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!
With summer here in Louisiana, it is important to address dehydration. Our bodies are made up of between 65 - 75% water, depending on age and body composition. This percentage fluctuates with daily fluid and dietary intake, perspiration, and urinary and bowel movements. When we lose more water than we take in, our bodies get out of balance and dehydration can develop.
Dehydration has many causes. Environmental factors such as heat and humidity can affect your water level. Excessive sweating from exercise can deplete the body of fluids. Those with excessive diarrhea or vomiting are also at risk as well as those with a continuous fever. Certain medications and stimulants such as caffeine can also impact your water percentage. Additionally, persons who urinate excessively should be monitored for signs of dehydration.
Particularly at risk are children, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses; they can become dehydrated very quickly. Endurance athletes and those exercising or working out in hot, humid weather are also prone to losing a lot of fluids. And people living at high altitudes (usually above 8,000 feet) are susceptible to dehydration.
Many people with chronic illnesses tend toward depression and constant back pain is no exception. The pain itself isn’t any fun, and as it progresses people start restricting activities and interaction with others. They become frustrated because they can’t work and provide for their families or they can no longer do the activities that they love to do. The longer this continues the more helpless or hopeless they feel which, in turn, leads to depression. In many cases this becomes a vicious cycle: people in constant pain become depressed, and depression tends to amplify the pain.
It is estimated that one in ten adults in America suffer from some level of depression, according to the American Psychological Association. And depression is the most common emotion those who suffer with back pain experience.
What can you do if you or a loved one is in chronic pain?
Home care services are a great alternative to institutionalized care. Many of the CARE, Inc. home care providers have skills that can be useful to your loved one’s needs in many ways. Through companionship, light housekeeping, ambulatory assistance, personal care, and even services to assist people with special needs are just a few of the things CARE, Inc. care services provide in Hammond, Baton Rouge, Laplace, or Covington, Louisiana.
Many people are unaware that June is Cataract Awareness Month. This is one of the many health issues faced by people during the aging process. In fact, cataracts are the number one cause of blindness in adults ages 55 and up. Over half of all seniors over 65 have at least some form of cataract development.
Eye care is an essential checkup that sometimes people put on the backburner. Since it is less burdensome than many other health issues, people sometimes fail to realize the importance. First of all, what is it?
Click on just about any news program, TV interview, social media website, article, or any other random media activity and you will find numerous sob stories. Some impact us for an entire day; whereas others might make us take a moment to appreciate that our lives are not so bad after all.
Whatever happened to the days of ages past, when people stood to hold a door open for a stranger, helped an elderly person to cross the road, or gave an apple or lollipop to a child, for no reason other than just to be kind hearted?
Society has forgotten the fundamentals. Making others feel good translates to better feelings for us, although it is best not to do things for the purposes of selfishness in mind. Compassion is described as “the feeling of empathy for others” which can be difficult to do when people are already consumed with overwhelming feelings from work, social or family obligations. Yet, this very feeling that is derived out of compassion can transcend in many ways, as we have seen in examples such as “Random Acts of Kindness”.
Louisiana Special Olympics begin May 23, 24 and 25, 2014 at the Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. You may have heard of the Special Olympics, which is a national organization that gives athletic training, support and events children and adults with disabilities. It gives participants a feeling of achievement, while building their self-esteem, physical and mental abilities, and nurtures lifelong friendships.
SOLA – aka “the Special Olympics Louisiana first instilled the program in 1968. At that time, only 11 athletes participated. This year, over 800 athletes and coaches from around the state will come together in Hammond, Louisiana for the summer events. Some include volleyball, power lifting, track and field events, bocce, and other athletic competitions.
The Special Olympics Louisiana is a “special” part of the national Special Olympics organization which offers athletic opportunities, training and competitions to both kids and grownups that live with disabilities. This year-round Olympic-type sports atmosphere gives participants a chance to develop physically, mentally, and socially, as well as giving them something even more important. Joy. Courage. New friendships and many other gifts. Together with their families, people with disabilities find their home in an encouraging environment.
Going back a bit further, the Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) first began in 1968 with only eleven athletes, which has grown in the past four decades to a number just shy of 14,000 youths and adults who take part in over a hundred competitions.
Many seniors dread the thought of having to be institutionalized in a nursing home or other type of long-term care facility. Rightly so, after so many incidents of mistreatment, neglect or mismanagement at many of these facilities. There are also many excellent long term care centers for seniors in Louisiana, but if an elderly person is still able to get around well with some assistance, then it might be better to choose a CARE, INC caregiver to come to their home. The senior is able to keep some of their independence and dignity, rather than being subjected to the lifestyle of a boarding home.
Under the “Federal Older Americans Act”, the Ombudsman is an appointed public advocate who addresses complaints or a violation of the senior’s rights. An Ombudsman has official duties just like any other public advocate and is appointed by the state, Parish or municipality of his/her territory.
It comes as no surprise that Louisiana ranks high on the nation’s list of unhealthiest and least affluent states in the U.S., which goes hand-in-hand with health problems. Obesity, diabetes, and many other diseases are prevalent in poorer states and LA unfortunately faces many of these issues on a daily basis.
But there is one seemingly “taboo” topic that should be addressed. Louisiana has one of the highest percentages of new AIDS/HIV diagnosis rates in the country. It is estimated that nearly 20 out of every 100,000 people are infected. Many are not diagnosed until the disease has progressed, giving the patients higher probability of having infected others.
We’ve all seen the terrible affects that can be caused by drinking too much alcohol. Not just the campaigns to raise awareness for drinking and driving – which is deadly – but even those highlighting the other unwanted side effects of too much alcohol consumption. In fact, drinking to excess or drinking alcohol too frequently can increase an individual’s risk of accidents, violence, drowning, injuries or health diseases linked to alcohol consumption, such as: liver disease, cancer, diabetes and others.
The month of April has been set aside as a national observance month for Alcohol Awareness. The annual campaign is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, whose mission is to create awareness of this prevalent disease and how it claims millions of lives – both directly and indirectly.