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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.

Consider Home Health Care in West Palm Beach When a Care Need Presents

by: John Aker | November 27th, 2017

Home Health Care in West Palm BeachDeciding what type of long-term care loved ones need when they are no longer able to live totally independently is an important decision that should not be considered lightly. If given the option to live one’s golden years in an institutional setting or in one’s own home in west Palm Beach , the majority of people would choose their own homes. There are many instances when home care is a perfectly appropriate and less expensive care choice than nursing home placement or a permanent move to a retirement or assisted living facility.

When making a long-term care decision for a sick, elderly or frail family member in west Palm Beach, it is useful to understand the benefits of in-home care services. Whether only a small amount of assistance is needed to help avoid a future crisis, or home care is required in the aftermath of a fall or acute illness, home care enables one to reside and recuperate in comfortable, familiar surroundings. Aker Kasten Home Health Care wants to help educate the local community on the advantages of choosing home care in these types of situations.

In-home care helps a frail person to live independently for as long as possible, given the limits of his/her medical condition. It covers a wide range of services and often delays the need for long-term nursing home care or serves as an aging in place solution to help seniors stay in their homes. Home care services can include:

  • Household chores such as cleaning and preparing meals;
  • Personal care that is non-medical, such as bathing, dressing or moving around the house; and,
  • Health and medical care, such as a nurse, home health aide, or physical therapist

There’s no place like home
You don’t have to be Dorothy and Toto to understand this concept. Homes are often havens to people, representing an environment of familiarity and comfort. Home care promotes healing – research demonstrates that patients heal more quickly and comfortably at home versus in a hospital or nursing home setting and there is significantly less chance of re-hospitalization when recuperation is at home. Additionally, making a decision to move into a facility and sell a home is an unalterable decision, once completed.

More for your money
According to the Genworth Annual Cost of Care Survey, on average, the annual cost to stay in a nursing home far exceeds the annual cost for home care. A good rule across the board is that eight hours a day or less of home care will be less expensive than moving elsewhere. Many people fail to realize that nursing home care and other types of long-term care are not covered by Medicare.

Providing peace of mind
Home care services are delivered one-on-one, assuring more private attention than in a nursing home or a facility. There is no “waiting for one’s turn” when care is needed. Also, using a home care agency such as Aker Kasten Home Health Care that carefully screens and trains all caregivers and provides ongoing supervision can help provide families with peace of mind that their loved ones are in good hands.

Assurance of a healthy lifestyle
A home caregiver can be effective in promoting and ensuring a healthy lifestyle. Home caregivers produce healthy and nutritional meals that appeal to the individual and can also keep a close eye on the amount of food eaten. In addition, a personalized daily exercise program can be implemented and followed through, with the added safety of a qualified professional being present.

Dignity + Independence = Higher quality of life
In-home care fosters dignity and independence, important ingredients for a happy lifestyle. Home care (in particular, private pay home care) can offer personalized care tailored to the needs of the family and individual on any given day, whether the needs are as simple as companionship or more complex, such as personal care. With the additional benefit of accompaniment on transportation to and from various appointments, social activities or errands, home care allows families more free time together.

Determining the best options for a loved one’s care can be a difficult process, but there are many resources available to aid in one’s decision. For more information on in-home care options available and guidance on whether in-home care is an appropriate option for a particular situation, contact Aker Kasten Home Health Care, West Palm Beach at 561.955.6010.

How Will You Celebrate Spring’s Arrival in Florida?

by: John Aker | March 12th, 2015

March may come in like a lion or a lamb.

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But regardless of the weather when it arrives, March contains many special days you may want to celebrate. Some of the notable days this month include:

  • Purim (March 5)
  • Daylight Saving Time Beginning (March 8)
  • International Women’s Day (March 8)
  • World Kidney Day (March 12)
  • The Ides of March (March 15)–any Shakespeare fans remember the warning, Beware the Ides of March?
  • St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
  • First Day of Spring (March 20)
  • Palm Sunday (March 29)
  • National Doctors’ Day (March 30)

This month has also been claimed for:

National Nutrition Month

American Red Cross Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Women’s History Month

Many of these observations are important and some are also quite fun. The weather across the county is in the process of warming and SPRING is just around the corner. Spring is a powerful season–it seems to compel us to consider what is coming!  New leaves on the trees and buds on the flower buses remind us that we, too–despite our numeric age–can start anew and be refreshed.

Admittedly, it may be a bit difficult to be impressed visually by the arrival of spring when you live in Florida. But take a moment to reflect on that new life that spring offers and make an effort to renew yourself. We are never too old to try and we are wise enough now to know what we want for ourselves and what we want to share with those around us. Celebrate spring this year–do something to refresh your mind and body.

The reason various organizations claim a ‘national month’ is to raise awareness of their cause and many of them attempt to deliver a torrent of educational materials which will urge us to take action, whether it be to improve or adopt new healthier habits or become involved by donating our time, talents, or treasury to further their work to help others. If you are already healthy and want to renew your spirit this spring, check out the website of one of these organizations above and educate and refresh your mind. You may learn something new and you may determine to partner with one of these organizations. Learning and giving back are two great ways to celebrate spring!

Another way to celebrate Spring is to choose just one little healthy habit to re-commit to doing every day. Your in-home caregiver can assist you in setting a goal and recording your efforts. Think of a reward you’ll grant yourself when you meet your goal (a scoop of frozen yogurt?) and keep a diary of your progress allowing your caregiver to cheer you on to victory.

Maybe you want to become more agile, like the tree branches swaying in the breeze, displaying their shiny new green leaves.  Or simply enjoy the scenery and sunshine–try to get outside each day for 15 minutes to soak up some natural Vitamin D from the sun. You could also enjoy taking time to phone an old friend or a grandchild once a week–that will be a spring gift for both of you.

Even enjoying healthier meals and snacks can have a big impact from little effort. Ask your home health aide to help you plan menus and shop for healthy foods and treats. Nutritious snacks like fruits or whole grain toast can be an easy, enjoyable addition to your daily routine. Try to drink more water during the day than you think you need–that can aide digestion and prevent dehydration.

Strive to sit less and walk a bit more. Many doctors are fond of the saying, Motion is lotion for the joints. You don’t have to walk for miles, just a bit extra will help:

  • ask your caregiver to park three spaces further from the entrance to the grocery store;
  • or accompany you on a walk to your mailbox;
  • or do some range of motion exercises at home.

Mark each bit of exercise on the calendar. And enjoy the satisfaction of your achievement!

How will you welcome spring this year? How will you be refreshed and renewed? Let us know if you’ve been inspired. We would love to know how we can encourage you this spring and throughout the rest of the year–tell us now!

If you’d like to celebrate spring by researching Florida home care options for yourself or a loved one, contact us today!

Take An Aspirin and Call Me In The Morning…Right!

by: John Aker | June 3rd, 2014

We all know the old joke:  Take an aspirin and call me in the morningIMG_3152_jpgbut did you know that doctors prescribe medication to help treat or cure what ails you so when you don’t fill or take your medication as directed, you could be putting yourself at serious risk!

It can be hard to remember to take medications. Some of us have difficulty just getting the medication–actually getting to the pharmacy can be burdensome.

When you don’t take medication as it is prescribed, it’s called non-adherence or non-compliance. And you are not alone–it turns out many people are also non-compliant. But it doesn’t have to be this way!  Aker Kasten Home Health Care Agency can accompany you to your doctor, take notes about the physician’s comments, directives, and prescriptions. Then we can take you to pick up your medication and even remind you to take your medication at the appropriate time!

According to a recent study, approximately 30 % of new prescriptions are never even filled. It also showed that a majority of patients prescribed medications for chronic diseases either take less than prescribed or stop taking the medication altogether after about six months. The Centers for Disease Control link such non-adherence to startling increases in hospitalizations and sometimes death. (see http://www.marinij.com/News/ci_25632494/Dr-Bill-Elliott:-Costs-and-benefits) There are also health risks when you don’t take your medication properly or fail to alert your physician to an adverse reaction.

Don’t become a statistic. Let us help you. We’ll ensure that at each physician visit your medication list is reviewed, your questions are answered and if they are necessary, we can help you comply with a healthy regimen and ensure your medication is taken properly and note any adverse reactions.

Call us now at 561-955-6010 to learn how we can help you remain healthy at home.

 

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.

 

Simple Nutrition

by: John Aker | March 22nd, 2013

March is National Nutrition Month, so this is a good time to gather up some helpful information about what to eat! 

For many of us, nutrition seems intimidating.  We are bombarded with information about diets, recipes, cooking shows, news stories advocating some new super food or health scares related to food.

Let’s be honest.  When many of us think about what we are going to eat it’s a matter of what do we have in the house.  And when we are in the grocery, we mostly look for items we know we enjoy. 

It does take a bit of effort to plan out healthy, balanced meals.  We all know we should.  But many of us don’t or won’t make that effort.  Sometimes we are unsure what to believe–what should we be eating?  In what quantities?  And how do we prepare quinoa?  In an ideal world, eating nutritiously would be simple.

Simple? Surprise–yes, it can be simple! Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated and you don’t have to make huge changes to your routine.  Nutrition can be simple–and you truly can benefit right away by selecting simple, healthy options. 

Studies have shown that even those with chronic conditions might reduce symptoms after appropriate dietary changes.  So at your next visit, ask your doctor for nutritional advice.  In the meantime, we’ve collected a few items for your consideration:

Save Time & Money At The Grocery Store

·         Don’t shop when you are hungry

·         Make and stick to a shopping list

·         Organize your list into sections corresponding to the layout of your favorite store

·         Check for specials and sales

·         Don’t be afraid of larger bags of frozen items–just take out what you need and return to freezer

 

What’s On Your Plate?

Eating well and remaining active can make a dramatic difference in your quality of life.  You are never too young or too old to benefit from improved nutrition and fitness.  As we age, we need more nutrients, but fewer calories.  We particularly benefit from protein, B-vitamins and calcium.  A great resource is the USDA’s website MyPlate.gov.  The site can help you determine the right number of calories for an individual based on their age, and activity level, offers a wealth of information and resources and recipes, and even sample week-long menus.

This concept is pretty simple, really.  According to their recommendations, your meal should include:

·         Half of your plate should be filled with Fruits and Vegetables

·         Make at least half of your Grains whole (whole wheat pasta, whole grain bread, etc)

·         Switch to Skim or 1% Milk

·         Vary your Protein food choices (lean meat, fish twice a week, beans)

·         Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars

·         Be physically active–even range of motion exercises in a chair counts and a brisk for just a few minutes a day will yield results! (Ask your caregiver to assist you to ensure your safety.)

 

How Many Calories Do You Need?

The number of calories you need depends on your age, gender, and activity level.  Here’s a basic guide, courtesy of eatright.org, for adults over 51 years of age:

                Activity Level                    Women               Men
               Sedentary (not active)        1,600                       2,000
                Moderately Active               1,800                      2,200-2,400
                Active                                     2,000-2,200         2,400-2,800

 

Snack Wisely to Avoid Overeating  At Mealtime
Many of us do feel hungry in between meals.  And, it can be fun to have a treat now and then.  Many experts agree that snacks are a good idea.  So go ahead and enjoy a small container of Greek yogurt…a whole wheat English muffin with a tablespoon of peanut butter…a fresh apple or orange…or fresh veggie sticks.  These snacks can provide great nutrition and help you stick to smaller portions at mealtimes.  You can make a healthy, delicious snack a reward for exercising and feel a great sense of accomplishment for your efforts!  Be sure to drink plenty of water too–often we mistake thirst as hunger.  Medications often can cause a bit of dehydration or constipation so drinking more water than you think you need is likely a good policy.

As always, check with your physician before making changes to your diet or exercise routine.  And for more tips and hints, visit eatright.org and choosemyplate.gov. 

If you’d like individualized advice about meal planning and preparation, please call our office and ask for one of our nurses.  She can discuss your concerns and relay instructions to your caregiver too!

Bon appétit!

 

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.

 

National Nutrition Month

by: John Aker | March 8th, 2013

Most of us can recall being admonished by our mother to eat your vegatables!

Well, as usual, mom was right.  Even in our information age with scientific and medial breakthroughs, nothing seems to be able to take the place of proper nutrition.

As part of our eNewsletter this month (if you are not receiving your copy, sign up on our home page after you finish reading this article!), we provided a link to allow you to test your health eating IQ by taking a simple quiz which appeared in the Ladies Home Journal.   You might be surprised to learn something new about nutrition that you didn’t know before.  This quiz is quick (only 9 questions) and the right answers pop up after you enter your guess–and they provide additional information to truly educate you.

For instance, did you know that snacking doesn’t always inhibit weight loss?  It all depends on what you snack on!  Snacks that combine food groups (such as a slice of whole-grain toast with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter) help keep hunger at bay and prevent overeating at mealtime. 

If you have special chronic medical conditions or food allergies, it can be a bit difficult to eat nutritionally balanced meals.  If you find it difficult or just don’t know how to prepare meals that are nutritionally sound, call one of our nurses today to set up a brief visit.  We also make several cookbooks available in our Community Resource Library to address concerns such as heart health, diabetes, and more.  Ask your in home caregiver to help you shop and prepare more nutritionally sound meals and snacks and remember part of good nutrition is to remain hydrated so enjoy several glasses of water each day too!

Call us with any concerns or questions you may have but in the meantime, eat your vegatables!

Hearts Making a Difference

by: John Aker | February 13th, 2013

Operating a service-based business can be both challenging and exhilerating.  The greatest reward for our organization is realized when a client or family member tells us we’ve made a positive difference.  With a view to treating the whole person–not just assisting with physical needs, but also addressing emotional well-being as well, we seek to preserve dignity, promote quality of life, provide for safety, and protect the serenity of the family.  Whether we serve a client for 4 hours a week or 24/7 Live In care, we follow the same model of caring, from the heart.

Caring for the whole person can not be achieved by simply placing a caregiver in the home.  Each client is cared for by a Concierge Team, at no additional cost:  a primary caregiver, a respite coordinator, a nurse supervisor, and a concierge coodinator.  These team members work together to ensure quality outcomes and coordination of care.  (Also available upon request is access to a chaplain for spiritual and end of life care.)  When possible we communicate with a primary care physician and other health professionals to ensure our client’s condition and needs are constantly monitored and met. And will even send progress updates to a designated family member, if desired.

This agency was founded to make a difference in people’s lives.  We’ve learned that the impact of our care can be significant and powerful–despite the simplicity of what we do.

We take time throughout the year to gather our caregivers and acknowledge and honor their efforts to make a difference to our clients.  Their labors of love are rewarded and celebrated for it is not always easy work–but it is work they choose, and it comes from the heart.

We’ve been humbled by kind words for our caregivers, office staff, and leadership.  And yet, we know there is always room for improvement and we must continually strive to enhance our service to others.

Click on our Testimonials page to see what others are saying.  And take a moment to let us know how your caregiver is making a difference in your life.  It’s nearly Valentine’s Day so it’s a perfect time to share a positive word with someone in your life!

So, here’s our positive word to you:  we deeply appreciate you!  We are privileged to have become acquainted with you and to serve you.  From our hearts, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Avoid Re-Admittance After A Procedure or Hospitalization

by: John Aker | December 11th, 2012

According to research recently conducted at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, patients who received assistance with medication compliance in their home following a procedure or hospitalization reduced their risk of re-admittance to 11% as compared to 34% of those who received no supportive in-home care.

This is just another study affirming the value of home health care and its vital role within a continuum of care which seeks to provide support medical providers such as physicians and hospitals. The goal is to keep you healthy and happy–AT HOME!

Home health care helps you follow doctor’s recommendations, take your medication properly, enjoy nutritionally balanced meals, reduce your risk of falls, and meet reasonable exercise goals–all while assisting with activities of daily living and encouraging your social engagement.

The leading causes of admittance or re-admittance to hospitals and other facilities are medication mismanagement, falls, and failure to make or attend follow up appointments with physicians. Having The Aker Kasten Home Health Care Family on your side will help minimize or eliminate these risks.

And our whole agency is dedicated to you as a whole person. When we introduce your in home caregiver–you actually have a team of professionals working for you behind the scenes.

Your care team will include:

  1. Primary Caregiver
  2. Respite/Back-up Coordinator
  3. Care Manager
  4. Nurse Supervisor
  5. Chaplain (upon request)

And this team is available to you at no additional cost! Each member of your care team has specific skills and sensitivities to ensure unparalleled service and care of your physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Call now for details on how we can help you remain healthy and happy in your own home!

561-955-6010

Aker Kasten Helps Raise Funds for Memory & Wellness Center

by: John Aker | December 5th, 2012

We were delighted to be Bronze Sponsors and send a team of caregivers to participate in a fundraiser for a local Memory & Wellness Center to help them reach out to those in our community living with memory disorders! Here’s a picture of our team, giving of their time on a Sunday to walk for this great cause:

Aker Kasten Memory Walk 2012 Team - memory disorders

Read more here: https://fauf.fau.edu/news/?p=6698