Archive for January, 2013

New Numbers on Elder Care

Here at AmeriCare Georgia we pride ourselves on providing quality care to your loved ones as they age in place. Caregiving can be an exhausting responsibility for family members and friends- fortunately we are here to help!

The New York Times has summarized a recent study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that asked about a key activity for millions of people- elder care. The numbers reveal a staggering number of people involved in the process of care. In the past three months, 39.8 million people over age 15 have provided unpaid care to someone over the age of 65 “because of a condition related to aging.”

Further findings show that between 22 and 23 percent of those ages 45 to 64 identified themselves as elder care providers, along with 16 percent of those over age 65. Almost a third of them are taking care of two older people or more. And 23 percent also had a minor child in their households that required care.

Family caregiving has been a subterranean activity for a long time, unpaid, usually unmeasured, and unfortunately often unappreciated. Feeling the pressure of looking after your aging loved ones can impact your life in many ways- influencing work, childcare, and personal satisfaction.personal_care

We founded AmeriCare Georgia on the principles of taking on these responsibilities of caring for and ensuring comfort and safety of your aging loved ones.

Hear from some of our clients and how AmeriCare Georgia has made such a positive impact not only on their aging loved ones’ lives, but on theirs’ as well!

“I can wholeheartedly recommend AmeriCare Georgia. I was so impressed with their promptness and professionalism. Every phone call was returned in a timely manner. And I was even able to get a caregiver for my 85 year-old father-in-law within one day!  Their caregivers were perfect matches for our loved one.  Everyone on the staff is friendly, caring, knowledgeable and helpful. I received many follow-up phone calls along the way during my father-in-law’s care. This is especially helpful and comforting when you’re trying to care for someone out-of-state.  They made me feel like he was the most important patient to them. They always were aware of his need and our family’s personal concerns.   Check lists for care were completed and conscientiously performed.  The range of care that AmeriCare Georgia offers is amazing- we are currently using them for the second time!” –Denise Martin

“My brother was in a terrible automobile accident in April. The accident left him paralyzed below the shoulders. After 8 months in 4 different hospitals he is finally home living with me! While he was in the hospital I was making all the necessary contacts for us to be prepared for his arrival home. After speaking with numerous people in the industry it was evident that AmeriCare Georgia was the first choice for assistance with home care needs. I contacted the owner Doug Lueder directly and after our first conversation I was confident that I would use their services. Doug is an honest, dependable, caring, motivated and responsible owner with lots of love and passion for what he does. Doug could relate to all I was going through as he has had a similar experience with his brother. Doug went above and beyond his responsibility to ensure I was well prepared when my brother arrived home. Doug provided me with contacts for handicapped accessible vans and programs that are available to help with some of the cost. Doug calls me weekly just to check in and make sure everything is going well. We have employed one of his caregivers Monday through Friday 24 hours a day and it is going great with no issues. If you want a caring and responsible company to assist you with any home care needs I would recommend calling Americare Georgia first as they will not let you down. Thank you Americare Georgia for all that you have done for me and my family in this time of need. I could not have done it all without Doug’s guidance and expertise.” –John Black

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January 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

2013 Flu Season Key Notes

Recent CDC data shows that the flu struck early this season, shooting up in December when it usually peaks in January, and it struck hard (already widespread in 47 states).

According to FLU.gov, 90 percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.  Because your immune system weakens as you age, people ages 65 and older are even more susceptible to developing the flu.

The CDC has released their “What You Should Know for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season”. Here are a few key points we took from the Q & As that hold valuable advice and precautions for you and your aging loved ones to take!APTOPIX Flu Season_Cala

How well is the vaccination working this season?

The CDC conducts studies each year to determine how well the vaccine protects against illness. Findings from early data show that the 2013 vaccine is reducing the risk of not having to go to the doctor for influenza by 60 percent for vaccinated people.

Are vaccinations still available?

Yes! For this season, manufacturers projected that they would produce 135 million doses of flu vaccine. Although more than 128 million doses have been distributed, there are still some available- the sooner the better!

A blog post posted in early 2012 gave some insight on immunizations for the elderly and other steps that they should take in order to ensure the best health possible during this winter season. AmeriCare Georgia Director of Nursing Karen Rawls summarizes some of her recommendations.

  • First and foremost, understand the effectiveness of frequently washing your hands and get in the habit of doing so.
  • Give elderly more nutrients, not needles. Older people have often have inadequate diets, and unfortunately with aging and illness comes the increase necessity for vital nutrients.
  • Increase intake of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Selenium, and Zinc. Build immune systems by ensuring plenty of sleep and a diet full of fruits and vegetables.

January 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

New Year’s Resolutions for Aging Loved Ones and Their Families

Happy New Year from AmeriCare Georgia!

The time has come again to set some resolutions as we enter a new year full of fresh beginnings and opportunities. With 2013 upon us, many of us take on resolutions, hoping to better our lives this year.  We at AmeriCare Georgia challenge you to focus on making resolutions that involve maintaining and maybe even improving your physical, mental, and social health.

New Year’s resolutions made together by a family can be especially important for the seniors. By helping each other, you each gain a greater sense of purpose, which can be very meaningful to someone who is growing older.

Here are some great resolutions written by Jack Cross from Wickedlocal.com to consider as you plan out 2013 with your aging loved ones. These resolutions will help keep you connected, in touch, and in tune with each other throughout the year.

  • Plan to eat regular nourishing meals- It is never too late to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Take advantage of this new year by planning to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, and encourage others to do so as well. Take weekly walks with your aging loved ones, and if they live far away, plan to take walks at the same time and talk on the phone!
  • Increase social contacts- Making new friends can be easy, no matter the age! Get involved with your aging loved ones in activities that will allow them to be social- like planning a small gathering with neighbors!elderly20ladies-11
  • Get tech savvy- Believe it or not, seniors are the fastest growing segment of computer users. If the seniors in your life do not yet have a computer, now is the time to expand their horizons. Communicating, trading pictures, and video chatting are all great ways to truly stay connected, and learning something new helps to exercise the brain.
  • Consider getting help if necessary- This resolution may not be fun, however it is important to set standards of care as family members age. Start forming plans within the family as to who will be responsible for what and available options (such as in-home care services through AmeriCare Georgia!).
  • Clean the house- De-cluttering is not a daunting task if done together. Make some time in the next few months to identify items that are no longer needed and arrange to give them to family, friends, or charity.

Involving your aging loved one in 2013 resolutions will help everyone involved reach their goals and create a common bond that cannot be broken! Happy 2013!

January 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment


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