ClearCare: Helping you care for others

How Homecare Software Can Help Provide Targeted Services

Sep 16, 2014

While some individuals with dementia require placement in a full-time care facility, many are able to live at home with the help of an in-home caregiver. A new study performed by researchers at John Hopkins University discovered that an in-home care coordination program for individuals with dementia improved their quality of care, quality of life, and ability to remain comfortably living at home.  Home care agencies that offer specialty services by utilizing ClearCare Online’s home care software and home care system edge out the competition by providing the highest standard of care, supervision, and client satisfaction. Offering Specialty Therapy Services A recent news article highlighted the importance of providing specialized services to dementia patients.  “Music and Memory,” a program developed read more »

Helping Seniors Avoid Social Withdrawal

Sep 5, 2014

When we are young, we often have a calendar filled with social engagements.  Lunch with friends.  Drinks with co-workers.  Family dinners every Sunday.  The list goes on and on.  As we grow older however, these events may be few and far between.  For many seniors, this can lead to isolation and feelings of depression.  For those who have lost a spouse, loneliness can be especially overwhelming.  As family members and caregivers, it is our responsibility to help seniors avoid social withdrawal.  One key way we can do this is by utilizing a home care system or home care software, such as Clear Care Online.  Let’s discuss a few ways a home care system makes keeping up with social engagements and read more »

The Health Risks of Obesity in Seniors

Sep 4, 2014

In years past, the majority of seniors were more concerned about being underweight than overweight.  However, as the number of elderly obese continues to rise, this trend is clearly changing.  According to estimates from the Congressional Research Service, if current patterns continue, nearly half of the elderly population will be obese by the year 2030.  Why are the elderly at risk for becoming overweight? And what can family members and caregivers to do encourage healthy living habits?  The Obesity Epidemic There are many circumstances that factor into why seniors become overweight, such as loss of mobility and a less active lifestyle.  Elderly persons who live in assisted living facilities or retirement communities are often offered large portioned, calorie-rich meals.  Seniors read more »

Equipping Your Home Care Agency to Meet Growing Demands

Sep 3, 2014

Home care is more popular today than ever before.  More than 90 percent of seniors desire to live at home as they age, and are looking for reliable home care services to help them do so.  Becoming a leader in the home care industry means keeping up with the changing times and making appropriate adjustments to maximize your agency’s potential.  One of the most innovative resources available for home care agencies is a home care system and home care software such as ClearCare Online.  Let’s discuss three ways a dependable home care system would help your business keep up with growing demands. Instant updates and record keeping.  Rather than tediously tracking daily activities on paper, ClearCare Online’s home care software read more »

Help for Caregiving Spouses

Sep 2, 2014

A recent report by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital Fund discovered that family caregivers caring for a spouse or partner struggle to get by with significantly less help in the home than other types of caregivers. Although caring for a spouse has certain advantages, it has its fair share of disadvantages as well.  Spousal caregivers often experience high levels of stress, since they live with the person they are caring for.  Without any breaks, caregivers can easily burn out.  Fortunately, there are alternatives available, such as homecare systems and homecare software like ClearCare Online. Homecare systems like this offer a supportive solution for caregivers who need the occasional break. The Challenges of Spousal Caregiving Studies show read more »

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 »

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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.