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Tips For Care
Caregiver Situation: How do I know when my elderly relative will start to need help at home? He lives alone now, and I’m worried.
Tip: If you are asking this question, there may already be a need to start help and care at home. Gradually introduce short periods of in-home assistance. This can potentially prevent a crisis such as a fall at home, or a hospitalization.
Caregiver situation: I live 600 miles away from my Dad. When I speak to him on the phone he seems lonely. I am also concerned that he might not be eating well. What home care services could help in my situation?
Tips: A good place to start is a phone call to speak to an expert in home care. An expert listening to your concerns is a good first step. If agreeable, meeting your Dad at his home can further assist a home care expert to understand his needs. Introducing just the right amount of assistance, such as increasing socialization and ensuring nutrition may be all you need right now. Plus, you will have a long distance expert to check in with your Dad.
Caregiver situation: I am uncertain if Mom should move into an assisted living facility or remain in her home. She owns her own home, and we are concerned about her future expenses.
Tips: There are many areas of concern relating to a possible relocation of a family member. While all concerns need to be addressed in time, the primary focus needs to be on remaining safe and as independent as possible within one’s home. Before a move is precipitated by a serious crisis, a good first step is to consider hiring a dependable, trained New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide. This measure of safety plus all the other services of a Certified Home Health Aide will give you more time to fully assess the situation, including financial consideration, before making a final decision about relocating your mother. Click to learn more about Our Services. Click to learn more about Our Caregivers.
Do You Have Other Questions or Need Other Resources or TIPS?
If you have a caregiver situation of concern to you, and you want tips, answers, or resources, contact Heartfelt Home Care, or speak to a home care specialist, at 973-845-6125.
Frequently Requested Resources
Know What Resources Are Available
The following resources are listed in no particular order of importance or in relationship to Heartfelt Home Care. Only our readers can determine which resources are best to meet their unique needs, now and as changes occur.
Alzheimer’s Association – 24/7 Helpline (800) 272-3900
National Parkinson’s Foundation – (800) 473-4636
Arthritis Foundation – (800) 283-7800
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – (800) 344-4867
National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation – 888-MSFOCUS
National Association of the Deaf – (301) 587-1788
Disability and Medical Resource Mall
Lighthouse National Center for Vision and Aging
American Heart Association – The Mended Hearts
Family Caregivers Alliance – (800) 455-8106
National Alliance for Caregiving – (301) 718-8444
National Family Caregivers Association – (800) 896-3650
NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse – (800) 367-6274
NJ Aging & Disability Resource Connection
Caregiver Survival Resources
Today’s Caregivers, for, about, and by caregivers
American Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – (520)881-4005
Institute of Certified Financial Planners – (800) 282-7526
Veteran’s Affairs Department, , (202) 273-5700
Nat’l Assoc. of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
National Assoc. of Area Agencies on Aging
Hospice Association of America
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