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Senior Care Management Insights - April 2012

April, 2012
Guidance for Assessing Family Caregivers
Helping Seniors Live Longer As a health care professional, you assess patients all the time. But have you considered the benefits of assessing the patient's family caregiver as well? Now more than ever, involving family caregivers is a necessary part of working with older adults in all practice settings as more people choose to live at home and their family members become influential players in their plan of care.

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Home Instead Service Highlight:
Home Instead Medication RemindersAppointment Assistance
Whether it’s an important doctor visit or a routine trip to the hairdresser, handling the logistics of appointments can present many difficulties for seniors, especially those with cognitive impairment or limited mobility.

But with assistance from a Home Instead CAREGiverSM, seniors never have to worry about forgetting an appointment, getting there, or having to go it alone. CAREGivers can assist with scheduling and keeping track of appointments; providing transportation to and from the appointment; or simply providing companionship to seniors who want to feel the assurance of someone by their side and another set of eyes and ears to remember and relay information to a doctor or a family member after the appointment.

In many ways, a senior’s health and well being is dependent on maintaining the necessary appointments, and a little help can go a long way to help ensure those appointments are successful.

Practitioner's Tip
Empathy vs. Sympathy
There’s a distinct difference between empathizing and sympathizing with a patient. You want to strive for empathy, which allows you to put yourself in your patients’ shoes and understand their point of view in order to appropriately address their concerns. It does not require you to know exactly what a patient is feeling, but to give them the opportunity to tell you what they feel and acknowledge the validity of those feelings. Sympathy is about feeling sorry for your patient, which isn’t very productive and can keep you from acting in your patient’s overall best interest. Understanding the difference between the two forms of caring can make a huge difference in the quality of patient care you’re able to provide.
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Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services — assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping — which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network's groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead offices. At Home Instead, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

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