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What is Hospice Care?

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jun 17, 2020 12:47:52 PM

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Making the decision to enlist Hospice Care for a loved one can be very emotional and overwhelming.  It signifies the end of treatment for a terminal condition and focuses on the quality of life for those with an advanced incurable disease.  Some people think using hospice means that they are giving up, but Hospice simply focuses on comfort, compassion, and gaining control of physical pain during the last stage of life.

Here are key points associated with Hospice Services:

  • Hospice is specialized healthcare whose focus is on pain management and comfort. Hospice care can be selected when it is determined that life expectancy for any terminal condition is 6 months or less.  There will no longer be treatment administered to "cure" the terminal health condition.  Please note, someone on hospice care can and many do, live beyond the six month time frame and they are still eligible to receive the services after being re-certified by the physician.
  • A person that is placed on Hospice can change their mind and leave Hospice and restart standard medical care at any time.  In some instances the Hospice care benefits the person receiving the care so much that they are able to extend their lives and leave the program.
  • Hospice can take place in a medicare approved hospice facility or in thee majority of cases, at home, assisted living or nursing facility.  If an in-facility care option is selected, the family should understand that charges for normal "room & board" will be the responsibility of the family.  Investigate out of pocket costs before making selection between in-home vs. in-facility. 
  • to qualify for Hospice Care at home, there must be a willing, able and available caregiver in the home.  Hospice provides some personal care assistance such as bathing and dressing, however, it does NOT provide full time caregivers.  Many families select professional caregivers from Home Care agencies.
  • The Hospice Care team will typically consist of a physician, nurse, social worker, counselor, physical/occupational/speech therapists, nursing assistants, and volunteers.  The regular physician can also be included as part of the team.
  • Under Hospice you will receive a host of services including: physician and nursing, medical equipment (hospital bed, wheelchair, walker, beside commode, lift, etc), drugs for symptom control and pain, homemaker services, therapy, social worker, dietary counseling, grief counseling, massage therapy, short term inpatient care if needed for pain and symptom management and short term respite care.
  • Once Hospice Care has been selected, the following costs will NO LONGER be covered under Medicare:  treatments intended to cure the terminal illness, drugs intended to cure the illness, care from any provider that wasn't established by the hospice team, room and board, care in an emergency room or ambulance, inpatient facility unless it has been set up by your hospice team.

Seeking hospice and palliative care isn't about giving up hope.  It's really about finding the appropriate level of care in one's final weeks or months.  For many, the comfort of home and spending time with loved ones is desired over the cold, sterile setting of a hospital room.  If you have made the decision to transition to hospice care and need information regarding In-Home care services, please contact Easy Living Services at 770-442-8664. We are here to help!

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Topics: In Home Care, Atlanta Home Care, Hospice, Caregiver Support

Cancer Support

Posted by Debby Franklin on Sep 10, 2019 12:11:43 PM

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According to the American Cancer society, more than one million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year.  With those numbers, many of us will experience the disease first hand or will be close to someone affected.  Cancer patients often must simultaneously fight serious illness and manage every day demands.  Family caregivers can become overwhelmed with the emotional, physical and financial challenges posed by caring for a seriously ill loved one.

Easing the burden of routine tasks can bring enormous comfort to patient and family members.  Consider adding the services of a highly trained, professional caregiver to your family care team.

Professional caregivers can provide invaluable assistance such as:

  • Run errands including prescription pick-up and grocery shopping.
  • Light housekeeping and laundry service.
  • Transportation to physician and treatment appointments.
  • Monitoring of key vital signs and changes in condition.
  • Preparation of healthy and nutritionally balanced meals & snacks.
  • Assistance with personal care and hygiene tasks.
  • Companionship and encouragement.
  • Respite for family caregivers.

Cancer treatment and recovery can be a little easier with supportive care from the team at Easy Living Services.  We'll match your loved one with a compassionate caregiver dedicated to keeping them safe and comfortable at home.

                              Allow our team to help.  Call Easy Living today, 770-442-8664.

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Topics: caregiver, cancer, cancer support, caring for a loved one, cancer care

Sudden Behavioral Changes in the Elderly

Posted by Debby Franklin on Aug 22, 2019 1:23:28 PM

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A serious and potentially dangerous complication for elderly loved ones is the onset of "Delirium".  The start is rapid and can begin within hours.  The condition is characterized as "worse than usual".  Delirium is dangerous because it puts an older person at risk for falls, a slower recovery, prolonged hospitalization, and even a higher chance of death.  

  • Identifying Delirium
  • Decrease in attention span, lack of focus
  • Delusions
  • Disorientation, confusion
  • Intermittent confusion
  • Cognitive change
  • Altered consciousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Decrease in short term memory
  • Drowsy and quiet behavior, withdrawal
  • Difficulty in following conversation
  • Agitation

Increased Risk for Delirium

  • Severe infection
  • Heart, Liver or Kidney problems
  • Certain medications
  • Low sodium
  • Dehydration
  • Surgery complications
  • Inadequately treated pain or constipation
  • Alcohol or drug intoxication or withdrawal
  • Organ failure
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Ways to prevent Delirium

  • Minimize meds that are known to cause confusion
  • Hydration - Is your loved one getting adequate fluids?
  • Check for infections
  • Constipation issues
  • Is there a UTI?
  • Be aware of the possible causes. Take necessary steps quickly to address the symptom.
  • Could there be sleep deprivation?
  • Look for risk factors
  • Provide mental stimulation

Busy work and family schedules may prevent you from being with your loved one as much as you would like.  That's where a caregiver from an In-Home Care agency like Easy Living Services, Inc. can be an invaluable resource.  Rely on a professional caregiver to provide companionship, supplemental personal care, and to serve as your loved one's advocate when you must be away. A rained caregiver can fill in family care gaps and provide peace of mind.

Find out more........contact Easy Living Services at 770-442-8664

 

 

Topics: infection, Chronic Medical Condition, hospital care, UTI

Arthritis & How To Feel Better!

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jan 11, 2019 12:16:51 PM

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For many arthritis can be a debilitating disease.  It causes decreased mobility, pain, swelling, stiffness and can limit activities.  The five most common and serious types of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid
  • Lupus
The key steps to managing life with arthritis in order to feel better are:
  • Keep active - In this case the saying "use it or lose it" rings true.  The less you do from a physical standpoint, the less mobility and flexibility you will have.
  • Maintain a healthy weight - Additional pounds increase stress on the joints which increases pain.
  • Avoid injuries - Falls and injuries can cause the development of osteoarthritis.
  • Develop strategies and healthy skills - Exercise, eating certain foods and avoiding foods that can cause inflammation can keep the body working better and feeling better.
  • Diet - Eat foods that are anti inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.
  • Early diagnosis - Avoid ignoring the symptoms! Establish a plan early on to live a healthy lifestyle.

Foods that fight and block inflammation and offer healthy benefits for combating arthritis are:

  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger 
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Green, black & white tea
  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Water-flushes toxins out of the body!
  • Tart & dark cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • Avocado
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Olives
  • Onions, leeks, shallots
  • Omega-3's found in fatty acid fish; salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Marine Collagen, the building block for cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments and skin
  • MSM, a natural anti inflammatory that targets joint tissue
  • Glucosamine, aids joint structure and can provide significant pain relief

Foods to avoid that can worsen and cause pain are:

  • Processed and refined
  • Fats and oils that are saturated fat found in meat, butter and cheese
  • Omega 6"s found in corn oil, safflower, soy and vegetable oil
  • Trans fats
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Reduce sugar
  • Moderate consumption of alcohol

If you or a loved one are struggling with a debilitating condition that can benefit from a little help to make life easier, we are here for you! Since 1994 Easy Living Services and has been an expert resource for thousands of Atlanta families with Home Care needs.

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Topics: elder care, senior care, chronic disease, fibromyalgia, Lupus, disabled

Reasons to Learn CPR

Posted by Debby Franklin on Nov 28, 2018 1:54:24 PM

iStock_24140155_womancollapseEmergencies cannot be predicted.  Would you know what to do if someone collapsed suddenly in front of you? The most common cause of death world wide is due to cardiovascular diseases. Being trained in CPR can be invaluable.  CPR techniques can help save someone who has suffered a heart attack and a number of other emergency situations. 

Four out of five cardiac arrests occur at home.   Brain death occurs four to six minutes after the heart stops breathing,  CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs ensuring a better chance for full recovery.  

CPR is not a method of restarting the heart, CPR is used to return the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body to delay brain damage.  CPR consists of chest compressions at a rate of 120 beats per minute performed with the heel of the hand on the center of the chest 2 and a half inches deep into the chest. Repeat the action quickly, at least 120 times a minute.  Don't stop doing CPR until emergency services arrive at the scene! Current studies have shown that people may have a better chance of surviving with normal brain function when CPR is continued up to 38 minutes or longer.  

Less than 3% of the U.S. population receives CPR training, leaving many bystanders unprepared to respond to cardiac arrest.  We can't control everything that will happen to those around us but we can do everything possible to be ready to help in case an emergency occurs.  

If you are still working on resolutions for the new year, add CPR training to your list!  Easy Living Services is a nationally accredited training center currently offering American Heart Association's "Heartsaver" curriculum in a fun, relaxed environment.   AHA CPR/1st Aid and Basic Life support is the number one training course for Healthcare Providers.  Our classes are expertly tailored to meet the needs of diverse participants including individuals, business groups, day care works, and health and fitness instructors.  Contact us today to learn more about flexible and convenient training solutions for your or your organization. 

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Topics: senior safety, home safety, cpr, first aid, Heart Attack, Emergency, Cardiac Arrest