Seasonal Allergies and Seniors- How to Enjoy the Fall Weather

Fall is a beautiful time of year and a great time to enjoy the outdoors! At Best Home Care, we want our home caregivers and their patients to be able to make the most of it. But with the cool crisp air and changing leaves comes a downside – Allergies! Fall can be a time of year where sneezing, runny noses, and itchy watery eyes, as well as colds and sinus infections, start popping up everywhere.

 

Since we are in the business of helping personal care assistants and at home nurses provide the best quality homecare, we have found some tips for managing allergies in senior homecare:

  • Be conscious of windy days! Pollen is released in the morning and on windy days it is almost unavoidable. It may be a good idea to wear a scarf or mask around your face if you’ll be out early.
  • Check pollen levels along with the weather. If you know you’ll be outside on a certain day, be sure to check how high the pollen levels are so you can prepare and plan around that.
  • Shut windows. Especially on those windy days, irritants can and will blow right through the window.
  • Set up an appointment with your primary doctor. They may be able to recommend some medications or even refer you to an allergist if necessary. It is always best to do this sooner rather than later especially for seniors with cardiovascular disease.
  • Check meds for side effects. Allergy meds tend to come with side effects like dizziness and drowsiness, which means they can increase the risk of a dangerous fall for seniors. Always check side effects to be safe!

 

At Best Home Care we want our caregivers and home health aides to be aware of all issues that could impact seniors and their home healthcare experience. If you have any questions about finding homecare services for seniors, children, or the disabled contact us today. Call (651) 330-2550, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or stop by our website for more information about us, and our services!

What is the Minnesota HomeCare Association?

How Home Care Workers Ease the Caregiving Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease - caring for dementia patient at homeLike any industry, home healthcare has associations to represent and provide a voice for home care agencies and personal care assistants. The Minnesota HomeCare Association (MHCA) is a non-profit trade association that represents home care providers within the state of Minnesota. The MHCA’s mission is to “Represent and support Minnesota home care providers committed to high quality home care service.”

The MHCA began as a council of the Minnesota League for Nursing and in 1970; it was organized as the Assembly of Home Health Nursing Agencies and consisted of only 15 provider members. The Assembly continued to add more Minnesota home care agencies to its roster and in 1989, the council reorganized and incorporated as the Minnesota HomeCare Association. Today, the MHCA represents over 160 home care provider agencies and business partner members throughout the state of Minnesota.

Finding a reputable and trustworthy home care agency can be difficult and stressful however the MHCA seeks to alleviate this. The MHCA Board of Directors is the governing body of the association and works to ensure that every Minnesota home care agency is providing quality home care services to its clients. Through its website, the MHCA provides valuable resources and assistance for those looking for quality home care services. You can shop around for a home care agency based on the services they provide to find the perfect match for your home care needs and expectations.

Another important responsibility the MHCA has is to oversee the reporting of home care abuse and malpractice. If you or someone you love has been taken advantage of by an unethical home care agency or personal care assistant, you should report this crime to the MHCA as soon as possible.

For more information about the Minnesota HomeCare Association and how it can benefit you, contact Best Home Care today!

Taking the Plunge: Your First Steps Into PCA Services

Starting Personal Care Services

Once you and your loved ones have agreed that personal care services are needed, your work can truly start. As you may have discovered, a simple Google search will return thousands of results for hundreds of different home healthcare companies all seeming to provide the same service. This can make it difficult to know where to begin.

Best Home Care takes pride in making the process of starting personal care services straightforward for clients. Our simple five-step process seamlessly guides you from application to receiving the best in PCA healthcare available.

Before you jump into this process, make sure you or your loved one is eligible for at-home care or PCA services. In order to qualify for personal care services from Best Home Care, you must:

  • Live in Minnesota
  • Be eligible to receive Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare
  • Be able to make decisions about your own care or have someone who can make decisions for you
  • Need “constant supervision” or “hands on assistance” to complete at least one Activity of Daily Living (eating, bathing, toileting, etc.)
  • Have a PCA Assessment done to determine your need for in-home care

The PCA Assessment is conducted by your county’s Public Health Department and serves as an important factor when determining eligibility. During this assessment you will meet with a Public Health Nurse who will observe and ask various questions about your daily life. While the official assessment must be done in person, we have created a self-assessment that you may take at any time to judge your eligibility. Note: this assessment should be used as a guide rather than a final determination of whether you qualify for in-home supportive services.

If at anytime you are confused or have questions about starting home care or determining your eligibility for personal care services, please do not hesitate to contact Best Home Care. Every day, we help people begin the process of receiving quality home care – we look forward to assisting you and your love one as well.