Home Care

Identifying and Preventing Malnutrition in Seniors - How To Maintain Senior Health

Identifying and Preventing Malnutrition in Seniors - How To Maintain Senior Health

Eating healthy food is important at any age because it is the fuel our body uses to maintain health and function. As seniors age, their nutritional needs may change, but the importance of eating healthy does not.

Meeting their nutritional needs helps seniors maintain their quality of life. Unfortunately, aging seniors may lose their appetite, or develop health challenges that make it difficult for them to cook their own healthy meals. In these cases it is important to help your senior loved one with meal planning, cooking, and enjoying their meals.

What is a Home Care Agency and How is Mavencare Different?

What is a Home Care Agency and How is Mavencare Different?

Ninety percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging in place” but the majority cannot accomplish this. Senior home care typically involves services performed in a senior’s home to help them when they are struggling to perform daily tasks, chronically ill, or recovering from surgery. They need reliable caregivers and/or nurses to assist them with activities of daily living to keep them healthy and safe at home.

What it Means to Be a Care Lead

What it Means to Be a Care Lead

Some clients arrange their own basic care needs, while others require a care lead. When we discuss the topic of care lead, we are often referring to the member of the family that has been appointed to make medical or healthcare decisions. The formal term for this is referred to as a Medical Power of Attorney.

This person is appointed by the client for the purpose of making healthcare decisions, but only if the client is not able to make decisions for themselves.

5 Ways to Be Proactive About Senior Care

5 Ways to Be Proactive About Senior Care

Organizing senior care is often a reactive process: your mother or father has a health event, a healthcare professional tells you that they can no longer be home alone, or that they will require certain care services, and you and your siblings scramble to find the best way to deal with this new reality, all while you’re likely still reeling from the realization that your parent is no longer your caregiver - instead, the time has come for you to take care of them. 

In this post, we offer some suggestions which will help you flip the search for senior care from a reactive process to a proactive one. By having frank and understanding conversations with your parents, preparing for the unpleasant scenarios you might prefer to avoid thinking about, and keeping your parents’ health and their own preferences in mind as you make decisions as a family, you can make the process of becoming your parent’s caregiver significantly less stressful. 

Why Seniors With Dementia Wander and What You Can Do About It

Why Seniors With Dementia Wander and What You Can Do About It

According to The Alzheimer’s Association, 6/10 people with Dementia will wander. Wandering is one of the least manageable and most emotionally draining behaviours that caregivers must address. You have a million tasks on your plate, and caring for an aging loved one is stressful enough without the worry that they will get lost when you look away. Even if a senior with dementia promises to you that they will not wander away, the sad reality is that they have no control over it. As the disease progresses, their memory and reasoning skills can be so affected that they become lost in familiar places and don’t think to ask for help.

Research has not been able to provide a definitive reason why people with dementia wander, and the main reasons could be related to the changes in their memory, but the tendency to wander is also linked to unmet needs and overstimulation.

Everything You Need to Know About CDPAP

Everything You Need to Know About CDPAP

This post gives an overview of CDPAP, a Medicaid program available in the state of New York. This post covers CDPAP eligibility, how to become a CDPAP recipient, CDPAP caregiver qualifications, and the pros and cons of the program. Here, you'll find the facts you need to make informed decisions as a CDPAP consumer. 

The Role of Caregiving Through the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

The Role of Caregiving Through the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

This post has been designed to prepare you for the realities of Alzheimer’s disease. There are many commonalities that are important to understand, even though everyone does experience the disease in their own way and pace. 

A Caregiver’s Guide to Parkinson’s

A Caregiver’s Guide to Parkinson’s

Often times the most frustrating part of Parkinson’s is there is no universal method to alleviate symptoms, as each person will experience the disease differently and require a different change in lifestyle. As a caregiver, you have the advantage of being in regular contact with your Parkinson’s patient and you can use this relationship to better understand their specific needs and help them with working towards improving their quality of life.

There are a couple of specific areas that you can focus on to help someone with Parkinson’s.