Kansas City Home Care Topics

Know the Difference Between Hiring Private Caregivers and Using a Home Care Agency

I found this article in the Wall Street Journal and decided to pass it on to all of you. If you are considering hiring home care services, it’s important to know what the family’s legal and financial responsibilities are when it comes to private caregivers. Ultimately, in may be a better option to hire a home care agency.  See link to the Wall Street Journal article below, and as always if you have questions or need help, please visit our website at www.kchomecare.com.

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Senior Fraud Prevention

Seniors can make easy targets for fraud, whether it’s for unbelievable investment returns or fraudulent sweepstakes prizes. Fraud on seniors can happen by phone, mail, in person, or, less commonly, the Internet (because seniors are online in smaller numbers). It can happen to wealthy seniors, and those of limited means. According to the Federal Trade Commission, studies show con artists are more likely to target senior citizens than other age groups because they believe seniors are more susceptible to such scams. The FTC reports that fraudulent telemarketers direct from 56 to 80 percent of their calls at seniors. The need for senior fraud prevention has become greater than ever.

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Here is a great article I found that I wanted to share. The original article can be found at http://www.alzinfo.org/alzheimers-caregiving.asp#3.  If you have any questions, or need help for an aging senior, please visit  www.kchomecare.com.

How can social support ease caregiver stress?

Two important contributors to caregiver stress are lack of social support and the caregiver’s assessment of the behavior of the patient with Alzheimer’s.

Social and family support. Caregivers who lack sufficient or appropriate social support from family and friends are often put under heightened stress. Family conflicts, isolation and loneliness further exacerbate the stress of caregivers. While social support may not affect the primary stress caused by the disease, it can change the caregiver’s response to the illness. Feeling supported by family and friends can improve psychological responses to stress and boost the caregiver’s sense of well-being.

The relentless downward course of Alzheimer’s disease can have devastating effects on the structure and functioning of the family as well. The person with Alzheimer’s gradually relinquishes his or her previous role in the family, and other family members must step in to fill the gaps. In addition, other family members may not recognize that a husband or wife who acts as a primary caregiver has now lost a major source of social support — the spouse on whom they previously relied.

When talking about improving social support, the quality of the support is much more important than the number of people who are available to the caregiver or the frequency of contact with members of the caregiver’s social network. Family conflict about how and where it is best to care for the patient can be can be very stressful for the primary caregiver. Many caregivers feel resentful of other family members for not providing them with the kind of help they want, although they may not know how to ask for that help or accept help when it is offered.

Caregiver appraisal. Another source of stress is sometimes referred to as caregiver appraisal. If the caregiver misunderstands the cause of the patient’s behavior and interprets it as intentional rather than due to the illness, the caregiver may react with anger, feel rejected or become depressed. If other family members do not understand the disability of the patient, they may criticize the reactions of the caregiver rather than be supportive.

Caregiving, in and of itself, can become tedious, frustrating and isolating. An important aspect of helping the Alzheimer’s caregiver is to make caregivers and other family members aware of the availability and value of formal support. Caregivers can benefit from formal support services such as in home respite or day care programs for the patient and support groups for themselves in conjunction with the informal support of family and friends.

Why In-Home Care May be Right for You

I found a great article that talks about the many positive aspects regarding the use of In-Home Care for an aging loved one.  If you have any questions at all about Home Care in the area, please visit www.kchomecare.com.

In-Home Care is rapidly becoming the most commonly asked for service among today’s aging population. In-Home Care involves a network of service providers who deliver personal care and maintenance right to the home. These service providers handle routine tasks including light housekeeping, meal preparation, errand running, mail sorting and a whole lot more. If desired, they can also provide assistance with personal care.

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Complimentary assessments and referrals for clinical trials highlight the CARE-PAC program, providing hope for Alzheimer’s caregivers and patients in Kansas City and St Louis

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Here are some important tips for keeping our seniors safe at home.  If you need help for an aging loved one in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, visit us at www.kchomecare.com.

10 Easy Ways to Prevent Falls at Home

Safe home tips for seniors to prevent falls and accidents

By Gina Roberts-Grey

According to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about one in six Americans age 65 and older will suffer a fall in the next three months, with about a third of those people sustaining serious injuries, such as a broken hip. The critical takeaway point is that most of these falls are preventable.

About half of the tumbles that seniors experience occur in their homes. It only takes a few simple modifications and improvements to your home, however, to eliminate many of the common hazards that can cause such disabling, even fatal, falls. Armed with the pointers below, you (or a caregiver or family member), along with someone who’s handy with a few power tools, can accomplish these safety modifications over the course of a weekend. These adjustments can make your home safer for not only an older person, but also for everyone who steps inside, especially grandchildren who often fail to watch where they’re going!

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Hello-I am Cheryl Smith, President and CEO of Kansas City Home Care located in Overland Park, Kansas.  Here is a little about me and Kansas City Home Care:

Cheryl A. Smith, President of Kansas City Home Care, Inc. is a Gerontologist who is a long-standing member of the National Association of Professional Care Managers (GCM). She is a founding member and past board director of the National Private Duty Associa­tion (NPDA). Ms. Smith is a Fellow with the Helzberg Entrepre­neurial Mentoring Program and is a member of the Accomplished Women’s Roundtable sponsored by the Kansas Women’s Business Center. She was rec­ognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the twenty-five area Women Who Mean Business in 2006. Ms Smith currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Employment Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women with the skills and confidence to help them achieve economic independence for themselves, and their families and the Alliance on Aging, the only organization in greater Kansas City solely dedicated to convening community partners to address the needs of older adults and their caregivers. She is a recipient of the 2008 Enterprising Women award and was recognized by KC Business Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women for 2008. Kansas City Home Care made the INC. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list in 2008 and 2009. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy, America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. The company has been ranked as one of the 2009 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Kansas City by Ingram’s Magazine.

In 1989, Ms. Smith founded Kansas City Home Care, Inc. to provide private in-home care services and care management for the elderly and disabled. As a care manager since 1985, she was not impressed with the quality of home care being provided to her clients. She received complaints from families about con­sistency in staffing and the quality of care their loved ones were receiving. At that time private duty home care was only available through a registry, a Medicare agency or by hiring a private individual. Thus, she opened Kansas City Home Care with a focus on quality, reliability and service. Kansas City Home Care prides itself on its “Clients Come First” philosophy.