Home Care Company that Cares

At River Oaks Home Care, we are dedicated to serving America’s seniors in a caring way, and helping to provide affordable home care services to clients.

If you’re experienced in the home healthcare industry, you’ve probably seen some of the codes of conduct and mission statements that companies frequently advertise. When you see these, it’s a good thing – it means that someone has thought about articulating why we do what we do, and what standards we hold our businesses to, for the sake of the clients and their families.

The context is that it’s important to treat seniors with decency and respect. We understand that those who we serve are in many ways vulnerable to outside forces in their lives. With that in mind, we have created a mission exemplified by the word “caring” that shows how we approach our services:

You can see this in a page on our web site. These principles guide our business philosophy: comfort, affection, respect, integrity, nurturing and generosity.

How do we live this out in operating our home healthcare services?

It starts with staff recruiting and training. We on-board people who understand their mission and the care that our customers require. We then retain these talented individuals to keep our ship functioning well.

We appreciate our staff, and make sure that they know that, and create a work environment that is positive and encouraging. That means a lot to our employees, but it also means a lot to our families because it is this kind of going the extra mile that assures quality. When companies cut corners or fail to reward good work, bad things can happen!

We also adhere to the professional code of ethics of the industry, and always look at how to apply best practices in our business operations.

From non-medical home care to specific kinds of care like Alzheimer’s and dementia care, our home health professionals work on this firm mandate. We understand that we are an arm of the caregiving community that supports families. So we keep in touch with families and understand their needs – we listen to seniors and family members and put together dedicated plans for customer care. We take the time to listen, and do the extra work to safeguard our seniors – because they deserve it!

All of this is incredibly important in today’s world, where frightening stories of nursing home abuse and other problems abound. At River Oaks Home Care, we are dedicated to making sure that none of these types of headlines threaten the security and well-being of our families. Take a look at everything that we offer on our web site and call us with any questions – we look forward to meeting your family and coming up with solutions to adequately support an aging family member in their home.

5 Advantages of Choosing In-Home Elder Care Services

As the life expectancy rate in America continues to grow, more and more families are facing issues related to caring for aging relatives. For a variety of reasons, there may come the point when it’s not feasible for a relative to take care of themselves. For many years, the only course of action for families in this situation was to place the relative in a nursing home. However, there are good reasons to consider using a health care service that comes to your relative. Here are five advantages to choosing in-home elder care services.

Specially Trained For At-Home Care

In-home elder care services use highly skilled professionals who are trained to help patients in environments outside of traditional hospital and nursing home settings. Aging in place creates unique challenges. To provide the level of care a patient needs, in-home care specialists are trained on how to handle the various issues that may arise  For some people, having someone around or on-call who can help with the age-related matters is all the patient needs to remain at home and keep their independence.

Individual Attention for Needs and Health Concerns

When placing their loved ones in managed care, it’s common for people to be concerned about how much personal attention they are receiving. These concerns are valid concerns since many facilities keep their minimum level of staff needed to meet state requirements. Traditional staffing levels at nursing homes make it hard for nurses to focus on an individual resident. With in-home care, the nurse can devote their entire attention to the patient and their needs.  When you use an in-home care service, like River Oaks Home Care, your relative has the same small team of nurses and caregivers. The individual care also makes it easier for the person to bond with their team of caregivers, which also provides healthy social interactions.

Person Gets to Remain in a Familiar Environment

The most significant benefit of in-home is keeping the patient in their old home. Older adults are justified in their desire to remain in the places where they have lived for years. A house is filled with memories and familiarity that a nursing home can’t replace, and it can be a hard adjustment for many people. By using in-home care services, there’s less disruption to the life of your loved one, and they don’t have to adjust to a new environment. They are near their friends, favorite restaurants, places of worship, etc. In-home care gives the patient more independence.

Reduced Risk of Infection

Something that is often overlooked when considering in-home versus managed care is the risk of infectious diseases. Nursing homes do everything they can to minimize the risk of germs spreading from person to person, but it’s impossible to prevent all vectors for illness. Whenever you put a large number of people in one space, it increases the risk of spreading germs. Besides the possible viruses from other residents of the nursing home, there are also the germs from staff and visitors to considers. The risk of death from seasonal cases of flu increases as someone ages. Compared to nursing homes, in-home care has significantly fewer opportunities for illnesses to spread.

Potentially Lower Costs.

Because you aren’t paying for a large facility and staff, in-home care services can be less expensive than nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Depending on the situation, you may only need to hire an in-home care specialist for specific times of day rather than have someone with your relative 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Many people overlook the option of in-home care for their aging relatives due to price concerns. However, as the number of qualified in-home nurses increased, the cost of in-home care has dropped, and more insurances are making paying for in-home care options. Depending on the services the patient needs, in-home elder care may be a less expensive option than moving your relative into a nursing home.

If you’re trying to decide on the best care option for family members with age-related health issues, the specialists at River Oaks Home Care can help you weigh the options.  Contact River Oaks Home Care to learn more about getting in-home health care services for your loved ones.

We are participating in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

End of Alzheimer’s starts with me!

River Oaks Homecare is participating in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday Nov. 11, 2017.

Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. This is  the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Donate or Join our team here: Team River Oaks Homecare

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer, and for those at higher-than-average risk for breast cancer. Read more from the link below :

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/american-cancer-society-recommendations-for-the-early-detection-of-breast-cancer.html

 

Culled up from the American Cancer Society Website (https://www.cancer.org/)

Our Care Transition Service

Our Care transition service

Our Care transition service ensures your loved ones are well received back home from hospitals and nursing homes. Why is it important to have our caregivers in place for this? The answer is simply to reduce hospital readmissions for our loved ones. We don’t want them going back on re-admissions again and being treated for the same thing. It also eases out stress within the family in general, knowing fully well you don’t have to worry brings peace of mind.  

Our main goal is to achieve a 100% recovery with our clients by making sure that the plan of care is followed, medication reminders are in place, preventing falls, and also ensuring that scheduled appointments with primary care physician visits are not missed.

If you or someone you love can benefit from our care transitions services (A family member can be employed to take care of you or your loved one), please give us a call at 267-755-7500.

Guest Blog: Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma cancer is a rare and very serious disease caused typically by long-time, long-ago occupational exposure to asbestos.

It strikes mostly seniors, often turning a well-planned retirement upside down for patients and their families.

Although there is no definitive cure, recent treatment advances and better diagnostics have allowed mesothelioma specialists to take a more curative approach if the cancer is caught before it has metastasized.

Mesothelioma is no longer viewed as the death sentence it was a decade ago. Surgeries have become more advanced; chemotherapy drugs are more personalized; and radiation is more precise.

Gene therapy, immunotherapy and a variety of clinical trials with the latest advances in medicine are available to provide hope where once there was none.

“When hope is part of the equation, anything is possible,” said mesothelioma specialist and thoracic surgeon Dr. David Sugarbaker, director of the Lung Institute at the Baylor College of Medicine. “I remain optimistic that we can put together the right combination of patients and treatments to effect a cure.”

A Rare, Aggressive Cancer

Mesothelioma is diagnosed in only 3,000 people annually in the United States – compared to 220,000 with lung cancer – and usually after the age 60, primarily because of a long latency period (20-50 years) between asbestos exposure and obvious symptoms.

It begins with the inhalation or ingestion of the toxic asbestos fibers. They can become lodged in the membrane around the lungs or the abdomen, cause inflammation and eventually scarring, which can lead to a myriad of serious problems, including asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma cancer.

Pleural mesothelioma, which starts in the thoracic cavity, is the most common. Peritoneal mesothelioma, in the abdominal cavity, is responsible for 25 percent of the cases and typically comes with a better prognosis.

Because this cancer is rare, it’s vital to find a specialist who treats it regularly and understands its intricacies. Many doctors, including some oncologists, rarely see it, taking a more nihilistic approach to treatment.

A specialist can devise a personalized, multidisciplinary approach that may extend survival time considerably.

While the majority of patients live less than 18 months after diagnosis, and many receive only palliative care, some patients today are living three, four or five years beyond their life expectancies with the latest treatments.

Early symptoms will include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest discomfort, muscle soreness and a lingering dry cough. As the cancer progresses, those problems will intensify.

Advice for Patients and Families

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with this crippling cancer, some advice to follow:

  • Find a specialty center. This will improve greatly your odds of surviving.
  • Explore clinical trials. This is where you will find the latest, cutting-edge therapies.
  • Stay engaged. Don’t try to fight this alone. Lean on family and friends, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Be active. Force yourself to exercise daily. Get up and walk, even when treatments wear you down.
  • Join a support group specifically for mesothelioma. Other patients and families can become a wealth of information. It will take away the feeling of isolation.

Always remember to be aggressive in your approach to treatment. Ask for second opinions and get answers. Discuss various treatment options with your doctors.

For many patients, the power of prayer is crucial to their survival. Don’t discount it.

Also remind yourself to eat well and learn what foods feed the cancer, and what foods the cancer doesn’t like.

Above all, surround yourself with positive people.

Tim Povtak is a content writer for The Mesothelioma Center and Asbestos.com, an informational source for mesothelioma patients and families.

River Oaks Homecare Patient Advocacy Services

River Oaks Homecare provides patient advocacy services which help families navigate the many senior care choices and community programs such as Alzheimer’s care, Home care, retirement communities, Assisted living, Medicaid and other senior care options.

We offer free initial counseling and assessment visit to help determine the appropriate level of care and what type is right for you.

There are so many options to consider when someone you love needs help. Together we will create the solution that’s just right for you.

Our office is located at – 325 Sentry parkway building 5W Suite 200   Blue-Bell PA 19422.

    

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016

This October, River Oaks Home Care is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women and early detection results in higher chances of  beating the disease.

River Oaks Homecare is reaching out to all women in their late 30’s and upwards. Let’s listen to our bodies. Make an appointment for your physical examination today and if you are in your 40’s upwards, make sure you have your annual mammogram scheduled. Also, if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer, your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms done.

Recent studies have also shown most cancers aren’t inherited,only about 5% – 10% are. Let’s start by living a healthy lifestyle, making better healthy choices and striving to do the best we can on an everyday basis.

No One should face Breast Cancer Alone. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

October 2016 Alzheimer’s support group meeting.

Our next Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver support group is coming up this Friday (7th October, 2016) at our Blue Bell office  from 12pm – 1 pm . The support group is designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. This is to help participants develop coping methods and encourage caregivers to maintain their personal,physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia.
The Support group creates a safe,confidential,supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships.

Lets work together to end Alzheimer’s!

River Oaks Home Care Featured in Times Herald Newspaper.

We are excited to share that River Oaks Home Care was featured in “Your Business Minute with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce” section of the Times Herald Newspaper. The article can be found here:

River Oaks Home Care Featured in Times Herald Newspaper