Posts Tagged ‘Senior Care’

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.

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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

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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.

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In-Home Care for Seniors

Written by sitecats on . Posted in Homepage Article

 

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed the short spotlight video of our services.   I’d like to tell you about Parkinson’s disease.  April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  We believe the more you know and understand about Parkinson’s disease the better you will be able to care for your loved one.  Join us on April 26th at 6pm for our Parkinson’s Seminar.  

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Learn about the different stages of Parkinson’s disease, the treatments often forgotten that can aid in improving your loved ones quality of life.  Go to your Parkinson’s page to learn more.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about Family Caregivers Network.  I started Family Caregivers Network 16 years ago.  After 30 years of working as a visiting nurse caring for adults and children in Southeastern PA, I noticed it was access to information and resources for Long Term Care services that was an issue for most families of aging loved ones.  I found caring for my own mother and trying to navigate Long Term Care services available to her was very confusing.  For me I often relied on the social workers to take care of this.  But the system for Long Term Care changes constantly.  It gets more and more complex every year.  It became personal for me to help others.  My mother used to often tell me to “go out on my own and help others”.  So, in the year 2000 after her death and with the support of my family I started Family Caregivers Network.  

I believe we offer families more than the traditional In-Home care.  My agency is based on the C.A.R.E.S. platform; Community Advocacy, Resource, Education, and Support.   This is what sets us apart from other Non-Medical Home Care agencies.   I believe it is through these four service lines that we are able to meet the entire needs of family caregivers and their aging loved ones.

Located in Pennsburg, PA in the Upper Perkiomen Valley we offer In-Home care services to seniors in Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Chester Counties.  All staff are trained in house by a nurse supervised 40 hour training program.  Additional training is given to our home care aides who specialize in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s care.  All staff are bonded & insured.  

With the help of Family Caregivers In-Home Care we keep families together and decrease the stress of caring for an aging parent or love one. As you visit the pages on our website watch our education videos on our Educational Outreach page to learn about services and products that help with the care and safety of seniors at home. 

Caregiving is very stressful and can affect your health.  Especially over the holidays it is important to get the proper rest so you can refuel to care for your loved one.  As you surf our website check out the information on our Caregiver Support Groups.  Support Groups are an important part of respite for family caregivers.  Call our office at 215-541-9030 for more information on how you can get the help needed to refuel your health.

With warm regards

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Gerry Fioriglio RN, CDP, BS

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