ClearCare: Helping you care for others

Planning a Stress-Free Family Thanksgiving

Oct 20, 2014

The holidays are a time for joy and celebration. At least, that is what the holidays should be.  Unfortunately for many seniors, the holiday season brings stress and anxiety with it.  From planning dinner parties to arranging for house guests, Thanksgiving can easily become overwhelming.  This is especially true for seniors, who may not manage stress as well as they used to. Family members and caregivers can follow a few guidelines to help the seniors in their life enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving and holiday season. By keeping careful notes in a home care system or home care software, caregivers can easily tailor their care to each senior client. Thanksgiving Day Tips Holiday get-togethers can be stressful, confusing, and depressing for read more »

Homecare Systems Can Help Keep Seniors At Home

Oct 17, 2014

Nursing homes provide quality care to many elderly and disabled individuals, but research proves the majority of people prefer home care.  When seniors are allowed to remain in their own homes, it often affords them an increased sense of dignity and a better quality of life.  Despite the many advantages of in-home care, many aging Americans are still being placed in nursing homes unnecessarily.  How can families help their loved ones who are capable of living independently avoid nursing homes? Homecare systems like ClearCare Online are helping more seniors stay living comfortably at home.  Unlike nursing homes, which often provide little to no transparency when it comes to patient care, ClearCare Online’s homecare software used by a reputable homecare agency read more »

Helping Seniors Through the Grieving Process

Oct 15, 2014

As we grow older, we begin facing our number one enemy: death.  Typically, we don’t fear death just for ourselves, but for our loved ones as well.  Losing a loved one – especially a spouse – is incredibly painful for the elderly.  It may take years before a grieving spouse feels a lessening of the sadness and devastation.  While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain and depression that comes with losing a loved one.  The senior may never really get over his loss, but he can accept his new reality and begin to enjoy life again.  As a caregiver, you play an integral role in helping your senior read more »

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 »

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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.