Family Contribution Payment Plan


Oxford HealthCare: the longstanding, dependable sunshine of healthcare. Uniting families in times of need with around the clock service and smiles. Guiding you every step along the way, we are here to keep your loved one safe, independent and happy in the comforts of their own home.

Paying for the comfort and happiness of your loved one should not be a topic of stress. That’s why here at Oxford we have a multitude of payment plans and professional guidance to keep your family bonds strong and your pocketbooks plentiful. When Medicaid, Medicare and other outside funding are not viable for your family, other options are available.

Here, we will outline and guide you through successful payment plan involving the whole family. Pooling funds from the entire family is a very viable, yet often overlooked, option. When the entirety of the family is involved emotionally and voluntarily, everyone’s stress levels decrease.  Each member contributes in coordination with his or her proper income.

First, one family member will be selected as the ‘Organizer.’ They will be in charge of monetary collection to pay the bills. Eventually, this person’s role will evolve into the beneficiary for the family member being cared for.

Second, the contributions of each family member shall be assessed in accordance with their income. This maintains everyone’s stress levels at a minimum whilst ensuring comfort and independence for the whole family.

Third, the family can create a payment plan. Whether monthly or annually, the accumulation of funds can be decided upon facilitating the interests of everyone involved, keeping the aging process as light and whole hearted as possible for your loved one.

We have experienced nothing but success with families who choose the ‘family contribution’ payment plan. Give us a call today and we can walk you all the way! (918)258-1111

Check out our Family Contribution Plan Video below. You can also view all of our educational videos on our YouTube Channel! (Oxford HealthCare)


How to Choose a Private Services Home Care Company

There are few who know the options available to care for your loved one in their home until a need for help arises.  Sometimes the need for a care giver in the home happens quickly, however, often times the need is there and most don’t reach out until they are exhausted and are not able to juggle all that life demands.

It seems like a daunting task.  Between television and radio ads there seems to be hundreds of options.  So, how do you choose a company that you can trust to take care of your loved one?

Following are a few tips that can help you evaluate and find the right Private Services Home Care Company:

·       How long has the company been providing services in your community?

·       Is the owner local and available if needed?

·       Is the company accredited by an outside entity like Joint Commission?

·       Does a Registered Nurse develop the Care Plan and make regular supervisory visits?

·       Does the company include family members in the care planning process?

·       Is the company available for emergencies 24/7?

·       Does the provider furnish written statements about the cost of providing the recommended services outlined in the care plan?

·       How are employees screened and selected for employment?

·       Are home care aides trained and skills checked by a registered nurse?

·       Are employees bonded?

Asking these questions will narrow your choices considerably.  Private Services Home Care Companies can be an excellent option to get your life back on track while still providing the care you can when you can.

To inquire about Oxford HealthCare private services give us a call today.  Our “PathFinder to Care” will answer all of your questions and help you obtain the services you need.

 

918-258-1111

www.oxford-healthcare.com


Steve Goforth, a native Tulsan, is the President and Owner of Oxford HealthCare.  Mr. Goforth started Oxford HealthCare 25 years ago to help people maintain their independence at home as long as possible with support and assistance.  Oxford cares for over 2,000 clients per week in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the surrounding area.

8 Ways to Fight Allergies in the Elderly

Seasonal allergies often sneak up on us and cause large discomfort. Taking control of your loved one’s allergies to prevent future illness can greatly boost their comfort levels. There are various precautionary measures you can take to maintain your loved one’s health and wellness; we will discuss some serious pointers below!

1.     Know their symptoms — itchy eyes, a scratchy throat, a stuffy nose, and coughing are the leading symptoms. If they begin exemplifying these symptoms, take action immediately.

2.     Visit the physician — make an appointment with your loved one’s physician as soon as possible in order to discuss the options you have at hand to subtle the effects of allergies.

3.     Prevent the use of antihistamines — the elderly does not benefit from antihistamines as the younger population does due to the medications side effects, such as drowsiness, confusion and dizziness. Instead, get a prescribed medication from a doctor.

4.     Change up your diet — increase your consumption of apples, walnuts, leafy greens, ginger and anything high in Vitamin C content.

5.     Sweeten your meals with local honey — local honey has higher percentages of the pollen present in the community, acting as a natural antibiotic against seasonal allergies. Make a peanut butter and honey sandwich, sweeten your coffee or tea with honey, or eat a spoonful of honey in the morning!

6.     Wear sunglasses — sunglasses act as a blocking force, permitting less pollen to agitate your eyes.

7.     Wash your hands frequently — this will decrease the transfer of pollen from your hands to your face, lowering the uncomfortable symptoms allergies bring with them.

8.     Dry your laundry inside — this will prevent the excessive transfer of allergens from outside to inside the home.

Remember to keep tabs on your loved one and their health as the seasons change. The elder population is most susceptible to illness as we move into the fall/winter seasons. Take charge and keep your loved one healthy, happy and comfortable this year!

6 Points for the Discussion of Revoking Driving Privileges

      Slowly revoking your loved ones independence is a trialing, emotional task. One of the hardest facets of maintaining their safety while decreasing their independence revolves around the driving question: “When is it no longer safe for my parent to drive?”. Some questions you may not have answers for on this topic include: When is it no longer safe for them to drive? How do I approach the conversation? How do I ensure they remain calm and listen to my worries about their safety? How do I prevent offending them? We have many years of experience on this topic, and we are here to help!

     If you believe their motor skills are beginning to decline, start allowing them to drive when you run errands with them. This will allow you to fully observe their driving skills and make a more informed decision as to when the discussion should take place. This will also prevent your loved one from getting as aggravated that you ‘do not know what you are talking about.’  After a few test runs, after the observances have been made and you have decided they are no longer fit to drive, how do you bring up the conversation?

1.)   Prepare yourself for the conversation by preparing your mood; remember to stay calm, loving and caring throughout the discussion. Do not raise your voice or attempt to not argue when the conversation gets tough.

2.)   Schedule the conversation in advance, in a neutral place, such as a coffee shop. This will help your loved one to be prepared so that they are not caught off guard.

3.)   Start the conversation by explaining how dearly you love them, that you are only looking out for their safety, that you understand how important their independence is and that you are only attempting to help maintain their independence by preventing unnecessary injuries via car crashes.

4.)   Present them a game plan for how they will be able to transport themselves from point A to point B without their own vehicle. Look into the options Uber provides, check to see if any driving services are available for seniors in your area. Speak with your family members about when they are free and available to help your loved one.

5.)   Assure your loved one that they will not become socially isolated at home without their vehicle. Schedule weekly dinners with friends, family and neighbors so that they continue to have engagements to look forward to.

6.)   Remember to stay calm and loving throughout the conversation. Put yourself in their shoes by understanding how difficult this conversation must be for them.

    These talks will certainly be difficult, preparation is key. Preparation will ensure the conversation goes smoothly, feelings are not hurt, and success is achieved by the end of the difficult talk. 

Winter is Coming

Are you prepared? Have you assisted your elderly loved one or neighbor in preparing their home for the cold? It is especially important to safeguard your loved one’s home from the frosty flakes of winter, as they are more fragile and have difficulties in the tasks we continue to complete with ease. For your aide, we have compiled a checklist to ensure they are comfortable in their home as the weather begins to change.

1)    Check to make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed to ensure no extra cold air gets through the cracks. Apply new caulking to cracks. If windows are too cold, hang a thick blanket or buy thicker curtains to trap the cold air.

2)    Get thermostats checked to ensure they will properly heat the house.

3)    Rake the leaves and shovel the snow on all sidewalks and driveways to prevent falls. Also check the gutters to maintain their functionality.

4)    Does your loved one have enough warm blankets? Consider buying a heated blanket for their bed to keep them warm throughout the night.

5)    Clear the fireplace of all flammable materials near and far. Have someone come out and clean the chimney so the fireplace works without a hitch! *Buy a fire extinguisher for their home.

6)    Encourage your loved one to eat healthy, hearty, warm foods and drink warm beverages to maintain their body heat and strength. Take them shopping for the proper nutrition.

7)    Stay on top of their bills to save them money and ensure their hot water and heat never turn off.

8)    Buy your loved one non-slip boots to prevent falls. Have him or her try on their winter coat. If it no longer fits, take them to purchase a new one.

Winter is no joke in Oklahoma! As we know, the snow and ice storms can hit unexpectedly. The best way to ensure your loved ones comfort and safety this winter is to prepare early!