Who Protects Your Loved One When They Are Alone?

Written by Gerry Fioriglio on . Posted in Family Caregivers Blog

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It is estimated that over 12 million Americans live alone in our communities.  The majority of those individuals are women or about 8.5 million.  Due to the shortage of affordable senior housing and the rising costs for housing many individuals choose to “age in place” and remain in their homes.  

The hard part of living alone for seniors is the increased isolation they experience.  As a senior looses the ability to drive this only intensifies their isolation.  This is where community programs become so important.  Did you know that a senior can go to their local senior center and receive a free or low cost meal during the day?   Transportation is often provided through senior transport systems administered in the county where they live.  

But the biggest worry for family members is the long hours their loved one is alone at home.   Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Solutions offers a range of choices to help seniors maintain their independence and give family members peace of mind.  Home Safe Auto Alert is the new standard in alert buttons.  It is the most widely used proven fall detection system in the U.S. with over 300,000 individuals now having an added layer of protection.  There are no buttons to push.  The system automatically detects a fall and calls for help in an emergency.  

Consider giving your loved one a gift of connection.  Connection with their outside community.  Connection to others in an emergency.  And a direct connection to you.  Family Caregivers Network is a local provider of Philips Lifeline Systems.  For more info visit our web page on Medical Alert Systems .

Have a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  And stay safe!

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You Have the Power to Prevent Falls

Written by Gerry Fioriglio on . Posted in Family Caregivers Blog

Falls are not part of the normal aging process.

When falls occur our first response is “how did that just happen?”  You look around to see if anyone saw you fall then you check to make sure you’re okay and get up.  Trust me I know.  I have fallen more than once.  What is most important is to investigate why you fell.  Were you just not paying attention?  Is there something medically affecting your balance?  It is always best to let your doctor know of falls you may be having so he can do a full work-up and feedback on how to prevent future falls.

By watching this video you will learn about 4 different exercise programs in our communities that teaches us how to prevent falls.  The power is in your hands.  For more information on Fall Prevention contact us at Family Caregivers Network, 215-541-9030.  We will direct you to the right exercise program near you.

Lifeline Falls Prevention

Philips Lifeline Medic Alert

Our Philips Lifeline Medic Alert systems provide you with the peace of mind in the event of an emergency.  Help is just minutes away.  You can also find information on Fall Prevention on the National Council for Aging website.

Transitions to Home

Transitions to Home

Written by Gerry Fioriglio on . Posted in Family Caregivers Blog

A New Hospital to Home Transitions Program

Hospital to Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Dorothy’s most memorable line from the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home” remains etched in our minds because there’s truth in it.  While going home is comforting to most people after they’ve been hospitalized, getting settled at home can present a few challenges.  While a relief to be home, it can still be scary or overwhelming at the same time.

Family Caregivers Network understands the first few hours after discharge from the hospital or rehab are critical to your recovery.  Immediate personal care needs may be more than a patient or their family can handle alone.  Our new Transitions to Home program bridges the gap between hospital to home for recently discharged seniors.  Statistics show that seniors who are discharged from the hospital who are then quickly readmitted is due to two reasons; lack of follow through with after care doctor appointments and medication mismanagement.  A Hospital to Home government resource booklet helps families plan for discharge, which is a start.   Family Caregivers Network’s Transition to Home program goes above and beyond to help you make the discharge plan.

Family Caregivers Network assists families to meet the needs of their loved ones post discharge.  Educating the family, case workers, and social workers is part of what we do to understand why those first few hours home are so critical.  The services provided to assist in the transition to home include transporting an individual home from the hospital when a family member cannot be there, getting medications filled from their local pharmacy, grocery shopping and preparing meals for the first 24 hours home, preparing linens for bed and bathing as needed.  We also schedule the follow-up doctor appointments and communicate the arrangements with family members.  Special arrangements can be made for a nurse to pre-fill the individual’s medication planner.

Our Care Managers coordinate the hospital discharge with the hospital discharge team so patient’s have a seamless transition to home.  24 hours after discharge a follow-up call by our Care Managers is made to the client to ensure their safety and care needs are being met.   All Transitions to Home visits are scheduled in 4 hour, 6 hour, or 8 hour blocks of time.

For more information about the Transitions to Home please call the Family Caregivers Network office at 215-541-9030 to speak with one of our Care Team Members.