Category: Home Health Care Benefits

A woman shares a holiday meal with her elderly mother, while detecting some warnings signs that indicate the need for care.

5 Steps to Take When Holiday Visits Reveal the Need for Care

If you’ve recently returned home for the holidays only to discover that Mom seems increasingly forgetful or Dad is not walking as well as he was last year, you’re not alone. Many adult children face a holiday reality check each year when visiting family reveals a need for care that may have gone unnoticed throughout the rest of the year. Noticing changes in a family member or friend during a seasonal visit is a common experience and can serve as an opportune time to discuss whether additional care is necessary in the home. With the support of family and friends, initiating a conversation about a care plan can be done with sensitivity and consideration. Here are some tips to guide you: Share Your Concerns: Approach your loved ones openly and honestly. Express your concerns about their health, emphasizing that your intentions are rooted in care and support. Your genuine worry may motivate them to seek medical advice or make lifestyle changes. Create a Sense of Planning: Engage in a conversation about your observations using concrete examples. Ask your loved one about their perspective on the situation and what they think might be going on. Collaboratively explore potential solutions and involve them in the decision-making process. Address Safety Issues: Identify and discuss any safety concerns within the home. Create a plan together to address these issues and ensure a safe living environment. This collaborative approach helps the person feel involved and valued in the decision-making process. Encourage a Medical Checkup: Propose the idea of a routine medical checkup and offer your assistance in scheduling the appointment. You can accompany the person to the doctor or help find someone else to attend the visit. Regular medical checkups are essential for early detection and management of health issues. Contact the Doctor for Guidance:

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10 Strategies to Help the Elderly Overcome Resistance to Home Care

One of the most challenging issues you are likely to face when caring for an ageing or ill loved one is resistance to additional help, especially when they get to the point of needing consistent in-home care. At the end of one of my dad’s stays in rehab, we were told he couldn’t go home without 24/7 care. He would rather be home, so he didn’t object. However, until after Dad was home with a caregiver, his wife kept it to herself that she was adamantly opposed to having someone else in the house. Then she made it perfectly clear how she felt by not letting the caregiver do anything to help. Needless to say, we had to make other arrangements. If your loved one who needs outside help doesn’t want it or strongly resists it, how can you get them to accept that it’s a necessity for them and for you? The situation could progress to the point where there is no other alternative. My dad’s situation came up suddenly. Hopefully, you will have more time to consider some of these strategies and gradually ease your loved one into a situation that is helpful for all concerned. 1. Communication: Don’t hesitate to bring up the topic because you suspect that your mom will be resistant to in-home care. It’s important to start talking about the need for additional help while you still have time to discuss it. a. Try to understand the source of the resistance. Some people value independence, some are scared, and some see accepting help as a sign of weakness or a loss of privacy. b. Ask your mom about her preferences. You might not be able to fulfill all her wishes, but it’s important for her to know that you are taking them into consideration.

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The Many Benefits of In-Home Care

Like many seniors, my 94-year-old father always says that he doesn’t want to be a burden on his family, but at the same time, he is adamant about staying in his own home, even though as time passes, he requires more and more help from others. With part-time home care, he is doing quite well for a person his age. The few times when he has had to be hospitalized or spend time in a rehab center, he becomes depressed and often disoriented. We can see the benefits to his health when he is at home, and we certainly feel the benefits of having home care specialists help with the tasks required to keep him happy and healthy at home. Who benefits from in-home care? The elderly are not the only people who need and can benefit from specialized home care. People of all ages, even children, can benefit from being cared for at home vs. being in a hospital or care center. Some are recovering from surgery or have a chronic condition that requires ongoing care. Others need certain therapies or complex medical monitoring one might think are only available in a hospital or rehab center. Some simply could use some assistance with activities of daily living, like bathing or administering medication. Some need part-time care, while others need a trained aide or nurse present around-the-clock. Everyone’s situation is different, but almost everyone in need of help can benefit from being cared for at home, and their family caregivers benefit, too. What are some specific benefits? In addition to being the type of care most patients prefer, the following are just some of the proven benefits of being cared for at home: Decreases the risk of infection compared to care in hospitals or care centers. The development of ongoing

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How Dakota Home Care’s Employer of Choice Award Benefits Our Clients

When a loved one is in need of care in order to remain safe and independent at home, having professional, high-quality in-home care can give family caregivers peace of mind. A huge part of building a quality home care agency that provides exceptional service to seniors lies in hiring and retaining the very best caregivers. At Dakota Home Care, we know that inviting a caregiver into your home is an act of trust. That is why we strive each day to ensure our caregivers are not only top-notch when hired, but enjoy their work once they become part of our team. Happy caregivers spread their joy to each of the clients they serve. This year, Dakota Home Care has been named one of the Best of Home Care Employer of Choice award winners. This designation is based on caregiver satisfaction ratings collected via telephone interviews by Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm. Agencies that have earned this award are considered best-in-class for caregiver satisfaction. Each month, Home Care Pulse surveys our care team to help us learn more about our caregivers and notice any areas that need attention so we can ensure ongoing employee satisfaction. This award means that our clients and referral partners can be assured that when they work with Dakota Home Care, they are working with caregivers and nurses who find their work meaningful, important and fulfilling. For many years, hospitals have measured employee satisfaction through companies like Press Ganey, and as the home care industry is gaining more recognition from the greater medical industry, we believe that agencies need to also measure and improve satisfaction from clients and employees. The insight that Home Care Pulse’s surveys provide allows us to make improvements that impact not only our caregivers, but the seniors and families that

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Why it’s Safer to Stay at Home During COVID

Loved Ones Are Safer & Happier During COVID-19 with DHC In-Home Care   When her adult daughter died recently of cancer, my 90-year-old sister-in-law lost her support system. She was still living on her own in Virginia but required quite a bit of help to stay at home by herself. Her son and his wife in Provo, Utah, convinced her to move to a lovely assisted living facility close to their home.   The move took place when a dramatic spike in COVID-19 in the area was just beginning. Shortly after Janet (not her real name) arrived, for the safety of all, the facility closed its doors to visitors. Understandably, they discourage taking residents “off campus” where they might be exposed to the virus and bring it back to other residents. The move is not turning out quite the way Janet and her family had hoped.   People all over the country who are taking care of elderly loved ones still at home or in their homes are taking similar precautions. As a result, both seniors and caregivers often feel isolated and lonely wherever they are. Members of greater Bismarck, Mandan, Fargo and the surrounding communities will be happy to know that help can be just a phone call away.   Alternatives for Happier Outcomes in Any Living Conditions The staff at Dakota Home Care (DHC) recognizes the hardship for seniors and other at-risk community members who, because of the risk of infection are not able to see their families, friends and loved ones at this time of COVID-19. This can be equally hard on caregivers. They may be afraid to ask for help, because they fear it will not be safe to bring in someone from the outside. You can take comfort in knowing that help from DHC is

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National Home Care and Hospice Month: Keeping Home an Option for Dying Loved Ones

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. We invite you to join us in honoring the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. Dakota Home Care is privileged to share the stories of two of our clients for whom home care and hospice made a remarkable difference for them and their dying loved one.  Todd Kuester & His Wife Terry In the fall of 2016, My wife, Terry, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She was given only 18 months to live, but with chemotherapy, radiation, and loving care she was able to live for 29 months. With the help of Dakota Home Care and Hospice, she was able to stay in our home—her dream home—until the day she died. About a year ago, Terry’s cancer, which had been in remission, came back with a vengeance. She became paralyzed on her left side. At that point, we knew we needed help. Terry told me to put her “in a home,” because she didn’t think I could take care of her—it would be too hard. I told her “You live in a home.” I knew she wanted me to take care of her. A doctor at Sanford hospital, gave me some names of home healthcare companies. I called Dakota Home Care (DHC) first. They sent a Registered Nurse (RN) to meet with us and assess our needs. I asked, “What if my wife doesn’t hit it off with the people you send?” The RN immediately replied, “Let us know, and we’ll get someone else!” I was very impressed by that. In January, DHC sent us two very kind and loving CNA caregivers, Viola and Shannon. They were God’s angels on earth. They were very good

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It’s Spring! Why is Senior Depression Affecting My Loved One?

Even though spring flowers are starting to bloom, cool, rainy or even sunny spring days still can bring on feelings of sadness, depression and a lack of desire to do much of anything. While the rest of us can start doing some favorite outdoor activities and more easily get out to see family and friends, our loved ones may still feel homebound and missing the increased mobility they used to look forward to in spring. The care companions at Dakota Home Care share the following possible causes of senior depression: Less Socializing & the Technology Gap: During any time of the year, depression can be caused by social isolation. Help the senior to spend more time with family, friends and neighbors, and when unpredictable spring weather makes visiting difficult, call them for a chat or write a letter that can be read over and over. While the younger generations are staying well connected with all of today’s high tech gadgets, the elderly are often left out. Older family members need to feel connected, wanted, and loved, too. Some training in electronic ways to connect may help bridge the gap, but many elderly people are incapable of mastering email, Facebook or Skype. Friends can play a vital role in socialization, and new friends can be found at senior centers, church activities or even the library. Loneliness: Older people are particularly vulnerable to loneliness. Loss of a spouse, friends, family, mobility or income can all play a part. Studies show that being lonely is a leading cause for poor physical and mental health among the elderly and can even lead to early death. When loneliness sets in, it can increase the risk of high blood pressure, over-eating, under-eating, excessive drinking, senior depression, heart disease and other debilitating diseases, such as arthritis, osteoporosis and glaucoma.

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