Archive for September, 2012

Home Care Suits a Wealth of Needs

Posted on: September 26th, 2012 by CareNet Inc Admin

Are you or a loved one avoiding contacting home care agencies because you’re worried that your care needs are too small or too large for home care? Good news: there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to in-home care! In fact, home care services can fit a wide variety of needs and help a senior to age more comfortably at home rather than face a move elsewhere. Here are a few ways home care can assist:

  • Light Housekeeping: This includes household chores like vacuuming, doing dishes, laundry, changing beds, and dusting. If your loved one has difficulty performing these chores, ask home care agencies about their housekeeping services.
  • Companionship and Socialization: Living alone when you cannot drive or have easy access to public transportation can be incredibly isolating and lead to depression. An in-home caregiver can not only provide companionship, but can also provide mind-stimulating activities and transportation to events, social gatherings, a local museum, etc.
  • Personal Care (usually required daily or several times a week): When assistance is needed with bathing, toileting, eating, dressing, grooming, walking, getting out of bed or a chair, or making certain that medications are taken as prescribed, a specially trained in-home caregiver can help.
  • Nighttime Care: For a person who is unable to get out of bed to the toilet, or when dementia causes “sundowning”, extra assistance throughout the night from an in-home caregiver can give a family caregiver a solid night’s rest.

CareNet’s expert caregivers are on hand to answer all your care questions. Contact us in Anchorage, AK for more information on what types of in-home services might be right for your loved one. Call CareNet at 907-274-5620.

There’s Just One Type of Home Care, Right? Not So Fast.

Posted on: September 20th, 2012 by CareNet Inc Admin

One of the many benefits of home care is that you and your loved one have choices. The options for in-home care vary in type of care, payment options, and services, and it is important to understand each model of care in order to know where you or your loved one fits in terms of financial ability, care needs, and formal and informal support. The following are some of the available models of home care:

Private Duty Home Care

Private duty services are mostly “non-medial” supportive services and can range from errands to transportation to companionship to personal care, dementia care, 24-hour care or respite care. These services are usually paid directly by the patient or his or her family members. Some private duty care may also be covered by long-term care insurance, workers’ compensation, and some armed services funding.

Medicare Home Health Care

Home Health Care is skilled nursing care and certain other health care services one receives in a home setting for the treatment of an illness or injury. Examples are care for a wound (dressing changes), injections, monitoring of health conditions like diabetes or blood pressure or heart disease, and assistance with medical equipment like dialysis. Home Health Care can also provide rehabilitation services: speech, physical and respiratory therapies. 

Hospice Care

Hospice services are designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when patients with life-limiting illnesses no longer respond to treatment. Coverage for hospice care is widely available through both Medicare and many private insurance providers.

For more information on the different types of home care, visit our resource page.

At CareNet, Inc. we want to help you make the right in-home care choices for you and your loved ones. For more information about your home care options, contact us in Anchorage, Alaska at 907-274-5620.

Care at Home or a Home Away from Home?

Posted on: September 13th, 2012 by CareNet Inc Admin

Choosing from among the myriad of long-term care options can be daunting. There are many instances when home care is the right choice rather than nursing home placement or a permanent move to a retirement or assisted living facility. But how does one determine whether home care is the appropriate choice or if care in a facility is the better choice?

There are a few key items family members of a loved one in need of care should look at when making long-term care decisions, including:

  • Activities of Daily Living Needs: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are simply activities that people engage in on a daily basis. These activities are fundamental to caring for oneself and maintaining independence, such as bathing, getting dressed, getting in or out of bed or a chair, using the toilet, eating and getting around or walking.
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs): These are activities related to independent living and include preparing meals, managing money (writing checks, paying bills), shopping for groceries or personal items, maintaining a residence/performing housework (e.g. laundry, cleaning), taking medications, using a telephone, handling mail and traveling via car or public transportation.

For more information on the home care benefits, visit our resource page.

Knowing a person’s limitations with his or her ADLs and IADLs is the first step in developing a care plan, and determining the type of ADL care that is needed can help families make the right choice in whether or not staying at home with care is an option. If you would like to talk with one of CareNet’s  experienced home care providers about whether or not in-home care is right for your loved one, contact us in Anchorage, AK at 907-274-5620.


Benefits of Care in the Home

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 by CareNet Inc Admin

There’s no place like home. It’s a famous saying for a good reason. As we age, there truly is no place like home when it comes to familiarity, comfort, and care. Every day, more and more seniors choose to age in place near their friends, family members, and familiar surroundings, but there are many more benefits to receiving care in the home. The following are just a few reasons you or your loved one should consider in-home care:

  • Generally, home care leads to higher quality of and satisfaction with life, even when frailty is a factor.
  • In-home care allows seniors to maintain their independence and dignity, even as they become more dependent on caregivers.
  • Studies show that home care promotes healing. Research demonstrates that patients heal quicker and more comfortably at home than in a hospital or nursing home setting.
  • Caregivers can provide clients with healthy, nutritional meals that both appeal to the individual and meet any specific dietary restrictions.
  • Caregivers keep seniors active with personalized daily exercise plans.
  • Home care is usually more cost-effective than the costs of a nursing home or assisted living facility.

For more information on the benefits of home care, visit our resource page.

At CareNet, Inc. our passion is helping seniors age in place in the comfort of their own homes. To learn more about the benefits of in-home care or our care services, contact us today in Anchorage, AK at 907-274-5620.


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