ClearCare: Helping you care for others

Could Your Loved One Be Evicted from Their Nursing Home?

Jul 29, 2014   //   Comment

Many families go to considerable trouble to find a nursing home facility for their loved one, move them in and help them get settled.  Once a person has become adjusted to life in a nursing home, a forced eviction can be devastating.  Sadly, nursing home evictions are common.  Why does this happen? And how can your loved ones avoid such a troublesome fate? For starters, consider home care as a safer alternative.  Since the development of homecare systems and homecare software, such as provided by ClearCare Online, countless seniors are able to enjoy living comfortably at home. How Common are Nursing Home Evictions? Although there is no concrete data available, formal complaints of eviction practices have almost tripled in the read more »

Tips for Seniors Coping with Dialysis

Jul 23, 2014   //   Comment

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   //   Comment

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   //   Comment

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   //   Comment

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   //   Comment

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   //   Comment

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 »

Hallucinations in the Elderly

Jun 17, 2014   //   Comment

A hallucination is defined as an abnormal sensory perception – typically auditory or visual – that occurs when a person is awake and conscious. Basically, a person experiencing a hallucination sees or hears something that is not there.  A hallucination can also involve the other senses, although this is rare.  While individuals may hallucinate for a variety of reasons, there are a few common causes that specifically affect the elderly.  Seniors who suffer from hallucinations may become easily scared or agitated and should not be left alone.  A qualified in-home caregiver who uses a reliable homecare system or homecare software such as ClearCare Online can recognize the symptoms of a hallucination and react quickly to give necessary aid. Common Causes read more »

What Kind of Caregiver is Right for Your Loved One?

Jun 5, 2014   //   Comment

The time has come for your family to discuss elder care options.  Perhaps an injury or illness has prompted the conversation, or you are dutifully preparing for the future.  Hiring an in-home caregiver is a challenging process and should be performed with considerable diligence.  Whether you work with an agency or hire an independent caregiver, transparency and supervision is critical.  A powerful home care system or home care software like ClearCare Online will give your family real-time visibility to patient point-of-care, which brings incomparable peace of mind. Deciding on an In-Home Caregiver Create a description of what you are specifically looking for in a caregiver and discuss exactly what care is to be provided with your physician, family members or read more »

The Importance of Regular Exercise for Seniors

Jun 4, 2014   //   Comment

As we grow older it often becomes more challenging to maintain an active lifestyle, but it becomes even more crucial that we do so.  Regular exercise helps us keep in shape, boosts our mood and energy levels, and may even prolong our life.  Studies show that exercise may improve mental alertness and memory, as well as lower a person’s risk for heart disease, certain cancers, and other serious health conditions.  Exercising doesn’t have to be hard, so don’t worry if you think it’s beyond your capabilities.  Anyone can maintain a regular exercise routine and reap the benefits. Why Start Now? It’s never too late to start exercising.  Even if you’ve led a sedentary lifestyle until now, you can still make 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.