Senior care consultant to help you navigate the care of your aging parents

There are many ways to care for your aging parents. Knowing the health, financial, legal, caregiving, limitations, holistic healing and other healing ways to attend to the needs of your aging parents are important.

You might need a day companion or non medical caregiver beside your parent who is now in a nursing home.

You might need a care team to monitor daily both your parents , the house , medications and caregivers.

We can guide you.

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It is like going to a doctor’s office or ER. When presented with a groin pain, the admitting nurse, PA or NP asks you standard questions. What is the level of your pain now? Other questions will determine if you have clots, aneuryism, vascular health issues, stroke, hernia and then a blood and urine test is taken. Your BP is measured and some times they will inspect your legs. The patient questionnaire is old and not updated based on many new medical and non medical research, findings and best practice.

That is why a real artificial intelligence in the health care industry is hard to define and set a standard.

But not knowing other factors, what you did 3 days ago, what did you eat, what kind of working environment do you have and past health issues will be a disadvantage to predict the root cause of your health issue.

The medical narrative, caregiving needs and matching the care needed for your aging parents takes a village and must consider many factors and solutions.

Let us help you.

 

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  • They can choose to be W2 or 1099.  And still get medical insurance.
  • They earn more when clients give them a rating of 10 and a minimum pay when rating is lower than 5.
  • They can work with other agencies we can partner with in the mobile application platform, coming soon.
  • They are given the tools they need to keep the client happy. Caregiving tips that are written by other high performing caregivers.
  • They can ask our staff nurses on any medical and non medical related questions to help them in their job.
  • They can receive a referral fee of $100 or more per client and per caregiver they refer.
  • They can own stocks in the company based on performance rating and number of clients served within 1 year of working with us.
  • They can get a car lease with poor or no credit with help of Motherhealth car lease program to high performing caregivers (worked at least 40hrs per week and been with the company for 6months).
  • They become partner marketer in the second year with the company given another job description as they prepare to co-own the company. Motherhealth have trusted and compassionate caregivers assisting homebound seniors with daily living (light housekeeping,c ooking, driving, ADLs). Email your resume, references, availability and desired location to motherhealth@gmail.com to be a caregiver who cares in 50 US states.
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Nursing homes guide

Here are some questions to ask when considering a nursing home:

Regular Health Assessment

Has the senior been assessed recently? If a nursing home is being considered as the next step after hospitalization, this probably has already been done. However, if a senior is considering a move from home or another facility, a more formal assessment by a medical team can help clarify the senior’s needs and see if other housing options may be a possibility.

Safety

Can the senior’s needs be met safely in other housing situations? The risk of falls may be too great, or the senior’s medical needs may no longer be able to be met at home or in another facility. If the senior needs 24-hour supervision, or is in danger of wandering off or forgetting about a hot stove, for example, a skilled nursing facility may be the best option. If the senior’s needs are solely custodial, though, an assisted living facility may be a better fit.

Caregiver

Can the primary caregiver meet the senior’s needs? Caregivers are often juggling the needs of work, their own family responsibilities, and their own health. It’s not possible for one person to be awake and responsive 24 hours a day. Sometimes other family members can help fill in the gap. Day programs, home care services, and respite care, where a senior temporarily stays in a nursing home, may also provide the support a caregiver needs.

Costs

However, there may come a point where medical needs become too great and home care services are unable to bridge the gap or become too expensive.
Would the need for a nursing home be temporary or permanent? Sometimes, a temporary situation may be covered through home care, or family members might be able to rotate care on a short-term basis. However, if the level of care is expected to be permanent, this may be too expensive or coverage might not be enough.

Medicare

Seniors and their families facing a near-term need for a nursing home should first determine whether Medicare will cover at least a portion of the stay. The Medicare program provides coverage for rehabilitation—but not long-term care. If an individual has spent at least three days in a hospital for medically necessary care, Medicare will pick up the tab for up to 100 days of convalescent care immediately following discharge, as long as the patient goes to a home that’s a Medicare-certified skilled nursing facility. Medicare can also help if a long-term nursing home situation looks inevitable but isn’t immediately necessary. For as long as the individual is able to stay at home, Medicare can be tapped for up to 35 hours per week of home health services. Medicare covers home health services like intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and occupational therapy for up to 60 days at a time, called an “episode of care.”

To secure these funds, individuals must be living at home, not in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, must have their physician approve a plan of care, and must use a Medicare certified agency. If you require help only with personal care, such as meal preparation, bathing, using the bathroom, and dressing, you do not qualify for the Medicare home health benefit. A government-published guide offers details on which home health services Medicare covers.

U.S. News’s Best Nursing Homes indicates which nursing homes in each state accept Medicare.

Medicaid

If an individual lacks enough savings to cover the cost of a nursing home—or if the cost of a protracted stay exhausts their assets—they can become eligible for assistance from Medicaid. To qualify for Medicaid, applicants must have minimal assets—no more than $2,000 in cash and cash equivalents such as bonds and IRAs. For married couples, the spouse staying at home may have assets worth an additional $115,920, the annually adjusted Social Security cap for 2013. While some seniors might be tempted to make large financial gifts to their children or grandchildren in order to hasten qualification for Medicaid, doing so within the five years prior to applying for the program could disqualify them from receiving its benefits.

Connie’s comments: Assess your parents or seniors’ health regularly. Are they over medicated, have difficulty breathing, constipated, sleeping during the night, agitated, losing weight, losing appetite and any chronic health issues such as pain, coughing and UTI.

Call 408-854-1883 or motherhealth@gmail.com for bay area nursing homes referral, senior advocacy, caregivers, in home care and just to ask questions on how to care for your aging parents.

Cost of senior care services

Senior Services for Alzheimer’s and other health issues

When caring for an Alzheimer’s client, there are varying in-home health care costs based on level of care for. Seniors with different types of mental health challenges starts with Dementia and progresses to Alzheimer. Caregivers are trained to be patient with a senior who have memory issues and have to be ready for assisting with transferring (from wheel chair to bed) as mobility is restricted during the last stage of Alzheimer’s.

In home care includes assistance in daily living include feeding, bathing, transferring, toileting, dressing, cooking, massage, shopping,driving and light housekeeping.

Senior caregiving service costs

Price ranges for caregivers in the bay area helping seniors at home ( in home health services ) is from $15 per hr to $25 per hr. Live-in caregiving costs can vary from $250 to $350 per 24-hr care. Some in home care agencies are asking for $4000 deposit and $5000 fee when you hire their caregivers directly. Some caregiving for in home care or respite care can last from 1 week to 10 years. Care homes, nursing homes, assisted living, or nursing homes cost ranges from $3000 – $12000 per month.

Health insurance or the government does not pay for in home care or caregivers.

Most seniors pay out of pocket costs or their long term care insurance can also pay for it depending on their LTC policies.

Hidden costs of not having a caregiver includes: death of the client or family member as a result of stress from caregiving, emergencies, and increased severity of the disease.

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Contact 408-854-1883 motherhealth@gmail.com for In Home Care with caring caregivers from Motherhealth in the bay area for homebound seniors with Alzheimer’s or other disease.

 

When do you need a caregiver for your homebound senior

We need a companion, home helper or caregiver for our 70plus mom and dad who live alone to avoid emergencies, to allow us to function and take care of our bodies too in the same way we care for our parents, to give more quality time to our aging parents and to provide the necessary care (non-medical) such as exercises, walking,massage,assistance in daily living (bathing, feeding, others).

Having an Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease is very challenging. We want to avoid the following when caring for seniors with degenerative disease:

Falls

Many medications have side effects such as dizziness, headaches, feeling tired, contipation and more.  When the legs are weak due to health issues and exacerbated by lack of exercise and over medication, fall can happen when there is no assisted device such as cane or rollator, living alone and lack of energy from the body (lack of iron, mental health issues, digestive health issues, lack of sleep, others).

Emergency

Sometimes older adults are addicted to pain killers or other medications when not supervised and can result to emergencies for them and the people around them.  Living alone can also exacerbate the issue.

Lack of assistance in daily living leading to more issues

Just having a companion can mean a lot to a senior who lives alone. They need constant interaction and be read to and have someone to walk or exercise or drive around town.  Bathing and dressing will be more difficult based on the health condition.  Many times during the night, seniors get up or need to be changed (diaper changed) and have to be calmed due to anxiety issues (major issue).  Caregivers know that constipation can lead to many more health issues (mental,physical and aggrevation of current health issues). They constantly monitor whether the client is breathing properly, responding well, has appetite, need to be warmed or has a UTI.

Stories from caregivers

One client was told by his doctor that he has only 6 months to live. His caregiver started him on a healthy diet of greens and healthy protein. He lived for 5 more years.  You will hear the caregiver talk to him daily, Do you need anything Henry? Are you cold? Do you need your food now?

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Contact Motherhealth caregivers at 408-854-1883 for holistic caregiving to your homebound bay area seniors. motherhealth@gmail.com

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