ClearCare: Helping you care for others

3 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Family Caregiver

Aug 19, 2014

As a child, you were no doubt the center of your parent’s universe.  You were likely cared for and supported for nearly two decades.  Perhaps they helped you financially even after you moved out and went to college.  Needless to say, you are grateful for their care and would do anything to repay them.  You may feel that one of the best ways you can do this is by stepping into the role of caregiver, when the time comes.  But is this the best solution for you and your parents? It may be, but there are things to consider.  A more practical alternative may be hiring an in-home caregiver – specifically one that uses a web-based homecare system or homecare read more »

Developing Healthy Living Habits in Seniors

Aug 13, 2014

It’s never too late to develop healthy living habits.  Even making subtle changes can make a significant difference in the quality – and longevity – of your life.  Now that you’ve retired, wouldn’t you like to enjoy your free time? Taking good care of your body and reducing stress will give you the energy and stamina you need to take advantage of your golden years. Start Small The key is to start with small changes.  If you have a poor diet, it may be quite challenging to change every single meal right from the start.  Try swapping out fatty snacks with fresh fruit.  Once you adapt to this change, you’ll be ready to make more.  Try reducing the amount of read more »

Identifying and Treating Pneumonia In Seniors

Aug 11, 2014

According to the National Institutes of Health, pneumonia is one of the ten leading causes of death for seniors over the age of 65. Needless to say, it is vitally important to recognize early signs and symptoms and seek treatment quickly.  Adult children and caregivers must be aware of the symptoms of pneumonia and carefully monitor the seniors in their care.  Relying on a robust homecare system or homecare software like ClearCare Online can help in this endeavor. What is Pneumonia? Pneumonia occurs when pus and other fluids accumulate in the air sacs of the lungs, causing irritation and inflammation.  Pneumonia may be caused by bacteria or a virus, and can affect one or both lungs. Pneumonia may be more read more »

Caring for a Bedridden Patient

Aug 5, 2014

Caring for a bedridden patient can be difficult, and requires a great deal of patience and understanding. Most bedridden patients have a hard time adjusting to this lifestyle and may develop significant health problems.  As a caregiver, it is your responsibility to help the patient adjust – both physically and mentally.  You will also need to help the patient with numerous daily tasks. This is where a home care system or home care software like ClearCare Online will be very beneficial.  Daily reminders can be set using your home care software so that important activities are never neglected. One of the most common health risks for a bedridden patient is pressure ulcers, or pressure sores.  A person with full mobility read more »

Tips for Seniors Coping with Dialysis

Jul 23, 2014

Patients with kidney disease are required to undergo dialysis treatments on a regular basis in order to filter their blood.  While healthy kidneys automatically filter toxins and waste products out of your blood, diseased or failing kidneys do not function like normal. Over time, waste and toxins begin to build up in the bloodstream, making the patient very sick.  Without treatment, kidney disease can even be fatal.  Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment where patients go to a hospital or dialysis center to manually filter their blood. Although necessary, the procedure can be tedious and taxing.  Family members and caregivers should be prepared to provide additional help and support during and after dialysis treatments.  A homecare system and homecare software like read more »

What Topics Should I Discuss With My Aging Parents?

Jul 21, 2014

Has the time come for having The Talk with your elderly parents? You know the one we’re talking about – that uncomfortable conversation you’ve been putting off for far too long?  Whether it makes you feel nervous or not, discussing important issues regarding your parent’s health and living arrangements should not be avoided. Waiting until a crisis occurs is hardly a smart strategy.  On the other hand, wisely planning ahead will save you and your family much stress and anxiety later on.  But what subjects should you discuss?  Let’s discuss a few. Estate Planning.  Have your parents discussed their plans with a financial advisor or lawyer?  It’s important to consider how their assets will be divided and distributed. Long -Term read more »

Can Regular Vacations Lengthen Your Life?

Jul 17, 2014

No doubt each of us would love to find the Fountain of Youth and live a longer life.  While such a fantasy may not really exist, lengthening our life could be possible – according to recent research.  The Global Commission on Aging, U.S. Travel Association and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies polled a number of seniors and discovered that traveling – particularly for older adults – prevents cognitive impairments such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.  The research also found that women who vacationed twice a year (compared to only once in six years or fewer), had better heart heath and fewer coronary deaths. Men who skipped annual vacations were 20 percent more likely to die with a 30 percent higher read more »

Helping Seniors Avoid Nutritional Deficiency

Jul 16, 2014

Eating a healthy diet is important at every age but it becomes particularly necessary as we grow older.  Our nutritional needs change as our body ages so we need to make dietary adjustments accordingly. Many seniors do not eat as well as they should which can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies.  With a reliable in-home caregiver who uses a helpful homecare system or homecare software like ClearCare Onilne, this outcome can be avoided. Why Seniors Become Nutritionally Deficient There are many age-related causes that lead to lack of appetite and nutritional deficiencies, including:   Depression Forgetfulness Medication side effects Dental issues that make eating difficult Lack of nutritious food in the home Inability to cook regular meals Recent research has read more »

Managing Senior Depression with Homecare Software

Jul 14, 2014

Approximately six million Americans aged 65 an older suffer from depression, although experts estimate as little as 10 percent receive proper treatment.  Despite what many believe, depression is not a part of the normal aging process.  Unfortunately, late-life depression is often overlooked or confused with the effects of age-related illnesses.  Whether it is the loss of a spouse, anxiety over losing their independence, or a chemical imbalance, many seniors experience short- or long-term depression that can tarnish their “golden” years.  How can homecare software or homecare systems like ClearCare online help manage senior depression? Let’s discuss 3 ways. 1.  Homecare Software Makes Medication Management Easy One of the most important aspects of successfully managing depression is taking prescribed medications as read more »

Helping Seniors Accept Change

Jun 18, 2014

It can be incredibly difficult for seniors to realize that they are no longer able to care for their basic needs.  For decades they have been strong, self-sufficient individuals who have managed careers and raised families. Accepting the physical changes or other circumstances that may limit their independence can be a real challenge.  As family members or caregivers, what can you do to help them accept these changes? And how can a home care system or home care software like ClearCare Online make things even easier?  Let’s discuss a few key ways. Planning Ahead Aging is inevitable.  The time will come in every adult’s life when they are no longer able to do everything they could when they were young.  read more »

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ClearCare is a San Francisco-based software company that offers the world's first front- and back-office solution for private duty home care agencies. ClearCare's web and mobile platform for scheduling, integrated telephony, two-way caregiver messaging, and marketing makes the business of home care administration intuitive, efficient, and paper-free. With a number of home care systems on the market, over a thousand local and national home care companies have chosen ClearCare's best-of-breed system for its innovation, ease of use, and point-of-care transparency. As customers attest, the results include more efficient operations, lower administrative costs, growth in new clients and referrals, increased profits, lower turnover, and higher quality care.