Caregiver Health


Ensure Senior Safety by Asking These Questions when Hiring a Caregiver

Posted on June 20th, by Mark Winter in Health, Homecare, North Bay Home Care, Senior Health. No Comments

Be sure to ask these questions when hiring a caregiver to ensure senior safety.

Let’s be honest; inviting an individual who is basically a stranger into a senior loved one’s home to help with care needs can be nerve-wracking. The top priority is ensuring senior safety for your loved one, of course, but determining whether a caregiver meets that criteria isn’t easy.

At Hired Hands Homecare, the providers of the most trusted home care Marin, CA and the surrounding area have to offer, we understand that finding an appropriate and trustworthy caregiver that you and the senior you love will feel comfortable with is not a decision to be taken lightly. To help in your care journey, we’ve compiled the following questions you can ask to make sure you’re hiring just the right person.

Are your agency’s caregivers employees of the … Read More »



RESPECT MY PRIVACY!

Posted on August 29th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, Home Care Staff, Homecare. No Comments

Greetings!

Today, we wanted to take a minute to shed light on an urgent matter that directly affects ALL Caregivers throughout California.

Governor Brown now has Assembly Bill 2455 on his desk, and it is not clear whether he will sign the Bill, or veto it like he has previously. If signed into law, AB 2455 would require the State to send ALL Registered CAREGIVERS’ PERSONAL CONTACT INFORMATION to unions. That is right, the State will distribute private information, including cel numbers, allowing unknown people to contact our Caregivers at any time. This is a huge blatant attack on privacy rights. There are no other industries that have such requirements, because it is such a huge breach in legal privacy typically given to all employees. Why Caregivers?

What can you do??? The most important thing to do TODAY is to CALL … Read More »



Family Caregivers in California. The Court Finds You Guilty…

Posted on October 24th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, North Bay Home Care. No Comments

 …but not of the crimes you think you committed.

You think you’re guilty of not spending enough time with your loved ones. That you’re guilty of failing them because you are considering part-time in-home care or a full-time skilled nursing facility.

No. Here’s what you are probably guilty of instead:

Working too hard
Neglecting your own emotional and physical health
Judging yourself too harshly

Although immensely rewarding, caregiving for a cherished family member is one of the hardest things you will ever do, and the role of caregiver often comes at the busiest stage of one’s life. Caregivers in California often have full-time jobs on top of caregiving, plus children and spouses who need attention, too.

How do I know if I’m working too hard? The first thing you need to do is admit that you’re working too hard. Pull out a sheet of paper and make … Read More »



Help for Caregivers Struggling with Guilt

Posted on October 17th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, Pleasanton Senior Care. No Comments

Most of us are juggling a number of balls at any given time, and for caregivers, it often feels like they’re juggling knives and flaming swords on top of it. It’s common to feel overburdened and guilty when you’re a caregiver for a loved one, whether that person is your spouse or your parent.

Guilt can manifest in many ways. Maybe you feel like you’re spending too little time with your loved one. You may feel guilty about considering an assisted living facility for your loved one. You might feel guilty when your loved one’s dementia-fueled behaviors caused you to snap. Or you could feel guilty about neglecting your own children’s needs in order to care for your senior loved one.

The most important things to remember are: You are doing the best you can, and it’s okay to seek help.

Let’s take … Read More »