Elder Care FAQs

 

Q1. What is eldercare?
Q2. How do I know my parents need assistance?
Q3. What is the first step?
Q4. Do you conduct criminal background checks on all of your care giver employees?

Q1. What is eldercare?
A1. Elderly care, or simply eldercare, is the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. This broad term encompasses such services as assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing homes, hospice care, and In-Home care.

Elderly care emphasizes the social and personal requirements of senior citizens who need some assistance with daily activities and health care, but who desire to age with dignity.

Q2. How do I know my parents need assistance?
A2. Some signs that indicate your parent(s) may need assitance are:
* Social activity has decreased, changed relationship patterns
* Participation in previously important activities (i.e. clubs, dining with friends or religious services) has stopped
* The home is no longer clean
* Mom/Dad's appearance is not clean (i.e. clothes are dirty, hair not combed, men not shaving)
* Bills are not being paid and not current; mishandling of finances (i.e. purchasing more than one subscription of magazine or newspaper, purchasing from TV)
* Driving is scary
* Alcohol usage has increased
* No management of pain medications
* Eating habits have changed resulting in weight loss, no appetite or is missing meals
* Behavior has become inappropriate (i.e. being unusually loud or quiet, paranoid or agitated)
* Phone calls are made at inappropriate times or repeat phone calls about the same issues; same conversations
* Participation in holiday and family celebrations or events has ceased

Q3. What is the first step?
A3. The first step we will recommend is an Assessment of the current living situation to determine your loved one's needs. A Care Plan will be developed from this information (with issues identified, intervention/action to be taken, goals, and referral options outlined). A time table for various tasks will be established with person responsible. This document is a very helpful tool to use in communicating between family members, care givers and providers.

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Q4. Do you conduct criminal background checks on all of your care giver employees?
A4. All caregivers are carefully screened prior to being hired, including an extensive criminal background check, so the client and family will feel comfortable and trusting that they are receiving the best possible and highest level of service and care.

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