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Google Review – Terrie

We are very happy with the services that home care assistance has given us. They work well with our busy, ever-changing schedules, and have given our father excellent care by daily scheduled exercises, meals, personal care, friendship and conversation. We know that we do not have to worry about our father while we are away…and that alone is one of the greatest advantages of home care assistance. Thanks so much to everyone that makes this possible.

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Google Review – Jeff

I’ve referred people to these folks before, and they’ve been well cared for. I like that Home Care Assistance is focused on helping clients identify and pursue a purpose. And management is really proactive when you need them. They’re definitely worth talking to if you have a loved one who needs care.

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Google Review – Johna

The staff and management at Home Care Assistance is wonderful. The company fosters a spirit of caring engagement with each of their clients. Owner, Michael, is a genuinely caring and friendly family guy. The person you’d want to oversee the care of your mother or father.

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Google Review – Lisa

Home Care Assistance is a very well ran company with a passion for seniors and also for their employees. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer Home Care Assistance to friends and family members. I know they would be in the best hands, as far as home care goes!

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Google Review – Michele

The staff at Home Care Assistance are very helpful whenever I need to make a change to our normal schedule. The staff who come to help us are kind, respectful, and almost become like family. I am very glad we found this organization at our time of need. I would recommend them highly!

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Google Review – Joani

We refer elder clients and their families to Home Care Assistance often and always get excellent feedback about the level of care and service they receive. We trust them enough to refer our clients and that’s of great value to us!

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Ways to Make Your Home More Accessible for an Elderly Loved One

Not much matters more than comfort when it comes to providing senior care for an elderly loved one. It can be a challenge to make your house as comfortable as possible if you care for your senior in your own home. While your house might be perfect for you and your family, it can potentially present obstacles for your seniors. But don’t worry! There are several home improvements you can implement around your home that can make it safer and more accessible, all for your senior’s comfort.

The Exterior

Starting outside the home, you can install a no-step entryway! This means there is no step(s) to enter the house from the sidewalk to the driveway to the front door. Entering and leaving becomes much easier for seniors who are in a wheelchair or who have difficulty with mobility.

The Bathroom

The bathroom is a space that should be comfy for your seniors, especially since a significant amount of time is spent there. Start by adding handles and grab bars in both the shower and the toilet. These can help keep your senior safe when they lower or raise themselves. Likewise, installing an elevated toilet is a great option making it easier for your senior to get up, and a roll-in shower is more effective to get in and out of safely. For showers with plenty of room, a chair can be added for seniors who have trouble standing.

The Bedroom

Another room in the house that should be kept comfortable is the bedroom, where plenty of time is spent. Be sure to leave extra room in the bedroom for easy maneuverability. In the closet, add shelving units that can be easily reached. Switch out the traditional flip switches for roller light switches instead – they are much easier to use for your senior!

The Kitchen

Your kitchen can be made more senior care-friendly with a few adjustments, including installing lower cooking surfaces and countertops of varying heights. Both of these improvements help ease back pain, especially for seniors who love to cook. You can also consider mounting microwaves at a reachable height.

If you would like further advice on how to make your home senior-safe, Home Care Assistance is standing by ready to help! Please give our experts a call today and schedule your consultation.

Elder Justice: What Congress is Doing to Protect Seniors Right Now

The sad truth is that senior citizens are increasingly taken advantage of through scams and varying methods of abuse. They are among the most vulnerable in our society. Throughout the past decade, elder abuse, neglect, and scams have triggered national attention and the need for greater legal action and protection from Congress.

But what exactly is the concept of elder justice, and what is Congress doing about it? We’re discussing all of this below.

What is Elder Justice?

Elder justice is a holistic approach to the prevention and handling of elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and maltreatment of older adults. Each of these are issues that continue to grow; more and more seniors are targeted every year, and therefore, the demand for justice for elders is also growing. One response for elder justice included the establishment of the Elder Justice Coalition to create public awareness, influence legislation for elder justice, and build support for the Elder Justice Act.

What’s Happening in Congress?

Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act – This act, alongside the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act would take critical steps towards decreasing scams against seniors through educational material, training programs, and data collection. Both of these acts have been recently introduced to the Senate.

Stop Senior Scams Act – Similarly, this bipartisan bill that was recently passed in the Senate is aimed to prevent senior scams through the establishment of an advisory board. The board would be tasked with providing education about elder financial exploitation to retail and financial employees. The bill is now up for consideration by the House.

Senior Abuse Training and Offense Protection (STOP) Act – The STOP Act would increase efforts and activities to identify, prevent, and eliminate elder abuse through a grant program awarded by the Department of Justice. The bill is currently pending in the House.

Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act – This act is now being considered by the House and would authorize $500 million to allow states to create “strike teams.” These teams would assist nursing homes and provide incentives for the facilities to develop specialized COVID-19 units.

Please feel free to reach out to our Home Care Assistance experts for more information on elder abuse and how you can best protect your senior.