Monthly Archives: May 2014

When A Senior Needs Assisted Living in New York

Time for assisted livingAssisted living in New York is the best option when a senior you love is living in another city or cannot live with you and you must keep living and working in New York.  I know that we all wish that we could be there full time for our seniors when they have a need, but the truth of the matter is that in most situations the adult children must continue to work and manage their own lives in addition to caring for a senior aged loved one.  For this reason assisted living is an amazing option for those adults with parents who are not able to stay at home safely while people are out of the house.  It is a difficult decision to determine when Mom or Dad should begin living in an assisted living facility.

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Home Care Concerns For Those in San Jose

find quality home care in San JoseDon’t wait until you are stuck in bed in your San Jose home alone.  If you are a disabled or suffering from an illness or disease which is progressing, there may come a time when you are simply not able to do it all alone.  For this reason, being open minded about home care can really save your life, your dignity, your lifestyle and your ability to live as you please.  The misconception about home care to many seniors is that admitting to yourself and your loved ones that you need help at home you are saying you aren’t able to do it on your own any longer or that a nursing home may be your next move.  This is simply not true.  Living at home and remaining in your home is very dependent on your ability to be safe at home.  You may actually be able to prolong or live the rest of your life in your San Jose home with home care.

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Check your Checks

Taking financial precautionsFor most people in their senior ages their homes in Orange County have always been a place for safety, security and peace.  As our seniors age, the people who enter their homes to care for them should be the most trustworthy, reliable of people.  It often times takes many professionals to help care for a senior aged loved one when they are living in their home in their later ages.  Gardeners, home care workers, house cleaners and home nurses are in the Orange County homes of many seniors.  Hiring a reputable company with reliable and truthful employees is most important.

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Neglect of Seniors

Compassionate senior care prevents neglectIt is not intentional that some Southern California seniors are being neglected.  When all of the immediate family has traveled away from the elder or lives without daily contact or interaction with their senior aged loved one, there is a possibility that he or she is being neglected.  When people think of senior abuse it is definitely neglect that is the least thought of form of senior abuse.  Most people think that it will be easy to ensure, so long as strangers or those we don’t know aren’t caring for a senior, there is no risk for senior abuse.  A senior is thought to be safe in many cases when they are not interacting with other people outside of the family.  No one can harm the senior physically, mentally or physically when there is not engagement with the senior.  Without help or assistance from anyone a senior’s needs may not be being met.  Neglecting the needs of a senior, even without knowing is somewhat abusive.  Most people would not intentionally abuse a senior, especially someone they love, but there is that situation where even the most attentive, caring adult child of an elderly parent may miss some signs that a senior needs help or should no longer live alone.  Watching for signs that a senior needs help with daily living or making the regular checks in to really see how a senior is living will prevent the even accidental neglect.

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Financial Abuse

Be sure not to experience financial abuseWhether bank account or retirement account, large or small, seniors can be the most susceptible to the risk of financial abuse.  In Southern California there are so many people to trust and just some that you should beware of.  Seniors will receive calls what seems like daily for offers and seeking information about their personal finances.  Seniors need to be reminded that if he or she hasn’t contacted a company and someone is calling them to be very careful or avoid sharing information over the telephone.  Many adult children of senior aged parents will become the legal power of attorney and handle all financial matters for a senior.  There are many legal and financial advisors who are well versed in what financial protection is necessary for a senior to be able to comfortably live many of their golden years.  Many seniors will meet people as they get older or while finding themselves alone and seek companionship with people who may have not have the best of intentions.  As a family member of a senior who may be vulnerable to financial abuse, be very interested in your senior aged loved one’s friends and new love interests.  Just be the extra eyes and ears into their financial business to ensure that what they’ve worked for and what they live on is not in jeopardy.  Reporting financial abuse is important.  Should you find that someone you know or love has been ‘taken’ by another person, you should bring this to the attention of the authorities and warn other seniors, as well.  Read about the companies and senior services before hiring someone to come into your senior’s home and have access to their personal information.  Safeguard important documents and make sure your senior aged loved one is letting someone from the company know if they suspect foul play in their home.  A home care worker in many cases will not need access to financial information and if the home care worker is snooping around in the senior’s home in areas which may not need to be accessed there is reason to suspect that the worker should be reported.  Telling your senior aged loved one what to look for and how to protect themselves is important to prevent financial abuse.  Fraud and abuse amongst seniors is something which is on the news nearly every day, but most family members of senior’s would never suspect a company or another family member.  By the time that the abuse is identified it is often very detrimental to the senior.  Preventing financial abuse is the best option.  Know what to watch out for and pay close attention to ensure that no one is taking advantage of the senior aged loved person you care about.  A financial advisor may be the best way to protect your senior from financial abuse.  There are many options to assist with your senior’s finances in Southern California.

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Home Care Los Angeles

Find quality senior home care in Los Angeles, CASummers are hot in Los Angeles.  Home care is helping seniors through the summer season.  Non-medical homecare can be just what your senior aged loved one needs to stay in their home another season.  In the summer in Los Angeles, there are extra chores related to the heat and dry conditions that might just be too much for your elderly loved one to do on their own.  Family members and friends may find it difficult to assist seniors in the summer with their added summer responsibilities as well.  Non-medical home care can fill the void in care for your senior in the summer months.  The summer brings several additional responsibilities to maintain coolness and safety.  Getting out the summer clothes from a storage location in the house can require some bending, stretching and lifting that a senior may require assistance with.  The outside summer décor will not put itself up.  Inside new blinds and curtains may be hung to eliminate the heat or windows are sealed to prevent the heat from entering and air conditioning from escaping.  Making it through the summer months may require that an air conditioner to be repaired.  This requires a technician to be scheduled to service the air conditioner and system.  Some seniors have pools which need to be opened for the season and regularly treated throughout the summer.  Your senior aged loved one may require assistance in contacting these companies or making the appointments.  There are so many daily chores as a human adult that we all have and they may seem effortless while you are younger, but as you age you may find that you have difficulty completing all of the daily tasks and household chores alone.

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