Why You Should Hire Only A Licensed Senior Service Company

iStock12182364XSmallFranchiseeandseniorcoupleWhen you can’t be there to care for your senior and provide the level of support they need, you want to make sure that they are receiving high quality in-home care.
More and more older adults prefer to live independent, non-institutionalized lives, and in-home care is a safe, effective way to provide care in the comfort of one’s own home.

You want someone who has their best interests in mind and is trained to meet their individual needs. There are many people who may offer their services to help seniors, but when choosing a senior service company, you want to ensure that the organization is fully licensed. This not only protects you and your loved one, but it protects the company too.

Hiring a licensed provider gives you reassurance about several things:

  1. The in-home care organization meets state standards.

In order to become a licensed senior care provider, the organization must be compliant with state standards. They must pass inspections and reviews that ensure they are following the rules. You can ask to see the results of these reports so you know for yourself how the organization is performing. You’ll be able to see how they were rated and if they’ve had any violations.  These inspections and reviews are intense and will give you the peace of mind you need to use the organization.

  1. Caregivers have been trained.

As part of a licensed organization, employees must undergo training and meet certain requirements. They are prepared to assist your loved one on a variety of levels, from compassionate companionship for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s to helping them with strategies to maintain their independence and provide the right level of support necessary. Extra attention and tender compassionate care is a must.  They are CPR-certified and undergo background and reference checks to verify their employment eligibility, training, and character.

  1. Caregivers are bonded and insured.

If the caregiver should become injured or an accident should occur, the fact that they are employed by a licensed organization may protect you and your senior. Between worker’s compensation, liability insurance, and other coverage, they have protections put in place. A non-licensed senior care provider may not have the proper coverage and you could be held liable for anything that occurs while they are in your senior’s home.

  1. The organization is regularly reviewed.

Because the senior services company is licensed and registered with the state, they are subject to regular evaluations. You can rest assured that they are being checked up on and maintain compliance. Some organizations may be accredited which means they have to uphold even higher standards and go through an even more rigorous review process. If the company is not licensed, the oversight by the state may not be as high and important issues may be overlooked.

  1. Your senior may qualify for financial assistance for in-home care.

By hiring a licensed senior services company, your senior may be able to receive financial assistance through Medicare, Medicaid, or other state or federal health benefits programs. These benefits may not apply to them if you go with an unlicensed provider. The home health agency may also have an established network of connections that can support your senior in other ways. If you are looking for additional services not provided by the home care company, they can provide referrals to other trusted organizations.  Free assisted living placement is just one of many additional services offered by home care businesses.

If your senior’s health, safety, and wellbeing are at the top of your priority list, partner with a licensed senior service company like Always Best Care that puts these things at the top of their priority list as well. Rest assured that your senior is in good hands and their caregiver is well trained. Call David Baim and his staff at Always Best Care today (267) 217-7059 to learn more about what sets our in-home senior care apart from the rest and why you should hire a licensed provider.

 

 

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Boosting Senior Health Through Companionship Services

Untitled design(43)Isolation and depression are growing concerns when it comes to seniors. As people age, they may become less mobile and engaged in the community around them and lose touch with friends. If they no longer drive or they have trouble getting around, they’re less likely to be spending time with friends and family or going to events. A small study conducted in 2009 found that heart disease, anxiety, and depression were more likely in participants with fewer social ties. Loneliness could also increase risk of accidents, suicide, and death from heart disease.

Companionship services can offer seniors these much needed connections that help them to feel more involved and cared about. They are able to form a bond with an in home caregiver because there is regular contact and a friendship naturally evolves. Knowing that someone will be there a few hours a day or week can be comforting and give seniors something to look forward to. Having regular companionship brings with it many benefits for seniors.

Decreased Isolation

A care giver can help your loved one to plan activities, trips, and outings in the community, as well as arrange transportation. They can accompany seniors to lunch, religious services, meetings, movies, or plays so that they are not alone and can continue to do things they enjoy. They can also provide in home care and help with activities around the home to reduce boredom and enhance motivation.

Increased Mental Stimulation

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Some studies show that staying mentally active can ward off memory loss and dementia. An in home caregiver can play games such as scrabble or bridge, put together puzzles, or help with crossword or Sudoku puzzles. These are things that can challenge seniors’ minds and keep them using different parts of their brain for problem solving, creative thinking, planning, and organization.

Adult coloring books are also the latest craze, adding to the mix of activities.

Friendly Conversation

Seniors have a lot of stories and memories to share, and living alone, they may not have anyone to tell them to. With a companion, they’ll have someone to listen, ask questions, and show interest in their past and the things they enjoy. There’s someone there who wants to hear about their granddaughter’s birthday party, or how they spent the summers as a child.

Increased Physical Activity

Walking alone isn’t as fun as walking with a friend. An in home caregiver can encourage your loved one to be more active and ensure they’re doing so safely. If your senior has some memory troubles, a care giver can help them to get out and about without fear of becoming lost or disoriented. They can also keep your senior more physically active in their home through daily activities such as helping them to clean or organize.  Purchase a FitBit activity tracker to challenge seniors to increase their steps on a daily or weekly basis.

Improved Peace of Mind

For families, companionship services can provide a greater sense of peace and confidence because you know that there is someone watching out for your loved one when you can’t be there. Keeping in regular contact with the home health aide can alert you to any potential concerns and update you on how your senior is doing. You know that they’re not spending long periods of time alone, and someone is there to assist with daily activities and provide meaningful conversation and companionship.

Getting your senior a pet can also be another option to provide additional companionship. Dogs and cats are great listeners (and snugglers!) and can give your loved one a greater sense of responsibility and purpose. Pets can be helpful for providing structure to the day, encouraging exercise, and boosting mood.

Always Best Care, Plymouth Meeting, PA has a therapy dog named Clyde who enjoys visiting clients and seniors.  Schedule a visit with Clyde to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Finding Companionship Services for Seniors

Are you interesting in arranging companionship services for your senior to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing and provide them with necessary support to age in place? Always Best Care is here to help! Contact us today at (267) 217-7059 to learn more about available services and receive a FREE consultation.

Always Best Care Senior Services provides Senior Care in Montgomery County, PA, including Blue Bell, Spring House, Montgomeryville, Lansdale, Gwynedd Valley, Audubon, East Norriton, Norristown, Plymouth Meeting, Bridgeport, Ambler, North Wales and other communities in Southeast Montgomery County.

Call today (267) 217-7059
Or email dbaim@abc-seniors.com.

 

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5 Simple Home-Improvement Ideas for Increased Senior Safety

Seniors these days prefer to stay at home in their post retirement lives. Not long ago, nursing homes and other such facilities represented the next step in senior life for those who could no longer manage on their own. Today, however, our aging population is living longer — and staying at home longer — than any previous generation, preferring to live in a way that allows them to retain their routines with the help of loving family members, friends and specially trained caregivers, like those employed by Always Best Care. Staying at home not only requires the help of caring individuals; it also often requires changes and improvements to the home.

Are you concerned about a senior loved one’s ability to stay safe at home? Have a look at these five home-improvement ideas for increased senior safety! They are relatively easy to implement, and they will give you and your loved ones increased peace of mind.

#1 — Install Lever-Style Doorknobs

Opening and closing doors is something that most of us take for granted. But for seniors, it can become a real chore. Replacing traditional, round doorknobs with lever-style knobs can make a huge difference. The lever style is much easier to operate, especially for seniors who may suffer from arthritis or other common maladies that affect bones, joints and motor skills.

#2 — Install Grab Bars in the Bathroom

For many seniors, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house — if not the most dangerous. Providing grab bars near the toilet and in the shower/bath enclosure can give seniors something to hang onto when they find themselves in awkward positions. Grab bars can be purchased and installed for very little money, too, making this improvement an easy one to implement.

#3 — Remove Unnecessary Furniture

Sometimes seniors accumulate so much furniture that their homes turn into obstacle courses. One way to make the home a safer and more comfortable space for living is to evaluate the furniture and determine if any of it can be removed. This process engages the senior, and it ultimately makes the home easier and safer to navigate.

5 Simple Home-Improvement Ideas for Increased Senior Safety#4 — Let there Be Light!

Accidents often happen because people don’t see where they’re going. This is true on the road, but it’s also true in many seniors’ homes. Using bright, energy-efficient bulbs can make a significant difference in the probability of an accident or a fall. Inspect your loved one’s home and see if you can replace bulbs and adjust fixtures so that all activities are well lit. Consider installing motion-detecting night lights, too, for extra illumination.

#5 — Make Sure Rugs Don’t Slip

Rugs that slip around on smooth surfaces are accidents waiting to happen, no matter how deftly your senior loved one handles them. You can purchase new, anti slip rugs inexpensively, or simply use caulk or grip tape to make the rugs less slippery — and much less dangerous!

Learn More

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can make your loved one’s home safer, Always Best Care is here to help! Call us today at(267) 217-7059  for more information.

From Always Best Care Senior Services Blog

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Helping Seniors Manage Medication

As people get older, they become increasingly dependent upon various medications. Medications help seniors live longer, healthier lives, but they are only effective when they are taken in accordance with physician instructions. Whether the meds are for heart conditions, diseases, high blood pressure or anything else, they must be taken in the right dosages at the right times. And for many seniors, there are multiple medications to keep track of at any given time.

Seniors don’t always do the best job keeping up with their meds, and it’s common for them to avoid taking them altogether because they fear certain side effects, or they are concerned about keeping costs down. These are very real concerns, but adhering to doctors’ guidelines and prescriptions is much more important in terms of keeping seniors safe and healthy.

What You Can Do

Following are a few tips that can help you ensure that the senior loved one in your life manages their medication properly.

Using a Special Pill Box

The pill boxes that feature compartments for each day of the week are simple, but incredibly effective tools to help seniors manage their medications. Pick a day and time each week to help your senior divvy up his or her medication into one of these inexpensive pill boxes, and you’re likely to see a big difference.

Larger Print

Did you know that you can request larger print on medication labels and instructions? The next time you’re picking up meds at the pharmacy for your senior loved one, ask the pharmacist if they can provide larger print. This will make instructions and guidelines much easier to read — and follow.

Opening and Administering

Sometimes seniors avoid medications because they are simply unable to open bottles or manage eye droppers, inhalers and other items with the proper amount of dexterity. Ask the pharmacist if they can provide containers and apparatus that are easier to use. This is an area where specially trained in-home caregivers can be real life savers, too!

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When a senior is prescribed a number of different medications, it can become extraordinarily difficult to manage the situation. This is why it’s recommended to maintain an ongoing dialogue with prescribing physicians, many of whom may not be aware of what other prescribing physicians are prescribing!

Don’t be afraid to ask if certain meds are necessary, and be sure to inquire about recommendations for taking meds on an easier schedule. Doctors are there to help your loved one live the best life possible, so be sure to take full advantage of their expertise!

For More Information

Are you wondering how you can receive extra help when it comes to taking great care of an aging loved one in your life? Always Best Care is here for you! Contact us today at (267) 217-7059 and learn how you can receive your completely FREE consultation.

 

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