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Aides: The Solution for the Sandwich Generation

April 16, 2016 at 2:36 am

In 1981, the term “The Sandwich Generation” was created by Dorothy Miller, referring to a part of the Baby Boomer generation who had their lives complicated by multiple responsibilities. Not only was this generation raising children of their own, but they also had the added responsibility of caring for aging parents. Adding to that difficulty was the new mobile generation. No longer were multi-generational families living in one home. Now it was very common for parents to have moved to a warmer climate, making family care even more difficult for the caregiver.

The Sandwich Generation Today

elderly parent and her granddaughterThings have changed since 1981. Traditional families at that time had a husband who worked outside the home and a wife and mother who stayed home to care for the home and the children. With a working husband, the stay-at-home wife and mother had time to help care for his or her elderly parents.

Over the years, there has been a large increase in the number of households that are headed by single woman. This means one woman caring for children and parents while trying to maintain a career. The result is little or no time for socializing and relaxation, with these women stressed out and exhausted.

And in the traditional household that still has a married couple and a working husband, many of the women are out in the workforce today. With increases in the cost of living, some married women do not have the option of staying home, with a second salary necessary to maintain the household. Children too young for school go to daycare. But the problem remains of how to provide care for the elderly.

Adding to the problem of the Sandwich Generation is that today, with all of the advances in health care, the older generation is living longer and healthier. In many, if not most cases, the need for 24-hour care or a skilled nursing home is not necessary. However, not needing all daycare does not mean that many elderly are capable of living totally on their own in their own homes. Concerns about health and safety still depend on the help from adult sons and daughters.

Balancing Roles and Responsibilities

Trying to balance home, work and parents is exhausting. Expecting a son or daughter to work a full time job, take care of children and a home, plus care for an elderly parent results in divided loyalties and stress. For the person trying to shoulder this burden, the result can be mental physical and emotional collapse.

There are options that some families try such as husband and wife working different shifts. And it is not unusual for a wife to totally give up their personal life by quitting her job to stay home and care for an elderly parent. The result is a caregiver who feels guilty because they cannot do everything: job, spouse, parent and child.

Adding to this problem is the fact that the parent may not live nearby. Trying to manage the care of an elderly parent when they live hundreds of miles away just adds to the stress. Assistance is needed.

Home Care Is a Solution

A solution is eldercare, using a home care company that can provide trained aides to care for the elderly person, whether that parent lives in their own home or with one of their children. Once a dialogue opens with a home care company, the caregiver learns there are many options for help.

Elderly woman and aide In Delray BeachThe benefits of using a home care aide can be huge. No longer does the primary caregiver need to feel that she is neglecting her spouse and children. Knowing that the elderly parent is being properly cared for, the caregiver now has the time to spend with each family member, without feeling neglectful. The result is a happier and healthier family.

Another benefit could be improvement in the caregiver’s job performance. Without the worry, she can work on her career. And previously where only part-time work might have been an option, she can now work full-time providing the family the income it needs.

Having a home care aide also improves the caregiver’s social life as she now will have time to enjoy some recreational time without the feeling that she is not being a good child. She knows that her parent is in good hands and the result is less physical, mental and emotional stress.

The world has changed for the Sandwich Generation since the term was first coined. Family structures have changed. The cost of living has risen. And caregivers are torn in multiple directions. In the end, the caregiver may wonder if she is truly providing the help that the elderly parent really needs.

Making the decision to hire a home care aide is not an easy decision and should not be made lightly but the benefits can be immense. Not only will the parent receive the proper amount and type of care she needs, but the caregiver will now find life, in general, so much easier, as she no longer needs to balance to role of caregiver into her life.

After a Hospital Discharge – The Benefits of a Home Care Aide

April 15, 2016 at 2:24 am

Hire an Aide to Transition After a Hospital Discharge

It is important to transition in a healthy way after a hospital stay. You can lessen the chance of being readmitted into a rehabilitation center or healthcare facility by heeding the following seven tips. Once patients return home from various health conditions due to diabetes, we at Boca Home Care Services, work with our home patients. Home care aide and client after hospital dischargeWhen dementia is exhibited, returning home with any of these conditions can be complicated and stressful.

After patients have been discharged from a hospital, the patient is responsible for most aspects of health recovery. The information can be confusing, even though the discharge planner reviews the recommendations with each patient. As you go over the instructions, it is a good idea to have someone with you.

Keep these tips in mind, in order to prevent the possibility of having to return to a healthcare facility shortly after discharge:

1. Understand fully your health problem or condition. Ask your doctors and nurses questions. Curiosity is a good thing when it comes to your health.

2. During your recovery, accept help from your family and friends. By picking up your medication and getting you to your appointments, they can keep you on target. Even though you want to be independent during this time, don’t turn down offers of help.

3. The time frame for the first post-hospital check-up will be given to you from your doctor during discharge. As soon as you get home, make the appointment and show up for it.

3. Before leaving the hospital, call your pharmacist and make arrangements to pick up your prescriptions. You can focus on completing your recovery, once you arrive at home with everything you need. A few minutes is all you need.

4. Be sure to understand your treatment plan. For best effect, be sure and talk with your pharmacist about anything that feel unclear about, especially when to take your medications. If requested, keep a record.

5. If you are returning home with impaired mobility, your home environment should be free of hazards. Until you are steady on your feet, eliminate fall hazards and have someone around. When showering or bathing, you may need additional help.

6. Your dietary plan should be discussed with a nutritionist. During your rehabilitation, they will give you a list of foods that are healthy for you to eat. Find out, too, about foods that should be eliminated from your diet.

It may be necessary to hire a home care aide for a time, especially if you live alone. Home care aides can help with household chores or ensure that you get to your appointments. You will be less likely to be readmitted to a healthcare facility and your recovery more likely to be speedy, by ensuring that you are prepared in every way.

Home care aides who are screened and certified in the Miami and Dade county area, can be found through Miami Home Care Services. Check out their website: http://miamihomecareservices.com Find out about their services and how they can help you with your individual concerns.

Hire an Aide Through a Home Care Company

April 15, 2016 at 2:07 am

A home care aide is someone who provides help for elderly people, or for those who have a serious illness or disability, and this help can include assistance with bathing, shopping and other everyday tasks. Home care aide and elderly clientHelping to look after pets, transport patients to appointments, and help with basic cleaning and vacuuming are also common tasks. However, simply providing companionship is often considered to be one of the most important tasks of a home care aide.

Although you can save money by not using the services of a registry, it makes more sense to do so, as the agency or registry has the same responsibilities as any other employer, and pays the aide’s salary.

If an aide is injured while looking after a sick or elderly person in their home, the agency will cover the often high cost of any medical expenses, and this is another good reason to use an agency to find home help. Aides can be injured fairly easily, often by simply moving the person out of bed or into the bath. As well as taking responsibility for medical treatment costs, agencies may also be responsible for the costs of workers compensation and disability payments, and if they aren’t registered as an employer with the government, agencies can be fined.

Another good reason to use a registry or agency is so that you won’t have to pay back taxes and unemployment taxes if an aide quits working for their client and the unemployment taxes haven’t been paid.

If the home care aide is classed as an independent self-employed contractor, the above scenario won’t arise. Although most aides are responsible and make a point of following all the rules and procedures, not all of them do and most clients don’t have the time or the inclination to make sure their aide is following the rules.

If you hire a home help aide for an elderly or sick person using a registry or agency, you minimize the chances of having any problems, as agencies have to keep up to date with state and local regulations for their industry. Another obvious reason to use an agency is to ensure that your loved one received the proper care and professional help that they deserve, and an aide working through an agency will have support and assistance should you need it, as well as a supervisor if necessary. All aides hired through an agency are subject to an FBI background check, another level of compliance that ensures your loved one will be helped by someone trustworthy. You can be assured that home care aides working for an agency are honest, reliable and trustworthy because of these background checks that are in place.

Of course, aides can get sick just like the rest of us and if that happens, you will still need support for your loved one. Hiring an aide through a registry ensures that there will always be a skilled and qualified replacement available to provide your sick or elderly loved one with the care they need.

For a More Than Qualified Home Care Registry Serving Boynton Beach visit Paradise Home Health Care, a company based in Boca Raton, serving cities in Palm Beach County and Broward County, Florida

Elderly Home Care Tips

April 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm

The elderly are very vulnerable. They need support and care for them to have comfortable and safe lives. They also need people who understand their specific problems to be with them and help them face everyday challenges. Here are a few elderly home care tips that will enhance contentment among the elderly.

Home Elderly Care

• Make the elderly feel comfortable and safe.

The elderly are only worried about their safety and comfort. They want to spend the remaining times of their lives in utmost peace, and you have to be ready to provide for them both materially and physically. You may not have to do anything physical for your elderly loved ones to feel comfortable and safe. Just telling them that you can do anything for them to be comfortable does the trick.

• Common sense.

As a caregiver, you are charged with the responsibility of taking care of the elderly in the best possible way, depending on the needs of each individual. There is no formula; you just have to use common sense all the time, because every case is a special case. Take a deep breath and gather your thoughts to know what is appropriate for the elderly. For instance, don’t place large mirrors in places where the elderly can recognize their images. You will make them confused, especially if they are too old to recognize themselves in the reflection. Whenever the elderly needs to read words or numbers, ensure that they are large enough. Get a remote with large numbers and letters and if there is a home phone, ensure that its dial pad has large numbers. On the same note, use digital clocks at home so that the elderly can easily read the time. When buying clothes for the elderly, go for simple colors such as black and white. Arrange the clothes nicely on the wardrobe to avoid confusion. Let the elderly feel part and parcel of all the decisions that will be made at home. This way, they will feel appreciated and loved. In short, just treat them in the best way possible in every situation.

• Gather information about the elderly.

Get the Social Security number, birth certificate and other essential bits of information about the elderly. Get their medical cards and have an idea of their medical history. If there is a need, call for a family meeting and gather as much information as possible about the elderly person in question. You will need this information in case of an emergency. Additionally, from these records, you get to know how to provide the best care to certain elderly people. A case in point, if the elderly person in question has suffered from diseases such as dementia, you have to know how to treat them in a way that will reduce or eliminate the chances of catching such diseases in the future.

• If available, have a look at their living will.

Most elderly people have written their living wills, and it is only fair to follow the dictates of such wills when providing care to the elderly. The wills normally contain crucial information about the health status and directives for health care for the individual. Since the individuals write their wills when they are young and of sound mind, their directives should be followed to the latter.

In summary, taking care of an elderly person requires one to consider the special needs of each individual. There is no one-size-fits-all technique since everyone is unique.