Our Mission

To care for you or a loved one who wishes to remain independent in their own home,

giving the highest possible level of care and dignity while assisting with a variety of everyday tasks.

Ask you Doctor Questions

Your health depends on good communication.  Asking questions and providing information to your doctor can improve your care.  Talking with the doctor builds trust and leads to better results, quality, safety, and satisfaction.

Quality health care is a team effort. You play an important role.  One of the best ways to communicate with your doctor is by asking questions, and because time is limited during your doctors appointment, make a list of questions.

Sample questions:

                  *Why does my back hurts all day.

                  *Why do my knee's ache, I have sit frequently to relieve the pain.

                  *Why have I been breathing heavy, even at rest.

                           *Write down all of your symptoms and share each one with the doctor or nurse.

Samples questions for a test or procedure:

                  *What is the test for?

                  *How many times have you done this procedure?

                  *When will I get the results?

If you are having surgery: 

                   *What is the recovery time? 

                   *How long will I be in the hospital?

                   *Can I stay home alone after surgery?

If doctor is  giving you a new prescription: 
 
                   *Ask what it is for, How do you spell the name of the drug and Are there any side effects?

                   *Will this medication interact with medicines that I'm already taking?

 

Remember:  NO QUESTION IS A DUMB QUESTION.  Write all questions down before your doctors appointment.

Caregiver Apprecation Week

It's Caregiver Appreciation Week! We would like to give a special thanks to our caregivers and the loved one's of our clients, who work tirelessly to provide excellent care to our seniors.

Most of us have heard the oxygen-on-an-airplane reference, where we are told to put our own masks on before we help others.  That concept is also important when caring for a loved one. When we don't take proper care of ourselves during times of great stress, our physical and mental health can rapidly decline.  Here are some ways to care for yourself while caring for someone else:

1. Get adequate sleep.  When you are overly tired, you can become more easily frustrated, forgetful, and unaware of significant changes in your loved one's condition.

2. Do something for you.  See if another family member, friend, or caregiver can take over for a little while as often as possible so you can go do something that you want to do.  Many of our clients' families will have us come in so that they can go shopping, out to dinner, to church, or even take a trip out of town.

3.  Write things down/stay organized.  When trying to keep up with appointments, condition changes, and things that need to be done, you can become quite overwhelmed.  Writing all appointments in a planner, making a list of questions for healthcare providers, and making to-do lists will keep you from having to try to remember too many things at once and will likely decrease your stress.

4.  Ask for help.  There are many benefits to sharing the responsibilities of caring for a loved one.  Another caregiver may notice something that you had overlooked or knows an easier way to get a difficult task done.  Whether you have certain days that you provide care or designate tasks among the caregivers (grocery shopping, appointments, laundry etc) your responsibilities can be significantly reduced.  This will allow you time to focus on your personal responsibilities.


 Legare Wooten, Stress Free Home Care Corp

CARING

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, But people will never forget how you made the feel.

Maya Angelou

Elderly Ambulation Care in Gastonia, Denver, and Lincolnton

Care of elderly in ambulation

As we age, illness or injury can affect our ability to walk.  Taking measures to strengthen or regain the ability to ambulate can have a positive effect on one’s mood and overall physical health.  With in-home care, we can assist you with ambulation and identify and address problems early on that may affect ambulation in the future.   

If the client is able to walk on their own, we encourage them to do so as much as possible.  Many seniors need the aid of a device such as a cane or a walker.  First, it’s important to make sure they are using the right device for their specific needs and also that they are using it properly.  Improper use of ambulation aids can cause falls, which can lead to lengthy hospital and rehab stays.  Also, if possible, it’s good for caregivers to be within reach during ambulation to encourage them, correct unsafe use, and to help steady them if they are to get off-balance.  We call this ambulation monitoring and at Stress Free Home Care, it is a requirement if the client has a high fall risk.  Lastly, if the client is working with a physical therapist to strengthen their muscles and maintain mobility, it’s important to assist them with their daily exercises according to the therapist’s plan of care.  They usually only take 10-20 minutes to complete and can keep you or your loved one mobile for years to come.

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