Senior Care Resources

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What makes a terrific caregiver?

We Know What it Takes

Since we started Senior Care Management Solutions in 2009, we’ve seen thousands of clients and even more caregivers.  We’ve had the unique ability to identify which qualities are possessed by the best caregivers.  Despite significant employee turnover, a sizable chunk of our caregiver roster has been with us for several years.  Some since the first day. 

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Short Term Care

Here’s the Problem

Let’s say that your mother has undergone a surgical procedure and is set to be discharged tomorrow.  You’ve come to visit her in the hospital before work, during your lunch break, and after work over the last several days.  You know that she’s ready to go home, but you also worry that she may not be safe at home alone.

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How Senior Care works with Hospice Care

What is Hospice?

Many people simply have no idea. Some people are frightened by even the mention of the word because of it’s correlation to death and the process of dying. Let me do my best to explain hospice on behalf of our friends and colleagues in the hospice ministry. I say ministry because, like many of us in the senior industry, it’s a calling.

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Home for the Holidays

I love the last two months of the year.

These are the holiday months when we cook non-stop, making excessive amounts of unhealthy treats.  We brine a turkey for 24 hours then smoke it for 8 hours.  The grocery stores are full of Rice, Corn, and the elusive Wheat Chex.  There are special displays in the store containing all the ingredients for green bean casserole or sweet potato pie all in one location. 

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Senior Home Care Following Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery has become an extremely common procedure in the past 10 years.

As of 2014, a study by American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons revealed that almost 1% of the U.S. population is living with an artificial hip.  So, whether you are a senior citizen or the adult daughter or son of a senior citizen, it’s likely that you’ve had a hip replacement or you most certainly know someone who’s had one.

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Home Care Following a Stroke

You are in the car on the way home from work and you get a call from the hospital. Dad has had a stroke.  He will be treated to remove the clot and will undergo physical therapy to learn to walk again; speech therapy to learn to talk again; occupational therapy to learn to dress himself and feed himself again.  When he goes home, how are you going to care for him?

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Caring for Seniors during Extreme Weather

Recent weather events in Houston have brought disaster response back to the forefront.  How do Senior Care Agencies, like Senior Care Management Solutions, handle adverse weather conditions?  After all, clients are expecting care, and in many cases, can’t live without our caregivers.  So, when roads become impassable or power is out for extended periods of time, what should clients expect?  The fact is that we don’t realize how much we rely on the consistent operation of our power and water supply until it’s not available.  Driving a properly paved road is such a common luxury that when it’s icy or, as is the case in Houston currently, completely submerged in water, most of us have no way to travel.

So how do you deal with a homebound senior?

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In-Home Senior Care in conjunction with Independent and Assisted Living

Often, families are caught off guard when confronted with the fact that they need to add caregivers to the plan of care at the assisted living facility.  The first thought is the additional expense, but fear not!  A caregiver used in conjunction with the care and amenities provided at an independent/assisted living facility can be a terrific experience.

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Alzheimer’s: Caring for the Caregiver

After months of suspicion, it’s been confirmed. Your mother has Alzheimer’s Disease. You’ve been in denial, hoping that some of her behavior change was just natural aging. She’s had trouble speaking clearly and has forgotten what everyday items in her house are called. Where she once was an organized, meticulous planner and appointment-keeper, now she’s unable to navigate the most basic business and social appointments in her life. So after taking her to the neurologist, the truth is upon you.

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