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Ten Signs that your Parents need some outside help in their home

1 June 2020


1. Changes in weight.   One or both of your parents are losing weight. There are halfway-opened cans on the counter, refrigerated items left out overnight or old take out food containers sitting around for days or weeks. 

2. Poor Housekeeping.     There are bugs, garbage or clutter throughout the house. 

3. Buising / Accidents.    You notice frequent bruises. They're falling and not telling you. The stories they're telling you aren't making sense - you can tell they're hiding something. 

4.  Dents & Fender Benders.    There are new dents in the garage or on the car or maybe they wont let you see their insurance policy documents, or you find traffic and parking tickets.     

5.  Confusion.   They mention they got confused or lost while driving or just walking someplace. They blame others for accidents : " They turned right in front of me. I didn't see him. " 

6.  Changes in personal hygiene habits.    You notice they're wearing the same clothes over and over again or are suddenly mismatched when they were always impeccable dressed. They smell of body odor or urine.  

7.  No light. No air.   The house seems dark all the time. All they seem to do is sleep in their recliner or favorite chair. They're drinking or taking sleeping or pain pills - a lot. They don't talk about visiting their friends. They've stopped attending religious services or participating in volunteer activities.   

8.  Outbursts of Frustration.    Their outburst are louder and more frequent. They're paranoid about someone stealing from them or trying to hurt them. They may even accuse family members or people they've known for years.

9.   Decision Making.   They've made some rash decision lately that worry you - giving a lot of money to a televangelist or charity, buying useless items or television, hoarding or exhibiting obsessive  behavior. 

10.  Oblivious to routine.    They are forgetting their normal routine, doctors appointments or medication. They're forgetting how to get home or where a room in the house is located. They avoid answering you, blame others for their confusion and make a dozen excuses. 




About the FutureCare Personal Care Benefit

8 June 2020
















Costs of Hiring a Caregiver

15 June 2020





Home Care Agency vs. Direct / Independent Care

Home care agency pros and cons

22 June 2020


Home Care Agency

PROS 

They are national, regional and agencies so they have good coverage  

Background checks are done for you

Agency workers are licensed and typically bonded.

The agency handles Internal Revenue Service and Social Security tax reporting

Caregivers are supervised 

Coordinating caregivers in the responsibility of the agency so backup care is handle for you


CONS  

They usually cost more 

You may have multiple caregivers ( this could also be a positive if the care recipient is very social ) 

There may be a minimum hourly requirement per shift

There may be rate differentials for care during weekends and holidays 



Independent care pros and cons 

PROS

You may be able to negotiate a better rate dealing directly with the worker 

You have more control over exactly who will be providing care, as you are the employer 

The worker moght be more willing to sign on for live-in for weekend care, as well


CONS 

You are the employer and that means dealing with everything from taxes, social security, back-up care if the worker is ill or need time off, and issue or challenges that arise around work quality or expectations. 

If the caregiver is not licensed or bonded, you may have a safety or property issu arise and not have a course of action

Even if the worker signs a contract, they may be unreliable or quit without notice leaving you with any recourse


Steps for Hiring a Caregiver

29 June 2020


1. Get qualified applicants from us. national database of care providers and take advantage of background check option that we make easily available

Posta detailed job description and a summary of your loved one's condition, including any emotional/mental/cognitive issues and special needs.

View profile for the caregivers who apply for your job.

Request standard background check for your top candidates.

Conduct phone schreen for the caregivers who fit your desires profile.

For the top 2-4 who pass the phone screen stage, arrange to meet them for an in-person interview in a public place.

Arrange for the individuals you feel comfortable with to meet for another interview with your loved one.

Go ahead and let the candidates know that you will call former employers and references before you come together for the interview.

2. Conduct in-person interviews ( as following page for our interview top)

During the interview process, involve your loved one as much as possible. Their input in important, but don't bombard them with too many questions - try to make the meeting feel natural. After you introduce the candidate and your loved one, allow them to interact without your interference. Offer light snacks, something to do or enjoy ( puzzle, crafts, sitting outside, etc. ) and see if they can strike up a natural conversation. Observe how the candidate assist your loved one when sitting up, putting on a jacket or taking a sip of tea. See if your loved one is talking, looks them in the eye and feels valued.

3. Gather documentation and run enhance background check

If the person is a good fit, ask then send you a photocopy of their drivers license, car registration, insurance card and any documentation around care certifications they have for your files. As has been mentioned, let the candidate know that you will conduct former employers for references. You can even request that we conduct reference check for you and record them, so all you have to do is return to the providers profile, select the reference tab and click to listed. Some providers may already have recorded reference on file, so be sure to check. If the person is a strong fit, request an enhanced background check to ensure you have all of the information you need to make the best decision for your family.

4. Write a contract

Once you select a candidate, get it in writing. The job contract is based on the job description and should include:

Wages: when and how payment will be made

Hours of work

Employee's Social Security number ( because you must report wages paid to the caregiver to the internal Revenue Service)

Job Description

Unacceptable behavior ( such as smoking, abuse language, tardiness, etc.)

Termination ( how much notice, reasons for termination without notice, etc.)

Vacation policy

Dated signatures of employee and employer




Do I need to pay for a background check?

Yes, if someone is caring for your family member and is left alone, then take this precaution. Premium Members can run free, unlimited standard background checks. You can also request enhanced background check. These more thorough background checks cost $... ,but are well worth the small price as they include in-person or online search of records that may not show up in standards background checks. If you elect to hire someone completely independently, you can run a background check for about $ ... on your own.

Senior can fall victim to being abused, neglected and having their finances ranshacked by individuals who know they're vulnerable. Unscrupulous people bank on you being too busy and too trusting to keep a close eye on whats really going on. Check with your local police department, legal aid service or atorney for referrals to reputable investigators or search online for " background check " plus your city/area."

Ask any home care agency, non-profit or care facility what type of background check they do. Hiring practices vary widely. You want to know if they do criminal background check as well as driving background check . A person with a string of DUIs and a suspended license isn't who you want driving your mom around on her weekly errands . Many places allow minor offenses, so don't let that surprise you but you need to know who has access to your loved one and his on her belongings.

Don't forget the paperwork!

Hiring an individual caregiver means you will treat them either as an employee or as a contractor.

If you choose to hire them as an employee, that means you'll e paying their taxes. Social Security, and Medicare, as well as withhold income tax and unemployment tax. There are several great sites and programs to help manage this.

If you choose o hire your care provider as a contractor then you will need to file a form.

Consider hiring an account to avorsee that you're legal and financial obligations to the care aide, as a well as to your state and federal government.

Interviews Tips:

Are you willing to submit to a background check?

Do you have a driver's license and clean clean driving record? Do you have reliable transportation and insurance? How far from here do you live?

What are your responsibilities outside of work? Do you have to account for the schedules or needs of others in your workday, or are you flexible?

Will you be working other jobs that might be affected if i'm delayed getting home? Would you be available for respite care, or to stay for a long weekend?

Do you smoke?

What caregiving certification training do you have, if any? Do you have any CPR or first-aid training? If I pay for it, would you be willing to add to your skills?


Here is a list of expected caregiving related duties - is there anything on the list that poses a problem or concern? Are you comfortable with pets? are you comfortable with my ( parents/spouse)having guest or other family members stopping by?

are you able to work the hours needed? When are you available to start working? Would you agree to 30 -day trial period? Would you be willing to commit to a (fill in a time frame/6 months, a year is common) long term?

Have you ever cared for someone with ( conditions relatable to your loved one's care : memory problem, elderly, wheelchair bound, etc.)


If you require assistance getting a caregiver in place to care for your parents or other loved one, contact us here.


Managing the first week with a Carer

6 July 2020


Be available. If you're a long distance caregiver, you'll have to make plans to be there the first few days. Plan one day for them to observe you and take notes ( at least for a couple of hours ) and then another day where you're the observer, taking notes, answering question and making suggestions.

Create a notebook and include a typical schedule, important numbers, contacts, etc.

Don't expect your ways to be followed to the letter, put pick one or two very important items that you do want done " your way " and follow through until you get the result you want. Be clear, be consistent.

Allow the home care aide to find new ways to tackle certain problems - and acknowledge his or her input.

Don't be surprised if your loved one rebels and doesn't like this person right away - give it time.

Don't be surprised if it turns out they like the new home care aide better than you do!

Resist the urge to move to fast emotionally and make your new employee an extended family member - trust should be natural and takes time.

Stop by at odd times. Not practical? Check on them often by phone, email, or visit.

Ask what the most challenging part of the week was and brainstorm together for solutions.

Expect this to take a bit of time - try to not to nitpick - attention in his or her own unique style.

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How can my parents stay in her home safely?

13 July 2020


What are the options?

after assessing your parent's health, their maneuverability and their living situation, you've come to the decision that something - either something major or, at the moment, minor - has to be done. But what, exactly? There's no one-size-fits-all solution to the  question of senior living arrangements. Fortunately, there are plenty of options. Here are a few to discuss with your parents. 

  •  Your parents stay in their own home, but you help them modify it for safety and ease. That may include moving their bathroom or kitchen, etc. If you've doing some remodeling, go ahead and widen doorways to at least 36-inches for wheelchair and walker access. 
  • Your parents atay at home but you augment it with daily care including: part-time home-care professional, a live-in care person. You or another family member may cover night or weekends. 
  •  Your parent or parents move in with you or another family member. You may alternate weeks or months if your parents can be moved without too much upset or difficulty. 
  • You investigate various living arrangements including moving to a smaller , more manageable home , condo or apartment, or living close to family members. Other option include senior housing, continuing care homes, assisted living or group home. Depending on their health needs, a nursing home or memory care home might be most appropriate. 



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Nine ways to protect your loved one?

27 July 2020

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About HomeCare -

What are the different types of homecare?

3 August 2020

Let's review your options. Here are the main sources of home care, with full details on each. Read through the description, because while you may start with one type of care, you may find yourself needing other options eventually.  


  • Volunteers : family, friends, church or synagogue, community, and hospice programs that offer assistance.
  • Skilled care ( Medicare - certified )
  • Non-medical care
  • Technology to help monitor care

Celebrating a Birthday!

10 August 2020

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Want to move mom / dad in with you?

17 August 2020

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Nine ways to protect your loved one?

24 August 2020

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Nine ways to protect your loved one?

31 August 2020

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