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Join Care Response at Senior Living Week 2014!

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by Care Response Admin No Comments

Ann Arbor has garnered headlines for being a retirement mecca, one of the best places to retire, and a retirement hot-spot for active adults.  These praises are well deserved, and bolstered by the area’s amazing selection of assisted living communities and care options.  Now is the time to discover the senior living, housing, and care options available to you or your loved one at the 2014 Senior Living Week.  There are opportunities to ask questions, visit living communities, and participate in educational programs, all at no cost!  Care Response Home Care is proud to be a sponsor of this great event, and we hope to see you there.

Everything begins Friday, May 2nd, with the Senior Living Week Expo at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti.  Attendees can enjoy presentations, gather information from area agencies, and listen to a few words from Valerie Dockter, the director of Care Response! (Also, be sure to visit the Care Response Home Care booth!)  For more information on the Friday expo, click here.  For the rest of the week, daily events will take place at various senior living communities.  For a complete schedule of events, click here, and be sure to follow us for updates!

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Now That I Know We Need Home Care Services…What Next?

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by Care Response Admin No Comments

Earlier this month, we discussed some of the benefits of choosing a professional home care agency over an independent hire or registry. If you’ve decided it’s time to enlist some help with home care, there’s a variety of services available. What’s best in your situation? Below are some options to help narrow down the type of help needed:

  • Regular or Light Housekeeping: Household chores on a daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, including things like vacuuming, doing dishes, laundry, changing beds, and dusting.
  • Companionship: Includes help for those who are living alone as well as supervision for safety for those who are confused or have memory loss, as well as meal preparation.
  • Personal Care: Bathing, toileting, eating, dressing, grooming, walking, getting out of bed or a chair, being lifted, and providing medication reminders.
  • Nighttime Care: Assistance with getting out of bed to the toilet during the night, or when dementia causes “sundowning”.
  • Transportation: Assistance with getting out for activities, shopping, medical appointments, etc.
  • Geriatric Care Management: Ongoing household management that falls outside of the services of a direct care provider, including moving into another living arrangement and the closing up of a household.

If your loved one could benefit from any of these services, or if there are other needs you have in mind, we’re here to help. Call us at in the Ann Arbor area at 734-662-2207 at your convenience to get started.

Who Should I Hire For Home Care?

Posted on: March 20th, 2014 by Care Response Admin No Comments

Deciding on where to turn for help with care for an elderly loved one isn’t easy. With choices between hiring a professional home care agency, a privately hired individual, or a registry, which option is best? Here are just five reasons (and there are many more) to suggest that going with a professional home care agency, like Care Response, is best:

  1. Skip the laborious search for a qualified caregiver. An agency not only checks references and performs thorough background and driving record checks, but also takes care to find the perfect caregiver match for each client, taking into account personality, hobbies and common interests in addition to requested schedule and geographic accessibility.
  2. Rest assured in the competency of the caregiver. An agency often provides ongoing caregiver training as well as an orientation. Ongoing monitoring means that any needed changes or assistance can be identified and corrected.
  3. Tax responsibilities fall on the agency – not on you. If a client hires a home caregiver through a registry or independent hire, the client is responsible for the caregiver’s payroll taxes (which often is not disclosed). Alternatively, because all caregivers from an agency are employees of the agency, all payroll taxes are paid for by the agency.
  4. Caregiver illness and vacation time are covered. It’s inevitable that at some point a chosen caregiver will become ill or desire to take a vacation. An agency provides a backup caregiver if your regular caregiver is ill or on vacation. Additionally, an agency handles all worker discipline, to assist with situations such as showing up late for work.
  5. Leave the supervision to us. An agency provides supervision of all caregivers by a qualified individual. With a registry or independent hire, there is no oversight of care, opening up a client to potential financial, mental or physical abuse.

Still unsure about which option is best for you? We’re happy to discuss further and answer any of your questions. Give us a call at 734-662-2207 and let us know how we can help.

Help Keep Seniors Connected and Fight Dementia

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Care Response Admin No Comments

It’s easy for the elderly to fall into a withdrawn and isolated lifestyle, but increasing numbers of studies are showing that maintaining a social lifestyle can help protect against mental decline and dementia.

  • The American Journal of Psychiatric Health published a study that showed social support helps protect against dementia.
  • The Seattle Longitudinal studies and MacArthur study suggest social activity increases cognitive functions and wards off the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
  • The Rush University Medical Center study found that very social seniors had a 70% reduction in their rate of cognitive decline when compared to their unsocial peers.
  • In a study testing over 6,000 seniors across about 5 1/2 years, seniors having frequent social engagement had a slower decline in intellectual and memory abilities. Good mental capacity was maintained best in those people who were the most socially active.

So how can you make sure your loved one stays social as he or she ages?

  • Find volunteer opportunities for him or her in the community.
  • Get your loved one involved with a local senior center.
  • Help your loved one join a group focused on activities he or she enjoys, such as playing cards or a book club.
  • Taking a cooking, pottery, or language class is a great way to interact and make new friends.
  • Joining a gym or fitness center can help the senior stay both physically and socially active.

The caregivers at Care Response are committed to enriching the lives of seniors with activities to enhance social engagement. Contact us today to learn more.

Geriatric Care Management Can Help – You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by Care Response Admin No Comments

Life can quickly become overwhelming when caring for the needs of an elderly loved one in addition to tending to your own needs and those of your family. Where can you find support to help manage the many intricacies of care and maintain peace of mind through it all? The perfect place to turn is to a professional geriatric care manager (GCM), who can provide services such as:

  • Care planning assessments to identify needs, problems and eligibility for assistance;
  • Mediation between siblings or family members who cannot agree on the planning of care for their loved ones;
  • Communication and coordination efforts across all medical and other care providers;
  • Liaison for families at a distance, reporting back with any adjustments in care or financial issues;
  • Client and family education on management of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, heart disease and diabetes;
  • Information on costs, quality and availability of resources, connecting to specialists;
  • Screening, arranging and monitoring in-home help or other services;
  • Containing costs by avoiding inappropriate placements, duplication of services, and crisis intervention to avoid hospitalizations.

Care Response in the Ann Arbor area would love to help relieve some of the stress involved with caring for an elderly loved one. Learn more about our GCM services, and contact us with any questions at 734-662-2207.

The Holidays and the Elder-Care Crossroad

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by Care Response Admin No Comments

The elder-care crossroad- how do you know when you’ve reached it?

Geriatric Care Managers can offer you and your loves ones proven professional guidance when you need it the most.  Click here to read The Elder-Care Crossroad on (link opens in a new window) and discover how GCMs help families like yours every day.  Below, a timely excerpt from the article.

“Elsawy (a physician who specializes in geriatric medicine at Methodist Charlton Medical Center) says he often hears from families right after the holidays, who have reached the tipping point after spending a few days visiting the elderly loved one’s home. Often that’s when it becomes clear that the elder wasn’t coping as well as he or she purported on the telephone.

Family members notice the signs: The elder is forgetful, neglecting to take an important medication or forgetting to turn off the stovetop. Household chores, such as laundry, aren’t getting done.  Sometimes, Elsawy notices the signs himself: An elder is losing weight, is ending up in the hospital more frequently or is showing up in clothing that clearly hasn’t been laundered.

Sometimes the crossroad is reached when it becomes clear that the arrangement is putting too much of a burden on the caregiver.”

Know you need help but unsure of where to start?  Knowing and watching for signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed is the first step.  Complete our questionnaire- Warning Signs That Care is Needed.  Also, find the level of care your loved one needs using our Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) checklist.

If you think a local Geriatric Care Manager could help you and your loved ones, call Care Response today at 734.662.2207, or complete the Contact Us form.


One week until our holiday open house!

Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by Care Response Admin No Comments

There is only one week remaining until our annual Holiday Open House!  Guests will enjoy great food, door prizes, and conversation with area aging experts.  Also, learn about Geriatric Care Manager services, gifts for hard-to-buy-for parents, HVA and LifeLink memberships, hospital to home transition care, and much more!

When: Wednesday, December 18th, 2 pm – 7 pm

Where: 3025 Boardwalk Drive (NCMS Building), Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Overcoming Seniors’ Holiday Blues

Posted on: December 2nd, 2013 by Care Response Admin No Comments

The holidays are a joyful time for most people. But too often, they can cause feelings of disappointment, stress, and sadness in older seniors. The holiday blues can be brought on by a number of different factors in seniors, including reminders of the loss of loved ones, unrealistic expectations about events and family gatherings, loneliness, and failing health.

Do you have a loved one who is at risk for depression? Read this article to find some strategies that may help combat the blues and help your friends and family members have a happy holiday.

Be sure to visit our Newsletter Archive for more useful articles.

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Join us at our Holiday Open House!

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by Care Response Admin No Comments

Please join Care Response Home Care at our annual Holiday Open House!  Guests will enjoy great food, door prizes, and conversation with area aging experts.  Also, learn about Geriatric Care Manager services, gifts for hard-to-buy-for parents, HVA and LifeLink memberships, hospital to home transition care, and much more!

When: Wednesday, December 18th, 2 pm – 7 pm

Where: 3025 Boardwalk Drive (NCMS Building), Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Warning Signs That Care is Needed

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by Care Response Admin No Comments

Sometimes people won’t admit they need help to stay at home, and others may be unaware that it is time for some extra help to maintain a healthy and safe home environment.  Knowing and watching for signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed may fall on family, friends or advisers.

Has the person lost weight?  Does the person have difficulty navigating a narrow stairway?  Has his/her forgetfulness resulted in unopened mail, piling newspapers, unfilled prescriptions, or missed appointments?

These types of questions, found in our questionnaire, Warning Signs That Care is Needed, can help paint a more complete picture of your loved one’s needs.

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