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Customizable Home Care Services for Aging Adults

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Endeavor In Home Care’s home care services are tailored to fit every individual’s specific needs.

No matter our age, what never changes is that we are all unique people with unique wants and needs. As we get older, we stay the unique and complex people that we have been our entire lives. Presuming that all seniors will act the same and require the same things when it comes to care is a one-size-fits-all approach that just will not work for older adults or the family members who care for them. Providing home care services to aging adults requires an innovative and careful approach that allows the caregiver to determine just who an older adult is and what their distinct needs are. This is essential to create the best plan of care to keep the individual healthy and well at home.

As there are multitudes of different people with different needs, there are also multitudes of different kinds of home care services and providers. Knowing what kinds of services, or combinations of services, are right for someone you love can help the person live a happier, healthier life at home. Working with a trusted elder care provider like Endeavor In Home Care is also incredibly important.

When you’re ready to start home care services for an aging loved one, a geriatric care evaluation for daily function, depression, and mental status is a vital step that a high quality home care service provider will provide to figure out which types of services are recommended for an older adult.

What Is a Geriatric Care Assessment?

The goal of a geriatric care assessment is to:

  • Outline all of the concerns and challenges that an older adult might be enduring
  • Create a plan of care to outline interventions for recognized issues
  • Evaluate an older adult’s access to supports that can help them safely remain living at home
  • Determine care needs and the frequency of care that should be provided

After completion, a geriatric care assessment can lead to:

  • Postponing the onset of impairment
  • Understanding changes in health before they manifest
  • Enhanced quality of life
  • Better health outcomes
  • Determining rehab needs
  • Planning services to increase safety
  • Saving on health care costs
  • Determining a person’s capability to care for himself or herself
  • Identifying and correcting fall risks
  • Uncovering early-stage disease

During a geriatric care assessment, a home care provider should also take plenty of time to get to know the person for whom care will be provided – their life background, likes and dislikes, and character traits. It’s also important to take time to build a rapport with the individual’s family as well. Understanding family dynamics, personal history, interests and hobbies, and more can all help home care providers customize the care they provide for the unique people they serve.

At Endeavor In Home Care, we’re dedicated to supporting the freedom and dignity of every single person we serve. When health conditions and life stages lead to the need for a little support or even full-time care, we know the changes that follow can be complicated, emotional and daunting. We can help you assess a loved one’s care needs and determine the ideal type of in-home care services to ensure the person maintains independence at home. If you need elder care in Mesa, AZ or the nearby areas, reach out to us today online or at (480) 498-2324 to find out more or to schedule your free in-home assessment.

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Age Safely at Home With Our Expert Home Care Services

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Endeavor In Home Care’s services can help people age safely at home where it’s familiar and comfortable.

If Mom or Dad has been considering their plans for care when they get older, then you’ve probably heard their desires to age safely at home as opposed to moving to a nursing home. Truthfully, the vast majority of seniors want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible – for a wide range of reasons. Home is where they feel most familiar and comfortable because they’ve spent years making it a warm, loving place. Living at home also creates meaning and purpose to one’s life. Something as simple as looking at your personal belongings, reading the mail, or unwinding on the front porch are more significant at home than in a facility because it is the home that creates the framework of life. The comforts of home offer a sense of tranquility and privacy that can’t be substituted.

However, people of all ages assume that it’s inevitable that aging loved ones land in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Is it really feasible to age at home independently and safely with the help of home care services? Actually, in-home care services can be a long-term, practical option for many. Living at home offers not only the enjoyment of familiar surroundings and independence from rigid routines, but according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, home care can be a much more affordable option as well.

If you want to know whether Mom or Dad will benefit from the help of a skilled caregiver instead of making the significant decision to sell their home and move into a nursing home or assisted living facility, start paying attention to the level of functioning in the following two areas:

  • Activities to Maintain Independence: These are activities such as meal planning and preparation, managing finances (writing checks, paying bills), shopping for groceries or personal items, managing a residence/performing housekeeping, taking medications, using a telephone, taking care of mail and transportation by a personal vehicle or public transportation.
  • Standard Everyday Personal Activities: These activities are crucial to taking care of oneself, such as bathing, putting on clothes, getting up out of a bed or a chair, using the restroom, eating and walking.

Could Mom or Dad benefit from aging safely at home with senior home care services? Endeavor In Home Care can help you understand your senior care options. Our experienced and exceptionally qualified care professionals provide you with an alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility and help you age at home. If you need Gilbert home health care or care in the nearby area, contact us online or call us today at (480) 498-2324 with any questions.

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Making Seniors Comfortable with Personal Care Assistance

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Receiving personal care assistance can be humbling for seniors, but these tips can help!

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Learn these signs of elder abuse to keep an aging loved one safe.

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Tips to Help Aging Loved Ones Maintain Independence

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As a family caregiver, it’s important to help aging loved ones maintain independence.

Throughout the many stages of life, “independence” can mean different things. There are major events, such as leaving our parents’ home or getting married, and less significant events, like completing a difficult task on our own. Then, as we age, staying as independent as possible becomes a priority, like being able to live safely and securely in your own home. This wish to grow older in place at home is usually the greatest desire for older adults, regardless of their condition of health or ability to function independently, even in the face of injuries, sickness or chronic health problems. And it’s why as family caregivers, we need to do everything we can to help aging loved ones maintain their independence.

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Learn how to best include aging loved ones in holiday festivities.

Though the holiday season is normally a joyful time of high spirits, filled with visiting loved ones who are nearest and dearest, for seniors, it can be far from merry and bright. A combination of lost loved ones, health problems, memories of holidays past, and more can impact seniors with emotions of sadness and loneliness, and it can make including aging loved ones in holiday festivities challenging. Read more

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Is It Dementia or Clinical Depression?

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Clinical depression and dementia share some similar symptoms, but there are key differences as well.

Visiting with Mom recently brought to light a number of concerning signs. While she’s always been up at the crack of dawn, now it’s hard to wake her before noon. Instead of preparing an elaborate home-cooked meal, she would rather simply warm up a can of soup; and can barely finish a small bowlful. Furthermore, she has lost interest in enjoying time with her best friends from church. Might she be experiencing clinical depression or dementia? Read more

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Changes to Make a Home More Accessible to Seniors with Wheelchairs

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Make sure your home is accessible for seniors with wheelchairs.

Home is where we can enjoy the most comfort and familiarity, and it’s for that reason so many older adults make the decision to continue to live at home as they age. But many times, wheelchairs become a part of life when seniors or those with certain disabilities experience decreased mobility. This can be particularly challenging when it comes to ensuring the home is a safe place for seniors with wheelchairs. Thankfully, a few home modifications for aging adults and disabled persons can substantially improve safety. Read more

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How to Respond to the Complex Behaviors of Alzheimer’s

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Reacting thoughtfully to difficult behaviors can reduce stress for those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is a complex condition that often presents overwhelming issues for those providing care. As the disease continues into later stages, those with Alzheimer’s become increasingly dependent on communication through behavior rather than speech, and oftentimes these behaviors are of an inappropriate nature. For instance, someone with more advanced Alzheimer’s disease may present the following: Read more