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Best Home Care Cameras in San Diego

Saturday, March 17th, 2018 6:58 pm | by San Diego Home Caregivers

For helping seniors in a home care setting in San Diego, there are lot of great new monitoring cameras out now that can help families keep a watchful eye on an elderly parent from afar, but just make sure it’s OK with your parents first😊 If you have caregivers in place here in San Diego, it’s very helpful to get perspective on the daily home care routine as well as peace of mind regarding their security while others are in charge of their care. Many seniors do not like Big Brother in their house, but there are situations where placement of cameras or sensor monitors can make families work better together when home care is in place.

Home Care Video Monitoring
Technology has really improved over the last few years and the costs have come way down. Video monitoring/surveillance cameras have become very popular for monitoring an elder loved one who lives alone or are with caregivers.

Most cameras require home Wi-Fi. Current devices all provide wide-view angles, HD quality video, night vision, built-in motion and sound detection that can notify you when something is happening, and two-way audio that lets you talk and listen to caregivers and your loved one. Cameras also come with AI software that can “learn” from repetitive behavior in their home and will alert you only when there is unusual behavior. They also offer a video recording option (usually for an extra fee) that saves past video to the cloud, so you can rewind and review what you missed. All come with a basic plan and then monthly subscription plans for around $100 per year where you can fine tune automatic recording. Below are some of the best options:

Amazon Cloud Cam: https://www.amazon.com/Introducing-Amazon-Cloud-Cam/dp/B01C4UY0JK/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1518028988&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=security+camera&psc=1

ARLO: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QH0Q8J4/ref=ODS_PE_btf_lnch_2017_comp2

NEST CAM Indoor: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WBJGUA2/ref=ODS_PE_btf_lnch_2017_comp1

Home Care Sensor Monitoring
If your parents are uncomfortable with video monitoring, and don’t want you to be able to peek in on them whenever you want, another less invasive option to consider is a “sensor” monitoring system. These systems use small wireless sensors (not cameras) placed in key areas of your parent’s home that can detect changes in her activity patterns, and will notify you via text message, email or phone call if something out of the ordinary is happening. This is also helpful on unusual behavior regarding the daily routine of a caregiver in a home care setting. A great company that offers this technology is Silver Mother, which provides small sensors that you attach to commonly used household objects like her pillbox, refrigerator door, TV remote, front door, etc. For example, if your parents don’t pick up their pillbox to get their medicine or don’t open the refrigerator door to make breakfast like they usually do, or if they left the house at a peculiar time you would be notified and could check on them. You can also check up on them anytime you want online or through their mobile app. You can visit their site at: https://sen.se/store/silvermother/.

Home care in San Diego with video and sensor monitoring in place can be a great way for kids out of state to stay connected to their parents’ routine with their caregivers. We hope this short article on some of the options proved helpful for you and your family here in San Diego.


Elderly Advice to ALL Caregivers in San Diego

Saturday, January 7th, 2017 6:23 pm | by San Diego Home Caregivers

A friend here in San Diego recently sent me this great list. This can be great advice for ALL caregivers in San Diego. It’s a compilation of pieces of advice from the elderly and clearly demonstrates that we need to listen to what they have to say:) Spend some time with this and reflect on what is important in your life. If you are a primary caregiver, this will help connect you with the person you’re caring for. We are a home care agency in San Diego and this short article has helped with our perspective as caregivers to the elderly. Enjoy!

  1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.
  2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.
  3. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.
  4. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?
  5. People always say, ’’Make sure you get a job doing what you love!’’ But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.
  6. If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savor all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.
  7. Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!
  8. Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.
  9. A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am. Everyone else is just an acquaintance.
  10. Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.
  11. Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.
  12. Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke — so you never actually become one.
  13. Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important… Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.
  14. Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice…
  15. The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!
  16. We have one time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.
  17. Appreciate the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.
  18. Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.
  19. If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.
  20. When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.

I hope you enjoyed this list and that it helps you understand as a caregiver how to identify with your senior loved one in San Diego. The following link is another great article on advice from the elderly: https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/priceless-advice-from-older-americans/.


Caregiver Tips with Alzheimer’s

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 1:43 pm | by San Diego Home Caregivers

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease. Below are some useful communication tools that we thought would help families in San Diego that have a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease.

  • There really is no point disputing a faulty fact or memory. Your loved one with dementia truly believes it, so arguing will only cause stress. And even if they agree with you, he or she almost certainly will not recall doing so.
  • Accept their reality. Dementia is going to give your loved one a view of the past AND the present that will be different than yours. They have forgotten who has passed away, they aren’t sure what year it is, etc. So if they say, “When can we go see my mom?” and you know that their mother has passed, do not say, “Your mom is dead.” Say something like, “Let’s go tomorrow to La Jolla and see her” and move on to another subject. The truth is not so important, keeping them calm and happy is the goal as their Caregiver.
  • Don’t give too many instructions and ask them to help. Everyone wants to be helpful. The word “help” is key. Can you help me set the table? Or fold the laundry? Everyone wants to feel productive in their day.
  • Reintroduce yourself every time you enter the room. You do not want to assume that they know you, even if you’re their primary caregiver, a family member or close friend. Also, you don’t want to scare someone with dementia by suddenly appearing at their side. Always approach from the front so that they can see and hear you.
  • Do not quiz them. Asking such things as “Do you remember what you had for breakfast?”, “When’s your birthday?” and “Don’t you remember my name?” can be very frustrating for someone who cannot remember. Instead, offer soft reminders: “The muffin you had for breakfast seemed good.” “Look who’s here: It’s your grandson Peter.”
  • Choose simple words, and use a calm and confident voice.
  • Don’t act disappointed in front of them if they don’t recognize you as their Caregiver or say something that doesn’t make sense, and don’t talk as if they aren’t there. For example, when in a group, always include them and make lots of eye contact.
  • Minimize distractions. Turn off the television or radio to help them focus on interacting.
  • Again, make eye contact when speaking, and call them by name, making sure you have his or her attention before you start to talk. Allow plenty of time for a response. Sometimes it can take a while and try not to interrupt when they are speaking or taking their time to speak.

We hope that this proved helpful. For more tips on how to communicate effectively with someone that has Alzheimer’s Disease here in San Diego, please visit: https://www.alz.org/care/dementia-communication-tips.asp

To visit the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego Chapter online, visit: http://www.alz.org/sandiego/


Truly Inspiring Caregiver Technique

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 3:34 pm | by San Diego Home Caregivers

Your family in San Diego may be weighed down mentally by the many challenges that suddenly surface when caring for someone who is in need of daily in-home care. The following is a creative caregiving technique using a short ritual that deserves a quick read:

Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. It’s a simple ceremony that works for both the primary caregivers and the loved ones they take care of because illness and disability hurt in many different ways and in more than one direction. Ho’oponopono is a way to merge the divide of hurt caused by something outside of each other’s control. For example, an illness that hurts not only the person affected, but also those who love and take care of them. Any hurt caused on either side can be calmed and relieved through acceptance, love and forgiveness.

To begin the ceremony, face each other. Hold hands and look into each other’s eyes if you’re comfortable doing so. Then say the following:

I’m sorry that this illness has caused you hurt.

Please forgive me if I have let this illness carry me away. I know it is not your fault.

Thank you for being the one I love, for taking care of me and being there for me, and also for letting me take care of you too.

I love you for everything you are, were, and aspire to be and always will be, no matter what.

Then close your eyes and say to yourself:

I’m sorry that this illness has caused you hurt.

Please forgive me if I have let this illness carry me away. I know it is not your fault.

Thank you for taking care of me, being there for me and doing the best you could given the circumstances.

I love you for everything you are, were, and aspire to be and always will, no matter what.

We hope you enjoyed this wonderful tool and that your family here in San Diego can benefit from this inspiring caregiving technique.


Home Care Aides Registry

Friday, January 15th, 2016 4:26 pm | by San Diego Home Caregivers

New California Registry of Qualified Caregivers (“Home Care Aides”):

Effective January 1st of 2016, the State of California has put into effect California Assembly Bill 782, The Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act (HCSCPA). This created a new Home Care Services Bureau that will establish a registry that lists all applicants who have met the requirements to be registered as a Home Care Aide. For an overview of this Act, please visit: http://www.ccld.ca.gov/PG3654.htm. Registration requires a background examination, including submission of fingerprints, a declaration regarding prior criminal convictions, evidence that the Home Care Aide can comply with the requirements of the law and is of “reputable and responsible character,” disclosure of any prior revocation or disciplinary action against the home care aide applicant, and a signed statement that the applicant has read and understood both the HCSCPA and other rules and regulations enacted under that statue.

The California Department of Justice will use fingerprints supplied by the applicant to conduct a background check. A person is ineligible to be listed on the registry if the person “has been convicted of a crime, or other than a minor traffic infraction” without an exemption issued by the Director of the State Department of Social Services. If a person is notified that he/she is ineligible, the person may submit an exemption request to the Bureau so long as none of the crimes are ineligible for exemption. As you can see, there will be high standards used for acceptance of caregivers on this registry. For more details on the background check process, please visit: http://www.ccld.ca.gov/PG404.htm.

All Home Care Aides employed by home care agencies are required to register. Individuals who are hired privately by families to provide home care services independently and not through an agency have the option of applying personally for listing on the registry. However, they are not required to do so and may be hired privately without registering.


Cool Zones in San Diego County

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 12:53 pm | by San Diego Home Caregivers

From June 15th through October 31st, there is a new Cool Zone program in San Diego for seniors and people with disabilities to escape the extreme heat. There are over 115 locations throughout San Diego County. These Cool Zones are designated, air-conditioned buildings, identified by a Polar Bear Cool Zone logo.

Caregiver Jobs San Diego has a good blog article including a list of all the locations at: http://www.CoolZones.org.

You can also call Aging Independence Services at (800) 510-2020, and press “6.”

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