More than half of all diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients- particularly those in the early and middle stages receive care in the comfort of their home. AHSI offers services to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s:
- Continuity of daily routines and schedules
- Familiar frame of reference
- Daily orientation to time, place and people
- Freedom to move about in a familiar, unrestricted space
- Minimal stress, which can aggravate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
At times it can be difficult to recognize and detect signs of Alzheimer’s or Dementia in your loved one. In fact, other people who don’t often see your loved one may notice the changes in your loved one before you do.
Early Detection Matters, the Alzheimer’s Association’s national early detection campaign, can help you to recognize the warning signs of Alzheimer’s in your loved one. Early detection, diagnosis and intervention are essential in order to provide the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future.
10 Signs to Look For
- Memory changes that disrupt daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
Alzheimer’s Information and Resources
In most cases, people with osteoarthritis can lead full; active lives by properly managing the condition, however, in more serious cases, osteoarthritis can lead to frustration, weariness and depression especially when a person can no longer perform simple, daily tasks with ease. AHSI can help alleviate some of the pressures of daily living by offering:
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
- Assistance with recreational activities
Osteoarthritis Information and Resources
For a great resource on living with osteoarthritis, please visit the following sites:
If your family member is one of the more than 20 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, Absolute HomeCare Services, Inc. can help manage the disease through:
- Education of what affects blood glucose levels
- Coordination of a healthy meal plan
- Development of a light exercise schedule
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
Diabetes Information and Resources
For great resources on diabetes health please visit the following sites:
AHSI believes in staying up to date with information on prevention and care when it comes to managing heart disease. We can customize a program that:
- Develops and/or implements a heart healthy diet
- Helps with the daily activities of living
- Assists with physician-prescribed exercises
- Provides medication reminders
Heart Disease Information and Resources
For a great resource on living with and preventing heart disease, visit:
People living with Parkinson’s disease have unique needs and challenges. Absolute HomeCare Services, Inc. understands and specializes in making life with Parkinson’s easier. We understand the physical, social, and emotional struggles that must be confronted each and every day from:
- Motion And Motor Impairment (Tremors, Slow Movement, Muscle Rigidity, Erratic And Freezing Gate),
- Changes In Sensation,
- Speech Impairment,
- Parkinson’s Related Dementia And Paranoia.
- Swallowing Difficulties,
If you, or a loved one, are living with Parkinson’s, let us assist provide a caregiver to assist with daily activities and ease the physical burden on spouses and family. Our aide is experienced to help you maximize you independence while you continue to live in the comfort and familiar environment of home.
AHSI Services for Parkinson’s caregiving Include:
Parkinson’s Disease Information and Resources
For more information on Parkinson’s disease visit:
Neuromuscular conditions are complex because they can affect both motor skills and cognition. Regardless of the particular disease/disorder or the extent of its progression, AHSI caregivers can help by offering:
- Cognitive stimulation
- Safety supervision
- Ambulatory assistance
- Medication reminders
- Getting dressed & Grooming
- Light housekeeping
- Laundry services
Neuromuscular Diseases and Disorders Information and Resources
For more information on neuromuscular disorders please visit:
You may find yourself in the position of caring for someone who is coping with the unexpected effects of a sudden injury to the brain. We are here to help your loved one establish new routines immediately after the injury. We can also provide respite care after a system of care has been established. If there are any medical needs, Skilled Nursing is always available. Therefore, you can rest assure that AHSI has many services that can help.
Brain Injury Information and Resources
For a great resource on living with and coping with brain injury, visit:
Many cancer patients feel more comfortable receiving care at home so that they’re not separated from family, friends and familiar surroundings. In-home care is a great option to alleviate some of the pressures of family caregiving when it comes to cancer, allowing you to focus on emotional support instead of the details of day to day activities. Our caregivers can help with any of the services, as well as supplement any hospice care.
11 Tips on Dealing with Cancer
Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. The Mayo Clinic offers some important tips on how to cope with your diagnosis.
- Get the Facts About Your Cancer Diagnosis
- Keep the Lines of Communication Open
- Anticipate Possible Physical Changes
- Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
- Let Friends and Family Help You
- Review Your Goals and Priorities
- Try to Maintain Your Normal Lifestyle
- Talk to Other People with Cancer
- Fight Stigmas
- Look Into Insurance Options
- Develop Your Own Coping Strategy
Cancer Information and Resources
For more information on cancer treatment please visit:
AHSI can give you a respite from the daily tasks that seem to build. From light housekeeping to meal preparation, AHSI caregivers can provide support during trying times. Skilled Services is also available in many areas as allowed by state law for the medical needs of palliative and hospice care. Learn more about hospice and palliative care and how it can help you.
Hospice and Palliative Care Information and Resources
For more information on hospice and palliative care support please visit:
The following is a list of questions that can help you make the decision on whether you should consider in-home care.
- Has there been a recent emotional or medical crisis?
- Does the individual bathe less often, or not at all?
- Are pills left over or running out to soon?
- Does the individual need help walking?
- Is he/she verbally or physically abusive?
- Is he/she becoming more forgetful?
- Have there been recent falls?
- Is your loved one having problems sleeping?
- Has there been recent weight loss?
- Has he/she lost interest in eating?
- Is his/her hearing or vision affecting the ability to function?
- If he/she smokes, are there burn marks?
- Is your loved one able to do errands alone?
- Is clothing being changed daily?
- Is your loved one content to just sit in a chair?
- Is there less participation in conversations?
- Are there scorch marks on the pot holders or dish towels?
- Are there signs of burnt pans on the stove?
- Is routine house cleaning not being done?
- Have social activities stopped or diminished?
If you checked even one of these questions, perhaps it is time to consider in-home care.
But before you select who your care provider will be, make sure you ask the right questions.
Once you have decided on home care, there are several questions you should ask any potential caregiver in order to ensure that your loved one will stay safe, healthy and happy.
- How many years has your agency been in business serving the community?
- Are you certified or licensed by any government agency to provide homecare?
- Do you conduct national and local criminal background checks of all employees?
- Are personal and professional references required?
- Do you have a systematic method for tracking caregiver arrival and departure times at the client’s home?
- Do you provide backup coverage in the event a caregiver cannot make it to work?
- Do you provide 24/7 telephone service?
- Does your agency require a minimum number of hours per shift? If so, what is the minimum?
- Do your services include Personal Care such as bathing, incontinence care, and mobility assistance?
- Does your agency maintain a business office where I can meet you and the office staff?
- Do you have an administrative staff I may contact for information?
- Do you provide in writing the care services provided, and clearly describe all rates and fees?
- Does your agency make periodic supervisory visits to a client’s home?
- How quickly can your agency initiate service?
- Will your agency provide a free in-home assessment prior to starting service?
- Does your agency carry liability coverage?
- Can you provide documentation explaining the client’s rights, your code of ethics, Workers’ Compensation and HIPAA compliance?
AHSI can answer all these questions and any others you may have.
Call (703) 347-6755!
Making home care decisions for yourself or a loved one can be an overwhelming task. AHSI offers the following resources to aid in your decision-making process. The represented organizations are not affiliated with Absolute HomeCare Services, Inc. , Inc., but serve some of the same communities served by us. Rest easy knowing you’ve explored all your options and made the best decision to fit your lifestyle.
Medicaid is an income-based assistance program that helps pay for medical care. Medicaid waivers allow the elderly, and people with disabilities to receive care in the comfort of their home instead of in an institution. If you or a loved one have already qualified and are receiving benefits under the Virginia Medicaid program and are interested in receiving in-home care services, please contact Social Services in the county in which you live. If you do not have Medicaid, the first step would be to complete an application for Medicaid and indicate on the application that you would like long-term care services. For more information on the Medicaid application process, please contact us at (703) 347-6755 or visit the Department of Medical Assistance Services. You can also find more information at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Is Medicare or Medicaid funding available for these services?
I have insurance and I’m not sure if it covers non-medical home care and/or home health care services, will AHSI verify coverage prior to starting service?
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Can you do short term senior care?
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What if a family member needs to be put in a care facility while receiving AHSI services?
Do I have to sign a contract locking me into services?
How often do I get billed for services?
What if I need to speak to someone in the office after business hours?
In the event of a natural disaster or an emergency, is there a plan to provide care?
Why would I hire an AHSI caregiver versus a private caregiver for my family?
What should I be looking for in a non-medical home care agency?
How long will it take to get a caregiver?
How can I monitor the care that my dad is receiving?
What happens if a caregiver is unable to show up for a scheduled shift?
It will probably seem odd to have a stranger around. How long before most people get comfortable with a live-in caregiver?
How do you select my caregiver?
How is the caregiver’s time-off arranged?
Do we get to interview several caregivers, and choose the one we like best?
What are the guidelines when the caregiver gets sick?
Who is responsible for paying for the caregiver?