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Strategies To Help A Senior Who Refuses Care

Strategies To Help A Senior Who Refuses Care

Most of us will face this dilemma at some point in our lives, a Parent or even Grandparents that is in desperate need of outside care but refuses to even think about letting a caregiver into their home. In most case, Assisted Living and Nursing Homes get the same response from strong-willed seniors. Even though your loved one refuses care you can no longer consciously allow them to soil themselves on a daily basis, go days without bathing, skip meals or medication, or risk falling again.

Do these scenarios seem familiar.  One of the hardest situations a family caregiver will encounter, is an elderly loved one who refuses care. A family caregiver can only do so much, and caregiver stress and burnout can set in quickly.

 

Strategies To Help Overcome Objections From a Loved Who is Less Than Thrilled About Outside Care.

Before you push your loved ones too hard to accept help, it is important to understand their fears associated with aging. These are our parents and grandparents, the individuals who raised us. They do not want to be told by their children (grandchildren) what to do and what is best for them.

The decline of cognitive impairment is one of the most difficult times an elderly individual will go through. Just imagine going through life’s ups and downs, raising a family, retiring, only to have your brain not function as it once use to. This situation can cause agitation, anger and resilience to care. It is best as family caregivers to calmly reassure our loved ones that the frightening loss of brain function can be cared for, and in most cases in the comfort of their own home!

More Strategies For a Loved One Who Refuses Care

Plan Ahead

Do not wait until it is too late and care is needed immediately to start talking to your loved ones about different care needs. Ask your parents what their plans are for aging. See how they feel about a house keeper or driver so they can remain at home. Having these types of conversations can make the transition of care smooth after a health crisis.

Be Patient, and Listen To Understand

Often times we listen to react and not understand. This will not go over well with a reluctant senior. Ask your father what it is like to care for mom 24 hours a day? It may take having this conversation multiple times to truly understand how Dad Feels. If your mother has fired 10 Home Care Aides talk to her and ask questions to understand why. In most cases the problem is usually a simple solution. Such as, the home aide made her bacon to crispy, or she forgets to vacuum under the throw rug. Any high standard Home Care Agency would take this as constructive criticism and make the changes needed to keep your love ones completely happy and satisfied.

Suggest Options and Include Your Loved Ones In Any Final Decisions.

If your loves has had a few minor falls while bathing, suggest a non slip mat or a new walk in tub. In most situations, adult children make the initial call for Home Care. Allow your loved one to be apart of the decision-making and planning. This will still allow them to have control over their independence. For example, mom has agreed to a Home Care Aide three days a week. Have mom decide what days are best. Maybe Wednesday are better because she knows she will have a companion for community bingo.

Seek Outside Assistance Early

Sometimes elderly individuals needs to hear it from the “professionals”. Contact your local area agency on aging and ask them to send out a social worker. Hearing they need help from the horse’s mouth may help them accept care sooner. If that strategy does not work, recruit the deacon at your church, family accountant, favorite niece, or an old bingo buddy. Sometimes hearing the truth from anyone but adult children is all it takes to accept help.

Take It Slow

Once your loved one has accepted care, take it slow. Do not start having a Home Care Aide 24 hours a day or daily unless it is truly needed. Start with a few days a week, a couple of hours per shift. This will allow a relationship to be built. Before you know it your loved ones will be wanting to schedule more hours on their own.


If your or a loved is in need of care please contact us today. We can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 937-335-3941 or at www.alnseniorcare.com. If your loved isn’t sure about care we can schedule a no obligation free in-home assessment with our Home Care Nurse Specialist to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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Eliminating sugar from your diet

Eliminating Sugar From Your Diet

Eliminating Sugar From Your Diet

Sugar is the “sweet” root of all evil. Before we get into strategies for eliminating sugar from your diet, lets touch base on why sugar is so bad for you.

Eliminating sugar from your diet

Sugar: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

Sugar, it’s sweet, it taste good, and may give you a boost of energy. This statement makes a bad case for eliminating sugar from your diet.  However, sugar is FULL of calories, but lacks any essential nutrients. There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals in sugar. When an individual eats 10%-20% of their calories as sugar, a nutrient deficiency can occur and cause major heath problems.

Added sugar in drinks and food are high in fructose. High fructose intake can lead to fat developing in the liver. When too much fat is stored in the liver, it can cause non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Severe cases of this disease can lead to continuous liver dialysis, liver failure, transplant, and death.

Too much sugar can also lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is when the our bodies stop telling our cells to burn sugar calories vs. fat calories. When this happens severe diseases like diabetes, cancer, obesity, and heart disease can develop.

Why Is Sugar Particularity Bad For Seniors?

Besides all the diseases mentioned above, seniors who have a high sugar diet are at risk to develop cognitive impairment. Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life. Cognitive impairment can range from mild to severe cases. In a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, it was found that individuals between the ages of 70-89 who eat moderate sugar are four times more likely to develop mild cognitive issues. The same study concluded individuals who eat high protein and high fiber diets are less likely to develop cognitive impairment.

Eliminating Sugar From Your Diet

Sugar is highly addictive. If you have beat the cravings and have repealed sugary snacks from your diet, you still may be consuming mass amounts of sugar and not even know it. Foods that do not taste sweet have mass amounts of added sugar. Sugar is added to foods such as bread, condiments, sauces, dressings, and yogurt. However, do not get added sugar confused with natural sugars that are found in some fruits and vegetables. To confirm the foods you are eating are not full of sugar always read the labels. Ingredients are listed by the amounts on food labels. If sugar is at the top then that food item is mostly a sugar product.

eliminating sugar from your diet

More tips for eliminating sugar from your diet include:

Learn the alternate names for sugar.

When reviewing food labels you have to look for more than just the word sugar. Sugar is also known as high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, invert sugar, sucrose (or any word that ends in “ose”), and molasses. Food that are portrayed to be healthy may contain four or five different types of sweeteners. Stick with foods that contain minimal sweeteners.

Buy “Unsweetened”

Once you start learning what foods you eat that are high in sugar, start buying the unsweetened versions. For example, your favorite can of mixed fruits may be a sugar packed snack. This is because the fruit is submerged in some type of sugary syrup. Instead by the “unsweetened” or “no sugar added” version and the fruit will be  submerged in water and the natural fruit juices. This strategy can help eliminate up to 50% of the sugar you consume!

Don’t Go Cold Turkey!

Sugar is a highly addictive substance. Just like any other substance if you quit cod turkey you may experience some detoxification symptoms. These symptoms include feeling light-headed, headaches, mood swings, muscle aches, and exhaustion. When you decide to cut sugar out of your diet try cutting by only 50% the first week, and then by another 50% the following. This will make weaning yourself off sugar much more tolerable.

 Avoid Artificial Sugars

When you decide to eliminate sugar from your diet try to avoid artificial sugars. Artificial sugars are found in most diet drinks, sugar-free candy, and fake sugar packets. Most of these artificial sugars contain a substance called Aspartame. Aspartame has been found to be more harmful than sugar when consumed over a long period of time.

Enjoy Deserts in Moderation

Having 0% sugar in your diet is almost impossible and not recommended.  Fruits and vegetables contain good amounts of natural sugar that are needed in a well-balanced diet. Also, once you have curved your sugar cravings don’t be afraid to enjoy your favorite sugary desert a few times a week. The idea of eliminating sugar from your diet isn’t about 100% free sugar diet. It is most important to intake your daily sugar percentages from good whole foods vs empty calorie snacks like soda and cookies.

Stick With It

Lowering your sugar intake can almost seem like an impossible achievement. After you have worked hard for a while your cravings for sugary snacks will subside. Many people even find after an extended period of time their taste buds can’t handle sweet foods anymore. You may have originally needed a whole piece of cake to cure sugary cravings, after cutting sweets the natural sugar found in fruits may be all you need to cure your cravings.


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24-Hour Home Care

24-Hour Home Care

Have you been told it is time to put your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living community? Are you aware that is not your, only option? ALN Senior Care & Home Services can provide many of the same services a facility would, but in the comfort of your loved ones’ home. This type of care is often referred to as 24-hour home care.

There will be a time when a family member needs around-the-clock assistance. Loved ones with advanced dementia or those who are recovering from the effects of a stroke or other debilitating conditions can benefit from 24-hour home care delivered right in the home. Studies have shown, keeping your loved one in a familiar environment is most beneficially to their well-being.

You can stop worrying about an elder family member falling during the night and waiting hours for help to arrive. Around-the-clock, 24-hour, care gives you peace of mind. Every home care situation is different and unique, just how every senior is different and unique. Our 24-hour home care clients will have a completely customized care plan to fit the needs of that individual. However, in general they typically include some or all of the following services:

  • Help with toileting, no matter the hour
  • Bathing and dressing assistance24-hour home care
  • Meal preparation
  • Companionship Care, even in the middle of the night
  • Community Outings For Enrichment
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry assistance
  • Medication reminders
  • Immediate telephone contact in case of an emergency
  • Transportation Services
  • Vital Sign Monitoring
  • Assistance getting in and out of bed

24- hour home care can insure piece of mind for family members of elderly loved ones. Our Passion, Our Care, Your Home is the motto we live by at ALN Senior Care Home Services. If you believe Home Care may benefit yourself or a loved one please contact us today by calling 937-335-3941 or visiting our website @ www.alnseniorcare.com. Our Home Care Nurse specialist would be happy to assist you. If your not quite sure if Home Care is the best option, we still urge you to call. ALN Senior Care & Home Services has partnered with the best Long Term Care Providers in our area to ensure we can meet any individuals unique needs!

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Benefits of The Elderly Owning Pets

Benefits of The Elderly Owning Pets

Elderly Owning Pets

A dog is man’s best friend, and cats are okay too! This statement is particularly true when it comes to the benefits of the elderly owning pets. For elderly pet owners, the pros outweigh the cons. Pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase physical activity and social interaction, all while helping the owner learn. These are all great benefits of owning pets for anyone, but especially for elderly pet owners.


9 Benefits of The Elderly Owning Pets

1. Companionship
One of the many issues the elderly face as they inevitably age is loneliness. Loneliness can be detrimental to an elderly persons health, as it can lead to depression as well as other physical issues. Pets, especially dogs adapt to the habits of the owners. Dogs are always reliable and available when ever you need them, making them the perfect companions. Small dogs make it very easy for an elderly individual to have a companion for any of their day-to-day endeavors.
2. Routine
Having a pet is a big responsibility. Just like when we bear children, a life becomes dependent on us. The routine of caring for a pet can give structure and purpose to your daily life. Walking the dog daily, or feeding your cat will give your life daily routine. We may not want to go outside everyday, but pets do! Also having a daily routine can help fight dementia.
3. Exercise
Exercise is beneficial to anyone, regardless of age. However, as we age it becomes harder to get in a regular exercise routine. It also becomes easier to skip those routines. A pet, such as a dog, is an excellent way to make walking a permanent activity of your daily rituals. While walking your dog you will be exercising and not even realize it!
4. Stress
Elderly individuals with pets tend to exhibit less stress than pet-less seniors. A happy dog with his tail wagging, or a cat who can not wait to jump in your lap after you sit down can make any situation less stressful.
5. Getting Out
Having a pet, especially one that requires a lot of outdoor activity will help keep you out and about in your community. There is always a need for visits to the vet. Going to your favorite groomer and picking up pet food from the local pet store. Regularly getting out of your house is good for you. Having a pet is a wonderful way to keep you on the move.
6. New Hobbies
Having a pet can introduce you to a number of new hobbies and interests. Maybe while walking your pet at the park you stumble across the wonderful sport of shuffleboard. Also, many hospitals and senior centers will seek out pet owner to volunteer their pets to visit with patients.
7. Meeting New People
Making new friends can be a challenge as we age. There are many social activities that cater to pet owners. These activities include community pet walks and charitable events that are ran by animal organizations. Pets are a great way to break the ice when meeting new people.
8. Protection
Living alone can be scary sometimes, especially when we are elderly. A dog is great source of security when living alone. Lurking thieves are more likely to turn away when they hear the sound of a barking dog. Even if you only have a small lap dog, the person on the other side of the door doesn't know that.
9. Being Responsible For Something
Of course you need your pet, and your pet needs you too. The desire to be needed and wanted doesn't disappear after you retire or your children have become adults. It is very satisfying to take care of another living thing. A pet is a great way to fill this desire.

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Holiday Tips For Seniors

Holiday Health Tips For Seniors

Holiday Health Tips For Seniors

The Holidays are filled with family, cheer, gifts and smiles. For many, the Holiday season is the most anticipated and favorite time of the year. It is all also important to remember the Holidays can be stressful, especially for seniors. Exercise regimes may be put on hold due to a busy schedule, or strict diets may not be followed because of rich holiday meals. Many Holiday gatherings are held at the elder family members home. The thought of preparing a meal for your entire family is enough to cause a stressful situation. Luckily, there are many Holiday health tips for seniors to keep them happy, healthy, and stress free during the Holidays.

Holiday Health Tips For Seniors

 6 Holiday Health Tips For Seniors

1. Make Healthy Decisions

Many individuals have multiple gatherings to attend over the holidays. Multiple gatherings equates to multiple opportunities to indulge in our favorite food. However, over indulging in foods that are not healthy can be extremely harmful, especially for individuals with diseases like Diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Plan ahead for gatherings. If you know you will be having a big dinner Christmas night, it would be wise to eat light and maybe skip any sweets for your Christmas afternoon gathering. By eating light on vegetables, soups, or salad, you are keeping your diet in check and don’t have decline anyone’s food they have prepared for you.

2. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is very important to a senior’s health and well being. Staying hydrated during the holiday season can be difficult. We often find ourselves going from gathering to gathering, eating, socializing, or cooking during the holidays. This does not leave much time for us to remember when we last had a bottle of water and focus on hydration. Keep a bottle of water in your purse or or in your car during your travels so you always have a constant reminder to stay hydrated.

Whats is Christmas without eggnog or your favorite glass of wine? Many individuals like to have an alcoholic beverage while visiting with their favorite cousin and watching the children play with their new toys. It is important to remember alcohol can make you severely dehydrated. Pace yourself and know your alcoholic limits. Drink water in between drinks to keep yourself hydrated. Water in between your choice of alcoholic beverages will also help you stay clear of the dreaded “Holiday Hangover”!

3. Keep Exercising

Between the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas holiday is when majority of people tend to ditch their exercise programs. This is due to busy holidays schedules and the cold weather. For seniors, exercise is extremely important to maintain a healthy an active lifestyle and skipping even just a month of exercising can be detrimental to their health.

If the cold weather is what keeps you from exercising during the holidays visit your local senior center. Most senior centers are full of resources and they can direct you to a community center where you could continue your daily 30 minute walk, indoors. If the busy schedule that is accompanied with the holidays detours you from exercising, plan ahead. Manage time wisely and combine task. For example, do your shopping at a mall vs. your local department store. Shopping at a mall requires more walking. You could kill two birds with one stone while walking and shopping at the mall! If you will be in charge of planning multiple big meals for family member during the holidays then you already have a full schedule ahead of you. Waking up a few hours early each day to exercise before you tend to your holiday duties will keep you healthy and active.

4. Change Up Tradition

The holidays are usually spent at an elderly parent or grandparents house, and it has probably been this way for years. As much as parents and grandparents may need our help, they most likely wont ask for help. If you notice preparing for the holidays have become hard for your loved one to prepare, lend a helping hand. Be careful how you approach your helping hand, you do not want to make an elderly loved feel as if they are needy.

If you have a day off before Christmas tell Grandma you are coming over to kill some time during the day. Grandma will be busy preparing the Christmas meal and you can jump right in help without actually having to ask her if she needs help. You can also invite your elderly parents and grandparents to your home for the holidays to take some of the holiday tasks off their shoulders.

5. Rest After The Holidays

If Christmas falls on a Monday and you go to bingo on Tuesdays, skipping bingo to rest can rejuvenate you from the busy holiday schedule. A lot of people tend to shop the day after Christmas. Spending gift cards, making exchanges, and going to sales to kick start shopping for the next holiday season are all reason people shop the day after Christmas. If your looking for sales wait until the Memorial Day sales. Use that gift card to purchase a new TV during the Super Bowl Sales. Stores tend to be extremely packed right after Christmas and there are plenty of other opportunities to shop throughout the year. A day of rest after a busy few weeks can be very beneficial to your health.


All of us here at ALN Senior Care & Home Services hope you have a very happy holiday. We hope these Holiday Health Tips For Seniors keep you and your loves ones safe and healthy during this busy time of year!


 

 


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Helping Elderly Loved One’s Adjust To Home Care

Helping Elderly Loved One’s Adjust To Home Care

When seniors have a difficult time adjusting to Home Care, the number one reason is fear of losing their independence. This fear makes it extremely difficult for family caregivers to get an aging loved one to agree to outside assistance from a Certified Home Care Agency. If you find your loved one is less than thrilled about in home assistance, the following tips can help your loved one adjust to home care.

Be Transparent

If your elderly loved one is resentful about the idea of Home Care it is important, and fair that you understand why. There are many misconceptions when it comes to home care.  Knowing why your loved one is against in-home care before care is initiated can be very helpful when trying to adjust to having an in-home caregiver. When Home Care was first offered as an available service to the senior population, majority of Home Care recipients were terminally ill. Now, modern Home Care services accommodate for numerous situations such as simple companionship a few hours a day, or around the clock care for more serious illnesses and situations. Clarifying any misconceptions before services start will make adjusting to Home Care extremely easier.

As a family caregiver, you want your elderly loved one to know why you think in-home assistance is a good idea. The most prominent reason family caregivers seek outside help is because they no longer can dedicate the time an elderly loved one requires. There is no reason you should feel bad about this. As an adult child, you most likely have responsibilities such as a career, children, pets, etc. However, it is extremely important that you do not make an elderly loved one feel as if they are, or will become a burden to you. Mental stability, the desire and will to live can be negatively affected when an elderly loved one feels they have burdened you.

Stay In The Loop

Another reason seniors find themselves conflicted when  it comes to accepting in-home care or any long term care options is the fear of abandonment. An elderly loved one may feel their family will no longer visit them because they no longer have to take care of them. As a family caregiver you are probably relieved at the thought of outside assistance, taking care of a loved one can be stressful and time-consuming. To help your elderly loved one adjust to Home Care reassure them that you will still visit them and be a big part of their life. However, now that outside assistance has been initiated you will be able to spend quality time with your loved ones rather than care for them.

Start With Part Time Care

Seniors have a difficult time adjusting to Home Care when they have to start with 24 hour services right away. In most situations there is a need for part-time care before 24 hour care must be initiated. Starting with part-time care still allows the senior to have independence. This allows transitioning into 24 hour care much easier when 24 hour care becomes a necessity. A few hours of care a day, 3 times a week can go along way. Not only will this part-time care relieve a family caregiver, it will also give your loved one time to adjust to an outside caregiver.


Helping an elderly loved one adjust to Home Care may seem impossible at first. The professional Caregivers at ALN Senior Care & Home Services will makes this transition as easy as possible for yourself and your loved one. We provide the passion, care & expertise your loved ones need to remain at home and age in place. Call us today at 937-335-3941 or visit www.alnseniorcare.com to schedule your free in-home assessment.

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Caregiver For an Elderly Person

Top 8 Things to Know as a Caregiver For an Elderly Person

Top 8 Things to Know as a Caregiver For an Elderly Person

If you have recently become a caregiver for an elderly person, such as a parent or family friend, it is natural to feel a little overwhelmed. You are responsible for the person’s health and well-being, which is always a significant undertaking. Help yourself ease into the home care process by reviewing nine essential things you need to know prior to taking on your charge.

Top 8 Things You Need To Know As A Caregiver For An Elderly Person

1. Medications

Write down every medication the elderly person takes. Include important details such as the time of day medications are taken, the dosage, whether they are consumed with food, etc. Learn where medications are stored, if they are clearly labeled, and whether the elderly person prefers taking them with juice or water.

2. Errands & Chores

Create a schedule for running errands and performing household chores. Work with the elderly person to determine the best times for both. If the older individual cannot help with errands, have someone come to the house while you shop. Do chores while the person is napping if applicable.

3. Cooking & Eating

Find out whether the elderly person needs help cooking or can easily prepare food and clean up. Determine if the individual has any food allergies or requires certain meal components to be cut up into bite sizes.

4. Sleep Habits

Learn when the elderly person goes to bed and wakes up in the morning, and whether the individual naps. If napping is a daily activity, find out where the person prefers to snooze, such as in a comfortable chair rather than the bed. Also determine if there’s anything that helps the person rest, such as drawing the blinds or putting on soothing music.

5. Bathroom Needs

Review the elderly person’s bathroom needs and habits. Is the person completely independent in this regard, or does he or she need assistance with sitting down on the toilet, getting up from the toilet, reaching for toilet paper, washing hands, etc.

6. Exercise

Create an exercise schedule to help the elderly person stay active. Find out if long walks are a favorite pastime, or swimming at the local community center. Low-impact exercises are generally best for for older people.

7. Favorite Activities

Learn what activities the older individual enjoys, such as gardening, reading, doing puzzles, watching television, visiting friends, playing card games, and making crafts. Find fun things to do together!

8. Friends & Emotional Support

Ask about nearby friends and relatives the older person enjoys spending time with. Remember that you are the person’s friend as well as the caregiver. This is especially important if most of the elderly individual’s friends and family have passed or no longer live nearby.


ALN Senior Care & Home Services provides the Greater Miami Valley with outstanding home health care and assisted living services. Based in Troy, OH, the premier home care service features a compassionate staff dedicated to providing area seniors with the help they need to maintain an excellent quality of life. Learn more about available services by calling (937) 335-3941 or visiting the website. Like the caregivers on Facebook for more great tips.

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Companion Care

Top 3 Reasons to Consider Companion Care for a Loved One

Top 3 Reasons to Consider Companion Care for a Loved One

If one of your loved ones has begun to struggle with daily tasks at home, you’re likely wondering what you can do to provide help. If your busy schedule – perhaps a job, a family of your own, or physical distance – prevents you from being there in person as often as you’d want to be, companion care can offer a healthy and uplifting boost for your loved one.

The compassionate, professional caregivers at ALN Senior Care & Home Services, based in Troy, Ohio, assist clients throughout the Miami Valley in maintaining their autonomy and happiness on a daily basis. Below, they explain a few important ways companion care can help.

Top 3 Reasons To Consider Companion Care For A Loved One

Better Health

One of the primary benefits of companion care for your loved one is improved health. A caregiver can help ensure a proper medication schedule, improved diet and nutrition, and appropriate hygiene among many other issues that can contribute to better health for your loved one. Especially in the aftermath of a major surgery, access to home care can significantly promote recovery.

Assistance With Daily Tasks

It may be that your loved one just needs a minor boost to maintain a happy household. Whether assisting with grocery shopping or simply helping to with increasingly difficult physical tasks, a companion care specialist can reduce daily stresses for your loved one and help keep his or her home clean and comfortable.

Quality Of Life

Perhaps most importantly, companion care promotes better quality of life by enabling your loved one to maintain independence and personal agency for much longer than might otherwise be possible. By offering both useful companionship and a helping hand whenever it’s needed, caregivers can help to brighten each and every day of your loved one’s twilight years.

If you’re considering companion care or any other home care services for a loved one in or near Troy, Ohio, turn to ALN Senior Care & Home Services. Visit their website to find out more, or call (937) 335-3941 today to provide your loved one with a conscientious daily caregiver!


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Right Caregiver

Finding The Right Caregiver For You

Finding The Right Caregiver For You

We all get the opportunity to experience significant milestones throughout our life. Earning a High School Diploma, bearing children, and retirement are a few examples. One milestone we are often not prepared for is when the time comes to hire the right caregiver for ourselves or a loved one. Finding the right caregiver can be extremely difficult, however a perfectly matched caregiver can make the aging process “simpler”.  ALN Senior Care & Home Services has a dedicated staff of Home Care professionals who can find the right caregiver for you.

 How We Find The Right Caregiver For You

Sometimes there is plenty of time to prepare for finding a caregiver. However, in most cases the need for a caregiver is urgent and comes without warning. This leaves families overwhelmed and flustered with trying to find the right caregiver for a loved one or themselves. When hiring a caregiver through  an agency, the perfect caregiver will be found for you through a detailed process.  This allows the family to spend quality time with their loved ones and provide the compassionate family support that is needed during time of ill-health and life changes.

Once you have decided that an agency is the best option for you, the first step in the process is to schedule an In-Home Assessment.

The Assessment

All Assessments conducted by ALN Senior Care & Home Services are no obligation and free for the potential client. The Assessment is very important to matching the right caregiver for you or a loved one. During the assessments a Home Care Nurse Specialist will get to know you. They will ask questions about your hobbies, likes, dislikes, and much more to get an understanding of your unique personality. This information is extremely helpful when matching a caregiver with a compatible personality with you or a loved one.

The Nurse will asses also  your medical situation. Each caregiver we employ have special skills for various medical conditions. For example, one caregiver may be an expert in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. While another caregiver specializes in caring for individuals who suffered from a stroke and are trying to regain lost mobility. Every individual has a unique medical condition and it takes a unique caregiver match to properly meet their needs.

Bonus

During the in-home assessment, a home safety evaluation is also conducted. During this time, the Nurse Home Care Specialist will make suggestions as to any changes that need to be made for safety concerns in the home. These suggestions can include adding hand rails in bathrooms or hallways, rearranging furniture, using a medication planner, and much more. No changes have to be made, but are only suggestions  to keep you or a loved one safe while at home.

The Care Plan

All the information collected in the Assessment is compiled into a very detailed and precise Care Plan. The Care Plan includes all the details a caregiver must know about your health, likes and dislikes, and daily routine. The Care Plan will have unique information about you such as, what time your prefer to go to bed, favorite meals and preferred eating time, what activities you attend throughout the week and much more.

Finding The Right Caregiver

All caregivers employed by ALN Senior Care & Home Services are hand selected by the most professional Home Care experts in our area. All caregivers are screened, bonded, and insured to guarantee only the best caregivers are employed by us.

Once a caregiver has met all requirements to be hired, they are tested and must demonstrate they are competent in all skills we require. Skill areas that caregivers highly excel in are noted in the caregivers file and entered into our Home Care Management software. Along with skill, likes, dislikes, hobbies and interest are also entered into the software. This cuts the time in half it takes to match yourself or a loved one with right caregiver and get you the quality care you deserve as soon as possible.

If after an assessment we find we do not have the perfect matched caregiver, we will hire a caregiver to fit your unique needs. We guarantee 100% satisfaction of your caregiver or another caregiver will immediately be reassigned to your case.

All caregivers must work a minimum of 20 hours a month to maintain an active employment status at ALN Senior Care & Home Services. Along with working requirements, all caregivers must attend monthly in-service training to continually improve their caregiver skills and keep them evolving

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Non-Medical Home Care

Benefits of Using Non-Medical Home Care for Hospice Patients

Benefits of Using Non-Medical Home Care for Hospice Patients

Caring for chronically or terminally ill family members can be tough. Aside from medical care, which tries to alleviate their pain and symptoms, they also need non-medical home care services to ensure that there is someone who can look after them when we can’t be there. While it is critical for your loved one to receive hospice care, it is also a good idea to get a caregiver to provide them with non-medical home care services.

As the name suggests, non-medical home care services provide assistance with aspects of the patient’s daily life not covered by medical care. ALN Senior Care & Home Services in Troy, OH, explains its benefits:

  • The Comforts Of Home: A person, especially a senior, feels most comfortable at home. Research also shows that after hospitalization, people actually recover or heal more quickly at home where the surroundings are familiar, and family members can readily visit.

  • Assistance With Daily Activities: Other than providing companionship, caregivers also help patients with daily activities like personal care and grooming. For patients with advanced illnesses, it is often difficult to do daily tasks that we take for granted, such as bathing, shaving, and getting dressed. Caregivers can also take care of the patient by cleaning and doing laundry or yard work, while some even help with meal preparation and cooking.

  • Medication Reminders: Although caregivers cannot give medical care, they can assist in medication reminders. Picking up medication and helping patients take them on time are both within their scope of responsibilities.

  • Compassionate Care: A dedicated caregiver will give his or her full attention to your loved ones and their needs. The service is personalized and ensures that not only their physical needs but also their emotional and companionship needs, are met.


ALN Senior Care & Home Services aims to bring comfort to hospice patients and peace of mind to their families by offering an array of home care services provided by compassionate and experienced companion care specialists. Visit their website or call them at (937) 335-3941 to speak to their staff and learn more about their services.

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