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Benefits of 24 Hour Live-In Care

Posted on: September 20th, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

According to AARP, Nearly 90% of people over age 65 indicate they want to stay in their home as long as possible. 24 hour/Live-in Care allows those who require around the clock care; those who may be a fall risk; or those suffering from Alzheimer’s to do just that.

What services are available with 24 hour/Live-in Care?

  • Chronic disease management support for CHF, COPD, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, Arthritis, Stroke Impairment, Diabetes, MS, Parkinson’s, and Cancer.
  • Medication reminders and documentation
  • Bathing and grooming
  • Housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparation
  • Shopping, errands, transportation to doctor appointmentsclasped hands
  • Walking assistance and light exercises
  • Companionship and suitable activities
  • Relief care for families
  • Short-term or long-term care based on need

Who might need 24 hour/Live-in Care?

    • Clients whose family live out of town and cannot provide care.
    • Clients whose family caregivers need help, a break, or who are going on vacation.

 

  • Clients who wander and cannot be left alone.
  • Clients who pose a fall risk and cannot be left alone.
  • Clients who are recovering from surgery or illness and need constant care.
  • Clients who do not want to go into an assisted living, group home, or nursing home.
  • Clients who want to move back home from an assisted living, group home, or nursing home.
  • Clients who need 24 hour care in order to be discharged from the hospital.
  • Clients who need around the clock care in the hospital per the staff.

What are the Benefits of 24 hour/Live-in Care?

24 hour/Live-in Care offers one-on-one, personalized care in the comfort and safety of familiar surroundings. Caregivers are experienced, extensively trained, and supervised. 24 hour/Live-in care provides family members peace of mind that their loved one is in good hands.

Where can 24 hour/Live-in Care take place?

24 hour/Live-in Care can take place in a private home, apartment, assisted living facility, rehab/nursing home, or hospital room.

Why use At Home Solutions for 24 hour/Live-in Care?

Since 2001, Award-winning At Home Solutions has been providing professional care to seniors and adults with disabilities. Our caregivers are bonded, insured, and must pass criminal and MVD background checks. Caregivers are experienced, extensively trained and tested, closely supervised, and a care coordinator is on call 24 hours a day. At Home Solutions takes care of all payroll, taxes, and workman’s compensation. And, At Home Solutions coordinates with Geriatric Care Managers, Home Health, Hospice, Medical Equipment Suppliers, and other community resources to make sure all required services and supplies are in place.

To schedule a free care assessment, call 1-888-496-3983.

Kim

Heart Health

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

“We have a loving heart, an aspiring heart, an inspiring heart, an illumining heart and a fulfilling heart.”

Sri Chinmoy

The heart is the center of our cardiovascular system and it also represents our emotional and spiritual essence.

Caring for our hearts is a two-fold task then. We should properly nourish, exercise, and rest our hearts, and we should care for our emotional well-being through positive thoughts and actions including cultivating and nurturing loving relationships.

With Valentine’s Day and the Million Hearts initiative going on, February is an ideal month to focus on Heart Health. Think about ways you can improve your Heart Health every day. Prepare a salad filled with colorful vegetables (try peppers, artichokes, cucumbers, tomatoes, and leafy greens topped with a balsamic vinegar dressing) then a hour later take a 30 minute walk with a loved one. Get together with friends and play games. Lend a helping hand to someone who needs it. End your day with deep breathing and mediation or prayer before sleeping for at least 8 hours.

Heart Health doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It is simply a matter of making conscious, loving choices every day.

Kim

A New Year Resolution for Caregivers

Posted on: January 2nd, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

If you are a caregiver, you are working hard, often times around the clock, to take care of
your loved one. Are you taking care of yourself too? You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself.” This is absolutely true. There are countless stories about caregivers who neglect themselves and consequentially become ill, fall into depression, or just burnout. Don’t let this happen to you, make a resolution that you will take care of yourself in 2013. It’s the best gift you can give your loved one.

Here are a 3 ideas to get started.

1. Take regular breaks. Not just a 20 minute break, plan for 2 hours away from the house at least once a week. No one person can do it alone. Nor should she. Enlist the aide of family, friends, or hire a professional agency that provides well-screened professional caregivers for respite (relief) care. If you hire an agency, make sure they are insured and bonded.

2. Ask for specific help. Grocery shopping, meal preparation, housecleaning, washing clothes…if a family member is willing to help, assign them a specific chore and a deadline. Better yet, create a calendar and schedule tasks and breaks. Impress upon your helpers that reliability is needed, meaning, don’t volunteer unless you can commit and follow through.

3. Care for your health. Focus on sleep, nutrition, exercise. If you can’t get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep during the night, take a short nap during the day. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink water throughout the day. Limit refined sugar found in energy drinks, soft drinks, and baked goods. Go for a 30 minute walk every day. Or try yoga or dancing to music if you can’t get outside.

Best wishes for a healthy New Year!

Kim

 

Older Seniors Can Benefit Big From a Little Help

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by Kim McCreery No Comments

 

“I get by with a little help from my friends…”

This famous line from a Beatles song could be considered a life truism. All of our great accomplishments–whether it be winning the American War for Independence (thank you France, Spain, and the Dutch), building the Brooklyn Bridge, or creating a strong and healthy family–were the result of people working together to achieve a common goal.

Our goal
at At Home Solutions is to improve the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities who wish to remain in the comfort of their own homes. We understand that a little help can go a long way, so in addition to providing compassionate and skilled caregivers to help with the activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, meal preparation, housekeeping, medication reminders, transportation… to name a few!) we also collaborate with community agencies and trusted care partners like Geriatric Care Manager Lisa Nelson of A-Z Senior Solutions to meet our client’s various needs. Our combined efforts and resources make living at home a comfortable and manageable reality for hundreds of seniors and adults with disabilities in Arizona.

Upcoming post… Laughter: Why it’s so good for seniors. And a story on how a caregiver made a huge difference in a client’s life.

Kim

Welcome to Kim’s Blog

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by Kim McCreery No Comments

 

Hello!

Welcome to my blog where I will be sharing heart-warming, inspirational, and often humorous caregiving thoughts, ideas, stories, and more.  Helping older adults, adults with disabilities, and those recovering from an illness or injury is both a passion and a privilege for me. After 15 years in the home care industry, I have a lot of tried and true information to share–information which can benefit seniors, their spouses, and their adult children as they navigate the often challenging journey of aging. Most seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Our in-home caregiving services and partnerships turn this wish into a comfortable and safe reality.

Kim