The death of a spouse is an especially hard life event to experience, but this trial poses a special challenge to sufferers of Alzheimer's, who must now live without their primary caregiver and mate. The dementia sufferer will typically express random bouts of confusion mixed with periods of death recall and non-death recall following the death. This further wound already grieving family members who are aching to see their loved one properly grieve the loss of his or her spouse.
However, depending on the severity of the illness, the surviving spouse may not have the sufficient memory bandwidth to process the death.
One of the great joys of growing old is finally having the time to do the things you've always wanted—like growing your very own garden. Gardening encourages spending time with nature, allowing people to be more in touch with natural beauty and realize the benefits of being outdoors. Studies in public health show that people in the U.S. spend up to 90% of their time indoors, which can lead to a sedentary, isolated lifestyle, especially for seniors.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It causes untold emotional pain and difficulty for the loved ones of the five million Americans currently suffering with the disease; but, at present, there is no cure. A recent study on light therapy emerged from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has created promise for a new therapy that might alleviate Alzheimer's suffering.
If you live more than an hour or so away from an elderly loved one but are still responsible for their care, you are technically a long-distance caregiver. Unavoidable life circumstances often prevent us from living as close to our loved ones as we wish we could, but even so, we sometimes still have the responsibility of organizing their caretaking. Lucky for us, modern technology is making long-distance caregiving easier than ever. Here's how you can use apps and services to ensure your loved one is safe and happy from afar.
When you're ready to begin searching for a home, there are certain aspects you should look for as a senior. To avoid making changes after you purchase your home, you can look for one that already has designs that will allow you to age in place. There are also specific financial considerations to make, especially if you're living off of retirement funds or on a fixed income.
The symptoms of mesothelioma may make it impossible for a senior to live independently, but with a dedicated and experienced caregiver, a senior can still enjoy a good quality of life.
Mesothelioma can rapidly take away a senior's ability to
drive and carry out activities of daily living. A caregiver supports the senior
by taking on these tasks and providing emotional support. Because caregiving
for a senior with cancer is extremely demanding for untrained relatives with
their own responsibilities, the services of a live-in caregiver are highly
Life Force has specialized in providing live-in home health aides since 1989. Over the past 27 years we have seen the effects that Alzheimer's disease has had on many of our clients and their supportive family members. We personally have serviced hundreds who have battled Alzheimer's and join in the effort to provide support to combat this detrimental disease. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050.
In response, Life Force has organized a wrap-around fundraising event for the Walk to End Alzheimer's to generate awareness while raising donations for our team goal. The money raised for the walk will empower the Alzheimer's Association to continue to do what it does best: (1) Provide support to victims and to the family members who struggle alongside their loved ones. (2) Support ongoing research to find a cure.
Life Force Senior Care Corporation has chosen the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed) to provide online caregiver training and compliance to all their home health aides.
CHERRY HILL, NJ Life Force Senior Care Corporation has made a commitment to providing the highest quality care to seniors in New Jersey by implementing a certified homemaker home health aide training program developed by the Institute for Professional Care Education. Life Force Senior Care Corporation's aides now have access to IPCed's online caregiver training as well as IPCed's award-winning Medifecta series of DVD-based caregiver training.
The New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative has approved Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly to offer three (3) clinical/social and cultural competence continuing education hours.
The program was developed by Daryoush Ekhterae, PhD. He is a manager at Life Force Eldercare Corporation which seeks to enhance the quality of senior living. Dr. Ekhterae has significant professional experience in training health care providers and caregivers for the elderly. He also lends a unique personal perspective, having dealt with the challenges of caregiving in his own family.
My mother recently called me seeking help with updating her and my father's wills. Of course I agreed and was more than happy to help my parents review their wills. Since I was told that I would eventually become the executor of their estate, planning ahead would benefit both my parents and me.
Most of my experience is in providing live-in care services to the elderly and very little on the side of estate planning. I was very curious to go through the estate planning process myself, so this was the perfect opportunity for that experience.
As my mother and I continued to speak, I asked if she had in addition to the will a power of attorney (POA) and an advance directive, also known as a living will. She was not sure - which I knew most likely meant they did not have all the essential documents necessary. I suggested that the three of us meet with the attorney that originally drafted their will back in the '80s to ensure that we have everything we need. They both agreed.
Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly has provided personalized live-in custodial care to hundreds of seniors since 1989. A live-in home health aide is an alternative to an assisted living or long-term care nursing facility by assisting with activities of daily living right in the comfort of your own home. While conducting the initial assessment of a client's needs and expectations, families naturally ask questions about Life Force's services. One question that sometimes arises is: What is the advantage of working with an agency like Life Force over hiring our own private aide?
When choosing between these two options families normally make a decision based upon price. Hiring a private aide is typically cheaper than working with a licensed agency, but a private caregiver easily becomes more costly in the end.
Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly is participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Philadelphia, PA on November 09, 2014. Take a few moments to visit our website, alz.lifeforceeldercare.com, to learn more about contributing to a great event. There are two ways you can help. You can support our walk by mailing a donation to 1060 N. Kings Highway, Suite 314, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or become a walker and raise money to walk with team Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly.
Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly provides live-in personal senior care. At times families have confused live-in care with 24-hour care. Although there are similarities, there are major differences that should be identified.
Live-in elder care provides ONE home health aide who lives at the home of the client for several days or several weeks at a time. With 24-hour care, there are multiple shifts throughout the day. The most common shifts are either three 8 hour shifts or two 12 hour shifts.
Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly supplements hospice care with live-in personal care. While hospice manages a client's palliative care, our live-in caregiver is ready to assist with the client's activities of daily living (ADLs). Here are some advantages when contemplating live-in custodial care for a loved one utilizing hospice.
Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is a privately owned insurance policy that pays for the cost of live-in custodial care. An individual will pay monthly premiums until there is a need for assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Typically an LTCI policy requires assistance with three or more ADLs for the beneficiary to qualify to receive payments for live-in elder care services.
Make life easier by reviewing the list below. Addressing these items early will reduce much stress and disappointment when submitting a claim with your long term care insurance company.
We asked you, you told us. Here are the answers to the most important question we asked you in our elder care survey.
Over the past 24 months, Life Force, a provider of live-in caregivers for the elderly, conducted a survey across Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The survey was conducted among 322 professionals in the home health care industry, including social workers (37% of sample), registered nurses (23%), administration (10%), volunteer coordinators (10%), directors of services (9%), and others.
This survey asked respondents questions relevant to the home care industry, particularly the live-in personal care industry. The key question in the survey asked what the top three most important considerations are upon referring a client for live-in personal care.
Below is a breakdown of the survey, as well as how Life Force delivers on each count.
Ensuring the safety of a caregiver living in an elderly client's home is one of the most important responsibilities of the client and a foremost priority of our home care agency.
Since most Life Force's caregivers are live-in caregivers for the elderly, the client's home becomes a workplace for the caregiver. These client responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following.
To ensure that home services are provided in a home that is structurally sound. This may sound like a no-brainer, but we have learned never to assume anything. By structurally sound, we mean, for example, that the caregiver should not have to walk up wooden steps where a step is missing; the caregiver should sleep in an area where the roof doesn't leak; and the caregiver should not be subjected to living in an area of the residence that is undergoing major construction. One way for an agency to assess the safety of a client's home is to develop a Home Safety Checklist. An agency representative can bring this checklist to perform a home inspection at the time of the initial meeting with the client. The Home Safety Checklist may include a list of safety issues in the following areas of the residence: exterior; interior (entry and main living area); kitchen; bedroom; bathroom. For example, for the exterior of the home, the checklist might include the following question: Is the porch light working to adequately light the porch and door?
In running a home health care agency specializing in live-in care for the elderly, we have found that finding qualified caregivers is the most critical factor in an agency's success. A criminal background check, face-to-face interview, a high score on a pre-assignment competency test, TB screening, relevant experience, and two references still may not guarantee that the caregiver is uniquely qualified to assist elderly clients with the activities of daily living. Although caregivers may meet every criteria required by the state, there are certain intangibles that make a caregiver excellent, rather than merely good.