Difficulty of Releasing Independence

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The aging process is difficult, no matter the circumstances. Our appearance begins to change, our bodies become more fragile, our sight and hearing slowly alter and we tire much more easily. Although 87 percent of those 65+ prefer to age in their home (AARP 2014), it is often difficult to release their independence and ask for help. How can we play a supportive role for our loved ones while not interfering with their independence? A discussion must be had in order for a consensus to be met. Starting this conversation early with your loved one is a proactive approach to maintaining their health. We have curated a list of helpful ways to provide help while allowing independence to continue existing.

 

1)    Let your loved one know that they are not a burden for their aging. We all age, we all need help (no matter our age). As a family, we are committed to the health, betterment and independence of our loved ones, no matter the emotional cost.

2)    Ask your loved one to relay the day to day difficulties they are currently facing. This way, they are discussing their independence issues instead of the family ‘attacking’ their new methods of independence.

3)    Once the difficulties are on pen and paper, decide who can help doing what and when. Are there any gaps in the capacity of the family to provide the care he/she needs? If so…

4)    Consider hiring a Home Health Care agency to provide the more difficult tasks such as medication management and bathing. Oxford HealthCare can walk you through every step of a personalized Home Care plan for your loved one.

5)    Have a second discussion with your loved one to outline the possibility of a stranger entering their home to benefit their health and boost their independence. Our Home Health Aides are extremely qualified, kind, and compassionate with complete background checks; therefore, your loved one will have nothing to worry about.

6)    Provide positive reinforcement by explaining the ease and comfort that will be replenished in your loved one’s life. Their home will be clean, groceries purchased and company will be had weekly.

7)    Lastly, remember to focus on the fact that independence does not mean one must do all things alone. After all, we’ve all leaned one one another to complete our tasks since the beginning of time. Team efforts provide the happiest environments.

 

If you have any questions, concerns or would like a free home consultation, please call Oxford HealthCare today at (918)258-1111. We will help you to outline a personalized home care plan the whole family can agree upon and find peace within.

The Benefits of Minimum 4 Hour Home Visits

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When receiving home health care, the longer the visit, the more that can be accomplished. At Oxford HealthCare, we recommend at minimum, a 4 hour visits to ensure your loved one’s tasks are completed thoroughly, with the highest notion of attention to detail and care. When visits are shorter, our aides must prioritize their tasks, often leaving the cleaning and socialization behind in order to ensure groceries are purchased, medication management is accurate and bathing is completed. We strive to provide the best services in the area and believe longer visits will bring more happiness to the whole family.

With a minimum 4-hour visit, we guarantee each service requested will be completed to the highest standard.  A 4-hour morning or afternoon visit is ideal for those needing minimal support to continue living in the comforts of their own home. During an 8am-12 noon shift, an aide can assist with tasks such as: breakfast, morning hygiene routine, errands, housekeeping, medication reminders, and lunch. During an afternoon 4-hour visit, from 1pm-5pm, an aide can assist with lunch, medication reminder, errands, housekeeping, socialization, dinner, and bed routine. Most importantly, the longer time frame allots for socialization. Our Home Health Aide and your loved one will have the time to converse, play cards, watch television or start a puzzle.  

At Oxford, we pride ourselves on providing the ultimate hospitality in the home of your loved one. We believe socialization is a large responsibility of ours, and we strive to connect our aides with your loved ones as often as possible. Social isolation is a major issue negatively affecting the elderly. Our wish is to ensure that your loved one feels important, comfortable, and loved; this is why we recommend the minimum 4-hour visit. 

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!