The CareGiver Partnership: 3 Services for the Elderly Who Need Help at Home

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With the holidays behind us, it’s common for children of the elderly to realize that Mom or Dad may need help to stay safe and healthy at home, says Dianna Malkowski, physician assistant and nutritionist for The CareGiver Partnership. She provides a few solutions to help improve seniors’ quality of life and increase their children’s peace of mind.

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If your loved one doesn’t qualify for federal or state nutrition programs, consider a service like Mom’s Meals.

During the holidays or any time of year, it’s difficult facing the reality that an elderly parent needs more help at home. Whether the need is for better nutrition, better ways to communicate in an emergency, or nonmedical care at home, there are several resources worth checking into, says Dianna Malkowski, physician assistant, nutritionist and professional adviser for The CareGiver Partnership, a national retailer of incontinence products and other home health care supplies.

“Hunger and malnutrition are very real problems for America’s seniors,” Malkowski says. “Among the many causes of malnutrition, including financial limitations, medications and depression, physical problems also limit seniors’ ability to shop for and prepare meals. There are a variety of programs to help seniors get proper nutrition. If your loved one doesn’t qualify for federal or state nutrition programs, consider a service like Mom’s Meals.”

Mom’s Meals delivers nutritionally balanced, freshly prepared meals to customers’ homes. Designed to meet the needs of our aging population, each meal contains fresh foods, is microwaveable and will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks. Mom’s Meals offers 45 unique meal choices, including specialty choices like low-sodium, low-fat, gluten-free and more.

Caregivers who are trying to keep loved ones safe and secure in their home environment may want to consider the Philips Lifeline personal emergency response system. Lifeline includes a wearable, waterproof pendant for fast access to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The CareGiver Partnership offers its customers a special discount on the Philips Lifeline service, including free activation valued up to $80.

If an elderly loved one needs in-home care, respite care, personal care or companionship, Visiting Angels is a national, private-duty network that provides nonmedical senior care. The customer chooses the services, selects the caregiver and dictates schedules for feeding, bathing, etc. Caregivers are continually monitored through telephone check-ins and home visits to ensure recipients are cared for according to the standards of Visiting Angels.

For personalized assistance with these and other caregiving solutions, visit The CareGiver Partnership’s Web site or call its team of experts at 1-800-985-1353, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Dianna Malkowski is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and Mayo Clinic trained nutritionist specializing in diabetes, cancer, wound healing, therapeutic diets and nutrition support. She serves on the board of professional advisers for The CareGiver Partnership and enjoys working with patients and caregivers alike.

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