Useful Tips for Caring for Seniors

Came across a great little video about caring for seniors. Mostly aimed at those of you with parents or family in need of health care.

Take a look at the video:

Great points raised in the video, I very much recommend watching it.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Residential Care vs Domiciliary Care: Best Option for Dementia Sufferers

It is a very difficult decision to choose what is the best care option for your parents or family that suffer from dementia. Part of you and most likely at the beginning you may wish to take on the responsibility yourself, but you must remember it isn’t so simple. If you have a career; children; or really any other activities you enjoy occupying your time with, you will struggle.

Now at the beginning it is fairly easy. The care is easy and infrequent. Just make a habit of regularly visiting them and it will be fine. But it doesn’t stay like that forever and at some point you will probably find it easier to get professional care.

The big debate is though, should you get a domiciliary carer or use a residential care home? (more…)

Checklist Guide in Getting A Home Care Provider

Elderly Home CareWhen you’ve already reached the decision of getting a home care provider for your oldies, it’s time to look into the important elements in getting a home care provider. The following guidelines do not mean to set a standard in getting your care provider, but serves as a guide and merely a checklist of the desirable qualities of a good home care provider.

Reputation and Background. When getting a trusted care provider, you should not rely from friends’ or neighbors’ recommendations alone. Most of the time, a proven track record and award giving bodies decorate the halls and offices of the home care providers. These are not merely printed and framed awards and recognitions but something that you can very well verify and check reliable sources.

Sufficient Information and Online Presence. A reputable care provider usually has the means to maintain their official website where you can always check products and services offered. There should be no discrepancy on the photos, services and products that were visible on their website from that of the information you get straight from their mouths and leaflets.

No Known Issues like Employee-Employer Disputes. In order for companies to run well, there should be an organized, profitable and productive employee-employer relationship. This will be evident on how the employees or staff relate to families and patients, like that of the bluebird live in care london.

Includes the Family and the Patient in Planning and Developing Care Plan. Like what nurses and doctors in a hospital, the staff should include the family as well as the patient in mapping the plan of care. This is applicable whether the patient or family prefers a Bluebird private care at home or have their olds check in as a resident.

Adequate, Confidential and Proper Documentation. Like the hospital, a home care facility provides care relative to the patient’s health and mental status. In the same essence, medications may be prescribed as well as therapies. This should be properly and timely documented not just for consultation purposes, but for legal reasons as well.

Sufficient Manpower and Line of Authority. Should you prefer a private home care provider, the caregiver assigned to you should be supervised and monitored by a supervisor. This is only possible if the home care institution house a complete number of staff relative to the number of patients both in and outside the facility.

Emergency Plans. As you visit the home care facility, they are required to subscribe to a set of standard of safety and disaster preparedness. The same training should also be extended with staff that are usually assigned to different families outside the facility.

Professional Conduct. The manner in which employees and staff relate and transact with you in securing home care for your parents will basically provide you a clue as to the type of people you are dealing with. If the employees are downright rude and haphazard in closing business transactions with you, then by all means, walk out of the door and find yourself a good home care provider.

Why I Chose Home Care for My Mother

urlMy mother is not the youngest of spirits. She is currently 72 years old. Not too old. Not too young. She suffers from a sore hip. Nothing too bad, but it can be a small nuisance in her day to day life. Last year, my father past away. RIP Dad. He was a great man and with my Mum for nearly 47 years. A long time in anyones book.

At that time myself and my family had a decision. Would we leave my mum as she was? Hire the local home care corby company to assist her? Or try the local residential care home? It was a tough decision.

My wife and my older child thought it through with me. We added up the options. Tried to list the benefits of each one, tally them up. Tallying up the negatives. Eventually, after sleeping on it for a while. We collaboratively came to the decision to try the home care agency.

(Now we know it was the right decision!)

Here is what made up our mind and why it remained to be a good decision after all.

The agency provide a home care daventry service where they provide regular assistance visits to the elderly without making them feel incapable of doing tasks themselves. It’s simply an extra pair of hands to assist them with their day to day activities.

For my mother, she has help with:

  • Preparing meals
  • General household chores
  • Going out to places such as the hairdressers
  • Buying in shopping for the house
  • and anything else that may come up during her care visits

It is a wonderful service and has allowed her to live at home feeling great about herself. Which is completely deserved after being a wonderful wife and mother for so many years.

From my Mum’s point of view, the biggest benefit is she retains her independence. She does admit she would be lost without the extra assistance now and it is exactly what she needed. I am thankful we did not take her responsibility for herself and the independence that comes with that away from her.

So I ask you. Have you chosen a type of senior care for your parents? What did you choose? If not, have you thought about what you will do when it comes down to it?