Tips on Handling Inappropriate Alzheimer’s Behavior

caregiver comforting senior woman
It can be difficult to see a loved one exhibit inappropriate Alzheimer’s behavior.

Alzheimer’s disease is a complex medical condition that often brings with it overwhelming issues for those who are providing care. As the disease continues into later stages, those with Alzheimer’s increasingly communicate through behavior as opposed to speech, and oftentimes these behaviors can be inappropriate in nature.

Tips to Aid in Recovery After a Stroke

Following these tips can help in recovery after a stroke.
Following these tips can help in recovery after a stroke.

Surviving and going through recovery after a stroke is both an emotionally and physically challenging process, and the main thing you’d like to do is to return to your regular life. Nevertheless, because at least half of stroke survivors frequently have some kind of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in-home safety modifications may be needed to make life after a stroke safer and easier. Continue reading “Tips to Aid in Recovery After a Stroke”

Stroke Symptoms in the Elderly Require Acting FAST

Learn common stroke symptoms in the elderly and the importance of acting FAST.
Learn common stroke symptoms in the elderly and the importance of acting FAST.

Stroke, according to the National Stroke Association, is listed as the fifth leading cause of death in America, with upwards of 800,000 people experiencing a stroke on an annual basis. This suggests that every 40 seconds, somebody somewhere in America has a stroke. And every four minutes, someone dies from a stroke.

As a family caregiver, it’s important to familiarize yourself with common stroke symptoms in the elderly so that you can quickly seek medical care for your loved one if needed. The more quickly you access assistance, the better the chance the individual will live through the stroke. Stroke warning signs might include sudden onset of:

  • Feeling numb or weak in the leg, face, or arm – specifically on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble with understanding or speaking
  • Blurry vision or trouble seeing
  • Difficulties with walking, feeling lightheaded, loss of balance or coordination
  • Major headache with no known cause

If you detect these signs of a stroke in someone, remember to act F.A.S.T.

Face: Ask the person to smile and observe if one side seems to droop.

Arms: Ask the individual to raise both arms. Does one arm seem to droop downward?

Speech: Ask the individual to repeat a very simple sentence. When he/she does, observe if speech slurs or if the person is struggling to put together words appropriately.

Time: Time is crucial! If you see any of the warning signs above, call 911 right away or make sure the person gets to the hospital as soon as possible!

At Home Care Solutions, providers of award-winning in home care in Kennewick and the surrounding area, we pride ourselves on providing professional, highly-trained caregivers to assist seniors in recovering from a stroke in the comfort and familiarity of home. We provide a broad variety of senior home care services that can be customized to meet the unique needs of each client. Just a few of the ways we can help include:

  • Friendly companionship and engaging conversations
  • Nutritious meal planning and preparation, with adherence to any special dietary needs
  • Personal care assistance such as showering, using the bathroom, and dressing
  • Help getting around the house, ensuring fall hazards are eliminated
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Encouragement to engage in physician-approved exercise programs
  • And much more

For more information about our senior care management services and our in home care in Kennewick and the surrounding communities, contact us at (509) 627-8575.

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 Care Coordination Is Key to Helping Older Parents Age at Home

Care coordination is a vital component to helping older parents age at home.

Ask most seniors if they would prefer to continue living at home, even if they are challenged by aging-related issues, and the answer in the majority of cases is a resounding “yes!” Having to move away from home, a place filled with so many memories, can be upsetting, even if a senior admits that it’s getting more difficult to manage. However, wanting to continue to be at home and having the ability to do so safely, all alone, are two different things. So what can you do? Even if you are a 24/7, around-the-clock family caregiver, you can’t do it all by yourself. You need help, and it could be that care coordination is the solution you need when helping older parents age at home. 

Many families find that preparing for home care services requires the expertise of a professional who fully understands all of the options. And it’s true — appropriate care coordination from an aging care specialist will help everyone involved feel more organized and secure.

Who Can Help?

Many seniors can benefit from help with several aspects of life, such as meal preparation, transportation to and from medical appointments, taking medications, and conducting the routine activities of daily living. Trying to coordinate all of these tasks can be challenging for a family caregiver. What many people don’t understand is that home care agencies, like Home Care Solutions, can help identify, locate, and coordinate all of the aspects of effective care at home. They can even uncover recommendations that may not have been considered at first for helping older parents.

Home care agencies have resources and contacts that are incredibly helpful for families who are in the middle of planning for long-term care. Our experienced staff and caregivers are always happy to help families in determining the right care plan for a loved one and assisting with all of his or her care needs. Our care plans are always customized to each individual and can include a broad range of services, such as:

  • Personal care (showering, dressing, etc.)
  • Planning and preparing healthy and appetizing meals
  • Providing friendly companionship 
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Running errands
  • Transportation and accompaniment 
  • And others 

Call us at (509) 627-8575 to learn about our in-home care and care coordination services. As the leading provider of at home care in Richland, WA, and surrounding areas, we’re here with the resources and answers you need, any time.

How Senior Care Management Can Help During the Pandemic

How Senior Care Management Can Help During the Pandemic

The providers of home care in Richland, WA, and the surrounding areas recommend senior care management during COVID-19.
The providers of home care in Richland, WA, and the surrounding areas recommend senior care management during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially concerning for seniors and their families. Seniors are disproportionately impacted by the virus, in particular those with underlying conditions such as heart problems and COPD. In an effort to maintain social distancing and reduce contact with potential contagions, many older adults have become progressively isolated from their family members. In the absence of regular socialization and attentive care, loneliness and depression as well as memory issues linked to dementia and other diseases can creep in. In response to these difficult circumstances, many families are seeking the help of senior care management services.

Care managers help family members ensure that their senior loved one is safe and cared for, even in unprecedented times such as these. Care management services can be a great help with coordinating hospital appointments and in-home care to ensure that your loved one has access to prompt care despite social distancing constraints. Care managers are up to date and compliant with COVID-19 guidelines, and use their expert knowledge to help your loved one live safer and more comfortably at home. They can provide moral support in trying times and manage the finer details of care so you’re able to rest easy knowing your loved one is well taken care of. With a care manager working on the ground and communicating with you directly, you’ll know what is taking place in your loved one’s life in spite of the distance and will be empowered to make decisions regarding their care.

Care management services can cover a broad range of offerings, including:

  • Evaluating care needs and setting up in-home care services
  • Coordinating medical appointments and arranging transportation
  • Advocating for the senior to healthcare providers
  • Arranging respite care to give family caregivers a break
  • Making referrals to financial and legal professionals as needed
  • Assisting with housing transitions
  • Facilitating crisis management in case of emergency

The senior care management team at Home Care Solutions is experienced and ready to assist a senior in your life. Our care managers will thoroughly evaluate your loved one’s holistic mental, emotional, and physical wellness in order to offer streamlined, accessible solutions. Our care management team is fully integrated with our full-service home care, ensuring smooth transitions and clear communication.

If you’re ready to explore how care management services can enhance the life of a senior you love, call us for a care consultation. You can reach us online or give us a call at (509) 627-8575 [SG2] to learn more about home care in Richland, WA, and the surrounding areas.

 

The Benefits of Care Management for Seniors With Chronic Health Issues

The Benefits of Care Management for Seniors With Chronic Health Issues

The providers of home care assistance in Kennewick, WA and nearby areas recommend seniors with chronic health issues seek out care management.
The providers of home care assistance in Kennewick, WA and nearby areas recommend seniors with chronic health issues seek out care management.

Keeping up with the various medical appointments, treatments, tests, medications, lifestyle changes, and more is a way of life for the numerous older individuals with chronic health care needs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 85% of seniors have at least one chronic health condition, and 60% are living with two or more. The challenges may seem overwhelming. But there is one essential component of care for seniors with chronic health issues: care management.

Medical diagnoses like diabetes, COPD, heart disease, and more are life-altering. They impact a person’s mental as well as physical health, and it’s essential to enlist help in meeting all care needs. Geriatric care managers, also known as aging life care specialists, are skilled specialists with expertise in meeting all of the varied care needs of older individuals.

Here’s how care management for seniors with chronic health issues works:

The Consultation

A preliminary, in-depth assessment, conducted in the senior’s home, enables the care manager to fully comprehend the senior’s particular concerns and challenges. The care manager will assess cognitive, physical, dietary, and mental acuity, as well as the overall safety of the home environment. With this information at hand, a personalized plan of care is then put into place.

The Plan

  • The older adult’s personalized care plan will include a full range of recommendations, like:
  • Training as necessary to improve chronic disease management
  • Referrals to community resources
  • How to confirm that medications and other care needs are managed properly
  • Home alterations to improve safety and reduce the risk of falls
  • And more

The Outcome

  • Carrying out the plan may involve, as appropriate:
  • Coordinating and collaborating with the older adult’s medical team and network of support
  • Problem-solving to eliminate any barriers to effective care and management of health conditions
  • Advocating for the senior
  • Mediating through any complicated family dynamics
  • Serving as the “eyes and ears” for loved ones living at a distance
  • Assisting with documentation for long-term care insurance or other necessary paperwork
  • Accompanying the senior to medical appointments to ensure doctors’ orders are understood and followed
  • Legal guardianship
  • And many others

At Home Care Solutions, we’re pleased to offer professional care management services in tandem with our trusted in-home care services, to best meet the varied chronic care needs of seniors. Our caregivers are thoughtfully chosen, highly skilled, and thoroughly vetted and background checked.

Discover the peace of mind and higher quality of care our care management services offer. Contact us today for an in-home assessment and help a senior you love enjoy a healthier, safer, and more independent lifestyle. Contact us online or call us any time at (509) 627-8575 to learn more about our care management and home care assistance in Kennewick and the surrounding communities.

Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Parents from Far Away

Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Parents from Far Away

Prior planning is important when long distance caregiving for senior loved ones.

Living far away from senior loved ones can make the need for help at home easier to overlook. In fact, many adult children of older parents frequently do not realize that Dad and Mom need assistance until they arrive home for a visit or spend a longer period of time together. If you are long distance caregiving for senior loved ones, it’s essential to have a plan set up for crises and care.  Continue reading “Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Parents from Far Away”

Helping the Sandwich Generation Make Caregiving Manageable

Helping the Sandwich Generation Make Caregiving Manageable

The sandwich generation has a lot of care tasks to juggle. Learn tips that can help.

Are your senior parents in need of care? At the same time are you trying to meet the needs of children and family in the home? If that’s the case, you are a member of the sandwich generation – a demographic of males and females, typically in their 30s or 40s, who are now responsible for raising their children while simultaneously providing care for their senior parents. The to-do lists of the sandwich generation are overflowing. Many family caregivers have demanding careers, are busy with activities for their children, and manage a variety of household tasks in addition to their caregiving responsibilities. There are strategies to support caregivers though, and the first step is becoming informed about how to make the circumstances more manageable.  Continue reading “Helping the Sandwich Generation Make Caregiving Manageable”

Understanding The Ins and Outs of a Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is vital to a family with aging parents. Someone needs to be able to step in and help a senior citizen with medical and financial decisions if a senior can’t do it him or herself. Before you agree to be that person, you should understand exactly what your duties would be.

 

People Holding a Power of Attorney Follow Your Best Interests

With a power of attorney, the person naming someone to help out is called the principal. The person being chosen to act on the principal’s behalf is the “agent.” That agent has to follow the principal’s wishes.

Say the person who wants you to act as an agent is adamantly against any life-saving measures. You cannot imagine not taking the chance to try at least one attempt to keep living. If you would be unable to tell the doctors to withhold all feeding tubes, ventilators, or other measures designed to save your life, you shouldn’t agree to be the power of attorney.

When you’re a POA, you’re given the patient’s wishes for everything from CPR to end-of-life care. You must follow those wishes. If something comes up that isn’t listed, you have to carefully think what the principal would want. This may be dialysis, medication trials, or very risky surgeries. Make sure you’re okay making the decisions you’d be required to make.

 

You Need to Stay in Contact

If you are the POA for someone and you move away, you need to make you’re principal aware of this. If you or the principal move to another country, you may not be the best choice to have as POA anymore. You can talk to the doctors over the phone before making decisions, but it’s often best to see the principal in person. There may also be paperwork that has to be signed in person.

 

Leave Room For Self-Care

When you’re making decisions regarding your parent’s care, you should consider senior care services. First instincts are to care for your parents on your own. It’s hard and you’re likely to get overly stressed if you don’t carefully plan it. You need breaks. You need to be able to take vacations.

A senior care agency can help you with respite care. An expert can also talk about services like transportation and medication reminders. Call today to discuss the rates for home care in Richland, WA, and the surrounding areas.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring home care in Richland, WA, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Solutions today. We serve the Tri-Cities and Surrounding Areas.  Call 509-627-8575