Given a choice, the vast majority of seniors would rather spend their Golden Years in the comfort of their own homes. And while some seniors need to have live-in care in order to remain at home, many seniors are more self-sufficient, and just need a little bit of help during crucial periods of the day or evening.
Bay Area seniors can now get the benefits of Assisted Living while staying in their own home. If you or your loved one needs help with a particular every-day task--such as dressing, bathing, doing errands, at mealtime, or preparing for bed--you can get that help, in as little as 30-minute increments.
We are currently offering this In Home Assisted Living service in many parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. To find out if this service is available near you, call us at 408.775.7626.
Most seniors want to remain in their home for as long as they can. As seniors’ age and their memories falter, being able to live in familiar surroundings becomes more and more comforting.
A recent California Supreme Court ruling is now making live-in home care unaffordable for all but the wealthiest among us. At Caring Hands Caregivers, we pay and treat our caregivers well, as they are at the core of our care, and our business. However, the California Supreme Court nullified the federal sleep time deduction. With that ruling, we are now required to pay our live-in home care workers overtime rate when they are sleeping.
This ruling in Mendiola vs. CPS Security Solutions has significantly increased families’ costs, rendering home care unaffordable for many. When such a substantial payroll burden is being supported entirely by families’ dwindling savings, they often have no choice but to discontinue live-in care. The effects of that kind of change can be traumatic for the entire family, but especially for our senior clients. And if families can't hire us to provide care for their loved ones, our caregivers will be underemployed or even unemployed.
You can help.
We urge you to contact your legislator, and urge them to work tirelessly to appeal this ruling. The burden of such a cost is at the expense of seniors and their families trying to do the right thing.
Thank you for taking action with us.
Through years of experience, we've developed better ways to communicate with our clients who have Alzheimer's disease.
Today, we'd like to share one of these key tips, in the hopes that it can help you through this difficult journey.
Sympathize with their reality
People who have Alzheimer's tend to feel very vulnerable in their confusion, and can perceive threats that aren't actually there. Our natural tendency is to let our loved one know that these threats don't exist, yet that approach can lead them to experience an increased sense of vulnerability.
Sympathizing with the angst that your loved one is experiencing can go a long way to guiding the conversation in a way that eases the suffering of your loved one with Alzheimer's. If your loved one is accusing their neighbor of stealing something, you can say, "I'm sorry that happened to you. You seem really angry. I'd be angry, too, if that happened to me."
Helping clients-- and their families--through the Alzheimer's journey
Watching someone we love suffer from Alzheimer's is extremely difficult and painful. We often want to bring them back to our reality, to an earlier sense of normal. Instead, we have to find a way to come to terms with their loss of function, grieve that loss, and guide them through their new reality.
That's why we provide training and resources to our caregivers and to the families of our clients. We know that providing care is a team effort, and that our clients benefit from a unified approach. If you would like to find out more, send me an email. We're here to help.