If you or a loved one are thinking about home health care, but aren’t sure how available it is in the midst of the current global health crisis, here is what you need to know:

Is There Still a Need for Regular Home Health Care Right Now?

There is absolutely still a need for providers of home health care during this health crisis. While most home health care providers are not looking to add new clients at this time, emergency referrals and those already in assisted living communities are at the top of the list for receiving services despite slowed operations.

Though the world seems to be closed, there is still and will always be a need for assistance to those coming home from the hospital, moving into or out of assisted living, and more.

Health Care Providers – Today’s Heroes

During the COVID-19 crisis, the public has been quick to acknowledge just how hard health care providers are working to keep us all safe and healthy. This is especially true of those providing care for the most vulnerable members of the population.

The same way a soldier on the front lines is the most important member of their force – and in the most peril – so are the health care providers at the front lines of this pandemic. They are guarding their clients, families, and everyone else against the worst of the danger while continuing to provide excellent, compassionate care.

Keeping Caregivers Safe

There are plenty of ways that today’s health care companies are keeping their employees safe. From daily health and temperature screens to extra support, training, and provision of equipment, every level of the health care industry is working overtime to keep themselves and their patients healthy and safe.

Do you or a loved one need home health care services? Don’t wait! Contact Capital City Nurses today to learn more about the availability of home health care providers in your area during this pandemic and beyond.

Everything is up for a reassessment these days, as the coronavirus changes the way we live. If you’re looking for a caregiver to help your family take care of your elderly loved one, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

Take Care of Yourself

You and your loved ones should take extra precautions to make sure you all stay healthy. Avoid becoming infected by following the basics, such as washing your hands frequently with soap and water. Stay away from crowds. Keep your hands away from your face. And lastly, regularly clean touched surfaces in your home. If you’re hiring a caregiver, make sure he or she keeps to these suggestions, too.

Practice Social & Physical Distancing

Lower your older family members’ risks of contracting the virus by limiting any personal visits to their home. Only allow a trained and qualified caregiver to enter at this time. That way, an expert professional looks after their needs.

Prevent Social Isolation

With so many places closed, your elderly loved ones may feel lonely. One way to keep the isolation and loneliness at bay is to ensure regular contact with them. Hiring an experienced caregiver helps a lot, as well. You can rest easy knowing that your loved one has someone they can talk to if you and the rest of your family can’t make it on some days. Hiring a caregiver who comes over every day puts you at ease, knowing that your loved one isn’t feeling socially isolated.

Stay Connected

If you can’t pay a visit, especially for fear that you or anyone in your family may be a possible carrier, use technology to stay connected. Teach your elderly family members how to use video chat so they can talk with you or with friends. Encourage friends and loved ones to write notes or call. That will also lift your loved one’s spirits.

Make a Plan

Stock up. If your caregiver buys the medication for your loved one, ask him or her to get enough supplies for at least three months. That way, it won’t run out, which means you won’t need to worry about going out. Stay in touch with your loved one’s doctor, in case there are emergencies.

Learn more about how a professional caregiver can help at this time. Contact Capital City Nurses for a consultation today at 866-807-7307.

Efforts to flatten the curve these days include encouraging people to stay at home. This also means keeping your elderly loved ones at home. Boredom can set in and add to the stress of the times. One way to keep that from happening is to make sure your loved one stays busy. Here’s a look at a few lockdown activities you should encourage your family members to try out.

Think About Artistic Projects

Encourage your elderly parent or grandparent to draw, paint, or color. These projects will keep their mind off what’s happening outside, and off the fact that they can’t venture any further than the garden or living room. A project like this will give them a much-needed break from reality.

Consider Sorting Activities

Seniors love to feel that they are helping out. You can pick activities that create opportunities for them to feel that. For instance, ask them to sort out packs of playing cards, or let them organize clothes by color or size.

Make Phone Calls

Teach your elderly loved one how to make video calls. If you’re busy most hours of the day, you won’t be able to be with your family members as much as you may want. Knowing that they can make phone calls, reach out to their friends, and take steps not to feel lonely under lockdown is a feat.

Provide Activity Packs

Gather bundles of activities and let your senior loved one pick one that appeals to them. From crosswords and word searches to quizzes, spot the differences, riddles, and more, you have a treasure trove of activities that can keep your loved one busy for days and stave off the boredom of lockdown.

Celebrate the Season

Opt for seasonal activities. If summer is coming soon, why not put up décor to celebrate the season? You can also pick up quizzes and trivia that relate to the season to make the experience even more fun.

Get a Caregiver

If you’re not able to watch over your loved one as much as you want to, hire a professional caregiver. Someone with the proper credentials can help you take care of your loved one under Covid-19 and help him or her engage in activities to help with the lockdown. Contact Capital City Nurses for a consultation today at 866-807-7307.

As we continue to work through these uncharted waters caused by Coronavirus, we wanted to reach out personally to provide you with our latest update. We have rolled out steps and measures across our company to help keep our clients and our caregiving and nursing teams safe and well.

 

From day one our expert teams across our footprint have met and overcome a variety of challenges in a highly professional and responsive manner. This is a trait we hope you would expect and have become accustomed to in the time we have provided care to you (or your loved one).

 

Over the last couple of weeks, we have successfully bolstered our already robust protocols and added even more measures and touchpoints from all areas of our company. We have especially focused on clinical and operational aspects, client safety and service.

 

We have listed several of these enhancements below, all of which are committed to making sure you or your loved one remain in the compassionate and healing hands of our caregivers and our care family.

 

What we are doing to be proactive and stay safe

 

  • Created a COVID-19 Taskforce.
  • All caregivers have taken and completed a COVID-19 training program.
  • Mandatory self-reporting of any health changes and concerns continues to be adhered to across our caregiving family.
  • All caregivers will complete a daily health screening process that will be assessed by our clinical teams in real time.
  • Comprehensive health screenings of clients at every clinical touchpoint.
  • Weekly Interdisciplinary Team Meetings with our expert clinical teams to ensure all needs are met.
  • Implementation of more stringent Infection Control policies.
  • Continual review of company-wide policies and procedures based on CDC guidelines.
  • Embraced virtual communications to ensure we continue to provide exceptional care to the best of our ability.
  • Consistent reminders of Universal Precautions Procedures and best practices.

 

As always, our caregiving company continues to be focused on your health and well-being each and every day.

 

We’re here for you,

Brian Rodgers
Chief Operating Officer

 

Maura Ringley, RN
Director of Nursing

Taking care of an aging family member often requires a tremendous amount of time and energy. You may really want to take care of your aging relative or feel an obligation to do so. Either way, the day-to-day and minute-to-minute care needed can be both physically and emotionally draining. Caregiver stress is a very real thing. If you’re not careful, you might end up falling ill yourself. Some studies show that more than 50% of all caregivers suffer from depression and other caregiver-related stress symptoms.

High stress levels may hinder your ability to care for your loved one. The following tips will give you ideas about how to reduce stress and improve your personal well-being, in addition to advice about turning for help and when it may be time to consider all your in-home care options.

Work Out

Even if you are caring for someone, you should still make time to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. You can do simple exercises like walking, running, or riding your bike around your neighborhood, dancing in your living room, or swimming. You may also opt to learn stress management exercises that promote relaxation and inner balance like tai-chi or yoga.

Take a Minute to Breathe

As the primary caregiver in your family, you probably feel overwhelmed with all your responsibilities. Many times feeling like you don’t even have a minute for yourself, but that’s not true. You can always spare a few minutes for yourself to take a breather. Whenever you feel like everything is spiraling out of control, take a minute to sit still, close your eyes, and breathe deeply.

Take Care of Yourself

When caring for somebody else, it’s important to care for yourself too. Indulging in fast foods won’t do your health any good, so make sure to eat healthy foods instead. Sleep deprivation causes various health problems, sleep as much as you can whenever you can. Refrain from using your caregiving responsibilities as an excuse to skip your annual and other necessary check-ups. Who will take care of your aging loved one if you are also sick yourself?

Join a Support Group

Find yourself an elderly caregiver support group where you can get the validation and encouragement you need. This group of people know what you are going through as they are likely in the same situation as you. They can give you practical advice on how to deal with difficult situations and how to deal with caregiver stress.

Ask for Help

Many caregivers have to deal with work and caring for their loved ones at the same time. So, it’s no wonder many of them experience burnout and stress. It is not wrong to ask for some help from friends and other family members. You need time to take care of yourself too, after all. Another option would be to hire a professional for your senior home care needs. By hiring a highly trained caregiver from Capital City Nurses, you not only ensure the safety and well-being of your loved one, but also yours.

Capital City Nurses provides private duty home care that helps people, primarily seniors, with their basic activities of daily living. Things like fixing breakfast or lunch, running a load of laundry, cleaning up the dishes and tidying up the house or apartment and just being a friendly companion to talk to, take a leisurely walk with or someone to talk politics with.

Sometimes we feel misunderstood; our name leads many people to believe that we do skilled nursing or that we are the company to turn to when there are lots of serious medical issues and multiple entities providing services such as physical therapists, care managers or even hospice. Although we excel at this type of case, 85% of our clients are what we refer to as companionship clients. Companion care and personal care assistance is what we do better than anyone does! For the type of client that values their independence, has pride and has a clear idea of what their needs are, you need the best caregivers. Capital City Nurses’ Caregiver Academy is helping transform our caregiver workforce into the most refined, professional, and compassionate group of caregivers available in the Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia region.

We have the expertise to increase the level of care as our clients’ needs increase, but most of most of our clients receive minimal assistance with activities of daily living, medication reminders and a hefty dose of friendship from their companion.

Don’t let the name fool you, we are The Smart Choice for Companion Care. Capital City Nurses team of experience professionals will help you craft the ideal plan to get started. Call today 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

There are many good reasons to plan creative activities for a person with dementia. Sometimes it can be easy to fall into a routine and plan the same things over and over again. Whether you are taking care of the person at home or if they’re in an assisted living community, they can benefit from creative activities.

Take an Interest

In order to get the most out of an activity, it is important to observe the person closely. Observing them will help you figure out things that they like and things that they dislike. Observe the person’s response to different types of activities. When you can cater an activity around the person’s interests, it makes it that much more interesting for them. You can try asking them about their life story. Find out where they came from and if they had any interesting life experiences that they would be willing to share with you. Ask what they are passionate about or about any hobbies, they like to do. If you are not able to get this information from the person directly, reach out to someone who knows him or her well like a family member or close friend. Once you figure out activities that they could possibly enjoy, start to plan them out. Here is a list of possible activities you can do.

The Musician

If you find that the person really enjoys music, this might be a good activity for them. It might give them an opportunity to use their gift. They may be able to sing a song in a choir or even play the piano. Another option would be to be a part of a sing-along. Music can be a lot of fun. If they enjoy listening to music and not necessarily performing it, you can make recordings of their favorite songs and play them.

The Caregiver

Oftentimes, people with dementia become more alert and interested when there is a baby or children in the room. Introducing a child is often successful and can get a response. If a person is spending the majority of their time alone in a facility or at home, they may not be getting enough socialization. They may be missing out on regular interaction with kids. Take them for a walk at the local park or bring them to a playground. Ask family members that have children to come by and visit more often, or if you have children, bring them by to visit.

The Athlete

If you find that you have a sports fanatic, there are a bunch of creative activities you can do with them. For example, you could take them out to play mini golf. If you have a gaming console, you could play bowling or soccer. You could also try playing corn hole or beanbag toss, or even go and watch a little league baseball game. Get creative and have a good time with it.

All of these different activities can be very meaningful for the right person and help keep them interested and active. There is much more to discuss regarding activities for older adults. The highly-trained providers at Capital City Nurses know and understand this. When you need people trained in best practices and who are dedicated to providing the kind of care they themselves would want for their own loved ones, call (866) 807-7307.

If you are seeking a comprehensive array of services for a parent, grandparent or any other loved one, you might feel confused and frustrated. After all, there are many terms to know and understand. There is home care nursing and skilled nursing, home health care and caregivers, and other terms that seem to appear everywhere. It is important to be clear on what services are available, what they provide and how to use them to create an optimal solution for your loved one.

What Is Home Care Nursing?

A good place to begin is with private home care. With this kind of service, your loved one can still live on their independently and at the same time, benefit from the help of a Certified Nursing Assistant. This can mean daily or evening visits from someone who can offer them help with all of the day-to-day essentials, such as:

  • Cooking meals, Setting the table and presenting food nicely
  • Reminding them to take medications
  • Bathing, hygiene and grooming
  • Dressing
  • Getting to and from appointments
  • Help with errands
  • Light housekeeping, laundry and other similar chores
  • Socializing and keeping mentally busy
  • Keeping the home safe with infection control, environmental safety and even food safety

Clearly, this array of services proves that a caregiver is not a medical care provider but does offer what might easily be described as “all the rest”.

Yet, the best home care nursing service can also be a complementary option to medical care. Let’s say a loved one suffered an injury after a fall and must spend a brief time in the hospital, doing rehabilitation and is then sent back home. A good caregiver is going to ask how that fall happened and figure out what they can do to assure it does not happen again. They will get to know your loved one and help them improve their overall quality of life by ensuring that underlying issues, such as poor eating habits, lack of socialization and even losing track of time and schedules do not occur.

There is much more to at-home care than the medical essentials. The highly-trained providers at Capital City Nurses know and understand this. Their Caregiver Academy training is a form of ongoing learning and programming that ensures they offer their clients the very best solutions possible. When you need people trained in best practices and that are dedicated to providing the kind of care they themselves would want for their own loved ones, it is to them you should turn.

Most of us try to keep our homes as tidy as we can, but life can sort of get in the way. After all, the challenges of daily work schedules, family life, and the essentials of day-to-day living might make it difficult to clean as much or as thoroughly as we’d like. Yet, for the most part we can manage things to an adequate level, ensuring effective bacterial and infection control in the home. Seniors, though, can find it very difficult to do so, and there are some shocking statistics that prove it is an issue that requires much more attention.

As an example, the American Academy of Family Physicians has released these figures about the elderly and infection:

  • Infectious diseases account for one-third of all deaths in people over the age of 65.
  • More than 90% of all deaths from pneumonia occur in people over 65.
  • A recent upswing in drug resistant bacteria showed that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is particularly dangerous for the elderly, which makes infection control in the home even more important.

That same organization went on to explain that the most common infections that elderly people deal with include skin infections, bacterial pneumonia, UTIs and influenza. Many of these issues can be kept at bay with appropriate infection control in the home, so where do you begin?

Get Help with Infection Control in the Home

Most infectious diseases that affect seniors are quite preventable, but it takes a bit of attention and help to do so. As an example, your elderly parent or grandparent may still be independent, handling their light housekeeping, day-to-day living activities, personal hygiene, and more. Yet, you notice their home and even their person is not as well-kept as it once was. A caregiver can be the ideal solution. They can work with your loved one to ensure that their skin care is kept up, as this is a key preventative of infection. They can tackle the kinds of housekeeping chores that ensure optimal health and safety, including food safety and infection control, and even work on hand washing as well as other simple remedies to reduce risks of infection.

At Capital City Nurses, the team uses a system of ongoing educational material and training to ensure that all clients get the best care possible. Full safety training that incorporates infection control, food safety and environmental safety (i.e. creating a home free of trip and fall risks, and so on) are only part of what they offer. If you want to ensure your loved one remains safe and sound, give them a call to discuss their services.

As more seniors and families are choosing to age in place, it is imperative to understand the options to stay healthy and safe at home. Having the “Gold Standard” home care company to help do the things that are needed to protect your loved one, allowing them to continue living life in the comfort of their home and giving families the peace of mind they need.

Housekeeping

Housekeeping is a key factor in providing a safe and stable living environment. Maintaining a clutter-free and clean home is essential for those that are at risk of falling or those with balance issues. A majority of seniors feel better and have a happier disposition when living in a clean environment. It helps to prevent allergies or infection due to mold or dust. Housekeeping should include kitchens and bathrooms also their bedding.

Flooring and Safe Surfaces

Since many seniors are at risk of falling it is logical to keep all flooring areas clutter and trip free. Things such as small area rugs, slippery surfaces and bulky furniture should be removed from their living areas. A fall for someone who is frail can cause major issues such as broken bones, head injuries and can even be fatal. Other potential hazards include electric devices or anything that uses a cord which can be tripped over. All electronic devices that use a cord ought to be moved out of the way so that your loved one has an unobstructed path to walk through their home. Bathroom or shower areas should be slip free including the tub. Placing grab bars in the bathrooms and showers and railings throughout the home allows the individual to hold onto them as needed for standing up or sitting.

Preparation for an Emergency

Make sure the home is properly secure with fire alarms and smoke detectors. Capital City Nurses ensures that your loved one is protected. In the case of a fire or other emergency, having a trusted caregiver on the scene will help as they will be able to determine what is happening and what to do. Remote monitoring services are great as well. It is important that the senior call for help which can usually be done with a medical alert bracelet/necklace or even on their phone. The key is that they MUST wear it!

Environmental safety is important to the Capital City Nurses. Ensuring that everything is in place to prevent health decline or injury is just a small part of our experienced team’s job. Call Capital City Nurses to find out why they are the smart choice for home care.