Overcoming the Challenges of Adjusting to a Home Health Aide

Adjusting to a Home Health Aide

It has been said that if you have your health, you have everything. When that is no longer the case, and one is unable to care for oneself, we may need to seek outside assistance. Many elderly adults find themselves in a position that requires choosing to leave their home to become a resident in a long-term care facility, or choosing to stay at home and have in-home care.

Choosing to remain in their home comes with many advantages. In their own home, things are familiar and comfortable. They feel like they are still independent, a part of the family, not torn away from the things and people they love.

But, bringing in a home health aide means that they must open their home to a total stranger. This is someone who will become involved in the most private and intimate aspects of personal care. Seniors have to give up freedoms that we take for granted; things like bathing and toileting are no longer completely private.

However, when the right person walks through the door, someone with a warm smile and compassionate manner, it seems that everything will be alright. An experienced home health aide can take a new and sometimes awkward situation and make everyone comfortable and at ease, making the family feel confident that their loved one is receiving the type of care they would provide if they were able.

These professionals make adjusting to a home health aide no different from inviting a new friend into your home. The use of the home health aide is an invaluable tool during this time of recuperation or in end-of-life care. The right home health aide will provide either type of care with wisdom and compassion, all the while protecting the dignity of the client, even in the most intimate aspects of a client’s care.

At David York Agency, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional and highly personal home health care to the elderly and infirmed. We know how difficult the transition from an independent to dependent life can be, and we work hard to help our patients adjust as quickly and painlessly as possible.

For more information on David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

Keeping Seniors Safe During Winter Months

The winter months are a difficult time for the elderly. The usual stresses of making trips to the grocery and eating healthily, getting to appointments, visiting with friends and family, and avoiding slips and falls become intensified as the weather and road conditions worsen. Ensuring the health and safety of your aging loved one during this time of year can be difficult and worrisome, especially if there is no one around to help with these tasks.

Enlisting the help of a home health aide is a good way to keep seniors safe during the winter. These healthcare professionals not only help with personal care, but can assist with everything from running errands, preparing healthy meals, providing safe transportation to appointments, and simply offering some much needed companionship in the lonely, colder months. They can also do light housekeeping and ensure that the senior is warm and comfortable in their home. With the help of a home health aide, seniors and their families can have greater peace of mind knowing there is someone there to help when the weather turns bad.home health aides

These are just a few ways a home health aide can help an aging loved one this winter.

Prevent Malnutrition

Seniors who live alone are at higher risk of not eating properly and becoming malnourished, especially when the weather turns nasty and getting out to do routine shopping can become more difficult. A home healthcare aide can keep an eye on the seniors eating habits and make sure they receive a balanced meal each day. Aides can assist with preparing meals following diet restrictions when cooking.

Accompany to Appointments

No matter the season or the weather, seniors have doctor’s appointments that they must keep to maintain their health. Caregivers can make sure seniors remember their appointments and accompany them to ensure their safety during the commute. Some aides can also take notes for the senior, drive to pick up prescriptions and help them implement the doctor’s recommendations.

Provide Daily Companionship

Social isolation can contribute to numerous health effects in seniors. During the winter months seniors may see less of family and friends due to the weather which can lead to depression, anxiety, and increased stress levels. However, with the companionship of a home health aide, seniors do not have to worry about being alone. Aides can check in on the senior daily and help them with daily living activities.

Preventing Falls in Seniors at Home

Slips and falls can be extremely serious for seniors. During the winter months the chances of this happening increase due to the use of area rugs, slippers and other items that might be used for warmth. Some seniors also enjoy walking outside to get fresh air, but porches and sidewalks can be slippery from ice. Aides can make sure the senior remains safe in the home and when travelling outside the home.

Senior safety and health is important all year round, but the need for support increases in the winter months. A home health aide from David York Agency can provide the compassionate and personalized care that seniors need and ensure that they stay safe and warm through the winter.

For more information on David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn. To find out more about how home health aides can make a difference in a senior’s life this winter, contact us.

Avoiding Depression After the Holidays

The holidays are over. Everyone has returned home after many fun-filled days of presents and fabulous meals. With the family holiday visits a thing of the past, many elderly may come down with the post holiday blues. It is easy to fall into depression, but there are many things to do to avoid it. Here are some tips.

  1. Do something different.depressionThis year, change it up a bit. Whether it is a new hobby, listening to an audio book or going out to a new restaurant, trying something new each week or each month can help keep depression at bay and life interesting.
  1. Stay on schedule.The holidays disrupt schedules. However, once they are over, getting back to a normal routine is key to avoiding how the disruption, which is often accompanied by loss of sleep, can affect moods negatively.
  1. Exercise is important at every age. If the cold of winter keeps your senior loved one indoors, try a video exercise program or one on cable television. While exercise may not feel good at the time, the benefits are well worth it.
  1. Eat sensibly.After all those heavy holiday meals, a more normal diet is in order. Eating healthfully keeps you feeling fit — physically and emotionally.
  1. Don’t miss medication doses. Make sure that you’re up-to-date on your refills, too.
  1. Ask for Help. A network of close friends and family to turn to when things get tough is critical especially during a depression. Asking them for help is important.

David York Home Healthcare Agency can help you or your family member with all of the activities of daily life and provide companionship during a trying time. David York Agency is a home healthcare agency that provides high quality skilled home health aide services for the elderly with the highest degree of personal service. We regularly check credentials and maintain valid references for our aides. You can be sure that the highest caliber home health aides are caring for your loved ones. David York Agency would be happy to discuss your case with you. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

 

 

 

How to Choose a Home Healthcare Agency with the Best Aides

In September 2014, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Staten Island man whose family, based on video footage taken in the man’s home, showed he was abused and neglected by his home health aide. The elderly man, who died in June at the age of 99, had poor eyesight and trouble walking and required 24-hour assistanceChoosing a Home Health Aide. The family’s attorney, John Dalli of Dalli & Marino, stated that, “[the] driving force behind the lawsuit is to make others aware that if you’re going to trust these agencies don’t be under the false sense of security that these agencies have properly trained or screened these people.”

Of course, some home healthcare agencies are better than others. The key is to find the one that is most meticulous about the home health aides it sends out to their clients’ homes. David York Agency takes every step imaginable before hiring a home health aide to make sure they are skilled, trustworthy and reliable. While a patient is on their roster, s/he is checked on regularly to ensure the highest degree of quality home healthcare and personal service.

Taking the initial steps in choosing an agency should include these steps:

  • Start with referrals. Does your family physician or specialist have any recommendations? Or do you know any friends who have used one? Knowing someone with first-hand experience with an agency can help narrow your choices.
  • Educate yourself. Do the legwork when trying to choose. Online resources and reviews as well as meeting with or having a phone interview with an agency will help you get a better sense of how different organizations operate.
  • Consider your medical needs. Different agencies may have more expertise in certain areas. Are they experienced in handling your loved ones’ specific conditions such as for Alzheimer’s or a stroke?

Experts recommend that, when possible, families start thinking about home healthcare well in advance. Doing the legwork before a decision is a looming necessity can help make the process easier and less stressful, ultimately leading to an overall better fit for your loved one.

David York Agency provides qualified and well-trained healthcare professionals when you need them: Certified Home Health Aides (HHA), Certified Personal Health Care Aides (PCA), Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), full- or part-time, live-in or -out, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is licensed by the New York State Department of Health. They believe your loved one deserves the best care.

Call for a free consultation today, at 718-376-7755 or visit us at our website www.davidyorkagency.com. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.