Company offers tips to keep seniors safe and engaged at home
June, 2020 – Home Care Assistance local owners Greg Bridges and Melissa Hill consider their front-line employees heroes, and they believe that living at home – with professional care – is the safest senior living. “Our caregivers have demonstrated compassionate dedication to caring for our clients during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Bridges. “We have implemented rigorous screening protocol and isolation precautions, and we are happy to report we’ve had zero cases of COVID-19 among our clients and caregivers.”
Home Care Assistance helps seniors in the Oklahoma City metro area stay safe and comforted at home with assisted living services designed to support optimal well-being. With daily wellness oversight, RN care management, and resources for seniors to engage socially, physically, and cognitively, the company provides supportive care and companionship with a “concierge-level” approach to care.
“Seniors experience many physical and psychological effects of isolation at home, whether staying at home is a way of life due to limitations or heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hill. “That’s why we created a variety of resources for our clients and caregivers to stay connected, stay engaged, keep learning, and be entertained.”
The company offers its proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics MethodTM program to keep aging minds sharp. This scientifically developed program provides a fun way to engage the brain in a variety of exercises that stimulate visual-spatial, executive function, language, attention and memory to boost cognition and slow decline. The program is administered in the home by a trained caregiver who can provide encouragement, accountability, and feedback.
Here are a few online resources that seniors – and anyone – can enjoy from the comfort of home:
OER Commons – a public digital library of educational resources for all ages.
Home Care Assistance Life Enrichment Guide – downloadable .pdf with physical, cognitive, entertainment and wellness resources.
How to Keep Seniors Safe at Home
“We need to continue to be vigilant about precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19,” Bridges said. “We – along with other health officials – recommend continuing to practice physical distancing, avoiding public places, and traveling. Stay at home except when absolutely necessary to access essential goods and services, such as food, gas, and medications.”
Home Care Assistance can help make it easier for seniors to stay at home. In-home caregivers help make sure their clients’ needs are met and they’re able to practice social isolation. For example, a home caregiver will help clients stock up on supplies, including securing medications from pharmacies. A home caregiver can assist with a shopping trip. Caregivers can make sure the house is stocked with necessary over the counter and prescription medicines and supplies to sanitize the home.
Home Care Assistance caregivers are trained in recognizing illness and any change in condition. They are also taught how to prevent the spread of illness. Bridges said with daily monitoring and reporting of any change in condition, Home Care Assistance care teams can get ahead of signs and symptoms that can lead to illness and hospitalization.
A caregiver can assist your loved one with:
● Staying hydrated (especially important as the weather heats up)
● Ensuring regular meals and good nutrition
● Staying physically active
● Identifying and reporting symptoms
● Regularly washing hands
● Reminders to cover a cough or sneeze
● Effectively cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
● Monitoring medications and providing medication reminders
Consider personalized assisted living from Home Care Assistance to keep your elderly loved one safe while they stay at home. Download or view our Home Care Guide to learn how home care can promote quality of life for older adults.
For more information about Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma, visit www.HomeCareAssistanceOklahoma.com, or call 405-285-4191.
ABOUT HOME CARE ASSISTANCE
Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of home care for seniors in the Oklahoma City area. Our mission is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in home care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults.