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Estate Planning Before Needing Live-in Care

Added on June 15, 2015 by Jared_Rodgers

Estate Planning Before Needing Live-in Care

My mother recently called me seeking help with updating her and my father's wills. Of course I agreed and was more than happy to help my parents review their wills. Since I was told that I would eventually become the executor of their estate, planning ahead would benefit both my parents and me.

Most of my experience is in providing live-in care services to the elderly and very little on the side of estate planning. I was very curious to go through the estate planning process myself, so this was the perfect opportunity for that experience.

As my mother and I continued to speak, I asked if she had in addition to the will a power of attorney (POA) and an advance directive, also known as a living will. She was not sure - which I knew most likely meant they did not have all the essential documents necessary. I suggested that the three of us meet with the attorney that originally drafted their will back in the '80s to ensure that we have everything we need. They both agreed.

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Live-in Eldercare Agency vs Private Aide

Added on December 16, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Live-in Eldercare Agency vs Private Aide

Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly has provided personalized live-in custodial care to hundreds of seniors since 1989. A live-in home health aide is an alternative to an assisted living or long-term care nursing facility by assisting with activities of daily living right in the comfort of your own home. While conducting the initial assessment of a client's needs and expectations, families naturally ask questions about Life Force's services. One question that sometimes arises is: What is the advantage of working with an agency like Life Force over hiring our own private aide?

When choosing between these two options families normally make a decision based upon price. Hiring a private aide is typically cheaper than working with a licensed agency, but a private caregiver easily becomes more costly in the end.

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Life Force Walks to End Alzheimer's

Added on July 20, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Life Force Walks to End Alzheimer's

Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly is participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Philadelphia, PA on November 09, 2014. Take a few moments to visit our website, alz.lifeforceeldercare.com, to learn more about contributing to a great event. There are two ways you can help. You can support our walk by mailing a donation to 1060 N. Kings Highway, Suite 314, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or become a walker and raise money to walk with team Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly.

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Live-in Care vs 24-Hour Care

Added on July 11, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Live-in Care vs 24-Hour Care

Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly provides live-in personal senior care. At times families have confused live-in care with 24-hour care. Although there are similarities, there are major differences that should be identified.

Live-in elder care provides ONE home health aide who lives at the home of the client for several days or several weeks at a time. With 24-hour care, there are multiple shifts throughout the day. The most common shifts are either three 8 hour shifts or two 12 hour shifts.

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Live-in Care Complements Hospice Care

Added on July 2, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Live-in Care Complements Hospice Care

Life Force Caregivers for the Elderly supplements hospice care with live-in personal care. While hospice manages a client's palliative care, our live-in caregiver is ready to assist with the client's activities of daily living (ADLs). Here are some advantages when contemplating live-in custodial care for a loved one utilizing hospice.

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Long Term Care Insurance Pays for Live-in Care

Added on June 29, 2014 by Jared_Rodgers

Long Term Care Insurance Pays for Live-in Care

Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is a privately owned insurance policy that pays for the cost of live-in custodial care. An individual will pay monthly premiums until there is a need for assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Typically an LTCI policy requires assistance with three or more ADLs for the beneficiary to qualify to receive payments for live-in elder care services.

Make life easier by reviewing the list below. Addressing these items early will reduce much stress and disappointment when submitting a claim with your long term care insurance company.

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Top Three Reasons You Referred To Life Force

Added on March 22, 2013 by Victoria_Evereklian

Top Three Reasons You Referred To Life Force

We asked you, you told us.  Here are the answers to the most important question we asked you in our elder care survey.

Over the past 24 months, Life Force, a provider of live-in caregivers for the elderly, conducted a survey across Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The survey was conducted among 322 professionals in the home health care industry, including social workers (37% of sample), registered nurses (23%), administration (10%), volunteer coordinators (10%), directors of services (9%), and others.

This survey asked respondents questions relevant to the home care industry, particularly the live-in personal care industry. The key question in the survey asked what the top three most important considerations are upon referring a client for live-in personal care.

Below is a breakdown of the survey, as well as how Life Force delivers on each count.

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Safety Responsibilities of Clients to Home Health Aides

Added on March 15, 2013 by Alicia_Evereklian

Safety Responsibilities of Clients to Home Health Aides

Ensuring the safety of a caregiver living in an elderly client's home is one of the most important responsibilities of the client and a foremost priority of our home care agency.

Since most Life Force's caregivers are live-in caregivers for the elderly, the client's home becomes a workplace for the caregiver. These client responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following.

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