New Year’s Resolutions and Senior Home Care

Senior Home Care with North Oakland Caregivers - smiling senior mother and daughterJanuary traditionally triggers us to think about New Year’s resolutions. It just seems easier to create a new habit, make a big change for the better, and reinvent yourself at the beginning of a new year! Many people use the first months of the year to start something significant that will make a lasting impact on their lives. But this may also be the right time to make a lasting impact on the life of your senior family member, too. For example, taking a step towards planning for the future of your older mom or dad who may need assistance in their daily activities. The idea may feel daunting at the beginning but we are here to help. Today we share tips that come from years of our senior home care experience.

We know some seniors may not be immediately open to the idea of having a caregiver coming into their home to help them.  A perceived fear of loss of independence or temporary anxiety of having a “stranger” in the house might overshadow great long-term benefits.  Seniors can respond with resistance in many different ways. Frankly, family members might have their own concerns about how this new arrangement might work.

We understand. Every change requires an adjustment. Our experience has shown that slowly easing into this new “caregiver” scenario is often all it takes to relieve the concerns of starting a home care routine for your senior loved one.  Maybe having a caregiver come into their home once or twice a week just to give them an idea of what it’s all about might help alleviate their anxiety.  Or, maybe, one 8-hour day a week will do the trick. Maybe 4 hours a day, 2-3 days a week will help set a comfort level!  The key is starting small and adjusting to what the future needs will be.

Having a senior home care provider that is flexible enough to allow time to find the perfect routine for your senior loved one is a great solution.  North Oakland Caregivers at Clarkston, MI, has been doing it for 30+ years. We are waiting for your call. Are you ready to make the first step towards the New Year’s resolution that will make a lasting impact on the future of your family?

Caregiving Makes a Difference

Family celebrating holidaysIn our busy days throughout the year, it is very easy to forget or to let time pass by, without appreciating all the things that made your life a little better that put a smile on your face.  The holiday season traditionally helps us pause, observe and reflect. So, we thought it was a perfect occasion to share how caregiving touches lives – small acts of kindness bringing a big impact.

Our clients often give our caregivers the highest praise in their reviews. However, the little note below was different. It was sent directly to a caregiver from one of our clients showing her appreciation. We publish it with their permission:

“Hi, Vickie.  Hope all is well.  Sorry, it took so long to get back with you but “life” has been quite busy after my mom’s passing. (My brother and cousin were diagnosed with terminal cancer & uncle with dementia).   I can not thank you enough for sharing in my mom’s transition. You are truly a blessing to your patients.  I have been thinking about going into caregiving (for my family members) but not sure if I am able to handle such a delicate profession.  You are amazing for what you do.“

We wholeheartedly agree – our caregivers are amazing at making difficult times easy, turning fear and stress into human connection, and making this world better overall.

Sending warm wishes this Holiday Season!

How to Choose the Right Home Care

Senior couple making home care choicesChoosing a home care company for your loved ones can be stressful. How to find the “right” people? Who to turn to for a recommendation?

There might be many approaches to the search but we recently came across the one we really liked, and we decided to share it with you.

It all started with one of us looking for a provider from a completely different industry for their personal needs.  They come across an expert rating of such providers in their location, and the system of rating made a lot of sense to them. It was simple, factual, and credible because anyone could use the same criteria and arrive at the same results.

They used only two main criteria – Reputation and Experience because both of them can be easily researched by anyone. Reputation is based on customer reviews – many delighted customers and outstanding service lead to 5-star ratings. And the more people shaped that rating, the more reliable it is. Experience identifies masters of their trade based on years of being in business. After all, if you stay around for a long time, you must be doing something right!

You can apply this approach to any of your searches for the right provider. But, of course, our first thought was to check how it applies to the North Oakland Caregivers. And we passed this test with flying colors!

1. REPUTATION – 5-STAR REVIEWS
    • We are proud to have 5-star reviews on Google, Facebook, and our website. We consider this our best recommendation as the words of appreciation are coming directly from our clients’ experience.
    • These outstanding reviews are testimony to our human touch that comes from our hearts, not our duties. We know all our clients personally, we call them to just ask how they are doing, and we stop by when we can. We like it when it feels like a family.
2. EXPERIENCE – 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS
    • 30 years of home care experience means we have withstood the test of time and are not going anywhere
    • It also means we have gathered great expertise in the field of home care and in the understanding of what seniors and their families look for

So, there you have it. Now you’ve got an approach to assess any provider you are considering hiring, and in case you are looking for a caregiving company, you might want to include North Oakland Caregivers in your shortlist since we pass the test by the above criteria and more. So, we hope you give us a call, and we could discuss your family’s specific needs, and how we can help and be the “right” home care provider for your loved ones.

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day - a picture of Lance's dadWe say Happy Father’s Day to all fathers and father figures who helped, inspired and loved us.

We share personal memories of Lance, our President, about his Dad on this occasion.

“…My dad ALWAYS made time for me.  He was a surgeon that had office hours during the day and picked up more shifts at night in the emergency room almost every night.  He slept for what seemed like 4 hours a night.  But he ALWAYS found ways to be there.  I had a baseball game one day, and there he was, in a suit, catching baseballs as I warmed up to pitch in my Little League baseball game.  Or during a snowstorm, our school bus could barely make it to the other high school, let alone any students or fans.  But there he was, in his suit, straight from work, sitting up in the stands by himself, in the middle of an empty gym, eating his bag of popcorn and waiting for the game to begin.”

“…My dad ALWAYS put others first before himself. After he passed away, way too young, at age 58, I heard story after story on how he gave people hope and made them feel so good. I came across a race horse trainer out in the country.  One day he told me “Your dad said the greatest thing to me one time that made me feel 10 feet tall.”  And when I asked what in the world my Dad said to him, he replied: “Well, I told him, you open people up and operate on them and in many cases bring them back to life.  What does it feel like to be able to give them years of life by your hand?  Your dad looked at me and said, “Actually, I always wanted to be a horse trainer all my life. That made me feel 10 feet tall. No one ever said anything like that to me in my life.”‘

“…My dad ALWAYS made time for others and ALWAYS made them feel good about themselves.  He put others ahead of himself ALWAYS. And he was ALWAYS the greatest dad a son could ever hope for.  I miss him. I think of him often 36 years later.”

“YOU MATTER”: Inspiring Stories About Our Clients

A senior man in glasses playing cards

It is easy to succumb to the daily grind of life, to become transactional, to lose perspective. We think it’s important to always find a moment to take a step back and appreciate what really matters. What matters to us is seeing our clients as unique individuals with their unique lives.

That’s why we introduce the “You Matter” blog series to celebrate our clients, their individuality, their humanity, their stories. As we do our best to make sure our clients’ needs are met with dignity and respect on a daily basis, we also take time to connect with them personally, be it via a phone call or by stopping by to say hello. As we do so, we hear their stories, we help them re-live their memorable moments and go through the ups and downs of their emotions.

 

We would like to start sharing these inspiring stories to help us all celebrate the humanity of our clients and as our way to say “You Matter”. Our first story is about Bill, told in his memory by his daughter.

“My father, Bill P., was always a guy that embraced a game of chance including a simple card game of gin rummy.  So, as a result, all of the great caregivers from North Oakland needed to play cards.  These wonderful women took such good care of my dad and played cards for as long as he wanted to play.  If they didn’t know how to play gin,  they knew how by the end of their first day!  He was 98 years old and kept score in his head while the rest of us were keeping score with the aid of a solar calculator or at the very least carrying the one on a pad of paper.  He amazed us all. – K.”

North Oakland Caregivers Celebrates 30 Years

North Oakland Caregivers in Clarkston and Bloomfield Hills Celebrates 30 Years

“We started this business for all the right reasons. And here we are 30 years later still helping people.”– Lance Baylis, President

North Oakland Caregivers Team

North Oakland Caregivers, Inc

After being in the Medicare certified home health care business for 10 years, we decided there were too many people that still needed help in their home after their certified care had come to a halt.  That’s when we opened North Oakland Caregivers, Inc. in 1992.  And here we are 30 years later with the desire, dedication, commitment, warmth, kindness, compassion, expertise and EXPERIENCE to provide care to so many people in the Oakland County area.  We’ve helped people in Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Rochester, Lake Orion, Oxford, Clarkston, Waterford, Royal Oak, Huntington Woods, Goodrich, Ortonville, Farmington, Franklin Village, Troy, Oakland Township, Auburn Hills, West Bloomfield, Pleasant Ridge, Holly, Walled Lake, Madison Heights, Sylvan Lake and EVERYWHERE in between.  AND we are still doing it with our heart and soul, and a smile that all our clients have come to expect.

30 Years of giving you peace of mind while we take care of your family.