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A Collection of articles on Home Care Providers

Do you remember your medical history?

You or an elderly family member has just been diagnosed with a critical illness. You know that with Canada’s beleaguered health care system mistakes can be made. So, right from the get go you have decided to be proactive with your health care. A good step to take is to get a good system to monitor and track your overall health and illness. HealthNotes is a Langley company that provides a tracking system that is easy to use and designed to save time in doctor’s offices and medical care facilities.

HealthNotesSeniorSupportCareAidInformationHealthNotes has some steps to take if you find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of information coming your way. Conversely you may be frustrated by the lack of information you are receiving as well. In any case, the following tips could be very helpful.

  1. Find out everything you can about the health condition you are facing.
  2. When searching for health information online, look for sites that end in .org, .gov. or .edu. These are reputable sites with reliable information.
  3. Start collecting your health records.
  4. Make a list of questions and concerns before you visit the doctor or specialist. If necessary, schedule another meeting following your diagnosis.
  5. Make a list of your treatment options.
  6. Talk to other patients who have faced the same situation you are experiencing.
  7. Make a pro and con list of your treatment options and allow yourself time to make the decision. Remember your stress level will be high and your emotions will weigh in on this decision. But remember it is you who has the final say in your treatment

The information in this post is provided ‘as-is’. B Cared For does not endorse any specific company. We simply strive to provide you, the reader, with useful information and resources we think are relevant.

Lilianne Fuller, Relationship Manager at B Cared For Services

Home Care – Makes total sense

Home Care makes total sense‘. This is what a person shared with me yesterday. He went on to say that receiving help at home for the elderly is so much better for them. His personal account referenced the rapid mental decline of an elder family member who moved to an assisted living arrangement. She quickly lost her need to remain independent and ultimately her will to live.

“Home Care makes total sense.”

“All he needs is a little bit of help around the house every week.”

Another elderly family member however, continues to live in his own home, able to do the things he need and want to do even at high age. However he also acknowledged that he may need some help in a few years just to keep the place up, doing some cleaning or getting the firewood into the house. Having access to incidental, as needed, help in and around the house is exactly what he’d need.

B Cared For’s unique Pre-Pay and Pay-As-You-Go programs offers a great no hassle solution to help on an as needed basis. When you subscribe to our services you only pay for the time used. B Cared For is about providing care for those who need a little help. We specialize in providing community based non-medical home care in and around the home. We’ll work to earn your trust and become your go-to point of contact when you are in need of a little help.

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Home Care – How to Start the Conversation with Aging Parents

Talking about Home Care with your aging parents may be a sensitive topic.In a previous article Home Care – Recognize when your Parent may need Help at Home we wrote about recognizing the warning signs and how your parents may downplay their situation.

Home Care How to start the Conversation with your Aging Parents

“Once you recognize the need, initiate the conversation.”

“Don’t wait till a crisis forces the issue.”

So you’ve noticed your mom or dad needs some help, start the conversation sooner rather than later. Don’t wait till a crisis situation forces the issue. Bringing up a sensitive subject on aging and the need for home care may feel awkward for both of you.

“How would my dad feel about this?”

“Put yourself in your parent’s shoes.”

When it comes to starting a conversations like this, focus on the the other person. Think in terms of what would my mom or dad think about what I’m about to say? How would I feel about this subject when I was in their position.  Focus on the respect, love and care your parents displayed towards you when you were young. This is an adult conversation, try to remain objective and emotionally neutral.

“Discuss your observation”

You could start the conversation by talking about your observation, your parent(s) having more difficulties to complete some of the day-to-day tasks around the house, is affecting their health or well being. With a specific observation stated  you can follow up by asking your mom or dad if they recognize the signs and ask what they think a good solution would be.

“Discuss your feelings.”

Another approach could be based on your feelings. E.g. you ‘feel that it is hard to see you parent struggle’ to complete some of these every day tasks. Depending on your relationship with your parents this approach may draw you into an emotional conversation where in the end both you and your parents feel bad or guilty about the situation. When you approach this subject on the emotional side it is important you both remain calm.

“Discuss your limitations.”

Lastly there you may approach the need for outside help, based on other facts like your obligations to your own family don’t leave enough time to properly look after your parent(s), as long as these are true statements and spoken with genuine intent, you’re setting a perfect stage for bringing up the notion of getting a company involved to help out from time to time.

When it comes to involving outside help there are many options available. B Cared For’s unique Pay-As-You-Go program offers a great no hassle solution to help on an as needed basis. Subscribe to our services and use our services only when you need them. B Cared For is about providing care for those who need a little help. We specialize in providing community based non-medical home care in and around your parent’s home. We want to be your parent’s go-to point of contact when they need some help from time to time or every day. We proudly provide our services in White Rock, Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford.

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Home Care – Recognize when your Parent may need Help at Home

Chances are you reading this article because you’re concerned about your mom or dad’s well being. You may have noticed your parents are not able to keep their place clean, some bill and statements are piling up and the yard is not looking as tidy and well groomed as it used to be. You starting to notice forgetfulness or perhaps a change in your parent’s mood. When you bring up the fact you’re concerned about your parent’s well being with your parent, you probably get a ‘I’m fine, don’t worry’ answer.

“I’m fine, don’t worry.”

A response like this is understandable. Admitting you need help when you have been independent all your life can be tough pill to swallow. Accepting help is not easy for aging people. Denying the need for help will not make the need for help go away, that is unrealistic. Often the children are the ones to recognize the need for help for their parents.

Recognize some of the warning signs when your mom or dad may need a little help.

Recognize the need for Home Care, Warning Signs.

  • Difficulty with balance / mobility
  • Forgetfulness
  • Declining personal care
  • Loss of interest
  • Yard is not kept up
  • Changes in mood
  • Weight loss
  • House tasks are postponed or ignored
  • Dirty Kitchen & Washrooms
  • Laundry is not kept up
  • Mail/Bills/Statements are piling up

What to do when you recognize the need for help? Thankfully there are many options available. Home Care is usually the first step to consider for your parents to maintain their independence with just a little bit of help in and around the home. Home Care is usually non-medical help and tailored to provide help with the day to day tasks. Home Care is intended to allow seniors to live longer in the place they love most, Home.  Many seniors don’t want to give up the place were they live now, because of life’s memories experienced there. Having to leave this safe and known place is a scary thought. Thankfully this may not be needed. Services like provided by B Cared For offer the means for your aging parents to enjoy the comfort of living in their home while maintaining their independence.

When you recognize the need, the most important thing is to not ignore the signs and hope the problem will go away. Look for help there are options available to improve on the quality of your life and that of your mom or dad. Don’t run the risk of burning out by trying to ;do it all’ caring for your aging mom or dad.

“Don’t ignore the signs … the problem will not go away.”

B Cared For is about helping those who need a little help. We specialize in providing community based non-medical home care in and around your parent’s house. We want to be your parent’s go-to point of contact when they need some help from time to time or every day. We proudly provide our services in White Rock, Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford.

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