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Who can you trust when it comes to home care

As people grow old, their siblings main concern is to provide them with home care assistance in their Golden years. It is better safe than sorry. The bottom line is that you are entrusting your loved one to a complete stranger. Therefore, it would be worth the money spent in checking applicant’s background.

1. What Is Home Care?

Home care pertains to services that are not medically related. It helps individuals, mostly the elderly, in going through a healthy lifestyle each day. Home care service became well liked mainly due to the fact that the elderly do not need to go to a hospice or house for the elderly to be taken care of. They can just remain at home where they are comfortable and be given services there. As people grow old, home errands like cleaning the house, buying groceries, cooking dishes, opening or carrying something heavy becomes harder. Also, personal grooming like taking a bath, dressing up, even getting up from bed or stairs could be difficult. Now, due to those home care service providers, there are people trained and monitored by agencies to give those types of services. As a rule, people who provide home care should be ready to perform their duty 24 hours each day. Depending on the arrangements, home care providers can work by shift, hourly, living-in or can be called when needed.

2. Types Of Home Care:

Homemaker

This service includes preparing meals, minor house cleaning, laundry, buying food and household needs and other chores at home.

Personal Care

Service totally focused on the daily activities of a client like taking a bath, getting dressed, use of toilet, eating and grooming.

Companionship

This means that the home care provider is just somebody to talk to when needed. For example, the elderly is usually left at home when everybody is at work or in school. A home care provider is hired as a talking buddy. Depending on the arrangements, the service can be over the phone, a daily visit, or a stay-in companion.

Home Health Care Service

This service is performed by professionals that can provide help like nursing, psychiatric care, social work, health aides at home, respiratory therapy, speech development or occupational or physical therapy.

Respite Care

A volunteer trained in home care or professional lives in with the elderly or client. This is a comprehensive care giving service. Any help needed by the client will be provided by the home care provider.

3. Selection Tips:

Money matters

If money is an issue, agencies that provide home services are much expensive compared to individual providers. The advantage of an agency-based though is that they are professionally schooled and trained for the job. Individuals do not provide this assurance unless they present related proof of their professional training as a home care provider.

Easy To Deal With

Home care providers that are agency based have a much more systematic way and processes in dealing with clients. Payment is professionally processed and in case the provider is sick, an agency can give a replacement. Also if a problem comes up regarding the service provider, there is an agency wherein you can file a complaint; whereas for individual home care providers, you have no other person to report to if he or she falters. In case you decided to choose an individual provider instead, here are some things to do to assure that your loved one will be safe and given a good service.

– Know the person

– Perform a thorough interview

– Have clear expectations

– Explain clearly what you expect

– Discuss Costs Immediately

– Ask for personal information

5 WAYS To Keep Your Elderly Parent Safe at Home.

Seeing changes in an elderly parent age can be a difficult, and even alarming, experience. Perhaps dad’s bills are piling up, and he’s neglecting things he once took pride in. Maybe mom’s forgetfulness is starting to look like a precursor to something more serious. Suddenly, the roles you and your parent have always played are reversed. You’re the caregiver, and you aren’t sure what to do. In these situations, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed. If you haven’t already done so, you may be wondering if it’s time to consider home care services. If you’re currently receiving help from a paid caregiver, you may be asking yourself if it’s enough.

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SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH: FOR SENIORS

HOW TO IMPROVE SENIOR SLEEP PATTERNS

Sleep deprivation and other sleep issues can impact senior health significantly. Learn how to improve sleep patterns for seniors. An average of 71/2 to 9 hours of sleep each night is considered healthy for most adults. Seniors are often unable to sleep this much due to a variety of sleep-related problems. During sleep awareness month, learn what can be done to help seniors establish healthy sleep patterns.

*Sleep Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation.

Unfortunately, changes in sleep patterns are a normal part of aging. Many seniors have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. In some cases, the challenge is due to a sleeping disorder or the side effect of a medication. However, sleep disturbance in the aging is often just the result of reduced REM sleep. In other words, seniors tend to be lighter sleepers. They wake up more often due to noise, aches, movement, the need to use the bathroom, etc.

SLEEP TIPS FOR THE SENIORS

To make the most out of sleep, seniors can use these simple tips:

1. Be Mindful Stress, worry, and negative thought patterns can disrupt sleep—even if seniors try to “think positively” right before bed. Since sleep deprivation affects mental health and vice versa, it is important to encourage seniors to develop a healthy response to stress at all hours.

2. Exercise Regularly Physical activity can help the body sleep. Regular exercise also offers health benefits that positively impact sleep, like lower blood pressure, stress relief, and improved breathing.

3. Form a Bedtime Routine Many habits can influence sleep for better or for worse. Lying in bed during the day can disrupt sleep patterns. Watching television or screen time on the phone at night can also delay sleep. Encourage seniors to establish a bedtime routine that includes doing something quiet and relaxing for an hour.

4. Eat and Drink for Better Sleep Sometimes seniors drink alcohol before bed because it makes them sleepy. However, alcohol tends to wake people up in the middle of the night and reduce REM sleep cycles. Food does the same. Seniors should avoid eating food or drinking alcohol for 2-3 hours before bedtime. (Better Health While Aging)

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You can also print our newsletter here: WAYSHomeCareSleepAwarenessApril2018

 

WAYS: FIND THE RIGHT CAREGIVER FOR YOUR ELDERLY PARENT

Entrusting Your Aging Parent to Someone Else’s Care is a Big Decision

How do you know who the right caregiver is? There are a few steps you can take to help make your selection confidently. 57% of seniors over age 70 do not find it very easy to live alone. Many need assistance with some daily tasks. If your parent is one of them and plans to age in place, it’s time to hire a caregiver. There are several steps to take to ensure your loved one receives the best care.

First Steps to Take When Hiring a Caregiver

1. Understand Your Loved One’s Needs The first thing you need to know is the kind of care your parent needs, and how often. Home care caregivers offer assistance with non-medical activities like bathing, cooking, transportation, or companionship. Create a list of specific activities your parent needs help with.

2. Assess Your Financial Options and Resources Your finances may affect your caregiver options. Work out a budget for caregiving. Many nonprofit and governmental programs offer financial assistance for the care of the elderly as well.

3. Choose an Agency Many families use a home care agency because of the added security, accountability, and convenience. Consider factors such as how long the agency has been in business, their procedures for documenting and monitoring care, and how they train and hire caregivers.

4. Compile Your Requirements The final step to take before beginning your caregiver search is compiling your requirements. If possible, create a list together with your your loved one who will be receiving care. Include preferences about the caregiver’s gender, age, availability, and more. Mark non-negotiables, like that the caregiver speak a particular language, or have a driver’s license. Use this list to screen potential private caregivers or give it to the agency you select.

For more information on ways to seek the BEST Caregiver, read our article https://www.wayshomecare.com/find-the-right-caregiver-for-your-elderly-parent. Your next step is to call us at: 424-702-5222, and info@waysllc.com.

About WAYS

We are so excited to announcement that WAYS Home Care & Health Agency, LLC (WAYS) is a community-based service that provides important assistance to supplement the efforts of family caregivers, friends, neighbors, and in some cases, home health aides. Our services assist our clients and allow them to remain safe and independent in their own homes.

Our Caregivers are available for as few as four hours per visit or up to as many as 24-hours a day. And they can help with a wide range of activities including companionship, meal planning, preparation and clean-up, light housekeeping, laundry, errands, shopping as well as transportation to and from appointments and events. WAYS can also assist with personal care needs and provide medication and exercise reminders.

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WAYS TIPS FOR SENIORS DURING SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH

Sleep Awareness Month: How to Improve Senior Sleep Patterns

Sleep deprivation and other sleep issues can impact senior health significantly. Learn how to improve sleep patterns for seniors.

An average of 71/2 to 9 hours of sleep each night is considered healthy for most adults. Seniors are often unable to sleep this much due to a variety of sleep-related problems. During sleep awareness month, learn what can be done to help seniors establish healthy sleep patterns.

Sleep disturbance in the aging is often just the result of reduced REM sleep. In other words, seniors tend to be lighter sleepers.

How Aging Affects Sleep

Unfortunately, changes in sleep patterns are a normal part of aging. Many seniors have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. In some cases, the challenge is due to a sleeping disorder or the side effect of a medication. However, sleep disturbance in the aging is often just the result of reduced REM sleep. In other words, seniors tend to be lighter sleepers. They wake up more often due to noise, aches, movement, the need to use the bathroom, etc.

For more information about healthy tips for senior sleeping, read our WAYSMarchNewltr2018 today.

About WAYS
WAYS Home Care & Health Agency, LLC (WAYS) is a community-based service that provides important assistance to supplement the efforts of family caregivers, friends, neighbors, and in some cases, home health aides. Our services assist our clients and allow them to remain safe and independent in their own homes.
Our Caregivers are available for as few as four hours per visit or up to as many as 24-hours a day. And they can help with a wide range of activities including companionship, meal planning, preparation and clean-up, light housekeeping, laundry, errands, shopping as well as transportation to and from appointments and events. WAYS Home Care & Health Agency, LLC can also assist with personal care needs and provide medication and exercise reminders. 

Ask for an In-Home Assessment by calling 424-702-5222. You can also reach us at www.wayshomecare.com, and info@waysllc.com. Follow us on Instagram: @wayshomecare, and Facebook: @wayshomehealth.

Happy New Year 2018: Thyroid Awareness Month

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 EVERYONE!

It’s Thyroid Awareness Month.

For many people reaching their golden years, researchers have shown that symptoms such as fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and sleeplessness can make attempts at enjoying retirement difficult. Many seniors attribute these symptoms to the process of aging and simply choose to live with these complaints quietly, while others see their doctors for these complaints, who may also attribute these symptoms to aging.

WAYS Home Care & Health Agency, LLC has kick off the New Year by providing information that can help you better understand Thyroid disease, and how to recognize the symptoms earlier.

WAYS invites you to read the new article, and give us feedback below, or call our office at 424-702-5222. We are always open to any questions or concerns.

You can also find us on Facebook @wayshomehealth and Instagram @wayshomecare.

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