The Latest in Helping Elderly Parents Avoid Phone Scams

Phone scams geared toward the elderly are nothing new, with an astonishing $36 billion lost each year to financial abuse. And the latest senior con circulating is difficult for most seniors to detect until it’s too late, and helping elderly parents get back money lost isn’t an option. Center for Elder Law and Justice attorney Nicole K. Parshall explains, “There is always a new variation of a phone scam. Scammers are very good at developing new tactics in order to engage with specific types of individuals.” Read more

Caring for Older Parents? Ask These Questions First Before They Move in

Probably the most noble and admirable decision adult children will make is to open up their house to an aging parent. Our parents raised and took care of us when we needed help and support, so it seems like a no-brainer to return the favor when it becomes unsafe for Mom or Dad to live alone. But there are a number of considerations to take into account before taking this step. Comprehensive Home Care outlines a number of the key questions to think about when caring for older parents and considering having them move into your home: Read more

The 5 Stages of Parkinson’s Disease and How Home Care Can Help Through Each

More likely to strike men, and more prevalent than MS, muscular dystrophy, and ALS combined, Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed in as many as 7 – 10 million people worldwide, with an additional 600,000 Americans diagnosed each year. And although each individual’s experience with Parkinson’s differs in level of severity, there are five main stages of progression that are routinely experienced by all.  

In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Comprehensive Home Care shares the facts below to help you better understand the stages of Parkinson’s disease: 

1st Stage: Referred to as early-stage Parkinson’s, this stage impacts the individual with mild signs or symptoms that may display as follows: 

  • Symptoms on only one side of the body 
  • Symptoms are bothersome, but not disabling 
  • Tremors or uncontrollable shaking in one limb may be apparent 
  • Loved ones can often pick up on differences in the individual’s posture, balance, and facial expressions 

2nd Stage: In the second stage of Parkinson’s, the person begins to display an inability to complete standard physical tasks: 

  • Symptoms now impact both sides of the body 
  • The person is experiencing minimal disability, but in most cases ambulatory or balance problems are noticed 
  • Posture begins to be affected 

3rd Stage: This stage is considered to be moderate Parkinson’s disease, and a higher degree of disability will begin to become apparent: 

  • There is a noticeable slowing down of the body’s movements 
  • Equilibrium impairment may lead to the inability to stand or walk straight 
  • There is a moderately significant overall dysfunction 

4th Stage: The fourth stage is indicative of advanced Parkinson’s and includes severe symptoms: 

  • Rigidity and bradykinesia, or sluggish movements are now at play 
  • The individual can no longer complete daily tasks and typically is unable to live independently 
  • Tremors may begin to lessen or disappear altogether for unknown reasons during this stage 

5th Stage: The fifth and final stage of the disease usually takes over the person’s physical movements: 

  • The person typically experiences a general decline in vitality and strength in both body and mind 
  • The person may possibly now be unable to walk or stand 
  • One-on-one care is required 

Comprehensive Home Care’s skilled caregivers are fully trained and experienced in all aspects of home care, and can help those with Parkinson’s disease and other conditions of aging to experience a better quality of life, right in the comfort of home. Whether the need is for help with daily personal care, transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments, errand-running, light housework and meal preparation, or simply a kind companion to brighten up each day, our home care in Charlotte, NC is customized to each person’s individual needs and preferences. Call us any time to learn more at 704-333-5214. 

Signs that Your Loved One May Need Senior Home Care

“I do NOT want to move to a nursing home!” This is an often-heard sentiment expressed by many seniors, even when they’re beginning to experience some difficulty managing at home on their own. And who can blame them? Home is where older adults most often feel comfortable and safe. They know where everything is and they can enjoy their own individual routines. They may have friends and family who live close by, who enhance their quality of life. But if you have concerns about your senior loved one’s ability to remain living safely at home, it may be time to assess the best possible solution.

The questions below, courtesy of the Charlotte senior home care experts at Comprehensive Home Care, can help you determine if your loved one is as safe as possible or if he or she could benefit from some extra help:

Weight Loss

  • Has your senior loved one lost weight unintentionally over the past several months?
  • Is she able to manage picking up groceries and preparing meals?
  • Does she prepare meals safely, remembering to turn off the oven or stove?
  • Does she complain about how food tastes?
  • Is she drinking sufficient amounts of water and other fluids during the day to prevent dehydration, especially during the hot summer months?

Personal Hygiene

  • Is your senior loved one adequately maintaining her hygiene?
  • Can she take care of her laundry, bathing, grooming, and toileting needs sufficiently?

Medications

  • Does your senior loved one take medications?
  • Does she remember to take them exactly when and as prescribed?
  • Can she read the labels and does she understand what each medicine is for?
  • Is she physically able to swallow pills, or otherwise use them as they are intended (i.e. creams, drops, etc.)?

Safety

  • Is the home free of clutter, which can be a tripping or falling hazard?
  • Could your senior loved one call for help if she were to fall?
  • Are there grab bars in the shower/bath, and are banisters and handrails on stairways fastened securely?
  • Is there sufficient lighting to allow her to safely get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or kitchen?
  • Do you notice any cuts, bruises, scrapes, or burns that could have been caused by a fall or other unexplained circumstance?
  • Is the kitchen clean enough to safely prepare food?
  • Is your loved one taking multiple medications from multiple doctors and/or does she use multiple pharmacies?

Emotional, Psychological and Cognitive

  • Does your senior loved one appear to be depressed or anxious?
  • Is she staying social as much as possible, whether in person or through the Internet or by phone?
  • If she’s religious, is she continuing to attend services or programs available to her?
  • Is she still enjoying hobbies that interested her before?
  • Is she forgetful? Unusually loud or agitated?
  • Are her finances in order?

This list of questions may seem overwhelming at first, but senior home care services like those provided by Comprehensive Home Care can help. Our professional Charlotte home care team can evaluate your senior loved one’s situation and provide suggestions and solutions, giving you and your loved one peace of mind. Our trained in-home care staff can provide companionship, perform light housekeeping tasks, prepare nutritious meals, and more. We can even coordinate services between various health care providers.

Contact us at 704-333-5214 for a free in-home assessment and see how we can help your loved one age with grace in the comfort of home.

Planning a Family Meeting to Discuss Home Care

Home care is oftentimes used to provide the care of a loved one whom is unable to fully provide for themselves, yet still stable and mentally sound enough to be at home and out of the nursing home. For many people this type of care provides far greater happiness and prolongs their lifetime and that is just the start of the exciting benefits. Even still there are drawbacks that must be considered if this is a method of care that you are considering. Before deciding if home care is the right option for your loved one it is important to plan a family meeting with the immediate members of your family. This is a big decision that you’re making and everyone should be able to voice their thoughts, concerns and hopes freely, with one another’s opinions taken into careful consideration of the final decision.

 

Preparing for a Family Meeting

When preparing for your family meeting make sure that you inform family members as far in advance as possible. Everyone’s schedules differ, and sometimes it can be difficult to find a time when everyone is able to come together. When informing family members of the meeting you should plan for a two -hour time slot, although it might take slightly less time. You can achieve this feat, however, by planning in advance. Once a time has been arranged when everyone can get together, choose a location for the meeting. If your home is large enough this is perfectly fine. It should be cozy and comfy so everyone is able to talk openly. Make sure that the loved one being considered for home care is present during the meeting. After all, it is him or her that will be receiving the care, thus their say so really matters the most. Also, the home care agency caregiver or staff member should be present to help you learn more about the service and the different  options available to you.

 

Things to Discuss at the Family Meeting

Several things should be discussed at the family meeting. First is the cost. Insurance will usually not cover the costs of this type of care so it is the responsibility of the family (and other loved ones) to cover the fees. Consider how you will pay, how much each person can put forth, etc. Also take into consideration during your meeting:

  • How long/often will you require home care for your loved one? You can arrange services for part-time or full-time, or on as –needed basis.
  • Is your loved one still capable of partially caring for themselves? Patients who are best-suited for in-home services are those who still have such capabilities.
  • Discuss with the caregiver the needs of your loved ones. Caregivers can provide a little or they can provide a lot, depending upon your needs. You should ensure that you discuss this; however, to ensure the chosen agency is capable of handling those needs. Not all agencies provide the same levels of care.
  • Give each family member time to ask their own questions as they arise

Comprehensive Home Care is a leading home care provider, offering home care, Alzheimer’s care and respite care Charlotte services. Contact us with any questions or care needs.