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5 Things You Should Tell Your New Home Care Provider

Being a caregiver for an aging parent can be overwhelming. Whether your loved one requires skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapies or assistance with activities of daily living, home care services provide family caregivers a moment of relaxation and peace of mind. However, there are some things you should make your care provider aware of before you start services. This will ensure that you are getting quality care and will help us create a plan of care that will fit your specific needs.

Emergency Contacts. Provide a list of emergency phone numbers including: yourself, other key family members, the patient’s doctor, local hospitals, home care nurses and therapists, local police and fire.

Medications. When a new homecare provider comes into the home, the patient will receive medication reconciliation from a nurse. Because home care aides can only remind a patient to take their medications, creating a schedule that lists: what prescriptions to take, when and the correct dosage will reduce medication errors.

Meal Preparations. Home care aides are available to prepare meals for patients and families. Explain how your loved one: likes their food prepared, portion sizes, dietary issues, or food allergies. The more details given, the better the care provided. It helps ensure your loved one is cared for to your standards.

Transfers. If your loved one needs assistance getting out of their bed or in the bathroom, assistive devices are available. They can be covered under insurance or Medicare and can help reduce falls or broken bones.

Activities. If your loved one is still independent and just needs companionship, discuss what they like to do. Do they enjoy playing games, watching television, listening to the radio, or taking a walk outside? The more details your homecare provider knows about the patient, the better care they can deliver.

If you or a loved one is in need of assistance with activities of daily living such as: light cooking, cleaning or even medication reminders! Please contact Excluisive Care. so that one of our enrollment specialists can assist you in the process of obtaining services. We can be reached at 718-364-4032 from the hours of 9am-5pm, or email us at info@exclusive-care.com.

 

 

Help Around The House

There are many things that can offer some assistance within the home, if we are having difficulties on our own. But there are several differences between items and people when providing assistance. Let’s explore.

Assistance to prevent slipping:

  • Items
    • Floor mats and grab bars are useful in preventing you from slipping/falling while in the tub
    • It is only useful if you are right next to the grab bar in question
  • A Home Health Aide (HHA)
    • A HHA would hold on to you to make sure you are able to maneuver within the entire bath
    • An Aide can prevent you from slipping/falling just about anywhere

Assistance putting on your shoes:

  • Item
    • A shoe horn is only good for slipping your foot into the shoe
  • HHA
    • A HHA would be able to adjust your socks and make sure the shoe fits well and even tie the shoe laces

Assistance with meal preparation:

  • Item
    • There are microwaveable food items, that still requires an individual to go to the kitchen, put it in the microwave and serve according to instructions
  • HHA
    • They can cook a home cooked meal (keeping in mind dietary restrictions when necessary)

Assistance with medication reminders:

  • Item
    • A pill box is only useful if you remember to take your medication(s) at the appropriate time(s)
  • HHA
    • They can get you the right pill(s) at the right time throughout the day

It’s funny how all the “items” may help you around the house, but on a very limited basis. Whereas a certified home health aide is more than someone that can provide assistance as they are a companion, a professional and caring hand that can make most of life’s difficulties more pleasant. If you or someone you know need some assistance in the home with activities of daily living such as: bathing, eating, cleaning etc…Exclusive Care can help! We have highly trained certified home health aides that can care for you or your loved ones. They can assist with activities such as: bathing, toileting, dressing, cooking, cleaning and other activities of daily living. If you would like to find out more information about the services a licensed home care service agency can offer you, please feel free to contact us at (718) 364-4032 or visit our website at www.exclusive-care.com