Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Care for the Elderly

Providing care for the elderly is one of the more important things you can do for anyone who is aging. The trick is, most of us don't really know that much about senior care. Normally, we think of nursing homes, but we have no idea when to use them or what other chocies are available.

Caring for the elderly is really using a set of tools to provide the proper care for the right situation.
Below, I have broken down some of the primary types of care for everyone.

Family Provided Care
This is care provided by the individual's family. This type of care is the most common and is good until the daily needs of the senior are more than your family can manage to provide. 

In Home Care
senior couple looking for caregivers
Search for different types of senior care.
In home caregivers can help you by providing professional-level senior care and helping to reduce the demand on your families very full schedule. This can let you have a minimal impact on the life of a senior while also providing support.

Assisted Living
Nursing homes offer comprehensive care for those with more intensive care needs such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. They also offer a sense of community and are designed to improve ease of mobility, letting the elderly live a more active life at the home.

*Hospice Care
Hospice care is not for everyone, but if you are facing a terminal condition in your senior years, considering it is part of any planning process. Hospice care focuses on quality of life and a reduction of symptoms. This can mean more time with your family and lived ones. It also includes counseling and support.

I did not include senior living communities as they are not focused so much on care as lifestyle. As you can see, each type of care is best in a different situation. Only you know what care is best for your individual needs. If you are unsure, speak with your doctor and your family for advice, this can help to get you on the right track as you search for care.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Caring for Seniors

older woman in senior care home with her grandson
Hospice care is not the only choice for seniors with serious conditions.
There are many ways to care for seniors. Family-provided care, in home care, assisted living care, and even hospice care. I have been talking about hospice care for quite some time, and would like to take a moment to let everyone know a bit more about the other types of care offered to seniors. Sometimes, people choose to use these types of care rather than direct hospice care. They might pick them because or availability or personal preference.

If you are looking for hospice care, but want to consider another option, always let the facility or senior care team know about your medical condition and your personal care preference. If you do not, it can cause confusion and care issues. 

Some of the elderly care teams yo speak with may not be able to offer the counseling and palliative treatments offered at a hospice care facility either, but it may be what you are looking for.

In home care an be a good option as well, since it will allow you to receive care, while living with loved ones or in your own home. This can help you to remain in a familiar setting as many things in your life are changing.
You may Click Here to read more about in home care or go to www.careinhomes.com to contact a local in home care provider.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Right Hospice Care

Deciding that you need hospice care can be very difficult. Once you have accepted this need, the next tough step can be finding the right care. Where do you start? What do you look for?

Many people do not like to talk about end of life or hospice care. This can create a problem while you are looking for the needed care. You can ask your family and friends. Many of them may know more than you think, even if they have not spoken about it before you asked. Another good way to search is with an online tool. No single answer will give you all everything one place.

Start by asking family and friends and then add more options by searching online. Be prepared to visit one or two of the local hospice care facilities before making your final decision. Researching this can  help you to find the end of life comfort, support and treatment you need as you spend your remaining time with your family and friends.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Hospice Care

Hospice. Even the word makes many of us cringe. It should not. As we age and need care, hospice care offers an alternative to expensive and often invasive hospital care. If the diagnosis is terminal, it can be a positive thing to switch the focus from a pure focus on healing the body to a focus on quality of life and mental health.
Everyone dealing with a terminal illness due to health or age, should consider hospice care as an option that takes in their physical health, but not at the cost of comfort or quality of life. It can be difficult, but consider the advantages. The time remaining can be spent with some care, but also with a focus on your family, friends and other loved ones.
This is not something to dismiss lightly. Too many people grasp to a hope of recovery that is akin to winning the lottery. While hope is always good, admitting to the truth of a situation can set you free.
With some time remaining, you can spend the time receiving counseling, support, comfort for symptoms, and spend time with those you care about.
Depending on your individual diagnosis and outlook, this can be a positive experience.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hospice Care and Acceptance

Looking for hospice care consists of two big steps. The first being admitting you need to look for hospice care the second being looking for hospice care.  The first step is, by far, the more difficult.

Hospice care can improve quality of life.
Hospice care lets you spend time with your loved ones.
Admitting that we need hospice care at all is very hard. I mean, we have all seen the TV shows. Medicine can cure anything. Last minute recoveries are commonplace and all you need to do is find the right doctor.
While I will never tell anyone not to look for the best care possible or to hope for a turnaround, many of these expectations are unrealistic. Doctors do not give a terminal diagnosis lightly and once you have gotten a second or third opinion and are weighing treatment options it is time to really take stock. The choice is never easy, but while considering options it is important to consider hospice care. The best hospice care options offer a focus on quality of life as well as treatment rather than simply treatment regardless of the odds at the cost of everything.

 Consider the cost of treatment to your health and emotions. If you feel that the treatment will not work and will consume your health and take your remaining time and force you to spend it in a hospital, then hospice care should be an option you consider. Do not choose it over treatment out of defeat or despair. Consider choosing hospice care out of hope that you can spend your remaining time with loved ones and in comfort as you make peace with life.