My story on,why I am in home care
My first job at 14 years old was working with the elderly. I had landed a job at a nursing home in Southwest Florida, as a dietary aid. I remember working there and feeling happy helping those in need. Throughout my teenage years, I was working in either nursing homes or assisted living homes…. I enjoyed being around the residents.,,,,, Listening to their stories and helping them in any and all needs. It came so natural to me, to give and care for others.
I also remember my mother telling me of my grandmother in Peru, how she had someone there to care for her in her home. This always stood in the back of my mind….. How one day I will have to either be there for my parents or hire someone to help them at home. I wanted to learn more of the process…how, why, what, when…it seemed to be a very important decision and process that I should know more about.
Now, at this time, I also have a parent who is in their 80s, lives alone, has some health conditions, and lives far from family. So, I understand and relate to how some of the families or clients may feel or have thoughts on.
I have the desire to help all parties involved; client, families, caregivers, other resources, etc. We all want care.. good quality care… for our loved ones! I want to be part of that process… to help ensure that all people are comfortable, happy, learning, growing, and being! …I want that for my parents, grandparents….I would want that for any one! We are here to help and care for one another, and this is one way that I can offer my help, because it is my passion!
I’ve always had a passion for serving Seniors. When I was receiving my education for Speech Language Pathology, I knew I wanted to take the medical/ Adult route to serve Seniors with neurocognitive Impairments (i.e. Dementia, Parkinson’s, Stroke, ALS, etc.). I wanted to get to the source of where these impairments where, and assist patients to regain their communication, story telling knowledge, so they can keep and form relationships.
I worked at skilled nursing facilities and hospitals providing therapy for my patients to regain their independence and return home safely. I wasn’t making the impact that I always saw myself doing-I had multiple patients re-admitted for the same issues such as a fall, even though we worked intensively on increasing safety in the home. I kept asking “Why is this happening? We worked on this! “
It was difficult to educate families on the patients’ cognitive needs. Many families would cite, “Well that’s just how he is”. I was worried and concerned that once discharged home, I did not know if my efforts were successful in terms of my patients continuing therapy and demonstrating improvement.
In 2018, I was integrated into my mom’s caregiver company, Perfect Solutions for Seniors.
As a collective group, my mom, my sister and I knew we could provide higher level services to our already clientele. With my assistance and my sister’s, in 2018 we become a licensed Homecare company which allowed us to place qualified CNA’s into Seniors homes—This new licensure enables us to provide higher level homecare to allow the client to stay in their home surrounded by the memories they have cultivated over the years. I love going to client’s homes on the initial visit, and seeing generations of photos on the walls. It reaffirms the love of what I do.
It’s here, where my clinical skills and passion for Seniors’ really came alive. I use my clinical skill set to provide hands on education to my staff and I am able to see how much my client benefits in their home. I am able to see my client in their home environment and cultivate a plan that allows effective communication and for their wants and needs to readily be met—I set high standards for our employees and educate them on how to achieve successful outcomes using a comprehensive training program. Now I can rest easy knowing that our client’s cognitive skills, physical needs and emotional well being are all being successfully achieved, improving their overall quality of life. It is extremely satisfying and invigorating because I can see difference we are making in improving my client’s lives .
What is Pragmatics?
Pragmatics is subfield of linguistics of how a person uses language in a social setting. Language or the meaning of message is changed depending on context, social engagement or even a change in prosody.
Pragmatics also includes body language, tone and facial expressions to convey a message and also the ability to tune into these social cues.
As we age we may have less ability to practice our pragmatic skills secondary to social isolation or decreased ability to communicate. This is why Perfect Solutions for Seniors, we are excited to announce our Corporate Partnership with The Senior Friendship Center in Sarasota Florida!
The Senior Friendship Center is a place where our client’s can go to socialize, participate in events, and even have medical services. It is a wonderful organization that provides so many events from music to support groups.
They have a booming event calendar at their two locations, Sarasota and Venice Florida. Visit their website and check them out!
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April is Parkinson’s awareness month. In simplest terms, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a central nervous system disorder than can affect movement, often involving tremors. These tremors can be exhibit themselves in outer extremities such as legs
and arms, or internally such as one’s larynx impacting their ability to swallow.
Though many are aware of the term Parkinson’s, few know early signs of Parkinson’s.
The Parkinson’s Foundation lists 10 early signs of “PD” Parkinson’s Dementia.
2. Small Handwriting
3. Loss of smell
4. Trouble sleeping
5. Trouble moving or walking
7. A soft of low voice
8. Masked face
9. Dizziness or fainting
10. Stooping or Hunching Over
A symptom of Parkinson’s that can be easily overlooked is dysphagia, which is a swallow impairment. Tremors present in the larynx impact the safety of the swallow mechanism increasing the individual’s risk of aspiration and aspiration pneumonia. Aspiration is when a foreign particle, such as a liquid or food, enters past the vocal folds of the trachea and into the powerhouses of our body: our lungs. Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) are the healthcare practitioners that will work within the interdisciplinary team to provide diagnosis and treatment for dysphagia.
There are 3 types of dysphagia:
1. Oral Dysphagia: swallow impairment that occurs inside of the oral cavity. Impairments generally are impaired mastication, or chewing, of food, and/or decreased propulsion of the food or liquid bolus resulting in oral residue.
2. Pharyngeal Dysphagia: swallow impairment that occurs in the pharynx which can result poor transit of the bolus to the esophagus or decreased coordination of pharyngeal elements resulting in aspiration.
3. Esophageal Dysphagia: impairment in the esophagus where bolus does not transmit to stomach area. A referral to a GI specialist is needed.
An individual can experience dysphagia in multiple phases of the swallow. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms in swallowing or early signs of Parkinson’s, consult with your Doctor who can make the appropriate referrals. As Parkinson’s progresses, more assistance may be required to support you in your activities of daily living such as meal prep, housekeeping, and medication reminders. If this is you, contact Perfect Solutions for Seniors, a senior in home company, with a Speech Language Pathologist leading the staff in best communication and assistive practices for their senior clients.
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Alcohol is a large part of many cultures. From celebrations to mourning, alcohol will make an appearance. What many may fail to take in consideration is as we age our tolerance for alcohol changes. Our tolerance for alcohol may decrease as we age secondary to the following:
- Less muscle to absorb alcohol
- Increased time to absorb alcohol
- Decreased water in the body
Alcoholism does not stop once you hit a certain age. The National Council on Alcohol and Drug dependence cites that up to 11% of elderly hospital admissions are because of drug or alcohol related issues. This rate is similar to the rate of elderly being admitted for cardiac arrest.
Also, as we age the prevalence of the number of medications one is on is increased. Medication interactions with alcohol increase the likelihood of acute episodes or even hospitalizations.
Furthermore, interactions as well as prolonged use of alcohol can lead to dementia. Alcohol induced dementia impacts memory, learning, and other higher level cognitive skills. Symptoms may include:
- Repetition of same story or questions with no recollection of asking prior
- Loss of muscle coordination
- One may appear poorly nourished
A certain type of syndrome, Korsakoff Syndrome, is most commonly caused by alcohol misuse and abuse. Korsakoff is a chronic memory disorder caused by a severe deficiency of thiamine (B-1). An individual with Korsakoff syndrome may exhibit within normal limits of social skills and other cognitive skills but suffer from memory gaps. They can have an extensive conversation with someone or confabulate information because they may actually believe the information they presented, but once the conversation is over, they will have no recollection.
The Alzheimer’s Association, cites available data that 25% of those who develop Korsakoff Syndrome eventually recover, almost 50% improve but do not completely recover, and the other 25% do not recover. In order to recover it is vital to abstain from alcohol.
It is important to note, alcohol induced dementia occurs after a prolonged period of extensive alcohol use. If you are or your family members are noticing changes mentioned above, speak with your Doctor. If you are having difficulty recalling what is said in Doctor Appointments or need assistance getting to your appointments, Perfect Solutions for Seniors, a senior in home care agency, will be happy to help!
We all age differently. A contributor to this is our gender. As we age we are also at increased risk for under-nutrition. Females are markedly at risk for undernutrition than males. Undernutrition increases one’s risk for:
2. Lower cognitive ability
3. Lower physical ability
4. Increased diagnosed diseases.
A way to combat this undernutrition is to eat with others. A Nutrition and Health Survey from Taiwan cited that when older men ate with others they were more likely to have higher meat and vegetable intakes and greater dietary quality than those who ate alone. It concluded that eating with others was an independent survival factor in older men. Providing a social aspect during meal time not only the increased quality of life but overall survival. Under nutrition may also occur because as we age it becomes more difficult to perform tasks such as meal planning, grocery trips, and cooking. If one is already not intaking adequate nutrition than the higher level cognitive tasks of meal planning and prepping may prove too much for them. This is where Perfect Solutions for Seniors can help. We understand the importance of good nutrition for the overall quality of life. Our caregiver’s and CNA’s will work with you to help you organize your meals, meal prep for you and even cook your meals.
Call for a free in home consultation.
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What is it?
A drug nutrient reaction simply put a reaction between a medicine and one or more nutrients ( vitamins and minerals). These can either be nutrients present in the food we eat, or additional supplementation.
One of the most well known drug nutrient reaction is foods high in Vitamin K ( such as any greens, kale etc) should not be eaten when a person is on blood thinners. These foods ( broccoli, spinach etc.) can impact the affects of blood thinners.
There is also drug nutrient depletion that can occur. When a person has long term use of a medication it can affect that person’s ability to maintain within normal limits nutrient levels.
Take for example, diuretics can cause potassium levels to be low in the body.
How can someone combat this?
It is imperative when having a new medication prescribed that you inform your doctor of all medications that you are taking as well as vitamin supplementation. Ask what the long term effects are of the medication. If you are an inpatient at a hospital, ask to speak with the pharmacist prior to discharge, to be fully educated on any medication use, administration and effects.
If you or your loved one are overwhelmed with this process, call us! Our Certified Nursing Assistants can assist you with recalling when to take your medication, as well as accompany you to Dr. Appts, take notes/logs and communicate that information to family.
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According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25% of adults 65 and older, have diabetes. At times symptoms of diabetes are over looked in Seniors, because they are grouped into symptoms of “normal aging”.
Two types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes – Is when a person cannot produce insulin. This type can affect adults as well as children.
- Type 2 Diabetes – Is when a person’s body becomes insulin resistant. This is the more common type
It is vital to have your blood sugar level checked regularly to assess if you are pre-diabetic. This is when sugar levels are elevated but no so elevated to qualify for Diabetic diagnosis.
If you are pre-diabetic, to decrease your risk of becoming Diabetic a life style change will need to be initiated. Exercise and eating a healthy diet will decrease your risk of diabetes.
Need assistance with controlling your diabetes, or medication reminders?
Perfect Solutions for Seniors can help with that! If you require medication assistance, your RN will come to you to develop a plan of care and a qualified CNA will assist you with the rest!
Free in home consultation as always. It’s our Family taking Care of Yours!
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If you are looking for a great home care agency who can assist your loved one in their home or yourself, DO NOT just look at price. There are other things to consider before making an important decision. Your little bit of effort or queries not just give you complete peace of mind, but it also makes sure that yourself or loved ones will have decreased likelihood of issues with the chosen home care company. So, without wasting more time, lets jump into questions that you need to ask your potential home care agency!
First question that you need to ask without any hesitation is “Is the company in question providing a criminal records check to all CNA’s and HHA’s?”. You want to ask specifically if they are Level II background check, which is more in-depth and requires fingerprinting. If your home care is not cross-checking their home carers profile, then it will not just harm them but also can be threatening to the life of your loved ones. At PSFS, all our CNA’s and HHA’s are Level II background checked, and if not employed for more than three months, we will provide background check and fingerprints again. This increases the safety of our clients as well as providing respectable individuals in their home.
As yourself or loved ones may spend most of their time in home, it is your responsibility to confirm the number of services or amenities provided by the home care. Read their brochure and if possible, cross-check all the services by visiting their office or asking to speak to their administrator. Here at PSFS, our administrator is always accessible via her own personal cell phone number.
Ask what kind of assisted services they provide outside of home, such as transportation to Doctor appointments or grocery shopping, do they assist with transferring to a highly rated senior community? etc. Included in our services at PSFS are all the above and more!
Lastly, request an in- home consultation. This should ALWAYS be FREE. This is an opportunity not only for the company to interview you as their potential client, but for you to INTERVIEW THEM.
At Perfect Solutions for Seniors, we pride ourselves as being one of the most reputable family owned home-care company in Florida. We are currently available in the 3 locations Sarasota, Tampa, & Palm Harbor.