Caregiving / Companionship Services

Episode 13: Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout is real. And it’s a challenge facing hundreds of thousands of Americans. In this episode of the Aging in America Podcast, we will be talking about this very thing. Caregiver burnout* is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able — either physically or financially. Caregivers who are “burned out” may experience […]

Episode 11: Inside Secrets from a Former Senior Care Franchise Owner

Scott Neal is a former Right-at-Home Franchise Owner from Lincoln, Nebraska. In this episode, we talk about his personal story and the life events that prompted him to seek an opportunity in the senior care industry. We also talk about some of the hidden secrets when it comes to paying for in-home care.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • Tips for obtain financing for in-home care if you are a veteran
  • How grants assisted in financing for Alzheimer’s care
  • Triggers and/or symptoms that point to the need for non-medical in-home care

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Episode 009: Learning about Long Term Care Insurance

Planning for the Aging Process & Long Term Care Insurance

In this episode of the Aging in America podcast, we discuss financial planning (specifically end of life care and long term care insurance) with Craig Sundberg, a financial advisor with Mass Mutual. Many people don’t think about long term care insurance until it’s too late – and it’s either too expensive or an individual’s health prevents them from being able to purchase coverage.

Long term care insurance helps protect your assets from being used for care and maximize your options for care if you become chronically ill or have a severe cognitive […]

Episode 008: The Five Wishes of Hospice Care

A Personal and Professional Look at Hospice Care

In this episode of the Aging in America Podcast we talk with Rhonda Saunders, Director of Marketing for Hospice Community Care of Nebraska. The mission of Hospice Community Care is to provide dignified end-of-life care and quality services that allow our patients and their families/significant others to live life richly, deeply and meaningfully for as long as it may last, and to die with dignity in the setting of their choice.

Hospice Community Care cares for people with Alzheimer’s, Pulmonary Disease, CHF, Cancer, Liver Disease, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Renal Disease, Huntington’s […]

Episode 002: Why senior care is broken and how we can fix it

Why Senior Care Needs a New Approach with Brian Workman

In this episode of the Aging in America Podcast, Brian Workman shares perspective on the senior care continuum and why it should include more than in-home care and companionship. Brian is the President of Sunlight Support. With offices in Lincoln, Nebraska and Denver, CO, Brian and his team are dedicated to providing senior care solutions to help your loved ones age in their own homes. […]

Home Care Software – Introducing Family Room

From the very beginning, good communication is a key to quality care.  Be open and honest with your caregiver, and encourage him or her to do the same.  With an efficient home care software, concerns can be addressed quickly and effectively, ensuring that small issues don’t escalate into major problems.

In addition to tracking completion of individual tasks, dependable home care software can provide proof to whether or not the caregiver is actually at your loved one’s home.  This gives you peace of mind that your loved one is receiving the best possible commitment and care.  When […]

10 Signs You May Need A Professional In-Home Caregiver

Evidence shows that most unpaid family caregivers are ill-prepared for their role and provide care with little or no support, yet more than one-third of them continue to provide intense care to others while suffering from poor health themselves. A substantial body of research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at risk. Emotional, mental, and physical health problems arise from complex caregiving situations and the strains of caring for frail or disabled relatives.

10 Signs You May Need A Professional In-Home Caregiver

The following is a list of 10 signs or symptoms that you should be aware of […]

30 Warning Signs that Your Aging Parent May Need Help

Life gets busy, and we often find ourselves wanting to get over to check on mom and dad as they age, but time goes by and it doesn’t happen.

Then, one day you stop in to say “hi” and you notice a number of things that may cause you to stop and think. Maybe the house is messier than you remember. Perhaps the door wasn’t shut when you entered the house, or the stove was on. We’ve helped many families who’ve discovered the need for a caregiver to help mom and/or dad age safely and gracefully in their home.

When checking on an aging parent, use the […]

Real Social Networking for Seniors

Social interaction is an important part of healthy living. But is social networking an adequate substitute for the real thing?

You have over 1,000 social network friends, fans, or followers. Certainly you feel like you’re connected to all of these people, and can call on them to help you through good times and bad. Right?

Not exactly.

While we have “friends” or “fans,” the connections don’t exactly represent the same types of relationships we’re designed to have with other human beings. And we need human interaction for the highest level of well-being on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

We need to work hard to […]

Avoiding Burnout When Caring for An Aging Parent

Making the decision to move an aging loved one from their home, or bringing in someone to help with daily caregiving and companionship can be one of the most difficult decisions that you have to make.

A majority of adult children have promised themselves and other family members that they will be able to manage their own busy lives as well as caring for mom and dad. The inability to fulfill this promise because of the unpredictable circumstances of life, especially with the elderly, often leaves us with a feeling of exhaustion and guilt.

Many people are trying to balance too much.

It […]