Senior Solution’s companionship service can assist in creating a better quality of life for your loved one. Having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier life and provides our clients with something to look forward to. Our caring companionship services cover anything from a conversation, eating a meal together or just having someone to visit with. These services can allow your loved one to maintain independence in their own home and throughout all of their regular activities with the friendly support and assistance from their caregiver.
Our companionship service helps to relieve stress and worry for our client’s family while providing healthy interaction and activities that are essential for seniors. Companionship can help seniors retain physical and mental health and, as a result, are more likely to accomplish tasks and participate in the activities they love when there is a companion to share the experience. With a little companionship, seniors start to see the added help from a different point of view.
Some of our companionship services include:
- Reading a book
- Playing games
- Going for a walk
- Writing letters
- Arts & crafts
- Listening & story telling
- Writing letters
- Providing company
- And more!
Did you know that medication mismanagement is one of the most common causes of hospital admissions? Seniors use more prescriptions and medicines than any other age group. We know how difficult it can be to manage multiple medications through the day, especially for seniors. Our caregivers can remind clients to take their medications, report side effects, and assist with pre-measured medication packages to help clients avoid potentially dangerous medication mismanagement. Although our caretakers cannot administer medications, they can remind our clients to take their medication and at the appropriate time.
If you loved one is not taking their medications as prescribed, it may be a warning sign that home care is needed.
Randel is a 66-year-old former preacher that requires service every day. Randel is diabetic and needs assistance with medications and nutrition. He lives alone in a small house several miles outside the city. Without us, he would not be able to manage his medication correctly or have the opportunity to go get groceries and things he needs from the city. He depends on us to survive and we depend on him to help us remember why we do this job!
Personal Hygiene & Dressing Guidance
When your loved one gets older, it may become harder for them to adhere to a personal hygiene routine. Part of our elderly home care services includes reminding and guiding clients toward maintaining a good hygiene routine. We know how much better a person feels after bathing, brushing their teeth, and changing into a clean pair of clothes.
Bathing is essential to an individual’s personal hygiene and more importantly, to the way a person feels. Many times, our elderly or disabled clients are capable of performing their own bathing and other personal care services. However, the peace of mind that comes with knowing that a trained Senior Solutions at Home caregiver is standing by for assistance and safety supervision often gives the client/family some necessary reassurance.
Aging and disabled clients may lack the fine motor skills required for something most people take for granted. Assisting with the proper mouth, gum, and denture care can be vital in the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease, and other infection.
With age, mobility may become harder. In order to relieve some of the burdens your loved one may be facing while changing clothes, our caregivers can help put together outfits, button buttons, tie shoes, put on socks and more.
Edgar Mitchell is an 80-year-old war veteran who recently became one of Senior Solution Homecare’s clients. One of Edgar’s main concerns when we first started working with him was his fear of losing his independence when it came to certain things such as personal hygiene and personal care. We assured that maintaining our clients’ independence is something that we take very seriously and that it is one of our main concerns. Throughout the past few months, we have worked with Edgar to help him maintain his independence with various personal care tasks while showing him safety tips to ensure his well-being.
Special Diet & Meal Preparation
As part of our elderly care services, a caretaker will prepare a nutritious meal and clean up afterwards. The opportunity to eat regular, healthy meals can maintain strength and hydration, promote recovery, and assure appropriate absorption of medications. Our caregivers and administrators will work with family and other healthcare professionals to plan meals according to clients’ specific needs. This could include specifications for diabetics, low sodium needs, puree, or others.
Diabetes Meal Planning
We know how important a proper diet and meal plan is for those who live with Diabetes. The American Diabetes Association reports that 25.9% of Americans over the age of 65 have diabetes. Type II diabetes is more common among seniors. The disease is directly influenced by nutrition. As a result, caregivers and their seniors must plan meals that help keep diabetes under control. Our caregivers can work with your loved one to plan and prepare healthy food choices that help manage Diabetes.
Diets After Hospital Discharge
Seniors who have been discharged from the hospital do not always have the proper guidance on nutrition moving forward. Our caregivers are aware of the different factors that affect dietary intake & nutrition absorption and are here to help plan and prepare meals for your loved one.
Our caregivers can assist with everything from trips to and from the grocery store, to meal planning and preparation, to enjoying a tasty meal together.
As part of our elderly care services, a caretaker will prepare a nutritious meal and clean up afterward. The opportunity to eat regular, healthy meals can maintain strength and hydration, promote recovery, and assure appropriate absorption of medications. Our caregivers and administrators will work with family and other healthcare professionals to plan meals according to clients’ specific needs. This could include specifications for diabetics, low sodium needs, puree, or others.
When looking for a homecare company for their mother, the Johnson family was very concerned about having a solid eating assistance system set up with their mother’s caregiver. Mrs. Johnson is a diabetic who has specific dietary needs and sometimes, because of complications stemming from her stroke, needs help eating. We walked Mrs. Johnson and her family through our Assisted Eating program and explained to them exactly how we care for our clients in this aspect. Now, Mrs. Johnson is happily living with assistance in her home, and her family is extremely happy with her care.
Shopping & Errand Services
A caretaker can run errands such as picking up prescriptions, dry cleaning, or supplies for social events. Some specific examples include:
- Grocery shopping – this can be done with or without the client. The client can also specify particular stores and the caretaker can assure compliance with prescribed diets.
- Incidental shopping – Caretakers can take clients wherever they need or want to go. More than just maintaining independence, social stimulation is therapeutic as well.
- Errands – We can take our clients to pick up prescriptions, go to the bank or post office, and run other errands.
Betty is a 78-year-old woman living alone. When her family began looking for a home care service, they requested that they wanted someone who would take Betty to the local Salvation Army where she loves to shop for good deals. Each week, I would take Betty to the grocery store, pick up her prescriptions, and take her to Salvation Army. Being able to take her to a place that she loves was the highlight of my week!
Light House Keeping & Laundry Services
We know that home is where the heart is and that’s why our caregivers are happy to assist your loved one with daily household chores and laundry. We understand that keeping a home clean, tidy and safe can become challenging and strenuous for an elderly individual. Our caregivers are here to help with light housekeeping and laundry so that we can relieve some of the burdens, alleviate physical stress, and help your loved one keep their home safe and comfortable.
Our caregivers can assist with:
- Taking out the trash
- Cleaning floors
- Cleaning bathrooms
- Cleaning kitchens
- Straightening rooms
- Organizing closets & drawers
- Washing, drying, and folding clothes
- Ironing and putting away laundry
- And more!
Family Respite Care
In situations where we provide a respite for a primary family caregiver (e.g. a wife caring for a husband or a daughter caring for her mother), we find that with our help the family relationship can strengthen when one removes the considerable stress that the role of family caretaker can bring. We find that most often care for a client is a family situation, not just an individual client needing care. We are always mindful of this when advising families on elderly home care.
Benefits of Respite Care
We know that caring for a loved one 24/7 can be difficult and may wear on your mental and physical health. Our respite care will:
- Provide relief and downtime
- Improve relationship between you and your loved one
- Help to avoid resentment
- Allow you to refocus on your loved one when you return
How Respite Care Works
Our caregivers are available to come to your home for a few hours and tend to your loved one in order to give you time to rest and recover. Depending on your loved one’s needs, a caregiver can come once or several days out of the week. During this time, you can visit with friends, run errands, or even relax in a separate room.
Senior Solutions at Home caregivers can take the client out to enjoy their favorite activities or stay in the home and play a hand of cards or a board game. We want our clients to remain engaged and to maintain the hobbies and activities they’ve always enjoyed.
Martha is a 72-year-old woman who’s lived a long and fulfilled life. She has spent her days enjoying time with friends and family, traveling, and her biggest passion, painting. Martha has been painting for as long as she can remember. Martha’s mother was a painter, so the skill was instilled in Martha when she was just a young girl. One of her biggest concerns with aging was that she possibly would lose the ability to spend hours painting. Our amazing caregivers at Senior Solutions Homecare convinced her otherwise and quickly showed her how important it is to us for our clients to keep doing what they love, despite their age. Today, Martha spends hours painting and reliving times from her youth as she paints her memories. Helping our clients maintain their youth is exactly why this job means so much to us!
Incoming Mail Organization
Our clients need not worry about sorting through the myriad of junk mail we all seem to get these days. Our caretakers sit down with clients and assist in sorting the important mail such as bills, etc. Additionally, we can provide reminders for when bills are due. This takes the worry about having late fees on bills and forgetting to look for the bill when it comes in the mail. This also relieves some of the stress of family members when they are worried about their loved ones being financially taken advantage of without them even realizing it.
Throughout my years as a caregiver for SSHC, I often see that a common worry of my clients is the incoming mail and the fear that some of their bills are being overlooked. I decided to make this a big concern of mine and to do everything that I could to ease this fear. With our Incoming Mail Service, we sit down one-on-one with our clients and go through their mail, making piles of what is important and what is not. We go through the bills together to make sure of accuracy and we even help them send checks to the correct places. This alleviates so much stress from our clients, and that’s really what this job is about.
Family Care Plan Review
Keeping the family informed of the caregiver’s plan and answering any questions is a core part of our services. We want everyone to feel comfortable leaving their loved ones with our caregivers and we know that keeping the lines of communication open is key. Whether you live in the same town or are on the opposite coast, Senior Solutions will make sure to keep in touch with the family on a consistent basis.
Click here to watch a detailed video about our online service, Family Room, that connects caregivers, patients, and family members.
Maria is a 77-year-old woman living alone. Her six children all live out of state, but are very concerned and involved with her at home care. Upon Mrs. Patterson joining SSHC, we explained our Family Care Plan Review system to her children. We explained how it is so important for the family to be involved, and how we would follow up with any of the children whenever they needed it. Not only did this put her children’s nerves at ease, but it also helped Mrs. Patterson to focus on regaining her strength after her heart attack and not have to worry about personally keeping her children informed.
Walking & Ambulation Assistance
Keeping on the move is vital to both mental and physical well-being. Senior Solutions makes sure that movement occurs on a regular basis and takes into account any physical limitations for each client. Caregivers assist senior clients as needed with mobility to help maintain as active of a lifestyle as possible. There are mental and physical benefits to seniors being able to be out and about. Physical benefits of activity include increased energy, a stronger heart, lower blood pressure and improved sleep. Activity improves mood and increases mental alertness.
Mrs. Carole has enjoyed walking her entire life. As she was getting older, this task became more and more difficult for her to do, which led her to feel sad and depressed. When Mrs. Carole first came into our care, she told us about this struggle of hers and asked if there was anything that we could do to help. We came up with a plan to help her be able to walk comfortably and safely. We spent many hours strengthening the muscles that she needed to help her walk. After a few weeks, we set out and she was able to walk around her neighborhood with ease. The smile on her face reminded me why I love working for this company.
Positioning clients in the proper posture is something often overlooked in the elderly home care regimen. However, proper posture encourages better digestion and circulation, and aids in the prevention of muscle atrophy and skin sores. Our caregivers are trained to move and place elder clients in the correct posture position to support health and safety, as well as proper functions of the body. Proper transferring and positioning from or into beds and chairs can eliminate pressure ulcers on the skin, reduce the weakening of muscles, and encourage proper breathing and digestion.
Jack is a 69-year-old man that lives alone and who recently suffered a bad fall leading to back surgery. During his surgery, there was a slight complication which extended his recovery time by a few weeks. When he was discharged from the hospital, we were brought in to work with him at home to regain his strength and agility. With a back injury, posture is extremely important. We worked with Mr. Stone to fix his posture after his surgery, and he is now able to enjoy his life once again.
Assistance with urinary and bowel care can be vital to remaining socially active. Our caregivers and home health aides understand the sensitivity of this situation and are experienced in providing such care. We compassionately and sensitively care for our elderly clients, helping them maintain their dignity and self-esteem associated with the loss of independence related to incontinence and the need for toileting support.
This is another basic life function, that when lost, is difficult to deal with emotionally. Senior Solutions at Home caregivers know how to discreetly aid in this sensitive area, providing physical help and addressing all types of toileting needs.
One of Mr. Greg’s main concerns with having an at-home care company was needed to have help using the restroom. While this is a common fear of our clients, it is our job to make sure that they feel comfortable and safe. We do this by telling them that we are not here to judge or make them uncomfortable, but we are there for their safety. We use tips and teach them how to quickly strengthen their bodies so they can get back to using the restrooms by themselves as quickly as possible.