Long Term Care in the Home

Modern Medical Devices Allow For Primary Care At Home

For those living with physical disabilities or chronic disease, the independence that home health care affords is priceless. Home health aides can supplement and provide respite for family caregivers allowing the patient to remain in the comfort of their own home.

Homes are currently being built with many convenient options as part of the design process. Retro-fitting homes to increase accessibility has become more cost effective with new technology. The equipment needed has even been redesigned to work more efficiently in the home. Many new products are on the market that increase accessibility to the home while remaining more cost effective than an extended stay at a long term care facility.

Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. Overhead lifting is the preferred method of transfers in any healthcare setting, from hospitals to nursing homes. It provides a more comfortable and dignified lift experience for the patient while protecting the caregiver from the stress and strain of manual transfers and floor-based lifts. While ceiling lifts have been available in the home for some time, it has not been a viable option for most people. It is fairly cost prohibitive for most people and not always an option for those renting or looking to sell their home or downsize at some point in the near future.

The Titan 500 replaces the traditional floor-based lift, often referred to as a Hoyer. The tight spaces and carpet can make the floor-based lift a difficult choice for home health care. Technically, it requires two caregivers to safely transfer a patient, one to move the lift and another to spot the patient should the lift encounter any obstacles on the floor during a transfer. The physical task of moving the lift along the floor with the weight of a patient can be too much for a family caregiver.

The Titan 500 features a freestanding frame along with a rechargeable electric lift motor. The frame spans the bed and allows room for a wheelchair or other assistive device. The electric motor does all the heavy lifting, no hydraulic pump to deal with like the hoyer. Once the patient is up in the air, the caregiver can gently glide them across the overhead beam with little effort. Once in place, the caregiver can lower the patient safely with the press of a button.

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Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Titan 500 is an ideal solution for those who wish to remain in their home and avoid the high costs of nursing homes or a full home ceiling lift system. The freestanding frame does not attach to the structure in any way and can be completely dismantled and moved to another location. The system is quick to assemble, easy to operate and simple to maintain.

For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel. Buy direct from the manufacturer, give us a call at 855-872-9967.

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Hoarding among the Elderly

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Hoarding is not usually one of the  issues caregivers often think about when dealing with the elderly. Yet hoarding poses significant risks to the elderly as well as to the community, and it may very well impede the work of the caregiver unnecessarily.

Hoarding is defined as the keeping of possessions that do not pose a use or benefit to the person and that interfere with daily living. Studies, such as one reported in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry,  have found that compulsive hoarding is not something that begins during the elderly years; it is something that starts early on in life and simply progresses with each decade that a person ages. This is why by the time hoarders are in their elderly years, the hoarding may be severe and even compulsive, yet the hoarding tendencies have been there all along.

Read the whole article here:  http://www.seniorsmatter.com/senior-living/caregivers-guide-hoarding-among-elderly/

 

Study: Elderly’s Family Caregivers Need Help, Too

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Study: Elderly’s Family Caregivers Need Help, Too

(Original published by Kaiser Health News, a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.)

Elderly Americans’ well-being is at risk unless the U.S. does much more to help millions of family caregivers who sacrifice their own health, finances and personal lives to look out for loved ones, reported a study released Tuesday.

Nearly 18 million people care for a relative who is 65 or older and needs help, yet “the need to recognize and support caregivers is among the most significant challenges” facing the nation’s swelling elderly population, their families and society, according to the report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Describing family caregiving as “a critical issue of public policy,” a committee of experts in health care and aging said the next presidential administration in 2017 should direct a national strategy to develop ways to support caregivers, including economically.

According to the report, people who help elderly family members with three or more personal tasks a day devote 253 hours a month to caregiving — almost the equivalent of two full-time jobs.

Five years is the median duration that family members care for older adults with high needs, the report said.

For some Americans who accept that responsibility, that can mean taking a less demanding job, foregoing promotions or dropping out of the workforce.

Lost wages and benefits average $303,880 over the lifetimes of people 50 and older who stop working to care for a parent, according to a study cited in the report. That’s not all: A lower earnings history also means reduced Social Security payments for caregivers when they become eligible.

A possible fix for that problem, proposed by researchers in 2009, is to provide caregivers with a Social Security credit for a defined level of deemed wages during a specified time period, the report said.

Leave programs do exist for some workers shouldering caregiving duties, but many lack such job protections.

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act doesn’t cover 40 percent of the workforce. It allows eligible employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid time off to care for certain family members, but the law only applies to those who work federal, state and local governments and private companies with more than 50 employees. But ineligible family relationships for leave include sons- and daughters-in-law, stepchildren, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. Many workers can’t afford to give up their incomes for 12 weeks.

In 2011, 17 percent of caregivers didn’t take leave because they feared losing their jobs, according to a national survey cited in the report.

The report recommends that family caregivers receive status as a protected class under existing job discrimination laws and that employers get guidance and training on ways to support workers caring for family members.

Beyond the economic costs of caregiving, the report notes that the social and physical toll of caregiving should get more attention than it does.

“If their needs are not recognized and addressed, family caregivers risk burnout from the prolonged distress and physical demands of caregiving, and the nation will bear the costs,” the report said.

Instead of delivering “patient-centered” care, health care providers should adopt “family-centered” models that include checking with caregivers to ensure they are healthy and capable of filling the role. The report also recommended wellness visits, counseling sessions and better training for caregivers who must understand increasingly complicated medical instructions.

Dealing with feeding and drainage tubes, catheters and other complicated medical devices causes stress, and the study’s authors noted that caregivers report “learning by trial and error and fearing that they will make a life-threatening mistake.”

The study was funded by 13 private foundations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and an anonymous donor that requested the National Academies undertake the research in 2014.

KHN’s coverage of late life and geriatric care is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation. KHN’s coverage of aging and long-term care issues is supported by The SCAN Foundation.

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The responsibility of caregiving for a family member can be overwhelming. The mental and physical stress of caregiving in addition to the everyday stress of holding a job and raising your own family can be too much for some. Healthcare providers can work with families to prepare them for these challenges as well as offer resources to help alleviate some of those issues.

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift system for home health care. It allows a single caregiver, often a family member or part-time aide, transfer a patient from the bed to wheelchair and back again without the stress and strain of traditional floor-based lifts.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

For more information on our freestanding overhead lift with rechargeable electric motor, visit our website, watch our YouTube channel and find us on Facebook.

 

Exercises for Seniors in Wheelchairs

471559134_xsOlder adults who are confined to wheelchairs don’t have to give up on exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of exercise weekly for all adults. Traditionally, that recommendation has referred to 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise at least 5 days per week. The current statement, however, states that 10-minute bouts of exercise are sufficient for cardiovascular benefits and may be easier for a senior with limited mobility to achieve. Endurance training, strength training, flexibility and balance exercises can all be effectively executed from a wheelchair.

Read entire article here:  http://www.livestrong.com/article/112463-exercises-seniors-wheelchairs/

 

Lives Upended by Disputed Cuts in Home-Health Care for Disabled Patients

“Since January 2015, (Senior Health Partners) and at least two other (home health care companies) have been systematically cutting the hours of home care for their disabled clients, typically without proper notice or legal justification. By law, only a change in a client’s medical condition or circumstance is supposed to allow a reduction.”

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Read the full New York Times article here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/nyregion/insurance-groups-in-new-york-improperly-cut-home-care-hours.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=nygeo-promo-region&region=nygeo-promo-region&WT.nav=nygeo-promo-region&_r=0

Traxx Mobility Systems manufactures and sells the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift for home health care. It allows a single caregiver to safely transfer a patient without fear of injury.

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Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Helping the Elderly Downsize

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In her long career as a psychiatrist, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross has been described by friends and colleagues as practical and calm. But two other traits, humor and patience, went right out the window when she decided to downsize.

“You ask yourself what you want to keep, and the answer is ‘everything,’ ” said Dr. Harrison-Ross, who turns 80 next month. “It’s an emotional roller coaster that takes a toll on you. It’s very tiring.

“I thought I could get down to the bare essence of things myself,” she said. “But that proved to be very difficult, much more than I had expected.”

Her solution: Dr. Harrison-Ross hired a senior move manager.

Read full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/realestate/helping-the-elderly-downsize.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0&mtrref=www.linkedin.com