At Best Home Care, we understand the importance of finding an at home care provider that you can trust. We make it our mission to provide the kind of service that gives you peace of mind that your loved ones are in good hands when you aren’t around. But the process of finding the right caregiver isn’t always a simple one, and if this is your first time looking for a home care provider it can be even more daunting.
Our Home care professionals have compiled some important factors to consider when you meet and interview with potential personal care assistants, home attendants, and home nursing providers:
Experience: It’s important to know that the person you’re entrusting to care for your loved one is someone who has experience in home care. This may include experience with dressing, cooking, bathing, transferring from wheelchairs and administering medication. Experience also comes with knowledge. Having someone close by that is knowledgeable and that you can express concerns with is extremely beneficial to both the person being cared for as well as their family.
Training: What training have they completed? Are they CPR certified? It’s important to think about what is important to you in a PCA. They also may have documents from PCA training and a list of references from other families that they have cared for in the past. Checking out this information may help you decide if they are going to be the right fit.
Availability: As with any job, it is important to discuss hours. Some people may feel more comfortable with overnight in-home care while others may only need someone to check in once a day. These are important things to communicate with your potential caregiver.
For any additional questions you may have about finding the right home care assistance, feel free to contact Best Home Care. We specialize in senior home care services, pediatric home care, behavioral home care, and home care for those living with physical and mental disabilities. Call us at (651) 330-2550 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Best Home Care, we know that art is such an important part of self-expression. Many of us realize this at an early age with finger paints and crayons but as we get older, art still has the ability to help us express ourselves and find peace. For instance, maybe you’ve seen those adult coloring books that help to promote mindfulness and reduce stress? Or those group painting classes that allow students to immerse themselves in creating an image while connecting with others.
Art offers the freedom to create and express, and art therapy is an amazing development in improving the quality of life for seniors. Here are some ways it can enhance the lives of senior home care patients:
Art in any form can be very beneficial to seniors struggling with dementia or memory loss. Studies show that painting and sculpting can help to challenge the brain as well as cognitive functioning.
Art provides a method to communication and expression for those struggling with dementia and may have a hard time expressing their feelings and memories.
Art also helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Activities like painting or even writing can have a very calming effect and promote a more relaxed way of life.
At Best Home Care, we strive to always be aware of new activities and therapies that can improve the quality of life of those we serve. We are a home care agency that specializes in senior home care services, pediatric home care services, behavioral home care services, and at home care for those living with disabilities. We make it easy to provide the best care possible based on individual needs, whether that be 24-hour home care, in-home nursing care, or frequent home health care visits.
As springtime begins, we all enjoy getting back outside to enjoy the warmer weather. But one unfortunate downside of springtime is the many allergens in the air. Here at Best Home Care, we know that these allergens make it an especially challenging time of the year for seniors.
Most antihistamines are not recommended for seniors as they can interfere with other prescription medicines and increase blood pressure, but there are other ways to weaken the effects of seasonal allergies. Here are some tips from Best Home Care on how to make allergy season easier for seniors receiving home healthcare:
Know The Pollen Levels: If there are specific days you plan on being outside, like Memorial Day for instance, check the pollen levels along with the weather report. You can also plan outings when the levels are going to be low, making for a much more enjoyable day.
Wash Away the Allergens: To prevent pollen from spreading inside your house, wash your hands once getting inside and toss your clothes and linens in the dryer rather than hanging them outside. Pollen and other allergens can collect on our clothes and get in the home.
Run The Air Conditioning: Having the windows shut and preventing the wind from blowing in irritants can make a big difference in managing allergy symptoms. This can be tricky for seniors though, who do not get as hot in the summertime. But if allergies are a concern, having the windows closed and the air conditioning on makes for much more comfortable senior homecare experience in the spring and summer months.
For more information on how to make allergy season easier on the seniors in your life or if you have any questions regarding elderly homecare, contact our home health professionals at (651) 330-2550. We can help answer any questions you may have regarding in-home care services, home nursing services, or in-home care costs.
One of the most common questions we receive at Best Home Care is: Can I get paid for taking care of my family member or friend? and the answer is yes! Over the last year and a half, we have created a number of resources, including blogs, web pages, and a white paper, to help PCAs and family caregivers discover their different options for getting paid to provide home care.
In the State of Minnesota, there are a number of options available opportunities to get paid for providing home care for a family member, however it can be difficult to accurately understand the details of each. As a leading Twin Cities home care agency, our team at Best Home Care makes it a priority to educate personal care assistants on the available options and guide them through the process of getting paid to care for a family member.
We are excited to announce the release of a new video that explains these opportunities in an easy to understand and approachable way. The video features Andre Best, owner of Best Home Care, explaining the various options for getting paid to take care of a family member including:
Medicaid’s Cash and Counseling Program: Provides low-income individuals with the freedom to choose their own home attendant.
The Minnesota PCA Program: Individuals may select a caregiver, such as family and friends, to work for them through a PCA agency.
The Veteran’s Administration Caregiver Reimbursement: Provides payment to PCAs providing home care for veterans.
Everyone that has had a friend or family member suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease understands what a tragic and heartbreaking disease it can be. For family caregivers providing Alzheimer’s home care for a loved one, the disease can present challenges that most personal care assistants don’t have to deal with.
In addition to the day-to-day struggles of providing Alzheimer’s home care for a senior, the stigma around the disease can make it difficult to educate your loved one about what they are experiencing. These stigmas often prevent patient from seeking help and can prevent them from living the best quality of life possible.
Those suffering from Alzheimer’s often struggle with stigmas and as a result, do not:
Seek medical treatment for symptoms
Make appropriate plans for the future
Receive a proper diagnosis
Develop a network of for support and guidance
While it can be hard to admit that someone is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, it is imperative to acknowledge this in order for the patient to live the best life possible. PCAs and family caregivers can help those living with Alzheimer’s accept their diagnosis and help them continue to lead great lives by breaking down stigmas around Alzheimer’s. Family caregivers should:
Be Honest: Speak openly with the Alzheimer’s home care patient about the disease and discuss options.
Seek Support: Find groups that offer caregiver support and education for those living with Alzheimer’s and attend regularly with your loved one.
Offer Education: Teach those around you and your loved one about the effects of Alzheimer’s and promote awareness.
Providing Alzheimer’s home care services can be a very difficult task for any home care professional or family caregiver. This task only becomes increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. The team at Best Home Care has helped many personal care assistants find support and guidance while providing in-home supportive services for Alzheimer’s patients. Contact us today to learn more about the opportunities for Alzheimer’s support and education in your community.
Smartphones, TVs, computers, and tablets consumer our daily lives. In fact, Americans spend an average of 10 hours a day staring at a screen. Whether used for work or entertainment, technological devices have quickly become an integral part of our daily lives. Part of the allure of these devices is their ease of use and accessibility to nearly any content the user desires. However, studies have also shown that staring at a backlit screen for long periods of time can have negative effects on brain patterns and strain our eyes.
With all this content at the touch of a finger, it may never occur to a personal care assistant to try reading books with their home care patients. However, studies have consistently shown that daily reading can have great health and mind benefits for all ages. Below are just some of the ways that reading can help those receiving in-home supportive services to live healthier lives:
Reading is Great for the Brain: Adults that spent time reading each day experience a 32% slower rate of cognitive decline. For senior home care patients, reading can help slow the onset or lessen the effects of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Reading Improves Vocabulary: It is estimated that we learn 5-15% of the words we know by reading. For adolescent and children home care patients, reading (or being read to) each day can help them learn in new and engaging ways.
Reading Encourages Imagination: By reading stories, our brain Is forced to imagine the plot lines, locations, and characters. This practice of imagining can greatly benefit adolescent home care patients in social situations as well as in school.
In addition to traditional books, audiobooks are a great option for PCAs and family caregivers providing at-home care for children or those that are seeing impaired.
With the snow melting and the weather warming up, most Minnesotans are putting away their winter clothes and bringing out the short sleeves. For PCAs providing in-home supportive services for seniors, now is the perfect time of year to evaluate your patient’s wardrobe and help them make the best decisions on what to wear this summer. Instead of basing their wardrobe on fashion, personal care assistants and family caregivers should focus on comfort, cleanliness, and accessibility.
There are several factors to consider when purchasing new clothes for seniors this spring:
Comfort: This is especially important for home care patients with sensory issues. Choose soft and loose fabrics that won’t irritate the skin. Rip off the tags to help avoid the annoyance of rubbing. Ensure that clothing is not too tight around the wrists and ankles as this can reduce circulation to extremities
Cleanliness: Many times an Alzheimer’s home care patient will only wear a few select clothing options leading them to get dirty very quickly. Consider buying duplicate options of those clothes so that they will always have clean options to wear.
Accessibility: Seniors suffering from arthritis and other joint problems or disabilities can have a difficult time putting on clothes each day. Easily accessible clothes can help make it easier for them to dress themselves. Button-up or zip-up shirts and pants with elastic waist bands are great options for seniors with these issues.
If a senior has trouble dressing themselves, personal care assistants and family caregivers should provide assistance to ensure the senior’s safety and comfort.
This is the time of year when Minnesotans flock to warmer weather to enjoy a week in the sun known as spring break. This annual migration of the winter weary is observed by millions but for personal care assistants and family caregivers, getting away for a week can be difficult. Home caregivers often find it difficult to take a vacation because they cannot find a substitute PCA to cover for them while they are away or they are nervous about leaving their loved one. As a result, they miss out on the opportunity to recharge on a much needed vacation with family and friends.
Taking time away from providing PCA services is vitally important for every caregiver as it allows them to recharge and re-focus on providing great home health care. It’s a little known fact that there are caregiving resources and tools to help personal care assistants find substitutes when they’re away. Take a moment to learn more about these options below and how they can help you take time for yourself this spring:
On-Demand PCA Services: The new Homecare Timesheets app includes a unique feature that helps connect home care recipients with qualifies personal care assistants. This tool can be used to find short-term home care solutions when a primary PCA or family caregiver is away.
Home Care Agency: Working with a top home care agency connects an individual with a network of qualified PCAs and caregivers. In the event a primary caregiver is away for a short period of time, contacting a home care agency should be the first step. They will work with you to find a qualified short-time substitute caregiver for the time that the primary caregiver will be away.
The home care professionals at Best Home Care are happy to work with PCAs this spring break to take the vacation they deserve. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help and ensure you have a truly relaxing vacation.
Over the last thirty years, the number of people in the United States living ninety years or more has tripled; reaching nearly two-million individuals in 2010. This number is expected to continue to grow in the coming years as the Baby Boomer generation ages well past retirement. This growing population of elderly individuals means an increased demand for senior home care services. Many families are choosing to face this demand head on by caring for their loved ones themselves in lieu of formal at-home care services from a personal care assistant or home care agency.
“Family caregiver” is the most common job title in the home care industry. According to Caregiver.org, 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last twelve months. Whether a child caring for an aging parent or a parent caring for a disabled child, the number of family caregivers is expected to grow in step with the demand for home care services.
While the majority of home care duties will naturally fall on the adult children, many grandchildren are beginning to care for their aging grandparents in different ways. The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is very different than that of their adult children and it’s important for grandchildren to fulfill their role when a grandparent is receiving senior home care services.
Below are some ways that grandchildren can care for their grandparents without actually providing PCA services:
Give them Something to Look Forward to: Grandparents love getting visits from their grandchildren and look forward to spending time with them. For those that have difficulty visiting their grandparents, schedule a future date when you will visit.
A Simple Call: A simple conversation with a grandchild can make a grandparent’s day. If you can’t visit in person, make it a priority to call them at least once a week. Try asking them questions about their past to spur stories.
In 2015, legislation was passed that entitled home care workers to a minimum wage, overtime pay, pay for travel time between clients, and several other labor benefits. At Best Home Care, our team of home care professionals had access to many of these benefits long before this legislation was passed however, many other Minnesota home care agencies were forced to adjust their practices.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune explains that to adhere to these new regulations, home care agencies began capping their employees’ hours in an effort to avoid paying overtime and other benefits. Personal care assistants had no other choice than to either limit the number of hours they provided home care or provide care for free. This led to a situation where the need for in-home supportive services was growing but access to it was decreasing leading to a shortage of home caregivers in many states.
Best Home Care has worked hard to ensure that our employees are able to provide the necessary amount of care for their patients by not capping their hours and offering overtime pay. We are also working to combat the shortage of caregivers in Minnesota and home care fraud with the Homecare Timesheets App. The app is currently available to all our home care employees and is currently being tested in several home care agencies in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota.
Recently, we announced that the app would have a new feature: On-Demand PCA Services. Through the app, users are able to request home care services when their normal PCA or caregiver is unavailable. Likewise, PCAs are able to make themselves available to help fill in these gaps in home care services.
Even though it is still relatively new to the market, we feel that On-Demand PCA Services is a great step towards ending the shortage of caregivers in Minnesota and throughout the country. For more information on the Homecare Timesheets app and to learn how to download the app, please click here.
Message from Andre Best
So how did an attorney who started working for Ford Motor Company in college find himself committed to nurturing a well respected non-medical home care agency 15 years later?