Become a 24/7 caretaker is a huge undertaking and it's being forced on people now. Nursing homes are beyond peoples' budgets and home care is necessary.
Chandler, AZ (PRWEB) April 12, 2009
In a report by the Senior Care Advocates, it's noted that the average cost of a nursing home in California in 2004 is $170 per day, which is roughly $60,000. Further findings show that by 2030, monthly costs can be as much as $15,000. Then there's also the notion of simply throwing a relative or parent into the care of potentially dubious people.
For many Americans, particularly in this economy, nursing homes are no longer an option, whether it's based on a financial situation or a personal and ethnical one.
"I took care of my 91 year old mother and it took me a great deal of time to make my home safer," said Janet Ewald.
Ewald is a registered nurse (RN, BSN) by trade, but still found that there was a particular amount of work that would go into setting her home up properly. Afterwards, she realized that other people may need assistance in preparing their houses for proper care.
"I need to help other people and make it so it's not a difficult task to make their home safe," Ewald said.
In July 2008, Ewald launched http://www.AskMyRN.com, which is built off of a simple and altruistic mission statement: Assist, educate and encourage safety and maintain wellness in life.
AskMyRN.com offers a host of tips such as safety checklists and has its own in-house store that has high quality power scooters, shower chairs, portable oxygen concentrators and solar shield sunglasses, among other necessary items.
In addition to having prevalent information, the website also has a live nurse available via GoogleTalk from 8 am to 4 pm (Mountain Standard Time). The advice is given by a group of nurses and doctors who volunteer during their spare time.
Ewald also has a brand new blog that will further educate people.
"I feel that with the blog, people can become familiar with the basic education of home caregiving and it will be another avenue to assist," Ewald said of http://www.AskMyRNInfo.com.
While some sites simply just have information, Ewald and her fellow medical volunteers are ensuring that when older adults may be candidates for assisted living, or long term care, the life provided by bringing them into a family atmosphere is much more dignified and loving.
"I feel like certain aspects of the medical world has become impersonal and people feel like they're alone," Ewald said. "Become a 24/7 caretaker is a huge undertaking and it's being forced on people now. Nursing homes are beyond peoples' budgets and home care is necessary."
"Putting someone on a shelf can take away from their dignity and nobody wants to feel unwanted," she continued.
About the Company:
AskMyRN.com is a part of JDD Online Solutions LLC, which is owned and operated by Janet Ewald and her two sons. The website also has volunteers from the St. Andrew the Apostle Community Parish Nurses and local physicians.