CARE Inc. - Preserving Independent Living At Home
We truly CARE about your family. It’s why we are in business as one of Louisiana’s oldest and largest premium home care service providers. All of our CARE plans are customized for the needs of your loved one or family member. Whether you need someone to just help with errands and companionship, or around the clock assistance, we provide in-home CARE services 24/7.
Supporting independent living helps your special family member to maintain comfort and live life to the fullest
CARE, Inc. is fully licensed and insured to give you peace of mind that your special family member is properly cared for. We take pride in giving undivided attention, ongoing training and supervision, hundreds of CARE workers and four growing offices in Baton Rouge, Laplace, Covington and Hammond, LA, to ensure the care of your loved one is our top concern. Our primary CARE services include:
- One-on-one Personal Care
- In-Home Companionship Programs
- Independent Living Assistance & Support
- Specialized Care for Special Needs
- Caring for Children with Disabilities
- Care for Victims of Accidents or Illnesses who Require In-Home Assistance
Among the many benefits of choosing CARE, Inc. to assist with your loved one, you will find that our employees strive to exceed expectations with a genuine attitude of helpfulness. From meal planning and household chores; to transportation and errands, we work diligently to make sure your family member’s needs are met.
Take a look at the many CARE services we offer to find the right solution for your family. We look forward to providing you with exceptional CARE!
As the population grows, it is estimated that almost five million Americans live with mental or physical developmental disabilities. Some are born with them, while others develop symptoms over time, either as a result of an injury or lifestyle. At Care, Inc. we help many families with children or relatives who live with developmental disabilities. As part of our commitment to raising awareness and helping our clients to maintain a normal lifestyle, Care. Inc. will be celebrating this worthwhile cause throughout the month of March.
There’s only so many games and puzzles you can do before feeling the itch of cabin fever. Many people feel cooped up in the winter months, especially on rainy, cold or snowy days. Some seniors also get a winter blues disorder known as “SAD” which stands for Seasonal Affected Disorder, which is a form of depression from the lack of sunshine. Surprisingly, many caregivers also feel more depressed in the winter months.
That good ol’ Vitamin D is less prevalent in the winter, and in Louisiana, there are more gloomy days where the sky is gray than on those wonderful days in the spring when the sun starts poking out through the clouds more frequently.
So what can caregivers and seniors do to keep occupied and be less apt to suffer from SADness, depression or boredom in winter? Try one of these four boredom-fighters in the winter:
If you have not yet heard about National “Go Red” Day, this is a tradition that has been set aside every year on the first Friday of the month of February. This year, National Wear Red Day will take place on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
The purpose of this nationally-celebrated awareness activity is to make people aware that heart disease is not just a man’s disease, and that one out of every three women die of strokes and heart disease. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the National Wear Red Day is one way they hope to get the message across that people can change their lifestyle and habits to live well and put an end to heart disease.
In a compliance assessment released by the Department of Health and Hospitals Aging and Adult Services, Louisiana has until the end of February to gather and analyze all care provider assessments to determine if the care provided for the aging population within residential settings are compliant with Federal Regulations. From January 5th, 2015 until February 27, 2015, Louisiana will perform assessments of all non-residential settings to establish their degree of compliance.
The settings will be placed into one of these three categories:
- Yes, setting is fully compliant
- Not yet, but setting will comply with changes
- No, setting does not comply
These regulations were published by CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a means of defining the settings in those states that are allowed to offer home Medicaid or community-based services, such as the state of Louisiana does.
Public school systems across the country are realizing the need for greater diversity. In many schools in America, there are heavy biases about racial, ethnic, cultural and beliefs engrained among families, teachers and other school faculty. These biases often create rifts between children and parents and their educators. It also inhibits the development of the kids who may be victims of biases.
So, schools around the U.S. are taking action by hiring a more diverse staff, one that includes more minorities or people from different religious and cultural backgrounds. Finally, the image of the Little House on the Prairie one-room schoolhouse is dying off, nearly eighty years after it was first written and then made into a TV series. The escalating attention to diversity is much needed and important to be addressed.
The holidays are fun for all children, but many special needs children feel stressed by the overstimulation of the holidays. If your child is routine-oriented, for example, the fact that one string of days might throw their schedules off balance could lead to outbursts, unexpected behaviors or temper tantrums. Having a lot of chaos or new family members around that you don’t see as often can also cause anxiety in children with special needs.
Here are some ways you can make the holidays more enjoyable for your special needs child, without throwing out the “fun factor” for everyone else:
Even if your heart skips a beat when you open an unexpected gift, or leaps with excitement when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, these moments of glee are not necessarily warning signs of an imminent heart attack. Yet, in many studies published by researchers at the University of San Diego, CA and Tufts University School of Medicine, the evidence points to a specific time of year when more heart attacks occur.
The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is supposed to be happy and joyful, but it can quickly turn into a time of sadness if a loved one suddenly experiences cardiac arrest. After reviewing 53 million death certificates in the United States, the researchers found an increase of 5% more deaths linked to heart attacks during the holidays.
Open enrollment commenced on Saturday, November 15th and will continue through February 15th, 2015 for Louisiana residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. This applies to all U.S. residents, and if you don’t participate, you will be looking at triple the fines over last year.
For Louisiana families already struggling, this is unwelcome news. The enrollment period is also shorter this time around, by two months. The clock is ticking and you must sign up and have everything taken care of by December 15th to avoid the penalties, which is 2% of your gross income.
Remember when puberty hit, back when you were in your teens? Remember the mood swings or feelings you had, like everything in your body was changing and you weren’t sure what to do or how to cope with it?
Women who go through menopause may have similar feelings. Most women may experience this through their late forties and into their fifties, but it can happen to younger women as early as their thirties.
What can you expect with menopause?
All jokes aside, menopause affects the woman who is experiencing it, as well as any family members she lives with. The first signs usually occur when a woman begins skipping or missing some of her menstrual cycles. It can take about four years before the menstrual cycles disappear altogether, but there may be changes within a woman’s body that she experiences. Some include mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, sweating, headaches, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, heart racing or pain during intercourse.
These symptoms do not typically occur all at the same time, although they can. Typically there are a few phases before the menopausal period is over with. Peri-menopause, menopause and finally, post-menopause.
Maybe this is not news to you, but one of the biggest stress factors in many people’s lives is stress caused by work. There are many stressful professions out there – from teaching and dealing with difficult students; to high risk construction jobs or even having a deadline-driven job that requires long term mental focus.
These stressful elements can cause sickness, turbulence, depression, anxiety, irritability and can carry over into people’s personal lives. They are emotional disruptions that can upset our physical and mental well-being. Many people think they have no control over stress, when this is not the case. It is all in how we handle stress that can mean the difference between maintaining our sanity and good health versus wreaking havoc in our lives.
Ayurveda equates to a state of balance between your body, mind and the external environment. It refers to a holistic approach of better health. Through Ayurveda, certain patterns of energy can be expressed from the elements of Dosha. Taking a Dosha Quiz can help you determine just how stressed – or balanced – you may be, which can then help you make the right steps to correct the areas that are off balance. This is good not just for the mind, but also for your whole body.
Are you in good health? I would encourage you to take the DOSHA QUIZ to see where you stand.