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Long-Distance Family Caregiver

Posted by Debby Franklin on Nov 7, 2018 1:28:49 PM

iStock_african_american_mother_daughterOne of the most time consuming tasks a family caregiver may face is communicating. Communicating with your loved one, other family members, the medical team and the list goes on.  Providing assistance from afar can assist and relieve the work load placed on the primary caregiver in many ways.  Here are ideas for supporting your sibling caring for a loved one:

Make phone calls and take care of paper work - Schedule doctor appointments and keep a record of health issues, medications, and treatment options.  Plan your loved ones monthly calendar and send reminders. Make phone calls and line up contractors for home repairs.  Review the estimates for repairs and assist your loved one in making a decision.  Be the designated "research person".  Pay bills and become the money manager.  All of these tasks can be a major time saver for the primary caregiver.

Take the call - Whenever possible, be there to listen and offer emotional support to your siblings when it is needed.  You may be the only person in the world who truly "gets it".  I have found that just listening and validating emotions goes a long way.  Often, the primary caregiver just needs someone to hear what they are going through and to agree that they have the world's most difficult job.  

Diffuse tension - Many times our loved ones become stressed at having to make difficult decisions.  Loved ones with diminished cognitive skills, can have a very difficult times with decision making and this can lead to frustration, confusion and anger which may be taken out on the primary caregiver.  Because of the distance it can help you to remain calm and dispassionate, guiding your loved one through the decision making process and listening to concerns which all parties appreciate.

Show appreciation - Caregiving is a difficult job and often the rewards are few and far between.  Sincere appreciation goes a long way in sustaining a sibling who is handling most of the care responsibilities.  Consider a gift certificate for a relaxing spa treatment or a gift card to a movie and dinner.  This will give your sibling something nice to look forward to and let then know how much you value the sacrifices they are making to care for your loved one.

Schedule respite care - Out of town siblings simply must make the time to take over for the primary caregiver from time to time.  Besides, providing much needed respite, it is important to stay current on a parent's changing needs.  The holidays are a great time to visit and relieve an overtaxed sibling.  If personal circumstances prevent travel, consider making arrangements with a Professional Caregiver Agency to provide respite care.  A small investment in giving a tired family member the rest needed to sustain them as a caregiver is truly worthwhile.

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Topics: elder care, caregiver, taking care of a parent, Live-In Caregiver, Caregiver Support

Why people with Alzheimer's need to stay active

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jul 18, 2018 12:03:21 PM


Finding activities that your loved one with Alzheimer's can still enjoy and participate in is so important to their overall well being. Most will respond positively to things that they had a personal interest in and enjoyed doing before the diagnosis. Set up a planner and create a list of activities that they once were interest in or plan things that may remind them of their previous daily tasks. 

By keeping your loved one engaged here are some of the improved benefits:

  • Improved sleep and less night time wandering
  • A decline in behaviors that are repetitive
  • Less nervous and anxiety
  • An improvement in restlessness and and irritability
  • Less agitation and argumentative interaction
  • Overall improvement in happiness
  • Promotes improvement in memory
  • Improves general health, flexibility, strength and reduces joint pain
  • Better interaction
  • Mental stimulation may slow down the progression of the disease
  • Social activities help decrease isolation and depression

Here are some things to consider when planning the activities:

Musicfor someone who sang, played an instrument, or danced, music will have a very positive stimulation.  Engage in a sing a long of favorite songs.  Offer and encourage the playing of an instrument or have them put on a record.  Take their hand and sway to the music. You will be amazed at the response music brings to someone with dementia and Alzheimer's.  

Mr. Fix ItFor the person who was always tinkering with something, give them an object to take apart and put together. An old toaster, toy car, or just nuts and bolts.

AccountantFor those whose career was spent in banking or a money related industry, set up a work station.  The station might include a calculator, paper and pencil, an old check book or register, stapler, paper clips, or rolling coins.

At Home WifeFor the hard working many who stayed and home and managed the household you can engage in tasks like setting the table, folding laundry, cutting coupons, dusting furniture, matching and rolling socks, making a simple dessert, water plants,or sweep the floor.

Depending on physical limitations, exercise is a must!  Take a walk, work in the garden, throw a beach ball, dance, or simple exercise like lifting small bottles of water repeatedly are great for the mind and body.

Other Activities:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Puzzles
  • Petting or holding a dog or cat
  • Looking through photo albums
  • Organize recipes
  • Drawing or coloring
  • Listen to music
  • Play a game
  • Knit/Crochet
  • Outings and car rides
  • Adult daycare can provide group activities
  • Spiritual interaction, church, prayer and meditation

Physical and mental activities for persons with dementia and Alzheimer's will almost always be a positive approach for both you and your loved one and this can mean a longer and happier life.

In-Home Care for Alzheimer's

Where do you turn when a love one needs more than you can manage on your own? What do you do when some of the care alternatives seem like a complication rather than a solution?  Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care since 1994, Easy Living Services.    Flexible care plans designed to guarantee safety, comfort, and personal care and attention.  Call us at 770-442-8664.


Topics: dementia, Memory Improvement, Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's-Caregiver Tips

Posted by Debby Franklin on Mar 9, 2018 1:23:05 PM



Alzheimer's is an irreversible, progressive condition that slowly destroys memory, thinking, and the ability to carry out the most simple tasks.  Damage to the brain can begin as early as 10 to 20 years before problems are evident. 

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's can be an unrewarding and stressful job.  Your day will be filled with emotional ups and downs and you will need to make tough decisions.  Many times persons with Alzheimer's will develop behaviors and moods that are hard to cope with. 

Here are facts on the disease and tips that may help you get through the challenging days.

  • Everyone progresses at a different rate and not everyone will experience all symptoms at the various stages.
  • Some plateau at a stage for an extended time and other progress very rapidly.
  • Research has shown that a person with Alzheimer's will survive from two to twenty years.
  • Alzheimer's does not cause death, however, the disease progresses to the point of many of the body's organs shutting down with the end result being death.
  • 45% of American seniors 85 and older suffer from Alzheimer s.
  • Early stage can include; getting lost, trouble handling money, forgetfulness, repeating questions, taking an extended amount of time to do daily task, mood and personality changes, and poor judgment.
  • Mid stage can include; confusion, memory loss, difficulty recognizing family and friends, impulsive behavior, poor hygiene, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and inability to cope with new situations. 
  • Final stage can include; inability to communicate, dependent on other for complete care, difficulty with mobility and in bed until the organs and body shut down.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can have extreme physical, emotional, and financial responsibility.  Caregivers have an increased likelihood of physical strain, mental and emotional stress, depression, financial issues and interpersonal strain.  

Important things to consider.

  • Learn all that you can about the disease.
  • The Alzheimer's Association offers classes and on line material that will educate you on the practical strategies for dealing with difficult situations.
  • Work on coping skills.
  • Develop a strong support system; family, friends, church and synagogue.
  • Join a support group, most people find this a critical lifeline.
  • Find out what respite services are offered.  Contact the local Senior Center or National Institute on Aging for information on government assisted programs. 
  • Take time to take care of yourself by staying physically active and spending time relaxing and enjoying things that make you happy.

In-Home Care for Alzheimer's

If you are finding it difficult to juggle it all- work, family, errands and other demands that leave you over taxed. Where do you turn when a loved ones needs are more than you can manage on your own?  Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care, Easy Living Services, Inc.  We have supported families since 1994 in an effort to keep loved ones safe, and cared for with personal attention at home. 

Call us to learn more 770-442-8664

Topics: Alzheimer's

My Parents Need "Around the Clock" Care

Posted by Debby Franklin on Mar 2, 2018 11:55:41 AM

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Anyone with elderly parents worry about their safety and well being.  Did you know that keeping your loved ones in a familiar environment can prolong their health?  But what do you do when a parent needs "Around the Clock" care and wishes to remain in their home?  One solution for someone who needs assistance throughout the day and into the evening is "around the clock" 24 hour Home Care assistance.

Numerous studies have shown that more than 90% of the senior population say that they want to spend the rest of their lives in their own home.  These studies also show that seniors fear moving into a nursing home and losing their independence more than they fear death! 

What are the benefits of aging at home?

  • It is comforting to be in a familiar environment.
  • There is a faster recovery at home vs. a medical facility. Being at home promotes healing!
  • Home Care assistance can be more affordable than the cost of a nursing home.
  • Living the "golden years" at home promotes dignity and independence and that equals happiness.
  • The chances of getting an infection or catching something from another resident is greatly reduced at home.  Home is a healthier environment.

At Easy Living we offer a solution for persons who may have chronic health conditions, mobility limitations, cognitive decline and other issues related to aging but want to remain in the comfort of home.  Our "Total Care Plus" is "around the clock" personal care and support at a significant savings over traditional care plans.  This service refers to a caregiver that lives with the care recipient for a specified period of time (usually 3-4 days).  Typically when this service is set up 3 caregivers are selected to work with a specific client so that familiarity and continuity can be established between the client and the care team.  This type of care is billed at a flat, daily rate which can be considerably less that the standard hourly care.  In order to meet the qualifications for "Total Care Plus"  one of the requirements is that the caregiver must sleep for 8 hours per day and have a separate space to rest during that time period. 

What does "Total Care Plus" include?

  • Personal care & hygiene assistance; bathing, dressing, oral care, toilet needs
  • Medication supervision
  • Household management & light housekeeping service
  • Laundry service and linen change
  • Companionship and socialization
  • Personal meal planning
  • Grocery shopping and meal preparation
  • Transportation to and from appointments
  • Pet care
  • Family updates and reporting
  • Care consistency
  • Assistance with mobility
  • Crisis or medical emergency support

Around the clock care simply delivers unparalleled value and exceptional In-Home Care services for safety and comfort at home.  

Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care assistance, Easy Living Services, Inc.  We have helped to support Atlanta families in their efforts to keep loved ones fulfilled at home since 1994.  We offer flexible care plans designed to provide companionship and personalized attention.  Call us today to explore whether "around the clock" care is right for your love one.  770-442-8664

Topics: 24 Hour Home Care, 24 Hour Caregiver

Precautions to Fight the Flu

Posted by Saxon Olson on Feb 8, 2018 10:25:08 AM

dreamstime_middle_aged_man_resting.jpgThe U.S. is in the midst of one of our most deadly flu outbreaks! So far, the flu has already been the cause of 53 child-deaths this year, and it's not over. It is incredibly important that we all take precautions to fight the flu, especially children and the elderly. Due to compromised immune systems, people over 65 and under age 5 are most at risk for severe, or even deadly results. While considering this, it is important to also realize that anyone can get the flu, so it is vital that we all take a few extra steps to prevent the spreading.  Here are some tips and tricks on how to fight off the flu.

The CDC highly recommends that everyone, over the age of 6 months, gets the flu vaccination. Even though it is not a foolproof remedy, the flu shot is good protection. The CDC promotes that even for those that catch the flu after a flu vaccination, it is likely to lesson the severity of your symptoms.

There are a large number of people who oppose the flu shot, so for those and the persons who are vaccinated certain steps need to be made to avoid becoming sick.  It is obviously important to keep your distance from people who are ill! Even if you are a caretaker for someone with the flu, it is important to make minimal contact and keep your hands washed constantly. If you do not have access to good antibacterial soap,  keep a small bottle of alcohol based hand sanitizer with you at all times. Simply washing your hands throughout the day can do wonders to prevent spreading germs and illness.  Being in the Home Care industry we understand why nurses are taught universal precautions as a typical routine to eliminate the spreading of germs and illness.  Universal precautions means "solid" hand washing when coming in contact physically with anyone!  Make sure when you are washing your hands you use warm water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Another tip is to sing through "Happy Birthday" while you wash your hands to make sure you get them clean enough! Also, it is helpful to keep your hands away from your eyes, ears, nose and mouth. These are places which will quickly spread any bacteria or virus to your body. If you need to visit a loved one at the hospital, ask for a face mask to cover your nose and mouth so you don't breathe in anything that could make you sick. 

If you or a loved one does come down with the flu, it is necessary that they stay incredibly hydrated, get lots of rest, and make a visit to their doctor very early on. Prescription antiviral medicines will work much better than drug store options. For a more homeopathic approach humidifiers, nose spray, and anti bacterial jell around the nostrils can help with preventive care.  Make certain you are hitting the flu virus head on and getting rid of it as soon as you can. 

The flu virus is on attack this year, so make sure you keep yourself safe and healthy. Don't hesitate to visit a doctor if you are getting any flu-like symptoms.  As Ben Franklin said "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

Easy Living Services, Inc. is proud to support families in their efforts to keep loved ones safe, comfortable and fulfilled, at home. Flexible, customized care options are available to accommodate any budget and are available on an hourly or "around the clock" basis.  If you need help caring for a loved one, make life a little easier with caregiver services.  Call us today at 770-442-8664.  Serving the Metro Atlanta community since 1994.

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