Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VIDEO: Get Up From a Fall MacGyver Style!

The CareLinx Team really likes this practical guest article by DailyCaring. In fact, the video is ideal for showing to family and friends. It gets you thinking and looking around the room for ways to help you get up from a tumble! This week's topic is:  

VIDEO: Get Up From a Fall MacGyver Style!

Seniors need to know how to rescue themselves from falls
Knowing how to get up from a fall is a critical life skill for your older adult. If they’re not injured, having the ability and confidence to help themselves will save them the trauma and embarrassment of lying on the floor and waiting for help. If they’re injured and alone, knowing how to call for help will prevent the additional pain and discomfort of waiting for hours or days for someone to find them.

10 fall recovery techniques that really work
In this video, Rhonda Bonecutter, an occupational therapist, shows 10 different ways to safely get up off the floor after a fall. Knowing how to use common household objects to help get up makes a huge difference! She demonstrates 8 different ways to get up in a non-injury situation and 2 options for injury situations.

Why is self-rescue important?
As mentioned in this video, the longer time a senior spends on the floor after a fall, the higher the risk of severe health consequences and loss of ability to remain independent. Those are motivational reasons to learn to rescue themselves from falls!

Who or what is MacGyver?
Some of you may remember action hero Angus MacGyver, from the ‘80s TV show MacGyver. He would go on missions and usually end up stuck in dangerous, seemingly unsolvable situations. But at the last minute, he would creatively use everyday objects around him to get out of the situation and save the day.

Seniors can be their own heros
Being able to save themselves from minor falls can give seniors and family greater peace of mind. Knowing these skills can help them avoid the unpleasant consequences of being trapped on the floor, waiting for help.


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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Home Health Care vs In-home Care: What's the Difference?

The CareLinx Team is pleased to introduce our readers to our first of many guest articles by DailyCaring. We invite you to visit their website and follow them on Facebook. This week's topic is:

Home Health Care vs In-home Care:
What's the Difference?

Two different services with similar names
When most people hear the words “home health care” and “in-home care,” they assume those services are the same. It turns out there are some important differences.

Home health care is medical care
Home health care is skilled care from medical professionals. Written orders from a doctor are needed to start home health care. This helps older adults recover at home from a health issue. It’s usually less expensive, more convenient, and as effective as care from a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). Services can include:
  • Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
  • At-home physical, occupational, or speech therapy
  • Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
  • Intravenous (IV) or nutrition therapy
  • Pain management
  • Injections

In-home care is non-medical care
In-home care services are non-medical and primarily help older adults with the activities of daily living. The main goal is to keep them safe and comfortable in their own homes. Services can include:
  • Help with personal grooming, like bathing or getting dressed
  • Help with moving around, getting in and out of bed or the shower
  • Medication reminders
  • Help preparing meals
  • Help with household chores like vacuuming or doing laundry
  • Companionship and friendship

Home health care and in-home care can work together
Here are two examples where in-home care and home health care services can work together to help your older adult.

  • An in-home caregiver helps them remember to take daily medications.
  • A home health nurse can adjust or change medications as needed.

Physical therapy
  • A home health agency can work with the doctor to adjust physical therapy if it’s not working.
  • An in-home caregiver is there to encourage your older adult to do their physical therapy exercises, watch for problems, and let the physical therapist know how the exercises are going. 

Quick comparison chart: In-home care vs home health care

In-home Care
Home Health Care
Companionship, meal prep, light housekeeping, help with personal grooming and hygiene

Help getting in and out of bed, help to and from the bathroom
Reminders to take medication
Must be prescribed by a doctor
Covered by Medicare
Skilled nursing, wound care, injections, IVs, or pain management at home
Change or adjust medications as needed
At-home visits from a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech therapist

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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cracking the HomeCare Code - by Brian Kearns of HipHire

CareLinx is grateful for Brian Kearns of HipHire, who featured CareLinx in his article, "Cracking the HomeCare Code". The article is one of a series of "Hiring Success Stories" by HipHire.

Here is a portion of the article.

Monday, October 13, 2014

O, The Oprah Magazine Features CareLinx

The CareLinx Team is delighted to be featured in the November 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. The Tech Support article by Courtney Rubin describes five apps, websites and services as cutting-edge tech services that can "help lighten your load and keep Mom and Dad independent a little longer."

CareLinx is described as "the Match.com of caregiving, helps you find home health aides without using an expensive agency. After undergoing a background check, aides post bios that include photos, qualifications, and the kinds of tasks they are willing to perform. You can then hire them for a one-time emergency or ongoing visits." 

We greatly appreciate the coverage in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Team CareLinx Talks with College Students

Each year, the College of San Mateo (in California) holds an Autumn Job Fair. Yesterday, the CareLinx Team was on the beautiful campus to recruit new in-home caregivers and to spread the word about our in-home care service.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Timely Tips for Flu Season

The CareLinx Team is pleased to share a handy handout with 12 Flu Time Tips from "CC" the @CareLinx caregiving cat and Rusty the retired watchdog. Stay healthy this flu season!

Want a printable copy? Write to CareCat@carelinx.com and we will email you a pdf version so you can print as many 8.5" x 11" copies as you wish. They are ideal for posting around the office, in the wash-room, and waiting areas. Share the tips with friends and family.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Team CareLinx recognized in Forbes article

Forbes Magazine (9/26/2014) published an article that highlighted the innovative role of CareLinx in making home care more affordable. The article by John Hall, "Looking for Your Compeitive Advantage? Make a Complex Process Easy"

Team CareLinx is thrilled to have been recognized in Forbes today! The article speaks to how our entire team is focused and committed to helping families easily navigate the process of hiring caregivers.