Author: Tom

Adult Home Care Requirements

Providing care for senior adults who need help has become a growth industry in recent years as the population ages. The baby boom generation will be taxing the extended family's ability to cope, creating greater demand for professional adult home care services to relieve the burden on working children. Whether a family is looking for a home providing twenty-four hour care for an elder family member or an entrepreneur sees an opportunity to start a business helping people, it is vital that everyone understand the requirements to operate a home health care business. Taking advantage of free samples of home health care business plans during start up will eliminate costly mistakes and lead to a well run home care business. Residents Most states have a limit, usually around six or seven individuals, on the number of non-related adults to be housed in a resident care home. These adults are comprised of seniors needing help as they age or individuals disabled physically or developmentally. Adults who are loud, abusive or disruptive may have difficulty finding a home since the idea is to retain a comfortable and friendly environment for the residents. Level of Care Potential residents may need to be screened based on the care they require versus the level of care the home is designed and qualified to provide. For adults requiring more acute care, some homes are staffed...

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How to Start Home Health Care Business

As the baby boomer generation begins to age, there will be an increase need for more home health care businesses nationwide. Moreover, it is a statistical fact that people are living longer and will require home health care assistance on a daily basis. Therefore, people who are entrepreneurial minded, caring, and trust-worthy have the skills needed to build a successful home health care business for the senior population. In order to be successful in the senior care business, individuals need to take the appropriate steps in building a solid home health care system. If you are looking to start...

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Tips to Avoid Financial Strain with Aging Parents

Caring for aging parents is an emotionally taxing experience for their children. In addition to the emotional strain, financial strain can also be experienced. However, there are some easy steps that can help to reduce this strain and prepare for the future financially. Work out an Arrangement with Siblings As a person’s parents get to an age where they may begin to need additional care, the children of the couple need to discuss what they could be facing. Some questions to consider include who will care for them, if any of the children will quit work, and what care-giving will work best for the family. If one of the siblings decides that they will quit work to take care of their parents, everyone should agree on a monetary value for that care and what that person should receive. It may be beneficial for the individual to do this, especially if they have children that require day care while they are at work. It may cost less and benefit the family for one parent to stop working to take care of both children and the aging parents. Discuss the situation with parents. A discussion about aging is often an awkward situation, and many people are in denial about it. This can prevent conversations between parents and children from occurring. A simple way to bring it up would be to ask...

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Managing Caregiver Guilt

The decision to become a caregiver of a loved one is not an easy one to make. If it’s a spouse or child, there is no question. However, when it’s a parent, there’s a feeling of anxiety. If you have siblings, then anxiety may be accompanied by resentment for having to be the one to make the decision. Then guilt sets in. Your parent took care of you, and now you just feel obligated. Guilt is debilitating and doesn’t just affect you, but also your family and your loved one. Eventually, your initial decision to do something hopeful will lead to destruction. Even when relatives praise you or your loved one thanks you, you will still feel a sense of guilt. Oftentimes, you feel guilty simply because you are in good health and your loved one is not. Your loved one is elderly, and that is a circumstance out of your control. Feeling guilty about it only distracts you from your task. What is Caregiver Guilt? Caregiver guilt is sometimes an emotion that conceals resentment, anger, or simply exhaustion. Taking care of a loved one is not an easy task. It can drain you of all your patience, eat away at your personal life, and occupy your life completely. You may resent your siblings for not doing their part, and you may resent your loved one for needing you....

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Alzheimer’s Care For Late Stage And End-Of-Life

Caring for a loved one in the end stages of Alzheimer's disease can be a very trying and difficult time for family members, friends, and caregivers. While the patient may become increasingly unaware of their mental and physical deterioration, those left tending and supporting the individual are charged with the heartbreaking task of keeping the patient comfortable and secure during their end-of-life struggle with Alzheimer's. Progression of Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease progresses in a rather uncommon fashion. While some patients stricken with the disease seem to follow a steady pattern of decline, others may spend years of slow deterioration of their mental and physical faculties. Regardless of the speed of decline, Alzheimer's care for late stage and end-of-life is a struggle shared by countless caregivers. While the patient's condition advances to the end stage of life, there are many things to consider when planning for appropriate care and support. Alzheimer's disease does not seem to follow a consistent timetable in respect to measuring the length of end-of-life support. Some Alzheimer's patients may enter this last phase of the disease with only days to live, while others may linger on, requiring months of end-stage care. Caregivers, physicians, and family members should develop an outline of the necessary arrangements that must be made on behalf of the patient during this stage of the disease. In general, most Alzheimer's sufferers will require...

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