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Using Home Care Software to Help Care for Seniors with Depression

Sep 29, 2014

For some seniors, the “golden years” may not be so golden.  As we age, we face a number of challenging situations that can be stressful, sad, or frightening.  Everything from retirement decisions to health problems to losing loved ones can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.  Depression may also be caused by a chemical imbalance.  Whatever the underlying reason for depression is, rest assured; there is a reason.  Depression is not just an ordinary part of growing older that seniors should simply accept.  There are many effective treatments and therapies, as well as numerous ways homecare systems and homecare software can help monitor and manage senior depression. Homecare Software Makes Medication Management Easy One of the most important aspects read more »

The ART of Homecare Software

Sep 24, 2014

The number of seniors requiring home care is steadily increasing.  For example, within 30 years, the number of California seniors over the age of 85 – the age group most likely to use an in-home caregiver – will more than triple to almost two million, growing eight times faster than the state’s population as a whole.  Have you given thought to how your agency will meet this challenge?  What plans do you have in place to expand your business and thrive among the competition?  Let’s take a look at the “ART” of homecare systems: three key ways ClearCare Online’s home care system and home care software can benefit your business and help you satisfy more clients. A is for Accountability read more »

Better Client-Caregiver Matching with Homecare Software

Sep 22, 2014

The right caregiver-client relationship can be extremely rewarding.  The lives of seniors can be significantly enriched when they spend time with a caregiver they enjoy being around.  When clients and caregivers are appropriately matched, conflicts and problems are radically reduced.  ClearCare Online understands how important the client-caregiver relationship is, and has developed a sophisticated homecare system to help agency administrators better match their caregivers and senior clients. The matching process may very well determine the success of the client-caregiver relationship, so reliable homecare software can be an invaluable tool in this regard. Using Homecare Software for Matching and Scheduling Satisfying caregiver-patient relationships do not happen automatically.  Not only should a senior’s caregiver be adequately trained to meet the client’s physical read more »

Homecare Software for Helping Seniors in Cancer Treatment

Sep 18, 2014

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, with an estimated 550,000 Americans dying every year.  Seniors over the age of 65 make up the largest population of individuals affected by cancer.  The encouraging news is that recent years have seen a small decline in the number of cancer deaths.  According to Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, author of A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, the decrease “largely reflects improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment.”  In addition, more cancer patients than ever before are coping with and recovering from cancer at home – rather than in a hospital or long-term care facility.  Many patients attribute this as one of the reasons for their success in beating cancer.  ClearCare read more »

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 »

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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.