SPRINGFIELD, NJ – A Seniors In Place Registered Nurse went to a home to do a pre-arranged assessment of an elderly woman. She knocked on the door … received no answer … became worried … called 911. Here’s what the emergency unit found.

The husband, the primary caregiver, lay on the floor and couldn’t get up. The bedridden wife was in the back of the house, screaming for help.

Thankfully, because our Registered Nurse immediately called for help, the husband went to the hospital, our nurse stayed, diffused the situation, comforted the wife … and now they are both safely back in their home and receiving in-home care from Seniors In Place.

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OUR NURSING TEAM OR OUR CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDES SAVE LIVES ON AN ALMOST MONTHLY BASIS.

Does this sound unusual? Not according to Adam Blecker, President, Seniors In Place, one of New Jersey’s top healthcare service firms. “Our nursing team or our health aides save somebody’s life on an almost monthly basis. These remarkable and caring individuals are trained to notice when things aren’t right, know what to do, and who to call.”

WHAT IF YOUR MOM OR DAD LIVES ALONE? HERE ARE SAFETY GUIDELINES

  1. If you can’t keep in touch with your loved ones every day, see if their community has a senior check-in call service. A daily check-in service calls a senior every day at a set time. If the senior does not answer after several tries, the service notifies designated caregivers. With many services, if the caregivers do not respond, the service calls the police to ask for a welfare check
  2. Make sure they follow CDC guidelines during the pandemic and consider using grocery delivery services and purchasing items on-line as opposed to going to stores  
  3. Ask them to wear a personal emergency response system or medical alert device
  4. Make sure your loved one’s bathroom is accessible and safe
    1. Install grab bars in the shower. Generally speaking, avoid suction-cup grab bars, which can loosen over time and put users at risk
    2. Make sure the shower is equipped with a shower seat, a non-slip shower mat, in addition to a hand-held shower nozzle
  5. Living quarters should be free of clutter  
    1. Remove unnecessary furniture
    2. Eliminate area rugs that can pull up or get caught on a heel or walker
  6. Check for extension cords or any other tripping hazards – and remove them
  7. Install fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they have fresh batteries
  8. Confirm that your loved one has plenty of food, there are no expired goods, plenty of healthy options available, and they are eating nutritiously.
  9. If the time has come when they really shouldn’t be living alone, consider hiring an accredited healthcare service firm. But first, make sure that it is regulated by Division of Consumer Affairs, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and overseen by New Jersey Board of Nursing. Confirm that a Registered Nurse will visit your loved one regularly and that the home health aide providing care is a Certified Home Health Aide.      

SENIORS IN PLACE COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL

  • Seniors In Place can now provide any family who wants one with a tested caregiver.
  • We are one of the first healthcare service firms in New Jersey to administer COVID-19 testing sessions 2-3 days/week for all our Registered Nurses, Certified Home Health Aides, and employees.
  • Our Director of Nursing re-writes the Seniors In Place protocol on an ongoing basis so that we’re always in compliance with CDC guidelines.
  • We supply all caregivers with gloves, N95 and KN95 masks, and, in some cases, other personal protective equipment to ensure both the caregiver’s and the senior’s safety
  • In order to maximize safety, we limit the number of caregivers per client right from Day 1. We offer hourly and live-in care and the family is always in control, in conjunction with Seniors In Place, of the schedule. 

We Are New Jersey’s Top Home Health Aide Agency

For two decades, the Seniors In Place family has provided millions of hours of in-home and in-facility care for thousands of New Jersey families.

It is accredited with Distinction by The Commission on Accreditation for Home Care

Seniors In Place caregivers are state-certified, insured, receive benefits, and are continuously educated and regularly evaluated.

Seniors In Place Certified Home Health Aides are all employees – NOT independent contractors.

For more information and home care-related COVID-19 resources, visit www.SeniorsInPlace.com. For an urgent need for care, call our rapid response line 24/7 – 973-774-3660.