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Benefits of In-Home Senior Care
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As we grow older, watching our parent’s age can be difficult. In areas they once thrived, they now struggle. As they slow down, their needs increase, leaving you with difficult decisions to make. You're now worried about whether they are taking their medications correctly and eating healthy meals throughout the day. Other major concerns present themselves as well; you worry about their physical mobility, their ability to maintain good hygiene, as well as their mental wellbeing.

You can alleviate your concerns by turning to comprehensive and compassionate home care staffing services that can care for your loved one in their own home. The loss of independence is difficult for aging adults who are struggling with the effects of getting older. Hiring in-home care can be a great solution for many reasons.

Professional caregivers provide seniors with physical assistance, as well as help with the emotional and routine aspects of daily life. In addition to providing activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing, homecare workers supply invaluable personal benefits, especially to an aging person who may live alone and have few family or friends visit regularly. Professional caregivers can provide precious social interaction like going to the movies, visiting a coffee shop, taking outdoor walks, or even cooking together. These interactions help reduce the chances of loneliness and depression in older adults.

Home care staffing services are able to help aging individuals continue living safely and comfortably at home. Visit ArcadiaHomeCare.com to find out about all the services provided. Request a free in-home consultation for more information.


Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home
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Admitting the need for help and accepting assistance is not easy for anyone, particularly an aging adult. The responsibility often falls into the hands of family members to recognize the signs and seek out the appropriate support solutions to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Signs of age-related issues can sneak up quickly, so it’s important to be aware of the small warning signs that something might be wrong. The issues may be minor to start, so an assisted living or nursing home wouldn’t be immediately necessary, but they may need extra help at home from a home care aide.

How do you know if it's time for in-home care? Look for some of these red flags in your aging mom or dad.

Changes in physical abilities and mental status
Are they having difficulty with walking, balance or mobility?
Uncertainty and confusion with performing once-familiar tasks
Forgetfulness, including forgetting to take medicine
Do they have a poor diet and sudden weight loss?

Poor personal hygiene
Is there a noticeable decline in their grooming habits, such as strong body order, unkempt hair, lack of oral care, and wearing soiled or stained clothes?

Neglected household
Is the house noticeably dirty or clutter is piling up?
Little to no fresh food in the refrigerator
Late payment notices and calls from bill collectors
Utilities turned off due to missed payment

If you notice several of the red flags listed above in your family member, it might be time to consider daily in-home support. Contact the healthcare staffing services at Arcadia Homecare and Staffing to learn more about how our staff can assist your aging parent.


In-Home Care for Alzheimer's Patients: Pt. 1
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When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease it can be a scary time for your family. The unknowns are frightening and the responsibility of caring for that person can weigh on you heavily. Determining what course of action is best for mom or dad in the days following the diagnosis is a difficult decision that must be made swiftly.

While some families might choose an assisted living facility when they are unable to provide the necessary care for their loved one, others opt to care for them at home.  This is a potentially overwhelming task. Each day brings new challenges as you cope with changing ability levels and new patterns of behavior. Simple tasks that were second nature, such as dressing, bathing and eating become increasingly difficult to manage.

Being a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s brings with it enormous stress and challenges. Having relief on a regular basis is important to a caregiver’s health and well-being.   Trained and qualified personal care or skilled professional care workers through home care staffing services can help plan, coordinate and evaluate dementia care as to allow your loved one to remain independent longer and provide you with greater peace of mind.


In-Home Care for Alzheimer's Patients: Pt. 2
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It is estimated that 5 million American's currently live with some form of dementia including Alzheimer’s. The early symptoms of dementia often develop slowly and worsen over time. As the disease progresses, everyday tasks can become more difficult and care needs often increase.

It is understood that in-home care in a familiar environment is best for dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Remaining in their own home is far less disorienting, offering them a sense of security and peace of mind.

Healthcare staffing services are the ideal starting point for families who aren't yet ready to consider placement in a long-term care facility but need extra help with their loved one. Personal caregivers can assist in creating a regular daily routine that will help someone with dementia feel more secure and in control of their life. Because just as familiar surroundings are safe and soothing, the same can be said for daily routines. Maintaining a schedule similar to the one a senior followed pre-dementia can help reduce anxiety and confusion.

A person with Alzheimer's disease might become agitated when once-simple tasks become difficult. To limit challenges and ease frustration these tips can be helpful.

Schedule: Establish a routine to make each day less agitating and confusing. People with Alzheimer's disease can still learn and follow routines.

Patience: Expect things to take longer than they used to. Allow the person with Alzheimer's disease to have frequent breaks.

Freedom: Allow your loved one to do as much as possible with the least amount of assistance, including dressing themselves or helping to prepare a meal.

Choice: Fewer options are better but give the person with Alzheimer's disease choices every day.

The disease stage and your loved one’s specific care needs will determine what type of Alzheimer’s care you choose. Professional caregivers who have extensive experience caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease can be a valuable addition to your loved one’s care team. Contact Arcadia Home Care & Staffing today to learn more about our senior elder care options.


Home Modifications for the Elderly
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Allowing your elderly family member to age in place requires modifications to their home. Hidden hazards in the home, that are often overlooked when eyesight is better and getting around isn't as difficult, can put seniors at greater risk of injury. However, a few inexpensive, do-it-yourself home modifications can make a huge difference and make getting around a lot less challenging.

Comfort and safety are of the utmost importance for seniors planning to age at home. Whether they are receiving geriatric care or are still comfortable being on their own without assistance, simple changes around the house will result in a senior who is better equipped to age in place.

Home Modification Checklist

Main Living Spaces

  • Rearrange furniture to create clear pathways without clutter
  • Add more lamps behind and around furniture
  • Replace curtains with blinds to let in natural light

Kitchen

  • Move regularly used items to easy-to-reach spaces
  • Use a table for prep space instead of standing by tall countertops
  • Add lighting wherever possible

Bathrooms

  • Install grab bars in and around the shower and toilet
  • Place non-slip pads on tub floors and surfaces that often get wet
  • Lower water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit

Bedrooms

  • Place additional, easy-to-use lights on each side of the bed
  • Install a bed rail for support getting into and out of bed

Ask questions and pay attention to what your aging loved one mentions as concerns. Watch carefully as they move about the house and take note of what causes them to hesitate or requires extra effort. Use this list, as well as what you see firsthand, as your guide for home modification requirements.


Fall Risks for Seniors
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Did you know that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for people over the age of 65? As many as one in three older Americans falls every year. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

The fear of falling becomes more common as people age, even among those who haven't fallen. It may lead older people to avoid activities such as walking, shopping, or taking part in social activities.

Many things can cause a fall. Diminished eyesight, hearing loss, and reflexes not being as sharp as they once were are all factors. Diabetes, heart disease, or problems with thyroid, nerves, feet, or blood vessels can affect balance. Some medicines can cause a person to feel dizzy or sleepy, making them more likely to fall. Other causes include safety hazards in the home.

Elderly home care services recognize several personal risk factors for falling, including muscle weakness, problems with balance and gait.

The dangers of falls for seniors are numerous. To avoid falls and broke bones the elderly should: stay physically active, have their eyes and hearing tested regularly, be aware of the side effects of medication, get enough sleep, stand slowly, and use a cane or another assistive device to feel steady when walking.

For older people, a broken bone can be the start of more serious problems, such as a trip to the hospital, injury, or even disability. If you have an aging parent or grandparent in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible.


Home Care vs. Assisted Living or Nursing Home: What's the Difference?
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Aging parents want to continue to live at home, we know this. But we also know that there are concerns that come with elderly parent(s) being alone when their health or mobility is jeopardized. A family member can’t always be there to help them with daily tasks, but they also can’t do it all themselves. That leaves you two options: home care or nursing home care.

According to AARP, more than 95% of seniors want to stay in their home as long as possible, even if they need help with day-to-day activities; but there also comes a time when staying home may no longer be a realistic option. Utilizing this information you can make a better, more informed decision with your loved one about which elderly home care services option is best for them.

Home Care
The major advantage of home health care is that seniors get to age in place among their friends and surroundings that make them feel secure and happy. They can maintain their freedom. Home care allows for a more personal, one-on-one relationship with the caregiver. Also, seniors are able to remain as independent as they are able.

Assisted Living Care
Seniors who require more assistance than what can be provided in the home may need to consider an assisted living facility. Assisted living care provides a wide range of services to individuals who want to maintain some level of independence but require support with daily activities.

Nursing Home
homes, commonly known as skilled nursing facilities, serve as licensed healthcare residences for individuals who require a higher level of medical care than can be provided in an assisted living facility. Nursing homes are typically staffed with a variety of medical professionals and are secure facilities, ideal for seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia who might be prone to wandering.

There is no magical age or one-size-fits-all solution when a senior may need help. It is our goal to provide the highest quality elderly home care services. Call today to schedule a free consultation with our qualified staff to discuss your needs.


Attributes of a Good Senior Home Care Provider
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Home care providers are special people, full of love and compassion for the elderly and disabled regardless of age. Whether their role in a senior's life is as an aide, providing assistance with everyday living tasks like bathing, dressing and eating; or as a homemaker, helping with household chores like, cooking, cleaning, laundry and shopping; or as a companion, offering a friendly smile and an ear to listen for those who don't need hands-on assistance, home care providers are compassionate and dedicated to their jobs.

Caregivers do more than just look after their clients and attend to their needs. They are more like part of the family, sometimes seeing them more than their own loved ones. Therefore, it's important for families to find home care aides who will treat their loved ones like their own.

Here are some of the attributes that one should look for in a quality caregiver:

  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Supportive and encouraging
  • Committed and dependable
  • Patient and flexible
  • Knows how to empathize
  • Puts the needs of his or her client first and is able to take charge when necessary
  • Passionate about what he or she does
  • Good communicator

Aging in place is made possible with assisted living at home services provided by the staff at Arcadia. Together we’ll customize a care plan to fit your loved ones needs, whether that’s a home care aide, homemaker, or companion. For more information, visit our website to find a local office in your area or call toll-free at 866-224-7541.

Lessening the Impact of Cold Weather on the Elderly
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Being exposed to extremely cold temperatures can be dangerous at any age. But for older adults the risk of hypothermia is more serious. As seniors age their risk for health problems and injuries in general grows. It’s a fact, however, that heart attacks and high blood pressure are more common in cold weather. Decreased balance, less of an ability to judge temperatures, and impaired eyesight or hearing all factor into the special risks of cold weather to the elderly. In addition, many senior citizens don’t stay hydrated enough and in the winter they are more quickly prone to dehydration. As cold weather approaches and the temperature drops, many seniors can’t produce enough energy to keep their bodies warm enough. If you notice a family member or loved one shivering, looking especially pale, or breathing heavily, be sure she or he is not nearing a state of hypothermia. Also, it’s important that an older adult with circulatory problems or heart disease not be exposed to frostbite, which can result in a loss of limbs.

The staff at Arcadia Home Care suggests some ways to protect the elderly person in your life. Some of the most effective ways for a senior to stay well during winter include:
  • Mild Daily Exercise.
  • Indoor Swimming.
  • Intake of Extra Vitamin D
  • Wearing a Face Mask
  • Getting a Flu Shot
  • Getting a Pneumonia Shot
  • Stay Indoors
  • Wear Layers
  • Stay Dry

Trust the experienced, compassionate, and knowledgeable geriatric care providers from our agency when you need a caregiver. Visit ArcadiaHomeCare.com for more information on all of our services

The Benefits of Aging in Place
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It’s a fact that the majority of older adults do not want to leave their homes. “Aging in Place” is becoming more common than ever before. Unless there is a medical reason, the best option for an elderly person is often the chance to stay at home for as long as he or she wants. Being in a familiar environment plays a large role in contentment. You may find that the family member in your life wants to hang on to the feeling of independence for as long as possible. He or she likes the idea of eating when they want and making other small decisions that add up to a lot in the long run. It is also easier to stay in touch with friends, neighbors, church groups—which allows them to keep certain routines they might not otherwise be able to.

When you choose elderly home care services from Arcadia Home Care, your loved one can have the care help he or she desires. Arcadia offers all of the following from which to choose for in-home assistance:
  • Help with bathing, dressing, and feeding.
  • Assistance with light exercising.
  • Transportation to medical appointments and shopping.
  • Care with toileting and incontinence.
  • Housekeeping, including laundry.
  • Assisting with self-administered medication
  • Correspondence and making phone calls.
  • Companionship.

Visit ArcadiaHomeCare.com to find out about all the services provided. Request a free in-home consultation for more information.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Arcadia joins all of the organizations and individuals in honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which occurs in October. Our elder care services include caring for many aging individuals who have been stricken with breast cancer and need assistance on a daily basis.

Following are some startling facts about breast cancer from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
  • One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

Arcadia only hires compassionate caregivers for home care services. We match caregivers to clients to ensure the best possible care and companionship. Call us at 866.224.7541 today to talk with a friendly staff associate.


Add Safety Features for Seniors at Home
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It’s a fact of life that as we age we experience the world a little differently. People over 65 are often dealing with health issues such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and respiratory illnesses. These conditions result in reduced eyesight, poorer balance, less flexibility, and weakened muscles. Others may be suffering from osteoporosis or diabetes. No matter how routine the activity or how familiar the surroundings, at some point all senior citizens are at risk for accidents as a result of these changes in their bodies.

According to Consumer Affairs 80% of falls in the home are in the bathroom. These accidents most often occur at the following times:
  • Climbing into or out of a tub or shower.
  • Sitting down or standing up from the toilet.
  • Using shower chairs that are not slip resistant.
  • Grasping counters or towel bars for balance.
  • Slippery floors.

Arcadia has been providing elderly home care services for nearly 40 years. We know from experience how essential safety features are for seniors. We recommend adding the following safety features to a bathroom used by an elderly person:

  • Bath Chairs
  • No-Slip Mats
  • Built-In Safety Bars
  • Anti-Scald Faucets

From medication safety to properly equipping a bathroom, we recommend you shore up the ways you protect the well-being of your family member or friend.


The Three Types of Home Care Available through Arcadia Home Care

When it comes to non-medical in-home care, not everyone has the same needs. That’s why Arcadia Home Care offers three different types of trained personnel to help with geriatric care for your loved one.

Home Care Aides

Home Care Aides are for seniors who require more hands-on assistance in their everyday lives. These caregivers can provide assistance with bathing, using the restroom, dressing, walking, moving in and out of chair or bed, and eating. If you have been looking into assisted living options for your senior, consider hiring a home care aide to help them in the comfort of their own home.

Homemakers

If your loved one needs assistance with everyday housekeeping tasks like laundry, vacuuming, kitchen and bathroom cleaning, meal preparation, shopping, or other home management activity, hire one of our homemakers. A homemaker will help your senior manage their home so that they can continue living there more easily.

Companions

Companions are perfect caregivers for seniors who do not require hands-on assistance. So often, seniors are alone in their homes with few visits from friends and family. Companions provide supervisions and companionship in the comfort of their own homes.

Contact our team today at ArcadiaHomeCare.com to discuss your options.


The Benefits of In-Home Care

Home sweet home. It’s a familiar place that feels safe because it’s what you are used to. The recognition of your surroundings provides comfort. If you or a loved one needs services due to an illness, surgery, or symptoms of aging, rely on our caregivers to assist you just like a member of your family would. With over 35 years in the home care industry, you can rely on our caregivers.

According to a study done by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes, often referred to as “aging in place.” In addition to medication management, companionship, and relief for family members, other benefits of receiving in-home care include:

Affordability, Feelings of Independence, High Levels of Comfort & Familiarity, Safety in Same Routines, Maintaining Quality of Life and Confidence in a Personal Caregiver

Aging in place with a caregiver from Arcadia adds a level of convenience for everyone involved. Together, we’ll customize a care plan to fit your personal needs, everything from meal preparation to transportation to doctors’ appointments. In addition, families are kept abreast with regular updates as to how their loved ones are doing.

The assisted living at home services we provide are available in three types of non-medical caregivers: home care aides, homemakers, and companions/sitters. For more information, visit our website to find a local office in your area or call toll-free at 866-224-7541.


How to Help Select the Best Personal Care Aide for Your Loved One

Once you have made the decision to entrust your loved one’s life with an in-home caregiver, how do you work with Arcadia to select the best caregiver? There are a number of considerations in order to ensure we build a positive relationship for, you, your loved one, and the caregiver.

Arcadia Home Care is able to match a caregiver specifically with the tasks you need. For example, you may want someone who can prepare meals and drive your loved one to doctor appointments. Or, if social interaction is a priority, you could request a caregiver who is energetic or one that is quiet. When you work with us, we select a caregiver based on the home care needs of your loved one.

It’s best to start by giving Arcadia as much information as possible about your loved one. Be sure to emphasize what is most important, both in terms of technical skills as well as other social or environmental considerations. Here are a few things to consider when looking for personal care aides :

Loved one’s level of functioning, Their food preferences and Activities they enjoy

Contact Arcadia Home Care for more information. Call us toll-free at 866-224-7541 to speak to a friendly, knowledgeable staff member. We have been serving families for more than 35 years at a number of locations throughout the country.


The Post-Holiday Rush

It’s almost that time of year again folks! There’s going to be a chill in the air, a crunch under our feet, and a big spike in home care management inquires coming your way. As people get together with their families visiting relatives they haven’t seen throughout the year, some things may become apparent. Your Uncle still can’t slice a ham, but maybe this year you notice that mom and dad aren’t getting around as easily as they used to. These seasonal get-togethers are the reason we see large increases in inquiries for home care staffing services, specifically non-medical home care, after the holidays.This is a time for everyone to come together, and out of these meetings can come shared observations and mutual ideas about how to care for the aging members of the family. This is such a common phenomenon that according to Senior Housing News, the first weeks after Christmas are the busiest time of the year for home care management inquiries. Is your office prepared? If not, here are our three “target areas” where you should focus to make the most out of upcoming flood of curious callers.

Dedicated Phones

Odds are, your company is not the only player in your market. When a potential client is going through their list of companies, it is likely that a busy signal or voice mail prompt will simply allow them to cross you off their list and move on to the next one. To prevent these clients from falling through the cracks there should be dedicated people using dedicated phone lines to handle inquires for home care staffing services. We put so much effort into getting potential customers to call us, doesn’t it make sense to have someone there to answer the phone?

The Pitch

Is your company still reading off the same script its used for the last five years? Ditch the script and start working a new fresh sounding pitch. As much as we’d like to believe that our callers aren’t talking to our competition, believe me, they are. It is important to set yourself apart right from the start. Make sure the person answering the phone is the person the customer needs to talk to, no one likes to be passed around until someone can help them. Don’t assume your customer is ignorant, instead of explaining what non-medical home care is, use that time to explain what sets your company apart from all the other home care management companies out there. If your pitch is the same as the competition’s, how is the customer supposed to tell you apart?

Initial Visit Staff

If we’re doing our jobs right, an increase in calls should translate into an increase in customer acquisitions. First impressions matter more in this business than they do for most. An increase in the amount of client first visits shouldn’t put a strain on your staff. Make sure you have people trained and ready to handle the uptick in appointments. The last thing you want is to make your new client feel rushed, or let them see you struggling with workload on the very first visit. The busiest time for home care staffing services coincides with some of the most popular travel times, make sure your entire intake team is not on vacation!

This year, be prepared for the post-holiday rush. Have a plan to handle customer calls, use a successful pitch to get yourself in the door, and then give that customer an all-star initial visit that lets them know they made the right choice with your company!