Home Care

Home Health vs. Home Care

Home Health vs. Home Care

Today, home care is one of the most flexible senior care options available. Home care consists of companion and personal care or non-medical care. Home health care usually falls under the supervision of a physician and it is skilled or medical care. Home Care Companion care: A certified nursing assistant can help your loved one with daily tasks; typical services…

Continue reading

Cancer Care Among Older Adults

Cancer Care Among Older Adults

Elderly adults with suffering from cancer in the past received limited treatment for a variety of reasons. Today, as a means to treating older people with cancer, geriatric oncology programs have sprung up around the country. Seniors can have other medical conditions besides cancer and the cancer can impact these diseases. All treatments have to be managed together and that…

Continue reading

Family Conversations with Elderly Drivers

Family Conversations with Elderly Drivers

The thought of not driving anymore for seniors is depressing. The implications are significant–fewer trips outside the home, increase dependency on others, fewer social opportunities and the fear of being a burden to others. Discussions on driving are likely to be emotional for all parties involved, but they should not be put off. Constructing a game plan: – Be prepared…

Continue reading

Preventing Falls for Seniors

Preventing Falls for Seniors

Ways to Decrease the Risk of Falls for Seniors Seniors are susceptible to falls for many reasons–bad balance, poor eyesight, dizziness, overall weakness and fragility. Consider the following staggering statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: – One in every three adults 65 and older fall each year. – Falls represent the leading cause of injury deaths in…

Continue reading

Advantages of Using a Home Care Agency

Advantages of Using a Home Care Agency

Advantages people have using an agency rather than hiring a personal caregiver directly: The agency, on an ongoing basis, assumes the responsibility for finding an experienced, responsible and caring individual. This involves screening, assessing competencies and checking references. Should there be any problems, they can call the agency and have them make any necessary changes. Unlike private care providers, an…

Continue reading

Managing Medications for Seniors

Managing Medications for Seniors

The average 65 – 69 year-old fills 13.6 prescriptions per year, while those 80 – 84 years old have 18.2 prescriptions filled annually. Taking multiple medications and seeing different doctors can be a prescription for a serious medication problem. Serious Problems The most serious medication problems involving seniors tend to focus around these scenarios: – Not taking medicine correctly —…

Continue reading

Five Questions about Long-Term Care

Five Questions about Long-Term Care

1. What is long-term care? Long-term care refers to the ongoing services and support needed by people who have chronic health conditions and disabilities. There are three levels of long-term care: – Skilled care-round-the-clock care by professional health care providers. – Intermediate care-less frequent care – Custodial care-personal care such as bathing, eating, and dressing which Perpetual Home Care provides…

Continue reading

15 Reasons for Home Care

15 Reasons for Home Care

Studies have found that an estimated 90 percent of infirmed and elderly individuals prefer home care over institutional care. – Home care helps keep families together. Compare this to taking an elderly person away from her loved ones. At no time is family more important than during times of illness. – Home care helps seniors maintain their independence. Home care…

Continue reading