Hiring a Caregiver

AWARENESS: IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING HIRING A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL VS. USING AN AGENCY, HERE ARE SOME FACTS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER: The state of Virginia regulates the home care industry just as strictly as insurance companies are regulated. This should give you a peace of mind to know the accountability level a home care agency must submit to. 1 – It is a Virginia state law to treat a domestic worker as an employee. A domestic worker is any person you hire privately to help you privately. It could be a lawn worker, painter, caregiver, etc. 2 – If you have more than 2 people helping you, you are required to carry workers compensation on them. You must pay their taxes and issue a W-2. 3 – You must be able to prove the individual is a US citizen or has the right to work in the U.S. There are appropriate forms to file for this. 4 – You must post the same labor posters in your home that an agency is required to post. 5 – You are liable should the individual get injured in your home or on your property. The penalty for not having Workers Compensation is huge if you have more than 2 individuals working privately for you. 6 – Before hiring anyone off the street, make sure you get their permission to run a criminal and sexual offender background on them. 7 – Before allowing the individual to drive you around, make sure you know what is on their driving record. Also, find out if they have auto insurance coverage. Using a home...

Pro-Active Care-Giving

Serving the elderly requires energy and creative ideas to enhance stimulation in their every day life.  When the caregiver shows up with a schedule of activities, it can bubble up a level of excitement within the elderly person.  At first, the senior may resist but deep down most are bored and would love to be stimulated on something other than sugar.  When an idea is presented with enthusiasm, who wouldn’t want to participate.   It is easy for a caregiver to get bored while serving the elderly if they are not motivated and inspired themselves.  Each day is full of its own experiences, some good and some not so good.  When we take the time to experience each part of the day, we become awakened to life itself and manifest joy even when the way may be difficult.  We will never get to experience today again as it will be gone tomorrow, so let us strive to enjoy the brilliance of living every day.    Get excited as you plan your weekly set of activities for the elderly client you will be working with.  Perhaps Monday is spa day, Tuesday is readers club, Wednesday is meditation time, Thursday is lunch out or picnic in the home if client is unable to travel, Friday is music day and the list grows and grows.  Give each day a theme day and use your creativity to design the activity around the likes of the elderly home bound client.   Present with excitement in your voice the weekly schedule of activities and/or events to the elderly person you are helping.  Be prepared to...

Characteristics of a Professional Caregiver

The most effective way to assist an elderly person is to maintain a professional demeanor. I have witnessed caregivers relinquishing their professional power when they see themselves as “one of the family” or the “best friend”. When this occurs, it often becomes difficult to assist the elderly with activities of daily living such as bathing, changing, exercise, etc. as the elderly client no longer sees the caregiver as one with authority. The caregiver, home care agency and client and/or representative share a role in maintaining professionalism. Below are some suggestions for each to consider to ensure the elderly client receives the excellent care they deserve. AGENCY: The agency administrator is responsible to educate caregivers of agency expectations regarding professionalism during orientation and throughout their employment. Should the administrator, nurse or office manager detect an unprofessional act or demeanor, each has a responsibility to address the caregiver to assist them in regaining their professional demeanor. Taking action early benefits the elderly client and prevents the caregiver from getting stressed out. When a caregiver sees themselves as a professional, the elderly client and others will too. The agency administrator is responsible to bring awareness to the elderly client and/or client representative of agency expectations of their caregivers during the initial service visit as well as the responsibilities of the elderly client and/or client representative. CAREGIVER: The agency’s expectations of professional care giving service include but not limited to: caregivers are to provide their own food/drink, refrain from sharing their personal problems with elderly client and/or client representative, show up for work on time clean and energetic, follow the care plan designed...

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Elderly Loved Ones

Gift buying for the elderly person who has everything they need or lives in an assisted living facility where space is limited can be a challenging task. Santa Claus gave me some good ideas to pass onto you for the special seniors in your life. Most of these items can easily be found on the Lillian Vernon website or of course, at the North Pole if you put the order in early enough for Santa to deliver. If you are the caregiver of your loved one and need a break at this busy time of year, please call A Heart For You and let us lighten your load. 804-614-6193  Cane with Bling  Birth Month Flower Necklace  Custom House Sketch (we can make a referral)  Fresh Flowers  Puzzles / Word Books / Adult Coloring Books  Don’t forget the cool coloring pencils  Self Watering Planter  Eye Glass Holder  Life alert necklace or bracelet – Lillian Vernon has a great...

New Ideas for Dementia Care

Activities are a must for our memory care clients. It has recently been found that coloring is similar to meditating as it pauses the thought as one ponders on the task at hand. Being outdoors with bare feet in the grass when weather appropriate helps to stabilize mood and calm the mind from racing thoughts; something we can all benefit...

Tips On Elderly Home Health Care

Tips on finding the best elderly home health care in the Richmond, Midlothian, Chester, Hanover, Henrico, Short Pump, Glen Allen, New Kent, Powhatan, and Goochland Virginia area. Select a elderly home health care agency that is licensed with State Department of Health as this ensures the agency is insured and bonded according to VA regulations. Ask the elderly home health care agency to provide referrals from some of their elderly clients they are currently serving and/or former clients. Ask the elderly home health care agency how they screen their caregivers to include drug testing policy. Ask the elderly home health care agency how much they pay their caregivers and what kind of turnover they have with their employees who provide in home senior care.   What makes A Heart For You different from other elderly home health care agencies in the Richmond, Midlothian, Chester, Hanover, Henrico, Short Pump, Glen Allen, New Kent, Powhatan, and Goochland Virginia area 7 reasons to call A Heart For You for your elderly home health care needs AHFY is locally owned and operated The owner of AHFY was a caregiver herself before starting the business in 2010 AHFY pays a fair hourly rate – no minimum wage pay – AHFY treats their employees with respect The owner of AHFY is involved in the day to day operations and is available to assist her employees The owner of AHFY is available 24/7 to elderly clients – AHFY does not use an answering service company AHFY has a spiritual /wellness program for their employees – The owner desires to see each employee happy and healthy The...