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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.

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How to Help Your Senior Manage Their Allergies This Season

Summer is officially here, and you know what that means… Pollen is outside in full force! This is the time of the year when those who have allergies are often suffering and trying to find relief. If your senior is one of those people, we know the struggle. That’s why we’re discussing several options to help minimize your senior’s allergies this season! Let’s take a look at some of our favorite tips and tricks below.

Go to the Drugstore

Allergy symptoms can typically be relieved or cleared with a simple OTC medication you can find in a drugstore. If your senior has a stuffy nose, they could try a decongestant. Or, if they’re sneezing, sniffling, or have a scratchy throat, they can try an antihistamine instead. Be sure to check with their doctor or caregiver first to make sure these OTC medications are okay for them to take.

Bonus Tip: Saltwater can be helpful if your senior prefers not to take an OTC medication! Allergens can be cleared out from the nasal membranes with a saline rinse. If your senior’s throat is bothering them, they can even try to gargle a bit of saltwater for relief!

Stay In and Keep Windows Closed

Seniors who typically head outdoors for a daily stroll or exercise should instead be encouraged to try an indoor workout. The same is try for seniors who like to keep the windows open for fresh air. During this season, it’s better to keep the windows closed to minimize allergies. Have your senior check the pollen counts each morning so they know when they should completely avoid the outdoors.

Wear a Mask Outside

If your senior has to go outside for chores or to run errands or to take a walk, encourage them to wear an N95 ask if the pollen count is high. An N95 mask will help to reduce their exposure to pollen particles by up to 95%!

Determine if It’s Really Allergies

Finally, you’ll want to be sure that your senior is in fact suffering from allergies and not something else. During the COVID-19 pandemic, no symptom should be discredited. Call your senior’s doctor if they’re experiencing an of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, fever or chills, a cough, fatigue, body ache, headache, loss of smell or taste, sore throat or congestion, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

For further guidance to help manage your senior loved one’s allergies, please feel free to reach out and contact our experts here at Home Care Assistance! We are here and ready to help.

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Why Older Adults are Higher Risk from Coronavirus

We have learned quite a bit about how Coronavirus affects us as the pandemic continues on, and who is most at-risk of catching the illness. Older adults are unfortunately categorized as a group that is more at-risk than younger people, for several reasons. But what exactly makes seniors more susceptible to the virus? We’re discussing that below along with what they can do to keep themselves safe.

Why Are Older Adults More at Risk?

Senior citizens are in fact twice as likely to contract Coronavirus, so it’s especially important they remain safe. As we age, our immune systems grow weaker and begin to deteriorate. The weaker an immune system is, the less it can fight off any infections or diseases like it used to. The safe is true for recover and repair – if a senior catches Coronavirus, they may not be able to recover as well as someone younger. Lungs also begin to lose elasticity and resiliency as a result of aging, and seniors can become particularly at-risk of suffering form inadequate respiratory function. Coronavirus is now well known for making breathing more difficult.

How Can Older Adults Protect Themselves?

Limit Visitations

How often do you visit with your senior loved one? If you visit more than once a week, we, unfortunately, recommend that you scale back on your visitations. Instead, try to limit your visits to only once a week, and when you can, use video calls or phone calls instead. They’re the next best thing if you cannot physically be with your senior! Limitations should also include trips to doctors’ offices. Unless it is absolutely medically necessary, your senior should reschedule their appointments. If you are unsure if they should be seen, just give their doctor a call.

Follow Guidelines

Listen to the experts and follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) protocols. The CDC advises frequent handwashing, which involves rubbing the hands together vigorously with an alcohol-based soap for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, seniors should consistently use disinfectants on countertops and doorknobs – frequently touched surfaces. If your senior needs to head out in public places or is visiting with family, the CDC encourages everyone to wear a mask.

Have Supplies

The last thing you want to happen while your senior is quarantining at home is for them to run out of supplies! You should make sure they are stocked on household necessities, like soap, disinfectants, and toilet paper. This should also include a plentiful stock of any of their regular medications and food for meal preparation. Be sure to check in often to help them replenish their supplies if they are getting low!

For further advice and information to keep your older adult safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact our experts at Home Care Assistance and schedule your consultation.