From the Eye of an Intern – Adult Day Care

From the Eye of an Intern – Adult Day Care By Haley Vandermeersh /Marketing @ The University of Tennessee The first-day of my internship was a very exciting experience, and I quickly realized that this internship was not going to be like most.  However, nobody really tells you what to expect or what you will experience during your internship. The start of my first day consisted of going to the Daily Living Center in North Ridge Crossing.  I arrived with the little knowledge that I would be helping seniors with a painting activity.  As I walked through the door I was greeted by Wendy Nelmons, the Daily Living Coordinator, and Rachel who welcomed me and made me feel at home. I was immediately introduced to all 15 of the seniors taking part in the program.  I was asked to sit down and help an elderly man paint on canvas.  East Tn Personal Care and  Senior Financial Group sponsored this event.  After the painting activity was finished I asked a lot of questions to gain more insight on The Daily Living Center in Knoxville. I learned that the Daily Living Center is a place that provides seniors with a safe place to stay while their caregivers are at work. This program is a Non Profit Organization that is grant funded by KCDC- Knoxville Department Community Development Corporation.  The program provides social- interaction and much needed physical and mental stimulation the seniors would not receive otherwise. After hearing what the center was all about it was very intriguing to sit down and speak with some of the seniors on how the Daily Living Center has...

Ask the Caregiver Expert: Penny Bandy

Ask the Caregiver Expert in the Knoxville Focus What is the difference between Non Medical Personal Care/Caregiver Services and Home Health Services?  Personal Care/Caregiver Services is a service that you pay per hour to come to your home. They offer nurses, CNAs, caregivers, housekeepers, etc. Personal Care/Caregiver Services can provide companionship, transportation to physician appointments or for errands such as trips to the grocery store, housekeeping, medication reminders, meal preparation, etc.  Every company offers a little different type of service. Some things to consider when choosing this type of service are: Are they licensed and bonded? What is the minimum number of hours they require? Who do I call if my caregiver does not show up? Do they offer replacement caregivers? Do they carry worker’s comp insurance? Does the Company do a National Background Check (Beyond State of Tn) on your Caregivers? Our services are available on an acute or long term basis anytime seven days a week up to 24 hours per day. “Personalized care for specific needs” is our promise to you to develop a customized plan of care for you or your loved one and provide compassionate caregivers to meet those needs. Our plan of care provides for the special wishes and requests of our clients and their families. East Tn Personal Care Service employs RNs and LPNs to perform assessments as well as Fall Risk Assessments. East Tennessee Personal Care Service provides quality affordable personal care services to adults in their residence, assisted living facility, nursing home or hospital. Home Health Care/Skilled Care Only is a service that requires an order from your physician. This service is only for intermittent...
When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility?

When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility?

When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility? By Janet Ferree, MA A difficult question? Certainly; and for most of us who have been caring for a disabled and/or sick loved one, an emotional and unsettling one to consider. I am not referring to people in their final stages of life or who suffer from conditions that spark uncontrollable actions. I am writing for those whose loved one continues to live indefinitely with no assistance from machines or other specialized medical care. In such a situation, there can come a time when living at home becomes unsafe, especially when the primary caregiver (usually a spouse or parent) is aging and has physical and/or medical limitations of his or her own. There are many factors involved and regardless of the ultimate decision, there will be feelings of guilt from first consideration to final outcome. I am currently wrestling with this question daily—sometimes hourly. For me, it boils down to a case of survival. But whose, my husband’s or mine? Here is the situation: My husband suffers from a progressive brain condition caused by cancer treatments twelve years ago. The symptoms mirror multiple sclerosis. He cannot walk, transfer alone or hear without hearing aids, and he has difficulty swallowing. I must bathe him, clean his teeth, care for our house, and work for my medical insurance. He suffers recurrent bladder infections, memory lapses, and randomly vomits. He needs total care, but not constant supervision. And he will never get better, only worse; or at best, plateau. I can honestly say that I am burned-out in both body and mind....
We provide help when you need it most

We provide help when you need it most

Help when you need it most East Tennessee Personal Care Service has over 20 years of experience providing In Home, Non-Medical care and personal support services to clients and their families. Our caregivers can assist you or your loved one with meal preparation, light housekeeping or transportation to doctor appointments – either on a temporary or long term basis.  Our goal is enable aging adults to remain in place, living independently as long as possible.  It doesn’t matter whether that home is a single-family residence, an apartment, a retirement community, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home.  Sometimes, Mom or Dad may need a little extra attention or care than staff at facilities may be able to provide. We provide hourly care (4 hour minimum) to short-term stay visits,  to 24-hour live-in care. We provide respite care as well, offering current caregivers the chance to step back, spend time with family, take a much needed vacation, or to simply rejuvenate.  It’s important to take a break from caregiving once in a while in order to continue providing the best mental, emotional and physical support to your loved one. You’re not in this alone. We cater to your needs – when you need them!  East Tennessee Personal Care Service takes pride in our ability to offer you customized, courteous, professional and experienced care. No physician referral is required. Call us today for a Free Assessment or complete the form below!   [contact-form-7 404 "Not...

Flu Season Prediction Map for Knoxville, TN

Flu Season Prediction for Knoxville, TN Researchers from Columbia University have come up with a Mathematical Formula to predict the timing and severity of flu season in major cities across the US.  This page shows the weekly ILI+ reported so far in the 2014-15 season.   While some of the viruses spreading this season are different from what is in the vaccine, vaccinations can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death. Why does being older than 65 put me at higher risk for getting the flu? As you age, your immune system weakens. This weakening makes seniors—adults 65 years and older— more susceptible to the flu. For seniors, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. How can I protect myself from the flu? Get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your area. Getting the flu vaccine protects you and prevents you from spreading the flu to your spouse, children, or grandchildren. You have two options for vaccination—the regular dose flu shot and the higher-dose flu shot designed specifically for people 65 and older. Both vaccines protect against the same three flu viruses. The higher-dose vaccine should result in a stronger immune response. Talk to your health care provider about which vaccine is right for you. Because you are at an increased risk of getting pneumonia, a complication of the flu, talk to your health care provider about the pneumococcal vaccine. The pneumococcal vaccine will protect you against pneumonia....

The COST of Aging – Who Pays and How?

The Cost of Aging – Who Pays and How? Speakers: Quality Home Health Location: Everett Senior Center Please join us on Tuesday, March 10th at 11:00am as Quality Home Health will provide a brief Q & A to common Continuum of Care questions. Nursing Home, Independent Living or Assisted Living? Local Resources, Meals, Transportation Long Term Care, Medicare, TennCare Choices & VA Benefits The difference between Home Health and In-Home Care Med Management & Senior Assistance Programs Lunch Sponsored By: East Tennessee Personal Care Call the Everett Senior Center to Reserve your seat at...