We have included a variety of useful professional resources and frequently asked questions for seniors, their families, and caregivers. Take a look at the information below, or click here to contact us today for other inquiries.
Listed below are links to many helpful organizations and resources for seniors, their families and caregivers. These listings are for informational purposes only and do not represent a endorsement by (or for) Home Care Assistance.
The American Association of Retired Persons Web site provides a frequently updated database of Internet resources, including links to more than 900 of the best sites for people age 50+.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected.
The Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center Web site will help you find current, comprehensive Alzheimer’s disease (AD) information and resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America strives to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families—through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.
This nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization provides extensive information on preventing cancer and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
This AHA Web site provides a healthy selection of nutrition tips, menu suggestions, heart-wise supermarket shopping tips and even advice on healthier dining out.
This nonprofit organization offers assistance, resources and support for men and women providing long distance care.
Elder Law Firms.com is an exclusive legal website dedicated to educating the public on Elder Law and guiding the public to legal representation in your area. They also provide news articles from around the nation and an informative resource center geared toward anyone looking for in-depth information on Elder Law.
This site was created for people caring for a loved one who is ill or disabled. It’s a great place to find assistance, answers, new ideas and helpful advice for both you and your loved one.
The FDA has numerous articles, brochures and other publications with information for older people on a wide range of health issues, including arthritis, cancer, health fraud, and nutrition.
Helpguide provides over 170 non-commercial articles on the topics of Mental Health, Healthy Lifestyles, Families & Relationships and Seniors & Aging.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) conducts and supports research and training and disseminates health information regarding the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and their families.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
The NAELA deals with legal issues affecting the elderly and disabled, such as public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning. This Web site also provides current news on legal topics related to aging, as well as advice in looking for an elder law attorney.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for dying people and their loved ones.
This noncommercial, long term care Web site provides links to 34 in-depth chapters, totaling over 690 printable pages, from 9 experts and covering all areas of long-term/eldercare planning.
Professional Geriatric Care Managers (PGCMs)
Professional Geriatric Care Managers can guide families through professional consultation/counseling, prioritizing needs, developing customized care plans, setting up services and referral to resources and making sure the plan is instituted and followed so as to have positive outcomes.
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Case Managers
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Case Managers acts as a guide and advocate—identifying problems and offering solutions, from assessment of an aging parent’s needs to addressing the life change of a family affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinsons or other symptoms of dementia.
Parentgiving is a complete online resource for getting smart about caring for your aging parents, with hundreds of articles, experts on demand and a store with over 3200 of the most often needed home care products and medical supplies.
Online supplier of Aids to Daily Living including Bathroom Safety Kitchen Aids Walkers and more.
Online retailer of health accessories (pill boxes, pill organizers, syringes, etc.)
Products for the Elderly and Independent Care Products. Their elderly care products include, low vision aids, mobility products, arthritis aids, hearing products, one handed products, elderly hygiene products, etc.
Online retailer for elderly living and independent living products.
NorthShore Care Supply offers discreet home delivery of home care supplies, specializing in adult diapers, bed pads, and other incontinence supplies as well as walking aids, skin care products, exam gloves, bathroom safety supplies and weight scales. Contact our care experts for personalized service.
Online social care jobs board aimed at helping thousands of health care, care home and carer job seekers each month.
From The Wright Stuff, Inc. specializes in caregiving products, disability aids, elderly care products, nursing home supplies.
Online supplier of WheelChair Accessories, products ranging from wheelchair trays to wheelchair bags.
We are committed to helping your family make the best care decisions for your loved ones. Take a look at our checklist for a list of the most important questions to ask a potential home care provider.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In-home care provides seniors with one-on-one assistance in the comfort of their own home, which enables them to live independently. Home Care Assistance helps seniors maintain their quality of life, and the personal attention they receive vastly improves their safety, health and happiness. Home care includes assistance with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, bathing, transportation, laundry, medication reminders, light housekeeping and companionship.
Convincing older adults that they need help at home can be challenging. While they balk at the thought of losing independence, the opposite is actually true. By having a little help, they are much more likely to retain independence because they remain in control of decisions affecting their lifestyle. Once a crisis occurs (a fall, dehydration, a severe UTI), decisions about their care will be in the hands of others. With professional home care, families can enjoy peace of mind knowing their loved ones are in safe and caring hands.
We have a couple of ideas:
- Ask your parents to try home care, at least temporarily. Once they meet their caregiver and see how nice it is to have an extra set of hands, “temporary” almost always becomes permanent.
- Come up with another name for “caregiver.” Some of our clients are more receptive to having a personal assistant or a housekeeper/chef.
- Ask your parents to do this for you …agree to a meeting with our owner. Once your parents meet our owner and understand that our company shares their goal of remaining at home, it’s a less threatening proposition.
The services offered by home care companies like ours are not covered by the government. The government typically only covers a limited number of visits by a nurse, physical therapist, or occupational therapist after a hospital stay or for homebound clients who have high medical needs.
Here are the reasons:
- With a private caregiver, you need to do the proper screening and background checks. After you hire that person, you then become a supervisor, and it isn’t always easy! We have a very rigorous system for screening and interviewing caregivers, so we hire only the highest quality caregivers. Plus we handle all ongoing caregiver issues so the family never has to deal with it.
- When your private caregiver calls in sick or must head out of town to take care of a sick family member, you’re stuck finding a replacement or taking care of your loved one yourself. When you use a company, there are always back-up caregivers available.
- Our caregivers are our employees, which means we pay all of their taxes and Worker’s Compensation. Quite a few caregivers are injured on the job, and the Worker’s Compensation Bureau can come to your loved one looking for compensation if your caregiver files a claim.
- Our caregivers work under a care plan developed by an expert in the field, and they have a team of supervisors who keep a close eye on the level of care being provided. It takes a lot more coordination than people think. And to get the best care, you should involve professionals.
Most important, however, is the fact that when you choose Home Care Assistance, you are hiring an entire team of people who care. We’re there for the journey!
The most significant feature of our company is our approach to home care. We’re not interested in “adult babysitting” and we aren’t simply a housekeeping service. We provide ongoing care management to ensure that the care is of the highest standard and that our caregivers are helping our Clients lead high-quality, purposeful lives. We are the top senior care provider in Milwaukee.
Another feature is that we specialize in live-in care, providing a quality alternative to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. As you will see on our website, so many pieces of our philosophy contribute to our success: consistency in caregivers, a proprietary system for screening caregivers, a unique Balanced Care training program, and more. If you decide to interview several home care companies, you need to keep us on your short list. Quite simply, we are the best in the business.
One of the reasons we are so successful is our ability to match clients and caregivers. After our initial meeting and assessment with you or your loved one, our Care Manager will have an excellent idea of the level of care needed and the type of personality that would be a good fit. At that point, our care team brainstorms on which of our employees would be a good fit. Nearly 100% of the time, we are right on target with our “matchmaking” skills. However, anytime during the relationship that the client wants to change caregivers — for any reason — we willingly do so.
No. While we have an agreement that spells out expectations, we do not require a long-term commitment to our services. We want you to use us only if you are 100% satisfied. As a matter of fact, we encourage older adults who are undecided about the value of home care to simply give us a try, even if it’s only for a month.
Our care goes wherever seniors need it. Our caregivers can even provide one-to-one services for seniors during hospital stays or after admission to an assisted living facility, ensuring that seniors maintain the high level of personal care and companionship they deserve. Our caregivers can even accompany seniors on vacation!
Caregivers stay in the home only for the duration of their assigned shift. Caregivers must maintain a separate residence and are not allowed to use the personal property of the senior without permission from the senior. They may not have visitors or invite family to the home while they are working.