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EasyLiving Home Health Services Blog
Monday, January 19th, 2015
Home healthcare conjures up images of medical and nursing interventions in the home. You may think of home healthcare as assistance received after surgery or a hospital stay…a nurse coming to change your bandage or take your vital signs or physical therapy in the home. Home healthcare today is so much more than medical services provided at home, and has evolved into compassionate home health care to support older or disabled individuals to live on their own.
The term aging-in-place has become in vogue to describe this desire to age in our own homes and the support needed to do so. Beyond just the clinical skills needed in traditional medical home health care, today’s compassionate care involves holistic care for a person at home. Safety support means fall prevention and good personal care. Your health encompasses proper medication management, good nutrition and getting appropriate exercise. Companionship and activities are essential to mental and social well-being. EasyLiving has even developed a Senior Concierge Program to help engage elders in activities outside the home, whether it be going to the symphony or taking a day trip or extended vacation. When you look at home healthcare from this holistic viewpoint, you realize compassion, empathy and other personal characteristics are essential for home health caregivers.
What does EasyLiving mean when we say we provide compassionate home health care?
- Personalized care plans designed with empathy for the person and their situation; support to live your life the way you wish.
- Dignified, compassionate home healthcare with the “little touches” to make life easier and better. Our caregivers make things simple, make life more pleasant and add value to your life with companionship, caring and warmth.
- Compassionate home care is designed for those who enjoy their privacy and individual preferences. A caregiver can be brought in to help with specific needs, run errands, provide transportation and more while you’re able to remain in your private home surrounded by your belongings and memories.
- Compassionate home healthcare evolves to meet your needs. As you need more care, you can get additional support in the home and even bring in hospice to ensure palliative care at the end of life. EasyLiving has worked with many clients over time, all the way through providing support to hospice care.
- Experienced, trained caregivers who can provide the best support to you and are as prepared as possible. Most importantly, home caregivers are screened and selected for their personal qualities such as empathy, dedication and attention to detail. Our staff matches the right caregiver to the client, not only to the tasks.
To talk to our Senior Care Consultant about EasyLiving’s compassionate home caregivers, give us a call today at 727-447-5845. If you feel that you have the compassionate and caring personality to be a good senior home caregiver, check out EasyLiving’s Florida Home Healthcare Jobs page.
Share your opinion (here or on the EasyLiving Facebook page):
What characteristics do you think make a compassionate caregiver? What would you want someone to do to make your life better if you needed home healthcare assistance?
Monday, January 12th, 2015
Caregiving jobs can be extremely rewarding for the right type of person. Elderly caregivers are in great demand and you probably know there is a lot of opportunity for caregiving jobs in most communities. Caregiving jobs can be found in nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers and in clients’ homes. We’ll share some of the reasons you may want to consider caregiving jobs and information we’ve gathered from asking our new employees, why do you want to be a caregiver? If you’re considering a caregiving career, this information may help you determine if a caregiving career is going to be the right fit for you. We’ll also share a little about what makes caregiving jobs in clients’ homes particularly appealing to many of our EasyLiving home caregivers.
Why do You Want to Be a Caregiver? Good Reasons for Considering Caregiving Jobs
- You enjoy working with people and most enjoy jobs where you have one-on-one interaction with others.
- You enjoyed taking care of elder family members and would like to help others in this way.
- You like older adults and feel you can get along well with a variety of elders.
- You like doing work that has the potential to make a difference in someone’s life.
- You like doing a variety of tasks in a day.
- You don’t ever say, “that’s not my job” but instead like pitching in to do whatever is needed.
- You like making someone smile and doing little things to make a person’s day better.
- You take pride in your attention to detail.
- You don’t want a desk job; you like being physical in your job and using your body as well as your brain.
- You are seeking a career with growing opportunities.
- You don’t want to invest in many years of formal education but you are willing to learn new skills and take continuing education to do your job well.
- You feel that when you are older, you’d want someone like yourself there to help you if you need help.
What does it take to become a home caregiver?
This depends on the state you live in and what type of caregiving job you seek. For an agency like EasyLiving (a Florida licensed home health agency), anyone providing hands-on care must either be a home health aide or certified nursing assistant (contact us if you’d like information on training courses and the test process) and all employees must pass required background screening. At EasyLiving, we assume that all caregivers may encounter the need to provide hands-on care at some point so we only hire people with these qualifications. At other agencies, there may be companion positions which do not require these certifications, but we feel this best equips our caregivers to handle clients’ needs.
Agencies determine their other hiring requirements; for example, at EasyLiving we require all applicants score above 90% on their home health aide test and fit our personal qualities profile. We provide our own, specially designed orientation training as well.
The Benefits and Challenges of Caregiving Jobs in Home Care
In-home caregiving requires some of the same skills as a caregiving job in any setting, but it is also a bit unique. You’d probably like being a home caregiver if:
- You enjoy a lot of flexibility and independence in your work.
- You like working one-on-one with someone and developing a relationship with a client.
- You can be creative and think on your feet.
- You like tasks such as cooking for someone, helping with errands/shopping, conversing and participating in activities with your client.
- You like fulfilling someone’s requests and catering to an individual’s likes and dislikes.
- You enjoy a home-like environment.
On the other hand, you may be a better fit for a caregiver job in a facility setting if:
- You prefer the camaraderie of an office environment and working with others on a daily basis.
- You like routine and want someone to tell you what to do when.
- You need supervision on a daily basis.
- You prefer to work with different people and don’t enjoy spending time conversing with clients or doing activities together one-on-one.
- You like having standardized supplies and a uniform environment for working.
Want to know more about the exciting opportunities for caregiving jobs at EasyLiving? Check out our Home Care Careers page!
Sunday, January 4th, 2015
For our Senior Health Tips this month, we offer a special focus on glaucoma. This month is Glaucoma Awareness Month and your eyes are an important part of good senior health and an independent lifestyle. We believe senior health is all about awareness and prevention, and in no case is this more true than with glaucoma.
Why is glaucoma awareness such an important senior health issue?
Currently, 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma (and over 60 million people worldwide). The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Experts estimate that half of the people with the disease don’t know they have it.
With our aging population both in the U.S. and many countries worldwide, there is an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations in prevention and preserving vision. As seniors seek to stay healthy and live an independent lifestyle, sight is a valuable sense to be nurtured.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. The most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.
There is no cure for glaucoma at the moment. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss, so early detection is key. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma and other factors.
There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a normal IOP, this is called normal tension glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss.
Glaucoma Risk Factors
Those at higher risk include people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent. Other high-risk groups include: people over 60, those with a family history, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted. Regular eye exams are especially important for those at higher risk for glaucoma, and may help to prevent unnecessary vision loss.
What can you do to maintain good vision and senior health?
Get regular eye exams. Medicare covers glaucoma tests as part of its comprehensive preventative care coverage. Read more about senior preventative care on our Aging Wisely for the New Year post. Seniors being a high risk group need regular exams to preserve vision. An eye exam is recommended at least every 1-2 years for people with high risk (after age 65, every 6 months to 1 year). Go ahead and schedule your eye exam for the year now and kick off a healthy 2015!
If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, there are great treatment options. The best treatment option, from medication to surgery, depends on your specific situation and type of glaucoma. Our senior care team can help you navigate your options and find quality senior health care providers, provide transportation and companionship to appointments/treatments and provide after-care as well as routine low-vision/at-home support.
Contact our Senior Health team today (727-447-5845) for help in staying healthy, aging in place and living life to its fullest!
Monday, December 29th, 2014
As we wrap up 2014, we want to thank all of our readers and clients for your support and interest in the caregiver tips we share. We welcome your comments below or on our Facebook page about ways we could improve, subjects you’d like to see us cover or topics about which you need more information. Here is a recap of our most popular caregiver tips pages and posts with readers in 2014:
Last Minute (and New!) Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors: Gift ideas continue to be a popular category among our caregiver tips posts. We all know how hard it can be to get the right gift and this is especially true for our aging parents and elderly loved ones and friends. This post, written around the 2013 holidays, offered some new ideas that still come in handy. When you’re having a hard time coming up with something fresh (and useful), this post might come in handy any time of year. We recommend bookmarking it and our Aging Wisely gifts for seniors guide for ongoing reference.
Personalized Home Care Plans: Life History and Daily Routines: The way EasyLiving creates personalized care plans to give the most appropriate care for each individual struck a chord with many readers. Caregivers, both family and professional, seeking tips on how to make care more personal and consistent, might find useful information in the tools and processes we have created to develop the individual care plan. Incorporating the indivdual’s life history and daily routines makes the caregiving experience more positive for both caregiver and care recipient.
Caregiver Tips: Indoor Activity Ideas for Seniors: Caregivers need that creative spark too! Sometimes it can be hard to come up with new ideas for activities when stuck inside due to weather or physical limitations. Our “beat the heat” activity ideas are good any time of year and cover a wide array of interests. Consider trying out at least one new activity from our list of ideas per month this year. Make caregiving more interesting and life more enjoyable for your care recipient!
Among our EasyLiving caregiver services pages, our most popular pages indicate some of the most sought-after and unique services we offer. These include Senior Transportation in Pinellas County and Senior Concierge Services. Family caregivers understand the importance of helping ensure their loved ones do not become isolated and can get around where needed even when they no longer drive (and many times, transportation services are a useful alternative/addition even if the elder continues to drive sometimes). Our specially-designed Senior Concierge Services further expand upon simply getting around with travel and event planning, coordination and support. Have a big family event coming up this year? Look no further than EasyLiving’s Senior Concierge for help. It’s also a great way to ensure that age, disease or disability does not affect your loved one’s quality of life…as our motto reads!
For ongoing caregiver tips, you have found the right spot. EasyLiving offers weekly posts on an array of caregiving and eldercare topics and we also offer a monthly newsletter summarizing our most timely caregiver advice. You can also give us a call at 727-447-5845 or contact us online for personalized advice. Consider scheduling a complimentary consultation to get 2015 off to the best start!
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
In-home care is a perfect solution for elders to stay healthy and happy at home. Not surprisingly, seniors overwhelmingly prefer aging in place to moving to a care facility. In-home care is often overlooked as a proactive measure to ensure this goal is met. With in-home care, an elder can prevent injury, stay healthier and live longer and more independently in the comfort of home.
As we head in to a new year, it is an excellent time to make plans for a healthier 2015. Here are some tips and ideas about how in-home care can help with a better 2015!
- Get a home evaluation and reduce clutter and falling risks. EasyLiving’s Fall Prevention Checklist is a good place to start and our Senior Care Consultant will come out and meet with you to help determine a falls free plan just for you. In-home caregivers can help you eliminate clutter, reorganize things for easier access and maintain a clutter-free household.
- With in-home care to support you, you can reduce the likelihood of injuries at home. A caregiver can be brought in to help at key times, such as when you are getting up in the morning or during your bathing routine. A caregiver can assist with household cleaning and other tasks during which you might injure yourself. An in-home caregiver can also help you carry out your exercise routine to stay stronger and reduce injuries.
- A home caregiver can also provide transportation to ensure you get to all your appointments. In 2015, don’t forget to practice preventative care: get your yearly checkup with your primary care doctor, schedule all recommended screenings, have your vision and hearing checked and talk to your doctors about any concerns or changes you have noticed.
- Manage your medications wisely. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications to reduce any unnecessary or conflicting medications. A trained in-home caregiver can assist you with managing your medications and reminding you to take them properly.
- Institute 1-2 small, measurable changes for a healthy new year. Support and accountability can help you reach your goals. In-home care is about more than just assisting you with tasks. Your caregiver can help you stay motivated, remind you about your routine and goals and provide the support you need. Your caregiver can accompany you on walks, take you to exercise classes or the gym or help you maintain an in-home fitness routine.
Need help staying healthy in 2015? Want to ensure you can remain in your own home and live a full life? In-home care from the EasyLiving team might just be the solution for you! Call us at 727-447-5845 for a free wellness check and consultation.
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