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Your Questions About At Home Care Services

Posted: February 19th, 2013

Chris asks…

What are good home health care services for senior citizens?

My father has alzheimer’s and we are trying to look for a good home health care service and plan.

Healthadvisor answers:

Your local social services should be able to point you in the right direction. It’s best to get something approved by the local authority where you are because they will see inspectors’ report etc. And know which are good and which to avoid.

David asks…

What are good home health care services for senior citizens?

My father has alzheimer’s and we are trying to find a good home health care service for him.

Healthadvisor answers:

Call around and visit different places. Make sure you actually talk to the people living there, they’ll give you a sense if they are being taken care of. Ask to see random rooms and not just the ones they would want you to see.

Susan asks…

What is the best home care service for people with alzeihemers and needs to see a heart specialist for checkup?

Dad has dementia. Hospice called angels of hope says the insurance will not pay for dad to go to a heart doctor. He can only go to a general practician. Dad had to get off of angels of hope because of this. My 78 year old mom needs to find a home health care service immediately that the insurance will cover along with his visits to the heart doctor. He doesn’t go to his heart doctor but a few times a year. They live in Georgia

Healthadvisor answers:

Hi Sweet Tea,

In Australia it is Alzheimer’s Association. Call your local hospital and they will be able to give you the name and address of the Alzheimer’s Association or the organization which helps client’s needing this type of help.

Good luck.

Sharon asks…

Is there any government subsidies for elderly care service in UK?

Is there any government subsidies for elderly care service in UK?
(I mean the in-home care service, which the carer go to the elderly home and help them)
thanks!

Healthadvisor answers:

Susie s is wrong,if you are disabled and have to have care,say, help you dress,help with a bath,then you can apply for carers money. You then have to pay the carer that helps you,you have the choice of your carer.You apply to the Dept.of Social Security.

William asks…

I would like to help elderly and disabled people in their homes by providing hair care services -?

I would like to help elderly and disabled people in their homes by providing hair care services -?
shampoos, cuts, coloring, etc., and other personal care. I would be a considered a home care aide who helps people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired and older adults, who may need assistance, live in their own homes or in residential facilities I am not a licensed cosmetologist. Would it be illegal to provide hair care services for which I would be paid?

Healthadvisor answers:

Yes, you need a license, if you expect payment
if you do it as a favor, then no
but
you can say, tips are welcome
I went to a beauty school, and accepted tips

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Your Questions About At Home Care Medicare

Posted: February 19th, 2013

Lisa asks…

How do I determine my fees to provide a consult?

I have been offered the opportunity to consult with a new agency for home health care for Medicare patients. They want me to train their Director of Nursing about the role of the DON and how to handle intakes and referrals. How do I know how much to charge for my services?

Healthadvisor answers:

You’ve basically got two approaches you can use:

a) the hourly approach
b) the value approach

For (a), set an hourly fee that you think makes sense (it’s competitive with the market, it’s what they’ll pay, etc.) This could be anywhere from $8 / hour (for a babysitter) to $250 / hour (for an experienced business consultant)… Or even higher. But you’re probably going to be somewhere in the $50 – $150 / hour range. You can probably do some research on the Web to find representative rates.

For (b), you work with the client to figure out what your consultation is worth to them, and then you charge them a percentage of that value. For example, if you’re able to save the client $50,000, you negotiate with them for 10%, or 20% of that value: $10,000 – $20,000.

You’ll see that if you take approach (b), you’ll end up making a lot more money. If you’re looking to become a professional consultant, it’s definitely the way to go. But it tends to be harder to get that kind of deal… So if you’re only going to be doing this infrequently, you might go for the hourly approach.

If you want more information on the value approach, check out Alan Weiss’ book “Million Dollar Consulting” — highly recommended.

William asks…

can a person living in an assisted living receive medicare skilled home care visits?

If a person lives in an assisted living facility can they receive skilled home care from a medicare certified agency ie nursing , physical therapy aide services?

Healthadvisor answers:

Assisted living facilities do not/cannot provide “skilled care” as in doctoring, nursing, therapists, etc. They provide assistance with the activities of daily living, a lessor level of care. (You probably already know this.)

If the resident requires a higher level of care, it may be determined a skilled care facility is necessary. However, if the resident has the ability to hire private assistance or has insurance coverage for home care, it’s their prerogative.

The resident has the right to acquire any personal care they might need. However, if the facilities policies dictate the resident is no longer “fit” and doesn’t meet the criteria for assisted living standards, they may insist the family start making other arrangements to have the resident moved to a skilled care facility.

Paul asks…

How would a person go about obtaining a license to practice home health care?

I don’t mind working in home health care, but hate working for agencies. I would love to be a free-lance health care worker, but was wondering if anyone knows the steps on how to get a license to do that? Thanks for your help.

Healthadvisor answers:

This site has some
http://education-portal.com/home_health_aide_schools.html

i see commercial all the time…there are many schools inmy area
you will have ot check with each of them to see if they take private students or only agency sponsored studnets..

Also be awar–aides are often paid by medicare–who pays the agency–it may be hard to get a job without an ’employer’ agency

Thomas asks…

How will seniors respond to these proposals by House Republicans?

House Republicans have made the following propositions in budget debates. How do you think Senior Citizens will react to these suggestions?

Replacing Social Security with a “premium support” program where instead of regular Medicare coverage as they currently receive, Seniors would receive a government voucher of $220 a month to use towards the purchase of medical coverage.

Phasing out the Social Security program entirely.

Eliminating the PBGC – the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, so that when executives raid the corporate pension fund to pay themselves bigger bonuses the seniors who paid into those pension plans would be left with nothing to live on.

Elimination of the Heating & Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) which provides support to low income seniors living in rural communities via energy payment vouchers and discount fuel oil programs.

Elimination of the Meals on Wheels program.

Elimination of the portion of the Medicaid program that allows Seniors to stay in nursing home care. Under the Republican proposal, instead of declaring indigence and receiving government assistance to cover your nursing home costs, you either move in with family members or end up homeless.

How do you think Senior Citizen voters will respond to learning of these Republican Party proposals?

Healthadvisor answers:

Not only seniors but 70% of America is opposed to this Pubbie nonsense

Susan asks…

Do you think the dems are right when they say they’re strengthening Medicare?

By cutting payments to doctors, hospitals, hospices and home care by $500 billion, The CBO states that growth of medicare spending is cut by 2%, but is unclear whether it’s accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or would reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out!

Healthadvisor answers:

Look at it this way, how would you like government coming in ans reducing your pay by what ever percentage they decide? But it OK to do that to some other profession. It takes anywhere from ten to twelve years to be completely trained. Compare that to your training? That is why they should make more then you are making..If Congress does cut medicare by the 500 mil amount no doctor in there right mind is going to work for that little amount Please use common sense to know that is the end of Medicare. So many people are so lazy to check things out for themselves but are quick to repeat what somebody else said not knowing if it is the truth or not and follow like little sheep.

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Your Questions About Caregiver Jobs

Posted: January 24th, 2013

Donna asks…

my jobs sucks I’m a caregiver and I’m trying to find a better paying job.?

Healthadvisor answers:

You might consider the field of medical transcription if you are interested in working from home. You would require some training which is inexpensive and can be done on-line at your own pace. The pay is good. If you choose to do this be sure you select a school who offers job placement. The U.S. Department of Labor projects jobs for medical transcriptionists will grow by 16% by 2015.

Thomas asks…

Assistant in getting a caregiver job in Canada?

did a practical nursing course December 2009 – April 2010. Have never worked in this area but need this job whereby I can take my two sons ages 17 & 14 with me

Healthadvisor answers:

Hi!

There are certainly a good amount of jobs for caregivers in Canada, although I’m not too sure how many jobs allow you to bring your family with you. That would be something to discuss with the client during the interview process.

Christine

Mary asks…

What jobs are the least picky about who they hire?

My problem is this: due to an ailing grandmother, I was forced to quit several jobs without notice to drive across the state to take care of her. Consequently, my job history looks terrible and I’m finding it quite difficult to even get a callback from places to which I have applied.
We have relocated my grandmother and she’s got a live-in caregiver now, so it’s no longer an issue.
I’d like to know what jobs are the least picky about who they hire. The only thing I can’t or won’t do is commission-based sales.

Healthadvisor answers:

Go to craigslist.com there are so many positons available. Just tell them the truth and their human compassion will feel for you. When I’ve lied in job interviews it came back to bite me in the ass.

James asks…

Are there any jobs for people who enjoy working with special needs individuals?

I have been a caregiver for several people now with special needs, handicap physically or mentally or both. I was wondering what kinds of jobs are there other than caregiving where i can work with this demographic?

Healthadvisor answers:

Look in teh SOCIAL SERVICE section of the help wanted ads

Paul asks…

where can i find a job for caregiver in Ireland?

I’m looking for a job as a caregiver in ireland

Healthadvisor answers:

You need Garda vetting and to register with the HSE.

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Your Questions About Nursing Homes Near

Posted: January 24th, 2013

Robert asks…

were can I be a volunteer for seniors?

I am a 13 year old girl and I want to do volunteer work in maybe a nursing home or a senior care center. I live in San Clement, CA. I also realize that most places require you to be at least 16 but, well I’m not. I was just wondering if there were places near here like this.

Healthadvisor answers:

YOU COULD HAVE YOUR PARENTS CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING:
www.adoptagrandparent.org/aboutus.html-

Chris asks…

When do you need Power of Attorney?

My mother is currently is a skilled nursing home for a few weeks of care. She has her full mental capacities, so I never thought of asking her to give me her Power of Attorney. I also assumed that if anything happened to her, that I would automatically receive Power of Attorney as her nearest living relative. Is this correct? Or could the nursing home try to obtain Power of Attorney?

Healthadvisor answers:

Power of attorney is NEVER automatic.
The nursing home could theoretically try, but probably wouldn’t bother.
Why would they?

As long as she’s conscious and alert, you can bring the mail and checkbook to her there and she can handle her own affairs.

If it makes the two of you feel better, she can write a DURABLE Power of Attorney.
That kicks in ONLY if she’s unconscious or incapacitated, and will continue indefinitely.
Any other POA would be invalid if she was unconscious.

She can give you, or whoever, whatever power she wants to give, such as financial, legal, and medical powers.

Helen asks…

CNA Training in southern Atlanta area?

CNA Training near Atlanta, preferably in Riverdale?
are there any nursing homes that anyone knows of with on the job training or anything like that? please let me know.
it doesnt HAVE to be a nursing home. i just dont want to have to go through the whole college process just yet.

Healthadvisor answers:

This site offers a free listing of schools that offer CNA Training programs www.4cnas.com You can also contact your state registry for a listing of accredited CNA training programs in your area. The Contact information for the state registry can also be found on this website.

Ken asks…

Is it BAD TIMING??!!!…can it work in the near future?

Ok so heres the story its a little long I apologize. Ok so I have known this guy for over 2 years the first time we started hanging out he lived 8 hours away and it just wasn’t convenient. He took me on really fun trips, expensive dinners, I met his family. Since we were so far apart it was hard so we started dating other people. 1 year later we both broke up with our significant others and still kept in touch during our other relationships via facebook and talked on the phone once in a blue moon to see how each other had been..mostly him doing more work. Well I had always had a thing for this guy. After the breakups with the other relationships we started hanging out again. Again he took me to expensive dinners, cool trips, I hung out with his family, he introduced me to friends..co workers..ect. Everyone loved me! He also was the first one to say I love you..he always said it first..he was the one who got pics developed us, he was amazing. After being together for 5 months we started arguing about dumb stuff. Not calling at certain hours of the night..he would get so mad if i didn’t call him before bed after going out with my girlfriends. When I visited him we would have a great time but i felt he was distancing himself a little. When I got back home one night after visiting him for 5 days we had a long conversation on the phone it was great he said he loved me and was here for me. The next day I went jet skiing and he said he was done. He sent me this huge email saying he wanted someone finished with college.He was acting like I was lazy…I was taking 2 summer classes I am not lazy at all! I am 25 years old but I changed my major after receiving 2 other degrees and went back to school for nursing. He said I should of been done a long time ago. Which is really weird he sent me a long *** list of nursing schools near him. He also said I needed to grow up. I hang out with nutcases..I work at hooters all my friends are smart they have college degrees but they like to have fun like me. He said I needed to be hanging out with girls in libraries studying for my entrance exam. If i wasn’t working I needed to be studying. I needed to work more to save money to see him,,that’s also something he told me. I WOULD of worked more if i wasn’t requesting off to see him every other weekend!…He just said right now is not a good time for us hence our lives are very demanding right now (he just started with this new company) maybe down the road. He also said he wants to see if this is right. He broke up with me but still text me saying he missed me. I was like YOU broke up with me why are you still contacting me. He said Im frustrated..doesn’t mean I don’t want you to be out my life completely. I AM SO CONFUSED!..the last thing I told him was that we didn’t need to talk if we were not together too many emotions involved. He was like I understand its not fair to you. Is it really bad timing? We have such a great chemistry and great times together (he has done a lot for me) and we have strong feelings toward each other. He told me once that he would rather be with someone he really cared about than be with someone close to him for convenience and be unhappy. But I feel like his insecurities got the best of him and he couldn’t handle long distance.I am moving for college in the fall and its even closer to him only 4 hours away. I think about him all the time and compare everyone to him because hes the perfect guy, everything I want in a guy. What should I do? Should I just do me and if its meant to be let it fall back into place. I’m not letting him control me. I’m still going to be me..I love having fun (you only live once) He goes out all the time (and I do not care) he doesn’t need to be a hypocrite. He said he already has his degree he can. Help I NEED ADVICE Is it really bad timing??

Healthadvisor answers:

Wow that guy is confusing! It sounds to me like he wanted more out of the relationship than he was getting. More commitment, more time spent, on your part, and that he was ticked off that you are spending your time doing fun things like jet skiing and hanging out with friends rather than finishing your degree so that you can spend all your time with him. He got a little possessive there with that i think, which he might have realized too and called it off because it freaked him and you out and he knew that wouldn’t be fair.
Bad timing could be an explanation for it i suppose, though i think more accurately you are just at different places in your lives. He has his job, his friends, his city, his life sorted out pretty well. And while he wants you to fit into that- you are not there yet. You have your career and school goals that you are going for, your friends, your life.
I’m not saying that down the road it is impossible for you guys to be together unless you crush your own dreams and try to fit perfectly into his by any means (if that makes sense…i hope it does)
What i think is going to have to happen if you do want to be with him (as you say he is the perfect guy) is you are going to have to compromise. He will not get upset if you don’t call him every night. You will be sure to visit him on whichever days. He will not get frustrated about your schooling, and you will say i love you first sometimes. These compromises (not necessarily the ones you have to have by any means) will have to be something that you and him agree upon if you decide to get back together.
Distance apart can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin again, and solidify who you are so that you can more aptly be with someone else =]
good luck with everything, i wish you all the best!

John asks…

Is it BAD TIMING??!!!…can it work in the near future??…need more opinions!!!?

Ok so heres the story its a little long I apologize. Ok so I have known this guy for over 2 years the first time we started hanging out he lived 8 hours away and it just wasn’t convenient. He took me on really fun trips, expensive dinners, I met his family. Since we were so far apart it was hard so we started dating other people. 1 year later we both broke up with our significant others and still kept in touch during our other relationships via facebook and talked on the phone once in a blue moon to see how each other had been..mostly him doing more work. Well I had always had a thing for this guy. After the breakups with the other relationships we started hanging out again. Again he took me to expensive dinners, cool trips, I hung out with his family, he introduced me to friends..co workers..ect. Everyone loved me! He also was the first one to say I love you..he always said it first..he was the one who got pics developed us, he was amazing. After being together for 5 months we started arguing about dumb stuff. Not calling at certain hours of the night..he would get so mad if i didn’t call him before bed after going out with my girlfriends. When I visited him we would have a great time but i felt he was distancing himself a little. When I got back home one night after visiting him for 5 days we had a long conversation on the phone it was great he said he loved me and was here for me. The next day I went jet skiing and he said he was done. He sent me this huge email saying he wanted someone finished with college.He was acting like I was lazy…I was taking 2 summer classes I am not lazy at all! I am 25 years old but I changed my major after receiving 2 other degrees and went back to school for nursing. He said I should of been done a long time ago. Which is really weird he sent me a long *** list of nursing schools near him. He also said I needed to grow up. I hang out with nutcases..I work at hooters all my friends are smart they have college degrees but they like to have fun like me. He said I needed to be hanging out with girls in libraries studying for my entrance exam. If i wasn’t working I needed to be studying. I needed to work more to save money to see him,,that’s also something he told me. I WOULD of worked more if i wasn’t requesting off to see him every other weekend!…He just said right now is not a good time for us hence our lives are very demanding right now (he just started with this new company) maybe down the road. He also said he wants to see if this is right. He broke up with me but still text me saying he missed me. I was like YOU broke up with me why are you still contacting me. He said Im frustrated..doesn’t mean I don’t want you to be out my life completely. I AM SO CONFUSED!..the last thing I told him was that we didn’t need to talk if we were not together too many emotions involved. He was like I understand its not fair to you. Is it really bad timing? We have such a great chemistry and great times together (he has done a lot for me) and we have strong feelings toward each other. He told me once that he would rather be with someone he really cared about than be with someone close to him for convenience and be unhappy. But I feel like his insecurities got the best of him and he couldn’t handle long distance.I am moving for college in the fall and its even closer to him only 4 hours away. I think about him all the time and compare everyone to him because hes the perfect guy, everything I want in a guy. What should I do? Should I just do me and if its meant to be let it fall back into place. I’m not letting him control me. I’m still going to be me..I love having fun (you only live once) He goes out all the time (and I do not care) he doesn’t need to be a hypocrite. He said he already has his degree he can. Help I NEED ADVICE Is it really bad timing??

Healthadvisor answers:

I hear wedding bells…

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Your Questions About Caregiver Duties

Posted: January 24th, 2013

Mary asks…

Single with Twins!!! Need Help?

Hello to all. I am a single mother to a 5 year old and also a set of 2 week old twins. My fiancee decided he no longer wanted to live with us and has basically bailed on any fatherly duties. This leaves me to be the only caregiver, which is very hard. My problem is this: I live in a lower level apartment and am having a hard time transporting the twins from the house to the car. I have tried carrying them in their carseats but it is extremely heavy and hard to do alone. Anyone have any suggestions?

Healthadvisor answers:

Use a sling for one and carry d other
here’s d idea:
http://www.thebabywearer.com/articles/HowToO/Twins.htm

Ken asks…

Should I have to scrub the bathrooms at work?

I am a professional caregiver. I’ve been a caregiver for eleven years now and my duties include; cooking, personal care (bathing, brushing teeth, wiping, dressing, brushing hair etc.), errands, shopping, picking up medication, administering medication, taking clients out to meet with friends and family, laundry, vacuuming, dusting, dishes, tracking clients blood sugar (diabetic) and recording blood sugar. My job duty also includes picking up any items needed for the apartment.

Just recently, the new Supervisor says she wants us to also scrub the toilets and tubs and I think that’s asking too much; I was hired as a Caregiver not as a House cleaner. I do clean houses on the side and charge $20 per hour but the Care giving job only pays about $14 per hour.

I think it’s ridonkulous for me to have to scrub toilets, tubs and floors on top of having to care for my clients health.

Ideas? Opinions?

Healthadvisor answers:

I would sit down with your supervisor and explain everything you have been doing as a caregiver and ask for a list of responsibilities. I would only clean the toilets if they are real bad and they live alone and can not do much on their own.

Just have a sit down with your supervisor and go from there.

John asks…

Grammar Help Please short?

The two careers also differ in job responsibilities. A doctor directs the nurses as to what to do. The nurses assist the doctors by following strict instructions from the doctors. They both have to work together to be sure each patient receives the best health care possible. A doctor is able to diagnose, prescribe medication, and many other things. A nurse is the actual caregiver. A nurse usually gets everything prepared before the doctor enters the scene. Nurses and doctors jobs are very different, but they both need each other in so many way. Nurses and doctors job duties are equally challenging. A doctor has more knowledge about the human body so the nurses are supervised by the doctor.

Check for pronoun antecedent agreement
and
subject verb agreement

Thanks loveyou and have a great week

Healthadvisor answers:

The two careers also differ in job responsibilities. A doctor directs a nurse as to what to do. Nurses assist doctors by following strict instructions from the doctors. They both have to work together to be sure each patient receives the best health care possible. A doctor is able to diagnose, prescribe medication, and many other things. A nurse is the actual caregiver. A nurse usually gets everything prepared before the doctor enters the scene. Nurses’ and doctors’ jobs are very different, but they both need each other in so many ways. Nurses’ and doctors’ job duties are equally challenging. Doctors have more knowledge about the human body so nurses are supervised by doctors.

Jenny asks…

basic salary in london for caregivers?

i am offered a job to be a caregiver in london to take care for a 75 yr old man.they said my duty hours was from 6amtill 12 and 2pm till 8pm for 5 days in a week and salary is 2,500pounds, theres also allowance 100 every week, and free room in one of there apartments..is it too good to be true?

Healthadvisor answers:

What is your nationality, did you receive an email offering you the job…have you had a face to face interview. If you are not a national of any of the countries in the European Economic Area and you have not had an interview etc then you are being scammed. Non EEA citizens have to be educated to a minimum of a Master’s Degree or have a skill that is in high demand here to be eligible for a work permit…care giving does not count as as being highly skilled, and you cannot work here without a work permit.

If you are being asked to send any money for any type of documents please do not send any as you are being scammed, and you will never receive any documents of any description…only demands for more money…

Sharon asks…

Would this work for an occupation?

Paid hospital assistants needed?

Although I have never been confined to a Philippines hospital, I have read that people who are admitted require a personal caregiver because the nursing staff performs only medical duties.

This is the same situation as in China, where I have been in a hospital. As soon as a new patient is admitted, a broker approaches the patient and offers the services of a caregiver who then brings a folding cot and stays with the patient at all times. For people with no family members, this is a very viable service. This business—and it is a business—would require low levels of capital to begin. Do you think it would work in the Philippines?
P.S. I have no interest in starting a business of any type. It just seems that there may be a need and that some entrepreneurial person may be able to make it work.
Deliverance: Wrong! I have been ti the philippines many times. Your story does not correlate well with this poster: http://www.livingincebuforums.com/ipb/index.php?showtopic=10630

He has no reason to mislead, while your response sounds like a fairy tale.
Is this the crab mentality at work? This was meant to be a question that could be mutually beneficially to both patient and caregiver. If anybody thought I was taking a cheap shot at Pinoy Pride, then they have serious problems.
BTW, if anybody read the stated thread, I would like ti apologize for the obnoxious comment from the Aussie known as “Loosehead”. It is partly because of bottom-feeder expats like him that caused me to cancel my plans to invest in a PRA visa. I will instead go from China to Saipan.

Healthadvisor answers:

It’s viable as long as you know where to start in terms of contact person in the hospital administration. Its a great idea since you’re thinking outside the box.

Perhaps it would be a good idea if you would start a small one then by word of mouth in this kind of services being rendered there will be more referral to come your way especially if the patients are contented.

It would be a lot of legwork for you to do but at the end, patience pays off and success would be under your way.

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Your Questions About Caregiver Agencies

Posted: March 29th, 2012

James asks…

Is this a terrible time to try to make a career move?

I’m a caregiver who lives with wealthy man who pays me well. I have a bachelor’s degree that I’ve never used. I’ve been stuck in a rut on this job. This is both my home and my source of income.

My boss has complete control of my life, and I don’t know how to get out, especially since we are in a huge recession.

Is now the time to be getting out? It is kind of like men who marry women they know CAN’T get out. My boss knows that short of a miracle it would be very hard for me to leave here. I don’t like being in that position. What about temporary agencies? Are they still surviving the recession? Would they employ me after having been here for several years. Any thoughts?

Healthadvisor answers:

If you don’t enjoy doing this “rut” job, and you are able to go to “make a move” then yeah i say go for it! 🙂 Read More

Your Questions About Caregiver Agencies

Posted: March 29th, 2012

Susan asks…

Can someone please help me correct my grammars, thx!!!?

Please help me correct my grammars/spellings, or worded to make it sound better. Thanks so much!!

OBJECTIVE:

Seeking a caregiver position in a homecare agency

WORK EXPERIECE:

Taking care of the elderly as a private caregiver (2009 – Present)

My tasks are as followings: sitting with the client to comfort her, assist with walking when needed, reminding to take medicine when needed, giving out food and drink, playing memory game with the client, sweeping the house, cleaning the dishes, dusting the furniture, and reporting changes in client condition to her daughter when needed.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE:

My clinical experience in the long term care environments to include: obtaining and reporting vital signs, assisting with all activities of daily living, to include, answering call light, feeding, bathing, assists the residents with ambulation, toileting, making beds, changing briefs, dressing, giving and emptying bed pans/urinals, perineal care, turning patients, backrubs, providing privacy, and infection control.

Healthadvisor answers:

The only error i see is in the spelling of experience in the work area of your resume. Read More

Senior Pleural Mesothelioma

Posted: January 25th, 2012

Pleural Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer. One of the primary mesothelioma causes is asbestos exposure. The cancer develops in the mesothelium, a protective membrane that lines three body cavities: the thoracic cavity (pleura), abdominal cavity (peritoneum) and the heart sac (pericardium). In the case of testicular mesothelioma, the cancer develops in the tunica vaginalis, the membrane surrounding the testicles.

Symptoms of mesothelioma vary from patient to patient, but generally consist of difficulty breathing, coughing and pain in the chest. These symptoms can alter a patient’s quality of life drastically as the simplest task can become quite challenging and tiresome. If a patient elects to undergo treatment, caregivers can expect a tough road to recovery and will be depended on for quite some time.
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Savvy Senior Tips And Resources For Long-Distance Caregivers

Posted: January 18th, 2012

In today’s mobile society, caring for an elderly parent from afar has become increasingly common. In fact, the National Institute of Health estimates that there are around seven million Americans who are long-distance caregivers today. Here are some tips and resources that can help you.

Weigh Your Options

When it comes to monitoring and caring of an aging parent that lives far away, you have a couple options. You can hire a professional to oversee your parent. Or you can coordinate the care yourself by assembling a network of neighbors, friends, medical specialists, drivers, housekeepers and other helpers. 

In either case, you may want to start by having your mom get a geriatric assessment. This is a professional evaluation to identify her needs and a suggested plan to manage her care. To find a professional who does this, contact your mom’s doctor or visit the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Manager’s Web site at www.caremanager.org.

Your Questions About Caregiver Agencies

Posted: January 18th, 2012

Donald asks…

My moms caregiver is sleeping with my dad. Should I call her work?

My mom had a stroke 2 yrs ago and has a caregiver who helps her. She is employed through a caregiving agency in our town not privately. My mom left my dad 3 weeks ago because he drinks and was being rude to her. 2 weeks ago she fired the caregiver to hire me cause I just had a baby and can take him with me and work. My mom always thought the girl had a crush on my dad and yesterday my husband and I went to my dads to get some of my moms stuff and the caregiver answered the door. My mom asked my dad about it and he said that they were together. I know they must have been messing around even befoer my mom left. My 15 year old brother spent the night there tonite and said my dad and the caregiver were up in my dads room. I am wondering if I should call her agency and tell them what she is doing or just let it go. My mom is obviously upset. I think her work should know she is sleeping with her patients husband.
To answer some of the questions, yes they are still married, and she still works for the agency she just has a new client now since my mom called and said she didnt need her any more. My mom wants me to kick her *** which I am thinking about doing.

Healthadvisor answers:

Definitely report her. Caregivers are in a position of trust in someone’s home and to do what she has done is not only unprofessional, but morally wrong. She should be fired to protect other prospective clients. If she is capable of this, what else is she capable of – theft, abuse, extortion? She obviously has no morals.

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