The IT boom is leading to many advantages of technology for seniors. Medical alert systems have come a long way in recent years. Most seniors don't realize the benefits of theses systems, and are commonly reluctant to use them. Here are 7 important features to look for when choosing the right company.
One of the most common calls we get at our senior home care agency is “will my insurance pay for this?” The answer is, “it depends.”
Allison’s mom needed help, everyone could see that. When the family talked to her about getting one of the professional home care agencies to come in she refused. She insisted on hiring a young man whom she had befriended at her church. At first it seemed to be an ideal match. But the lack of a proper background checks soon came back to haunt them. Late one night the police knocked on the door to inform the family that the young caregiver had been in a serious accident with multiple injuries and arrested for felony drunk driving.
Have you ever been to a hospital, perhaps as a patient or a family member, and felt overwhelmed, or lost in the vast complexities of the healthcare system? Anyone who first visits a hospital feels this way. Where is my doctor, nurse, or case manager? What are they doing? What’s going to happen? When are we getting out of here? Who’s in charge? Are they ignoring us? Do they even know we’re here?
As of January 1, 2016, California is now requiring all Senior Home Care Agencies to have a home care license, and all Senior Home Care Aides to be registered, fingerprinted, and TB tested. I know right? You mean it wasn’t before? Holy cow, anybody who simply called themselves caregivers, aides, or home care agencies were presenting themselves to this extremely vulnerable segment of our society as senior care professionals. The abuse and misconduct has been so widespread and rampant that the California legislature finally passed AB 1217 to address this issue and require licensure.
It was close to midnight when the phone rang. It was the ER at the local hospital calling to let her know that her mom was alright, but that she had taken a nasty fall. Mon had been living at home for a few years now after dad died, and none of the children were perpared to deal with senior home safety Apparently she got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and tripped over her favorite throw rug: a bear pelt that she and her husband had gotten on one of their vacations to the Yukon. Marilyn had always suspected that it was dangerous, and had read a little about senior safety at home, but mom wouldn't hear of getting rid of it, the memories were too precious to her.
Mom is no longer able to cook her meals and she needs help getting dressed every day. My friend told me she may have to go to a nursing home! I can't bear the thought of that! Do I have options?
This is a very common scenario. When elders begin requiring assistance, many well meaning friends or family members may recommend a nursing home. The truth is there are several levels of care to be considered based on your loved one's needs. Let's explore those options.
Louise and her husband lived in a mobile home park in the country. They moved there while still in their sixties, but now, in their early 80’s, found everything about their life difficult. Worse yet, her husband Bruce was becoming easily confused and agitated; so much so that the things he normally loved to do were simply being abandoned. Burdened with her own medical issues, Louise grew overwhelmed.