Monthly Archives: February 2013

How to Coordinate Care for Elderly

How to Coordinate Care for Elderly

Being a care coordinator is a huge responsibility. This role is very important to many seniors who are receiving additional services at home. When a senior has a caregiver and still has the need for outside resources, a care coordinator will ensure that all needs are met. There are many other responsibilities that go along with this role, some of which are provided in the list below.

1. The gathering of information from all healthcare providers. This means collecting important medical information from each doctor that treats the senior.

2. The care coordinator must be able to effectively assess the home environment as well as the needs of the person receiving care.

3. Coordinators must be able to find private services and resources that will meet the needs of the senior.

4. There must always be ongoing communication between all of the parties involved. This includes the individual receiving care, the caregivers, doctors and family members. It is important to keep all those involved up to date.

5. The care coordinator should also be able to assess daily situations to make sure the senior is in fact receiving all of the services they need to function. If there is something that changes with the senior’s health, changes to the type of care and services they receive may be required.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Home Instead Senior Care in Hamilton knows the stress that our public home care system is under and we can provide the professional care that our aging seniors need. Please call 905-521-5500.

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2013 Top Senior Home Care Franchise

OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Home Instead Senior Care®, the leading global provider of in-home, nonmedical care services for seniors, today was named the Top Franchisor of the Year by the Franchise Business Review. This is the third year running Home Instead has been honored with this prestigious award recognizing franchise systems that provide the best business opportunities for their owners.Home Instead Senior Care® further was recognized as the Top Franchisor in both the senior care and large systems award categories. Each of these awards is part of the Franchise Business Review’s Franchisee Satisfaction Award program.“We are both honored and humbled to be recognized for the value we bring our franchise owners,” said Jeff Huber , president, Home Instead, Inc. “This award is a testament to Home Instead’s ongoing commitment to provide its more than 980 franchises with support and training that help to ensure their success – and that families worldwide have access to high-quality, affordable home care for their loved ones.”

Home Instead was selected for the Top Franchisor awards based on a survey of more than 26,000 franchise owners, representing 350 brands. Participants rated, reviewed and ranked their satisfaction with top performing franchise systems across a range of benchmarks, including their franchise experience, market area and business lifestyle. Support offered to Home Instead franchise owners contributing to high satisfaction rankings includes:

Education and training, including industry-leading training programs for CAREGiversSM and family members; a new-owner training program at Home Instead headquarters; onsite visits from business performance coaches; e-learning; and Web-based resources
  • Local marketing and public relations support, including one year of professional public relations paid for by Home Instead, Inc.
  • Professionally created marketing tools, programs and how-to guidelines
  • Mentoring programs and discussion boards on which franchise owners can share their experiences and insights
  • Access to the annual Home Instead international convention, local meetings and other networking or learning events
  • 24-7 business and technical support

Home Instead, Inc. further conducts comprehensive research on key issues facing caregivers and seniors, and offers specialized training on pertinent aging topics, including Alzheimer’s care. This extensive industry knowledge helps make Home Instead Senior Care® the franchise leader in senior care.

Read the full story on PRNewswire.

If you are concerned about your aging relative’s driving safety when behind the wheel of an automobile, contact Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga for a better and safer alternative to having your senior loved one drive. We provide bonded and insured Home Instead CAREGivers who can provide transportation and run errands for your older loved one. You can reach us at 905-521-5500.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home.
Please call 905-521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Winter Driving Safety Tips for Older Adults

Winter Driving Safety Tips for Older Adults

There are no simple answers when it comes to the topic of senior driving. This highly sensitive issue is one that nearly all caregivers eventually face. For older adults, giving up their licenses is a threat to independence. For their families, it’s about safety.

Many adult children of older adults are fearful about their senior loved ones being out on the road during inclement winter weather. Perhaps older adults themselves are apprehensive about driving on hazardous roads. They’re sure to appreciate these senior driving safety tips:

Make sure brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, headlights and heater are in good working order. As a matter of fact, technicians usually check these things and others during routine service such as oil changes.

Don’t allow salt spray to build up on headlights and turn-signal lens, and make sure the windshield, all windows, hood and roof are clean before going out.

Use the headlights even during the day so pedestrians and other motorists have a better chance to notice the vehicle.

Drive appropriately for the conditions by slowing down, easing off the brakes if skidding occurs and making sure there is plenty of distance between vehicles. Black ice can be a threat, especially with night driving.

Don’t forget to take a cell phone and pack a winter vehicle kit that includes blankets, nonperishable food, water, flashlight, ice scraper, flares and first-aid materials. Don’t forget a heavy coast, gloves and stocking cap!

If you are concerned about your aging relative’s driving safety when behind the wheel of an automobile, contact Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga for a better and safer alternative to having your senior loved one drive. We provide bonded and insured Home Instead CAREGivers who can provide transportation and run errands for your older loved one. You can reach us at 905-521-5500.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home.
Please call 905-521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Listen to Alzheimer’s Expert

Listen to Alzheimer’s Expert

Live chat – Expert Dr. Amy D’Aprix, February 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST

Register Now to Attend and: Receive a free Alzheimer’s emergency kit —get a chance to win a caregiver package.

What you’ll learn:

  • Understand more about the stigmas and stereotypes of Alzheimer’s
  • Learn ways to handle the discrimination and depersonalization of you and your loved one
  • Discuss the social and familial attitudes about Alzheimer’s

Dr. Amy D’Aprix is an expert in aging, retirement, and caregiving, and a frequent guest on radio and television programs. She has authored two books on caregiving and friendship, has written numerous articles for various media publications and is highly sought-after as a trainer and speaker throughout North America.

Call Home Instead Senior Care if your senior loved one needs help in staying fit physically, emotionally, and mentally. Our caregivers are trained to keep older adults functioning at a high level – call 905-521-5500.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Home Instead Senior Care in Hamilton knows the stress that our public home care system is under and we can provide the professional care that our aging seniors need. Please call 905-521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Brain Fitness Tips

Brain Fitness Tips

As we age, it is natural for a brain chemistry to change. This can cause some memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease. Though not everyone will experience memory loss, rates of Alzheimer’s cases are very high in the United States. According to the 2011 Alzheimer’s Association’s Annual Report, there is a new case of Alzheimer’s every seven seconds.

Here are ways to keep the brain fit:

Seek out and embrace new challenges – Shlomo Breznitz, Ph.D., founder of Cognifit and author of Maximum Brainpower: Challenging the Brain for Health and Wisdom, says to find ways to consistently engage the brain with new and stimulating experiences.

More confusion now may mean less confusion later – Sudoku and crosswords alone won’t work, he says. You’ve got to get creative when coming up with ways to stimulate the brain – switching up the things you do to engage your mental muscle can help maximize your mental fitness.

Challenge yourself: Work on your weaknesses, Take the road less traveled, Dominate your non-dominant hand, and Change your point of view.

Be a curious cat: Go back to school, Take a trip, Explore your strengths, and Get a hobby.

Read the full article on Care2.com

Call Home Instead Senior Care if your senior loved one needs help in staying fit physically, emotionally, and mentally. Our caregivers are trained to keep older adults functioning at a high level – call 905-521-5500.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga knows the stress that our public home care system is under and we can provide the professional care that our aging seniors need. Please call 905-521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Mississauga Senior Care Business Owner Launches Book

Mississauga Senior Care Business Owner Launches Book

Greg Bechard, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga, will be launching the book, What Next? Navigating Later Life Transitions, on Wednesday in Etobicoke.

Webster a grief counsellor in Canada and editor of What’s Next says “The book is trying to indicate to people that change is inevitable and we really need to organize our lives,” adding that a high percentage of people die without leaving a will.

Greg Bechard, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, co-authored the book with Bev Evans, Elaine Frost, Deirdre Slowey, Jasmine Sweatman and Kim Whaley — each of whom contributed an area of expertise, from law to wealth management.

“The key decision that needs to be made, as an individual, is that you need to have a plan. You need to have a clear understanding of what you want and where you want to go,” said Bechard, who lives in Meadowvale Village.

“Retirement certainly is an option,” he noted, “but the book goes into far greater detail to reach your personal goals and what’s important to you — and maybe that doesn’t include retirement; it might include working with a downsizing expert.”

Although the themes are universal, there are a number of resources in Etobicoke, Mississauga and Oakville contained in the text of the book.

Individuals who are not in their later years could also benefit from the book, said Bechard, who adds he benefited from the legal advice it provided.

“The same individual that is maybe looking to downsize the family home, in a lot of cases, is not necessarily dealing with developing a care plan for themselves, but they are caring for an aging loved one,” he said.

“These are the practical decisions that people need to make in life’s later stages,” added Webster.

Read the full story on Mississauga.com.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga knows the stress that our public home care system is under and we can provide the professional care that our aging seniors need. Please call 905-521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500

Study Proves Yoga Helps Caregiver Stress

Study Proves Yoga Helps Caregiver Stress

Yoga can lead to improved cognitive functioning and lower levels of depression in caregivers.

Using yoga to engage in very brief, simple daily meditation can lead to improved cognitive functioning and lower levels of depression for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, according to a UCLA study.

As the Canadian population continues to age over the next two decades, the prevalence of dementia and the number of family caregivers who provide support to these loved ones will increase dramatically. Currently, at least five million people provide care for someone with dementia. The detrimental burden on them, in terms of their own lives, can be severe.

Researchers recruited 49 family caregivers who were taking care of their relatives with dementia. Their ages ranged from 45 to 91 years old and included 36 adult children and 13 spouses. The participants were randomized into two groups.

The meditation group was taught a brief,12-minute yogic practice that included an ancient chanting meditation, Kirtan Kriya, which was performed every day at the same time for eight weeks. The other group was asked to relax in a quiet place with their eyes closed while listening to instrumental music on a relaxation CD, also for 12 minutes every day at the same time for eight weeks.

At the end of the eight weeks the researchers found that the meditation group showed significantly lower levels of depressive symptoms and greater improvement in mental health and cognitive functioning, compared with the relaxation group.

In the meditation group, 65% showed a 50% improvement on a depression rating scale, and 52% of the group showed a 50 percent improvement on a mental health score. This compared to a 31% depression improvement and a 19% mental health improvement for the relaxation group.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga knows the stress that our public home care system is under and we can provide the professional care that our aging seniors need. Please call 905-521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500