Tag: Caregiving


11 Different Aspects of Private Home Health Care

posted by Suzie Schmitt on October 07, 2021

You might not have a very clear picture in your mind of private home health care. Since those services cover such a broad range, it might be difficult to parse out exactly what is included. The answer is that of course the specific services will vary depending on the caregiver. So, our list here isn’t meant to be completely comprehensive or completely universal. As we’ll point out later on, only qualified health professionals should do certain private home health care tasks. However, most of the items on this list are core services offered by most private home health care providers.Read More…


What Makes the Best in Home Care?

posted by Suzie Schmitt on July 28, 2021

You only want the absolute best for your loved ones. You’re always looking out for them to get them a better deal or a better accommodation, and that should include the best in home care. The tricky thing there is that you’re not always sure what to look for.

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Explaining Total Patient Care and Other Care Models

posted by Suzie Schmitt on May 20, 2021

When you or a loved one is in need of high-quality, ongoing care, you’ll have quite a lot of options to sift through. One key way to weed out some of those different potentials is to narrow in on one specific type of care, like total patient care. You might be interested in private home care, or you might not think staying in your home is the best idea. Maybe all you need help with are some chores around the house, or maybe you’d benefit from a more intensive method of treatment.Read More…


Debunking 8 Myths About In Home Care Services

posted by Suzie Schmitt on April 16, 2021

Seeking in home care services for a loved one is no easy choice. You might have some preconceived notions about what elderly care services entail. Maybe you think caregivers could never be a good fit for your loved one, and you’re not too sure about letting them in their home. Or maybe you think that’s too big a step for your family; you can go it alone. And besides all that, maybe you do think it’s a good idea, but you’ve written it off anyway because you think it’s way outside of your budget. Unfortunately, this industry is draped in a lot of myths like these ones. Today, let’s break the most common ones down. By the end of this piece, you’ll be a pro at spotting fact from fiction when it comes to elderly care services. Let’s dive in.

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Issues to Avoid with St. Louis Home Health Care for Seniors

posted by Suzie Schmitt on March 15, 2021

Looking for household services for seniors can be stressful, and worrying about how different companies will treat your loved one is top of mind. As with anything, a myriad of things can go wrong, and the industry faces some uphill battles in general. However, we’re not here to alarm you and scare you off from finding St. Louis home health care for an aging relative. Like anything in life, as long as you can work around problems as they arise, it can be a great solution for you and your family. Read More…


Finding Home Help for Seniors

posted by Suzie Schmitt on March 01, 2021

Looking for home help for seniors can be frustrating. Sometimes, it can seem like there are a million options, and none of them are quite what you’re looking for. Sifting through a bunch of agencies with no idea how reputable they are can feel unproductive, but you can’t give up on finding the right sort of help for you or a loved one. Luckily, there are many different options for finding home help for seniors to make the process more manageable.


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What is 24/7 In-Home Senior Care?

posted by Suzie Schmitt on November 18, 2020

Aging is a beautiful thing. Having worked hard most of their lives, seniors look forward to enjoying a peaceful retirement. However, old age can expose seniors to several unexpected challenges.

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10 Qualities that the Best Senior Caregivers Have in Common

posted by Suzie Schmitt on October 22, 2020

As people age, many seniors come to rely on senior care or companion care in their older years. While friends and family can provide companion care for their loved ones, often, this is not possible. There are a variety of reasons one might consider in home care for a loved one, including work schedules and physical limitations. In many cases, family members might lack the skills necessary to provide an adequate level of care. Learn what makes a quality senior caregiver stand out.


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The Benefits of Private Home Care You May Not Know About

posted by Suzie Schmitt on September 30, 2020

Private home care can provide an array of benefits for your elderly loved ones. If you are considering in-home care in any capacity, make sure that you know all of the benefits available to you and your family. Here are some of the top benefits of private home care that you may not know about.Read More…


Is It Time to Start Considering Senior Home Health Care?

posted by Suzie Schmitt on August 31, 2020

Deciding if a loved one needs private home care is not an easy choice. However, there are many benefits to choosing this type of care. It can be beneficial for senior adults and their family members. Read More…

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…


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…


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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