Family Caregiver Tips

Nursing Homes and Long Term Care – tips and questions

Nursing Homes and Long Term Care – tips and questions Don’t just sign up for an official tour. Walk around and see the place for yourself. If you’re on the official tour ask to see other floors, otherwise you may only be shown the cleanest floor with the low maintenance patients. Ask what the resident mix is. Ask who your loved one may have for a roommate. Find out if it is possible that they could be placed with a resident with aggressive behaviour? Hang out in the lobby and see what kind of people surface. A lot of the time the physically fit, younger people will hang out there because they don’t have anywhere else to go. Visit the homes at meal time. This will allow you to see what the staffing ratio is and the resident mix for yourself. Also see what it’s like after meal time. How are the residents returned back to their rooms? Is there enough staff to care for them? If possible, go early in the morning to see if the residents are dressed for breakfast. If not, there likely isn’t enough staff to care for them all. Talk to the…

FREE Online Educational Courses for families caring for seniors

FREE Online Educational Courses for families caring for seniors Amy’s Helping Hands has taken a significant new step to help address some of the biggest concerns families have with caring for their aging parents: education, time and support. Recent statistics indicate that 80% of caregiving duties are provided by family members. This takes the form of sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and  nephews providing informal care for their aging relatives and loved ones. “Many times caring for seniors comes with increased stress and sacrificing personal time juggling family, work and caregiving responsibilities.“ says Amy Szewczuk, Owner. One resource Amy’s Helping Hands is excited to offer the public is FREE online courses for family caregivers to learn more about caring for their senior loved one and themselves. “This resource is our way of giving back to Windsor and Essex County. We are honoured by the Windsor Chamber New Business of the Year Award along with the hundreds of families that have selected us for senior care services. In speaking…

Things to ask your aging parents…

Things to ask your aging parents… It’s not easy. A growing number of families with aging parents and grandparents are facing some very tough questions. Where will their senior loved ones live? Who will care for them? Where can they find affordable care? The goal for many families is to help seniors remain independent and in their own homes as long as possible. Most don’t require constant supervision or medical attention, yet. Right now, all they really need is a helping hand. “Most seniors want to remain in the comfort and security of their own homes, and can do so safely with a little bit of help,” said Amy Szewczuk, Care Director and Owner of Amy’s Helping Hands. The company provides compassionate caregivers who go to the senior’s home and help with chores, such as light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, transportation, bathing, grooming, and medication reminders – tasks that have become difficult for seniors to perform. “Family members are the largest group of caregivers,” said Szewczuk. “Two…

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