Families who elect hospice for end-of-life care receive extra support at home.
Hospice is a frequently misunderstood model of care and is sometimes regarded with suspicion. Despite the misconceptions, hospice remains a valuable part of healthcare for millions. End-of life care is provided by hospice professionals: physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, nursing assistants, and volunteers.
What is the definition of hospice?
Hospice is specialized care for people diagnosed with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of less than 6 months. The most common diagnoses for people on hospice are dementia, cancer, stroke, and heart or lung disease. Approximately 1.6 million Americans are receiving hospice services at any given time. Some people are discharged from hospice after their conditions improve. Services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid and more people are electing to receive in-home end-of-life (EOL) care than ever.
Hospice vs palliative care
Palliative care is a model that can help patients understand their choices for medical treatment. Patients continue treatments like chemotherapy and radiation or choose to receive other medical procedures that may increase their chances of survival. Hospice care focuses on comfort once the person decides they no longer wish to continue curative treatment.
A good end of life experience
Hospice’s priority is alleviating distressing symptoms as the patient approaches the end of the life cycle. Contrary to the beliefs of some, hospice doesn’t hasten the process of death; in truth, hospice care includes palliative care to relieve symptoms and give social, emotional, and spiritual support.
Comfort measures typically include medicines like morphine to ease pain and promote unlabored breathing, lorazepam for anxiety, sometimes haloperidol for patients experiencing distressing hallucinations and fearfulness, supplemental oxygen, and bowel management medications. All of these symptoms are typical at EOL. Occasionally IV fluids are administered; however, fluids typically put more strain, and therefore more discomfort, on the body as systems start to fail, as do invasive feeding tubes.
Comfort care includes personal assistance with hygiene, wound care, help with feeding, skilled therapies as indicated, and respite care for families. Visits from social workers and clergy help families and patients work through their fears and concerns as death approaches. Volunteers come for friendly visits. Nursing assistants or home health aides help with personal care needs.
Hospice care process
When the topic of hospice and EOL care comes up, it is a moment of trepidation. Many thoughts and feelings go through the minds of the client and their loved ones; oftentimes the first realization is that the client’s final moments are approaching. Although different cultures and spiritual philosophies view death in various ways, facing the unknown can be downright frightening.
While the person’s PCP may initiate a frank discussion, patients and families make the final decision to commence hospice care; they decide that medical treatments create more suffering by prolonging death. The PCP makes a referral to hospice, whose medical director will certify that the patient’s condition is terminal, with six months or less to live. The medical director makes further certifications every six months as needed. A registered nurse will assess the patient’s individual needs, develop a care plan and coordinate services. The patient and family can choose the services they feel are most important, or decline those that they aren’t interested in; for example, forgoing a chaplain in favor of their personal spiritual advisor. If the family or patient elects to discontinue hospice for any reason, the patient is discharged.
Perfect Care Match provides in-home hospice support
PCMatch works alongside hospice agencies to ensure the client and family are totally supported all the way through the EOL process. We continue our important work in the client’s home to ensure quality of life and comfort by anticipating and meeting the needs of those for whom we are caring. PCMatch is here for you.
Medication management is critical for staying healthy and independent
Medication use by older adults is at an all-time high. While people might need different medications for a wide range of diseases and conditions, it’s important to be a mindful advocate for your loved ones. Here’s what you need to know about how to manage medication for elderly people and caregiver medication administration.
So many pill bottles…
According to Current Clinical Pharmacology, “Prescription drug use by older adults can often result in adverse drug events that contribute to hospitalization, increased duration of illness, nursing home placement, falls, and fractures. Older adults are more likely to use medications long term, increasing their risk of physical and mental harm.”
How does Perfect Care Match help seniors manage medications?
Our experienced nursing staff monitors not only the client’s overall health and safety, but also manages and oversees medications; they teach clients and families how to manage medication for elderly loved ones. Clients receive medication reminders and oversight from our in-home caregiver staff. With a wealth of knowledge and resources, Perfect Care Match’s dedicated careers assist seniors in maintaining their health with an appropriate, informed medication regimen.
Two areas of high concern regarding polypharmacy, or long-term use of 5 or more medicines, are potentially harmful drug-disease interactions and the use of high-risk medications in older adults. Sometimes the side-effects outweigh the benefit of the drug. Elders experience diminished quality of life as well as loss of independence if medicines aren’t taken properly or if they cause debilitating side effects. The American Geriatric Society uses a tool called the Beers criteria to evaluate polypharmacy risk factors. Furthermore, it should be noted that older adults who consume alcohol experience more serious problems when they take medications, even as prescribed. It is crucial that the prescriber be advised of any and all alcohol consumption.
There are 5 classes of drugs, and at least 34 specific drugs, best avoided by the elderly population:
Successful self-administration requires both cognition and physical ability
Seniors and their family caregivers are often able to manage medications independently after being educated about the subject. Knowing what each medicine is called and what it treats is difficult; writing everything down is perfectly acceptable. Perfect Care Match's nurses teach medicine management, such as how to set-up meds for the week or using alarms as a reminder. Sometimes clients become too confused and forget to take them; or alternatively, take more than prescribed, forgetting that they already took them. Poor judgment and apathy related to a mental health issue or dementia reduce the likelihood of medication adherence. Many are unable to access the meds due to packaging. Decreased dexterity and poor eyesight make tasks like drawing up and administering insulin a very challenging task. When someone’s physical or cognitive abilities are impaired, there is serious potential for harm when self-managing medications.
Look to the Pharmacist
Pharmacies have really been stepping up their games for patients, The pandemic brought much-needed and improved home delivery. Pharmacists can recommend tips and tools for effective med management, then send it along with the delivery driver. Speaking of pharmacies, stick to only one; the reason for this is to have one single medication profile, all in one place. Sometimes that’s not an option: for example, if the person needs compounding services or specialized therapeutics received directly from the manufacturer. If this is the case, all pharmacies and prescribers should receive regularly updated med profiles.
Managing medications in the home can be easily managed or can be a complex an difficult task.
If you or your loved one needs help to organize, understand, and streamline the medication process, Perfect Care Match is here to provide in-home medical and personal care, and we’re just a phone call away at: (774) 309-3021.
Professional Care Match helps families with home-based care services for seniors
Search no more! Professional Care Match is your source for dedicated in-home caregivers. PCM specializes in all levels of in-home care for seniors who wish to remain at home. For personal care support, a PCA might be just what you need.
Live your best life, in your own home
In the US, the number of seniors who suffer from dementia continues to climb. Unfortunately, despite having relatively stable physical health, those with dementia have difficulty performing everyday activities due to cognitive impairments.
The CDC estimates that there are 5.8 million people in the United States with dementia. Women live longer than men and are at increased risk for dementia, as are people of color.
Many seniors who are cognitively intact still need help with daily activities and personal care tasks, making in-home help a blessing for seniors with physical limitations. Personal care attendants and homemakers make independence possible for so many seniors who look forward to aging in place.
When elders don’t receive non-medical help early on, they often end up in the hospital for problems that could have been avoided. Inpatient medical care is very difficult to bounce back from when the elderly patient has dementia or is recovering from illness or injury.
According to a 2018 study, “Older people with a dementia diagnosis were at higher risk from death in hospital, nursing home admission, long lengths of stay, as well as intermediate outcomes such as delirium, falls, dehydration, reduction in nutritional status, decline in physical and cognitive function, and new infections in hospital.”
The key to preventing avoidable hospitalizations is ensuring that older adults receive the help they need to perform daily personal care. Strict attention to hygiene prevents numerous conditions that, left unaddressed, usually result in hospitalization, such as infections and bedsores.
Non-medical help in your home
Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are incurable. People suffering with cognitive decline become dependent on others to ensure their needs are met. Without someone to regularly help them with activities of daily living, there is a high potential for illness or injury.
While they do not perform typical Home Health Aide duties, homemakers and home care attendants are still an invaluable resource for families and for their loved ones who wish to remain in their homes. Family caregivers become exhausted as they try to meet the demands of caring for their own families while also trying to keep their loved one safe and tended to.
Home care keeps older adults in their comfort zone. When your loved one needs assistance with activities of daily living and other everyday tasks, Professional Care Match is here to help! Extra help in the home is a big relief for adult children who have been ministering for their parents; some families have more than one elderly parent in need of attention.
Daily assistance allows personal care attendants to inspect and report skin injuries and other potentially life-threatening problems. Although PCAs aren’t trained clinicians, PCM’s nursing team is always available to investigate reports of possible problems.
What does the PCA do?
PCAs assist with bathing, dressing, incontinence care, and mobility support. Furthermore, their presence in the home promotes safety. In 2019 the US saw 34,000 falls resulting in death. Hospitalizations due to injurious falls cost $50 billion per year, 75% of which is paid by taxpayer-funded Medicare/Medicaid. In 2018 more than 32,000 seniors died from falling.
The second most common cause of hospitalizations in the elderly is urinary tract infections; these are often serious enough to cause complications including death if left untreated. Incontinence and urinary retention are the most common causes of UTIs. PCAs play an important role in ensuring adequate hydration and good hygiene, lessening the likelihood of UTIs and associated complications.
Seniors often experience weight loss, particularly for those who are unable to shop, prepare food, or feed themselves. Nutrition plays a critical role in the health and well-being of our elders. PCAs and homemakers assume responsibility for providing meals and fluids. They do grocery shopping and prepare meals. They do light housekeeping, laundry, and other household tasks that keep older adults safely in their homes.
Having a companion to talk to and socialize with is a crucial factor for stability in older adults. Nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. Loneliness has been linked to numerous risks including depression and suicide, dementia, anxiety, heart failure, and stroke. Regular companionship promotes wellness and cognitive engagement. The familiarity and comfort of home lessens distress for elders with cognitive and mobility problems.
Professional Care Match welcomes the opportunity to serve you and your family. Whether your loved one requires round-the-clock care and supervision, or just a few visits per week, we are here to help!
Sometimes the diagnosis is less important than managing symptoms
Cognitive decline isn’t a normal part of aging but it is a normal symptom of dementia. 60-80% of cases are caused by Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), making it the most common form of dementia. These changes affect the person’s ability to think and remember. Home care eases the burden for the client and their family.
Alzheimer’s Disease vs. Dementia
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life.” It’s irreversible and the patient loses the ability to carry out familiar tasks like self-care. Attentive assistance is the key to remaining at home.
One type of dementia is AD, a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. These people undergo a progressive loss of function.
How is Alzheimer’s different from other types of dementia?
Generally, dementia has many causes, Symptoms depend on the area of the brain that’s been affected. For example, Frontotemporal Dementia affects the part of brain responsible for personality, judgment, and behavior; FTD patients have an earlier change in these areas than those with AD. AD’s early symptoms include memory loss, and problems with communication and language.
AD affects the whole brain due to widespread build-up of protein fragments. This debris creates plaques causing nerve structures in the brain to become tangles. Simply put, brain cells start to die. AD is fatal and many patients receive end-of-life care.
Researchers believe that AD begins years, possibly decades, before there are any obvious signs. Insidious is the best word to describe the progress of AD: one day it’s a mild cognitive impairment, and the following day seemingly brings a person whom the family barely recognizes. People who see the patient infrequently may notice changes before a constant companion does. While uncommon, some people experience early-onset dementia, including AD.
Home care for Alzheimer's Disease
Remaining at home ensures loved ones can live comfortably and with the least amount of confusion and distress. Familiarity brings comfort for people whose memory is failing. Despite the devastating losses associated with AD, there is still a piece of the person that understands home and the way it looks, feels, and smells.
Transferring to a care facility is extremely disruptive to the AD patient and usually results in escalation of behaviors like exit-seeking, agitation, sleep disturbances, anxiety, weight-loss, and aggression. Patients often need (more) medication to manage mood and behavior after admitting to a facility. Facilities aren’t usually staffed well enough to provide consistent one-to-one care for each and every resident.
Home care is the optimal setting in which to manage the many challenges of dementia; Professional Care Match is dedicated to helping our clients age in place, in the comfort of home.
Managing dementia in the home
Perfect Care Match brings professional care to the home, where the client thrives in familiarity and comfort. We employ a holistic approach to caring for patients suffering from AD or other dementias.
Our highly-trained and vetted caregivers ensure clients remain comfortable, well-nourished and hydrated, clean, and safe. Receiving care at home minimizes the stress of unfamiliar and unpredictable environments that cause distress for people who are already enduring confusion, fear, or agitation due to this brain disease. A consistent, familiar, experienced career in the home lessens the burden of the disease for both the patient and their loved ones.
Loved ones separated by distance need not worry about the older adult who vaguely states “everything’s fine…” when they call. In-home care for Dementia or Alzheimer's gives families peace of mind: they know that their parent is eating adequately, maintaining hygiene, taking medications, and has companionship and supervision.
Perfect Care Match delivers dedicated care teams
Perfect Care Match pairs professionals with families who need them. Our dependable care providers work as a team, minimizing traffic in the client’s home. Personalized caregiving is one of our many offerings and we strive to preserve lifestyle preferences and dignity.
With a variety of home care options available, how does the consumer know which carer is the best fit for themselves or their loved ones? Personal Care Match aligns your needs with the best-qualified staff.
Perfect Care Match helps people stay at home
With decades’ worth of experience in elder care, we take our role as providers very seriously. We carefully assist you with ascertaining the level of care your loved one needs; clients have the opportunity to choose who they would like to welcome into their homes. Aging in place is the preferred arrangement for the majority of older adults. We strive to keep you or your family member safe and healthy as they remain in their own environment, surrounded by the familiar things in their life.
The Role of the Caregiver
A caregiver is often a spouse or child who may or may not receive payment for their work; some states administer programs that provide financial compensation for family caregivers. There are no certification or licensing requirements for someone who takes care of their parent or child; it’s strictly on-the-job training.
Most will agree they have had on-the-spot training, as well. As family caregivers learn to assist the person with everyday tasks, they often pick up simple medical skills along the way. They learn to administer medicine, manage oxygen, take vital signs, and change simple dressings. In addition, they are responsible for the day to day housekeeping.
On top of that, they are helping another person do the things they are unable to do for themselves: bathing, dressing, using the toilet or providing incontinence care, and moving about their environment. They shop for food and prepare meals; sometimes they must feed their loved one. They are also responsible for legal and financial matters, home maintenance, and errands.
A care provider is a professional caregiver, and is typically employed by a third party such as an agency. States determine certification and licensing requirements for these positions, as qualifications for these roles vary by state and they use a variety of job titles for these paraprofessionals, with each having its own specific set of associated skills.
What’s the difference between home care providers?
The educational requirements for types of home care providers vary by state; however federal guidelines apply to home care agencies who accept Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement. States require background checks, but there is no nationwide standard for training or clinical experience, outside of the mandatory CPR training received by all home care workers.
Home Health Aide
Home Health Aides, or HHAs help their clients with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and hygiene tasks. HHAs also serve as companions and they assist clients with IADLs (Instrumental ADLs) such as paying bills, and assisting the client with attending appointments, housekeeping, and shopping. They may provide reminders to take medications.
CNAs, or Certified Nursing Assistants have received clinical training from a nurse educator. They are qualified to perform basic medical tasks, like vitals or dry dressing changes, and ensure medications are taken. They assist with ADLs and meals.
A homemaker manages everyday household tasks without formal training, and involves laundry, tidying up, shopping, meal preparation, and running errands for people who are homebound.
Why choose Perfect Care Match?
Professional Care Match’s fully trained and rigorously vetted care providers are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of you or your loved one. We bring together Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides with clients who need help staying in their homes.
Holistic senior care is much more than what most people think it is
While holistic senior care incorporates alternative or complementary treatments, it is administered by qualified medical practitioners like MDs, integrative physicians, nurse practitioners, and DOs.
What comes to mind when you think about wellness? Most often wellness is associated with the absence of disease. However, humans have needs beyond the physical that require care and attention: emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual wellness are integral to wellbeing. Incorporating care for every facet of human needs is vital for overall health and fulfillment in life.
As a model of care, according to the National Institutes of Health, holistic care “...refers to the provision of care to patients …based on a mutual understanding of their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions.”
Holistic senior care is much more than management of disease and illness; as an approach to health care that supports the whole person, it seeks to achieve wellness through balance.
Misconceptions about holistic care
A commonly held belief is that “complementary” or “alternative” therapies replace sound medical knowledge and science, but nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s look at pain control as an example:
How do you typically manage pain? Do you use traditional medical methods like medications? Do rest or ice or heat normally help relieve pain? Physicians routinely order these treatments. Think of holistic care as a non-drug add-on to common pain management methods. In addition to medications or rest, pain control can be addressed with methods such as massage, acupressure, spiritual practice, exercise, nutrition, and others. Treating the whole of the person in pain can relieve the severity of symptoms in a way that traditional methods alone don’t.
Perfect Care Match believes in the power of holistic care
Rest assured that when you choose PCM as your home care provider, your care plan will be developed with your specific needs in mind. Our focus is assisting our clients in living their best lives, however they may envision it.
Our team understands that our home care clients experience numerous challenges to wellness, and not necessarily medical conditions. Being homebound for any reason, for any length of time, contributes to a decline in cognition for older adults. Mental health suffers, as does nutrition and the ability to exercise, even if the client has limited mobility. Isolation and loneliness are very common for folks who are homebound with few opportunities for recreation or interaction with others. Without intervention, a lack of holistic support will ultimately lead to a decline in physical health.
Alternative treatments, that is, treatments that do not involve the use of medications, can be a powerful adjunct to any traditional medical practitioner’s treatment plan. However, many advocates of the holistic care model are physicians or other qualified, licensed medical practitioners. Do you believe in the power of prayer, or visualization, or aromatherapy, or yoga? These are all recognized forms of alternative treatment.
Professional Care Match recognizes that there are no “one size fits all” approaches to home care, just like commonly used medical treatments for cancer or dementia are tailored to each patient. Our clinicians work to develop treatment approaches based on the client’s activity tolerance, cognitive status, food preferences and customs, spiritual traditions, and personal interests. We recognize and respect the cultural differences that inform how care is provided.
How does the holistic model help home care clients?
There is immense power in the simple act of touching someone: a hand or scalp massage or a light back rub can be very soothing. Sharing a conversation and a cup of tea can be restorative to the spirit. Guided imagery can improve mood and relieve discomfort. Chair yoga or light exercise keeps muscles active. Time spent outdoors is therapeutic. Religious practices and spirituality help to focus and center the client, particularly in times of stress. A favorite food can bring tremendous comfort for someone who is having trouble eating. Working on a jigsaw puzzle, reading, playing cards, and doing crosswords help to maintain mental acuity. PCM uses countless approaches to enrich the lives of you or your loved one.
Whatever your needs are, Personal Care Match is here for you.
The best option - aging in place
Being responsible for a loved one who has dementia is challenging and emotionally devastating. In-home services for seniors eases the burden and gives the family peace of mind.
Aging in place is often the best option when caring for an older adult with dementia. Familial caregivers are often unfamiliar with the stages of dementia and the best methods for dealing with dementia patients. With Professional Care Match, families are assured that their loved one is receiving care without the demands and distractions of facility-based care.
In-home care vs long term care
In-home care for seniors is preferable to long-term care since the pandemic has had such a tremendous effect on this vulnerable population. Families have discovered that in-home care is a better value than facility-based care. Staff shortages at facilities have had a negative effect on the well-being of patients, leaving their loved ones concerned that the patient isn’t receiving adequate care.
Professional Care Match is here for you and your loved one
Professional Care Match provides experienced in-home care staff for seniors. Our team employs best practices for the challenges of care and behavior management.
What is dementia?
Dementia is the term clinicians use to describe a group of symptoms that cause cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is most common. Other types are Lewy Body (LBD), Frontotemporal (FTD), Vascular, and Korsakoff Syndrome. Dementia is a feature of other diseases, as well, like Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease.
Stages of dementia
Early stages of dementia are difficult to pinpoint; the person may be a bit forgetful or have problems with word-finding. As the disease progresses the signs become more obvious. Families find comfort in knowing the patient has 24-hour supervision at home.
Loss of judgment, distorted perceptions, inability to plan, learn new things, or remember familiar people are signs of cognitive decline. More alarming are personality changes such as new or increased depression, paranoia, agitation, combativeness, wandering, and sleep disturbances. In later stages the person can no longer perform self-care tasks or communicate needs; the end stages of this disease are harder for the family than the patient.
Cognitive decline isn’t part of the normal aging process. Being forgetful or pleasantly confused is not an indicator of dementia without the other hallmark symptoms.
Neuropsychiatric clinicians use a method called differential diagnosis to determine the type of dementia. Patients are diagnosed based on age of onset and the presence or absence of symptoms. Dementia is a terminal illness regardless of the type; the constellation of symptoms that patients exhibit generally follow the same course.
How can we care for our loved ones at home?
While family members may be able to provide support to remain at home, it’s a heavy burden. Being the caregiver for a declining parent or spouse is often a full-time job.
The stage of the disease. When the person has become incapable of managing their daily lives and self-care, intervention is required to maintain health and safety. Home care professionals ensure the person receives nutrition, hygiene, medical management, safety, and companionship. They are experienced and trained to manage the behaviors that inevitably arise with the progression of the disease. In-home companions provide a social and personal connection; the carer can also monitor for changes and report concerns back to the care team.
Self-care and safety concerns
As the disease progresses, the person begins having problems with self-care and managing their daily lives:
The person with dementia exhibits behaviors like wandering, disrobing, sleep disturbances, mood changes, or agitation. Unfortunately, this is the disease. Remember that the person isn’t making a conscious choice to ”misbehave” or lash out at loved ones. The person may become fearful and paranoid, experiencing hallucinations or delusions. They may have repetitive behaviors like lip-smacking or hand-wringing. Sundowning is the term used for late afternoon escalations in confusion and challenging behaviors.
While the person can’t change their behavior, the caregiver can assist in deescalating the situation. The person is often triggered by factors that can be mitigated.
In-home dementia care might be the best choice you make for your loved one. Professional Care Match will help you help your loved one.
Assisted Live-in Caregivers help older adults stay healthy and safe at home
Curtailing the amount of traffic in our clients’ homes is prudent during these challenging times. Older adults and those living with a disability are at higher risk for COVID; they fare much better at home than in an assisted-living facility or nursing home (also known as a skilled nursing facility). A limited number of visitors to the home means fewer opportunities for possibly life-threatening infections.
How Do I Find Assisted Live-in Care?
When you have decided that a live-in caregiver is your best support option, you’ll find that locating the right person can be a grueling process. At Professional Care Match we have the experience to help you find the perfect candidate to whom you can entrust your loved one. Our experienced professionals have been thoroughly vetted and trained to assist people in their homes; our services reduce the burden to families and give them peace of mind.
In-home Care Services For Vulnerable People
At Professional Care Match, we rigorously prepare our in-home staff to use preventative measures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 or other infections, and are mindful of the many lingering health problems that could accompany such an infection if the person survives the ordeal.
Assisted Live-in Care
Only Professional Care Match offers assisted live-in care services to clients and families. We ensure our clients receive everything they need to allow them to remain at home for as long as possible. We serve people from all backgrounds: seniors, people with disabilities, and people who are most at risk for infection and injury. There are innumerable benefits to such an arrangement.
What Is Aging In Place?
Remaining at home as one ages is an attractive concept for 9 out of ten people. Regardless of age, economic status, or level of ability, there are many benefits to aging in place. The familiarity and comfort of home reduces the stress on our clients’ wellbeing and allows them to enjoy their lives. Remaining within their familiar community means less distress and confusion, particularly for those with cognitive deficits. We can all agree that when mom is happy, everyone is happy!
Assisted Live-in Care Curtails COVID Infections
Keeping our clients safe and healthy at home is our objective. Access to a reliable helper who cares for only the person with whom they live is an extraordinary opportunity for our clientele. Keeping a “closed-loop” of contacts is proven to be an effective measure to combat coronavirus infections and possible long-term complications. When caregivers have only one client, there is less concern of infection being brought from one home to another.
What Does An Assisted Live-in Caregiver do?
For clients requiring modest assistance, the live-in caregiver remains available as the person manages daily life. They offer direction or supervision with most day to day house tasks. Live-in caregivers look after clients who are debilitated or have pain, reducing the risk of serious events like a fall or cooking accident. Consistency of care means the helper knows their baseline and notice acute changes; observe and report signs of illness, like weight loss or wounds; and maintain clear communication with the family and the medical team.
Greater Comfort At Home
For clients with cognitive impairments, an in-home assistant can help diminish the common experiences of fear and distress that accompany progressive diseases, like dementia. In familiar surroundings, the cognitively declining person escapes the disquietude of transferring to a care facility. Transitioning to a nursing home is emotionally exhausting for everyone involved. The person needing care is not only in an unfamiliar physical space, the other senses are assailed as well, leading to greater anxiety. The sights and feel of home, the way it smells and sounds, brings comfort and security.
Quality Of Life
Quality of life is important, but arguably it’s most needed as we approach our sunset years. Older adults grieve the loss of their independence or health; their friends and family. With diminished opportunities for entertainment and enrichment, having a consistent caring companion in the comfort of home helps enrich your loved one's quality of life.
Solutions for homecare: What does a professional caregiver do for clients?
Many families opt for in-home caregivers to either live-in or visit, and provide professional services for a loved one whom they wish to remain at home. What are the qualities of a professional caregiver? Who becomes a professional caregiver?
A caring profession
Professional caregivers come from all walks of life. They have varied educational, social, and economic backgrounds. Some caregivers are new to the field, while others are retired and looking for a meaningful way to spend their free time. Some are introduced to the field while caring for a friend or family member in their home. Nurses who work in home health care are often seasoned veterans who prefer the personal relationship; as they approach retirement age they want to leave the grueling hospital environment. The common thread is that all caregivers work in a helping profession.
An in-home caregiver provides the same services as facility-based caregivers. The home care client may need various levels of care at different times. Bathing, dressing, grooming, and using the bathroom are some tasks the home care professional can help with; the in-home helper also provides companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders; and sometimes errands, transportation, or laundry and light housekeeping. Oftentimes, it’s the professional caregiver who notices changes in the client. The relationship between the home care team, the client, and sometimes the family, is more personal. Preferences are anticipated, wishes are honored. Home care professionals have ample time to get to know the person they are caring for, one on one.
What are the qualities of a professional caregiver?
Home care requires many skills that most people already possess: for example, companionship and conversation, errands and chores, laundry and housekeeping, kindness and respect, and keeping appointments. However, professionals receive additional training specific to the population they serve. Older adults have commonalities: they need safety and cleanliness, perhaps reminders to take medications, and health and behavioral monitoring. Caregivers should be trained for dealing with emergencies; they should know how to perform CPR and be able to provide basic first aid. A non-clinical caregiver is the eyes and ears of the clinical team. They observe, document, and report changes in the client’s status, including changes in mental or physical health, appetite, functional ability, injuries, and improvements, for example. Every day is different, and your care professional must be ready to address whatever issues that arise.
Family members who live far away from their loved ones often call periodically. The parent will usually say everything’s fine, no problems, everything’s great, or something similar. Too often that is not the case. Without being able to lay eyes on the situation, we don’t know if mom’s really okay; the truth is, mom doesn’t want to worry you, or perhaps she isn’t aware that things are going downhill. Families may not be aware of the situation until they get a call from a hospital or nursing home. Home care offers benefits that will ease families’ minds
Find a trustworthy in-home caregiver agency
In-home help is needed, whether or not families can manage caring for loved ones. Perhaps they need respite so they can care for themselves. Maybe they need someone to come help their parents a few days a week, or only at night. Every family’s needs are different.
Our staff cares for your loved ones and we handle everything that comes with being an employer: background checks, payroll taxes, training, compliance, and certification. When it’s time to find a reliable and professional caregiver agency, Professional Care Match is here for you.
While they sound the same, there is a distinct difference between home health care and in-home care ( or home care). Both are professional services that support persons in their home, but home health care includes a nurse on the care team.
Value-based In Home Care Services
Aging in place is much less expensive than facility-based care. Home care allows clients to stay in their homes and receive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, eating, and elimination needs.
The people who need in-home care are not only elderly people; younger people also wish to remain in their homes but need extra help because of medical set-backs, chronic health problems, or are living with a disability.
The familiarity of one’s home is comforting and calming to a person who is ill or confused. A change in environment triggers confusion and panic, potentially leading to safety concerns or worsening health.
As family members care for their loved ones they are also trying to live their own lives: work, children, and perhaps most importantly, taking care of themselves. Having a dependable resource to ease the burden is crucial to family caregivers who may be getting burned out. Professional Care Match provides qualified and highly-trained caregiver staff who have been thoroughly vetted during the hiring process.
Who Qualifies For Home Health Care Services?
Home health care service requires a physician order to be covered by insurance, usually Medicare. The home health team includes a nurse; depending on the client’s needs, there may be a rehab team to help improve the person’s mobility or ADLs.
Home nursing care includes wound care, injections and IV medication administration, medication management, and other medical monitoring.
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) may work with the nurse and visit the home to assist with ADLs. The frequency of CNA visits depends on the nurse’s individualized assessment; sometimes three weekly visits are enough. Sometimes two daily visits are needed. All care is coordinated by Professional Care Match.
When Does Home Health Care Stop?
If insurance is paying for services, the usual cut-off point is when the client returns to baseline functioning, or is evaluated as having reached a plateau in improvement.
You Deserve “Above and Beyond”
Home care teams often become a part of the client’s extended family; they celebrate holidays and witness important events in the person’s life. They share in the sorrows the client may experience. Empathy, support, and consistency are the hallmarks of a good caregiver.
The demand for home care has increased 44% in the last 5 years. Professional Care Match is here for you and prepared to assist you or your loved one with nursing services or extra help when you need it most. We offer care for short periods or 24 hours, as well as live-in help.
How Can We Help?
Professional Care Match does everything so you don’t have to. While a “private duty” nurse or CNA sounds good, hiring a healthcare professional on your own is risky. We manage payroll taxes and insurance coverage, much like a care facility. We also run rigorous background checks and run mandatory training to ensure our staff is safe, qualified, and has up-to-date information that preserves stability and quality of life for the client and family.
Home Health Aides provide non-medical assistance in the home. These trained professionals are qualified to help with managing daily routines. They help the person by preparing meals, running errands, housekeeping, and completing ADLs like bathing and grooming. If non-medical assistance is needed to help your loved one remain independent in their own home, Professional Care Match can provide exactly that.