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Elderly Care

Elderly Care

Elderly Care is the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements of the elderly who cannot sustain independent living because of physical or mental disabilities or constraints. Elderly Care services include long-term nursing care, assisted living, adult daycare, hospice care, and home care.

 Many people have the misconception that Elderly Care is a service that is delivered to elderly people because of aging. That is not true. Elderly care is usually provided to aged people with various diseases and physical limitations.

 When is Elderly Care Necessary?

 

 Elderly Care is not necessary for all elderly people. In fact, older adults may never require any type of care. However, due to chronic disease, some older adults may experience difficulty with day-to-day activities such as bathing, eating, driving, walking, cleaning, cooking, shopping, etc. Elderly Care services are not always delivered to patients with chronic disease. Accidents such as falls, road accidents, elevator incidents, etc. may also required extended Elderly Care services.

 Elderly Care might be an option for elderly people who have the following conditions:

 

  • Loss or decline in hearing, eyesight, ability to smell
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Gait, stability (walking problems)
  • Limitations that may inhibit the ability to perform daily living activities (ADLs)
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Loss of memory
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Forgetting to take meds on time

 Different Types of Elderly Care:

 

 In-Home Care: This is an option for those who wish to receive care in the comfort of their own home. This method of care can be provided by a medical professional and skilled caregivers who can assist with the activities of daily living.

 

 Hospice Care: This type of care is provided to those who are terminally ill. Hospice focuses on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of terminally ill patients.

 

 Nursing Home Care: These are private institutions that offer short-term or long-term health care to patients with serious medical conditions.

 

 Skilled Nursing Care: Skilled nursing is professional care or treatment that is performed by licensed nurses. This type of care is usually delivered in hospitals, nursing homes, and other certified locations.

 

 Old age is a sensitive phase. Many older adults experience worries and anxiety due to old age.. Lack of awareness of medical care can cause older adults to suffer needlessly and result in major physical and psychological problems.

CAREGIVER

Everyone needs help from time to time. Especially elderly people. Some of them require long term care. As your loved ones grow older, they may begin to experience physical challenges that cause them to depend on others. Caregivers can help to relieve those burdens and support individuals in need. They are the perfect answer for those who need assistance. 

What is a Caregiver?

A Caregiver provides short or long term assistance to patients who require assistance. Some caregivers are informal. They could be a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance. Others are professionals who provide continuous assistance to patients. 

What are the different types of Caregivers?

There are four types of caregivers they are as follows:

  • Private-duty caregiver: These caregivers can be hired through an agency. 
  • Independent caregivers: These caregivers do not work through an agency, they work independently.
  • Respite caregiver:  Respite Caregivers provide temporary relief to full time caregivers from the continuous support and care of a patient or elderly adults.
  • Family caregiver: Family caregivers are members of the family or friends who provide care for patients.

Caregiver  Duties

Caregivers do not perform clinical or medical care. They provide a helping hand to assist patients with daily living activities. Whether it’s grocery shopping, bathing, cooking meals, or doing laundry, caregivers provide assistance to fill in the gap for patients and the elderly who are not able to continue living independently. Most importantly, Caregivers provide companionship, emotional support, and physical support. Some of the duties caregivers perform are:

  • Providing assistance in meal preparation
  • Providing assistance in maintaining personal hygiene and routine activities such as bathing, feeding, or taking medicine
  • Assisting with shopping (grocery, clothes, and other essential items)
  • Driving the patient to appointments
  • Providing companionship and emotional support
  • Ensuring patients take the medications
  • Provide helping hand to prevent fall and mobility assistance

Caregiver Qualifications

Caregivers do not require any specific certifications or levels of education. The requirements vary from state to state. Some require only 40 hours of training, while other states require more hours of education and training. Different agencies have different sets of standards. Some agencies require caregivers to undergo a thorough background check and a rigorous interview process to be hired. 

What is the basic pay for a Caregiver?

According to payscale.com, the average hourly wage of a caregiver is $11.73 / hour.

6 Steps to Safely Plan your Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

6 Steps to Safely Plan your Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We all love family gatherings. Especially on holidays. But the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the entire way Americans celebrate holidays. People are mostly staying at home to keep themselves safe. Unfortunately, COVID-19 does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon.  Family gatherings continue to be events with profoundly higher risks of exposure and spread of the virus. With COVID-19 transmission rates, numbers of cases, and daily death counts reaching historic highs, it remains most prudent to avoid family events and gatherings.

Despite the risks, if you and your family decide to celebrate a holiday, the following coronavirus safety guidelines will be key to reduce the possibility of infection to enjoy a safe holiday.

Here are 6 steps to safely plan your holidays during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  1. Spend A Virtual Holiday: The best way to keep family members safe is to attend no holidays at all. Spend it virtually. Set up your computer or mobile device and encourage your family and friends to connect via video. It won’t be exactly the same as being together, but you will still spend some time with your family and friends.
  2. Self-Quarantine Before The Event: You may be working and using public transport to work. Or you have to go to the grocery store every week. These types of travel may increase the risk of COVID-19 exposures. If you are determined to hold a family event over a holiday, ask everyone to self-quarantine for at least 14 days before the event. And when they travel to the event, ensure they use their own car or a recently cleaned and disinfected car.  Avoid public transportation.
  3. Wash Hands and Use A Mask: Ensure your family members wash hands, wear a mask (except when they are eating and drinking), and use hand sanitizer. Masks block most large droplets and particles and washing hands kills the virus immediately. These two simple measures can help reduce the risk of exposure to a minimum.
  4. Limit The Number Of People: Keep in-person gatherings small. According to the CDC, limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The virus spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Keeping the gathering small will help practice social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  5. Zero Physical Contact: For now, the handshake is a thing of the past. Because of COVID-19, even world leaders are coming up with other ways to greet people. So should you. Getting too close to people increases everyone’s chances of getting the COVID-19 virus. Children, up to 5 years of age, older relatives, and those with compromised immune systems may be particularly vulnerable. It may be a few months since you’ve seen some family members, but now is not the time for hugs or handshakes.
  6. Keep The Elderly Away: Especially if they are sick. Older adults are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and dying from the disease.  With even minimal exposure to the disease, the elderly may become critically ill and require intensive care. If they still want to spend some time with the family, maintain social distancing (6 feet distance or more), ensure they are wearing a mask, and keep the room well ventilated.

Holidays are not going to be the same again until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. By working together, following social distancing protocols, and wearing a mask, we can ensure we enjoy many more safe holidays with our families and loved ones.

5 Must-Have Qualities of an At Home Caregiver

5 Must-Have Qualities of an At Home Caregiver

The use of home Caregiver services are on the rise as more people find it an affordable healthcare option. Caregivers provide an important part of the home healthcare continuum of services. Their role is to help patients achieve the level of recovery and independence intended by the physician’s plan of care for the patient.  The best caregivers typically go above and beyond their job responsibilities. They look after their patients,  attend to their needs, and foster a bond that makes them a part of the patient’s extended support network.  Being a caregiver is not just about filling out a checklist and providing medication on time. They need to develop qualities that caregiver training programs do not teach. Some of the best qualities that every caregiver should have are:

  1. Patience:
    Some patients, especially the elderly may not be cooperative. They may be unhappy because of the challenges and discomfort of their treatment. Some patients may think they’re healthy enough and don’t need anyone to help them. This might be challenging for some caregivers. Everything is not going to go as planned. In circumstances like this, the caregiver has to be patient. They need to show empathy and compassion to their patients and gain their trust so that the patient will receive the proper care when needed.
  2. Passionate:
    The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If a caregiver is not passionate about their role, and does not love the job he or she is doing, patients may not get the proper care. A good caregiver is passionate about what they do. They genuinely care about the health and wellbeing of patients. A passionate caregiver puts himself or herself into the shoes of the patients, tries to understand what the patients might be experiencing, and takes the necessary measures to make things easier and more comfortable for their patients.
  3. Communication:
    Some patients, especially those with chronic disease, may lose their ability to speak. Some may become so weak that even speaking becomes a burden. Lastly, some may be bad-tempered and  don’t want anyone’s support. Handling such patients may require excellent communication skills. After all, communication is the foundation of any healthy relationship, especially when you’re building a relationship with a patient. A caregiver must understand what these bedridden, silent patients are  trying to communicate. They must understand what their patients are experiencing, establish effective communication, gain their trust, and treat the patients quickly and properly. Communication does not always have to be verbal, it could be done with signs,  signals, or the written work. A caregiver has to remove barriers and find a way to effectively communicate with patients.
  4. Creative:
    Every patient is unique. An approach that works on one patient, may not work on another. It is important for a caregiver to creatively develop ways to keep patients engaged, occupied, and entertained. Patients may refuse the recommended minutes of walking or taking medication on a proper schedule. Therefore, it is necessary for a caregiver to be creative so that the patients become interested, involved, and willing to comply with their plan of care.
  5. Supportive:
    Lastly, a caregiver has to be supportive. Patients may become discouraged with their loss of independence. Some may need caregiver support just to take a walk in nature. In that case, every caregiver should be able to identify what patients are experiencing and what kind of support they need so that patients can feel encouraged and be optimistic.

Being a caregiver involves more than just training and experience. Patients do not only need medical care, they need support, trust, empathy, and compassion. Training and experience will not give a caregiver these traits. They have to be developed, recognized as needed, and implemented with the conviction and intent to help the patient stay on the plan of care and recover as much independence as possible.