Caregiving http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/ en Caregiving burnout and how to avoid it http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/caregiving-burnout-and-how-avoid-it <span property="schema:name">Caregiving burnout and how to avoid it</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-12-08T00:30:35+00:00">Tue, 12/07/2021 - 04:30</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/Caregiving-burnout-and-how-to-avoid-it.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Caregiving burnout and how to avoid it" title="Caregiving burnout and how to avoid it" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p data-pm-slice="1 1 []" dir="auto">Alzheimer's can be a very stressful journey for both the person with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. It can get even more traumatic when caregivers get depressed. In this post, we will give you advice on how to cope with these hardships.</p> <p dir="auto">Let's talk about the different challenges that come from being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s and how to deal with them. The folowing is some advice on how to live a healthy life while caring for someone else who might not have your best interests in mind.</p> <p dir="auto">We'll start by talking about common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and the progression stages of the disease so that you know what to expect from your loved one over time. Then we'll explain the idea of caregiving burnout and show you some ways to avoid it.</p> <h3 data-pm-slice="1 1 []" dir="auto">What are some of the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer's?</h3> <p dir="auto">There are several challenges that family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s may face. The first challenge is that the person with Alzheimer’s may not be aware of what they are doing, yet their actions still have an impact on those around them. In order to protect themselves from this, the caregivers must learn to anticipate the needs of the person.</p> <p dir="auto">The second challenge is that there is a need for constant caretaking and assisting, which can be time-consuming and exhausting for a caregiver. The last big challenge comes from how frustrating it can be to see a loved one's deteriorating abilities, especially when they seem so much more aware than before.</p> <p dir="auto"> </p> <h3 dir="auto">What are some coping strategies for caregivers?</h3> <p dir="auto">Coping strategies for caregivers are not just limited to the person who is taking care of the patient. Caregivers need to take care of themselves as well. We can focus on our own feelings and needs, avoid burnout, and manage our time well.</p> <p dir="auto">This section will discuss some coping strategies for caregivers, including caring for oneself and avoiding caregiver burnout.</p> <p dir="auto"> </p> <h3 dir="auto">What are the benefits of being a caregiver?</h3> <p dir="auto">Caring for another person can be difficult and challenging. It can be frustrating, exhausting, and sometimes taxing on the caregiver. Being a caregiver is rewarding though. The rewards of being a caregiver are different for each person but they all have the same effect on their lives - to make them better than they were before.</p> <p dir="auto">Some of the benefits of being a caregiver include but are not limited to: providing emotional support, strengthening ties between family members, feeling less lonely, feeling more purposeful in life, getting closer with nature through gardening or feeding animals, and providing care that is needed to your loved ones.</p> <p dir="auto"> </p> <h3 dir="auto">Is there anything that can be done to lessen the effects of Alzheimer's on the caregiver?</h3> <p dir="auto">Alzheimer's is a disease that affects the brain causing memory loss, cognitive difficulties, and behavioral changes. Caregivers are faced with the daunting task of taking care of their loved one with Alzheimer's while trying to keep up with responsibilities like work and caring for other family members.</p> <p dir="auto">The right support can help lessen the effects on caregivers. With the help of support groups, caregivers can share their experiences, learn new skills, and meet other people in similar situations.</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:30:35 +0000 admin 143 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com Improve life through companionship and care http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/improve-life-through-companionship-and-care <span property="schema:name">Improve life through companionship and care</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-09-30T07:00:00+00:00">Thu, 09/30/2021 - 12:00</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/improve-life-through-companionship-and-care.jpg" width="755" height="500" alt="Elderly woman on a swing talking to caring husband" title="Improve life through companionship and care" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p data-pm-slice="1 1 []" dir="auto">The role of <a href="/services/home-care">caregiver</a> can be a physically and emotionally demanding job. It is the caregiver’s responsibility to provide care for a person with Alzheimer's or dementia. They will need to help them with daily tasks such as bathing, eating, and dressing.</p> <p dir="auto">In order to maintain their own physical and mental wellbeing, they will need time off from the responsibilities of being a caregiver. This is why it is crucial to have a support network in place that can help take on some of those responsibilities.</p> <p dir="auto"><a href="/alzheimers">Alzheimer's</a> disease comes with many challenges for both the person living with <a href="/dementia">dementia</a> and their caregivers. With the help of caregivers, the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's or dementia can be improved immensely through companionship and physical care.</p> <p dir="auto">1st Meridian Home Care is a professional caregiving agency with caregivers that are trained and supervised by a registered nurse (RN), who also makes supervisory drop-in visits.</p> <p data-pm-slice="1 1 []" dir="auto"><a href="/services/home-care">Homecare</a> is a system that helps to provide care and support to people with Alzheimer's or dementia in their own homes. These programs help patients with everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and medication adherence.</p> <p data-pm-slice="1 1 []" dir="auto">Our difference is that our leadership team works daily with our clients and families. Our model has been developed by living the experience every day and improving as we go. Our 30+ years of combined expertise teaches us that we haven’t learned it all, but we continue to move forward providing a full spectrum of support for our client and their family. <a href="/contact">Contact us</a> today for a no charge in-home or hospital assessment.</p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 admin 139 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com How To Hire a Caregiver - What You Need to Know http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/how-hire-caregiver-what-you-need-know <span property="schema:name">How To Hire a Caregiver - What You Need to Know</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alicia.shapiro</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-08-03T16:41:53+00:00">Tue, 08/03/2021 - 09:41</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/How%20to%20Hire%20A%20Caregiver%20-%20What%20to%20Know.png" width="640" height="418" alt="Daughter with elderly father &amp; male caregiver" title="How To Hire a Caregiver - What You Need to Know" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Caring for elderly parents is a noble, yet overwhelming and stressful task, so if you are considering hiring in-home help, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone. More and more families are turning to in-home caregivers for a number of reasons. Choosing an in-home caregiver is an important decision and finding the right caregiver can be a process, but it’s a process that will be well worth the effort. The relationship and interactions between the caregiver and the care receiver are like any new relationship, it takes time, but the first step is to know how to hire the best caregiver for your loved one, so we’ve put together a brief guide to help you choose the best caregiver for your elderly loved one.</p> <h3><br /> Elderly Caregiving Options</h3> <p>Before contacting local in-home caregiving providers it’s beneficial to understand the various types of caregiver positions available. In-home caregivers are available for short-term, part-time, and full-time as well as live-in. The primary types of caregiver roles include medical caregivers, such as registered nurses and certified nursing assistants, companions, and home care aides. Each type of caregiver has the experience and authority to provide specific duties for those receiving care.</p> <ul> <li>Medical caregivers generally consist of registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, and certified medical assistants. Families and seniors generally need medical caregivers for duties, such as administering medications/injections, wound care, monitoring vital signs, recording health problems, and performing treatments, such as enteral feeding and catheterization.<br />  </li> <li>Companions/homemakers are available to help with a variety of duties, including preparing meals, providing transportation to and from medical appointments and light chores as well as providing companionship for your elderly loved one.<br />  </li> <li>Home health care aides often perform many of the same duties as companions; however, they also assist their elderly clients with bathing, dressing, grooming, and getting around.</li> </ul> <h3><br /> Steps for Hiring In-Home Caregivers</h3> <p>The easiest and safest way to hire an in-home caregiver is through an agency. Home care providers ensure that the caregiver assigned to your loved one will have already gone through a <a href="https://www.dmv.org/articles/what-is-a-criminal-background-check/" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="What is a Criminal Background Check?">criminal background check</a>, drug screening and the agency will handle the payroll. Home care providers generally have a full staff of caregivers that are available to fill your family’s specific needs as well as caregivers that are available on short notice. Following the steps below will ensure you hire a reputable and trustworthy home care provider:</p> <ul> <li>Verify the agency is licensed, bonded, and insured<br />  </li> <li>The agency provides a comprehensive list of the services to be provided as well as the cost for services. The agency should also be able to assist you with recommendations on how to pay for the services, such as submitting the fees to your insurance provider, Medicaid, or if you will be responsible for payment of all services rendered.<br />  </li> <li>Be sure to ask about staff training. For instance, is staff required to participate in training sessions for updated requirements?<br />  </li> <li><a href="https://seniorsresourceguide.com/articles/art00980.html" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Top 25 Interview Questions You Should Ask a Potential Caregiver">Schedule an interview</a> with the potential caregivers. It is best to conduct these interviews in your home and if possible, your elderly loved one should be present. This will allow you to see how the caregiver and your loved one interact.<br />  </li> <li>Develop a clear plan of care. Although the agency will typically provide caregivers with a daily task list, it’s also important to clearly specify what you expect and don’t expect. For instance, if your loved one is assigned a home health aide and their duty is to help with bathing and grooming, but your mother would be uncomfortable with a male aide, inform the agency of your mother's concerns and request that your mother only have female caregivers.</li> </ul> <p><br /> One of the most important things to keep in mind when hiring in-home caregivers is that they are there to help care for your elderly loved ones. If you have any questions or concerns about assigned caregivers, do not hesitate to reach out to the home care provider. In most situations, caregivers are assigned to the same clients, which is extremely beneficial for the comfort level of your family member. In fact, over time, caregivers become a “part of the family”. They will grow to care for your loved ones as your loved ones will grow to care for them.</p> <p><br /> If your elderly loved one can benefit from <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="1st Meridian Care Services - Home Care">our home care services</a>, please <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/contact" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="1st Meridian Care Services - Contact Us">contact 1st Meridian Care Services</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 03 Aug 2021 16:41:53 +0000 alicia.shapiro 135 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com How To Recognize Depression In Seniors And Get Them The Help They Need http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/how-recognize-depression-seniors-and-get-them-help-they-need <span property="schema:name">How To Recognize Depression In Seniors And Get Them The Help They Need</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alicia.shapiro</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-08-02T18:39:06+00:00">Mon, 08/02/2021 - 11:39</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/How%20To%20Recognize%20Depression%20In%20Seniors%20And%20Get%20Them%20The%20Help%20They%20Need.jpg" width="640" height="418" alt="elderly woman depressed in kitchen" title="How To Recognize Depression In Seniors And Get Them The Help They Need" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Feeling blue every now and then is completely natural; however, it is not normal to feel “sad” for extended periods of time. Each year, there are more than 19 million Americans affected by depression, and <a href="https://mhanational.org/depression-older-adults-more-facts#2" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Depression In Older Adults - More Facts">2 million of those affected are aged 65 and older</a>. Aging seniors often face a lot of hardships in their lives, such as the loss of their spouse, a change in social circles, loss of abilities, and chronic medical conditions and although it is normal to feel sad when these things happen, clinical depression is not a normal part of getting older. Generally, after a period of feeling sad, most people typically regain their emotional balance and adjust to the changes, but seniors with clinical depression do not get over these feelings. Without proper help, the symptoms of depression may last for weeks or even years. The good news is that with the right treatment, seniors who are depressed can feel better; however, it is essential that symptoms of depression are recognized and treatment sought as soon as possible.</p> <h3>Causes of Depression in the Elderly</h3> <p>There is no one specific cause of depression. For some seniors, it may be one event that brings on their depression, such as the diagnosis of a chronic illness or the loss of a family member. In other seniors, a change in their brain chemistry may affect their mood and lead to depression. There are many different things that may lead your elderly loved one to suffer from depression, but some of the most common causes may include:</p> <ul> <li>Health issues and/or <a href="https://www.mhanational.org/conditions/co-occurring-mental-health-and-chronic-illness" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Co-Occurring: Mental Health And Chronic Illness">co-occurring illnesses</a>, such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis</li> <li>Loss of a spouse or family member</li> <li>Decrease in income</li> <li>Loneliness</li> <li>Moving from their home</li> <li>Signs and Symptoms of Depression in the Elderly</li> </ul> <p><br /> Although it may seem as though sadness and depression go hand in hand, it is common for depressed seniors to claim they don’t feel sad. Instead, they may complain of not having any motivation, physical problems, or a lack of energy. In fact, physical complaints, such as headaches or arthritis pain are often a predominant symptom of elderly depression. So, it is important for family members and caregivers to recognize that sadness isn’t always or the primary symptom of depression in the elderly. If your senior loved one displays one or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks, it’s important that they be encouraged to talk with their medical provider:</p> <ul> <li>Loss of self-worth, such as feeling as though they are a burden</li> <li>Increased use of alcohol or other substances</li> <li>Unexplained or aggravated aches and pains</li> <li>Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities</li> <li>Lack of energy and motivation</li> <li>Changes in sleep patterns</li> <li>Eating more or less than usual</li> <li>Irritability</li> <li>Crying too much or too often</li> <li>Neglecting personal care, such as personal hygiene</li> <li><a href="https://brainaacn.org/dementia-versus-depression/" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="DEMENTIA VERSUS DEPRESSION">Difficulty making decision, remembering, or focusing</a></li> <li>Thoughts of suicide or death</li> </ul> <h3><br /> Getting Help For Depressed Elderly Loved Ones</h3> <p>It is important to keep in mind that detecting and treating depression in the elderly may be difficult. Everyone’s physical health status, personal experiences, brain chemistry, and lifestyle are different, so finding an effective treatment plan may require some trial and error. However, if you suspect your elderly loved one is experiencing clinical depression, the first step is to make an appointment with their medical provider. Following a thorough examination, including reviewing all medications, there are a variety of treatments a medical provider may recommend, including psychotherapy and/or antidepressant medications. Although with medical treatments, there are a number of things caregivers and family members can do that may help to relieve the symptoms of depression, including:</p> <ul> <li>Encouraging activities</li> <li>Encouraging exercise</li> <li>Encourage healthy meals</li> <li>Encourage the use of weighted blankets</li> <li>Encourage the use of light therapy</li> <li>Encourage meditation</li> <li>Offer emotional support</li> </ul> <p><br /> It is extremely important that the warning signs not be overlooked. If it is left untreated, depression may lead to suicide. Listen carefully if your elderly loved one says others do not care about their wellbeing or if they complain about being depressed-they are usually indirectly asking for help. Taking care of an elderly family member is a rewarding experience, but it can also be overwhelming and emotionally draining. If you are concerned about your elderly loved one being alone, <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="1st Meridian Care Services - Home Care">home care</a> may be the answer. Home care services generally include companionship; help with meals and even transportation, all of which can be beneficial in helping seniors with <a href="https://www.everydayhealth.com/depression-pictures/are-you-lonelier-than-you-realize.aspx#:~:text=Loneliness%20often%20goes%20hand%20in%20hand%20with%20one,doesn%27t%20mean%20you%20are%20doomed%20to%20become%20depressed." rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Nip Loneliness in the Bud to Prevent Depression">loneliness</a>, which often leads to depression.</p> <p><br /> If your elderly loved one can benefit from home care services, please <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/contact" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="1st Meridian Care Services - Contact Us">contact 1st Meridian Care Services</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 02 Aug 2021 18:39:06 +0000 alicia.shapiro 134 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com What You Need to Know When Taking Care of Your Parents http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/what-you-need-know-when-taking-care-your-parents <span property="schema:name">What You Need to Know When Taking Care of Your Parents</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alicia.shapiro</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-06-22T20:35:35+00:00">Tue, 06/22/2021 - 01:35</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/What%20You%20Need%20to%20Know%20When%20Taking%20Care%20of%20Your%20Parents.jpg" width="6609" height="4855" alt="senior citizen couple walking with arm around each other" title="What You Need to Know When Taking Care of Your Parents" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Even as adults, children look at their parents as strongest, most caring and independent people they know. Unfortunately, there will come a time when your parent’s age impacts their health and the parent/child roles become reversed. If you are caring for your elderly parents or are in the beginning stages of caring for your parent’s, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone, there are more than 40 million caregivers in the U.S. and 90 percent of them are caring for an aging loved one. Although you have the desire to be the caregiver for your parents, taking care of an elderly parent can be a challenging undertaking. Whether you are planning to provide for your parent physically, emotionally, financially or completely providing care, there are a number of things to consider before taking on the role of <a href="https://www.caregiveraction.org/resources/10-tips-family-caregivers" target="_blank" title="10 Tips For Family Caregivers">caregiver</a>. Here are some things you’ll need to know when taking care of your parents.</p> <h3>Living Arrangements</h3> <p>One of the first and most important factors of caring for your <a href="https://www.n4a.org/" target="_blank" title="National Association of Area Agencies On Aging">elderly</a> parents is looking at where they live. Do they currently live alone and do they currently live close to you? Will they remain in their home, will you live with them, or will they move in with you? These questions are critical when it comes to determining not only the type of care they will need, but to what degree of care they will need. For instance, if they currently live in their own home and aren’t interested in moving, are you living close enough to be able to check on them regularly? Are they reliable when it comes to taking medications, or will you need to visit daily to ensure they are eating well, showering and taking medications as prescribed? It is important to take a close look at the situation and determine what, if any changes need to be made in regard to their living arrangement.</p> <h3>Finances</h3> <p>Finances are a difficult topic to discuss with your parents, but it is an important one. It’s essential that you are aware of what their insurance covers, what is out-of-pocket, how much your parents have in savings, what their living expenses are and how their living expenses are paid. As the caregiver, there may come a time when you will be responsible for taking over their finances, so it’s important to discuss this issue with them as soon as possible. It’s also recommended that you make arrangements with your parents to have access to their accounts, especially those that are used to pay their living expenses, such as the mortgage and utilities.</p> <h3>How Much Care Is Needed?</h3> <p>It’s important to keep in mind that elderly people are often apprehensive about expressing their needs. They may feel like they are being a burden by asking for help, or they may feel as though they are still fully capable of taking care of themselves. Some elderly people only need minimum assistance with their activities of daily living and health care needs, while others may require extensive assistance. When caring for your elderly parents, you may need to take over certain activities, so making a list of all the things they can and cannot do for themselves may be helpful when determining the degree of care your parents need in order to remain in their home.</p> <h3>Utilize Senior Resources</h3> <p>Sometimes, taking care of an elderly parent can become too much to handle, so, it’s extremely helpful to have a list of all senior services available in your area. For instance, if you are assisting your parent with showering, meal preparation, medication reminders and household chores as well as taking care of your own home and family, you and your elderly parent can benefit from the help of a home care agency. Along with talking to home care agencies, it’s also beneficial to add to your list information about adult daycare programs, meal delivery programs, respite care services and senior activities in the area. Utilizing senior resources will help to ensure your parents are getting all of their needs met, especially if they are living alone, even if you are with them full time, taking advantage of services, such as meal delivery programs will allow you to take a break when needed.</p> <p>Balancing the needs of your elderly parents, yourself and your family can be overwhelming and challenging. Caring for your parents may require a few hours each day, or they may only require a few hours each week, but it’s essential that you consider your obligations before committing to be the primary caregiver for an elderly parent. If you aren’t realistic in what will be required of you physically, emotionally and time wise, it can burn you out or even lead to health problems of your own. If you become overwhelmed or ill, you will not be able to care for your parents, so it’s critical that you identify the signs of <a href="https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/taking-care-yourself-tips-caregivers" target="_blank" title="Taking Care of Yourself - Tips for Caregivers">burnout</a>, schedule me-time, take regular breaks, do not try to do everything on your own and ask for help when needed.</p> <p>If your senior loved one needs <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care" target="_blank" title="1st Meridian Care Services - Home Care">caregiving help</a>, please <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/contact" target="_blank" title="1st Meridian Care Services - Contact Us">contact 1st Meridian Care Services</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 22 Jun 2021 20:35:35 +0000 alicia.shapiro 132 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com Is Your Caregiver Doing a Good Job? http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/your-caregiver-doing-good-job <span property="schema:name">Is Your Caregiver Doing a Good Job?</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-05-27T07:00:00+00:00">Thu, 05/27/2021 - 12:00</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/is-your-caregiver-doing-a-good-job.jpg" width="767" height="500" alt="Is Your Caregiver Doing a Good Job" title="Is Your Caregiver Doing a Good Job" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Once you have hired a caregiver, you will be confronted with a brand new challenge: determining if the person you have entrusted your loved one's well being to is doing a fantastic job.</p> <p>It can be a tricky task, one that is made harder by the complex mix of emotions which accompany hiring outside help. You might start to feel as though you are always on the edge of another possible crisis.</p> <p>Luckily, there are ways to fend off the freak out and figure out if a caregiver is doing the job you hired them to do. Thoroughly check any independent caregivers or service you hire is the first step to making certain a <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care">home care</a> professional will work well, once they are on the job. Sadly, no quantity of background research will assure that everything will run smoothly.</p> <p>The very best way to assess a hired helper would be to stop by, unannounced, and check to see exactly how things are going. Long distance caregivers might not be capable to do that as often as the ones who live close by.</p> <h2>Here are a couple of questions to ask during a drop-in:</h2> <ol> <li>Is the care plan being followed? There should always be a formal care plan set up before the caregiver enters the door on the first day. Any deviation from the plan, unless they had been previously discussed, shouldn't be tolerated.<br />  </li> <li>Does my cherished one appear safe and well adjusted? Unless of course there are real signs of mistreatment or abuse, it can occasionally be difficult to gauge whether or not a senior is secure with a new caregiver. Look for behavioral signs in your cherished one like withdrawing, or reluctance to speak about the time spent with the caregiver.<br />  </li> <li>Is my loved one's well being being improved? The ultimate aim of <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care">home care</a> would be to improve an elder's well being. Members of the family should attempt to determine whether or not their loved one's presence is being markedly improved by a caregiver's presence.<br />  </li> <li>Is my cherished one expressing concern? In case your cherished one is of sound mind plus they express concern about the guardian you should explore the problem with the agency office, instead of addressing the caregiver directly. This may assist in avoiding conflicts and make the correction process go smoothly for everyone involved. Bear in mind that if an elder suffers from a disease that impairs their cognitive abilities they might be predisposed towards making unintentional false accusations against a caregiver. In these situations, it is important to remember to take your loved one's complaints seriously, but allow for the possibility that their illness might be impacting their capability to comprehend what the caregiver is doing and why.<br />  </li> <li>Does the caregiver communicate well? Communication is important to maintaining a secure, effective relationship with a care provider. It is essential for everybody involved with the care process to be professional, open and honest.<br />  </li> <li> <div>Does the caregiver seems invested in the well being of my beloved one? Is the caregiver careful to your loved one's requirements? Do they keep a serene, concerned demeanor when dealing with difficult behaviors?<br />  </div> </li> <li> <div>Is the caregiver dependable? Do they show up to the home on time and ready to work? Do they frequently have to possess other care providers cover their change? You ought to be capable to expect reasonable amount of consistency from professionals care providers, too much turnover could be stressful for your loved one.<br />  </div> </li> <li> <div>Does the agency keep tabs on their caregivers? Most reputable <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care">home care</a> agencies may have supervisors who'll come from the home on a daily basis, sometimes declared, sometimes unannounced, to check and ensure the caregiver is following the maintenance plan and also to see how an elder is doing.<br />  </div> </li> </ol> <div> <div>While it is important to ensure your cherished one is getting the best care, it is equally crucial to avoid prematurely pulling the plug on the notion of professional home maintenance. It isn't uncommon for an elder to have to go through several care providers before they find one they are comfortable with.</div>   <div>If a pro caregiver had to be hired in a hurry, they might not be the best fit to your cherished one, but that does not mean that the entire notion of home maintenance would be a bust. Agencies may miss the mark when matching care providers with care receivers, particularly if the mature suffers from a mood changing disease like depression or Alzheimer's.</div> <div> </div> <div>Eventually though, it is important to trust your gut with regards to hiring and firing professionals <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care">home care</a> providers. In case your instincts are telling you something's wrong, then you might choose to dig a little deeper before employing an individual or an agency.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 27 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000 admin 128 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com Hospice Offers More Than End of Life Care http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/hospice-offers-more-end-life-care <span property="schema:name">Hospice Offers More Than End of Life Care</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alicia.shapiro</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-05-24T19:24:19+00:00">Mon, 05/24/2021 - 12:24</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/Hospice%20Offers%20More%20Than%20End%20of%20Life%20Care.jpg" width="640" height="426" alt="young hands holding old hands at end of life" title="Hospice Offers More Than End of Life Care" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When most people hear the term hospice care, they think that accepting the care means that they are giving up on their loved one. It is common for people to think that hospice care is only a service provided for those who will pass away within a few days or a few weeks. The truth is that hospice care is a form of medical care with the goal of maintaining or improving the <a href="https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/providing-comfort-end-life" target="_blank" title="Providing Care and Comfort at the End of Life">quality of life</a> for the person when their condition, illness, or disease is unlikely to be cured. In order to be eligible for hospice services the individual must meet hospice criteria and their medical provider has diagnosed them with six months or less to live, if their disease or illness follows the typical course. When hospice is called in, it means that the person is no longer seeking curative treatment for their disease; however, it doesn’t mean that hospice is just for dying nor do they rush the dying process. Hospice is available for a range of things, from helping ensure your loved one is comfortable to helping the family through the grief process.</p> <h3>Pain Management</h3> <p>Hospice care providers are specially trained to provide end-of-life care. Nursing support is available to the patient as well as their family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They offer hands-on-care to help with <a href="https://learn.chm.msu.edu/painmanagement/intro.asp" target="_blank" title="Understand the importance of pain management in the terminally ill">pain management</a> as well as other symptoms of the illness. When an individual begins receiving hospice care, one of the first things they do is a medication review. The review is designed to make sure the patient is getting the best combination of medications for their current needs and goals. A hospice care kit is a set of prescription medications that are kept in the patient’s home for a medical crisis. The actual contents of the kit vary; however, a basic kit contains medications for pain, nausea, anxiety, breathing problems, and insomnia. The family is provided education on when and how the medications will be beneficial for their loved one.</p> <h3>Family Education</h3> <p>Your loved one’s hospice team will provide family members with education about the illness, how the illness may progress and how to care for your loved one. They will also show you how to administer medications, answer all of your questions and honestly discuss what to expect as end-of-life approaches.</p> <h3>Personal Care</h3> <p><a href="https://www.caregiver.org/connecting-caregivers/support-groups/" target="_blank" title="Caregiver Online Support">Caregivers</a> are often responsible for assisting their loved ones with personal hygiene needs, which often puts undue stress on both the caregiver and the patient. Hospice aides are available to reduce the stress on the caregivers by assisting with everyday tasks, such as bathing and dressing. Their services allow your loved ones to maintain their dignity and independence, which is essential in comfort for the patient.</p> <h3>Family Support</h3> <p>Your loved one’s hospice care team is there to help their patient as well as their family. Whether a family member is having difficulties with their loved one’s diagnosis, accessing resources for all aspects of their loved one’s life, such as financial concerns, support groups, living arrangements, advance directive planning, and funeral arrangements, the hospice care team is there for education, advice, and comfort.</p> <p>It is extremely important to understand that those who utilize hospice care do not pass away faster. In fact, some patients in hospice care may live longer simply because of the improved quality of life. The primary difference between regular medical care and hospice care is that the primary focus is no longer dependent on curing the patient, but ensures they are comfortable, have reduced stress and anxiety, and have an ease in pain. Whether it is emotional, spiritual, or physical needs, hospice care teams are there for the patient and their family.</p> <p>To learn more information about end-of-life services and how hospice care may be beneficial for your loved one, <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/" target="_blank" title="1st Meridian Care Services Website">contact 1st Meridian Care Services</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 24 May 2021 19:24:19 +0000 alicia.shapiro 131 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com May Is National Stroke Awareness Month http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/may-national-stroke-awareness-month <span property="schema:name">May Is National Stroke Awareness Month</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alicia.shapiro</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-05-03T20:43:05+00:00">Mon, 05/03/2021 - 01:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/May%20Is%20National%20Stroke%20Awareness%20Month.png" width="640" height="418" alt="caregiver helping older man walk after stroke" title="May Is National Stroke Awareness Month" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A stroke happens when the brain’s blood supply is reduced or interrupted, preventing the brain tissue from receiving essential oxygen and nutrients. When a stroke occurs, the brain cells will begin to die in a matter of minutes, so it is a medical emergency and prompt treatment is critical. The quicker treatment is sought, the better the chances are of reducing brain damage and other complications.  Although as much as 80 percent of stroke cases can be <a href="https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/stroke-risk-factors/stroke-risk-factors-you-can-control-treat-and-improve" target="_blank" title="Stroke Risk Factors You Can Control Treat and Improve">prevented</a> with lifestyle changes, strokes continue to be the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and even non-fatal strokes can be tragic and life-changing. Although May is national stroke awareness month, a stroke can happen to anyone, anywhere and anytime, so it is important to be aware of the causes and symptoms at all times. Recognizing the symptoms and acting fast is key to stroke recovery, so here is some brief information to help you understand the types, causes, and symptoms of a stroke.</p> <h3>Types and Causes of a Stroke</h3> <p>A stroke is caused when there is an interruption of blood flow to specific areas of the brain. When this interruption occurs, it prevents the brain cells in the involved artery from receiving an adequate supply of oxygen, which is carried from the bloodstream. Brain cell damage occurs from the lack of oxygen, which then causes a stroke. There are three different types of stroke that may occur, depending on where the interruption occurs:</p> <ul> <li><u>Ischemic stroke</u> - This is the most common type of stroke. Ischemic stroke happens when the blood vessels are blocked or narrowed, which causes a significant reduction in blood flow (ischemia). Narrowed or blocked blood vessels are often caused by fatty deposits that have built up in the blood vessels or by blood clots that travel through the bloodstream and become lodged in the blood vessels of the brain.<br />  </li> <li><u>Hemorrhagic stroke</u> - This type of stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or leaks. A brain hemorrhage may result from various conditions that affect the blood vessels, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, trauma, overtreatment of anticoagulants, an ischemic stroke leading to hemorrhage, protein deposits in the walls of blood vessels which cause the vessel wall to weaken or an aneurysm (bulges in the blood vessel walls).<br />  </li> <li><u>TIA or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack)</u> - A TIA is known as a mini-stroke because the symptoms are similar to those with a stroke, but they are temporary. TIA’s don’t cause permanent damages. They are caused by temporary decreases in the blood supply to the brain.</li> </ul> <h3><br /> Symptoms of a Stroke</h3> <p>The symptoms of a stroke may vary depending on the area of the brain that is being affected by the lack of oxygen. All types of strokes have symptoms that are related to an impairment of nerve functions and the symptoms happen suddenly and occur on one side of the body. The symptoms of a TIA also occur quickly; however; they will go away on their own. Symptoms of a stroke may include:</p> <ul> <li>Paralysis or weakness of any part of the body</li> <li>Numbness or a sensation of pins and needles anywhere in the body</li> <li>Loss of balance and coordination or trouble walking</li> <li>Change in vision, including blurred vision or trouble with eyesight in one or both eyes</li> <li>Severe headache</li> <li>Dizziness</li> <li>Involuntary eye movements</li> <li>Confusion</li> <li>Memory loss</li> <li>Difficulty swallowing</li> <li>Behavioral changes</li> <li>Slurred speech, inability to speak, or difficulty understanding speech</li> <li>Muscle stiffness</li> <li>Loss of sensation in any part of the body</li> </ul> <p><br /> Acting fast is crucial if you suspect that someone may be having a stroke. Receiving immediate <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/treatments.htm" target="_blank" title="Stroke Treatments">treatment</a> can help to minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and may even help to reduce the risk of the person’s death from a stroke. FAST is an acronym used to help recognize the warnings signs of a stroke; <strong>F</strong>-face (drooping); <strong>A</strong>-arm (weakness), <strong>S</strong>-speech (difficulty), <strong>T</strong>-time (call 9-1-1). The <a href="https://www.stroke.org/" target="_blank" title="American Stroke Association">American Stroke Association</a> has a FAST app that can be downloaded to help you remember the signs.</p> <p>To learn more information about a stroke or for assistance in caring for a loved one that had a stroke, <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/contact" target="_blank" title="Contact Us - 1st Meridian Care Services">contact</a> 1st Meridian Care Services.</p> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 03 May 2021 20:43:05 +0000 alicia.shapiro 130 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com Helping a Senior Adjust to a New Caregiver http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/helping-senior-adjust-new-caregiver <span property="schema:name">Helping a Senior Adjust to a New Caregiver</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-04-29T19:20:31+00:00">Thu, 04/29/2021 - 12:20</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/helping-a-senior-adjust-to-a-new-caregiver.jpg" width="750" height="500" alt="Helping a Senior Adjust to a New Caregiver" title="Dealing with a home care service" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>You'll learn what to expect out of a normal <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care">home care</a> experience, as well as strategies for addressing common problems that may arise, like the way to assist a beloved one get used to some brand new caregiver and the best way to figure out if a caregiver is doing their job correctly.</p> <p>While it would be wonderful if your cherished one along with their caregiver hit it off right away, this isn’t normally the case. The relationship between a professional caregiver and an elder is one that must be grounded in trust and progressively strengthened with time.</p> <p>One way you, as a family member, can ease the crucial knowledge gathering procedure is by being prepared to answer questions regarding your cherished one’s health conditions, care needs, likes and dislikes.</p> <p>The <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care">home care</a> provider you choose should spend some time to get to know your cherished one and ensure that the men and women who will be looking after them have compatible personalities. As well as getting to know their core group of care providers, your precious one needs to also have an chance to develop at least a basic connection together with the substitutes who will fill in whenever a regularly-scheduled caregiver is unable to.</p> <p>You might help ease the relationship building process by listening to your beloved one’s ideas and opinions about their care providers, and informing the <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/rn-care-manager">care advisor</a> if you feel a certain match-up isn’t working. Once these connections click into place, the resistance your loved one has to accepting a person in their home should diminish significantly. They may even start to anticipate visits from their care providers.</p> <h2>What to Expect on the First Day</h2> <p>What really happens on that very first official day of <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care">home care</a>?</p> <p>If you’re dealing with a <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-care">home care service</a>, odds are that the caregiver won’t show up on your doorstep . They'll likely be followed closely by the <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/rn-care-manager">care manager</a> the household (<em>and possibly the older themselves</em>) has already had contact with.</p> <p>1st Meridian Care Services often does that because seeing a friendly face may ease tensions and pave the way for a more sincere, friendly first meeting between your precious one and their brand new caregiver.</p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 19:20:31 +0000 admin 125 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com Regular Aging or Alzheimer’s: What is the Difference? http://1stmeridiancareservices.com/article/regular-aging-or-alzheimers-what-difference <span property="schema:name">Regular Aging or Alzheimer’s: What is the Difference?</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-03-15T07:00:00+00:00">Mon, 03/15/2021 - 12:00</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/d8/thumbnail/article/Normal-Aging-or-Alzheimers.jpg" width="768" height="584" alt="Regular Aging or Alzheimer’s" title="Regular Aging or Alzheimer’s" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-thumbnail img-responsive" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As a cherished one ages, one of the questions Which may think of you or your loved ones is the way to inform the difference between the cognitive changes associated with “ordinary aging” and the ones that could signal serious underlying health conditions, like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.</p> <p>During this time, there’s no definitive way to distinguish between benign memory slides and full-blown <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/dementia">dementia</a>, but consider this as an overall guideline! Occasionally misplacing the motor vehicle keys is ordinary, while forgetting what exactly to do them isn't.</p> <p>Here are some additional indications that your cherished one’s cognitive troubles may be due to something more serious than the easy advancing of age:</p> <h2>7 Cognitive Concerns That Might Be Over 'Old Age'</h2> <ol> <li>Bad judgment (<em>bad fiscal decisions, people outbursts</em>)<br />  </li> <li>Movement issues (<em>rigid movements, hunched posture</em>)<br />  </li> <li>Loss of inhibition (<em>saying or doing socially unsuitable things</em>)<br />  </li> <li>Language issues (<em>can’t form coherent sentences</em>)<br />  </li> <li>Hallucinations and delusions (<em>seeing things that aren’t really there</em>)<br />  </li> <li>Trouble performing familiar tasks (<em>can’t remember how to get to the doctor’s office</em>)<br />  </li> <li>Reduction of memory which disrupts daily life (<em>on a standard basis forgets latest conversations</em>)</li> </ol> <p>Eventually, it’s up to you or your loved ones to determine whether (<em>and when</em>) a cherished one’s cognitive issues warrant investigation by a medical professional.</p> <p>Providing <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services/home-health">care in the home</a> is frequently among the best ways to maintain a cherished one with dementia calm and happy because a routine and a comfortable environment is less inclined to trigger confusion and nervousness in those with cognitive impairment. Nevertheless, since dementia care might be an arduous undertaking for family care providers, you may eventually have to seek out a <a href="https://1stmeridiancareservices.com/services">professional caregiver</a> to offer respite or full-time care.</p> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 15 Mar 2021 07:00:00 +0000 admin 121 at http://1stmeridiancareservices.com