Palliative care is misunderstood and underutilized

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Palliative Care Orange County Information.  If you were to ask 50 people what palliative care means, you would likely get 50 different answers and most would say the term is interchangeable with hospice care. Because of this misconception in both the medical community and the general public, there is a hesitation to seek palliative care expertise earlier in a patient’s journey because of the false perception this service is only for those reaching end-of-life care. This past week an article was written in the New York Times about this very issue and how patients and their families are missing an opportunity to better understand options and make choices with the help of a palliative care team.

Doctors who specialize in palliative care strive to manage symptoms and support patients and their loved ones on how to live with and manage chronic disease. They integrate the psychological, social and spiritual aspects of care along with providing relief from pain and other distressing symptoms. The focus of care is tailored to support each unique individual with the complex questions and scenarios arising from a chronic condition and are provided in an outpatient setting. This approach to care coupled with in home support from Visiting Angels of Orange County helps to make your loved one feel more comfortable and secure.

Is palliative care right for you, someone you love or a patient you are treating? Here are some questions to think about:

  • Is the pain from the condition being treated to his or her satisfaction?
  • Does nausea and fatigue prevent him or her from participating in everyday activities?
  • Is depression or anxiety preventing him or her from experiencing the simple joys of life?
  • Is the prognosis of the disease challenging to understand?
  • Is help needed to navigate difficult medical decisions?

If the answer to any or many of the above questions is yes, then seeking a consultation with a palliative care expert may help navigate these waters. It does not mean giving up; rather, it’s about seeking assistance to improve the quality of life we all seek. Sometimes a new set of ears to listen and the expertise to understand can provide the comfort needed during a challenging time.

For more information about in home Palliative Care, contact us at (714) 379-4546. We service Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton and Garden Grove.

Article by Dr. Ellyn M. Lee, MD

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3 Key Ways a In Home Professional Caregiver Makes Your Loved One’s Life Better

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In Home Professional Caregiver Caregiver

Elissa wanted to savor every moment with her mother in the time they had left. She didn’t want to think ahead, and she didn’t want to be overwhelmed.

Elissa wanted to be present for her mom, knowing she needed a level of attention and care that was sometimes hard for her to provide.

In just mere months, Elissa needed to become a caregiver, but she had no idea how. In Home Professional Caregiver Caregiver.

Elissa still wanted to be a daughter, too. She found herself locked squarely in the sandwich generation of needing to care for her mother while grappling with the struggles of her everyday life. Elissa was swiftly realizing that a professional caregiver could provide a higher quality of care, not only for her Mom but also for herself. Elissa needed a professional caregiver to help make her mom’s life better. Here’s how:

1. Create a Customized Care Plan

A care plan is a road map for care that ensures smooth transitions and minimizes stress for your loved one, any family caregivers and/or your professional caregiver. A customized care plan covers a senior’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. To begin creating the plan, a skilled professional will consult with you and your loved one in the senior’s home to assess the needs, as well as the needs of any current caregivers. He or she will then draft a plan that makes sure the right services are provided, personalizing the plan to your loved one’s needs, personality and preferences. A well-crafted care plan will be flexible and adjusted as needed. In Home Professional Caregiver Caregiver.

2. Establish a Trusted Relationship

Some seniors are more willing to accept help than others, so before even beginning care it’s important we build consensus with your loved one. It begins with selecting your caregiver. Select senior home care agencies, like Visiting Angels, will allow families the opportunity to interview the caregiver before service begins. You and your loved one will have the peace of mind that the recommended senior care professional has the skill-set, experience and personality that your loved one deserves. Trust-building continues with listening. Your loved one, and in fact everyone associated with providing private duty care, need to know his or her concerns are heard and that his or her input matters. Being a good listener and respecting confidentiality, along with routine reliability, is foundational to building trust and build relationships. In Home Professional Caregiver Caregiver.

3. Help make daily life better

What do the caregivers physically do? When you find the right professional caregiver, you should expect the following responsibilities:

  • Bathing and toileting assistance*
  • Walking assistance*
  • Grooming
  • Dressing*
  • Light housekeeping, including laundry
  • Errands
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal prep
  • Joyful companionship
  • Doctor appointment and medication reminders
  • Hospice support
  • Activities of daily living

If it sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. We won’t sugarcoat it: Caregiving is very demanding work, and although helping those in need can be the most rewarding profession in the world, at times it’s very stressful. The truth is that sometimes it’s better to defer to professionals with years of experience caring for loved ones like yours. A professional will help provide peace of mind, for both yourself and your loved one, that he or she is safe, comfortable and happy. Like Elissa, you want to make the best decision possible for the person who helped you for all these years. Visiting Angels offers in-home consultations* to discuss your loved one’s care and what services might help. Complete our care inquiry form and we’ll call you within 15 minutes.

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We provide Senior Home Care in Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton and Garden Grove.

Busting the Top Myths About Senior Home Care

Senior Home Care.
Senior Home Care

Home, sweet home: It’s where the great majority of seniors want to stay as they age, and many of them do — even when they need support in their daily life.

According to recent data from the Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving, 80 percent of older adults — including many with several functional limitations — receive care in private homes, not in nursing homes or other healthcare institutions.

If you’re caring for an older adult who wants to stay home but needs help with daily activities or to stay there comfortable and safely, then it’s worth considering professional help.

Let’s investigate some of the myths that exist regarding home care:

MYTH #1: It’s Too Expensive

Cost of care is very often the elephant in the room, regardless of what services you’re considering. If your loved one wants to stay home and you’re able to provide care for free, why pay for it?

Cost of care is more than merely a bottom line expense. We often forget there are hidden costs in providing “free” care as family providers, like lost wages when we can’t work, diminished health when we try to manage more than we’re physically or emotionally able to handle or less quality time with other family members. Your role within the family changes too, requiring you adapt into the role of a caregiver instead of your traditional place within the family.

The cost of home care cannot be ignored, so let’s talk about the numbers:

The national average daily cost for a private nursing home room is $253 dollars a day, according to a survey by Genworth Financial. The national average daily cost for home care services? $125. (That’s assuming 44 hours per week.)

Nursing care at home can cost nearly twice as much as home care. And while it can provide 24/7 services, many seniors residing at home don’t need that intensive level of round-the-clock support. In fact, many home-based seniors do not even need 44 hours of home care a week. Senior Home Care

But even at that number, the cost is considerably lower than nursing home care—and comparable with national averages for assisted living ($119/daily)[1].

MYTH #2: My Parent Doesn’t Need This Yet

No one really wants to think of a parent as “needing help.”

If your father was an accomplished banker, it’s hard to see him unable to balance his own checkbook. If your mother was an amazing cook and made meals for your extended family of 25 without breaking a sweat, it’s hard seeing her struggle to read and follow a simple recipe. Now imagine if the tables were turned. How would your mom or dad feel if independence was becoming more and more challenging with each new day?

Losing one’s independence, no matter the reason, is a difficult life shift. As those losses compound over time, it just gets harder. That’s why so many people — caregivers and our loved ones alike — resist the idea of help. We want to do things ourselves. Senior Home Care.

The truth behind dispelling this myth is that it is all in how we frame it. If we think of it as a means of gaining back, maintaining and even growing independence instead of “needing help,” perhaps we’d find our loved ones could really benefit from home care before there’s a dire need for it.

For example: Maybe your mom can still make a delicious meal but just can’t drive to the grocery store alone, load the heavy bags into the car or make a reasonable shopping list. Instead of saying, “Mom, just have your meals with us,” or “We’ll take care of it and bring you prepared meals for the week every Sunday,” (which emphasizes her growing dependence), you could introduce the idea of a sous chef. “Mom, would you like a personal shopper who can bring the groceries you need each week and talk about a meal plan with you?”

By discussing the support in a positive way — while finding a way to meet a need without making your loved one feel incapable — is an effective strategy for reframing the “I don’t need help yet” myth.

MYTH #3: My Parent Needs a Loved One for His or Her Own Comfort

Allowing a stranger into the home can feel uncomfortable at first. But professional caregivers can easily become like an extended member of the family if you’re open to the possibility and committed to the success of the arrangement.

In many cases, aging parents would actually prefer a home care worker over a family member. Why? Because again, going back to the loss of independence that so many wrestle with, some seniors truly resent the thought of being a burden on their loved ones. Senior Home Care.

On the flip side, some adult children may find it difficult to be both daughter AND caregiver, and feel uncomfortable in the role. And sometimes these adult children feel like they haven’t even been in communication with a parent and are suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver now tasked with bathing their parent.

For any number of reasons, the idea that only a loved one can bring comfort to a parent who needs care is just not true, and bringing in an “outsider” to provide personal care does not have to be a negative thing.One of the benefits: This allows the family caregiver to move back to being the son or daughter, not the caregiver.

MYTH #4: Home Care is Only for People Who are Very Sick or Terminally Ill

Recall from earlier, 80 percent of seniors receive care at home. Those 80 percent of seniors can experience a wide range of symptoms; from loneliness, minor vision impairments or mobility challenges to the terminally ill. Home care serves them all.

Home care can and does provide services to the very sick and the terminally ill, but it also serves people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s who just need medication reminders or the boost a bi-weekly friendly visit brings.

It serves people being discharged from the hospital after a fall, people who need help getting showered and dressed in the mornings and people who need help for two weeks, two years and everything in between.

Home care can be customized to meet whatever your loved one’s care situation is, both in the present and for the future.

MYTH #5: My Siblings and I Can Just Stop By and It Will Be Fine

This may be true for a time, but as a senior loved one’s limitations advance, your family’s ability to address those limitations may not always increase accordingly.

Some siblings may be enthusiastic about providing support at the beginning, but you may find their participation declining over time, leaving one of you with the bulk of the responsibility, which can lead to caregiver burnout and resentment. Even with sibling support, one person is typically responsible for coordinating the care, and that individual carries more of the caregiving burden.

Another disadvantage to this approach of “just stopping by” is you don’t get a true picture of your loved one’s needs throughout the day.

For example, your mother might be perfectly able to manage basic activities during the day, but she struggles with sleeping through the night and gets up often to use the bathroom or get a drink in the kitchen. If she is at risk of falling during these hours of darkness and disorientation, then your sibling popping by on a lunch break won’t represent a true spectrum of mom’s independence or needs.

This is not to say you and your siblings shouldn’t visit, or that a home care worker should only help at night. Your family’s involvement and participation is key, but sometimes more is needed than what a simple “stop by” visit provides. Senior Home Care.

MYTH #6: Your Loved One Loses Independence When They Bring in Home Care

The first goal of home care is to maintain independence at home for as long as possible. It’s best to think of a professional caregiver (and even yourself as the family caregiver) as a team member or a care partner — not just the sole provider. Senior Home Care.

Bring in a professional caregiver to fill in the gaps in independence, not to increase your loved one’s dependence before it’s necessary. Senior Home Care.

For example: If your father-in-law is struggling to get dressed, don’t bring in home care to do all the work of dressing him. Bring in the home care provider to come alongside him in the process: “Which of these three shirts would you like to wear today? Do you want to wear jeans or slacks? Brown slip-on shoes or black sneakers?” Once he’s made his choices, the home care worker can jump in when he gets stuck — buttoning the last two buttons on his shirt, tying his shoes — instead of doing it all.

As with many of these home care myths, reframing things in a positive, empowering way and presenting those options in a positive light, not just directing and demanding, will go further in making home care a successful solution.

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You can learn more about our home care services and our compassionate caregivers by calling 714-379-4546. You can also reach us by email or by filling out our online message form by clicking on the tab to your left.

We provide Senior Home Care in Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton and Garden Grove.

Be Proactive, Stay On Top of Your Elderly Parent’s Care

Elderly Parent’s Care.
Elderly Parent’s Care

Today, it’s more common than ever for families and friends to live long distances away from each other, including from their aging parents.

Whether the children have relocated for work or the senior has retired to a resort community, in these situations, it may be that you don’t get to spend as much time together as you’d like. A visit every few months and a daily phone call can show your loved one that you care, but you may be missing crucial signs that they need more help than you had realized.Elderly Parent’s Care.

A small dent in their car, a refrigerator full of spoiled food or a bruise from a fall they’re too proud to admit could all be warning signs of underlying problems that you’re not able to see over the phone.

Face-to-face interaction tends to remove the veil masking independence. That’s why most professional caregivers are hired at or around the holidays. But in many cases, the problems don’t begin during the holidays. That’s just when most people finally notice them.

Don’t Wait Until the Next Family Gathering to Stay On Top of Your Elderly Parent’s Care

Unfortunately, its inevitable that a person’s fine motor skills will decrease as he or she ages. The changes can happen slowly or rapidly. This could make it hard for a senior to do everyday tasks that he or she has taken for granted, such as preparing food or dealing with fasteners on clothes. Elderly Parents Care.

Here are a few other things you can’t see over the phone, but all of which could be signs that your loved one needs more care to live safely, comfortably and happily at home:

  • Changes in sleep — more or less
  • Changes in eating — skipped meals and lost weight
  • Changes in clothing — wrinkled, mismatched, backward or misbuttoned shirts
  • Changes in grooming and personal hygiene — unpleasant body odor, bad breath, strong smell of urine in the house or on the clothing
  • Decline in household maintenance — dishes piling up, unopened envelopes, unpaid bills
  • Trouble standing up from a seat
  • Failing to take their medications at the correct time or totally forgetting to take their medications
  • Dropped pills, because they can be difficult for a senior to spot and pick up (and missing doses of prescribed medication can cause even minor health problems to worsen)

Replace Doubt With Expertise

Hiring a professional caregiver is an increasingly popular way to help your parents maintain their independence in their own home. The caregiver will inevitably build a relationship with your loved one through the actions of going into his or her home to help with daily tasks — like assistance with hygiene, dressin or toileting, as well as meal preparation,light housekeeping and grocery shopping.Elderly Parents Care.

If your loved one loves to cook but has trouble standing that long or carrying in groceries, a caregiver can help with that, too — driving to the grocery, carrying the bags in and acting like an assistant in the kitchen.

The caregiver can also be an additional part of your care team and family, so you can have peace of mind about your loved one’s health from afar.

Even if you live close to your loved one, it may be that a professional caregiver can spot warning signs that an untrained eye might miss, particularly related to dementia. There are small signs that can indicate problems, like little memory lapses or difficulty with numbers. Elderly Parents Care.

Being proactive with your elderly loved one’s care now can help to avoid problems later. And in doing so, you’ll keep everyone happy during the holidays.

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You can learn more about our home care services and our compassionate caregivers by calling 714-379-4546. You can also reach us by email or by filling out our online message form by clicking on the tab to your left.

We provide Senior Home Care in Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton and Garden Grove.

Here’s Why I Wish I’d Hired Home Care Sooner

It was the collection of little things that constantly nagged at Sacha as she and her siblings struggled to care for their ailing mother.

Who was going to be able to make the 30-minute, one-way drive to her mom’s house to administer her eye drops? When was the last time she showered? Had she soiled herself and did her laundry need to be done?

And then came the impossible choices: Attend her son’s sporting event or run an errand for her mom, who continued to live independently in her own home? There was never a right decision.

Her mom, Netty, passed away recently at 87.

But for years, Sacha and her siblings were among more than 34 million Americans who provided unpaid care for a friend or loved one, according to a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. And as the U.S. population continues to age, experts say the need for caregiving will balloon.

And if Sacha has one piece of advice for those in her place: “Do not wait to get a caregiver to help.”

“The relief of knowing that your mother is taken care of when you can’t do it, it was really a relief to all of us,” she says. “There was just peace of mind, and I wish I had done it earlier.”

“You always worry about the money, sure,” she added. “But there is no price tag for your peace of mind or your loved one’s comfort.”

Sandwiched Generation is Smashed

The strain on her and her siblings intensified when her mother turned 75 and had to stop driving.

The occasional trip here or there to help quickly turned into more frequent stops and errand-running. Her mom, who had a pacemaker, had to visit the cardiologist every other week. Her blood had to be tested. And over the years, she became incontinent and Sacha worried about her cleanliness.

And while a half-hour drive doesn’t sound like a lot, it added up in time and stress as Sacha worked to balance the demands of a full-time job and being a full-time mom with sons who were active in school, sports, band and their church. That doesn’t even account for her activities or being a wife. To top it off, she also had a 45-minute, one-way commute to her own job that was as far north as her mom’s home was south.

Even with the support of siblings, the dueling responsibilities created stress.

“I was definitely sandwiched,” Sacha said, referring to being of the generation that is in the middle of caring for parents and for their own children.

Sacha fit squarely into the BLS profile of the unpaid caregiver for seniors:

  • Half, or nearly 9 million people, are parents themselves.
  • Most, 78 percent, are employed. Of those, 63 percent work full-time.
  • Nearly 40 percent of family caregivers help with household chores, including preparing meals, cleaning up and housework.

“I constantly felt pulled in many different directions,” Sacha said. “And it helped to have help. It was a lifesaver, really. Even just the help with the basic things. Aides are so much better at things like giving baths. I’m more clunky at it.”

And the companionship her caregiver provided for the 20 hours a week she came to her mother’s home was priceless.

Hiring Professionals Frees You

Jackie, who also became a caregiver for her aging parent, couldn’t agree more.

Jackie and her sister hired Visiting Angels for their father, Jack, to help around the house after her mother died. For Jackie, having a professional meant freeing her to spend quality time with her dad before he passed away a couple years later at the age of 80.

In the beginning, his caregiver visited in the morning and another came in the evening. As he aged, they were able to up his care to 24 hours a day.

She laughs as she described him as a handful and, at times, stubborn. Instead of spending days arguing with him or unsuccessfully trying to get him to do something he didn’t want to, she said his caregiver freed her and her sister to enjoy him.

“You just can’t do it all. Something will give,” Jackie said. “It was better for our relationship with Dad to bring someone in. That helped get rid of his resentment that we couldn’t be there all the time and the guilt we had on our part.

“At least this way, we knew he was getting much better and more frequent care.”

Jackie also looked forward to the daily reports the caregivers sent. They got reports not only on what her dad ate, but also on little changes in mood or temperament.

“They were there every day and saw things we may have missed,” she said.

And for Sacha, having help meant spending more quality time with her mom.

“When I’d go on Sundays, I wanted to visit with Mom. I didn’t want to be cleaning her bathroom,” she said. “It was nice to just sit with her and visit. That was awesome.” Call us today and lets talk about how you feel about in home care.

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You can learn more about our home care services and our compassionate caregivers by calling 714-379-4546. You can also reach us by email or by filling out our online message form by clicking on the tab to your left.

We provide Senior Home Care in Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton and Garden Grove.

Is it Too Early to Start In-Home Senior Care?

Your aging parent missed an appointment or a special occasion. Maybe he or she forgets words occasionally or is starting to need more rides to the doctor.

These may be small signs that show their age — and often we chalk these up to isolated incidents or “senior moments” that aren’t serious enough to make us consider whether our loved one may need some help.

Unfortunately, senior life care is often something that we put off thinking about until our loved one’s condition has deteriorated past the point where he or she is living as comfortably, happily and safely as possible.

But the ramifications of waiting can be serious and costly. There’s too much risk to not ensure your loved one’s safety. Even if you’re around to get your mom or dad emergency medical assistance, the real challenge begins after discharge.

Because sadly, one in five Americans on Medicare winds up back in the hospital within 30 days of discharge, reports the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

It’s just the reality – without a trained professional’s expertise, most of us simply do not know the common pitfalls for aging loved ones who want to remain in their home.

It’s inevitable your loved one will need help as they age — and there are major benefits to thinking about it earlier, rather than waiting until the need is dire.

Here are five reasons why bringing in a professional caregiver early can help:

    1. A Professional Caregiver Consistently Spends Time with Your Loved One, Building a Relationship Now and Assessing Evolving Needs

      As people get older, deterioration in motor skills is likely and it can have a big impact on a senior’s general health.

      The sooner a caregiver begins care, the more equipped the person is to spot changes in his or her behavior — changes that may signal the need for more care or even medical intervention.

      For example, consider dementia and its types. There are small signs of dementia that may be hard to spot, but catching these signs early can make a difference to possible treatments, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

    2. It Can Help Your Loved One Maintain Independence in Their Own Home, Without Becoming Dependent on You or Others

      As your loved one’s motor skills decline, important parts of the routine can become more difficult, like dressing or preparing meals.

      The American Geriatric Society points out that this can also make taking prescribed medication difficult, as pills may be small and hard to handle.

      Missed doses of medication could lead to health issues worsening. Mobility issues can lead to falls around the home. Having a professional care provider check on your mom or dad’s home for potential problem areas, such as high steps, could give you time to solve the issue before mobility worsens.

      While medical and safety issues are obviously important, it is equally important that seniors are comfortable and happy.

    3. Your Loved One Could Be Lonely, Especially if Fewer of His or Her Friends are Around

      Perhaps your loved one is OK with medication and mobility right now, but many of his or her friends are no longer around or are in worse health and can no longer meet up for visits or outings. And even if your loved one has family visits two or three days a week, the person still spends most the time alone.

      An estimated 20 percent of adults older than age 65 have experienced depression, according to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation. Depression is not a normal part of aging.

      Social isolation and loneliness of the elderly is a problem that can impair mental performance, affect the immune system and increase health risks.

      A professional caregiver can provide the companionship your loved one unknowingly longs to have, whether it’s helping your loved one cook again, going to a yoga class together or enjoying a cup of coffee together on the back porch.

    4. Prevent Falls Before They Happen

      Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults over the age of 67, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      Furthermore, one-fourth of Americans over 65 fall every year, and older adults are treated in the ER for a fall every 11 seconds (800,000 hospitalizations each year).

      If no one in your family is properly trained to fall-proof your loved one’s home, then delaying help becomes a risk.

      A professional care coordinator can conduct an in-home assessment to spot the safety risks that you may not recognize yourself.

    5. Bringingin a Professional Caregiver Supports You, Helping You to Remain the Son or Daughter

It’s inevitable that aging comes with the need for care —transportation to the doctor, help walking to the bathroom or assistance getting dressed or bathed.

Most conditions will only become worse as time goes on.

Over 34 million Americans are providing unpaid care to a senior every year. It can negatively affect a family caregiver’s health and well-being, and lead to lost hours at work, resulting in caregiver burnout.

It’s never too soon to build a relationship with a caregiver who you can trust around your loved one.

By thinking about this now, researching care options and making sure we are constantly aware of our loved one’s needs, we can be ready for whatever comes next. Call us today and lets talk about how you feel about in home care.

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You can learn more about our home care services and our compassionate caregivers by calling 714-379-4546. You can also reach us by email or by filling out our online message form by clicking on the tab to your left.

We provide Senior Home Care in Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton and Garden Grove.

What Is Home Care

The question “What is home care?” is one that you’ve probably been asking yourself. At Visiting Angels we’ve been experts in home care for many years and have the experience to help guide you through the home care decision making process.

We understand that it is difficult to allow someone to come into your home or a family member’s home. How do you help someone keep their independence yet care for them in a way that enables them to be safe? How do you care for someone for many hours of the day, yet respecting the fact it is their home? And what about personalities?

These are all questions you and your families may be asking. We have been in thousands of homes and have dealt with many different situations, schedules, personalities and needs. We take the time to answer all of your questions as we understand that this is a new process you will be going through.

Although most home care requests are usually planned, and families need the time to research and evaluate many solutions Visiting Angels of Orange County is able to respond quickly to those families and clients that require a faster response in situations as a result of an emergency or a late day discharge from a medical facility such as a hospital or rehabilitation facility.  We can respond to requests for in hospital assistance, assisted living facility bedside care or to someone who is being discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation.  We are also available to assist with major transitions such as assisted living to a family member’s home, or into a family member’s home as part of a relocation.

  • Consulting with you about scheduling, costs and care.
  • Scheduling an in home visit.
  • Creating a personalized care plan.
  • Coordinating a caregiver meeting.
  • Adjusting care plan or routines as needed through monitoring and ongoing, consistent communication.

Anaheim is a city in Orange County, California, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 336,265, making it the most populous city in Orange County and the 10th-most populous city in California.[15] Anaheim is the second-largest city in Orange County in terms of land area (after Irvine) and is known for its theme parks, the Anaheim Convention Center, and its two major sports teams: the Anaheim Ducks ice hockey club and the Angels baseball team.

Anaheim was founded by fifty German families in 1857 and incorporated as the second city in Los Angeles County on March 18, 1876;[2] Orange County would later be split off from Los Angeles County in 1889. Anaheim remained largely a rural community until Disneyland opened in the city in 1955. This led to the construction of several hotels and motels around the area, and residential districts in Anaheim soon followed. The city also developed into an industrial center, producing electronics, aircraft parts and canned fruit.

Anaheim’s city limits extend from Cypress in the west to the Riverside County line in the east and encompass a diverse collection of neighborhoods and communities. Anaheim Hills is a master-planned community located in the city’s eastern stretches that is home to many of the city’s affluent.[citation needed] Downtown Anaheim has three mixed-use historic districts, the largest of which is the Anaheim Colony. The Anaheim Resort, a commercial district, includes Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and numerous hotels and retail complexes. The Platinum Triangle, a neo-urban redevelopment district surrounding Angel Stadium, is planned to be populated with mixed-use streets and high-rises. Anaheim Canyon is an industrial district north of California State Route 91 and east of California State Route 57.


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You can learn more about our home care services and our compassionate caregivers by calling 714-379-4546. You can also reach us by email or by filling out our online message form by clicking on the tab to your left.

We provide Senior Home Care in Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton and Garden Grove.

How To Get Started With Home Care

The best way to provide the highest quality level of care requires an initial meeting where family and/or client meet with a Visiting Angels care coordinator. This meeting includes a detailed review of care needed, schedule request (if known), specific requests of family or client, and any other concerns. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions of our staff here at Visiting Angels of Orange County and it is an excellent opportunity for us to get to know you as well. If you are feeling overwhelmed, we can make recommendations as we have much experience in understanding what works in certain situations.

The following topics are commonly discussed during initial meetings.

  • Specific physical needs of the care recipient with regards to bathing and grooming, dressing, meals and diet, mobility, and incontinence.
  • Reviewing schedules involving sleep, eating and medicine.
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    Specific emotional needs such as social interaction, activities, conversation, appointments, and companionship.

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    Specific assistance with homemaking such as preparation of meals, groceries, linens, laundry, and light housekeeping.

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    Logistics of schedules, access to the home, documentation, and the details of how to work with scheduling changes, the office or the caregivers.

If you would like to proceed with care at that time, we would establish a schedule, finalize the care plan, schedule a nurse visit, and coordinate a meeting with caregiver(s).

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You can learn more about our home care services and our compassionate caregivers by calling 714-379-4546. You can also reach us by email or by filling out our online message form by clicking on the tab to your left.

We provide Senior Home Care in Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton and Garden Grove.

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