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San Antonio Senior Home Care Assistance for Family Caregivers

In-home care assistance in San Antonio is available for those in need of assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), or for family caregivers who may need a break, or additional help, in caring for their loved one.

Non-medical home care agencies provide assistance with ADLs, which require no medical intervention. These activities include supervision and assistance with personal care, such as bathing and dressing, feeding, companionship and light household tasks.

When choosing an agency or provider, if you do not have any family and friends that can provide you with a referral, call a couple of agencies to gather information about their services and fees. If possible, it is best to schedule a meeting with the agency representative to discuss your situation in more detail.

Consider the following for San Antonio In-Home Care:

-What do the fees include? What is not included?
-Are the professional caregivers accustomed to working with a particular illness or health condition?
-Are all employees bonded (fingerprinted)?
-How are emergencies handled? Are backups provided?
-How is the staff supervised?
-How is the staff trained?
-Does the staff receive dementia training? (if applicable)
-How is billing handled?
-What are the minimum hours of service (per shift, day, week)?
-Are there any sleeping/meal requirements for 24 hr care? (if applicable)

Generally, agencies in the San Antonio area can range from $13 to $20 per hour. If your loved one needs assistance 24 hours per day, sometimes known as a “live-in” home care, prices may range from $150 to $250 per 24-hour period.

It’s important to note that non-medical home care (also known as helping seniors) is not covered by Medicare or other commercial insurance policies (i.e. PacifiCare, Secure Horizons, etc). Some services may be covered by long term care insurance, review your policy for details. Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance usually cover the cost of visits from a Physician, RN or therapist (if ordered by a Physician). Services must be provided by a Medicare certified Home Health agency.

Another alternative to hiring an agency is to hire an individual, which may be more affordable and can work well, but be very careful who you choose. Agencies are typically recommended due to their ability to provide worker’s compensation insurance, bonded employees and replacements if your regular professional caregiver should become ill or unavailable.

A Quick and Easy Recipe for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

Caregivers of dementia patients often encounter a different set of obstacles when it comes to food and food preparation. The loss of motor skills and overall mental breakdown that occurs in dementia patients can make eating unpleasant, make cutlery difficult to use, and even make patients dislike foods they used to enjoy. Simplicity and flexibility are often two traits that caretakers must learn to adopt when providing meals for these patients.

Patients at a partner location (heartwood seniors in San antonio) offers memory care and assisted living patients easy and fun recipes to try weekly.

Finger foods can be the perfect solution to many of the obstacles encountered by caregivers of dementia patients. Serving items like bread, fruits, vegetables, and crackers allow patients to choose the foods that are most appealing to them and eat completely on their own.

Finger foods also allow the patient with dementia to have several small meals or snacks everyday rather than larger meals. And if the timing of food is a challenge, finger foods are easy to put in Tupperware and save for later.

Here’s one easy finger food recipe that is a great variation of a sandwich and make a great finger-friendly snack, lunch, or dinner:

Bread roll-ups:

Ingredients:

  • Bread (wheat or white)
  • Butter
  • Soft cheese or pâté

Directions

First, cut the crust off of the bread and then spread with a light layer of butter. Next, spread with soft cheese or any other soft, sticky spread. Finally, take a corner of the bread and, like the title, roll it up.

Information from the Food for Thought Project by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom.