New Brunswick, NJ January 28, 2013 – New Jersey home care provider Expert Home Care hit two landmark milestones this month: they crossed the 61 million service hours threshold as they entered their 28th year in business serving local seniors. The team at Expert Home Care extends their appreciation and thanks to all clients and their families. Continue reading
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Many New Jersey seniors areÂ at risk during the summerâ€™sÂ heat and humidity.Â Seniors over the age of 65 in four North American cities revealed that while nearly 90 percent of the respondents were aware a heat warning had been issued, only about half of the people did anything about it.Â Many thought the warnings were targeting the NJ elderly, and not them.
To make sure that both you andÂ your elder loved oneÂ are safe, here are some important tips:
- Keep a glass of water in every room for quick access.Â Drink plenty of fluids, even if you donâ€™t feel thirsty.
- Dress in light-weight clothing.Â Remove all heavy materials, long sleeves and dark colors from closets.Â
- Stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day.Â Sunburn makes heat dissipation more difficult.
- Take a nap during high heat times or find a good television program or movie to watch.
- Keep shades down and blinds pulled.Â
Most people know that extreme heat can make us sick. But we may think of heat-related illness as something that only affects people who are overdoing it like overheated marathon runners, professional athletes, or new recruits doing drills on military bases.
But most people who die from heat stroke in the U.S. about 400 every year, and possibly more don’t get it from overexerting themselves on a muggy day. In certain people during high temperatures, it’s all too easy to develop heat stroke while sitting perfectly still on the couch.
Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.
Read the full article: Hot Summer Days Can Make Sick People Sicker.
Michael FitzPatrick reminds us why women need to pay close attention to planning for their future.. the long term care future.Â HeÂ asks a provocative question… Â ”When visiting nursing homes in America, what do you see? More specifically WHO do you see in nursing homes?”
Thinking back when visiting my dad living with Alzheimer’s, I remember seeing more women.Â “Why do you suppose that is?”, asks Michael FitzPatrick.Â
We can only assume why there are more women in nursing homes is because women out live their mates, and we don’t plan for our on future. “Men”, as Michael shared, “don’t plan for their future…, why do you think?” Michael believes it’s because most men KNOW they will be taken care of by their family.. usually the wife first, and then the adult children.
Reasons there is a disproportionate number of women in nursing homes -
- Women live no longer
- Family is no longer close to provide care for aging relative
- Increasing number of women remain single and childless
- Women have no financial plan in place
2008 StatisticsÂ onÂ Long Term Care for Women
- AverageÂ life expectancy is 84
- Social Security provides 40% of all retiree’s income
- 12-15 million Americans need long term care now
- Between 65 and 70% of women work outside the home
- Divorce rates are on the rise – 1 out of 2 marriages end in divorce
- 25% of baby boomers don’t have children
- Family members can live across town & the country
Expert Home CareÂ invites women in New Jersey to learn how better care for themselves in the future. Call Michael FitzPatrick at (973) 394-0053 or visit THE LTC Partnership at www.theltcpartnership.com.
Nursing Homes – Five-Star Rating SystemÂ delivered toÂ you by Elder Law Answers!
Elders and Seniors in NJÂ can eat at a five star restaurant or stay at a five star hotel. By year’s end, you’ll also be able to select a five star nursing home.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced plans to implement a one Â to five star rating system for nursing homes to help consumers in New Jersey evaluate a nursing home’s quality when selecting a facility. The ratings would appear on the agency’s Nursing Home Compare Web site.
CMS will base the ratings on government inspection results and theÂ staff data and quality measures. It is yet to be determined – if theÂ ratings will includeÂ patients with dementia or those on ventilators.
CMS Administrator Kerry Weems believes theÂ public is hungry for this type of information. And he adds, “lower ratings will likely putÂ nursing homes on the path to improvement . . . I don’t think we’re going to see many people who are very anxious to put a loved one in a one star home.”
But the new rating system was criticized both by consumer advocates and the nursing home industry, for different reasons.
A senior policy attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Toby Edelman, said that two of three criteria CMS plans to use for the ratings like staffing data and quality measuresÂ are “self reported by nursing facilities and are inaccurate.” Edelman said, “Relying on nursing homes to describe accurately how well they are doing . . . just doesn’t make sense”
The president of the American Health Care Association, Bruce Yarwood, a long term care industry trade group, criticized CMS’s use of government inspection results as criteria for the ratings and said CMS should consider consumer and staff satisfaction.
If you want your elder or senior living in New Jersey to continue living at home go to Expert Home Care and call us at 800-848-2336.
Expert Home Care NJ provides caregiving in New Jersey for Senior’s atÂ home. Many families ask us, “HowÂ do we know if mom andÂ dad need help and caregiving, and if they do,Â how do I talk about it?”Â
Frank Esposito and David Goodman, owners of Expert Home Care in NJ are Certified Senior Planners, members of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. The Society works very hardÂ educating professionals, like us,Â to work more effectively withÂ our senior clients. We believe that the right kind of planning, recommendations and referrals can make aging a state to be savored instead of a fate to be feared. For usÂ it means understanding the key health, social and financial factors that are important to seniors, and how these factors work together.Â
To our families of aging seniors, knowing when theÂ need for caregivingÂ arises is key.Â Usually, it’s defined byÂ functional ability, not by the age of your loved one. In our experience working with New JerseyÂ seniors for the past 20+ years,Â most wish to remain independent. Seniors also wish to remainÂ in control of theirÂ lives as long as possible.Â We’ve learnedÂ not to make generalizations when it comes to age.Â
Determining ifÂ your NJÂ senior needsÂ caregiving assistance will demandÂ astute observation on the family member’s part. Also, you will need toÂ ask revealing questions and pay attention to the telltale signs. It’s important to look for patterns of consistent neglect within the following:
- Basic tasks: difficult in walking, dressing, talking, eating, cooking, climbing steps, or managing medications
- Hygiene: infrequent bathing, unusually sloppy appearance, bad body/mouth odor
- Responsibilities: unopened mail, unpaid bills, unfilled prescriptions, unreadable checkbook, phone calls aren’t returned, low food supply, laundry is piled up, spoiled food in refrigerator
- Health: weight loss, appetite changes, difficulty swallowing, fatigue, burns, bruises, hearing loss, incontinence, spilling or dropping things (look for stains), sleeping too much or too little,Â dehydration
- Isolation: Lack of interest in friendships, hobbies, or activities; curtains drawn day and night, noÂ access to transportation
- Attitude: sadness or talk of feelings of depression and despair, abuse of alcohol or drugs,Â paranoia, refusal to communicate, unusual argumentativeness, verbal abuse
- Cognitive functions: consistent forgetfulness about where things are, getting lost walking orÂ driving, confusion, loss of reasoning skills, difficulty answering questions, inability to find the rightÂ word or complete a sentence, repetitive words or phrases, wandering, loss of sense of time orÂ season, forgetting how to use ordinary things like a pencil, consistently forgetting to turn off stove, close windows, or lock doors.
Pay attention to these signs – these are the telltale signs that give you information that you seek. Visit our next posting when we give tips on “how to bring up the home care help talk”.
If you need more help determining whether your loved one needs caregiving at home, please call us at 800-848-2336 or visit Expert Home Care New Jersey.