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06 October 2014

Preparing for "The Fall"

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Preventing Trips & Topples

I know it’s hard to tell sometimes living in South Florida, but with the arrival of holiday décor in our local shops and supermarkets it’s safe to say we are officially in the fall season. So what better time than now to touch on one of the biggest dangers to the senior population: the risk of falling.

07 May 2014

It Hasn't Killed Me Yet

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Should seniors care about their nutritional & physical choices?

"We pondered life an death
He light a cigarette
He said "These dang things will kill me yet;"

                                         - "People Are Crazy" Billy Currington 

 So goes the second chorus of a popular song by country singer Billy Currington about his run in with an "old man" in a bar. It's not an unfamiliar sentiment, certainly Billy didn't come up with it because I've heard many individuals myself rationalize what they suspect may be harmful by saying "hasn't killed me yet." Or has it?

 

03 April 2014

Everyone Isn't for Everybody

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“Now let’s talk a little bit about the type of caregiver who will be coming to your home.” It’s a phrase I offer with some hesitation as I’m sitting in the living room or on the patio of a family’s home who has contacted us about the potential to refer in-home care to their parents and/or loved one.

I always quickly try to add to that “You know, some personality traits or preferences? Like do you do well with someone who is more talkative or maybe more reserved, proactive versus someone more prone to wait for direction?”

Psycho-social matching is one of the key distinctions in home care services my company prides itself on, but phrased the wrong way you can swiftly find yourself backed into a corner with a tall order that can only possibly be filled with a prayer, a wish and some dust from the home care fairy herself. Obviously with good reason as most families desire the world in an individual they’re going to entrust the care of their loved one to.

13 February 2014

Pet Therapy & Aging

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Pet Therapy & Aging

Many seniors in today’s fast paced society often find themselves feeling left behind and lonely. Especially those dealing with an illness or diagnoses that may leave them home bound. Depression can sometimes set in as a result of these feelings of seclusion, especially in individuals that once led generally active lifestyles.

Researchers today are looking towards a new type of therapy and it isn’t talk, physical or occupational. Pet therapy has been shown to improve the moods of seniors and on occasion even the behaviors of those affected with a disease like Alzheimer/dementia.

10 August 2013

5 Tips to Introduce the Idea of Home Care

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One of the most rewarding and sometimes challenging aspects of my position here at VIP America is when I’m given the opportunity to meet with a family or potential client to complete a new client assessment. Sometimes the transition into Home Care is quite smooth. All the members involved, (potential client, spouse, family, health professionals, friends etc.) are on the same page and the assessment is completed and care instituted swiftly and without hiccup.

Other times a call will come into our Intake/Insurance specialist in which the initial inquiry into home care is made with trepidation and great concern. The free assessment is scheduled and I find myself meeting with a potential client and their family member(s) who has only just found out that they may be receiving home care or in some cases have no idea why I’m there at all. In this instance, when the idea of home care or additional help is suddenly sprung on the individual the transition into receiving assistance in their home does not always go quite as smoothly.

01 August 2013

The VIP Difference

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You have probably heard it said that life is a series of seasons. Some bring pleasant changes and others prove to be more challenging. One season in life that most individuals will face is a phase in which you or your loved one may find it necessary to bring in a little extra help.

VIP America, LLC is a licensed State of Florida nurse registry that has been serving Southeast and Southwest Florida since 1997. We understand the growing need our local population faces for quality in home care. Our community is faced with a growing number of geriatric aged residents who find themselves in need of additional help in their homes on a regular or semi-regular basis. Tasks that once seemed common-place daily routines are now more of a chore to complete. VIP America is able to refer to these individuals quality caregivers who will be able to assist the individual in staying independent in their own home.

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