What Do I Do If I Live in Omaha and My Parent is Resistant to Giving Up the Car Keys?

What Do I Do If I Live in Omaha and My Parent is Resistant to Giving Up the Car Keys?

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Omaha, Nebraska is blessed to have a Center for Successful Aging at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. They have a wealth of resources available including a nice article addressing the question, what do I do if my parent is resistant to giving up the car keys? What resources do I have in the Omaha area?

The Impaired Older Driver: When And How Families Should Intervene

As our director, Joan Davelis, R.N. said when we asked her about the topic, “As soon as the adult children notice problematic driving practices, they should address them with their parent. Don’t wait until the day before taking the license away to tell the parent the plans. The more time the parent has to think about what is going to happen–the better. Remember they are losing a main source of independence. Be patient, kind, and understanding!” Read more

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Taking the Car Away From an Elderly Parent

Taking the Car Away From an Elderly Parent

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Talking to an elderly parent about giving up the car keys can be very traumatic for both the parent and the adult child. Parents see losing their ability to drive as losing their independence and adult children wonder if they are doing the right thing. They also worry about how the conversation will go.

Many parents become depressed or combative when they are faced with the prospect of no longer driving. The way a child broaches the subject can make a huge difference in how a parent reacts.

Most articles on this subject talk about the dangers of elderly driving and how a family must be firm about taking the keys away. Some examples are below:


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CNA, LPN, RN: Who Will Best Care for My Elderly Parent?

CNA, LPN, RN: Who Will Best Care for My Elderly Parent?

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Making the decision to hire in-home care for an elderly parent can be overwhelming. No matter how sure you are that you have made the right decision to keep your loved one at home, there are still a number of unknowns.

One of the most common questions family members grapple with is the level of care their loved one requires. Further complicating matters is the fact that there are so many options available today. These options range from certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to registered nurses (RNs). In some cases, there also will be occupational or physical therapists in and out of the home. Read more

Home Care Options Explained

Home Care Options Explained

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There are several options available to those who have an elderly parent being cared for at home. You can find a list of resources that will help explain the language that caregivers use when designing an in home care program. One article in particular is worth digging into further.

Home Care Options Explained: 10 Best Resources for In-Home Care Help from Caring.com:

https://www.caring.com/articles/10-best-resources-for-in-home-care-help Read more

Hiring a Caregiver for In-Home Help

Links to help with Hiring a Caregiver for In-Home Help

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When a family hires an in-home caregiver to take care of an elderly parent or loved one, they are often unfamiliar with what type of care their parent needs. The process can especially overwhelming when a family is unfamiliar with the types of caregivers available. The following links will help define some of the terms used by caregivers. Read more

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Keeping Your Elderly Parents in the Home Safely and Affordably

Keeping Your Elderly Parents in the Home Safely and Affordably

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If you are responsible for the care of an elderly parent, chances are you want to keep your loved one at home because you believe that is where he or she will be the happiest and the most comfortable. You are not alone. Read more

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The Many Benefits of Keeping Your Aging Parents at Home

The Many Benefits of Keeping Your Aging Parents at Home

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In the article The Benefits of Aging in Place, this note jumped out at me: Read more

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Keeping Your Parent at Home

Keeping Your Parent at Home

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Conventional wisdom is that seniors want to stay in their home but this is often not feasible due to the cost involved with providing in home care.

Most articles compare the costs of in home health care vs. assisted living or nursing homes. These articles are filled with gloom and doom detailing how caring for your aging parents, at home or in a care center, spelled financial ruin.

At Physician’s Choice Private Duty, we look at things a different way.  We know that it is possible to keep parents in the home without breaking the bank, if that’s your goal.

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Why Do Caregivers Leave?

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Why Do Caregivers Leave?

Caregiver Turnover isn’t only a problem for a home healthcare agency. It’s a problem for patients and their families looking for consistent care.

In the article “40+ Reasons Caregivers Leave and the High Cost of Caregiver Turnover” outlines an impressive number of reasons why a talented caregiver may leave an employer or the industry. They fall into six groups. Company policies, work conditions, job security, personality issues (both supervisors and peers), personal life changes, and discharge.

Here’s a sample of their list and you can read the whole article here: http://rosemarksystem.com/blog/40-reasons-caregivers-leave-and-high-cost-caregiver-turnover

Company policies:

  • No benefits.
  • Vacation time
  • Sick Pay
  • Health insurance
  • Paychecks are wrong.
  • Pay is too low

Work Conditions

  • The client is a hoarder
  • Too far to drive
  • In bad neighborhoods
  • Don’t have clear directives for continuum of care
  • No notes from the previous caregiver

Job security

  • not enough hours
  • not reliable hours

Personality issues

Direct supervisor:

  • Relationship is not good
  • Perceived as a mean person

Relationship with peers

  • not getting along other caregivers
  • they have no opportunity to interact with other caregivers

Personal life changes

  • Moving out of work locality
  • Decided that they just don’t like the work
  • Health issues

Discharged (Fired)

  • No show, no call to a client shift
  • Caught stealing
  • Not following care instructions

Physician’s Choice Private Duty knows these challenges well and our director, Joan Davelis RN, has this to say about how we deal with the challenges of finding and keeping great caregivers.

“We do several things…We try to keep our wages very competitive; we try very hard to treat our caregivers with respect; let them know they are valued; we have several different ways our caregivers can earn extra money if they want; treat each of them as individuals with varying qualities that are necessary to make our company successful.

When you hire an agency, ask them about how they deal with the challenges of turnover because it will affect your care. No agency is perfect and it pays to ask a few more questions to find an agency that fits your family’s needs.

(see full article: http://rosemarksystem.com/blog/40-reasons-caregivers-leave-and-high-cost-caregiver-turnover)

 

 

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Coping with Changing Caregivers

News to Note

These are some of the best links from our in home assisted living feeds. This month we’re focusing on the most important piece of caregiving – the caregivers. Specifically from the perspective of the patient.

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http://www.parentsinapinch.com/news/blog/coping-with-changing-caregivers/

Read this because it addresses changes kids have to deal with in changing caregivers. There is a list of ways to make the change easier including not making a big deal about it, prepping for the new caregiver and letting the child be part of the solution

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http://rosemarksystem.com/blog/40-reasons-caregivers-leave-and-high-cost-caregiver-turnover

If you’re hiring caregivers for your parents, this article is interesting because it deals with reasons for caregiver turnover. These include company policies, work conditions, job security, personality issues, personal issues, and scheduling.

https://blog.ioaging.org/caregiving/preventing-coping-high-caregiver-turnover-rates/

The problems with older people developing bonds with caregivers that change. Solutions include using a reputable agency, connecting with caregivers, including family and friends, rotating between caregivers, and getting caregivers support.

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http://www.seniorhousingnet.com/senioradvice/turnover-senior-housing-caregivers/

Advice for people to ask about caregiver turnover when hiring and getting to the reasons behind turnover. Check staffing levels at different times and ask about how turnover is handled. It sounds like listening to the answers is the best way to tell. If they say no problem, no turnover, it’s not common so beware.

Physician’s Choice Private Duty care solves the problems families face in finding home health care providers they can trust. We focus on strategies that keep seniors in their homes, longer. To learn more about our health care services, visit http://private-duty.pchhc.com