McCortney Family In-Home Care News
During the past five years, the cost of a private room at a nursing home rose 4.19% annually....Nursing homes rate hikes outpaced that of in-home aide care, which rose 1.32% annually during the same time period...
I know here in Southeastern/South-central Oklahoma, there are typically more nursing home residents than nursing home beds, so this trend doesn't surprise me. What would surprise me would be if this trend continues over the next twenty years. Baby Boomers, as they become Senior Adults, want more than ever to stay home, so in-home care service (especially good quality in-home caregivers) are going be become much more of a scarce commodity. That's not saying that nursing home beds will be easy to find, but I do think the two are going to become equal as the Baby Boomers age.
Moving on to the point that I believe to be very important:
By 2020 Iowa will need 95,000 paid caregivers. The average annual turnover rate for the profession in the state is more than 60 percent, according to the Iowa CareGivers Association. The organization founded by Di Findley, a 13-year nurse aide, estimates that to keep up with the turnover, Iowa employers spent $193 million to recruit and train new staff in 2012.
In-home Care cost for caregivers is stable:
The good news in the survey is that costs for in-home care -- where nearly 80 percent of people prefer being cared for -- have risen very little during the past five years.
(Did you catch that part about 80% of the elderly population preferring in-home caregivers instead of being placed in an Assisted Living or Nursing Home facility?)
Moving on, it tells us why this is something that we, as a nation, need to be talking about.
First, family in-home care for those with a short-term disability:
By the time you are calling our family home care agency because you need a caregiver to help you in your home, you have missed the window to purchase the insurance that would pay for it. In all honesty, most of the elder care clients we help here in Oklahoma were too old or too sick to purchase long-term care insurance when the product first became widely offered. Their children, on the other hand, are getting a very fast lesson on why Long-term Care Insurance is important and why it is a really good investment.
With that said, I wanted to link to this article from the Sacramento Bee titled “Long-term care insurance: Who needs it? What does it cover? What will it cost”. Yes, portions of the article deal with California issues, but most will be very relevant to anyone who has questions about Elder Care issues in Oklahoma.
It discusses the aging of our population:
Consider that the oldest living person today – Misawo Okawa at 116 years old – was not expected to see her 45th birthday when she was born in 1898. While super-centenarians like Okawa are rare, people in the United States can expect to live an average of 78.7 years, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – good news to be sure, but it also presents new challenges in how we provide care to the elderly.
It also goes on to discuss the preference of the elderly population to have caregivers that can help them remain in their own home:
Increasingly, the elderly are opting to be cared for at home, preferring their own surroundings instead of outside environments. This is sparking a renewed debate on the merits and challenges of home care versus third-party care. Many believe home care is the optimal choice,
Okay, I know, nobody gets excited about tax day, but, if you use a true In-home Care company for your elder care needs in Oklahoma, your tax worries would be significantly less. There are a lot of benefits to using a company like our family home care company (bonding, on-the-job injuries, drug testing, background checks, reference checks, reliability….), but today, let’s focus on the tax day reasons to use a full service in-home care company instead of a “caregiver finder” service.
Lone Grove, OK
Pay special attention to number six, “DO NOT neglect your own health”. This is a huge deal. If you are caring for mom, dad, your spouse or a sibling, the last thing you need is for the caregiver to get into a situation where they need a caregiver of their own.
She does a good job of explaining the importance of elder care services such in in-home care:
Like so many families, we turned to committed and compassionate home-care workers, who supported not only my mother but also the whole family during the progression of my mother's disease.
I am so grateful that I was able to be with my mother, in our home, in her final years. It would not have been possible without the incredible women who provided quality care to my mother.
But she also does a great job of discussing the issues that face this industry with the aging of the baby boomers. It is often hard to find good caregivers who want to provide family home care:
The alleged schemes, which prosecutors said were similar but not necessarily part of a unified conspiracy, involved bogus claims for home care services, .... The uptick in billings for home care — from $40 million in 2006 to $280 million last year — was part of what tipped off authorities to illegal activity, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said.
How do you know when the caregiver who is supposed to be caring for your parents arrives at the home? How do you know when they leave? Can you really prove that they showed up at all? Did they stay the entire time that they are getting paid for? These questions are nearly impossible to answer if you are using a private caregiver in the home of someone with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or the confusion that often comes with any advancing illness.
Our company uses technology to solve this problem.
In-home Care Service for those with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia: No, it is NOT a babysitting job!
Most people can give you the typical list of things that our caregivers will be doing for a patient with dementia:
- Make sure they remember to take their medications.
- Remind them to bathe.
- Turn the oven off… to prevent them from burning the house down.
In-home Care Service for those being Discharged from a Nursing Home: Removing the fear and going home again!
- Who will cook the meals?
- Who will remind me to take my medications?
- Who will help me with my shower?
- Who will be there if I get tired and can’t complete a task?
- Who will be there if I get dizzy or weak while walking?
- Who will change my bed?
- Who will do my laundry?
- Who will take me to the doctor?
- Who will check in and make sure everything is going okay?
- Who will remind me of the things I need to do to regain my strength?
- Who will take care of things if there is an emergency?
The answer to all of these questions (and many more) is “my in-home caregiver”.
"Long-term care is the biggest threat to elders' financial well-being," he said.
Another option is long-term care insurance, which can cover the costs of care for those who lose the ability to perform some of the basic activities of independent living because of health issues.
Long-term care insurance is different from health insurance. The premiums policyholders pay aren't likely to pay off very soon, and it might not even be needed. Someone who dies suddenly, for example, wouldn't need it, Murdock said.
He said many people don't even think about getting it until they realize they need it, and by then it's often too late.
"Everybody wants to get long-term care insurance after the event that happened that's going to prevent them from getting long-term care insurance," he said.
Clearly, every family is different, so the decision on whether or not to purchase long-term care insurance is a personal one. As quite possibly the only elder care company in our part of Oklahoma that is qualified to provide In-home care to a family member who has a long-term care insurance policy, we can honestly say that these policies are often worth their weight in gold. We have seen MANY senior adults who have used these policies and the benefits they provide to remain in their homes long past the time they could have without them.
The Balancing Incentive Payments Program is intended to keep as many people as possible out of nursing home care. Nursing home care is expensive, and a 2010 AARP survey found that 9 out of 10 older Americans would prefer in-home care to nursing home care.
If in-home care for senior adults is what people want and providing in-home caregivers instead of nursing home care saves money, why wouldn’t this be the direction our healthcare system goes?
- This will impact a lot of us — 40 percent of all women 18 or older and 37 percent of all men 18 or older provide care for someone.
Often times, families and friends try to patch together the care needed without hiring anyone or they only hire a caregiver for the hours that can't be covered by someone else. In that situation, the senior adult ends up having multiple in-home caregivers each day. One caregiver doesn't know what the other has done, and things slip through the cracks.
1. We do background checks on all employees, and this includes checklists of people who have been connected with senior adult abuse before.
First, let's talk about what McCortney Family In-home care already does with technology.
We use what the industry calls a "telephony" system, but I have always thought that was a bad name. Our system allows our caregiver to clock in when they arrive at the client's home every day and clock out when they leave. Yes, that's a telephony system, but what happens from there is far from anything Alexander Graham Bell every imagined.
If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care services, a reputable company typically begins the process with a care assessment. It's likely you'd prefer an in-home care company that delivers personalized attention, tailored to their clients' individual needs and wishes. Care assessments involve analyzing a patient's situation, and offering solutions and outlining options for them and their family. At a trustworthy caregiving company, nurse's assistants and other trained medical professionals collaborate with patients, family members, and one another to deliver only the best, most effective care to each of their clients.
If you are one of the people who is worrying about their parents, this article has a list of ten warning signs that may indicate that you should consider in-home care services for your family.
1. Experiencing a change in memory
2. Bills not being paid on time or mail piling up
3. Missed doctor appointments
4. Personal hygiene (e.g., clothing, hair, etc.) becoming difficult to maintain
At McCortney Family In Home care, we know the importance of selecting just the right caregiver for your specific needs. We take great pride in our In home Care, and value the care and kindness our caregivers give to our clients. We recently found a article that also gives insight to the importance of selecting the right caregiver for your In home Care. Below you will find an exert from that informative article.