Eldercare and Family Caregiver Issues

Loved ones who are caring for elderly loved ones face a variety of issues. Here are some of the most important considerations and how we can help address those:

Carefully Matched Caregivers

We take extra measures to match the most appropriate caregiver to the individual based not only on skill level but personality. Our compassionate caregivers are highly trained professionals who have a comprehensive understanding of community resources. They take time to get to know the person requiring care and all loved ones who are involved. They establish warm and sensitive working relationships and strive to ensure the same kind of compassionate care and companionship, with utmost dignity that family members would provide.

Personal assistance includes:

  • Bathing, dressing and personal care
  • Medication reminders
  • Coordination of care with health services
  • Attention to range-of-motion activities
  • Errands and shopping
  • Meal preparation
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Laundry and light housekeeping

Medication Management

Medication management has become a widespread problem among aging adults. Our caregivers review medication regimens, provide medication reminders and keep logs to ensure that the correct regimens are followed. Medication tracking, compliance and attentive supervision can extend a person's life.

Nutrition and Healthy Aging

How Many Calories Do Seniors Need?

  • A woman over 50 needs from about 1,600 to 2,000 calories a day, depending on whether she is physically inactive to very active.
  • A man over 50 needs from about 2,000 to 2,800 calories a day, depending on whether he is physically inactive to very active.
  • In addition to calories, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking water all day long.

Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods

  • Fruit - Focus on whole fruits rather than juices, about 1.5 to 2 servings/day.
  • Veggies - Think color. Choose dark leafy greens as well as orange and yellow vegetables, 2 to 2.5 cups/day.
  • Calcium - 1,200 mg/day through servings of dairy, tofu, broccoli, almonds, kale.
  • Grains - Choose whole grains for more nutrients and higher fiber, 6-7 oz./day.
  • Protein - .5 grams per pound of bodyweight. Lean meats, fish, beans, peas, nuts eggs, milk, cheese, and seeds.
  • Supplements - Ask your doctor about Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, or a multivitamin.

Chewing or Upset Stomach Problems?

  • Choose soft canned fruits, and creamed, mashed and cooked vegetables.
  • For protein, use ground meat, eggs, milk, soft cheeses, yogurt, cream soups.
  • If milk upsets the stomach, try yogurt, puddings or cheeses.
  • If cabbage and broccoli are a problem, there are many other vegetables from which to choose.

Shopping or Cooking Problems?

  • Request local food store deliveries, and investigate local volunteer programs.
  • There are many frozen and prepared foods that simply need to be microwaved.
  • Senior citizen programs offer cooked meals, either at their location or home delivered.
  • Use our agency to provide shopping and cooking assistance.

Appetite Problems?

  • Eat with family and friends, and take part in group meal programs at senior centers.
  • Find out if your meds are causing appetite or taste problems - if so, if they can be changed.

Senior Companionship

A senior companion is someone who will keep you company, help you live an independent lifestyle, and become a friend. Our primary goal is to help individuals maintain a safe and familiar lifestyle in the comfort of their own home.

Our companions are always looking for new ways to assist seniors, including going for walks, participating in hobbies, playing board games, help with gardening, or sharing stories. Through our skilled and compassionate staff, we provide quality services and carefully matched companions. We match each person with companions that share the same interest - music, politics, traveling, cultural background, etc.

Caregivers, who differ from companions, provide non-medical, personal services. These services include assistance with bathing, grooming, housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, laundry, and respite care. We promote the independence and dignity of every individual. Let us provide you with personalized services and a schedule tailored to fit your needs.