Monthly Archives: February 2018

Home Health Aides hard to find in 2018

According to a new report conducted by CareerCast, jobs in the caregiving field, including in-home caregiving, and personal care aid, will be hard to fill in 2018. With the rapid growth in the demand for senior care with the Silver Tsunami approaching, there will be an ever-increasing demand for these types of “unskilled” jobs. According to the list provided by CareerCast, health care jobs in general will be five of the top ten most difficult job openings to fill in the coming year and years. Well Beyond Care understands this trend and has already taken steps to see that the need will be filled with qualified employees.

Looking at the list below, home health aides were ranked as the fourth toughest position to fill, with the median salary at only $10.55 per hour, and in parts of the country as low as $8.75 per hour. Personal care aides rang in at No. 8, with a median salary of $8.75 per hours.  Part of what makes WellBeyondCare.com different, is that Caregivers tend to make 25% to 40% more per hour when employed through our system.

Well Beyond Care realizes that over the next eight years the demand for home health aides are forecasted to grow 47%, while personal care aides are anticipated to go 39% over the same time period during to the fact that over 4 million baby boomers per year will be retiring over that same period. This forecast is based on data from trade and professional associations and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As a ranking, the 10 toughest jobs to fill in 2018 are:

  1. Application software developer
  2. Construction laborer
  3. Financial advisor
  4. Home health aide
  5. Information security analyst
  6. Medical services manager
  7. Nurse practitioner
  8. Personal care aide
  9. Physical therapist
  10. Truck driver

Due to a large part of how little private duty care companies pay their caregivers and how much they need to charge their clients to make a profit, it is little wonder that in-home care has been facing a labor shortage.  This will become exacerbated as companies like Well Beyond Care start to siphon off more of the higher quality caregivers and as a result, see a raise in hourly wages. Conversely, by using a company like Well Beyond Care a careseeker can actually end up playing a caregiver $3 to $5 more per hour, and still save between $10,000 to $30,000 per year in caregiving costs.

Well Beyond Care gives caregivers and those who need care the tools to manage their in-home care online. Caregivers, registered nurses, certified nurse assistants, and geriatric care managers can use the website to be best matched with Careseekers looking for care, set their wages, post their weekly availability, receive weekly payment, and build their resume and portfolio with real experience. Careseekers and family members looking for someone to give care for their parents or loved ones, can use the website to search for qualified nurses, CNAs and caregivers, are matched with a caregiver who can best can deliver care to specific care needs, monitor their caregivers’ schedules and payment online and receive personal support from the nurse that is assigned to them when they join. Join for free today at WellBeyondCare.com.

Hiring a Caregiver Tips

Hiring a caregiver for the elderly, especially for one or both of your parents, involves having to expend a great deal of effort and time, and commits you to major decision that affect not only your aging parents, but possibly your entire family. Hiring a caregiver for your parents requires a number of considerations in order to arrive at a well-informed decision regarding the kind of geriatric care that your elderly parents may require. In hiring a caregiver, the needs of your parents, as well as your capacity to financially provide for these needs, are just two among the many considerations you may have to keep to mind.

Determine what type of caregiver you need

While conducting your caregiver search, it is important to first determine what kind of care your parent requires. For instance, you should think about the types of skills your parent needs their caregiver to have, the amount of relevant experience your parent may require, the gender of the caregiver your parent prefers, as well as other non-quantifiable qualifications as well. Knowing the skills requirements that your elderly parent may call for in a caregiver should greatly help you narrow down your private duty care professional search.

Formulate a care plan

Along with the type of caregiver you need, you are going to have to take into consideration what types of care is going to be delivered and when. This is also known as a care plan, or a written plan that describes the services and care your loved one needs for their health condition. Sometimes, a care plan must be prepared or approved by your doctor.

Decide on a schedule

Depending on the needs spelled out in the care plan of your elderly parent, the duration of the care required may vary greatly. For instance, you can call for a personal care assistant to work days or nights, or for overnight stays. You may only need to hire a part-time nurse for when your parent only needs a few hours of skilled medical care a day. You should also determine how many hours per week and how many days a month the caregiver may need to be of service to your elderly parent. In the case where your parent calls for round-the-clock care, you should consider hiring three or more caregivers to keep overall costs down, especially when considering overtime and duties performed.

Determine a budget

Determining a budget for your parent’s geriatric care is a decision that may require agreement from a number of your family members. Since this concerns the financial matters affecting your family, it would be wise to involve everyone involved in the process of looking for a caregiver for your parent. At this phase it is also important to determine who among the family members can contribute financially and to what the extent the contribution will be given. It is important to note when you hire a caregiver, financial considerations are one of the most important factors.

Start searching for a caregiver in your area

In your caregiver search, it is best to look for someone who resides within your immediate area. The closer the better. You can try looking for caregivers in local health care agencies, local advertisements, or employment publications. As a more convenient method, it may be better to look for healthcare professionals online by using trusted sites like WellBeyondCare.com that usually have a large listing of caregivers of various skills sets, training, experience, locations and pay ranges.

Conduct an interview and hire them

After searching for a caregiver, select a number of qualified prospects who match your skills requirements, temperament and “rightness of fit” for an interview. Interviews allow you to verify the qualifications of your prospective home care professional. On a site such as WellBeyondCare.com, conducting personal interviews may be easier as this website allows you to get in touch with your prospective caregiver right away and offers you tips on what you should look for in and what questions you should ask a prospective caregiver. As soon as you have interviewed a few caregivers and are satisfied with the caregiver that you have chosen, then it is time to make a hiring decision and start your parent’s in-home care.  One of the first things you should do prior to hiring any caregiver is do a background check that can detect any criminal history and a reference check. It is best if you leave this to 3rd party suppliers.

Well Beyond Care provides the tools that help you plan care and allow your loved ones to safely age in place. It is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover. Our platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. This solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs. Its online system combines the best in Caregiver matching (searching, screening, ratings & hiring) with all the back-office functions (time worked, payroll, scheduling, and notifications) to ensure safe, reliable, dependable, affordable care is obtained. It is the only company that gives each Careseeker access to their own local, personal nurse to help guide them through the hiring process. The Careseeker’s nurse provides advice on healthcare options and aids with transitional care.

Common Diseases Seniors Face and Challenges in Providing Healthcare Solutions

Due to aging, diet, and living styles, seniors are more prone to degenerative diseases. As people age they become more susceptible to diseases and conditions that make even simple tasks difficult. Routine activities like grocery shopping, preparing meals and running errands become harder as we get older and adopt a sedentary lifestyle, which is why many elderly people seek assistance from caregivers. Though aging is a reality of life, it is important to know which specific diseases are most common among seniors in order to decide a course of action of prevention, and barring that, then which type of care or assistance is best for your needs.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, the most common diseases among seniors in the U.S. are Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Each of these illnesses can have dramatic effects on the quality of life of seniors and their families. Caring for an aging parent with dementia or depression can be especially trying. And while there are some precautions one can take to avoid such diseases, like leading a healthy lifestyle, the inevitable deterioration associated with old age is the leading factor that make seniors vulnerable (Medicinenet, 2013).

Though these conditions may manifest alone as a single disease, the problem gets worse as these conditions overlap. According to recent studies, having one of these diseases may make an elderly patient more susceptible to contracting others. Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, a psychiatry professor at Duke University, suggests that there is a link between dementia and vascular diseases. Studies aimed at establishing these connections are currently under way. As these ailments and conditions coexist, seniors suffer more and start to need more care. These overlapping health conditions also call for more specialized care for the senior; they need a caregiver or nurse who has experience working with patients suffering from similar comorbidities.

To date, more than 733,000 Americans live in assisted living facilities (ALFs) (New York Times, 2013). These popular living arraignments for seniors and people with disabilities offer an easy solution for their families if they can afford it. Depending on the preferred facility, level of care required, and professionals called for to provide care, yearly rates may vary, but the cost of living in a nursing home or assisted living facility has increased consistently for the past five years and typically costs about $80,000 annually. With such high costs, many families are looking for more affordable alternatives without sacrificing the quality of care and stability for their loved ones.

Many healthcare professionals, including Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), are moving away from the old model of finding jobs in an established geriatric living facility. Uncertainty about the future of the healthcare industry has driven many qualified medical professionals to operate independently, working for private pay and visiting the patients in their homes. This limits the cost of care and allows aging loved ones to remain in their own homes.

The number of seniors who need personal care is ever increasing in the US. These individuals and their families have enough stress in their lives dealing with illnesses and deteriorating health, that the addition of navigating the waters of elderly care is simply too difficult to take on alone. Fortunately there are many resources available today that can help seniors and their loved ones find the care they need at a cost they can afford.

Well Beyond Care gives caregivers and those who need care the tools to manage their in-home care online. Caregivers, registered nurses, certified nurse assistants, and geriatric care managers can use the website to be best matched with Careseekers looking for care, set their wages, post their weekly availability, receive weekly payment, and build their resume and portfolio with real experience. Careseekers and family members looking for someone to give care for their parents or loved ones, can use the website to search for qualified nurses, CNAs and caregivers, are matched with a caregiver who can best can deliver care to specific care needs, monitor their caregivers’ schedules and payment online and receive personal support from the nurse that is assigned to them when they join. Join for free today at WellBeyondCare.com.

Well Beyond Care on Golden Years

Lauren Tarrant & Jeffrey Fry were on “Dr. Mara Karpel & Your Golden Years” program today. Hear more about Well Beyond Care’s progress  on this podcast (start at 9:35 and end at 40:45).

They go over the company’s progress to date and our mission on helping families find affordable, reliable, quality care. Great interview and very informative.