Don’t Settle for Cookie Cutter Care at Home

Buckhead home careThe best thing about humankind is that each and every one is totally unique, and that does not change merely because of growing older. As we mature, we remain the unique and intricate individuals that we have been our whole lives. Expecting all seniors to act the same and require the very same things is a cookie cutter approach that just does not work for older adults or those who take care of them. Providing care to older individuals necessitates a creative and careful approach that enables the caregiver to evaluate just who an older adult is and what the person’s distinct needs are to decide on the best plan of care to keep the senior healthy and well at home. [Read more…]

Why Hiring Private Caregivers Is Risky Business

Hiring Private Caregivers When Mom and Dad need some help at home, the search for good, quality in-home care can be a bit mind-boggling. Do you hire a professional home care agency or the lady down the street who says she has experience caring for seniors and whose rates are a little less? When families turn to private caregivers for their loved ones, the decision is usually driven by cost. After all, it is cheaper to cut out the middle man and just hire a caregiver on your own, right? Well, not always. There are actually several hidden costs and significant risks that come with hiring a caregiver on your own.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Home Care Agency

Choosing a Home Care AgencyWhen it’s time for a little day-to-day assistance, most older adults wish to age in place in the comfort of home; however, when assistance is needed, shopping for in-home care can be a bit overwhelming. How can you tell a bad agency from a good agency, or a good agency from a great one? What important things do you need to know about the services a home care agency provides?

The senior care experts at Regency Home Care of Georgia have compiled some of the top questions you should ask when interviewing home care agencies, including:

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Answers to Your Top Atlanta Home Care Questions

iStock_000048769226_MediumAs we shared in our last blog, nursing home care in Atlanta is no longer necessarily inevitable, as there are a full range of caregiving services that can now be provided at home. If you’re in the beginning stages of exploring Atlanta area home care options, it’s likely you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the unknowns: Is home care a possibility for my senior loved ones? Does Medicare cover costs? What other options are there for paying for care? At Regency Home Care, we field questions like these all the time, and offer you the following answers:

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Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aids (e.g. reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

What’s a typical age-related change? Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later. [Read more…]

Six Subtle Signs Indicating More Care at Home May Be Needed

As eyesight diminishes, mobility falters or memory fades, it’s not easy to admit you may need help, and when it comes to personal care needs, it can become even more difficult. Couple this with a fear of losing your independence and it isn’t hard to imagine why many seniors keep their needs to themselves. This is why watching for signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed oftentimes falls on family, friends, or advisers. [Read more…]