November 3, 2010 —
Byline: James Salmon
PuTTING a loved one in long-term care is one of the hardest — and most stressful — decisions a family has to…
November 3, 2010 —
Byline: James Salmon
PuTTING a loved one in long-term care is one of the hardest — and most stressful — decisions a family has to…
Elder Care Doctors may detect warning signs others may miss. The elderly will have many problems can complications as they get older. It can sometimes be difficult for a general practice doctor to detect the early warning signs. This can create big …
Interested in a career in elder services? Old Colony Elderly Services (OCES) representatives will be on hand to answer questions during a “Career Day” for high school seniors on Wednesday, April 30th at the Shaw’s Center, One Lexington Avenue in Brockton.
High school seniors from Brockton and the surrounding towns are invited to this FREE event.
“There are many opportunities in the elder services field. At our agency, we have a variety of programs that help elders – from nutrition and caregiver services to housing, money management and protective services. Currently, there are direct staff as well as administrative and management positions available. A career in elder services is very rewarding,” noted Diana L. DiGiorgi, Executive Director of OCES.
Career Day is sponsored and hosted by The Enterprise newspaper.
About Old Colony Elderly Services
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elderly Services (OCES) is one of 27 private, non-profit Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The organization’s mission is to provide services which will support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
One of the Commonwealth’s 27 non-profit Aging Service Access Points (ASAPs),
OCES serves the towns of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The agency has 110 employees and operates more than 12 programs serving elders, their families and caregivers. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oc-elderly.org.
Taking care of an elderly relative is a very strenuous process and can be very stressful. The fact that it is your relative adds a little bit of extra responsibility on your shoulders. You have no choice but to ensure effective care and you cannot pull off from your commitment that easily. If it is any elder you can afford to maintain a level of detachment from them. There will be a lot of emotions at stake when you take up this job of taking care of an ill elder or a disabled elder. So it isn’t easy to detach yourself from them and hence continuing to care and look after them would be a wise thing to do. This has a lot of options, though, owing to the service popularly called home help. It may be called with a different name but the name itself sums up the whole meaning. It is definitely the most effective help if you are in need of help for the elderly relative. These caretakers are dedicated and very helpful.
Home help is usually a service where qualified and experienced caretaker will come to the elderly person’s home to help out with various activities such as bathing, dressing or feeding. This will be done according to the need of the elder. But to many bathing and undressing an elder might be disgusting so it is understandable if they do not want to do it. Again, it all treads back to that air of detachment spoken about earlier. The caretaker and the elderly relative should share a good rapport. So appointing another person to do all this while you could take care of the feeding and other simpler stuffs will be the best way.
The caretakers actually take up this job to make good money. The fact that they are properly schooled and mastered in their trade is true and cannot be taken for granted. They can be honest people who can be trusted anytime. These caretakers have to possess certain qualifications to be able to know the nuances of their job. They are trained to tae the stress and pain involved in the profession. So a few people leave the entire responsibility to the caretaker allowing him the freedom to do what he feels is the best. The caretaker is thus ensured with freedom as well as money to go about his work. No caretaker would want to harm so seeking home help would be the right choice.
Most of the caretakers go the homes of the elderly people at least once in a day. They make sure the elder is out of bed, bathed and fed properly with care. A few often choose home help if they need it. Though, two or even three times in a day is the usual routine which caretakers follow, it entirely depends on what the elder is demanding. There will be caretakers who also would be working on full time basis to earn good money. But again, it totally depends on what you want the caretaker to do everyday. If you do not mind spending extra cash, you might as well go for the caretakers who visit you two or three times a day. It usually gets a little expensive that way but the elder for sure is well treated. You can have an interview to filter the caretakers who have approached you and choose them on convenient basis.
There was a time when your mom used to keep the house squeaky clean and your dad could remember the last due date of every bill. But presently, mom is facing lot of problems in doing the basic household chores and dad tends to remain absent minded most of the time. Probably, this is time where you need to seek help of elder care provider.
With age people show different symptoms that signal to the fact that they need help. Some of the symptoms that you should consider as cry for help from your elderly near and dear ones are:
• Problems in maintaining personal hygiene.
• Cluttered home that needs immediate cleanup.
• Incapability in managing medical appointments and medications.
• Decrease in mobility.
• Increased forgetfulness and missing date of important events.
• Decline in social activities and increase in self-isolation.
• Vigorous change in overall behavior pattern or in mood.
With these behavioral changes, you can conclude the fact that you should go for elder care planning guide. Sometimes it becomes hard to devote your time to elderly near one. Under this type of situation, the decision to ask for a professional help would be sensible. You can get elder care service provider by searching on Internet. If you wish you can study about this topic on Internet also. This will help you in giving some ideas about handling with the issue of elder care.
Depending upon the need and requirements, you should look for elder care provider. The main aim lies in making the senior citizens self-sufficient. The provider tries to achieve this goal with various home care tasks like:
• Preparing meals.
• Helping the elders in attending events.
• Reading elder’s books of interest, holding a lively and jolly conversation and providing companions.
• Helping the elderly person in housekeeping.
The services of elder care provider also prove to be beneficial when any senior citizen returned to home after a long phase of hospitalization. It is noticed that under this type of situation elder person lacks confidence in managing their work. Sometimes, they feel lethargic in keeping themselves clean and doing everyday works like collecting mails and letters, watering plants, picking up the newspaper etc.
But thanks to services of elder care providers, who intends to improve the life of elder person and makes them realize that old age is not a curse, burden and loneliness but to live life in it’s fullest and enjoy the brighter aspect of life.
It is estimated that 22 million Americans are providing elder care for an aging parent or older relative. If you are among them, then you know how challenging the responsibility of assisted living services can be – physically, mentally and emotionally. Whether you’re providing personal care and companionship services seven days a week, or live out of town and try to manage their care long distance, there comes a time when you must ask yourself the inevitable question.
Is it time to consider in home care?
For Personal Care
As noted by Synergy HomeCare – widely considered the most trusted name in home care – after a lifetime of performing everyday personal care activities, the progressive inability to do so in older age can be devastating. If you cannot be there to help, your parent may need in home care if they are unable to:
Bathe and shower on their own, wash their hair, brush their teeth, use the restroom or perform any other personal hygiene activities
Dress themselves in the morning or undress themselves at night
Move around on their own, whether that means getting out of bed, sitting in a chair or simply walking through the house
Drive themselves to the doctor, the grocery store, a friend’s house or any number of other things they might want or need to do
For Keeping House
For parents who have spent their entire lives taking pride in keeping a clean house, it can be a real blow to their self-worth when their physical condition makes it impossible for them to do so. If you cannot be there to help, your parent may need in home care if they are unable to:
Do light housekeeping, like dusting, vacuuming and taking out the trash
Wash the dishes, clean the countertops or mop the floors
Scrub showers, tubs or toilets
Do laundry, ironing or change the linens
Prepare meals and clean up afterward
Often, the greatest gift an aging parent can receive is companionship from someone who can not only provide conversation, but also a helping hand. If you cannot be there to help, your parent may need in home care if they are unable to:
Arrange doctor appointments
Remember when to take medications
Plan and prepare healthy, balanced meals
Keep bills organized
Maintain a safe home environment
And remember. Even if you’re providing 24/7 care for your aging parent, that does not mean you can or should maintain that schedule definitely. Not only will it take a toll on the other relationships in your life, but it can also be detrimental to your health. In fact, your aging parent may need in home care in the form of respite care simply so you can take a well-deserved break.
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In the past, writing your own book has been considered a time consuming and expensive process. Self-publishing is a wonderful way to get your book on the market, but how? Most business owners have no idea where to start or how to proceed. Now there are many options that make the process easy and inexpensive.
Having a book “ghostwritten” for you is a very viable option, keeps the “hassle factor” minimal, and gets your book in your hands much faster than doing it yourself. Ghostwritten books of all genres have become very popular. But the typical cost to have a book ghostwritten by a proven writer is somewhere between $30,000 – $50,000 on average. Dan Rather, William Shatner, Hillary Clinton, Lee Iacocca – and so many more famous people- had books ghostwritten for them – and they became best-sellers!
Having your own book opens many doors:
Imagine the attention you will get in your community as you become the “go-to expert” for your elder care or senior service business.
Speak to more groups.
Turn more leads into client
Gain the trust of more referral sources.
Enjoy “the instant credibility factor”.
Today there is a “low cost” way to have your own book, and enjoy the credibility and trust that comes with being an author.
Keith Ferrazzi from Fast Company comments on the power of being a published author- for you and your business: While following these steps, I guarantee you’ll begin to see your personal and organizational cachet grow in the marketplace. And if you complete step five (writing a book) and have that book in hand, you’ll enter a club I never knew existed before I was a published author. Because being a thought leader does take hard work, people have tremendous respect for those who have taken it to the final stage. And they put their money where their mouth is….
Wall Street Journal, Career Journal Build Your Own Brand To Rev Up Your Career William Arruda says: “Whether you’re a sole proprietor, president of a small business or a large-company manager, you must differentiate yourself to succeed. This requires understanding, building and communicating your unique personal brand.”
In response to this need, companies like LTC Expert Publications developed a 130-page book for elder care and senior service providers called: “The Senior Solution: Secrets to Maintaining Independence and Choice for Life.” This exceptional book, ghostwritten by Valerie VanBooven RN BSN, has customizable portions throughout. Except for completing the template for the customized chapters and book cover, all the work is done for the business owner. Within 30-60 days, they become an author of a great book.
Imagine this conversation: “Hello, Melissa. My name is Jim Brown and I’m the author of the book “The Senior Solution: Secrets to Maintaining Independence and Choice for Life.”
Maybe you’ve read it. It’s a great book on the subject of elder care. I understand that you are the program chairperson of the local Women’s Business Owners Association and I just wanted you to know that I’m available to speak to your group at an upcoming monthly meeting. And, I’ll be glad to give away one of my books after my speech. I know your membership will appreciate the information because it’s one of the hottest topics today.” Imagine Melissa’s response – “I’d LOVE to have you speak to our group!” If you’ve ever been a program chairperson for a civic club you know that you are ALWAYS looking for credible speakers. With the LTC Expert Authoring Program YOU can now be the credible speaker in demand in your community.
Or, imagine this conversation:
“Hello Ms. Shields. My name is Mary Peters and I’m calling about your inquiry over the internet about our services. May I ask you a few questions? I’d like to stop by to drop off our information. I just completed my new book, “The Senior Solution: Secrets to Maintaining Independence and Choice for Life.” and I’d love to provide you with your own copy! Imagine Ms. Shields response – “I’d LOVE to have a copy of your book!” Anyone in the senior service or elder care business knows how much a caregiver appreciates any additional information they can get their hands on in a time of need. Can you imagine Ms. Shields hiring any other service BUT yours? She’d be crazy to do business with anyone else. After all, you wrote the book on elder care and senior services!
For over 6 years, Valerie VanBooven RN BSN has literally built her business around one very important business component: her books “Aging Answers: Secrets to Successful Long-Term Care Planning and Crisis Management”, and “The Senior Solution: A Family Guide to Keeping Seniors Home for Life!”.
All of her marketing materials and her marketing strategies are initially based on those very important elements of her business. Valerie is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, successful author and marketing expert – and it all started with her original book written in 2003. Her book was her “hook”. This led to appearances on The Today Show, CNNFN, quotes in Time Magazine, her own radio show, and much more.
Having your book writing in the manner actually costs less than a nice vacation and it will build your business exponentially! The publishing business has changed dramatically – and for the better. It is now possible to print books in small quantities at reasonable prices. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by all of the possibilities that come with having a book ghostwritten for you.
You’ve spent hours pouring over information regarding elder care; you’ve researched and developed a plan of care for your elderly loved one that should be etched in gold! You’re feeling so relieved, knowing that they will now be safe at home, and a caregiver will be there with them when you can’t…until the day arrives when the caregiver comes to meet them, and your loved one refuses to open the door! What do you do now?
There can be many causes for this reaction to your plan. Perhaps they feel a loss of control in their lives. Maybe they resent feeling like they aren’t trusted to be alone at home any longer, and their self esteem is hurting. Maybe they’re afraid of having a stranger in their home. Maybe they want their privacy and don’t really understand why they need help in the first place! The way you respond to your loved one’s concerns may eventually determine if your “golden” care plan is going to be successful or not.
Before you even begin to initiate your care plan, include your loved one in the “research project.” Make sure they feel like they are a part of making the decisions as to who to hire, when the caregiver should come, and what type of care they may need. Even if they aren’t completely sure they need the help, it may give them the added confidence they need to know that you still value their input and respect their opinions.
If your loved one is fearful of having strangers in their home, listen to their concerns and let them know you understand. When deciding who to hire, make sure you go to a reputable agency that does criminal background checks and has good referrals and testimonials. Reassure your loved one of those things when you make your final choice. Make sure the caregiver comes to meet them for the first time when you are there with them, and give them a chance to form an initial impression before you insist on keeping that particular caregiver. Usually after just a few visits, the apprehension dissolves into a cheery, trusting relationship that your loved one will truly enjoy.
If they just don’t agree that they need the help, you have unfortunately entered into the greatest challenge of all, especially if your loved one is suffering from altered thought processes and is unable to identify with your concerns. This may be the time to be loving but firm with them, and let them know that there really isn’t a choice when their safety is at stake. Reassure them that your motive is to help them live at home for as long as they can safely do that, and let them know you’re on their side. Make compromises if you can safely do so; for instance, have the caregiver come the same number of visits per week, but maybe for shorter time periods. Try referring to the caregiver as the “cook” or the “housekeeper” …let them know you want to pamper them! Make sure your loved one realizes they aren’t expected to entertain their “guests”, and they can go about doing whatever they would normally do if no one was there. On the other hand, if your loved one enjoys socializing, suggest a lively game of cards when their caregiver is there, or some other activity with them that your loved one would enjoy. Persistence is the key…in time, your loved one will grow to accept their new lifestyle and the friction will dissipate.
Remember, in the midst of all these issues, your own health and lifestyle are also important. Caregiver burnout can be a real threat to you and your family if your loved one doesn’t cooperate with the plan of care you have worked so hard to design for them. Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated by a false sense of guilt if your loved one has difficulty making these adjustments. In time, they will realize that you have their best interest at heart, and they may even grow to appreciate you for it!
When our family members are well, we usually do not think about what may happen in the future. As baby boomers age, they will become the largest group of elderly that our nation has ever had. And, their parents are aging as well. As a result of these two realities most families will be caring for aging loved ones.
The Challenge – Family members do not anticipate and prepare for being caregivers. We’re too busy with jobs, children and other responsibilities. Our parents seem to have an ageless quality about them. We live with a certain sense of denial about the aging of our loved ones and what their needs might be.
The Solution – Begin anticipating future needs and prepare for the possibility of family caregiving.
Every family will address their reaction to and the possible transition to family elder care in their own way. Preparing and planning for care of an elderly loved one helps families avoid having to make hasty decisions in a crisis situation. The more prepared the better. Planning provides choices.
1. Explore your family history regarding elder care, and elicit how each member of the family feels about caring for an elderly family member.
2. Recognize the realities of the current situation for example, pre-existing medical conditions and diagnosis.
• educate yourself and your family about your loved one’s condition and care needs.
• gather information that can be used for current and future elder care planning.
3. Include elders in the planning:
• they can help guide the planning, they may have already given a lot of thought or made provisions for many of the areas that need planning
• they can be involved in making the decisions for their future which helps take the guesswork out of planning.
How your family views elder care is based on family history, culture and religious upbringing. Each family member has his/her own values and beliefs about caring for aging parents.
Start the preparing now. What are your family history, culture and religious beliefs regarding taking care of aging parents? What is each family member’s feeling and level of commitment about caring for aging parents? What are the current care needs and realities of elder care in your family? Begin the conversation with your family members and parents. Start preparing for the future now.