate each patient’s progress in collaboration with the physician. Your Timeless Home Care Advisor acts as the clients advocate and liason between the agency, clients, and their families.

View the full listing here.

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September 17, 2014

New Advertiser Alert – Brookdale Home Health & Personalized Living – The Villages, FL

Filed under: home health care,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 8:36 am

Welcome Brookdale Home Health & Personalized Living in The Villages, FL! They’re the newest advertiser on the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource – SeniorLivingGuide.com!

brookdale-logoWhether a senior is aging in place in their home or living in a senior living community, medical and non-medical home care are options that provide a wide array of features and services. The goal of these services is to help seniors receive the care they need in the setting of their choice while providing the senior and their family with realistic and safe options.

Check out their full ad here.

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