Champion Home Health Care will have a display at the Health & Wellness Show on Friday, 9/25/15 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Grace Place on Salerno Road in Stuart, FL.
Please stop by and say “Hi”. We look forward to seeing you.
It’s a great “free” event that you will not want to miss.
More info here.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS PLANNED AHEAD?
(or wished you had?)
IF SO, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THIS INFORMATION.
Think about the following questions and ask yourself how prepared you are to deal with these possibilities:
- If you get sick or disabled in the next week, who will take over as the Caregiver?
- Who will you call to get help when you need someone to assist with your loved ones care? For short or long term care at a moments notice.
Why try and deal with all that responsibility at a time when you are not well. Why not
At Champion Home Health Care, we offer a FREE in-home RN assessment to determine what you or your loved ones home care needs would be. You will understand the cost and everything associated with implementing a Champion care giver with little notice. We will keep your file inactive at our office until we receive a phone call that you need our assistance.
This is a giant step that you can take as a senior to understand what your needs are before an emergency occurs. All it takes is one phone call.
Why not give us a call today and arrange for our Free Champion In-Home Assessment and Care Plan.
Hopefully, you will never need our services, but if you do, we will be there with Love, Peace, Comfort, and Compassion.
PS: Call today and receive a Free Palm Beach Emergency Hurricane Kit, with Home Care Plan and assessment!!
It is often difficult to chose which option may be best; facility care or in home care. I recently attended an open house at a newly opened facility in Jupiter. It was an extremely impressive full service facility with all the modern amenities, fountains, fine dining, work out rooms, lounges, community activities, even a private movie theater. It was so impressive (and I am perfectly healthy), that I even considered moving in myself. Many families mistakenly believe that by moving into such a facility, all of their health care issues will be solved. Adult children are especially vulnerable to the notion of “putting Mom or Dad somewhere that provides /takes care of/ fixes everything.” Nevertheless, if Mom or Dad suffers from cognitive impairment or other chronic, debilitating illness, then these “problems” simply go with them to the self contained facility environment. Many times, a person’s confusion and agitation can be exacerbated by the move to a strange place.
As a first step to securing help outside the family, it is always easier to have the help come to you. Forget about packing moving to access the extra assistance. A home health caregiver can come to your home on an as-needed basis or part time according to your specific needs and budget. This can be a much more affordable option than renting at a facility, or committing to a lease. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the national average cost of a month’s stay in a facility has jumped to $3500, an increase of over 10% in the last 12 months. The rental rates, depending upon the level of care, in South Florida can be up to twice that amount.
The second important issue is the care itself. With home based care, you get one-on-one attention. You do not have to “share” your caregiver with 7-10 other facility roommates. You are also in charge of your life. In your own home, you tell the caregiver when and what you wish to eat. You wake up when you wish, go to bed in your own bed when you wish. You have your own bath or personal shower when you wish. You lounge in your favorite chair watching your own TV, and can have that midnight ice cream when you want. At a facility, there is a set schedule for everything.
Another reality is that often, even though you are in a facility, you may still require additional private duty care. This happens frequently when a resident has cognitive impairment or behavioral issues that demand more attention than the facility is willing or able to provide. By the time all these additional costs are considered it may prove more prudent to just stay at home for a while before making a feel good decision to be regretted later.
It would certainly be wise to seek the assistance of a Florida licensed Home Care Provider to help guide you through these difficult choices.
Mrs. Robson is the owner of Champion Home Health Care of Jupiter and Stuart, (NR30211392), a licensed Nurse Registry offering private, personal, care from a few hours a day up to 24/7 live in care.
Against Jane’s better judgment, but with her mom’s insistence, she put mom on a plane to return to her home in FL. Her mom just completed a visit to Jane’s out-of-state home and while there wasn’t feeling great. She was eager to return to her own home where she was certain she would feel much better in her own environment.
She returned home safely but a few days later when Jane tried calling her, she was not getting an answer. After several attempts throughout the day and concern mounting, Jane called the guards at her mom’s gated community to check on her. Fortunately, as is required by the community, the guards had a key to her home. Upon entering, it was discovered that her mother had fallen and was unable to get up.
The guards immediately called 911. When the paramedics arrived and examined her, they found that she was shaken and bruised but not seriously injured. However, they placed a call to Jane to report her condition but also to say that her condo was a disaster. Her home reeked of the smell of urine, there were smears of feces on the carpet, there were piles of dirty clothes and piles of unopened mail. The refrigerator had spoiled food and it appeared that her mother was not making healthy eating choices.
The paramedics wanted to know if action was going to be taken, as they were obligated to report unhealthy living conditions. Jane assured them that first thing in the morning she would call to arrange home health care services and would also arrange for a cleaning service to come in.
Needless to say, Jane made arrangements to fly to Florida as soon as possible to see first-hand what the situation was. She was able to work out a schedule that was agreeable with her mother for a Home Health Aide to check on her and help keep things organized, making sure her household was clean & tidy and that she was eating a more healthy diet. The paramedics had reported their concerns, so when a follow-up call was made by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, they were pleased to know action had been taken.
This nightmare ended with a great outcome. If you have an elderly parent who lives alone, don’t let this nightmare become a reality. So very often the children are the last to know when their parents are in need. It is nice to know that there is help out there to be your “eyes and ears”, especially for those that live far away.
Jan Robson is the owner of Champion Home Health Care, a Nurse Registry, voted 2015 Treasure Coast Choice Winner, covering Martin County. For assistance and advice, please feel free to call her office at 772-287-5432. Jan or one of her friendly staff will be happy to answer any of your questions.
Here are ten warning signs that your parents may need some help.
- Weight loss. One or both of your parents are losing weight. There are halfway-opened cans on the counter, refrigerated items left out overnight, old take-out food sitting around for days or weeks.
- Too much mess. There are bugs, garbage or clutter throughout the house.
- You notice frequent bruises. They’re falling and not telling you. The stories they’re telling you aren’t making sense-you can tell they’re hiding something.
- You suspect driving accidents. There are new dents in the garage or on the car. Or, maybe they won’t let you see their insurance policy documents or you find traffic and parking tickets.
- Moments of confusion. They mention they got confused or lost while driving or just walking someplace. They blame others for accidents: “They turned right in front of me, I didn’t see him.
- Cleanliness concerns. You notice they’re wearing the same clothes over and over again or are suddenly mismatched when they were always impeccably dressed. They smell of body odor or urine.
Please stop by our Champion Home Health Care Booth at the Health & Wellness Show on Friday, 9/19/14 at the Grace Place on Salerno Rd, in Stuart, FL.
Hope to see you there!
In honor of Labor Day, we salute family caregivers. It’s always shocking when we read stories of an elderly person suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease, who wanders away from home and enters into harm’s way.
Dementia patients, those who have Alzheimer’s Disease or some other illness which causes dementia, are often the victims of crime and tragedy. When anyone not dealing with the stress of caring for a loved one reads about these incidents, even though they are sad to read about it, may allow the suffering of others to fade from their memory as quickly as the headlines fade. Family caregivers, however, do not have the luxury of forgetting. They are caught in a 24-hour, seven day a week struggle to provide adequate support to their loved ones and still retain some sanity for themselves.
Even the best, most devoted family caregivers can’t be expected to do it all alone, and yet even the most devoted often live with guilt for not having done enough. We all must consider what part we can play in making their job easier. We can no longer afford to throw the newspaper away and deny the reality around us. Some day the “stranger” will likely become our own family member or we will need to be cared for ourselves. Now is the time to support an atmosphere of admiration and support for those who unselfishly serve, that will carry on for years to come.
At Champion Home Health Care, we recognize that family caregivers have one of the most difficult tasks any of us will ever be expected to perform. We would like to take this space to simply say, “Thank you and hats off” to all family caregivers who so sacrificially give of yourselves to love and care for family members. Thank you for all of your labor. The world is a better place because of you.
Jan Robson is the owner of Champion Home Health Care, a Nurse Registry, covering Martin and North Palm Beach Counties. For assistance and advice, please feel free to call her office at 772-287-5432. She or another staff member will be happy to answer any
of your questions.