When to Bring in an Aging Life Care Professional

We all, naturally, want the best for those we love. But in some instances when families are involved in a senior loved one’s care, opinions about what is best for the person may clash. It can cause family members to argue with each other instead of working together. This is just one instance when it’s a good idea to seek the assistance of a professional third party, like an aging life care professional (also known as a care manager), who knows what older adults need for long-term care and how to accomplish receiving this care.

Aging life care professionals have the skills needed to guide families in determining what type of care a senior loved one requires and how to most effectively coordinate long-term care. They can also serve as mediators when family members disagree when attempting to plan care for their loved one.

Consider an aging life care professional as a “professional family member,” typically a nurse or social worker, with expertise in the resources that are available to help seniors with a variety of needs and challenges. Just several of the many ways they can help include:

  • Working with families through difficult conversations and problems
  • Addressing emotional concerns
  • Collaborating with other care professionals, including the senior’s medical team
  • Visiting the home to assess needs and recommend appropriate services
  • Developing short- and long-term care plans and goals
  • Providing relief to overburdened family caregivers

Make sure you obtain the answers to the following questions from potential aging life care professionals:

  • Are you licensed?
  • How much experience do you have as an aging life care professional?
  • What happens if I have an emergency after-hours?
  • Do you have references I can talk to?
  • Will your agency also help with home care services?

Aging Life Care Professionals and Home Care 

One of the perks of using aging life care professionals to coordinate care is that they are trained to work with many different types of people and organizations. An aging life care professional can help coordinate medical care, work with lawyers, and coordinate in-home care services. Home care agencies like Home Care Solutions who work with aging life care professionals further ease stress for families and improve quality of life in the home. We can even help with services for hospice in Kennewick, WA and the surrounding areas.

To learn more about Home Care Solutions, the experts in home care in Kennewick, WA, and nearby areas, and our aging life care professional services, contact us any time at (509) 627-8575. We offer a free in-home consultation to share more about how we can help in your particular circumstances.

How Can a Cat Help Your Older Family Member?

 

How Can a Cat Help Your Older Family Member?

 

What is it about cats that can lull us into watching cute cat videos on the Internet for hours without realizing how much time has passed?
There’s just something about their furry faces and deep, comforting purrs that make them irresistible. If your older relative is one of the many people who is drawn to the cuteness of a cat, there are many good reasons you should consider helping them to adopt one or to keep the cat they already have.

 

Physical and Emotional Benefits of Cats

-One of the benefits of cats is that they are comforting. In a survey conducted in the United Kingdom, respondents indicated that being with cats helps people feel calmer. In fact, 87 percent of the people who responded said that they believed living with a cat improved their general sense of well-being. 76 percent stated that their cats helped them deal with stress better.

-Studies have also shown that having a cat makes older adults more physically active. Although cats are typically less work than dogs, caring for a cat still requires seniors to get up and move around to feed the cat, clean its litter box, and play with it.

-Cats can also reduce feelings of loneliness. Having a cat gives your aging relative someone to talk to and spend time with. Cats can even help seniors to interact with other people. Research indicates that when a pet is around, people talk and smile more. They even get up and move around the room more.

 


Why Cats are “Purr-fect” Pets for Seniors

-Cats make excellent pets for seniors because they are, in general, easy to care for. They don’t need to be taken outside to do their business. Instead, they are quite happy to spend all their time indoors.

-Cats also need less exercise than dogs. Since they don’t need to be walked, even an older adult who is confined to a wheelchair can provide them with the exercise they need. The senior simply needs to be able to hold a laser pointer or fishing pole toy to play with the cat.

-Finally, cats sleep a lot. They are usually pretty happy to spend most of the day curled up in a chair or on a lap. For older adults who are bed-ridden, a cat will contentedly snuggle up on the bed with them and keep them company.

 

Concerned about your aging relative being unable to care for a cat? Home care can help. Home care providers can assist the senior to feed and water the cat each day. Home care providers can also clean the litterbox. And, when it’s time for the cat to go to the vet for a checkup, a home care provider can drive both the older adult and their cat to the vet’s office.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Pasco home care solutions, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve all of the Tri-Cities areas. Call 509-627-8575

 

Sources
Medicalnewstoday.com
Americanhumane.org