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stephanie, SC nursing for 84 yr old grandmother
Question My grandmother had a stroke in Oct. of 2012. She has been to several homes that were supposed to help her. She lives at home but needs full time care. Paralyzed on right side. How can I go about getting a nurse during the day for her? She has medicaid and . . .
Answer Nurses for in-home care usually provide skilled care such as complex wund care, IVs and such. She most likely needs a CNA (certified nurse assistant) to help her with daily activities. Medicare does not cover these costs but suggest finding a non-medical . . .
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Karla, IN Taking care of a family member who had a stroke
Question Do you have to be a CNA to take care of a family member at your home? My mom had a stroke about 3 weeks ago and she is at a nursing home right now for rehab. I am going to bring her home to my house and my sister keeps telling me i have to be register bef . . .
Answer No you do not have to be certified to care for family member but need to ask nursing home staff for any advice or training that they can offer you regarding your mother’s care. It may be a good idea to go to home several mornings and observe the caregiver . . .
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Laura, MD Med-management caregivers
Question My mother is 77 and lives in LaPlata, MD (just south of Waldorf, MD). She is obviously getting on in age and has difficulties managing her medications. She has to use a nebulizer with 2 medications daily as well as some oral medication for high blood pres . . .
Answer The easiest way to hire a caregiver is by contacting a home care agency in your area. The type of agency needed is non-medical and a CNA certified nurse assistant) would be qualiied to help with your mother's her meds. Please refer to our home care direct . . .
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Tiffany, AL Mom had a stroke
Question My dad is 65 years old and my mom is 67. My mom had a storke Nov. 18, 2011. Her entire right side is paralyzed. After leaving the hospital and a short term care facility, she is now in a hospital bed living at home. My dad is her caretaker. He has to feed . . .
Answer Hi Tiffany,
Hiring home care assistants sounds like a priority for yor dad’s welfare and much needed respite. Getting burned out as a family caregiver is all too common of a problem and good that you regognize the need for outside help before you bec . . .
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Deb, NC finding a home health aide
Question What are the advantages/disadvantages of using a home health aide from an agency? How would I find someone to interview who was not from an agency?
Answer Hi Deb,
Refer to article on this site that compares home care agency versus private hire as there are many considerations. A couple of big pros for hiring through an agency is backup caregivers available when regular caregivers are not. Also the scre . . .
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Scott, SC Certification for Caregivers for non-medical care
Question Clare, I am starting a new in home non-medical elderly care company in South Carolina and as I interview caregivers, I want to ensure they are certified, if that is required. First, do you know if any certification is reguired and Secondly, can you point . . .
Answer Contact your state licensing dept for healthcare as these regulations vary alot from state to state. . . .
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betty, FL in home day care
Question What is the average cost for an in home day care nurse or CNA? I need to find someone to take care of my friend during day hours.
Answer It truly varies greatly based on geographic location and may range from $10/$25/hr. Hiring private help is usually less costly but more responsibility to act as employer. You also may not need to hire a certified aid which can reduce costs. Contact few lo . . .
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Cristal, HI help for mom
Question Our mother is 94 and lives in an assisted care facility in Western Washington with alzeimer`s. All she really wants is to go home to her family house. She needs 24/7 care. We recently fixed up her house so people could live there but no one in the family . . .
Answer Read my article dealing with hiring and keeping home care aides http://www.carepathways.com/cto2.cfm . . .
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Jacky, FL home care - house cleaning
Question I hope you can help me or direct me to someone who can. I have an elderly friend who has mild Alzhiemers. We need to find an agency that will do house work take her to the store and small things like that. She has a case worker and a nursing agency now th . . .
Answer I expect can talk with caseworker to offer your assistance finding homemaker that can hire privately and hopefully satisfy elderly friend. . . .
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judy, TX adult day care for bed ridden
Question my husband had a stroke in 07 an we are now out of insurance that will pay for therapy .i try to keep up with him but i get over whelm often we also have a teen child that is starting to become disruptive at home and school,i think he is acting out becaus . . .
Answer Sounds like you are extremely busy and understandably very stressed. Might be helpful to hire a private caregiver to give you some much needed respite even if can only manage part-time. Sometimes local community colleges have caregivers in CNA and nursing . . .
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