Category Archives for Long-term Care

Spring Cleaning…for SAFETY!

AT MARISA HOME CARE, we know that every one of our clients would like to recover from illness or surgery in the comfort of their own home. We know that elderly clients want to live out their lives surrounded by the homey space that contains their beloved memories and reinforces their daily routines…
 
 
We also understand the many environmental barriers that prevent people from returning home after a hospital stay, and the physical limitations sometimes imposed by the aging process.
 
Much of our work at Marisa is providing the person-to-person, short or long-term care that enables a client to remain at home as long as possible. Our caregivers perform household chores, cook, help with personal hygiene and provide transportation to doctor appointments and family events. Care-giving is our business and we are grateful to be able to assist families in need of a helping hand.
 
We also want our client families to know that there are simple accommodations they can put in place to make living at home a safer option for their loved one — accommodations that may help prevent a hospital stay or delay a move to assisted living if implemented proactively!  
 
For example, over 27,000 older Americans actually die each year from fall-related complications, and the number is growing as Baby Boomers age into retirement. We’ve created a Marisa Home Safety Checklist as an aid in home fall-prevention and as an overall guide to creating a safer, more accessible living zone for our clients.
 
We hope you will make the checklist part of your Spring Cleaning routine for yourself or an aging parent. Walk through the house with the list in hand and make notes; what simple actions can you take to create a secure space? It’s heartbreaking to leave a house permanently when living at home becomes impossible, and our wish is to give you options that will increase the quality of life for you and your family.
 

GET YOUR HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST NOW > http://bit.ly/HomeSafetyList 

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Caring Hands

“Was it one pill at 2:00 PM…or two pills at 1:00 PM?”

Medication Management & Safety for Caregivers

 

There has been a lot of recent news coverage on the ‘Opioid Epidemic’.  The focus has been on the overuse and abuse of these powerful painkillers, and while these drugs can become addicting they are also our frontline defense against extreme chronic pain.

Learn: Opiate, Opioid, Narcotic – What’s the Difference?

 

When a family member has been prescribed narcotics for healing and pain management, it is important to monitor for correct usage to keep the patient both safe and comfortable.

As a caregiver, there are some actions you can take that will simplify dispensing narcotics and other types of medication, and help you stay on top of your family member’s health.

ALL the Meds

First, check with ALL of your family member’s doctors and pharmacists to put together a complete list of medications and potential drug interactions. Patients often have several physicians for varying issues, who may not know there are other medical personnel or multiple pharmacies involved.

You can also search the internet for interactions caused by the wrong combination of drugs, or for medicines contraindicated for specific health conditions or allergies. It is important to know the health history of your family member, so you can advocate against a potentially disastrous prescription or drug combination.

Ensure that your family member continues a full dose of prescribed medication for the correct amount of time and doesn’t try to save money by cutting pills in half.

Get Organized!

Does this look like your bathroom counter?

Pill bottles in basket

Throwing all the patient’s pill bottles in a basket is a recipe for mixing up or missing meds — and disorganization can be dangerous. Here are some ideas to keep pill-taking orderly and on track:

  • Pill Reminders allow you to set up an entire week of medication dispensing by day and time. These plastic, compartmentalized boxes should be see-through, and have removable pill slots so a patient can take pills to-go when away from home for the day. Pricing can range from just a few dollars for a basic pill reminder model, to a couple of hundred dollars for an automated pill ‘tracking system’
  • Medication reminder APPS for smartphones send a message or beep an alarm to remind either the patient or the caregiver about medicine in a timely manner
  • Refrigerator visuals are basic, but a check-off chart in plain view can offer a methodical safeguard against too little or too much medication
  • Other creative med reminder ideas to consider

Pills in a dispenser box marked with days of week

The Hospice Option

Another resource to assist with medication management is hospice care. The old vision of hospice was of a place where people went to die, but hospice has evolved into a system of in-home, modern-day pain management – helping medically compromised people live out their lives in comfort.

A patient must first be admitted to hospice under a medical diagnosis that fits hospice coding, and the patient must be willing to forego ‘life-prolonging’ treatment. This does not mean a patient’s physical needs are ignored, but the hospice medical team will treat the patient with medication to maintain quality of life rather than use invasive, life-extending procedures.

Home Care Help

A reputable home care agency can provide professional caregivers and nursing staff, for both short-term and long-term situations. Marisa Home Care staff can accompany a patient to a doctor’s appointment and translate a medical diagnosis or care updates for family members living out of state. Medication management and in-home patient care is a 24/7 job, and a family caregiver deserves the partnership with supportive, affordable assistance whenever feasible. ~

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We’re here to help: visit Marisa Home Care online for free resources or call us NOW at 248.354.7600.

 

 

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