Amazing Apps that Benefit Children with Autism

Tech Trends in Home CareOver the past couple weeks at Best Home Care, we have explored some innovative apps that can help make life easier for not just the elderly but their home caregivers and at home nurses. In addition to these helpful apps for seniors in homecare and personal care assistants, we wanted to provide some helpful apps for children in pediatric homecare, specifically children with autism.

 

Approximately one in 68 children in the United States has some form of autism and it seems that there is new information coming out every day on way to help those with this disorder. These smartphone apps are specifically designed to help autistic children with emotional and social development:

 

  • Learn with Rufus uses a character that teaches words regarding emotions, facial expressions, and seeing and recognizing these in others.
  • Model Me Going Places 2 helps children understand appropriate behavior while out in places in the community such as the doctor’s office, grocery store, mall, restaurants and parks.
  • The Social Express is an interactive app that works to address certain situations a child with autism may struggle to comprehend, such as school, being social, and enjoying successes in life. It also encourages social interaction and helps in practicing it!
  • Autism Express helps children to identify emotional and facial expressions in others as well as indentifying and expressing their own!
  • Grace teaches special needs children how to better communicate by building sentences. This mobile app is customizable with specific words and images.

 

Best Home Care is proud to help individuals in the Twin Cities find their ideal home healthcare solution, as well as helping home healthcare aids find patients they can help on their unique schedule. Each day we help people of all ages and care situations find the homecare services they need. Our homecare professionals love to take it one step further and offer all the tips we can for whatever challenges you or your loved one are facing.

 

Visit our website for more information on our home care services, and for any questions, comments or concerns feel free to email us at info@besthomecaremn.com or call us at 651-330-2550.

The Dos and Don’ts of Being a PCA: Do Be Professional

Choosing the Right Home Health Care for Your Family Member

Personal care assistants and family caregivers are lucky to have such a great job! Home care is a very rewarding career that allows an individual to make a valuable difference in the lives of others. Home caregivers play a very important role in those they provide in home supportive services for. While it may be easy to fall into a day-to-day routine, it’s important to always be at the top of your game and remain professional, especially when someone’s health is in the balance.

There is no required level of education needed to provide home health care in the state of Minnesota. In fact, the majority of family caregivers start providing care as an act of love or out of necessity with little to no knowledge or experience in the field. No matter what your level of experience, acting professionally is a critical part of providing the best home care. At times this can be difficult, especially when the patient and home care worker are very close (as in the case of family caregivers).

At Best Home Care, we hold our personal care assistants to the highest standards and expect nothing but complete professionalism everyday. Here is what it means to be a home care professional at our Minneapolis home care agency:

A Home Care Professional Will Always:

  • Treat patients with the utmost respect and dignity
  • Be a trustworthy confidant for their patients
  • Remain honest and ethical while providing home care services or interacting with patients
  • Strive to receive the highest level PCA training and education

Being a professional goes far beyond any specific license or education one can receive. Throughout all their duties, home care professionals must act in the best interest of their client’s health and well-being.

Best Home Care takes pride in our personal care assistants and the reputation we have garnered as a professional home care agency in the Twin Cities. Contact us to talk with a home care professional today!

Tips and Tricks to Stay Organized While Working as a Personal Care Assistant

Tips to keep organized as personal care assistant

As a personal care assistant providing home health services, it’s a safe bet that your life is pretty chaotic. Balancing multiple patients’ medications, daily plans, and personal requirements while trying to keep up with your own life can be exhausting. Without an effective way to stay organized, it’s easy for home health professionals to become overwhelmed by the many demands of their job.

Everybody has their own unique way to organize their life and what works for one personal care attendant may not work for another. The home health specialists at Best Home Care recently put their heads together to come up with some tips and tricks to help those providing in-home supportive services stay organized. Here are the results:

  • Keep a Caregiving Calendar: This is a smart way to keep track of medications, appointments, and many other items. Download a calendar or scheduling app for your smartphone to make it more convenient.
  • Start a Caregiving Journal: Start keeping track of each home care service you provided and take general notes about each patient’s needs each day. This can be very valuable in the event of an emergency or transition to a new caregiver.
  • Be Prepared for an Emergency: Falling? Seizures? Whatever the most likely emergency may be, create a plan of what you will do until medical assistance arrives.
  • Make a List of Necessities: Post a list of everything you need each day on your refrigerator and be sure to double-check it before heading out the door.
  • Create a Patient Folder: Make copies of all medical, insurance, and other important documents for each of your patients. Keep these papers in separate labeled folders where you can easily access them.

Keeping your work and personal life organized is a crucial part of providing quality home care services. Best Home Care is happy to assist by handling the many administration tasks that come with caregiver jobs. Contact us today to see how we can organize your PCA services.

What Can Home Care Do For You? Find Support for Persons with Learning Disorders.

Autism Home Support ServicesAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children was identified with an autism spectrum disorder in 2010. The CDC also reported that 11% of children between the ages of 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. The number of cases of children with learning disabilities like these has risen sharply over the last decade. This growth is expected to continue as more is learned about these disorders and how to diagnose them.

Parents with children that live with a learning disorder know first-hand the challenges that come with these conditions. Difficulties keeping up in school and making new friends are common. Many parents take on these struggles and share in their child’s emotional stress and frustration caused by a learning disorder.

If this sounds familiar, it’s important to remember that there is home health assistance available for you and your child. Hiring a personal care attendant is a smart way to give your child the extra help they need and you the time to take a break. Personal care attendants are trained to provide ADHD and autism home support services for children with learning disabilities.

PCA services benefit those living with learning disorders by:

  • Ensuring that the child remains safe
  • Scheduling a predictable daily routine
  • Assisting with schoolwork through tutoring and homework help
  • Providing help with diet and exercise needs
  • Offering companionship and support

Best Home Care serves personal care assistants that provide ADHD and autism home support services by facilitating administrative tasks and providing valuable resources. We also help family caregivers find out how to get paid for taking care of a family member. If you or someone you know is caring for a child with a learning disability, contact us today! Our professional staff will answer any home care questions you may have and explain the benefits of in-home supportive services for individuals living with learning disorders.

Caring for the Caregiver: The Powerful Benefits of a Helping Hand

Find Support for CaregiversWhen you provide a friend, family member, or other loved one with care services, you are helping that person to live a more comfortable, independent live. While that individual’s life becomes easier, the home caregiver’s life often becomes busier. Providing home care is a demanding, if fulfilling, responsibility, and one that may lead to burnout for the caregiver.

Caregiver burnout is one of the most common struggles those providing at-home care will face. According to Web MD, this is “a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude – from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned.”

For those suffering from caregiver burnout, the best solution is to simply take a break. This is where other family members and friends come in. To give the caregiver a reprieve from their daily duties, another individual or personal care assistant will temporarily provide care in their place. Some time off, whether for a few hours or a few weeks, can provide exceptional support.

Here are some ways that a backup and a break can benefit you as a caregiver:

  • Provide time to run errands, meet with friends, or take care of other commitments
  • Allow you to continue to work, generate income, and keep health benefits
  • Give you the opportunity to take time for yourself to see a movie, take a class, go on vacation, etc.

In most situations, a caregiver will ask a family member or friend to share the caregiving responsibilities. If you have someone who has agreed to help you by providing home care for a while, get in touch with Best Home Care. Our helpful staff will guide you through the process of training and/or paying an additional caregiver and the administrative work that comes with it.  Best Home Care also provides resources and support for caregivers to help you stay healthy, avoid caregiver burnout, and continue to provide quality home care.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help facilitate a temporary transition between caregivers, and discover other helpful caregiver resources.

Caring for the Caregiver: Know Your Resources

Find Caregiver Support GroupsProviding at-home care is a selfless and noble act. However, caregivers often become consumed by this responsibility and forget to take care of themselves. Whether you’re a seasoned home care professional or just getting started, it’s always helpful to have someone to lean on. Below are a few resources that offer support for caregivers and tips to stay healthy in order to provide the best home care possible.

Caregiver Support Groups

Support groups are a great way to connect with the other caregivers in your community. These meetings are usually held online or in-person at a local community center or hospital. Here is what you can expect when attending a caregiver support group:

  • A safe place for sharing experiences and feelings
  • Advice on providing home care and coping with difficult emotions
  • Information about other caregiver resources
  • New friends

Find caregiver support groups near you: www.caregiver.com/regionalresources/

Care for Yourself

While providing care for another, it can be easy to forget to care for yourself. Caregiver burnout, depression, and anxiety may affect home care professionals. Below are some things you can do to take care of yourself:

  • Seek social support: Work to maintain relationships with family and friends
  • Accept help from relatives: Do not try to do it all by yourself
  • Stay Healthy: Regular exercise and healthy eating are essential
  • Learn as much as you can: Many organizations such as the Red Cross and the Alzheimer’s Association offer classes on various illnesses and disabilities

Other Caregiver Resources

The Internet is a great place to learn more about your role as a caregiver and to find support. Below are some websites that provide great resources for caregivers:

AARP Caregiving Page 
Mayo Clinic- Tips for Taking Care of Yourself
Mayo Clinic- Preventing Caregiver Depression
Minnesota Family Caregiver Alliance
National Institute of Health Senior Health Guide
Medicare Caregiving Resource Center

For more information and resources on caregiving, please contact Best Home Care. Our team is ready to encourage and assist you with finding support and education on providing quality home care.

Respite Care for Children with Disabilities Provides Support for Parents

Respite Care for ChildrenAccording to the U.S. Department of Education, there are approximately 6.5 million children with special needs in the country – a number nearly double that of the 1970s. This growing population segment has not only put a demand on the special education programs within our schools, but the parents of these children as well.

In order to care for their child, many parents will choose to work fewer hours or quit their job entirely. This decision, while done with the right intentions, often results in a less than ideal situation. Money problems, loss of health benefits, and inadequate home care training are just a few issues parents may encounter when giving up their job. It’s important to understand the different options available and how they can benefit you before making a decision.

Respite care for children with special needs is a type of temporary at-home care in which a certified personal care assistant provides in-home, supportive services on a custom schedule. The purpose of respite care for special needs children is to give parents a break, allowing them to tend to the needs of their other children, spouses, and themselves. Here are some ways that respite care services for your child can benefit you as a parent:

  • Allow you to continue to work, generate income, and keep health benefits.
  • Provide time to run errands, meet with friends, or take care of other activities outside the home.
  • Care schedules can be tailored to fit your specific needs.
  • Gives you the opportunity to take time for yourself to go to a movie, take a class, etc.

As a parent of a child with physical, developmental, learning, or mental disabilities or delays, it’s important to consider all options before making decisions regarding the home care of your son or daughter. At Best Home Care, we help parents make respite care decisions every day. Our team of experienced home care professionals is ready to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to learn how our respite care services can help you and your family today.

How Can PCA Services Help Your Child With Special Needs?

Respite Care Services for Children with Special Needs

Raising a child with special needs is tough. Children with physical and mental disabilities typically require a greater amount of attention and care than others. This often leads to struggles in school and difficulties at home, creating unwanted stress for both the parent and child. If you find yourself nodding in agreement to this, in-home health services may be the answer for your family.

Childhood and adolescence are vital times in the human development process and receiving appropriate care during this period is essential for growth. A personal care assistant (PCA) serves as a valuable asset for parents raising children with disabilities. A PCA will provide your child with the careful attention that he or she needs while encouraging them to stay independent in the comfortable familiarity of home. Here are some specific ways that these home care specialists can benefit children of all ages:

  • Assist with various activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, etc.
  • Observe and guide daily behaviors at home
  • Help with health-related tasks including taking medication or checking insulin levels
  • Provide light housekeeping for the sole benefit of the child

A personal care assistant also acts as a confidante for the child outside of his or her usual circle of family members. Interacting with their home health aid daily can dramatically boost a child’s confidence and improve their social abilities overall.

As a top home care agency, Best Home Care understands the many challenges parents face while raising a child with disabilities. As a parent, you want to provide the finest home care for your child while giving him or her the freedom to grow. Our experienced team of personal care assistants is ready to help you and your child meet those needs and more.

Contact Best Home Care today to learn more about our home care and respite care services for children with special needs and discover how we can help you and your child with the challenges you’re facing.

Are PCA Services Right for Your Child?

Respite care for children with special needsA common question we receive at Best Home Care is “Can I hire a PCA to provide care for my child?” The answer to this question is: Yes! Many people view in-home care as a service only available to seniors, when the truth is that children with physical disabilities or developmental delays benefit greatly from home care as well.

As a parent, caring for your child can be quite taxing. In addition to an already busy life, your parental duties seem to multiply as you work to satisfy many needs. Most parents are proud to help their kids, often going to extremes to provide the best care possible. However, the accompanying stress can have a negative effect on a parent’s professional and personal lives. Below are some indicators that respite care may be a good option for you and your child:

  • You routinely miss work to care for your child
  • Your relationships with friends and family have become strained
  • You’re unable to find time to run errands or take care of things outside the home
  • Your child has difficulty focusing in school or requires assistance to complete basic daily activities

Best Home Care’s personal care assistants receive extensive PCA training and are prepared to work with children of all ages. While the needs of each specific family differ, here are some examples of children that may benefit from PCA services:

  • Kids with ADHD and other mental disorders
  • Children suffering from physical disabilities
  • Students with various learning disorders
  • Children and young adults living with autism

Our personal care assistants take great pride in providing respite care for children with special needs. Every parent wants what is best for their children, and we encourage learning as much as you can about respite services and exploring the various care options. Please contact us if you have any questions about respite care for children or our PCA services.

How to Get Paid For Taking Care of a Family Member

Compensation for Taking Care of a Family MemberProviding home care for an elderly or disabled family member often begins out of love, but can quickly become a financial burden for the caregiver. These individuals may find themselves taking time off from work and, as a result, missing out on potential income as they take on this new caregiver job title.

The Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging states that each year in Minnesota 600,000 caregivers leave over $7 billion on the table as they provide care for their aging parents or disabled family members. These numbers are expected to grow rapidly in the coming years as Baby Boomers reach retirement age and the need for care rises. It is a little known fact that you can actually get paid to take care of a family member in the state of Minnesota.

Through the Personal Care Assistance Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, friends and family members may be compensated for their work with their loved ones. Personal care assistance services help a person with:

  • Activities of daily living.
  • Health related procedures and tasks.
  • Observation and redirection of behaviors.
  • Instrumental activities of daily living.

For caregivers to receive compensation for taking care of a family member, they must qualify to act as a Personal Care Assistant. Best Home Care will provide you with the necessary PCA training and assist you through the process of becoming qualified to work as a PCA. We will also take care of the billing and payment process so you can focus on continuing to provide in-home care for your loved one.

Contact Best Home Care today to learn how to enroll in the Personal Care Assistance Program and start receiving compensation for taking care of a family member!