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Home Care: Medication Safety in Older Adults

7 Questions to Ask when a doctor prescribes a new medication.
Medication Safety should be a top concern among seniors and their families. Partners in Senior Care provides medication reminders to seniors who receive in home care from a Partners in Senior Care caregiver. It's important that medication is taken as prescribed.

Here are some facts, so we understand how very important this is for everyone, especially the senior population.

67% of Americans over 50 years of age take an average of 4 prescription drugs daily—that’s an average! So, many are taking greater than 4 prescription drugs daily. Many of these prescription drugs are taken are taken more than once a day.

Older American use many OTC medications: low dose aspirin, vitamins, and calcium. Just to name a few!

Obviously, the more pills one takes, the greater the margin of error.
We have provided several resources to assist seniors and their families. Here is a powerpoint and link to a webinar on medication safety.

In this webinar on medication safety, Trisha Menoni, RN, BSN, refers to the following handouts:

Keep these handy when speaking with your doctor about your loved ones care. And if you know a senior who could benefit from a caregiver providing them with medication reminders throughout the day, call Partners in Senior Care for a free in-home consultation at 847-548-1330.

Health & Resource Fair at DesPlaines Frisbie Senior Center

Visit me at the DesPlaines Frisbie Senior Center for their annual Annual Health, Housing and Resource Fair October 12, 2016.

I love to attend senior fairs. It's such a highlight of my position here at Partners in Senior Care. I love to talk about how home care can help seniors remain as independent as possible for as long as possible at home. Everyone wants to age at home. Partners in Senior Care can help, after all, it’s our family taking care of your family. Sometimes seniors believe that if they rely on a caregiver for assistance, they will lose their independence. Nothing can be further from the truth. A caregiver can help prevent the crisis that may send a senior to the hospital or emergency room.

Look for my resource table. I will have lots of information on hand to help seniors make informed decisions about home care. Assistance with dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders or just caring companionship – as few as four hours a day - will help seniors stay healthy and engaged at home. We can even help when a senior has been discharged home after surgery. Read More...

Lunch & Learn Webinar: Talking to Your Doctor: Taking an active role in your health.

How well you and your doctor talk to each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. But, talking to your doctor isn’t always easy. It takes time and effort on your part as well as your doctor’s.

Join us Wednesday, September 15, 2016 from 12PM -12:30PM when Trisha Menoni from Partners in Senior Care discusses tips you can use today to regain control of your health.

Here's the link to join:

Click here to download the presentation & additional handouts.

Home Care: A Person is More than a Disease

In the course of the 13+ years, we have taken care of thousands of patients. Greater than 50% of the clients we care for have a primary diagnosis of dementia and that could be Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, frontal lobe dementia, or even Lewy Body dementia. We have also taken care of clients who had a stroke, congestive heart failure, COPD, cancer, Parkinson's (check out our special training for the needs of the Parkinson's Patient), ALS and diabetes. Read More...

Know a Veteran who needs Home Care?

1 in 3 seniors in this country is a veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran.
If you know a senior who served during wartime (WW2, Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf War) - or their surviving spouse and they need a caregiver – they may be eligible for a unique benefit through the VA called “Aid and Attendance.” This benefit provides funding - up to $25,000 annually to help keep loved ones safe and comfortable with home care.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July from Partners in Senior Care!

Independence.  The word means different things at different times in our lives.  The first time you were allowed to cross the street on your own or bike to the park by yourself.  Your drivers license.  Your first paycheck. Your first car. The first evening alone in your first apartment.  Your first date night with your husband without kids.  The day you become an empty nester - you hope. These are all incredible milestones of freedom and independence. And we remember every one of them.

Bringing Healthcare Home

A colleague forwarded me this article about bringing health care home. That is exactly what Partners in Senior Care’s professional Geriatric Care Managers do! We know our client’s baseline mental status, their aging wishes and how to access services for them in their homes (or with only minimal hospital stays). Home care is a “win-win” for everyone—it costs less and the patient is happier!

Back to School

Back to school. For many, these three words bring back so many memories. Freshly sharpened pencils in your grandad’s old cigar box, a dime a day for milk, the lazy walk home after school. But for those in the sandwich generation, back to school could mean increased anxiety. Making sure an elderly parent gets a flu shot. Shuffling grandchildren to and from activities for their working parents. Planning the upcoming fall trip to New England for a 40th wedding anniversary. Our sandwich generation is quickly becoming a Panini generation - grilled and fried! Read More...

Senior Connection

The Senior Connection

It's simple! "Caring for clients the same way we would want someone to care for our family"

That is the simple philosophy on which Patricia Menoni founded Partners in Senior Care, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary in April.

Skin Care and Aging

Skin Care and Aging

Taking care of your skin is just as important in the winter. Download our resource here.

Home Care for Pulmonology Patients

Have a loved one with COPD or CHF? You want them to enjoy the highest quality of life for as long as possible. So does Partners in Senior Care. That is why we choose to exceed the IDPH standards for private duty care as a Home Services and Home Nursing Agency:
• RN supervisory visits every month
• Individualized Plan of Care based on underlying disease process
• Caregiver education by a Nurse Educator
• 20 hours of Continuing Education of caregivers annually.

Home Care Chicagoland: Partners in Senior Care Receives “Best of Home Care - Provider of Choice 2013” Award

Grayslake, IL – January 21, 2013 – Partners in Senior Care today announced that it has been recognized with Home Care Pulse’s “Best of Home Care - Provider of Choice” distinction. An agency recognized as a Provider of Choice is best-in-class for quality care. Their client satisfaction scores rank in the top 95th percentile nationally in one or more categories. These scores are based on monthly third-party phone interviews with the agency’s clients, conducted by Home Care Pulse. Partners in Senior Care is now ranked among a select few of the best agencies in the country. Read More...