Mrs. G. (multiple sclerosis)

Mrs. G. has severe MS and is dependent on outside care. Mrs. G. is qualified to receive home care assistance seven days a week through the state’s Medicaid program.

Living at Home SeniorCare provides a home health aide for 3.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday, and 1.5 hours on Saturday. Our home health aide gives Mrs. G. a shower, dresses her in fresh clothing, cooks and serves her breakfast. The aide also does routine homemaking chores: vacuuming, laundry, cleaning the kitchen and bath, stripping and remaking the bed.

In addition to the home health aide, a registered nurse visits Mrs. G. at least once a month to change her catheter, check the integrity of her skin, and ensure that proper procedures are being followed for her personal care, nutrition, and hydration. The nurse communicates with the primary care physician and consults with the state appointed case manager as the need arises.

Mrs. L. (Alzheimer’s disease)

Mrs. G. has severe MS and is dependent on outside care. Mrs. G. is qualified to receive home care assistance seven days a week through the state’s Medicaid program.

Living at Home SeniorCare provides a home health aide for 3.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday, and 1.5 hours on Saturday. Our home health aide gives Mrs. G. a shower, dresses her in fresh clothing, cooks and serves her breakfast. The aide also does routine homemaking chores: vacuuming, laundry, cleaning the kitchen and bath, stripping and remaking the bed.

In addition to the home health aide, a registered nurse visits Mrs. G. at least once a month to change her catheter, check the integrity of her skin, and ensure that proper procedures are being followed for her personal care, nutrition, and hydration. The nurse communicates with the primary care physician and consults with the state appointed case manager as the need arises.

Mr. C. (congestive heart failure)

Mr. C. was discharged from the hospital after becoming stabilized following an acute congestive heart failure (CHF) incident. He returned home with a different prescribed medication regime; the timing and dosage of his diuretic were changed; and he was started on two different cardiac medications with specific blood pressure parameters for administration. He was re-assessed in the hospital by a Living at Home SeniorCare registered nurse prior to discharge home, and the nurse was directly involved with Mr. C.’s discharge plans with his discharge planner. Upon discharge, a Living at Home SeniorCare caregiver provided transportation for Mr. C. to his home, picked up his newest prescriptions at his local pharmacy, and made a quick trip to the grocery store for provisions. The Living at Home SeniorCare caregiver made certain that Mr. C.’s transition to home was as comfortable as possible.

Two weeks after discharge, the Living at Home SeniorCare caregiver noted a swelling in Mr. C.’s legs and notified the nurse supervisor, suspecting possible problems with the diuretic medication changes. Mr. C.’s physician was able to alter his medication before the problem became a major issue.

Living at Home SeniorCare continues to monitor Mr. C.’s care, including his diet and activity levels, ensuring medications are taken as prescribed and that the physician’s plan of care is being implemented. Additionally, Living at Home SeniorCare regularly reviews Mr. C.’s care plan for progress towards goals and any care changes that should be recommended and brought to the physician’s attention.

Mr. and Mrs. P.

Mr. and Mrs. P. were 88 and 90 when they did not feel it was safe for Mr. P. to continue driving. The closest family members lived out of state, and taking a cab or public transportation was just not practical. A relative referred Living at Home SeniorCare.

During the first six months, we drove Mr. and Mrs. P. to the doctor’s office and gave them periodic trips to their favorite restaurants. Over time, Mrs. P.’s severe arthritis and osteoporosis caused her to need care in the home. Initially, Living at Home SeniorCare provided homemaking and errand services on a daily basis.

Family members became increasingly concerned about their parents’ safety because Mrs. P. had a high risk of falling. She needed assistance with personal care, transfers, and meal preparation; she required the skills of a home health aide from an agency flexible enough to provide around-the-clock staffing.

Living at Home SeniorCare had the honor of caring for this lovely and loving couple for several years. Mrs. P. passed away shortly after her 90th birthday. Mr. P. was so devoted to his bride that he outlived her by only nine months. We had the privilege of being there for each of them during their final hours.

We will never forget how our caregiver described Mr. P.’s last moments. They had attended the same church for years; Sandie held his hand and sang their favorite hymn as he peacefully slipped away.