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Is In-Home Nursing an Alternative to Nursing Home Care?

home nursing careThe short answer is yes. Now, here’s the long answer. When it’s time to choose long-term care, you have a handful of options, including home nursing care or nursing care in one’s own home – also known as private duty nursing care. Both options provide medication reminders, attention to activities of daily living, and various levels of skilled services. And either option provides objective care so that family members are not taking on the complete role of caregiver.

With private duty home nursing care, individuals receive healthcare in their home, where they feel comfortable, surrounded by the personal things, and people they love. They can maintain their routine, keep their pets, go to the store, easily stay in contact with friends and neighbors, maintain their privacy, and their family feels at ease when visiting—all while receiving individualized one-on-one private health care.

Private duty nursing care also enables the caregiver to personally get to know their client, and because of this, the caregiver if often times more able to identify any subtle health changes. Private duty nursing care focuses on providing care to typically one person, or perhaps a couple, in the home, and clients are provided with a comprehensive plan and one-on-one monitoring. In a nursing home setting—with typically about 110 clients per facility—that level of care if difficult to attain due to the sheer volume of clients.

When selecting either a nursing home or private duty health care, it is important that you work with a home care agency you can trust. A private duty home care agency such as Nightingale Homecare assures that Registered Nurses are available around the clock to supervise all care. Nightingale Homecare’s team of highly trained nurses can provide high-tech complex medical treatments at home, such as intravenous fluids and pain management pumps, and provide the home with any necessary medical equipment.

Whatever option you choose, both nursing homes and nursing care at home agencies require out-of-pocket expenditures. If specific qualifications are met, Medicare may cover about 12 percent of private nursing home costs while Medicaid covers about 50 percent when a person is eligible, according to the National Care Planning Council. When it comes to private duty nursing care, some insurance companies pay for all or part of home health care services, but more commonly, clients pay for private care services directly.

If you live in the areas of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley or Maricopa County, AZ, reach out to Nightingale Homecare to discuss your specific needs and insurance coverage. With our team, top-notch care is provided by the health care professional for an individual’s needs, any time of the day or night—all from the comfort of our clients’ Phoenix-area homes.

Nightingale Homecare is tailored to the needs of each individual situation. Contact Nightingale Home Care any time at 602-504-1555, or complete our simple online contact form to let us know how we can help. If getting trusted care at home nursing care and maintaining independence is critical to your long-term care plan, we can help.

Posted in Blog, Nursing Care on April 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off on Is In-Home Nursing an Alternative to Nursing Home Care?

Can Brain Exercise Prevent Dementia?

Love playing chess or taking on the newspaper crossword puzzle each week? You may be doing more than just upping your enjoyment factor; you may actually be keeping your brain healthy! According to recent studies, researchers believe activities that promote mental engagement such as games and puzzles, are linked with a decreased risk of a decline in cognitive skills and memory loss.

Can these so called “brain exercises” really ward off dementia?

While more research needs to be done, evidence has consistently shown a solid link between brain training and a lowered risk of rapid mental decline. One study published in 2010, found that sustaining mental activity throughout one’s life worked as a preventive measure to delay the onset of dementia.

How do “brain exercises” help?

Animal studies have shown that mental stimulation can support new nerve cell growth and can work to construct a reserve of brain cells and connections. Some experts also believe this kind of stimulus may decrease certain markers of Alzheimer’s disease such as plaque build-up and tangles.

While both high levels of education and mental stimulation can help delay the onset of dementia and provide a better quality of life, researchers stop short of saying that education or brain exercise are fail-safes against the development of dementia.

The staff of Nightingale Homecare, a provider of home care in Scottsdale, and the surrounding Phoenix Metropolitan area, is uniquely qualified to provide dementia care. Our private medical care staff draws on the specialized approach taught by Dr. Verna Benner-Carson through her “Alzheimer’s Whisperer ®” program.  At Nightingale, this specialized program is called “Connections“. Our in home care providers enter the client’s world and manage the challenging behaviors associated with dementia in a way that is gentle, creative and highly effective. In-home medical and non-medical care providers can teach these skills to families, thus enabling the person with dementia to continue to receive care in the comfort of their own homes in Scottsdale and throughout the Phoenix area.

Contact Nightingale Homecare, a top rated homecare provider serving Scottsdale, Phoenix, Sun City, Glendale, and Paradise Valley today. Call (602) 504-1555 or contact us online to learn more about private medical and non-medical care.

Posted in Blog on February 24th, 2014 · Comments Off on Can Brain Exercise Prevent Dementia?

Support for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

Providing care for a loved one with dementia is a significant undertaking that can impact every aspect of your life. As a dementia patients’ symptom continue to worsen, the caregiver’s ability to stay focused, energetic, and upbeat can become compromised. For those caregivers providing care for a loved one with dementia, the key to strong emotional and physical health is being prepared for the changes ahead, striving to understand the patient and the disease process, and leaning on loved ones, support groups and a homecare agency who expert is expert in dementia care.

One of the most difficult aspects of providing care to a person with dementia is watching your loved ones memories disappear and skills diminish. By understanding common dementia experiences and shifting your perspective on what may be painful or challenging, you can benefit from the many rewards, and experience success in providing care for your loved one with dementia.

How to Prepare

Alzheimer’s and  other dementia disorders, unravel the brain in a reverse order as the brain develops from birth.  It is often described as “the reverse of raising a child”, as function and cognition decline as the disease progresses. Dementia care ultimately requires 24-hour support of your loved ones’ independence, stability, and cognitive and physical regression. This grim outlook can become all-consuming for the person providing care, often leading to grief, depression, and resentment.  Knowing about, and anticipating this outcome is the first step in reducing frustration and adjusting expectations. Providing dementia care for a loved one can also be a tremendous gift: by learning about and preparing for the challenges ahead, you also make a commitment to your own overall health and well-being.

Caregiver Burnout

It is important that you learn to recognize the signs of Caregiver Burnout.  You may be on the path to burnout if you notice increased:

  • Stress
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Guilt
  • Grief
  • Sickness
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Disappointment in life

Nightingale Homecare has provided a mini-assessment tool to determine if you may be experiencing caregiver burnout.  Click here to take the test.

Scores of 41 or above indicate that a person may be experiencing caregiver burnout and a high degree of stress. If you scored in this range you need to discuss your feelings and needs with a physician and seek caregiver support.

To avoid burnout, engage in the following:

  • Mini workouts during the day
  • Leisure time, both with and without your loved one; board games, puzzles, reading, relaxing sports, and playing with pets are great ways to stay positive
  • Look for humor in all things; allow yourself to laugh at the absurd, rent funny movies, and revel in the stress-reducing benefits of lightening up a bit
  • Try new activities, even on the job; a new language, card games, and Sudoku can all be learned while caregiving
  • Take time away regularly and ask for help; caring for a loved one with dementia is often a solitary task, which makes a strong support system essential. Plan regular respite days off, where you allow a trusted family member or Home Care agency, specializing in dementia care take-over while you are away.

Connecting with friends, family, caregiver support groups along with a trusted home care agency, go a long way in staying healthy and happy while providing care for you loved one.  Should depression or unusual levels of stress set in, it is important to discuss this with your physician and/or a mental health professional.

The staff of Nightingale Homecare is uniquely qualified to provide dementia care using the specialized approach taught by Dr. Verna Benner-Carson through her “Alzheimer’s Whisperer ®” program.  Alzheimer’s Whisperers enter the client’s world and manage the challenging behaviors associated with dementia in a way that is gentle, creative and highly effective.  These skills can then be taught to families, thus enabling the person with dementia to continue to be cared for safely at home.

Contact Nightingale today. Call (602) 504-1555 or contact us online.

Posted in Blog on November 29th, 2013 · Comments Off on Support for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Peak flu season doesn’t take hold until February, but it’s still essential to get immunized as soon as possible- especially for seniors. People over the age of 70 are at high risk of acquiring the flu; seniors with chronic disorders, even more so. To help those seniors living at home prepare for the oncoming flu season, Nightingale Homecare has compiled these helpful tips:

• Get Immunized Every Year, as Early as Possible: Since our immunity to the virus declines over time, the most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza is to consistently immunize against it. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend a special high-dose vaccination for people over 65.

• Skip the Doctor’s Office: Getting a flu vaccine  has become very convenient, with many pharmacies and grocers now offering vaccinations. Often, many health plans are accepted and no appointment is necessary. Nightingale Homecare offers the flu vaccine to all of our clients.  Avoiding your Doctor’s office or any health care facility during flu season is wise unless an illness makes it necessary to visit.

• Wash Hands Often: Seemingly innocent, everyday items like doorknobs and telephones are covered in bacteria. By washing hands frequently for 20 seconds, or using convenient instant hand sanitizers  can help prevent the spread of influenza.

• Manage Everyday Health: Seniors can lower their risk of getting the flu by consistently getting enough sleep, participating in physical activities, managing stress, staying hydrated, and eating nutrient-rich foods. Healthy habits mean a stronger immune system and lowered risk of illnesses.

• Contact with Children: Children under five are also at high risk for getting the flu, so their contact with seniors should be closely supervised during flu season. Remind children who visit seniors to wash their hands, cough into their elbows, and use tissues sneezes. .

The providers of in home nursing care at Nightingale Homecare are expertly trained in taking care of seniors during even the worst flu season. From providing transportation, , shopping for nutritious foods, setting medication reminders to  administering the flu vaccine, our professional home care staff will see to your loved one’s every need during illness and beyond. Furthermore, Nightingale Homecare’s caregivers work diligently to help prevent the spread of flu by encouraging good nutrition, , promoting exercise plans, and monitoring hygiene habits. For more information on the in home nursing care services offered at Nightingale Homecare, call (602) 504-1555 or Contact Us.


Posted in Blog on October 4th, 2013 · Comments Off on Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Tips For Seniors Living With Diabetes Pt. 2

In Part 1 of our series on seniors living with type 2 diabetes, we discussed common symptoms of the disease. In today’s article, we’ll examine what goes into managing type 2 diabetes, and some tips for dealing with diabetes on a daily basis.

Not surprisingly, a diabetes diagnosis brings with it several new and regularly occurring commitments:

  • Taking new medications
  • Testing to treat and monitor blood sugar
  • Being alert to symptoms of low and high blood sugar and knowing how to treat them. Changing your diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Visiting your doctor regularly

If you live with diabetes, or provide care for someone who does, consider these tips to improve everyday life:

  • Experiment with new foods. We all have our favorites, but trying new and healthy foods, while following the diet plan is a simple way to handle diabetes.
  • Try new activities. Getting a bit of exercise every day is easy: swimming, walks in the park, and yoga are excellent low-impact options.
  • Get support from a friend, family member, or your home care professional in Phoenix. Remembering shots, treatments, and appointments can be challenging: team up with a loved one or a pro to ease the stress.
  • Research diabetes. Learn about the illness, new research findings, and discover how to self-manage the disease. Home care professionals can provide valuable support in helping newly diagnosed diabetics self-manage their disease.

Connect. It can be very helpful to share ups and downs with people going through similar struggles. Find a support group and don’t be afraid to join.  The American Diabetes Association is a great place to start!

While diabetes certainly alters the everyday life of a person living with a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, and a late in life diagnosis can make it even more challenging, the disease  doesn’t have to overwhelm the senior. the . By understanding the practical, physical and financial impact of the disease, seniors can take control and commit to a better life. Nightingale Homecare can help: with  our chronic disease management program, PATHlink by providing  support in taking new medication, eating properly, and staying positive. With an emphasis on self-management, the home care professionals at Nightingale are committed to your loved one’s overall well-being. If you need home care, or have questions about Nightingale’s in home nursing care philosophies, contact us online or call us: (602) 504-1555.


Posted in Blog on September 20th, 2013 · Comments Off on Tips For Seniors Living With Diabetes Pt. 2