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In-Home Care vs. Nursing Home: When do you need these services?

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The elder care industry is growing rapidly, especially as the Baby Boomer generation starts to get into their older years. With the care of older parents and relatives falling to young people and those in their middle ages, it can be tough to decide how best to care for them.

Some parents have been able to stock away money to provide for their own care. Others have beneficial care policies which may cover their elderly care needs. But it seems that the majority are relying on their relatives and children to provide care as they age.

The US has seen a surge in elderly care and memory care facilities. Memory care refers to helping those with dementia or Alzheimers who live within the facility.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, in 2012, there were 1.4 million people in nursing homes nationally.

If you’re considering all of your options in terms of the care of your aging relative or parent, you’re likely thinking about the pros and cons of nursing homes. We’re going to go over some of the benefits and disadvantages of utilizing one of these services.

When You Need A Nursing Home

Round the Clock Assistance
If your loved one is finding it hard to do basic tasks, and seems to constantly need some assistance, 24 hour help may be necessary. Nursing homes can aid with bathing, eating, dressing, administering medicine, and more.

Specialized Care
If your loved one suffers from a specialized disease such as dementia, Alzheimers or something else that needs extra care, then a nursing home may help in this case. Your loved on may need additional care to help with the symptoms and issues that occur with these diseases.

Socialization
Nursing homes involve your loved one living among those their age. A nursing home can allow for socialization, outings, and other events to keep them involved in their community.

When You Can Utilize Home Care

Round the Clock Assistance
That’s right! Many home care agencies (including Just Like Family) provide round the clock assistance to your loved one. Care provided by an agency is more specialized and tailored, and the nurse or caregiver will be focusing only on your loved one.

Relieving your Family
If you plan to take over the care for your loved one, you may need some assistance from time to time. Let’s say you plan a vacation or need to take a business trip. A home care agency can provide a caregiver to visit your loved one each day or stay with them 24/7. This allows you to continue with your life and know that your loved one is well taken care for.

House Keeping, Food Prep, Errands
If your loved one is under your care, but lives on their own, they may need some assistance with daily chores. Caregivers from home care agencies can help with housekeeping, food preparation, running errands, or taking your loved one to appointments.

If you’d like to hear about the benefits of in-home care for your loved one, give Just Like Family Home Care a call at 239.431.6661,


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Meet the Just Like Family Services

That’s right! Just Like Family is not only about home care. We’re about providing a suite of complementary services to help you or your loved ones when they need it.

Just Like Family Home Care

If you’ve read our blog before, you’re probably familiar with our Home Care service. We focus on providing the best care to you and your loved ones whether it’s to help run errands, cook, and clean or to perform medical assistance or help with plastic surgery after care. You can choose from companions to those with specialized degrees like RN or LPN.

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Concierge Transport Services

Our next service is Concierge Transport Services. This is a customized transportation option servicing Southwest Florida with the ability to travel anywhere from Miami to Tampa. For those in need of local transport, we provide one-ways and round-trips all at a fair price. There’s also no worrying about how much to tip, it’s included in our price so you won’t have to even think about it.

Our lineup of vehicles include everything from a non-emergency vehicle suited for stretchers, wheelchairs, and scooters to our luxury Mercedes sedan ready to take you to the airport for a business trip or to make your next date night extra special. Our drivers are well-known for their care and assistance and are always willing to go the extra mile for those they are transporting.

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Concierge Medical Transport

Concierge Medical Transport started after Concierge Transport. We noticed a need in the Southwest Florida area for more medical-related transportation. This includes hospital discharges, skilled nursing facility appointments, and inter-facility transfers. On October 28, 2015, a unanimous vote by the Board of Collier County Commissioners awarded Just Like Family Concierge Medical Transport a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Class 2 Advanced Life Support.

Call & Care

Our Call & Care service developed out of our desire to give you peace of mind when you’re away from your older loved ones. Our service provides and engaging, reliable calling service to help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Call & Care is a consistent connection for your loved one if you plan to be away or just want to provide them with more socialization.

 


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How to spot the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

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It’s something not many of us want to think about or start considering for our parents, grandparents, or other elderly relatives and friends. As we age, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease only become more and more probable. That’s not to say that older people will develop memory loss, it’s that it tends to affect us as we enter old age.

What do you need to look for when it comes to the onset of Alzheimer’s? Are there certain symptoms, characteristics, traits, or behaviors that are common amongst those that are developing the disease?

We will go over many of the most common symptoms that can help you spot Alzheimer’s and alert you to taking your loved one to a doctor as soon as you can.

Confusion of time or place

This is a common one amongst people with Alzheimer’s disease. It involves losing track of dates, days of the week, or even the year. If this happens once, it shouldn’t be anything to worry about. But if it continues to happen often, you might want to see a specialist.

Changes in vision

This isn’t as well known as the memory loss symptom of Alzheimer’s. Those that develop the disease can notice changes in their vision either near or far, and even when telling colors apart.

Daily tasks become challenging

As the disease progresses, it may become hard to do things that were once very routine and familiar. Take note if your loved one is finding it difficult to complete daily tasks.

Difficulty problem solving or planning

They may find it hard to keep track of things like bills, keeping appointments. It may even become difficult to follow a recipe they once used many times before.

Losing track of where you are

This is a scary one. Your loved one may find that they are in a place and discover they aren’t sure how they got there. Sometimes we hear of elderly people that have gone missing, only later to say they have no idea how they ended up where they did.

Forgetting important information

This is one you may notice early on, especially for something important like a birthday, holiday, or anniversary.

Types of Alzheimer’s Disease

Common Alzheimer’s Disease

This is what most people are familiar with. It’s the typical Alzheimer’s disease that progresses at old age.

Genetic Alzheimer’s Disease

This rarer form of the disease is attributed through genes. Sometimes the symptoms can show up in someone’s 30s, 40s or 50s.

Resources

10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s
WebMD

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet
National Institute on Aging

 


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4 Signs It’s Time to Get In-Home Care for a Loved One

Recognizing that a loved one is aging and may need additional care is hard because it means recognizing a vulnerability in someone you look up to; however, in-home care services actually increase a individual’s quality of life, even if that means giving up a little extra freedom. Just Like Family Home Care in Naples, FL, offers a variety of in-home care services, from occasional visits to around-the-clock care, and we’re sure to have an option that meets your family’s needs.

Here are four signs it may be time to get in-home care for a loved one:

A Disheveled Appearance

If Mom has always prided herself on bouncy curls but they’re looking a little limp or Dad usually wears a pressed collared shirt but hasn’t lately, it could be a sign that they can no longer perform certain tasks or that they are depressed and personal hygiene is no longer a priority. Either way, they could benefit from in-home care.

Weight Loss

Significant weight loss might suggest that a loved one is no longer capable of making healthy meals or is forgetting to eat in the first place. If a loved one has not lost weight but the cabinets are often empty or the fridge is full of spoiled food, those could be signs that it’s time to consider additional help, as well.

Difficulty Getting up

Having trouble getting out of bed or standing up from a chair is not unusual as people age; however, if a loved one appears to have significant trouble getting up, he or she could definitely benefit from regular in-home care visits just to ensure everything is okay.

Incontinence

Getting to the bathroom on time is a daily struggle for many aging Americans, and it’s something most people don’t want to discuss with their family or friends. If your loved one appears to be going through a lot of laundry or the house often smells like urine, it could be a sign that it’s time to consider in-home care.

If you think a loved one might need in-home care in Naples, FL, or the surrounding areas, turn to Just Like Family Home Care. Locally owned and operated since 2006, we provide compassionate caregivers to those who need a little extra help but want to remain independent. Check out our website to learn more about the services we offer, and call us at 877-434-5530 to discuss your family’s needs.

 


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What to look for in an elderly care service provider

When it comes to our loved ones, we want to do whatever is best for them. And as they age, this can mean making hard decisions like how to care for them if they are not able to live on their own. It’s a tough process that many people go through. Some younger people may have older parents needing extra care, while a working mom of two now needs to worry about how to care for her aging father. One thing we want to remind you is that you aren’t alone. There are ways to get help for your relatives and family members who need some extra help around the house, bathing, running errands, going to the doctor. First, let’s outline what exactly you want in an elderly care service.

Licensed
You want to make sure whoever is coming into your home is licensed. Whether they are a Home Health Aide, an LPN, RN, or other nursing designation. This is especially important if your loved one requires medical attention such as with injections, medicine, or wound care.

If you go through a company, they will be able to provide licensing documents to prove the credentials of their staff. Going through a company is your safest bet, as most companies will do background checks, and interviews when they hire someone new.

Ask Questions
If you’re unsure of just how everything works then ask questions. These elderly care service companies know what they’re doing and have the answers you need. If you aren’t sure whether your loved one needs an LPN or HHA they can guide you in the right direction.

Reputable
Check out the companies reviews online. Look on Yelp, Facebook, Angie’s List. If the company is willing, they may even be able to put you in touch with a past client who can give you a true review.

Decide What You Need
It’s important to know what you want to get out of a service like this. This will help you decide on the right company and person to come in and help your loved one. Maybe your loved one can still drive, but has a hard time doing chores around the house. Or maybe they are bed-ridden and need 24 hour care.

Make Your Decision
Once you’ve done your research, found a great company, and know just what your loved one needs, then it’s time to make the decision. It can be tough to admit you need help caring for your loved one. Bring other family members into the discussion so you can get their feedback and input as well. And make sure your loved one understands what will be happening. They may not accept it, but it is important to explain why they need some extra assistance.

If you’re in the Southwest Florida area looking for elderly care service you’ve come to the right blog! Just Like Family Home Care has companions all the way up to live-in care for your loved one. Any assistance they need, we’ve got it covered. I invite you to come see what we can do for you.


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At Home Hobbies: Knitting

It may seem like an old lady’s hobby, but knitting has come into its own as a hobby for all ages and genders. Head over to Etsy and you will see the amount of knit products and knitters promoting their wares on the site. Search for knitting on Google and you get 396 million results!

So you can say that knitting isn’t just an old person’s past time anymore. But how do you get started? It may seem complicated, but once you get the hang of it it becomes second nature. You can knit while watching TV, talking, or doing other things.

Knitting is also a great hobby to get into because you don’t need a huge investment. Unlike something like leather working, woodworking, car restoration, hunting, fishing, which all need lots of expensive equipment, knitting just requires the needles and yarn.

You may be wondering, what about crochet? Well crochet uses a hook and yarn, while knitting uses a needle and yarn. They’re similar in that you’re manipulating yarn. While many people will ask which technique is best for certain projects, it’s really up to your own preference.

Knitting Help offers tons of free videos for beginners to get started with knitting. Using videos is the best way to learn (besides having someone show you). Using a book is helpful, but it may not be as descriptive as you’d like. This tutorial from Lion Brand shows you almost everything you need to know about kitting from casting on to casting off to picking up stitches and duplicating. And here’s another guide on picking the right yarn for your project.

There are different types of stitches to learn:

Purl Stitch

Knit Stitch

Seed/Moss Stitch

Once you figure out the basic stitches you can start looking for tutorials to try out. Don’t get frustrated if your first few attempts end up with some mistakes! You’re just starting out so it’s definitely ok to mess up. Don’t get too ahead of yourself when picking out a tutorial. You’re probably not ready to knit a whole scarf just yet. But if you feel prepared, then jump right in!

Here are some free knitting patterns to try out:

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Knit Monsters – Craftyiscool.blogspot.sk

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Fingerless Gloves – Helloglo.co

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Coffee Cozy – Thesittingtree.net

 

 


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Senior Scams to Watch Out For

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If you’re lucky, you haven’t been the target of a scam, even luckier if you have been targeted but managed to figure out what was going on before you got swindled. The problem with scams nowadays is that they are so easy to perpetrate due to the low cost of running them. Many scams happen through the mail, email, or phone. Through the mail, if you receive something you were not expecting, it’s best not to believe it, especially if it’s something that sounds too good to be true. The same goes for email.

A common email scam is called the Nigerian Prince or 419 scam. This scam involves an email from someone claiming to represent a distant family member of yours. This family member is dying or sick and they need you to take their money. Another example is that the email is claiming to be a foreign government or agency needing your assistance. The sum of the money is usually in the millions. All you have to do to receive this money is to give them your contact info and wire them some money for fees.

It may sound like a crazy scam, but it is a huge industry in foreign countries because it costs almost nothing to send these emails and if they can just get one person to send a few thousand dollars it makes it worthwhile.

In regards to seniors, there are many disreputable people out there looking to take advantage. Below are some of the common scams that have been discovered that specifically target the elderly.

Investment Scams
Many seniors are planning for retirement and thus looking to invest their nest egg. People take advantage by offering investment schemes that are looking to take your money. Before investing anything with these groups or individuals, it is best to get a second or third opinion from a trusted friend or professional.

Sweepstakes Scams
Everyone loves free money, and scammers love to target this. You may receive a phone call, email, or letter claiming that you won a sweepstakes or lottery. All you have to do is send them a payment to unlock the prize. They will even send you an official looking check to make it look like you really won, but when you go to deposit the check it turns out to be fake.

The Grandparent Scam
This scam is scary, because it preys on your willingness to help your family. I have actually seen this scam in action and knew someone who was very close to sending the scammers money. The scammer will call you, claiming to be a relative like a grandchild. They will often ask “Hi Grandma/Grandpa, do you know who this is?”. That way they will know that you already think they are your relative. Then they will bring up a problem about finances like a late rent payment or they need money for some unexpected issue. They will ask for the payment through Western Union, MoneyGram, or even Visa Prepaid cards. The scammers will ensure you tell no one by saying “Please don’t tell my parents”. If you ever encounter something like this, the best way to ensure it is truly a relative is to ask them something only they would know such as their mother’s name, pet’s name, favorite vacation spot. Asking for money through Western Union is often a sign that it is a scam.

Telemarketing Scams
These scams are easy to perpetrate because they involve no paper trail or face to face interaction. Once the scam is complete, it is nearly impossible to recover money. One way to avoid phone scams is not to take calls from anyone you don’t know personally, especially if that person is bringing up the subject of money.

One common phone scam is to call and tell a person they found a big sum of money and will split it with you if you make a payment in good faith. There is often a second person involved who will act as a professional like a banker or lawyer to add legitimacy.

Charity scams are huge! They are increasingly targeting seniors; the worst ones targeting those with memory loss or dementia. If a charity calls on the phone, no matter what they ask don’t donate! It can be hard to say know to a fund that says they will help children or animals or some other cause, but many of these charities will end up donating only a small portion of the funds they raise and keep the rest for themselves. Sometimes, the callers claim to be charities and are actually fakes. Your best bet is to take down the name of the supposed charity and look them up on a site like Charity Navigator or Charity Watch that tracks charities and their finances.

Resources
Charity Watch
Charity Navigator
Senior Frauds– FBI
Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors – National Council on Aging