After surviving a stroke and a two-week hospital stay, Mom needs nursing care while she embarks on a lengthy rehabilitation program. Mom is recovering, but she will never feel safe living alone again in the old home place. Her children and most other grown children, when faced with this sort of crisis, have no idea how to find quality care for an elderly loved one.
Plan a Spring or Summer vacation (if within your budget) and have your children help with the planning. This can take months, and just adds to the excitement of the special event. When you have something to which you can look forward, Winter doesn't seem so long, no matter where you live. Keep your children off the streets and safe within secure environments by giving them options. Visit Springs Preserve and go bird-watching; visit Ethel M's chocolate factory and enjoy the cactus garden and chocolate samples before going home to make your own chocolates. Oh, and visit Mt. Charleston if the snow is calling you! This is bound to be a wonderful exercise for children who have never really experienced snow before!
Lastly, it is important to consider how much elderly people or couples are willing to spend on their retirement homes. Some of them want independent senior living Dallas homes while others opt for more caregiver or physician assistance. There are also senior community homes that offer extensive amenity-assisted units like a bed heater, designated emergency button and 24-hour concierge service. But whichever living arrangement senior people choose, it is always crucial to consider safety, comfort and entertainment in this lifestyle.
Sometimes sending a parent to a nursing home is inevitable. If that's the case, make sure you make a reservation to a (well-researched) senior home at least a year in advance. Waiting lists for assisted living homes tend to be very long, and Medicaid only offers senior benefits to low-income individuals. The government will only offer another small amount on help for nursing home costs. Unfortunately, the average nursing home can cost around $6,175/month, so financially planning in advance is a must for ensuring the continued care of your elderly parents.
The department of health in each state regulates the certification process for nursing assistants. All states in the U.S. provide certification for nursing aides and some states also provide the additional certification for home health aides (caregivers who work only in homes) and New York state has an additional certification for pesonal care assistants.
One of the biggest worries that children dealing with aging parents have is how to pay for all the costs associated with all the care that is needed. The costs associated with health and home care and become extremely unsettling, but the government does try to make a few short cuts for you. If you are supplying more than half of a parent's support and his/her income is less than $3,300 (as of 2006) you can claim your parent as a dependent. This allows you to write off many of the medical expenses. Other options include claiming a federal tax credit or opening a flexible spending account (FSA).
Volunteer services can also help to build up the community and to assist elderly residents. Some volunteers have specialized skills, whereas others are simply taking an interest in their fellow human beings. While group activities are fun, residents appreciate one-on-one attention and volunteer senior services is a great way to introduce new friends. Volunteers are supervised and trained according to the nursing home's agenda so that the resident's safety is always a priority.
With Roger's input, the StayDry dam is designed with two adhesive strips on the base of the dam which adheres solidly to either tile, cement or a fiberglass finish. This design provides double protection to repel any shower water trying to get under the dam. Currently StayDry dams are used by Housing Authorities, hospitals, senior homes and universities for their non lip shower stalls.
Nowadays, people opt for careers that do not only provide emotional fulfillment but also financial security. And among the jobs that meet these requirements is a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). In fact, there is currently a huge demand for CNAs in major cities in the United States, such as New York, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Boston, and St. Louis. What's more, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, this demand is expected to increase by 40% over the next 20 years. CNAs are expected to earn almost $30,000 per year, depending on experience, location, etc.
The Ontario government introduced the Aging at Home Strategy in August 2007 in the interest of improving the quality of life and also the care available to seniors who are able and have chosen to spend their retirement years in the comfort of their own homes.