Susan Kiefer, CEO Kiefer Senior Care is a registered nurse and has been doing in home care for about eight years.  Susan joins us in discussing in home care options for you or your loved one. If you’re a family caregiver providing care for a senior you know how important it is to keep them safe in their home so they can stay as long as possible. The benefits of in-home care are phenomenal.

Empowering Seniors – Aging in place and types of services that make that possible

Like many of the in-home care companies Kiefer Senior Care provide non-medical care services including: caregiving, companionship, food preparation, light cleaning, laundry and similar daily living activities.  The biggest thing is companion care and supporting them in in their home. Kiefer Senior Care has the qualified and dedicated team members to help keep you safe and comfortable in your own home.

You might ask, when is it time to start interviewing in home care companies?

When adult children or loved ones begin noticing that they are needing to check on their senior more and more. Issues like forgetting to take medication or starting to fall are good indications. Make sure you do your research. Finding the company and companion that is the best fit for you or your loved ones needs is key. Always interview the companies, In short, every company can provide something slightly different. So it’s important to explore which company is the best fit.

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Once choosing a in care home company a compatible staff member will begin helping and supporting the client. In return, this creates a better quality of life allowing them to age in place longer. A staff member can go with a senior to doctor appointments. The benefit of this is having two sets of ears to hear all the information that is being communicated.

Brian Speer, Home Health & Hospice shares with us the difference between in home medical care and some of the graduating services. In-home medical care does things like skilled nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy all under the order and direction of the primary care physician.

They key is to provide that overall care coordination. You want to make sure everyone has the skill need and the personal need that a home attendant might need.

Another level of care is palliative care.

It is more designed for people who have long-term clinical diagnosis. This can benefit seniors living in their home. It can make life a little easier and for their loved one. Having a care coordination team can help provide the overall service for the family. The idea of keeping seniors in their home where they can make their medical decisions is the goal. The team is there to be helped.

It is key to interview companies. This should be on your empowering seniors to do list. If you can start looking into these companies before services are needed that is even better. Doing this allows you to begin to get to know the companies and vis versa.

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