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Congratulations, Marie! Our 2017 Caregiver of the Year.

by: Matthew McDaniel | January 31st, 2018

Marie Luc,
2017 Caregiver of the Year

On Tuesday, 5 December 2017, at our Tenth Annual Christmas Gathering For Field Staff, Marie Luc was presented to her colleagues as our Excelsior Caregiver of The Year!

Marie came to work for Aker Kasten in March 2009.  From the very beginning, she displayed a servant’s heart–she was committed to improving the quality of life of each patient assigned to her care.  The words I don’t do that were not part of her vocabulary–nor was lateness nor absence ever part of her history with us.

During these eight years, Marie stayed unfailingly with her patients, often rejecting offers to assume cases that offered more hours or even a greater rate of pay.  When given an opportunity to leave a very challenging patient for what others would surely have seen as a better assignment, Marie said:  If I don’t stay and love her, who will?

Marie chose the path to excellence by continually exceeding patients’ expectations.  She made it a point to keep herself genuinely busy–caring more than others think wise…offering to do more than others think necessary…and, consequently, accomplishing more than others think possible.  In short, Marie Luc is just the kind of caregiver you would want for your own loved ones.

Sadly, we did not know at the time Marie was selected as Aker Kasten Caregiver of The Year, that she will be leaving Aker Kasten.  At the end of January, Marie and her young family will be moving north–just beyond our chosen areas of service.  While we are so thankful for the many excellent home health aides and certified nursing assistants that comprise The Aker Kasten Family of Caregivers, we will certainly miss Marie.  She left her mark with us–and we are truly thankful for the lives she touched during her time with us.  We wish her well in her new home–and pray God’s choicest blessings on her.

Top Five Things You Need to Know when Choosing Boca Raton Home Care Services

by: John Aker | December 16th, 2017

boca raton home careMany older adults wish to age in place in the comfort of home; however, when assistance is needed, shopping for in-home care can be a bit overwhelming. Knowing what type of care your loved one needs and what to look for in a Boca Raton home care agency will produce a more informed decision for your loved one’s care. The following are the top five things you need to know when shopping for Florida home care services.

  1. Is there a difference between home care and home health care? Yes. Home care is often referred to as private duty care or private pay services, (sometimes also called personal care or companion care) as these services are paid for by the individual receiving care, whether out of pocket from personal savings or from insurance or reimbursement from a Veterans’ program. Home care services are mostly “non-medical” services and can range from companionship to housekeeping, transportation, personal care, dementia care to 24-hour or respite care. Home health care always has a “skilled nursing care” component and involves certain other health care services one receives in a home setting for the treatment of a condition, illness or injury. The care is based on that condition, illness or injury getting better with the care being provided. Thus, home care also covers those situations where the care is ongoing and the condition or illness is chronic and does not improve over time.
  2. Is my loved one eligible for Florida home care? Anyone is eligible for home care services for which one privately pays a fee. Eligibility does come into play, however, if you are looking for help paying for care from any source other than private funds. Elder law attorneys and estate planners can be very helpful when planning for the payment of long-term care. Most states have Area Agencies on Aging that also provide help understanding eligibility for community based services.
  3. What about Medicare? It is a common misconception that Medicare will pay for long-term care needs, when in fact the opposite is true. Medicare is health insurance coverage provided by the United States government for people over age 65 that covers skilled medical care; it does not customarily cover assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing and grooming. Some benefits may be available for short-term home health care, but only if certain conditions are met.
  4. How can I pay for home care? There are multiple ways to fund in-home care, including retirement savings such as pensions and life insurance policies or long-term care insurance. Some states offer a home care allowance through their Department of Social Services, and there may be other organizations within your state that offer assistance. Talk to a financial advisor and a home care agency to come up with a solid plan for affording care.
  5. Should I hire an independent caregiver from the newspaper or a friend’s referral or go with a professional Boca Raton home care agency? It’s your choice; however, nurse registries and private hires come with some hidden risks. When working with registries or hiring a caregiver on your own, the responsibility of managing and supervising the worker falls on the patient, a family member, or a family advisor. Government mandated taxes and workers’ compensation coverage usually fall on the consumer and oftentimes the workers are not trained. Full service home care agencies provide care by employees of the agency who are screened, trained, monitored and usually bonded and insured. There is far more safety in this model, and far less potential liability for the care recipient than with a nurse registry or private hire.

Shopping for home care services in Florida can be overwhelming, but it’s important to ask questions and understand the choices in order to make the best care decision for your loved one. If you are beginning the process of searching for home health care in Boca Raton for yourself or a loved one, contact Aker Kasten Home Health Care. We’d love to tell you about our home care services and can also give you a list of recommended questions to ask when interviewing other home health care agencies.

Whole Grains for a Healthier Heart

by: John Aker | August 14th, 2012

New research suggests people who regularly eat whole grains instead of refined grains take in less of a body fat called VAT, a fat linked to a higher risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.  Researchers published an analysis of dietary surveys and body-fat scans of more than 2,800 men and women between the ages of 32 and 83 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  They found that eating several servings of whole grains a day is associated with lower amounts of VAT.

However, those who ate whole grains without giving up refined grains did not seem to benefit from the whole grain-lower VAT connection, so it’s important to make substitutions in the diet, rather than simply adding whole grain foods.

Not sure how to add whole grain and eliminate refined grain in your diet? Ask your Aker Kasten Home Health caregiver to help you read the labels as you grocery shop together and to use whole grains when preparing your meals.  You’ll soon be on your way to a healthier heart!

Whole grains are filled with nutrients such as B vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.   They also provide a feeling of fullness!  An easy way to add whole grain is to substitute half the white flour with whole wheat flour in your regular recipes for cookies, muffins, or pancakes.

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Call Aker Kasten Home Health Care Agency today at 561-955-6010 to ask for a FREE handout on Whole Grains. * 

* prepared by Kansas State University’s Family Nutrition Program. Adapted from article What’s New by Jonathon Jarashow

Increase in Veterans Administration Aid & Attendance Benefit

by: John Aker | January 25th, 2012

Good news! The Veterans Administration has increased the pension benefit for Aid & Attendance benefit in 2012. Those eligible can get up to $24,239 per year towards home health care services.

Contact our Business Coordinator, Laurel at LRagaller@akhomehealth.com if you would like more information on this resource available to veterans!

Don’t Take a Holiday from Exercise

by: John Aker | December 2nd, 2011

Courtesy of the Private Duty Home Duty Association

Exercise is an important part of life, particularly for senior clients. It’s a known mood and energy booster, great for the heart, and it helps control certain diseases and ailments, like diabetes. While most people are busy preparing for the approaching holiday, don’t take a holiday from maintaining fitness.

From candy to cake to rich stuffingAK_ServiceArea and gravies, it’s the season for indulgence. It’s also the season in which many people are prone to depression. Exercise can help combat holiday weight gain while generating mood-lifting endorphins that can keep clients from feeling the holiday blues. The following tips can ensure that clients stay active and fit during this busy time of year:

  • Encourage group fitness classes. When people exercise with others, they are more likely to feel encouraged and continue their fitness routine than when exercising alone. Find a list of group senior fitness classes in your area, and encourage clients to attend. Ask Aker Kasten Home Health Care Agency about area classes that cater to seniors at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, or local community centers or gyms, and offer transportation services when needed. In group classes, such as simple water or step aerobics, clients can get in a good workout and socialize at the same time.
  • Follow trends for fitness and fun with video gaming systems. Many video gaming systems now offer games that focus on getting users moving. The Nintendo Wii and the Xbox Kinect are two systems that have become trendy tools in nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country to help seniors stay mobile and increase coordination while having a little fun in the process. Maybe it’s time to invest in a game system and some exercise games, and challenge your caregiver to some fun and fitness. If you loved to bowl or play tennis in your prime, you can still enjoy the competition and movement of the online version without as much strain on your joints.
  • Enlist the family. With family and friends gathering together this time of year, create an exercise routine that the whole family can enjoy. From walking pets to competitive balancing exercises, ask your Aker Kasten Home Health Care Agency caregiver to help you create a list of fun activities that all ages can participate in.

As always, check with your physician before implementing any new exercise routine.

 

The content of this page is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.