Tag: Caregiving

Holiday Planning for Seniors & Caregivers

posted by Ted Ryan on December 04, 2018

The holiday season is upon us. In song, it may be considered the “most wonderful time of the year,” but for many the holiday season can also be quite stressful. This is especially true for family caregivers. Planning for the holidays (and getting in the holiday spirit) can be a challenge.
 

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Resources for Family Caregivers

posted by Ted Ryan on November 27, 2017

November is National Family Caregivers Month – a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the US. We’ve compiled a list of resources that support family caregivers year round.

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Summer Heat Safety for St. Louis Seniors

posted by Ted Ryan on June 28, 2017

St. Louis summers bring the heat, which can be particularly dangerous for the elderly population. Aging decreases the body’s ability to adjust to heat and sense temperature extremes, making the elderly more susceptible to heat-related disorders. Luckily, there are ways to help prevent heat-related conditions.Read More…

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SHC University – A Great (Free!) Resource for Family Caregivers of St. Louis

posted by Ted Ryan on December 30, 2015

We created SHC University to provide education and support to families and caregivers through practical and interactive training by professionals. It's a fantastic opportunity to get insight from an industry veteran with a passion to help and advocate for the senior population.Read More…

Holiday Depression – The Gift of Companionship

posted by Ted Ryan on December 10, 2015

When cold weather arrives, we often think of elderly loved ones and worry about slipping on ice and risk of hypothermia. Less obvious, but equally important, is depression.Read More…

A Great Snack & Caregiver's Secret Weapon

posted by Ted Ryan on March 30, 2015

Packed with nutrients and there’s no preparation required – nuts are a terrific snack for caregivers, who need to maintain their energy and are often short on time. They’re inexpensive, easy to store and convenient on the go. The fat content that once gave them a bad rap is now considered to be a “good fat.”

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Overwhelmed? Stressed? Managing Caregiver Burnout.

posted by Ted Ryan on February 19, 2015

Professional caregivers and workers in the home care field are familiar with the role of a caregiver, however, most aging adults receive care from informal caregivers – family or friends who provide unpaid care.

Caring for aging loved ones, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, can become overwhelming. Stresses of caregiving often accompany the rewards. Studies show that caregivers are more likely to suffer from depression and other health issues.Read More…

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Free Family Caregiver Training by Industry Experts

posted by Ted Ryan on October 13, 2014

Family caregivers are the foundation of long-term care and aging in place. More than 65 million people (29% of the US population) spend an average of 20 hours a week caring for a loved one.

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St. Louis Parkinson's Disease Support Groups

posted by Ted Ryan on August 26, 2014

In the United States, there are as many as one million individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. The disease has gained national attention through the inspirational career comeback of Michael J. Fox and, more recently, tragic loss of Robin Williams. These two also exemplify the difference that having a strong support group can make.

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$300,000 - The Unseen Costs of Family Caregiving

posted by Ted Ryan on June 17, 2014

Nearly 10 million adults over the age of 50 care for an aging parent. It is often an assumed duty for adult children. Some wish, or feel obligated, to repay a parent for their years of care and upbringing. Others believe it is more cost effective for a family member to provide care.Read More…

Worried about aging parents? 5 Tips for Getting Help

posted by Ted Ryan on January 27, 2014

Holiday visits can be an unexpected glimpse at the reality of an aging parent’s condition. While a holiday visit may not be the appropriate time to address a concern, it’s important not to let it slip away once the busyness of the season has passed.

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Caregiver Training & the Helpful Program Coming to a College near You

posted by Ted Ryan on May 15, 2013

As the demand for caregivers continues growing, we are delighted to learn about Missouri’s plan to supply more caregivers with the proper training and education to enter the field. MoHealthWINs is a state-wide grant program to improve the education of students in health-related disciplines and provide continuing education for the health care workforce.

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What is Home Health Care?

posted by Ted Ryan on March 11, 2013

The term home health care embodies a wide range of services that are provided to allow elderly, ill, disabled or recovering individuals to remain in the independence of home. Services can fall anywhere between skilled nursing care to transportation and light housekeeping. Care can range from short weekly visits to around-the-clock 24-hour care.

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24-Hour In-Home Care – Uses and Benefits to Seniors and their Family Caregivers

posted by Ted Ryan on February 12, 2013

More than ever, seniors are spending their golden years in the comfort of home. This is largely due to the availability of 24-hour care – full-time in-home assistance and supervision to individuals who would otherwise need to move into an assisted living facility.

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Addressing Concerns Observed in Elderly Loved Ones

posted by Ted Ryan on January 14, 2013

While a holiday gathering may not be the best time to address concerns (such as dementia, incontinence or the ability to manage medications), it is important that they are not ignored. By waiting too long, or avoiding the topics completely, you risk your loved one becoming too confused to make informed decisions and be included in the process.

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Health Care Risk Factors for Substance Abuse

posted by Ted Ryan on September 25, 2012

Health care workers, more than the general public, face many workplace risk factors for substance abuse disorders. Among these factors are access, stress, lack of education and attitude. 

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Hiring a Home Care Worker - Don't Be An Accidental Employer

posted by Ryan Whittington on August 23, 2012

As more and more baby boomers find themselves caring for aging parents, it is as crucial as ever to understand the process and legal accountabilities of hiring a caregiver. There are many home care services to meet the growing demand. Accordingly, contractual arrangements and employment policies also vary greatly.

 

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Companionship Services Exemption - Review Your Process

posted by Ryan Whittington on February 13, 2012

In Missouri, among other states, home care workers provide care to clients who are either restricted to their home or have chosen to receive care at home.  When long hours are involved, one way many agencies provide this care is by utilizing the caregiver companionship services exemption. 

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Professional Caregivers - Who are you leaving your loved one with?

posted by Ryan Whittington on September 09, 2011

When choosing a home care company, you should be looking at the caregivers who they employ.  The person you talk to on the phone or at a trade show may do and say all of the right things, but how do you know your loved one will receive the best care.

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Top 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Home Care

posted by Ryan Whittington on August 31, 2011

Choosing quality care for aging relatives can be one of the most important decisions any of us will make.  We want our loved ones to be comfortable but also safe and well cared for.  Senior home care services can be the answer for many consumers. These services allow seniors to stay comfortably in their own homes but also provide for qualified professionals to visit regularly to ensure quality care.  There are five important questions anyone should answer before hiring a service:

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Aging Senior Needs - Home Care Resources in the Community

posted by Ryan Whittington on August 05, 2011

Finding resources in your community can be a challenging task.  Ask a family member caring for a loved one, and they will tell you there are times they feel as though the chips have been stacked against them and they just needed help.  As a home care provider, Seniors Home Care regularly helps seniors in the community connect with reliable resources in a attempt to improve the quality of live for seniors in need.

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Weight Loss Among the Elderly - Is It Due to Depression or Dementia?

posted by Ryan Whittington on July 14, 2011

At Seniors Home Care we empower our caregivers and staff by providing ongoing training programs.  This information is also helpful to family caregivers who may have noticed a loved one's weight loss.

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Elderly in Jeopardy During Heat Wave

posted by Ryan Whittington on May 09, 2011

Summer, and Summer heat waves pose a very real danger to the elderly. Normally, our body controls and regulates elevated temperature by allowing heat loss through the skin and by evaporation.

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Weight Loss: Underlying Factors Among the Elderly

posted by Ryan Whittington on April 29, 2011

John, age 85, is receiving home care after a recent fall and fracture of the hip. Over the last year since his wifes death, he has experienced a large weight loss.  Johns doctor feels that the weigh loss contributed towards his fall and something needs to be done.  John admits to not having the appetite he used to when his wife was alive, "She used to make me a snack every night before bed.  I always knew that she cared."

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Aunt Louise and Her Hospital to Home Experience

posted by Ryan Whittington on April 14, 2011

It never ceases to prove out the frailty of some elders!! Start listening to your parents, co-workers, neighbors, or friends any time they relay a story regarding an elder that is hospitalized.

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Keeping The Elderly Hydrated - Being Creative

posted by Ryan Whittington on March 28, 2011

As spring makes its slow crawl into our lives, I start to think about those warm days to come.  I am reminded of a conversation I normally have with my grandmother about drinking water and staying hydrated.

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Help Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke in Seniors - Steps to Take

posted by Ryan Whittington on February 02, 2011

I have previously blogged on Heart Disease and it's prevalence in the elderly.  As a Registered Nurse working in the private duty home health care field, I too often see seniors who suffer from the effects of heart attacks, strokes and other heart related conditions.

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Respite Care: Out-of-Home and In Home Care Options

posted by Ryan Whittington on January 31, 2011

Respite care can be defined as a short or long term break from caregiving responsibilities for caregivers or family members.  Caregivers and family members regularly deal with situations including caring for children or adults with disabilities, or chronic or terminal illnesses.

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Cela DeGamba - Keep on Performing "Care at Home and Beyond"

posted by Ryan Whittington on December 23, 2010

I recently spent some time with one of my favorite clients. Cela is 90 yrs old and full of life—a real fireball. Cela was a classical violinist whose concert career took her all over the world.

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Overwhelmed Caregivers: Tips When Asking for Help

posted by Ryan Whittington on December 06, 2010

An area of concern that I get asked about the most is finding someone to give the caregiver a break to care for the elderly.  More commonly, this was called respite care.

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The Seniors Home Care Difference - Gaining Your Trust

posted by Ryan Whittington on November 15, 2010

When I am talking with our clients, they tell me that trust is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome.  Trust is huge.  How does a family know if a caregiver is going to steal money from a wallet, know what to do in the home or not be on their cell phone the whole time?

When you look for home care services, you are really looking for someone you can trust.  At Seniors Home Care we understand.

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Home Care Talk: Bathing

posted by Ryan Whittington on October 28, 2010

I'm concerned that my mother/father has not bathed lately?  How can I tell?

For the answer to this one, I went to a nurse here at Seniors Home Care, Alice Endy.  Alice says that this question comes up frequently.  Family members are concerned with the hygiene of their loved one, but sometimes feel uncomfortable asking the question. 

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Care for the Elderly - A Family Dialogue on Driving Safety

posted by Ryan Whittington on October 15, 2010

Today's elders are living longer and have more disposable income.  More and more of them are traveling regularly, many by car.  Unfortunately, statistics show that this group also has one of the highest accident rates.

According to the National Institute on Aging, about 600,000 people 70 and older stop driving each year.  AARP surveys show that a third of older non-drivers complain of feeling isolated from other people, compared to 19 percent of older adults that still drive.

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Five Tips For Family Caregivers

posted by Ryan Whittington on September 23, 2010

  1. Famly caregiving is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself with respite breaks often.
  2. Watch out for signs of depression, and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it.

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