Category: Live-in Care

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The Benefits of Live-In Care Services

As people age, their evolving abilities may prompt the need for increased support. Initially, an older adult’s care journey may involve an in-home caregiver assisting with light housekeeping, meal preparation, and offering friendly companionship. However, as time progresses, a few hours of assistance each day may prove insufficient. Older loved ones might encounter challenges with nightly tasks or face issues requiring assistance during the overnight hours. Recognizing these evolving needs is crucial, and that’s where live-in care services, such as those provided by Dakota Home Care, emerge as the ideal solution! Understanding Live-In Care Services In the live-in care model, a caregiver resides in the older adult’s home and is available both day and night. It’s important to note that the caregiver isn’t continuously providing care, however. During nighttime, the primary advantage of a live-in caregiver is their immediate availability for emergencies. Considerations for Live-In Care Services Live-in caregivers must be provided with a private bedroom in the home and a mandatory eight-hour break, including a minimum of five hours of uninterrupted sleep. These stipulations ensure that live-in caregivers prioritize self-care, guaranteeing they are in the best condition to deliver exceptional care. Distinguishing Live-In Care From 24-Hour Care While 24-hour care and live-in care share similarities, a key distinction lies in where the caregiver resides. In a 24-hour care model, the caregiver does not live with the senior, eliminating the need for a designated bedroom. Instead, a rotating team of caregivers works in shifts to provide around-the-clock care to meet the needs of an individual. When to Opt for Live-In Care Wondering if live-in care is the right fit for someone you love? Consider the following questions: Do you have concerns about nighttime emergencies? Do both you and the older adult want the comfort of having someone in the home

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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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Thinking of Moving a Senior Parent in With You? Answer These Questions First.

COVID-19 cases in assisted living facilities and nursing homes were devastating, as the virus spread like wildfire throughout our most vulnerable population who had been living together in such close quarters. Because of this, many families decided that moving a senior parent into their own home was the safest option. However, this decision isn’t one to be made lightly, and raises a number of challenges to be overcome. Dakota Home Care, the top providers of caregivers in Bismarck, ND as well Mandan and Fargo, is here to provide you with the knowledge you need to ensure a smooth transition to your home. Before the move occurs, answer these questions: Will there be enough room for the senior to have plenty of designated space for privacy? Might there be a challenge associated with issues like smoking, drinking, or pets, either on the part of your parent or someone else in the home? If you have to leave home to go to work each day, who will look after the senior while you’re gone? Do any home alterations need to be made, like grab bars and railings, additional lighting, or wheelchair accessibility? How will the move affect other household members? As an example, will one of the children need to give up their bedroom and share with a sibling? Are there any unresolved problems with your aging parent that could impact your ability to deliver the highest level of care? How will vacations be handled? Will the senior be able to travel with you, or is there a strategy you can easily put in place for respite care? Next, schedule a family group meeting. This should include everyone living in the house along with your siblings or other members of the family who might want to be involved in the senior’s care.

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Recognizing when Death is Near: Planning for End-of-Life Care

It can be just as difficult to predict the exact time that someone will die as it to predict exactly when a baby will be born. However, there are signs you can watch for that will help you prepare mentally, emotionally and physically for this big change in your family’s life when end-of-life care is needed. As you care for your loved who may be near death, look for normal signs like these: Losing interest in and becoming less responsive to what is going on around them Sleeping or seeming drowsy most of the time Eating and drinking less than usual or not at all Irregular breathing, including noisy or gurgling sounds, sometimes called a “death rattle” Talking to someone who has already died A brief surge of energy and clarity of mind The loved ones of a person who is dying want to know what they can do to make the person more comfortable. Even though a dying person may seem unconscious, many professional caregivers think hearing may still be functional. Continue talking to your loved one. Express your love, hold their hand and reassure them that they can go when they are ready. Take advantage of a brief period of consciousness to say final goodbyes. Even though my father couldn’t talk, we put the phone up to his ear to let out-of-town family members talk to him. He seemed to respond to hearing their voices. Don’t try to force food or water. Going without food or water is not uncomfortable. Swallowing may also be a problem, especially for people with dementia. A conscious decision to give up food can be part of a person’s acceptance that death is near. If the person’s mouth seems dry, just swab it with water and apply lip balm. A “death rattle” may

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