HCA Vancouver awarded Best of Home Care in 2012!

In March 2012, Homecare Assistance Vancouver received a Best of Home Care award from Home Care Pulse, recognizing the company–out of 300 companies–for its outstanding ability to provide quality service to its clients. In addition, the award mentions Homecare Assistance Vancouver’s exceptional communication with clients and the timeliness and concise scheduling of its caregivers.

We’re overjoyed at this tremendous honor and ecstatic that 2012 is continuing on such a great note! Many, many thanks go out to our staff, caregivers, and clients who all had a hand in making us the award-winning company we are today!

PRESS RELEASE

Homecare Assistance Vancouver Receives “Best of Home Care” Award

(VANCOUVER – March 20, 2012) – Homecare Assistance Vancouver today announced that it has been recognized with Home Care Pulse’s “Best of Home Care” distinction. Awarded to the top 25% of agencies in client and employee satisfaction scores from Home Care Pulse, Homecare Assistance Vancouver is now ranked among a select few of the best agencies in the country.

“We know that sometimes it is difficult to make care decisions when you don’t have specific experience with an agency. It was our goal to provide families with the ability to make an informed decision, have tangible ways to measure quality and help them find a comfort level when choosing an agency to work with,” commented Aaron Marcum, founder of Home Care Pulse.

Home Care Pulse, a company which measures client and employee satisfaction, created the award to identify those agencies in the private duty home care space that demonstrated a passion for client and employee satisfaction. Home Care Pulse believes that honoring such companies can both educate and help families to make better care decisions for their aging loved ones.

“We are very honored to have received this award in less than two years of operations,” says Carolina Orosa, President of Home Care Assistance Vancouver. “It’s very fulfilling knowing that our clients recognize all our efforts in providing the highest quality of care possible and that these efforts have helped them continue to lead independent, purposeful lives.”

The selection process for the “Best of Home Care” includes the evaluation of client and employee satisfaction in areas such as agency training, communication, overall quality of care, caregiver performance, caregiver morale, response to problems and recommendation of services to name a few.

“We want to congratulate Homecare Assistance Vancouver for winning the “Best of Home Care” award and commend their commitment to placing high priority on client and employee satisfaction,” concluded Marcum.

To find out more about the “Best of Home Care” award or Home Care Pulse, please visit www.bestofhomecare.com.

About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse was launched in 2008 and is a company specializing in measuring and benchmarking client and employee satisfaction for private duty home care agencies. Recently Home Care Pulse conducted the largest study ever performed on behalf of the private duty industry. Home Care Pulse helps agencies promote and drive business, improve service quality and increase employee loyalty. Visit http://www.homecarepulse.com for more information.

About Homecare Assistance Vancouver

Homecare Assistance Vancouver provides highly specialized hourly and live-in caregivers to the elderly to assist in all the activities of daily living including housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, medication reminders, bathing, and grooming. We also specialize in Alzheimers, Dementia and Parkinsons care, palliative and orthopedic care as well as cancer recovery. All our caregivers are thoroughly screened prior to employment and are given extensive training in the company’s exclusive Balanced Care Method™, which is designed to promote total health and maximum independence for seniors. Further information can be found on our website: www.homecareassistance.com.

Check up on your loved ones this Holiday season

It’s a normal part of life to move away from our parents once we get older and start having families of our own. Holidays then become the precious events that give us a clear reason to be together. But besides the merriment and catching up, what else can you do to really make your trip worthwhile?

The AARP has prepared a simple checklist that you can reference to make sure that everything will be safe and sound with your aging loved ones even in your absence. Here’s a couple of great reminders from the list to check up on:

At Home: Are your parents still capable of managing the stairs on their own safely? Are there possible slip zones anywhere in the home, such as in the kitchen or bathroom?

Driving: Is their night vision still passable? Are they having more close calls, or are you seeing more dents on their cars?

The checklist is a definite jumping off point for other questions that you may want to ask, so feel free to come up with your own.

Read the article here.

Lower breast cancer risk tied to low carb, healthy protein diet

Score another point for living a more carb-free lifestyle. Studies have shown that restricting your carbohydrate intake just twice a week could help lower your risk of breast cancer. Insulin control seems to be the main element to this new discovery, as insulin appears to be a contributor to the development of breast cancer.

This doesn’t seem to be a take on the Atkins diet either. While participants in the study did have their carb intake heavily restricted for two days out of the week, they were also encouraged to opt for lean meats and healthier protein options.

The participants also lost more weight on the intermittent plan compared to the other participants in the study. Despite the study, it’s still recommended to maintain a healthy weight, which is always possible if you adopt a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and eating the right food.

Read the article here.

How to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s this Holiday

Having a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s over for the Holidays doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Getting the help of a caregiver can be a boon, however with enough preparation and foresight, it’s still highly possible to make the experience comfortable for both your family and your loved one and avoid any unwanted episodes.

Here are a slew of helpful guides for making your Holidays as stress-free as possible with your loved one.

Set Expectations: Familiarize and educate friends and families with the situation of your loved one. You can inform them about the situation by writing a simple note.

Streamline Your Traditions: Simplify the season. Consider holding a smaller gathering with close family and loved ones. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Instead of cooking an entire holiday meal, throw a potluck dinner where everyone can bring their own favorite dish.

Timing is Everything: Celebrate earlier in the day to reduce the risk of confusion. Consider throwing a holiday lunch instead of a dinner party.

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1 in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030

The Huffington Post reports that the International Diabetes Federation has predicted that at least one in 10 adults could be stricken with diabetes by 2030. The increase from the current rate of one in 13 is primarily due to aging rather than obesity, although weight gain and having a sedentary lifestyle are definite contributors.

Like many other diseases that are aggravated by aging, it’s best to institute countermeasures as early as possible. Done early enough, the right diet and a regular stream of exercise can go a long way towards keeping diabetes at bay in your later years.

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Improve your balance by carrying objects while you walk or dance

Sounds like we have another vote for dancing being beneficial for the elderly! In the midst of a study done to determine the best exercises for improving balance in the elderly, it was discovered that activities like dancing and walking became more effective when the person held an object in their hand. Sounds simple, right? It is!

While dancing could be just as beneficial on its own, the study is especially important when considering the benefits of walking. While it’s good for cardio work, walking on its own does not reduce the number of falls in the elderly. Holding an object while you’re walking–such as a handbag or purse–challenges your sense of balance, thereby improving it.

The study recommends combining activities, like walking and dancing, that involve using various parts of your body, as well as doing the activities at least three times a week. It’s a proven fact that regular exercise can help with your balance and reduce the risk and likelihood of falling, so it’s time to get moving!

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17 worst habits for your heart

It can be easy to slack off when it comes to your health. One day you decide to add a couple extra slices of bacon to your burger, another day you opt to skip out on a gym session to sit on your couch and watch TV instead because you’re feeling lazy. While it’s fine to treat yourself once in a while, many once-in-a-while decisions can turn into lifelong bad habits that can seriously affect your heart.

A little bit done many times over can amount to a whole lot, so here’s a quick list of some of the standout bad habits you need to break for your heart’s sake:

Sitting and watching TV – Active rest is key to keeping your heart healthy, so watching TV itself isn’t bad, but sitting for long periods in front of your TV or computer can possibly lead to elevated levels of fats and sugars in your blood. Get up and walk periodically, both when you’re at home and at work. If your loved one is homebound, a caregiver can help keep them active and moving.

Not flossing – Skipping out on flossing can not only lead to plaque build up over time, but developing gum disease as a result of not flossing can potentially lead to triggering inflammation in your body’s blood vessels.

Assuming you’re not at risk – As we said earlier, it’s easier to be lazy with your health, and it’s especially true when you don’t think you’re not at risk for anything because you’re not exhibiting symptoms. Unless you’re not being regularly checked by your doctor for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or other risks, there’s no guarantee that the lifestyle you’re leading is benefiting your health.

Get a full checkup done today. You’re better off knowing than not.

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