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ANNIVERSARY already ??

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In April 2017 CAREmasters homehealth LLC celebrated its 2 year anniversary. We are grateful to our clients, caregivers and nurses who welcomed our start-up and made it possible to establish the home health agency in the Sarasota community. We are thankful for all the support we received and for the patience we experienced while riding the learning curve. Today we feel well established and regard ourselves as a powerful home care agency providing the full scope of medical and non-medical services to our clients in the community. We established a strong team of administration support, caregivers and nurses,  focused on attention, communication, professional skills, reliability and quality services.

Besides home care CAREmasters evolved into a healthcare staffing provider. CAREmasters healthcare services LLC received recently its AHCA license as a health care services pool. The staffing agency is servicing hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospices, assisted living and correctional facilities. CAREmasters is focused on providing local temporary health care professionals licensed in a variety of nursing and therapy skills. We offer flexible daily staffing, daily block staffing for multiple shifts and contract assignments of up to several months. We help to cover leaves of absence, census fluctuations, vacations, core staffing requirements or temporary fill of a difficult to fill permanent position. CAREmasters healthcare services LLC is located in Sarasota but provides facility support services all over Florida.

At CAREmasters, we pride ourselves on our commitment to quality. We follow a quality assurance program, with caregiver, nurse and therapist orientation, training, frequent onsite visits and performance checks to ensure that each client’s individual goals are carefully evaluated and supported. 

Both CAREmasters entities are in need for staff. We have openings for Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses and Therapy Professionals. Part or full time employment is available. One on One home care or 8 - 12 hours shifts, days, nights, week or weekends in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee and adjacent Counties. Please call CAREmasters HR at 941-960-1856, we will get you started in a short time. 

Both CAREmasters entities will relocate as of July 1st 2017. We are leaving our office downtown Sarasota on Central Avenue and move into a larger premises on
1247 Sarasota Center Blvd Sarasota FL 34240
You are welcome to visit the new office, to meet and discuss with our staff. We look forward to seeing you.

YOUR CAREmasters TEAM

http://www.caremastershomehealth.com/Our-Team


HELPING PARENTS TO ENJOY HOME CARE

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October last year we published an article on how to support your parents to accept home care. We suggested some strategies, like asking the right questions, how to place your arguments and what benefits outsider´s opinion may have on home care acceptance. Today we want to continue from there: Once your parent has accepted home care, it is very often a struggle to build a strong and trustful relationship between the parent, the family and the caregiver. It may turn into a real challenge and we want to give it some thought.

Many families struggle with exactly this problem as the parent easily finds fault, even with excellent caregivers having long time records of being well qualified, dedicated and committed. A common situation is that our client relations person gets the request to exchange the caregiver. This may happen multiple times within a short period. Families in this situation are tempted to believe, that they were not successful in first place when they argued for acceptance of home care, which they hoped they finally got. But now they question it again and feel trapped. They start getting convinced that the parent does not really want care and that home care will never work. Suddenly it seems that the options the family tried to avoid are back on the table: long-term care or assisted living, coming along with even more challenges, like acceptance by the parent, costs and a radical change in the parent´s living situation.

However, after some investigation this rarely turns out to be the case.  When talking to the parent and digging deeper on why keep firing caregivers, it turns out that there are a few specific things the parent is looking for and the caregiver does not provide. If you can find what it is, you have a fair chance to remove a huge barrier.

Let´s take an example. What you will hear often is that the caregiver is “lazy”. Here you need to start working like a detective and ask WHY - over and over until you have the full picture. During her or his  life time, a parent has established a lot of standard procedures when handling activities of daily living at home. These procedures are stabilizing, familiar and have often been acquired from young age on.  A caregiver who is assigned to one of these daily activities, and does not follow expected procedures is quickly label “lazy”. As an example, on your first WHY question you may get the answer: The caregiver is not cleaning the house. Next you may find out that she cleans for 3 hours but does not remove the dining room chairs from the table before vacuuming underneath. Suddenly questioning leads you from being trapped to a situation that can be easily solved. If the chairs are removed before vacuuming, “lazy” may not be an issue anymore. The same questioning may apply to lack of cleanliness, attention deficits, privacy requirements or any other matter of disturbance. All these can be solved by communications and adjustment.

CAREmasters client relation persons are trained to recognize and solve these issues. When a caregiver is rejected, it may be for good reason. We find out by talking to the family and the parent. We are always happy to provide an alternative. But if we are dealing with a disturbance, we can communicate it with the caregiver which may solve the problem. The family should encourage the parent to ask the caregiver to cover important needs and apply familiar procedures. In many cases it will be a quick success.
And finally you will get what you have been looking for, a strong and trustful relationship between the parent, the family and the caregiver, allowing for many peaceful years of home care.

 


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR

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The CAREmasters Team wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

2016 was a challenging and exiting year for CAREmasters. We could comfort many of our community´s seniors in need and brought a little happiness into their lives.  The CAREmasters Team is grateful for the trust you gave us. We will increase our efforts to provide highest quality service and continue to keep your well-being in the center of our attention. Thank you!
We wish you peaceful and relaxing Holidays! Do not hesitate to contact us in case of any service needs during the Holidays. We are available 24/7 for you!

YOUR CAREmasters Team
Julie, Laura, Laurel, Jan, Dennis & all Caregivers and Nurses


HELPING A PARENT TO ACCEPT HOME CARE

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We hear it far too often. We meet the new client for the intake visit. The Nurse assesses, the care plan is set up, the caregiver is introduced and home care gets scheduled. Before the first visit the phone rings: “Dad is not ready to receive services”. Let´s wait for another week, month or until he signals readiness. Often that works out and eventually home care gets started later. But sometimes we get the message that Dad is in hospital, due to a fall accident. How sad! This is the wrong reason to start home care.
We all know people struggling with accepting help at home. The stress for the family can be even worse when there are concerns for their safety and they have witnessed potential dangerous situations or minor accidents in the past. It is tough for adult children in this situation because they are watching the living situation and health of their parents deteriorate and often feel completely helpless to change the outcome. At the same time we must empathize with the older adults who have cared for and raised their children and now keenly feel the tables turning. They often fight that change at every opportunity. Does any of this sound familiar? The time will come when they finally have to accept help. But the transition time bares huge risks and often determines if the years to come are golden or if they are shadowed and shortened by avoidable mishaps. Here are a few strategies you can try to help your loved ones accept needed support:      

Start Early  
Break the ice by trying to have a relaxed conversation about elder care long before a health crisis comes. Look for opportunities to ask questions like, “Mom, where do you see yourself living when you get older?” or “How would you feel about having a housekeeper and someone to drive you so you can stay at home?” Talking early about it and raising the subject in regular intervals will give your loved ones time to think about it and get familiar with their upcoming support requirements. Perhaps you want to have a discussion with your parents about options such as staying at home using long-term care services or change into assisted living. In case you feel you don’t know enough about different options, their advantages and budget requirements, we can help with information and connect you with the right resources.

Ask The Right Questions         
Crafting questions is important: “Dad, what’s it like to take care of Mom so much of the day?” is a much better way to communicate than the statement, “ Dad, we think you should get some help so you don’t have to care for mom 24 hours a day”.
The first question allows your dad to open up and share about how much work goes into daily living. He will give out a great deal of information about all the needs they have and also start to acknowledge how much work it is. The second statement is very direct and as a result it may risk argument and conflict. It is difficult to change someone’s mind, but asking questions helps them decide and open up to change their mind by themselves.

The Need For Home Care Is About You, Not Them
It can be really tough for parents to take help from their children. So rather than ask them to accept help, why not ask them to help you to worry less, by allowing you to get a caregiver to help them around the house. You can explain that you feel pressured to be with them a lot because you worry about their safety and the house. If they would have someone come in to help a few times a week it would take a weight off your shoulders. This simple shift can work wonders.

Involve Outsiders Early  
In some cases it’s easier to talk to a professional rather than a family member. This is especially true when the issues to be discussed are personal in nature, such as having issues with personal hygiene, or admitting memory issues. Setting your family member up to speak to a family doctor, social worker, or consulting with our Registered Nurse can create the needed space to allow those sensitive discussions to take place.

Hopefully some of those strategies will help to accept home care services in time instead of being regretful after accidents have happened. But having a discussion is only the beginning. Next you have to successfully find the right caregiver and the right care plan, being a whole new challenge! Don´t worry, call the CAREmasters Team for advice, we are happy to support you 24/7/365!

 


IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY

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In terms of domestic fruit consumption, blueberries rank second to strawberries in popularity of berries. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in diets as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. We recommend enjoying raw blueberries rather than relying upon blueberries incorporated into baked desserts because, like other fruit, raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits.

As one of the few fruits blueberries have been enjoyed by Native Americans for hundreds of years. They have also enjoyed great popularity around the world in cuisines from Asia to the Mediterranean.

What's Beneficial About Blueberries?
After many years of research on blueberry antioxidants and their potential benefits for the nervous system and for brain health, there is exciting new evidence that blueberries can improve memory. In a study involving older adults (with an average age of 76 years), 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption was enough to improve scores on two different tests of cognitive function including memory. While participants in the study consumed blueberries in the form of juice, three-quarters of a pound of blueberries were used to make each cup of juice. As participants consumed between 2 to 2-1/2 cups each day, the participants actually received a very plentiful amount of berries. The authors of this study were encouraged by the results and suggested that blueberries might turn out to be beneficial not only for improvement of memory, but for slowing down or postponing the onset of other cognitive problems frequently associated with aging. Let´s make blueberries a daily part of our diet and enjoy our beautiful memories that we have gathered over many years.


MEDICATION SAFETY FOR SENIORS

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Elderly patients take about three times as many medications as younger patients do. They are also the greatest consumers of prescribed and non-prescribed medications. There has been a gradual increase in prescription drug use in the United States. According to Medicare, the average number of prescriptions per year, including refills, is currently 28.5 per senior (up from 19.6 in 1992). 15-25 % of seniors are prescribed five or more medications, and one-third of seniors over the age of 85 take 10 or more different medications. That is a lot for anyone to manage and keep track of. Medication errors are happening far too often, and can result in adverse reactions, hospitalizations and even death.  Medication safety for seniors is therefore an important subject to address.

 Tips for Safely Managing Multiple Medications

  • Keep a list of all medications you take. Update and review your medication list regularly. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medication and dietary supplements, such as vitamins and herbs.

  • Make sure that all of your physicians know about every medication you are taking.

  • Make sure your physician knows about any allergies and adverse reactions you have had to medications. This can help you to avoid getting a medication that could harm you.

  • Ask for written information about the side effects your medication could cause. If you know what might happen, you will be better prepared.

  • Fill all your prescriptions at one pharmacy. Most pharmacies have databases that will alert the pharmacist to any medications that may react with each other.

  • Read all the informational safety sheets provided by your pharmacist.

  • Keep all medications organized in an easily accessible place. Be sure to keep them away from heat, humidity and bright light.

  • Many pharmacies are able to fill prescriptions in blister packs. These blister packs keep medications separated by day of the week and the time of day they need to be taken.

  • Keep a calendar or journal of your daily activities, appointments and medication schedule. This is an easy reminder for all the things you are doing.

  • Programmable alarms can be set to remind multiple times a day of when you should be taking your medications.

  • If you use a smart phone, there are many “apps” designed to alert you when it is time to take your medications.

  • Automated pill machines are available which can be programmed to schedule and deliver medications. They are locked after they have been filled, and sound an alert when the medication is due. The user simply pushes a button and the medication is dispensed.  Some also come with alerts that will draw your attention to missed doses and when the medication unit needs refilling.

As one of the many benefits of CAREmasters private duty home health care services, we can help with medication safety and education, along with a wide range of services tailored to your individual needs. Please call us for more information.