Friday, January 16, 2015

Help Caring for Aging Parents

Caring for your aging parents is always a delicate issue. It is hard to keep them at home; when you have a busy life that does not always have time for around the clock care. As well as the fact that you may not have the know-how to always get it right. Comforting Home can help you. They are trained professionals that help the 7 out of every 8 senior citizens whose dream it is to live at home in their old age. Facilities can be cold and inhospitable, but when you are in your own home, you make the rules.
Comforting Home Care has different ranges of the help that they can offer your aging parents. Whether they just need help with a few things throughout the day, or if they require greater assistance, Comforting Home Care will be with them, and you, every step of the way. They are also an affordable option. You should not have to be forced to sacrifice the quality of care given to your parents because you cant afford it.
Comforting Home Care offers home care, which means that they can help your parents with everyday tasks including errands, hygiene, housekeeping, and transportation to where they need to be. Your parents plan is completely custom fitted to who they are and what their needs are. They even offer 24 hour home care every single day of the year, so you never have to worry about when your parents will be receiving help. There may be times when the people you love really need 24 hour care that you just cant give them. Allow Comforting Home Care to help, they will be there with your parents to make difficult times easier and less stressful by allowing your parents to remain in their own home.

Perhaps the best aspect of Comforting Home Care is how flexible they are. Your parents care schedule is completely dependent on them and how much or little help they need every day. Each plan is tailor made for each client and it can always be changed as times progress. They are really there to help you and your parents out when times are getting tougher. It is an easy solution to a very sensitive topic, and one that both you and your parents can feel good about. They get to remain in their home and out of hospice, and you can rest easy knowing that your parents are in good hands. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

5 steps to Maintain Your Independence at Home

Maintaining independence at home as we age is a crucial issue. After all, I haven’t met anyone who volunteered happily to go into a nursing home. But by maintaining our health; both our physical and mental health, this allows us to enjoy both freedom and our own independence as we age. So what are some things that can be done to help in maintaining our independence; in our own homes, and our independence as we get older so that what I wrote isn’t just a trite phrase? Below is a list of 5 suggestions.

  1. Preventing falls: As we get older our bones become more fragile. If we fall it can result in fractures. A fracture to the hip; for instance, can actually be deadly. Even if there is recovery, this type of fall can still change our lives drastically where we can’t live independently. So; therefore, be aware of physical surroundings. Turn on lights to see where the steps are then and be careful of wet floors or surfaces that are slippery. Also, be aware that some medications can cause dizziness and allow for that. Put up railings where they’re needed too. So don’t assume; inspect. And don’t overdo; use commonsense in physical activities.  Assuming and overdoing leads to falling.
  2. It’s a good idea if help is needed for certain aspects of our daily routines to hire home care assistance. If you are having difficulty with housekeeping chores, this service can help; for instance. A home care provider can even take you to the grocery store or do your shopping for you. A home care provider can be at your home at times that are convenient for you too.
  3. If steps are becoming a problem, give some thought to moving your bedroom downstairs. Avoiding steps, if you’re having difficulty with them, is a wise thing to do. By moving your bedroom downstairs, you are on the same level as the kitchen and other main rooms of your home too. This is also not only more practical but more convenient.
  4. If you need help, you should ask for it. If you’re having trouble getting around or are afraid to drive anymore, let your family know. I know it’s important to keep your independence, but you can’t ignore the reality of running over curbs and going through stop signs. If you build up a supportive network of friends and family though, you’ll actually be able to stay in your home longer than being. Also, not being able to drive does not equal a nursing home, there are buses and cabs - and quality home care companies offer transportation too.
  5. Take a look at the furniture and layout of your home. Little things can cause a big problem if they aren’t dealt with. For instance, is the bottom of your shower slippery? You may want to consider a good bathmat with first rate suction. What about the coffee table that’s too close to the couch? If you get up too fast, you’re going to bump into it and possibly fall. Are some of corners of the house dark? Consider brighter lights. What about your carpet; is it loose? Get some carpet nails. Clutter and untidiness are bad too; no need to put this in a question with the rhetorical answer. After all, tripping over clothes that are lying around and slipping on a dropped empty plastic grocery bag is easy enough to do at 20; but at 80 you may not get up. So cleaning is important.

Many things that help maintain your independence are just common sense. All you need to do is to take a careful, honest look around and see what you can do to improve your safety so you can live at home.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Using Home Care to Help the “Sandwich” Generation

Sometimes there just arent enough hours in the day for the sandwich generation. Not only do you have kids to raise, but your parents need your help now too. Your time is being spent running between houses and people trying to make sure that everyone is healthy, happy, and safe. Sometimes it just gets to be too much, and that is when home care can help.
Home care is not a medical operation, they are just there to help your aging parents do every day things like taking them out to run errands, or bringing them where they need to go, or helping with their hygiene. You will no longer have to choose between bringing your parents to their appointments or bringing your children to their soccer games. It is okay to ask for help when help is needed. The sandwich generation has a lot on their plates. It isnt your fault if there just arent enough hours to get done everything that needs to, you just need to reach out for the loving help of home care.
Home care is completely flexible and will work to fit anyones schedule. It is completely dependent on your parents care needs and what their schedule looks like. You needed worry about the care of the staff because they are all professionals and love what they do. It is a hard choice to make, but this is the choice where everyone can be happy. Your parents get to remain in their homes, and you can rest easy knowing that your parents or loved ones are getting the care that they need and it isnt taking huge chunks out of your schedule.

This is no easy decision, but it is one that home care can help you make. They can assess the situation and help you to find what works best for your family. Everyone has different needs, and so everyone should have custom help when they need it. Dont stretch yourself too thin, it is hard enough handling you own life, never mind your parents and your childrens. Home care is the right choice. There are no hoops to jump through and it is a very intimate and person way to give help to your parents. This isnt a cold facility where people can easily fall under the radar; your parents are going to receive top of the line care without the cost and harshness of living in a facility. Let home care help. 

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Popularity of Aging in Place

You and your spouse are getting older, and you
find that the topic of “aging in place” is coming up more frequently in conversations with each other and friends. (I still prefer to call it "Living in Place".)  You now have concerns about making your home fall safe, and you want control of your own life in your own home, not depending on a family members. So what can you do to make aging in place a viable option for you?

Making your home safe
You can start by looking around and seeing what changes need to be made. You have to have the intent to make changes too. So do you need extra railings for the steps; for instance? Or have you thought about maybe moving your bedroom downstairs? Perhaps converting that big closet in the hallway into an extra bathroom would be a good idea. Another thought is to have a home care professional come in and evaluate your home. He or she can walk through your home and then give you suggestions on how to improve any safety issues or advise on other issues dealing with home living. Because when you “age in place,” it improves the quality of life. When you live in surroundings which are familiar to you, you draw comfort from the familiarity if your health starts to fail too. And when change is minimized there is less confusion in an older adult. The good news then is that living in your own home as you age may also actually extend your life.

But what if you have health issues?
If you have health issues, you may still be able to stay in your own home. If you require assistance with daily activities; for example doing laundry or in getting dressed, you can have a home care caregiver come to your home and assist you. The home care provider is personalized to your specific needs, and this option allows for one on one interaction and attention. So when you receive home care, it gives you more say about your care, and you can choose the services which best suit your needs. In this then, the home care provider can help with the laundry, cooking, light housekeeping or even companionship if needed among other things. And there is financial help for those who can’t afford these services on their own.

Other points about aging in place
When you age in place, it lets you remain in the community you are comfortable in. The places where you shop, your church, synagogue or the local senior center are all familiar to you. Also you feel safer and much more secure. By staying in your own home, even with home care assistance, you can remain independent too and be free to come and go as you please. Because the fear of losing independence and being moved to a nursing home is the worst fear felt by most seniors; a greater fear to them than actually dying. By planning ahead for future needs though, it decreases the stress and anxiety of what may be down the road. When you plan for what may happen in the future. This lets you become more knowledgeable about your options and possibilities.

Technological advances are advancing to meet the needs of an aging population. From robot vacuums to help clean a house, to sensors being placed to monitor movement of seniors by family members, to in home care by professionals; more than at any time before, a safer and happy environment for seniors is now available when “living in place.”

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Caring for Your Aging Parents Long Distance

Realizing that our parents are getting older is a hard fact of life.  We think of our parents as being infallible and always being there for us. But what happens when there are signs that our parents are getting frail or are starting to lose their memory? When we have to start being there for them and we live an hour away or maybe in a different state, how do we take care of them? We will have to become a “long distance caregiver.” So how do we handle this challenge of being a caregiver from long distance?

What you will need to know
To be able to care for a parent long distance, there is some critical information that needs to be gathered into one place. Your parents will need to tell you where to find important records, any email addresses or other contact information. Also gather any banking information, attorney information and doctor contacts so the information is on hand for easy access. Too, consider getting from your parents a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Durable Power of Attorney for Asset Management before a health condition comes up which makes it impossible to carry out their wishes.

How to take care of your parents long distance
Taking care of your parents long distance can be a unique challenge all in its own. However, there is help. You can coordinate with a home care provider who will come in and help with house cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, appointments and personal care. You can take over managing medical bills and household bills if you think your parents are having issues with remembering when bills are due. You can schedule conference calls with your parents’ doctors and other health care providers so as to keep updated on any medical issues or changes. You will have to have your parents sign a medical release allowing you access to that information though. Keep a copy in your files for backup of this and other important information too in case there are any questions or problems.

Also, visit your parents when you can and if you have vacation time, stay with your parents to see how they’re doing. This also gives the primary caretaker time off if it’s another family member. When you are visiting, take notice if your parents are having any difficulty with daily tasks. Are they eating regularly? What about driving; are you comfortable with them behind the wheel? Talk to the home care provider or primary caretaker about any changes which may have taken place. If there are changes, then take action where you think it’s needed. Maybe they will need to have home care services come in more frequently to make meals or assist with personal grooming.

Being a long distance caregiver isn’t easy, and sometimes we may feel guilty because we don’t live closer. Just keep in mind that you’re doing the best you can do by providing the best care you’re capable of. By keeping in touch with family, friends and neighbors for information; plus keeping up with the input from the home care provider though, you are doing what needs to be done.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Do You Qualify for the Pennsylvania Medicare Waiver Program?

Did you know that low income seniors and the disabled are entitled to benefits that can help them live independently at home?  Pennsylvania offers many programs that are designed to provide the help you need to stay in your home.  

Find out what free government paid benefits you may qualify for using the flowchart and instructions below.  You can also click on the picture below to receive a link to the official Pennsylvania website to learn about the 10 different programs that Pennsylvania offers.

PA Medicare Waiver

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Is Raising Children Similar to Helping Your Aging Parents? - Part 2 of 2

We did it all as parents, but, hopefully, most of us did not do it alone.  We reached out to our family and friends when we needed help.  We may have had Grandma or Grandpa over to watch our kids or we may have had a neighbor pick them up from school.  We sent our kids to day care when we had to work, hired babysitters for date nights, and carpooled with other parents when we could.  As our children transitioned from teenagers to adults we reached out to our parents and friends for help and advice.  Some of our children are now adults and we find ourselves pitching in to help with our grandchildren as they start the cycle of life all over again.

At the same time we many also find our parents aging and deteriorating both physically and mentally.  They are at the opposite end of the spectrum, but, just like our teenagers, they are transitioning as well.  Their journey is now aging and the end of life.  It’s likely that they need more help these days, and we know that their needs are going to increase over time. 

Amy O’Rouke, a geriatric expert and one of my personal heroines, recommends that we face the increasing needs of our parents and recognize that aging is a one way journey – our parents are not going to go “backwards” to where they used to be.  She also challenges us to accept aging and not be afraid the end of life.  Society does not embrace getting older and we may be uncomfortable watching our parents age.

Don’t miss it!  I can tell you from personal experience that it can me a wonderful time to give back to someone that gave you so much, perhaps life itself.  Helping an elderly loved one is difficult; don’t delude yourself into thinking that it will be easy.  You can expect to be tired, miss time at work, and be frustrated from time to time.  But, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life – be there!

However, remember that you don’t need to be there alone.  Reach out for help - family, friends, volunteers, government agencies, and professionals - whatever it takes.  Everyone deserves to age with dignity and that takes support, so don’t be shy about calling for help.  Having the right team of people helping you can make all the difference and make this a rewarding and precious experience. 

I traveled this road with my grandmother and I have helped hundreds of families along the same journey.  You’re not alone and you don’t need to be alone.  Get the help you need, and don’t miss this time.  Just be there!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rolling on... Modern Wheelchairs Provide More Freedom than Ever

I recently had the opportunity to see Annie on Broadway in NYC.  I've seen it several times and this last
performance did not disappoint.  However, this time I noticed something that I had not really paid any attention to in the past... FDR's wheel chair.  It looked similar to the one in the picture on the right and didn't seem particularly comfortable.  It cannot imaging being in something like this for any significant periods of time, let alone a lifetime.

Fortunately, technology has come a long way and there are more options than ever today.  In fact, even the standard issue metal wheelchair that is ubiquitous at hospitals seems almost ancient compared to the options that are available today.

Wheelchairs, scooters, motorized chairs, and such offer the elderly and the disabled opportunities to enjoy getting out.  We rented a beach wheelchair to take my grandmother to the shore one year.  Sure she was able to get onto the beach and enjoy watching the children play, but, more importantly, she was WITH the family.  Her physical condition did not force her to stay back at the hotel and be ostracized.  Instead she was part of the vacation...exactly what a family vacation is all about.

Modern motorized chairs seem like engineering marvels built by NASA.  They have multiple adjustments for comfort and position changes and some can operate anywhere from the mall to the beach.  Some specialized models even "climb" stairs.  (The jet pack chair is probably coming soon!)

Wheel or motorized "chair" are almost an outdated terms for many of these machines and there are more creative inventions every day.  There are several floating mobility systems and Segways may also be an option.  My father-in-law has MS and can't walk over uneven ground or for long periods of time.  But, he can hike and get down to the river easily with the big, fat, knobby tires on his off-road Segway.  He also arrives at the occasional softball or football field too!

The point is that with today's technology there is no need to leave anyone behind from family activities.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Is Raising Children Similar to Helping Your Aging Parents? - Part 1 of 2

Most people know that I am the mother of six children.  However, most people don't know that I became a mother in every way womanly possible - vaginal birth, cesarean delivery, adoption, as well as children from a 2nd marriage.  God has blessed me with boys and girls in every conceivable way except for delivery by stork!

Those of you that have children understand how difficult it is to raise them through all of the stages of life - infants, toddlers, elementary school age, teenagers, young adults, and even adults.  Like you, I remember nursing babies through sleepless nights only to be pressed back into service for what seemed like endless diaper changes at the start of their young lives.  The memory of a wailing child through ear infections and other illnesses is still spine shattering and saddening no matter how long ago it was.

I was certainly tired during my pregnancies, and I didn’t always make it to work.  I was out even longer and lost even more income due to complications during my pregnancies.  Then there was all of the time that I had to take off hauling sick children to doctor appointments and half days devoted to orthodontist or eye doctor appointments.  Kids certainly hurt your career.

Then there were sports and activities – everything from dance class to football – that consumed evenings and entire weekends.  After piling on laundry, cooking, and cleaning most parents are happy to simply find time to sleep.  Busy, busy, busy.  If you have kids then you can relate to the hard work and sacrifice it takes to be a good parent.  And, if you have raised teenagers then you also know the saint-like patience it takes to get them to adulthood.  Parenthood is not for sissies!

As difficult as it was I know that everyone of us would do it all again.  We are a little wiser now that we’re older and, as we look back, we recognize that being a Mom or a Dad was the best job we ever had.  We were the lucky ones.  We have a different perspective on life and, if you’re like me, you dream of holding your infant child one more time and know it still would not be enough.

Not once did any of us contemplate sending our babies to a “care facility” because they were incontinent and changing diapers was too much of a hassle.  We may have briefly gripped about missing work or coming home early from a much needed night out with our spouse, but we made sure that our kids stayed healthy and got to baseball practice on time.  Our teenagers made plenty of mistakes, frustrated us, and pushed our patience to the brink, but we stood by them and helped them grow into adults.

...continued in Part 2

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Advance Healthcare Directive Web Page

I'm so happy that we added the new Advance Healthcare Directive page to our website.  Advance Directives aren't just for the elderly or terminally ill; they are for everyone.  We all have a right to maintain control of the care we receive, even when we can't speak for ourselves.  Advance Directives are for all of us.                  

Learn more about Advance Directives on our website, and get you FREE Advance Directive documents from the Pennsylvania State Office of Long Term Living (OLTL).

We're pleased to offer this free information, and we hope that they help you and your family.  Have the courage to share your wishes with your family and take control of your care - even when you can't speak for yourself.

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