What You Need To Know Before Choosing a Home Healthcare Agency

Choosing a Home Healthcare Agency

Handling the increasingly complicated needs of an aging loved one can be a daunting task. Knowing when or how to address concerns isn’t easy, especially if you are busy with work and family obligations of your own, unable to devote the time they require. Perhaps you live in another city or lack regular access to a loved one in need. There comes a point where further coverage is required.

If you’re considering additional in-home care for someone you love, this guide will help you establish what you need to know before choosing a home healthcare agency.

Consider the Mental & Physical Health of Your Loved One

The first thing to consider is how much and what type of help your loved one may need. There are certain signs that indicate the mental or physical ailments that might require in-home support. This quick checklist will help determine the overall health of your loved one.

Is your loved one:

  • becoming more forgetful?
  • unable to run errands on their own?
  • leaving scorch or burn marks on dish towels?
  • more reclusive, engaging less in social activities?

 

Has Your Loved One:

  • become physically/verbally abusive?
  • been left with extra/not enough medication left each month?
  • become negligent in terms of personal hygiene habits?
  • had vision/hearing impairment that interferes with daily activities?

 

The truth is, if you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, it’s probably time for additional care. Once you’ve made that decision, the next step is to figure out the extent and kind of care to provide.

Needing assistance doesn’t necessarily mean going to a nursing home or having round-the-clock help. In fact, research suggests that the longer seniors are able to stay active and engaged in activities, the higher their energy levels remain. This can help seniors maintain better overall health and a better quality of life.

What Types of Assistance are Available?

There are various types of home care services a home healthcare agency can provide. From accompanying loved ones on errands to reminding about medications to more hands-on help, like bathing or medical nurse assistance, a wide range of services is possible.

It’s important to find an agency that provides consistent, high-quality, reliable care. Establishing steady, long-lasting relationships with home healthcare providers helps relieve any stress felt when leaving a family member in someone else’s hands. Additionally, the strong personal connections your loved one establishes with a caregiver can have a powerful impact on their well-being. With compassionate in-home care, seniors can remain healthy and continue to age with dignity and grace.

Establishing the care needed and finding the right agency to supply quality assistance are two important steps for ensuring there is a high level of care administered in your absence. At David York Agency, we offer a number of home healthcare services. From home health aides to RN’s and LPNs, DYA will provide the level of home healthcare your loved one needs.

For more information about our 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 you need.

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5 Qualities to Look for in a Home Health Aide

home health aideAre you looking for someone who can provide senior care for your elderly or disabled loved one? If so, you might be shopping around for a caregiver to ensure that you choose the right person. Here are five qualities that may indicate you’ve found a good match.

1. Patient

Caring for an elderly person can be a bit trying. They are used to being fully independent and often resent their diminished abilities to the point where they are irritable mush of the time. They may even take it out on those around them. This means that it’s important to look for a caregiver who is patient.

2. Reliable

If your loved one needs care on a regular basis, you’ll need someone who will be able to provide it, without a lot of excuses or the need for a lot of days off. The elderly person and their family are depending on the aide for essential help daily. Make sure they are the type that takes their job seriously and is reliable.

3. Pays Attention to Detail

Day-to-day care of someone else requires individualized consideration. They need to be mindful of the particular eating habits of their patients, be on top of their grooming needs as well as keep an eye out for even slight warning signs of any worsening of a condition they may have. You will want to find a caregiver who pays attention to detail.

4. Easy to Get Along With

You don’t want to bring someone into your loved one’s home who is not friendly or pleasant. After all, a caregiver is supposed to make things easier for your loved one and less stressful for the family. Someone who lets things slide will add positively to the atmosphere. It is best to look for someone who is easy to talk to and get along with.

5. Multi-Tasker

Someone who provides care for an older or disabled person has to know how to do a lot of things, such as light cooking, light cleaning, helping with bathing, and more. Look for someone who can juggle and “keep all the balls in the air”. You will want to make sure that person you hire does not get thrown by multiple responsibilities and is a good multi-tasker.

At David York Agency, we set the bar high and ensure that all of our home health aides offer these important qualities—and so much more. We look for people with common sense and a heart. We continually monitor them to ensure consistent, high-quality service. We do not send anyone to your home that we would not want in ours.

For more information about our 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.

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Home Health Aides – Providing Quality Care

Need a little assistance caring for an elderly loved one at home? A home health aide can provide much needed care when it comes to caring for an aging parent or spouse. Home health aides provide in-home care with many activities of daily living (ADL) which include personal care, bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, and mobility.

A home health aide can also help with grocery shopping and meal preparation.Carer and elderly woman They can take into account any special dietary requirements and make sure that your loved one is getting healthy meals regularly.

If your loved one can no longer navigate outside the home by themselves, a home health aide can escort them to important doctor visits or other appointments. The home health aide will ensure that their elderly client gets back and forth safely.

David York Agency provides high quality skilled home health aide services for the elderly and infirm with the highest degree of personal service. We can provide full-time or part-time professionals depending on your needs. We have Certified Home Health Aides (HHA), Certified Personal Care Aides (PCA), Registered Nurses (RN), and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). All of our aides are certified and specially trained. All of our aides are thoroughly screened, fingerprinted and checked for criminal background. We regularly check credentials and maintain valid references for our aides. You can be sure that the highest caliber health aides are caring for your loved ones.

When home healthcare becomes necessary, David York Agency would be happy to answer all your questions. Visit our website at David York Agency. Please like us on  Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

Is a Home Health Aide Covered By Insurance?

It’s very true – there’s no place like home. That’s why the elderly strive to stay there for as long as they can. When a person is aging or recovering from a recent surgery and needs help with their activities of daily living, a certified home health aide may be necessary. But is a home health aide covered by insurance? There are many different types of insurance with different coverage for home health aide services.

Private Health Insurance
InsuranceEvery private health insurance company is different but many will pay for certain home health care services. Services usually need to be medically necessary and sometimes a private health insurance provider will require a pre-approval for a home health aide.

Medicare
Medicare Insurance has strict rules for home health aides. They will cover intermittent skilled nursing care, in-home physical or speech therapy, occupational therapy and more. These services must be under the management of a doctor and must be reviewed regularly by him or her. Medicare does not cover 24-hour in-home care or homemaker services.

Medicaid
Medicaid coverage can vary state by state. The New York Medicaid program does cover in-home care services for personal care assistants and certified home health aides. However, to be eligible for these services, it must be medically necessary. There is also a stipulation that the person receiving the care should be in stable condition. This means that they are not expected to undergo sudden deterioration or improvement. The coverage is meant for those needing long-term in-home care.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-term care insurance is private pay insurance that can assist in reimbursement for home care costs if an individual meets the eligibility criteria in the policy. This insurance covers care not covered by private health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid and protects your savings accounts from becoming depleted by the steep cost of long term home care. The insurance must be purchased while the patient is fit, that is, before long term care becomes necessary.

Getting the right in-home care is important. There are many different insurance plans available and it is always prudent to check with your carrier regarding eligibility criteria, deductibles, and reimbursement. Contact your insurance representative, financial advisor, and friends about the choices available. You may also want to contact a home healthcare provider like David York Agency to ensure the policy you choose is compatible with the home care they provide.

David York Agency provides skilled home health aide services for elderly patients needing in-home care. David York Agency would be happy to assist you with your long-term care planning. Contact us at 718-376-7755. Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn and visit our website at http://davidyorkhomehealthcare.com/.

The Types and Causes of Incontinence

Incontinence is a tricky disorder to manage.  Unlike many other conditions whose effects can go undetected, the inability to control one’s bladder function can become public knowledge very quickly, both by the appearance of moisture on clothing, and by the presence of urine’s distinct odor.  In the US, nearly 3.5 million Americans deal with incontinence – almost ten percent of the population – and can be caused by a number of factors: as a result of recent surgery, or as an involuntary reaction to pressure-exerting movements.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common types are stress, urge, and overflow incontinence.

  • Stress incontinence.183170863 Unrelated to emotional or psychological stress, this type of incontinence results from a weakened sphincter – the area of the bladder that controls flow.  This reduced control can be caused by bodily changes (as in pregnancy in women) or a side effect from a recent surgery.  By exerting pressure on the bladder through specific movements – both voluntary, like lifting or running, and involuntary, as with laughing, sneezing, and coughing – urine is forced out of the bladder, and with little resistance from the weakened muscle, easily bypasses the sphincter.
  • Urge incontinence. Characterized by an immediate and intense urge to urinate, urge incontinence may also be referred to as overactive bladder.  This type of incontinence allows only limited forewarning – rarely more than a minute – before involuntary emission occurs.  This type of incontinence causes the bladder muscle to contract, and is often a side effect of urinary tract infections, certain diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, stroke, and traumatic injury, among others.
  • Overflow incontinence. This type of incontinence causes a constant or near-constant dribble, which reflects an inability to completely empty the bladder. Sufferers of overflow incontinence may sense this when urinating, or may produce only a weak stream of urine. Overflow incontinence is often seen in patients with a damaged bladder, or a blocked urethra. Nerve damage related to diabetes, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury may also be a cause; specifically in men, overflow incontinence can be related to prostate gland problems.

While it’s obvious when incontinence becomes a problem, it is imperative nonetheless to consult with a doctor, as it may be a symptom of another, more serious, condition. If the problem is more serious, an home health aide who provides in-home care can assist loved ones with undergarment changing and assist with diaper changing.

At David York Agency, we provide a Free Nursing Assessment for all of our clients.  All of our home health aides undergo comprehensive training and are up-to-date with their certification and techniques.  We take special care to match your needs with the aide’s skills and abilities so you can be assured that the caregiver we send to your home is the very best for your situation.  For more information about home health aides, please contact us at 718.376.7755 or www.davidyorkagency.com and visit our Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter pages.