Family caregiving is not easy for anyone. If you don’t live near your aging parent, you may wonder if what you’re doing is enough to oversee your loved one’s care. Even if you live nearby, you may discover the problems you or your loved one are facing are becoming larger and more complex than you can comfortably manage. Or maybe your life’s other responsibilities have grown to the point you are unable to provide the level of supervision and attention to your loved one’s care that you wish.
Our team members act as your senior parent’s “coach,” helping to ensure they follow doctor’s orders, which isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially if a senior has memory difficulties or problems reading fine print. Our team members can assist your aging parent with:
• Transportation and scheduling of doctors’ appointments
• Attending doctors’ appointments and facilitating communication between doctor, senior and family members, if appropriate
• Monitoring client’s instructions, including reminders to take medications and exercise as directed by a physician
• Special dietary needs for conditions like diabetes, hypertension or heart disease can be managed through strict shopping guidelines and proper food preparation by our team
Everyday activities you take for granted—such as bathing, eating or dressing—may be too difficult for your aging or disabled family member. To help your loved one live an independent life, SYNERGY HomeCare provides in home personal care. Beyond basic companionship and housekeeping, our caregivers provide sensitive, confidential personal care services in a way that respects your loved one’s dignity and well-being. We can work with you to develop a customized home care plan that meets your loved one’s needs with one or more of the following personal care services.
Standby Assistance with Morning & Evening Routines
From help out of bed, to grooming and dressing assistance to a nutritious breakfast, a caregiver can be there every step so the day gets started right. A good night’s rest is essential to a healthy lifestyle. SYNERGY caregivers can assist with evening hygiene routines to help ensure a restful night.
If your loved one struggles with getting in and out of bed or a wheelchair, caregivers have specialized training in how to safely provide this home care assistance.
Bathing & Showering Assistance
Bathing and showering, a daily essential for good personal hygiene, may be difficult or unsafe for your loved one to do alone. Bathtubs and showers can be dangerously slippery places, but we can provide the help your family member needs as part of our in home personal care.
Personal Hygiene Assistance
Personal hygiene cleanses the body and soothes the mind. Our in-home caregivers offer the personal assistance your aging or disabled loved one needs to continue the self-care that makes them feel clean and refreshed.
Help with Restroom Use
Our personal caregivers have been trained to offer minimal to full assistance with restroom use, including incontinence care, all with the utmost respect, professionalism and sensitivity to privacy.
Assistance with Dressing
If your loved one struggles with getting dressed and undressed, our personal care services include help with this task, ensuring your family member can look and feel their best.
Personal Appearance Care
No matter the number of years an aging parent has lived, they still take pride in their appearance. As part of our personal care services, we can help them look their best with hair care and other grooming tasks.
Our personal caregivers are specially trained on how to provide care for aging or disabled family members who suffer from occasional or frequent incontinence. For people who have problems controlling their urine or bowels, keeping the skin clean and dry is important for good health.
Those new dings and dents on your loved one’s car may leave you wondering if your loved one should be driving any more. The damage may be a sign that driving safely is becoming an issue due to vision problems, delayed reaction time or confusion.
Your aging parents will likely feel reluctant to give up the independence that driving offers, but the good news is SYNERGY HomeCare’s transportation assistance means they can still run errands, go to doctor’s appointments and visit with friends and family—all without getting behind the wheel. If your parent would prefer reading a book or gardening versus running errands, that’s possible, too, through SYNERGY’s senior care errand assistance.
• Incidental Transportation
• Schedule Planning & Assistance
• Errand Services
As your parent ages, he or she may lose interest in food. If your mother or father lives alone, mealtimes may be lonely. If your parent has a reduced sense of taste or smell, food may seem less appetizing. Medications, too, can take a toll on appetite. For aging parents with physical or cognitive/memory declines, difficulties with grocery shopping and preparing meals may be obstacles to good nutrition. Even when seniors do eat well, they may not fully absorb all their nutrients. Meanwhile, our nutritional needs change as we age. It all adds up to special needs—which can be met through a variety of SYNERGY HomeCare’s homecare meal services.
• Assist with Menu Planning
• Mealtime Feeding Assistance
• Assist with and Motivate Meal Preparation
• Complete Meal Preparation
When your aging or disabled loved one lives in a clean and organized home, they enjoy greater feelings of wellbeing—and even good health. Because it’s not easy to stay ahead of clutter or clean a home’s nooks and crannies if you’re a senior or disabled, SYNERGY HomeCare’s light housekeeping services can literally be a lifesaver. We make it possible for your aging parent or disabled family member to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a clean and uncluttered home while leaving all the dirty work to us.
• Assistance with Light Gardening
• Organize & Stay Connected
• Kitchen Cleaning & Organization
Did you know that recent research reveals there’s a surprisingly strong link between social needs and health—even longevity? In one survey, four out of five physicians (85 percent) report that unmet social needs directly lead to worse health.*
*Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. December 2011.
For many seniors, home care fills the social gap created by growing older. Senior home companions monitor and protect a senior’s safety, health and wellness, handle everyday household tasks—and provide much-needed social interaction. Elderly companions meet an aging parent’s social needs by providing supportive conversation, helping to plan social outings and providing a little friendly encouragement to do light exercise and stay mentally active.
• Friendly & Supportive Conversation
• Plan & Encourage Social Activities
• Encourage Light Exercise
• Encourage Active Thinking
Age can bring daily challenges for older adults. Arthritis can make it tough to bathe or dress without assistance. Fading eyesight can make it dangerous to drive to the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment. Relying on a cane, walker or wheelchair makes cleaning the house or cooking a meal difficult.
We offer a range of services—from basic companionship to around the clock care—that makes it possible for seniors to remain in their own home for as long as possible. For example, some seniors only require assistance with certain activities of daily living, while others need live in home care. Your senior parent may require around-the-clock in-home nursing care if they are recovering from a sickness or illness, suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, have limited mobility or live far away from family and friends who could lend a hand.
Synergy HomeCare offers two types of live in elder care services.
• Live in Care
• 24/7 Attentive Care
SYNERGY HomeCare’s 24 Hour Care services are great for families who need round-the-clock care for their loved one. 24 Hour Care is great for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, people who have trouble getting up and moving around the house, people recovering from surgery or other hospital care, or people experiencing end-of-life or hospice care. With 24 hour care, patients are comforted, knowing someone will be there to help them, and family caregivers have the peace of mind they need.
Caregivers aren’t just there to watch your loved one; they are there to provide attentive, compassionate assistance. Each of our caregivers is trained to look for the things that would make their clients most comfortable, as well as predict their needs prior to being asked for help. With 24 Hour Care, caregivers rotate through shifts to make sure that someone is always awake, alert, and there when needed.
Some families do not need 24 Hour Care, but they do need to someone to attend to their loved ones needs while they get some rest. Overnight care provides a caregiver each night to be awake while you get some rest.
Sleep Over Care
If your loved one needs 24 Hour Care, Sleep Over Care is the answer for them.
When seniors return home from a hospital stay, they are confronted with many new and unexpected challenges. If they struggle to read fine print, it can be difficult to decipher prescriptions and manage new medications. Even if they suffer from memory loss, their health depends on remembering and following discharge instructions while making and keeping follow-up doctor’s appointments. It can also be a struggle to obtain the physical assistance and in-home support they require while they recuperate. Is it any wonder that nearly one-fifth of seniors are re-hospitalized within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital, usually with a different condition than they were originally admitted for?
The good news is that SYNERGY HomeCare can provide the help your senior loved one needs to fully recover at a time when patients are leaving the hospital sicker and quicker than ever before.
Are you worried that your aging parent’s health has taken an unexpected turn for the worse?
Have you ever asked your aging mother or father about doctor’s orders, and noticed they had a hard time even remembering?
If you answered yes to one or both questions, it’s possible the health challenges your loved one is facing are becoming larger and more complex than they can comfortably manage alone. Recent studies show that both seniors and doctors benefit from having a companion along at doctor’s visits, an important service that we provide to ensure a healthy outcome and improved quality of life for elders.
As part of our care management services, we work with your loved one’s healthcare providers by:
• Attending doctors appointments and taking notes for you and your loved one
• Reminding your family member to ask questions or express concerns
• Providing information your senior parent has forgotten, or clarifying information for the doctor
• Acting as a “translator” who explains what the doctor and patient are saying to each other
• Helping your elder to make the necessary follow-up diagnostic tests and appointments with doctors and therapists
• Offering friendly reminders to take medication as prescribed or follow other doctor’s orders
The benefits of this home health service are immense, especially when you consider poor medication management is the No. 1 reason for leaving an independent living situation and going into supervised care.
1. Coordination: Our caregivers work as a team to create a customized plan, take detailed care notes and perform ongoing quality assessments to ensure optimal health and happiness.
2. Responsiveness: We are here for your family 24/7, and can assist with changes in your loved one’s physical or emotional state.
3. Engaged: As a valued SYNERGY HomeCare client, you will receive regularly scheduled quality assurance visits, and we will engage you regularly to ensure our caregivers are consistently exceeding your expectations.