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Stroke Recovery Advice for Senior Caregivers

Senior woman in wheelchair with caregiver at home

A stroke can be a frightening event with serious consequences, and compassionate, expert care is key to making the best recovery possible. Here are some tips for caregivers from our home health aide services team on how to cope with this recovery period and give your loved one the support they need.

Change Your Caregiving Routine 

Strokes can cause significant changes in your loved one’s temperament, personality and physical abilities. These can be temporary or permanent depending on the severity and location of the stroke. This means that your regular caregiving schedule will have to be completely rethought in order to meet new challenges as your loved one recovers.

Some of the most common results of a stroke include difficulty walking, eating, or speaking. Often, patients also have trouble focusing their attention, remembering things or even recognizing people. It’s important to meet with your loved one’s physician in person to discuss exactly what to expect from your loved one’s current condition and how permanent these effects may be. Always remember that no two strokes are the same, and everyone recovers differently, so there can be no set timeline or definite expectations of recovery.

Speak to the physician about any new medications your loved one will be on. Take a list of all current medications and go through them with the physician to ensure a clear understanding of when they should be taken, the possible side effects and to confirm that there aren’t any medication combinations that should be avoided.

Emotional Support is Essential 

Recovering from a stroke is a confusing and frightening experience, and it is normal for patients to be upset, scared of future health problems, confused and even frustrated. An important role for caregivers is to provide emotional support — helping to keep your loved one motivated in their recovery, and watch for signs of anxiety and depression.

Don’t be Afraid to Get Professional Assistance from Home Health Aide Services in New Jersey 

Stroke patients are a big adjustment for caregivers, and usually require intense care especially in the beginning of their recovery. As a caregiver, getting the assistance of a home health aide can be the best way of getting the support and guidance you need to care for your loved one, as well as relief assistance to help you focus on your loved one’s recovery.

As part of United Methodist Communities, a non-profit organization in New Jersey, we offer at home care for the elderly through trained, experienced aides to help your loved one as they recover from a stroke. Our respite care and senior home care services cover everything from companionship and help around the home to 24-hour live-in care. Tailored to what you and your loved one require, our services are scalable and by-the-hour or live-in, allowing you to develop a custom care plan.

For more information on respite care and our home health aide services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://homeworks.umcommunities.org/Home-Heath-Aid-services

Original content posted on https://homeworks.umcommunities.org/blog/stroke-recovery-advice-senior-caregivers/

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WSI Engages with United Methodist Communities at “The Shores” For Brand & SEO Development

In its continuing mission to bring the “Abundant Life” to New Jersey’s senior citizens, United Methodist Communities at The Shores in Ocean City New Jersey, has partnered with WSI to deliver website management, Search Engine Marketing, and content development services. The goal is to enhance brand recognition for The Shores in southern NJ and drive awareness of UMC’s unique offering in the Assisted Living Community marketplace around the state.  (https://theshores.umcommunities.org)

WSI had developed the rebranded website and consulted on the design and development of the ongoing online marketing program, which is focused on SEO and statewide brand recognition.  New marketing initiatives include both paid search and organic search optimization, custom content creation, and ongoing paid advertising initiatives for the Community.

Marketing United Methodist Communities At The Shores

As long-standing experts in the digital marketing associated with assisted living and senior care services across the country, WSI has helped dozens of local assisted living facilities and nursing homes find new clients in their local area’s. Key to the rise in occupancy attributed to WSI efforts, is both the increase in visibility and the compelling content produced by WSI that understands the unique selling proposition of the brand. Crafting this messaging and bringing out the best UMC has to offer has been instrumental to creating a sales funnel through their digital properties that exceeded all previous attempts at digital marketing.

To market Assisted Living at The Shores, all unique services and aspects of the facility must be analyzed and presented. This coupled with a deep understanding of the types of clients that use or influence the use of assisted living, and their buying journey, allows us to craft content and programs that keep the brand in the right places, in the right way, at the right time.

WSI markets independently all of the senior care services available at the shores including Alzheimer’s and memory carehospice carerespite care, rehabilitation and nursing home services in New Jersey.

The WSI Assisted Living Marketing Model

WSI Brand development services for this client includes advanced SEO services as part of its “Semantic Mapping” approach to on-page SEO.  With this approach a comprehensive study of local product demand is conducted and mapped into a strategic architecture for the company website and all company web properties.  Quality Blog, graphic and video content is created and syndicated on external web properties including TumblrWordPress and BlogSpot in addition to dozens of other social media and content hubs.

WSI’s Elite Regional Branding program is comprehensive.  By carefully customizing this content strategy through on-page and off-page activities, WSI has achieved amazing results through a highly conservative approach that has proved resistant to changes in Google’s search algorithm’s and even improved client visibility as less reputable SEO approaches cause competitors to disappear from Search Engine Visibility.

For further details on WSI’s capabilities and strategies around the marketing of assisted living communities, or more generally around SEO, SEM, Paid Search, and content programs, please contact us for a free analysis and consultation.

Original content posted on https://www.winm-nj.com/blog/the-shores-assisted-living-nj/

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Top Concerns of Seniors Preparing for Surgery

Surgery always comes with a certain level of risk, even if it is considered routine or popular. For seniors, this can mean dealing with certain concerns before undergoing any medical procedures. This includes:

  • Transport. Even if you are able to drive, most surgeries require patients arrange transportation after discharge; they do not allow patients to drive at all for weeks after surgery. This requires finding reliable, safe transport. For more serious surgeries, the driver must be able to lift you in and out of the vehicle, operate your wheelchair and settle you comfortably at home.
  • Daily tasks in the home. Rest is one of the most important parts of recovery, and most seniors will require assistance with all kinds of daily tasks, from running to the grocery store and preparing meals to walking the dog and cleaning the home. It’s important that seniors get the right level of assistance during their recovery time to properly support the healing process and prevent falls or post-surgical illness.
  • Hygiene. Bathing, grooming and personal hygiene can become a challenge as we age, and this becomes even more difficult after a surgery. During this time, the risk of falls and illness is high, so even typically independent seniors benefit from a more intense level of assistance and will be able to pick up the slack and allow for a faster, safer healing time.
  • Rehabilitation. As we age, our bodies find it more difficult to heal and regain the strength needed to live an independent life. Studies have shown that physical, occupational and other wellness therapies play a significant role in building strength and resilience both before and after surgeries, helping to boost recovery, general health and mental wellbeing.
  • Being a burden on loved ones. Although many seniors recognize that they can benefit from post-surgical support, many worry about becoming a burden on family and friends. Realizing that caring for a loved one during this time can be a 24-hour job that may require some specialist knowledge (for wound care, for example) and physical strength (to help with bathing, for example), contributes to this perception.

In Home Respite Care Services Offer Compassionate Post-Surgical Care in NJ

For more information on independent senior home care and our respite care services offering, please contact us today or visit our website at https://homeworks.umcommunities.org.

Original content posted on https://homeworks.umcommunities.org/blog/top-concerns-seniors-preparing-surgery/

 

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What’s included in-home care costs?

As the demand for senior care rises, seniors and  their families are under a fair amount of pressure to find an option that offers quality care at an affordable price.. Often, home care offers the best of both worlds – the ability to stay in your home and age-in-place, as well as keep costs down by tailoring the services to exactly what is needed. Here are some insights into what is included in the cost of in-home care for the elderly.

What makes in-home care an affordable, high quality senior care option? 

The cost of in-home care services varies from agency to agency, at a range between $15 and $35 per hour. While you may realize significant savings from staying in your own home, the biggest day-to-day savings come from strategically tailoring services to fit your needs – so you only pay for care as you need it.

Hourly care is ideal for seniors who need assistance with some daily tasks but don’t require around-the-clock care. This is also a good respite care option for family caregivers who need to find care for an elderly loved one when they need to travel or are unable to provide 24-hour care because of work or other commitments.

For seniors who require more intensive care, the services can be broadened to include overnight, live-in care or specialized Alzheimer’s or dementia care. All of these services can be scaled up or down to provide a tailored care solution that ensures that you aren’t paying for services that you don’t require.

These costs cover services that range from assistance with day-to-day tasks, pastoral care, companionship and light housekeeping, to medication management, nursing and chronic disease management.

Compassionate, certified in-home care in New Jersey 

United Methodist Communities offers high-quality senior care at affordable rates,  through our HomeWorks program. Our home health aides are fully certified in New Jersey and have senior care training and experience, so please feel free to ask for formal certification and references.

For more information on our home services, please contact us today.

Original content posted on https://homeworks.umcommunities.org/blog/whats-included-home-care-costs/

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5 advantages of choosing professional respite care services

Regardless of whether you’re a caregiver for a family member, loved one, neighbor or other person, it’s a very demanding emotional and physical job with long, unpredictable hours. On top of that, caregivers often also have to care for their own families and careers. Respite care services can lend a valuable helping hand. Here are just some of the many advantages:

1. Make recovery from hospitalization easy: If your loved one has recently undergone surgery or hospitalization, they’ll need more help than usual in order to recover and heal. Respite care services can manage complex health issues and deliver short term rehabilitation that will get them the highest quality healthcare and promote a faster recovery.

2. Permit vacation time: For caregivers with loved ones that can’t or don’t enjoy travel, family vacations can be a nightmare to plan. Responsible, highly skilled respite caregivers can ensure that the same high level of care is delivered to your loved one while you are away — giving you both peace-of-mind.

3. Give professional care a try: If caregiving is stretching you thin and your family member is unsure if assisted living is right for them, then booking a respite stay is a great way to see if the facility is a good fit. This will give them a no-pressure introduction to the community and a chance to see how enjoyable senior living can be!

4. Avoid burnout: Caregiver burnout is a very real and serious issue, both for caregivers and their loved ones. Family caregivers need to rest, relax and rejuvenate in order to deliver the level of care their loved one requires. Taking a break to deal with other matters in your life or just to free up your time becomes guilt-free when you choose professional respite care services.

Compassionate, skilled respite care services in Gloucester County, New Jersey

United Methodist Communities at Pitman is dedicated to high quality respite care services that deliver both individualized care as well as companionship in a secure and nurturing environment. With a welcoming atmosphere and a lively senior and staff community, your loved one will be in the best possible hands while enjoying their stay with us.
In addition to respite care services, we also offer , assisted living, hospice and long term care, and memory support services to individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

For more information on United Methodist Communities at Pitman please contact us today andvisit us for a personal tour

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/5-advantages-choosing-professional-respite-care-services/.

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When are respite services needed?

Simply speaking, respite care services are available for your loved one in any circumstance in which regular caregivers are unavailable. These services also allow caregivers, especially family caregivers, to take a well-deserved break from their duties as well as provide more specialized medical or therapeutic care on a temporary basis. Here are some great examples from respite care service providers in Sussex County, New Jersey:

  • Recovery from medical procedures: If your elderly loved one has to undergo a medical or surgical procedure that requires post-operative care, a respite stay can deliver the additional care and rehabilitation services required. With medically trained and experienced caregivers available to support your loved one, you will have peace of mind.
  • Travel and holidays: Being a caregiver shouldn’t prevent you from travelling for business or enjoying a holiday. Respite caregivers can provide the services and support your loved one needs while you attend to other important commitments.
  • Moving home: Moving into a new home is a busy and stressful experience that often leaves little time for other commitments. With respite services, you can rest assured knowing that your loved one’s care and companionship needs will be met while you make this transition. This will make the move far less stressful for both you and your loved one.
  • Making the transition to assisted living: If you are interested in trying out senior living but do not want to make the full commitment until you are sure that it will work for you, then respite care is the answer. With no long term obligations, you and your loved one can explore the community, find out more about our services and meet the neighbors, commitment-free.

Enjoy expert respite care services in Sussex County, New Jersey 

At United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen, we’re dedicated to providing high quality respite services that deliver both individualized care as well as companionship in a secure and nurturing environment. With a welcoming atmosphere and a lively senior and staff community, your loved one will be in the best possible hands while enjoying their stay with us.

In addition to respite services, we also offer independent living, assisted living, hospice, and long term care, and are able to offer memory care and support services to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

For more information on Bristol Glen and our additional communities, please contact us today and request  a personal tour.

 

This content was originally posted at https://umcommunities.org/blog/when-are-respite-services-needed/

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