Elderly care: how to organize the process correctly

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Getting older is inevitable, but not everyone is prepared to handle it. The saddest truth is that some elderly persons have health and mobility issues. They cannot do the things that they want to do independently and need assistance. Safety is also a vital concern for elderly persons. They have problems getting out of bed, tend to slip and fall with serious injuries. When your elderly parents have trouble taking care of them, it is time to step in for help. But you must assess the need beforehand and look for resources accordingly. By regularly interacting with family and friends, people can remain mentally and physically and active. It is vital to healthy aging, as it guarantees that people maintain their health and independence perfectly. But aging is a fact when our loved ones need special homecare assistance and attention. Here we highlight some of the strengths and weaknesses of nursing care and home care to help you make the right decisions for your loved ones.

How to take care of elderly person

When caring for an elderly loved one, you want to be attentive to them and treat them with utmost love and patience. Although it might be stressful for you at times, you must also remember that it is also not easy for them to depend on others for care assistance or on you for their care. Here are few points that you must consider while taking care of an older person.

  • Interact with them often
  • Check their medications regularly
  • Keep them active through exercise
  • Supply healthy meals
  • Hire help
  • Most importantly, stay positive.

Elderly care in Nursing Home

A nursing home, also known as a specialized nursing facility, is a long-term care service facility.
It provides accommodation facilities for loved ones and long-term care assistance that can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nursing homes homecare assistance includes support for activities of daily living in addition to 24-hour medical care.

Pros of nursing homes:

  • Socialization opportunities
  • 24/7 medical attention

Cons of nursing homes:

  • Costly sometimes
  • Little independence
  • Potential to negligence
  • Proximity to family

Elderly care at home

Homecare is the care provided to your loved one in the comfort of your own home. Depending on the level of care your loved one needs, the caregiver will visit your home permanently or
often to manage non-medical or medical care.

Pros of homecare:

  • The patient remains at their own home
  • Affordability
  • Familiarity
  • Possibility to adjust the care program
  • Possibility to supervise the quality of care 

Cons of homecare:

  • As patient gets older and less mobile, caregivers may have to stay at their home 24/7.
  • You may need to renovate your home with railings, ramps, and chairlifts.

HHA and PCA

What is HHA?
A Home Health Aide is an individual who provides homecare services and support and care to the elderly and other patients who needs help in their daily lives. HHA can perform specific medical tasks such as checking pulse and blood pressure. It often assists patients in activities of daily living such as walking, bathing, and changing clothes.

What is PCA?
The Personal Care Assistant is an individual who supports daily activities such as cleaning, bathing, and changing clothes for elderly patient. Personal Care Assistant also works for cleaning, meal preparation, and grocery shopping for clients.

CDPAP program

The CDPAP stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, a New York Medicaid program that enables consumers to recruit, hire, and guide their home health care professionals. One of the high points of this program is that consumers can hire family and friends.

Final thoughts:

If you are looking for a reliable agency to help you take care of a senior person, consider Good Care Agency.

We are here to make your life as easy as possible. We match your loved ones with the right caregivers based on their needs, personality and more.

Please call + 1 718 635-3535 or contact us online.

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