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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

Cost Of In-Home Care Likely to Rise Due to Overtime Laws

Posted by Jill Troman on Oct 8, 2013 12:11:00 PM

New regulations requiring payment of overtime wages for homecare aides, while well intentioned, will likely have some unintended, negative consequences for elderly clients.

Senior Care Without a doubt, nursing assistants, charged with caring for elderly clients at home, work hard and shoulder heavy responsibilities.  Caregivers deserve to receive fair wages for the essential care they provide.  The issue at hand involves payment of overtime for caregivers working on a "Live-In" basis for seniors. The term "Live-In"  applies to caregivers who go to an elderly client's home and stay for a number of days at a time.  This arrangement greatly benefits many seniors who prefer the security of having someone with them at night for urgent needs. Seniors with dementia or impaired memory function typically need Live-In care to insure safety and prevent falls.   "Live-In" care is only offered to clients who sleep well through the night and typically do not require assistance during night time hours. Clients who have frequent needs during the night are required to have care billed on an hourly basis so that the caregiver can also be compensated appropriately.  If 24 hr care is provided on an hourly basis, several caregivers are required to cover the shifts; (2) 12 hour shifts per day. While technically, present in the client's home for at least 24 hours, A "Live-In" caregiver is able to sleep 8 hours at night and has some downtime in the evening hours.  These caregivers are paid a flat, daily rate for this service.  Historically, they  have been exempt from overtime pay due to the fact that they have rest time and are not actively working at all times.   

How will this change affect Elderly Clients?

Clients receiving In-Home Care services will definitely take a hit in their pocket books. The former companionship exemption was a significant factor in helping to keep senior home care affordable.  With overtime pay now required for hours in excess of 40, clients will pay significantly more or get used to having numerous caregivers rotating in and out of their homes.  For most seniors and their families, continuity of care is considered critical.   A continuous stream of different caregivers can be confusing for an elderly client and possibly elevate anxiety levels. Communication regarding a client's changing needs is more challenging when multiple caregivers are involved.  Faced with these negatives, many families may decide to hire their own, private caregivers to care for their seniors.  Private caregivers may not have the training and credentials of those retained through an agency.  Hiring home care workers under the table could expose some seniors to abuse, fraud or substandard care since supervision and agency oversight is lost.  What is a senior to do when a private caregiver gets sick or doesn't show up for work?  In all likelihood, the elderly client will be left to fend for himself unless family or friends are available to step in.  

Due to expense or hassle, many families may turn away from in-home care altogether and turn to assisted living or nursing care institutions instead.  Research data indicates that given a choice an overwhelming majority of seniors would prefer to remain at home with assistance. Loss of independence and control combined with less personal attention make institutional living less appealing to the senior population. 

What about the truly wonderful people who have been earning their incomes as Live-In caregivers through In-Home Care agencies?   Will they actually benefit from the new overtime provision?  Probably not.  The overall demand for Live-In assistance will likely decline sharply as costs increase significantly.  These caregivers will likely be forced into  "underground" or private hire situations to find assignments without the numerous protections offered by reputable agencies. 

Who will really benefit from removing the overtime exemption for home care workers?  Its unclear but quite possibly the only benefactor will turn out to be SEIU, the largest and fastest growing member of the AFL-CIO.  Politics as usual?  Let's hope not; the lives of seniors, the disabled and chronically ill will be impacted. 

 


Topics: elder care, In Home Care, senior care, Atlanta Home Care, Atlanta Caregivers, Around-the-clock caregiver, 24 Hour Caregiver

24 Hour Caregiver Service

Posted by Debby Franklin on Sep 20, 2013 4:28:00 PM

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There's no question that evaluating 24 Hour Caregiver options for a loved one can be quite overwhelming, not to mention costly.  You might be surprised to learn that 24 Hour Caregiver service options can be among the most affordable and best values in senior care. 

24 Hour Caregiver Service refers to a caregiver that lives with the care recipient for a specified period of time (usually 3-4 days), providing 24 hour coverage. Typically when 24/7 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. The selected are team will rotate days providing what is typically called "Live-In" care. 24 Hour "Live-In" care is  billed at a flat, daily fee with rates ranging from $175 to $185 per 24 hour period.  24 Hour Caregiver Service rates are considerably less expensive on a per hour basis than standard hourly care.  In order to meet the qualifications for 24 Hour care, one of the requirements is that the client must sleep on average 7-8 hours per night without needing assistance.  If regular sleep is not possible for the caregiver, one solution is that an additional Aide can be brought in to provide nighttime coverage, on an hourly basis so that the 24 hour caregiver can get the rest needed to perform the duties during the day. Even by brining in an additional caregiver at night the total cost for care is normally much lower than hourly around-the-clock rates.

Before you dismiss 24 Hour care as too costly, consider how comprehensive the care is for the money.  Besides "hands on", personal care services such as bathing, dressing, mobility assistance and companionship, caregivers serve as Household Managers.  Consider the tasks listed below that are rolled into the job of a "Live-in" caregiver:


Household cleaning & laundry services--- a $540 per month ($135 per week) value

Personal Meal Planning/Shopping/Preparation Services--- a $450 per month value (30 home cooked, nutritious meals) 

Pet Care (feeding/walking)---a $270 per month ($9 per day) value

Errand & Transportation Service---a $320 per month value (2 local outings per week)

 

These extra services, of course, are in addition to the priceless benefit of one-on-one personal care and companionship in one's own home.  24 Hour care is especially economical for couples or those requiring significant levels of personal care.

As a word of caution---some might be tempted to search for 24 Hour Caregiver Service on their own. "A friend of a friend" may sound like an attractive option.  This person may be someone that you believe you would be comfortable around.  After all, concern about having a stranger in the home is a major hurdle for most.   You should question the motivation of people who claim they will move in on a permanent basis to care for all of the needs of an elderly person.  Professional Caregivers are real people with families, homes and their own interests. A professional, skilled caregiver will NOT be willing to move in permanently and give up their own lives without a break. He or she should possess the credentials/experience necessary to work with the elderly.  Be skeptical of those who are willing to accept room/board and tiny salaries in exchange for a loved one's total care.  Many seniors have fallen prey to dishonest "caregivers" who take advantage of the situation.

Instead, consider retaining the services of a professional In-Home Care agency. Agency personnel will handle the screening and make certain that the caregiver sent to care for your loved one is skilled, professional and has a solid track record.  Agencies also guarantee coverage if your primary caregiver must miss work.  Agency caregivers receive regular breaks so that when they return to care for your loved one; they are refreshed.

If you are finding it difficult to juggle it all - work, family, errands and other demands that often leave you over taxed.  Where do you turn when a loved ones needs are 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?  We understand, in fact, we have been there.

Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care, Easy Living Services. Offering flexible care plans designed to guarantee safety, comfort, companionship and personal care and attention to your loved one at home.

Finally, a real solution.  At last, peace of mind.  Call us at 770-442-8664.  

  Atlanta Caregivers

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