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How Caregivers Can Make a Difference for Seniors with Mesothelioma

Added on December 19, 2016 by The_Mesothelioma_Center

How Caregivers Can Make a Difference for Seniors with Mesothelioma

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 recommended.

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Live-in Eldercare Agency vs Private Aide

Added on December 16, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Live-in Eldercare Agency vs Private Aide

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.

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Live-in Care vs 24-Hour Care

Added on July 11, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Live-in Care vs 24-Hour Care

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.

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Live-in Care Complements Hospice Care

Added on July 2, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Live-in Care Complements Hospice Care

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. 

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Long Term Care Insurance Pays for Live-in Care

Added on June 29, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Long Term Care Insurance Pays for Live-in Care

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.

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Top Three Reasons You Referred To Life Force

Added on March 22, 2013 by vicky

Top Three Reasons You Referred To Life Force

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.

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Safety Responsibilities of Clients to Home Health Aides

Added on March 15, 2013 by alicia

Safety Responsibilities of Clients to Home Health Aides

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? 

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What Qualities Make a Caregiver Excellent?

Added on February 15, 2013 by alicia

What Qualities Make a Caregiver Excellent?

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. 

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