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At-home assistance helps manage patient's diabetes

Created on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:52 | Written by PMG for Marissa Philips

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25 percent of seniors over age 65 have diabetes, diagnosed or undiagnosed.

If you or your loved one needs assistance in managing diabetes, ComForCare can help.

With appropriate care and medication management, complications of diabetes can be prevented.

Under the direction of our Registered Nurse and along with your doctor, our caregivers can assist with nutrition and monitoring, which can help keep blood sugar levels consistent and prevent dangerous spikes.  If desired, caregivers can help set up daily exercise routines to provide motivation for healthier living.

Our caregivers have specialized training managing chronic conditions such as diabetes.  We can help coordinate doctor's appointments, transport you to and from appointments and help you carry out doctor-recommended activities.

Caregivers can set up regular schedules to coordinate eating and insulin administration to keep you healthy and balanced.  If blood sugar levels ever become a concern, caregivers understand how to take immediate action and can contact medical services to assist.

Depending on the type and severity of diabetes, there are different diabetes management aids that may be prescribed by doctors.  These may include insulin/glucose pumps, insulin pens or other devices.  Our trained caregivers can help you get used to using the devices for blood sugar control and monitoring.

Nutrition is the cornerstone of proper diabetes management.  Caregivers can help with meal planning and preparation so that meals are both healthy and enjoyable.  We will make sure that your diet is well-balanced and low in sugar and carbohydrates to avoid blood-sugar fluctuations. 

Pros and cons to hiring private vs agency caregiver

Created on Friday, 01 April 2016 18:07 | Written by PMG for ComForCare

When mom or dad begin to need help at home, it may be tempting to hire a private individual to do the job.

"The 'sandwich generation' starts to see their parents are forgetting things, the food in the fridge has gone bad, they can't get to the doctor or remember their medications," says Marissa Phillips, owner of comForCare Home Care.  "In-home care can come in and help with those things."

But whare the pros and cons of going with a private party vs. an agency?

"There are benefits to both," says Phillips, "but there are a lot of factors to consider."

A full-service home care agency such as ComForCare hires employees, not independent contractors, said Phillips.  "We do background and reference checks, training and continuing education.  We are responsible for all federal and state taxes, including Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment Insurance.  We also handle payroll."

We provide caregiver oversight and schedule caregivers' shifts, including sending another employee when the regular caregiver is ill.  If families need short-term services such as respite care or vacation coverage, we can step in to help.

Our employees provide needed non-medical services from a long menu, including medication remindes, safety supervision, light housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, bathing and dressing, incontinence care, tranportation and companionship.  Caregivers are trained to care for those with dementia.

"Communication among family members is important," said Phillips.  "Know your loved one's wishes before they can no longer articulate them."

ComForCare:  Full hospice care available at home

Created on Thursday, 25 February 2016 15:40 | Written by PMG for ComForCare
Published by The Times of Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood

Marissa Phillips, owner of ComForCare Home Care in Tigard, says there are misconceptions about what constitutes hospice care.

Hospice card need not take place in a hospice center, but can be done at home, allowing a patient the familiarity and comfort at the end of life.

Led by a nurse, the care is OK'd by a doctor who feels the patient is failing and has about 6 months left.  A hospice agency provides RN visits, a bath aide, a social workers, a chaplain, medication and help with equipment.

"People tend to think that it's for those who are actively dying, but we've had some people who've been on hospice care for years - on and off," Phillips noted.  "They start to fail, get better, then go through a downturn again."

"Caregiving is what we do, hands-on," say Phillips.  "With our licensing, we can do it all, right at home.  In the beginning, they may need help with cooking, using the shower or the toilet.  As the progress, they may need additional pain medication, chaning sheets - we can do it, 24 hours a day, up tot he end of life."

"We are a friendly face, day in and out."

"With the righ in-home care team, the process can be comfortable, with care managed and the family side-by-side with their loved one."

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