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Providing Compassionate, Screened, Insured, Reliable Senior Home Care.
Providing Compassionate, Screened, Insured, Reliable Senior Home Care.

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Long Island Elder Care
FOR MOM: Whether your Mom needs help for a few hours or twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, we’re here to help and address any of your concerns. All of us here at “Nanny’s For Granny’s” take Senior Home Care very serious. We treat your Mom like we would expect our Mom to be treated. While we’re all going to grow old, some will age more gracefully than others, some will need more attention, some less. Here, we strive to maintain and improve their quality of life with dignity, respect, and compassion in the privacy of their own home.
 
FOR DAD: Whether your Dad requires a few hours a day or continuous care, the services of “Nanny’s For Granny’s” can put some of your frustrations or worries at ease. If your Dad is plagued by Dementia, Alzheimer’s, requires Geriatric care, or maybe just needs some companionship to keep him safe while at home, you’ve come to the right place. This is what we do and all we do. We take into consideration the pride and ego of many men, we consider the fact that up until this point in their life, most have been fairly independent and are used to doing everything themselves. We try to maintain that level of independence where possible, with one of our senior caregivers only an arm’s length away at all times.
 
Through careful interviews with family members, we try to find the right caregiver for his situation.  Whether they be a male or a female caregiver, we will come to that decision together.  We can honestly say, most times men are a bit skeptical but once a caregiver is in place, their whole personality changes for the better.  Below you will find some of the duties our caregivers perform.
 
Most of our caregivers have certifications in many areas of expertise to include CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistant), HHA’s (Home Health Aid), PCA’S (Personal Care Aid) and some with higher level of degrees. Most have experience and know what to expect from seniors plagued by Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or those in need of Geriatric care. Specific areas in New York that we provide Senior Care assistance in are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Nassau and Suffolk County. We tailor our services to fit every budget and requirement. Give us a call to see what we can do for you. Below you will find some of the duties our caregivers provide.
 
Hourly, Weekly, Live-in Services Available
 
Offer Companionship and Conversation
Monitor Diet and Eating Habits
Check Food Expiration’s
Assist With Morning Wake Up & Preparation
Assist With Evening Tuck In & Preparation
Arrange Appointments & Provide Reminders
Provide Medication Reminders
Assist With Walking
Assist With Getting In & Out of Bathroom, Shower
Answer The Door & Telephone
Assist with Clothing Selection
Care For House Plants
Participate in Craft Projects, Play Games, Cards
Oversee Home Deliveries
Rent & Play Movies
Provide Light Housekeeping – dust furniture, wash dishes, light vacuum
Prepare Grocery List, Clip Coupons
Write Letters, Dictations, Correspondence, & Mail
Plan Visits, Outings, Trips
Visit Neighbors & Friends Within Walking Distance
Visit Neighbors & Friends With A Car*
Escort For Shopping, Religious Worship, Errands*
Plan, Prepare, & Clean Up Meals
Take Out Garbage
Make The Bed & Change Sheets
Do Laundry
Discuss Current Affairs & Local News
Local Errands* – pick up prescriptions, dry cleaners, post office
Organize & Clean Closets
Assist With Pet Care
Escort To Appointments*
Accompany To Luncheons, Dinners*
Assist with Bathing
Assist with transfers
 
Anything marked with a Star() will require transportation at .75 cents per mile, and will be billed accordingly.
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Senior Home Care Long Island

Q. How do we go about choosing the right caregiver?
A. The agency sets a date, time, and location, preferably where the assistance will take place, for 2 or 3 separate interviews. Prior to interviews, all caregivers go through our stringent background checks and we make sure they are willing to work the hours set forth by the client. Final decision comes down to who you feel most comfortable with.

Q. If my caregiver is a live- in, where are they supposed to sleep?
A. In order to maintain a happy relationship between your loved one and the caregiver, all parties concerned must be comfortable in their surroundings. A clean home and a comfortable bed or, at the bare minimum, a comfortable pull out sofa is required. For your caregiver to remain sharp and alert at all times, a good rest is required.

Q. What if my caregiver gets sick?
A. If a caregiver or a live-in companion gets sick and can't make it for the times scheduled, our agency will do everything in its power to find a replacement for that period until the caregiver is back to normal. If our agency is unable to fill in with another companion for any reason, on such short notice, family members must pitch in until we can get another caregiver.

Q. What is protocol in case of emergency?
A. Download and fill out our Emergency Information Card, listing all medications and telephone numbers in priority order, and place it in a conspicuous spot like the refrigerator door.

Q. What about Holidays?
A. If the caregivers work day falls on a holiday, and the caregiver is needed on that day, additional money is required in the form of time and a half for that particular day. Holidays that require additional compensation are Christmas Day, New Years Day, 4 of July, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.

Q. I don't understand why there is a two week deposit?
A. The deposit needs to be in place to prior to care commencing. The purpose of the deposit is to protect the caregiver and to make sure they get paid in a timely manner. You will be billed weekly for services rendered. Once employment ends, all retainers are returned unless there are outstanding invoices.

Q. Who do I pay?
A. You will be invoiced each week. Payment is to be sent directly to the office listed on the agreement.The caregiver is not responsible for handling money. All correspondence or problems need to be brought to the attention of Nannys For Grannys.

Q. What if a family decides they want to take their loved ones out for a special occasion, or a day trip?
A. Keep in mind most of our caregivers have families and expenses. Careful attention has been made to cover the days you have requested. Your responsibility to the caregiver is to provide the hours and days of work agreed upon and pay them for those days. Be mindful when planning holidays or personal days. If the case is not a live-in, days could be switched but still end up totaling normal agreed hours per week.

Q. Do the caregivers clean windows, home repairs, cut the grass etc?
A. Your hiring a caregiver to make sure your loved one is in good hands at all times. Cooking, light cleaning, companionship and anything that was outlined in our brochure are normal responsibilities.  A care plan will be outlined and put in place regarding the duties of your caregiver.

Q. Why should I go through an agency and pay them, when I can try to accomplish the task on my own and try to save money?.
A. Families are often concerned about the costs involved in hiring a caregiver through an in-home care agency, and look to other resources such as finding private caregivers to provide care for their loved one. Understandably, cost is a factor in decision making. However, what most families do not realize are the hidden costs and responsibilities they now bear as a result of hiring a private caregiver. It is important in the decision-making process to understand the following when considering the hiring of a private caregiver versus hiring one through an in-home care agency.
1. You are the caregiver's employer. The IRS will expect you to withhold and pay Federal employment taxes.
2. The Government will require you to do the following:
a. Obtain a federal Employer Identification number from the IRS.
b. Pay State Unemployment Tax Contributions and provide Workers Compensation insurance coverage.
c. A schedule H (Household Employer Taxes) must be attached to your Federal Income Tax Return (Form 1040)
d. Provide W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) to the caregiver at the end of the year.
e. Form W-3 (Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements) must be filed.
f. Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) to establish that the caregiver is legally allowed to work.
3. You will be responsible to schedule a reliever. The caregiver will need to schedule days off and be provided with relief days off for last minute emergencies.
4. Should you decide to lay off you caregiver, he or she can go to the state unemployment office and file a claim for unemployment benefits.
5. Should you hire a caregiver who has an unknown identity, character, and/or immigration status, you will have little recourse should there be theft, abuse, or other issues requiring legal action. You are responsible for all of the background checks.
6. An untrained, inexperienced caregiver increases the risk factor of something counterproductive happening to your loved one.
7. Should your caregiver be injured on the job, they may place a claim with Worker's Compensation. If you have not paid for coverage, you may be liable

Taking all things into consideration, it is a wise decision to consider the services of a professional in Senior Home Care Long Island.

Nannys For Grannys a Senior Home Care Long Island Service Provider.
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4 Rules to prevent slips and falls with seniors
The startling news about our home, that premier haven of safety, is… that it’s not! Some statistics that you would do well to know are that:
70% of serious injuries, requiring emergency room visits and often surgery, happen within or just out of 30 yards of your home.
The most common of these are hip or other fractures, and traumatic brain injuries.
It does not matter whether your home is a walk up one-roomer, or a McMansion, if you are 55 or over, you are part of the serious injury-vulnerable population.
If this sounds alarmist, I assure you as an Orthopedic Surgeon with over 35 years’ experience of seeing and treating just such unfortunate events, it is just the plain facts.
But will these statistics become an inevitable fact of life for you or those near and dear to you? Is a traumatic slip and fall built into your home and age? The good news is no! Not if you’re proactive on your own behalf, that is.
You Make the Difference
The only question that then remains is: how?
Principle 1: Stay in the Moment
What I mean by “staying in the moment“ is being mindfully aware of what is going on, not only with you but also around you. If your mind wanders, or you are thinking about something other than exactly where you are and what you’re doing, you’re asking for trouble, especially the kind of trouble that can lead to a slip or fall.
Let’s say you are coming down a home stairway on your way to shopping. Don’t let your mind wander onto the grocery list, or your cell phone. Be sure to:
Pay attention to the steps, and by all means use railings when available.
Look for a defect in carpeting or step risers.
If you feel the slight bit dizzy, stop, be sure you have a firm grip on the railing, and take a deep breath.
Travel on down carefully and slowly, there is no need to rush.
If you still feel uneasy, just sit down right where you are and call for help.
Stay in the moment by being aware and helping yourself.
Although the staircase is only one example, think of the principle often, let’s say when you’re preparing a meal, driving a car or even crossing a familiar street – stay in the moment!
Principle 2: Stop Look and Listen
Teach yourself to pause, look around at your surroundings, or if appropriate, listen.
Think before entering your own living room, especially if the lights aren’t on (you may have left something not where it belongs but in the way). Or, when you’re in your car, while still in park or foot is on brake, take a good look all around, and because every car has a ‘blind spot’ put your window down and listen to your surroundings – stop, look and listen!
Principle 3: The Three-Look Method
This principle is especially good when entering a room, whether it’s your own living room, a room into which you’ve never been, or any outside venue.
First, be sure to:
Look Low: At floor, street or rug level – is there anything that might give you a problem (loose rugs, high curbs, left objects)?
Look Level: At about chair level–is anything in your way?
Look Up: Toward the ceiling. Is there enough light for you to proceed safely or do you need to turn something on?
In the beginning you may think it’s a bother, but believe me, over time you will become more adept, and if you do this consistently, you will avoid injury.
Principle 4: Never Rush
Even if you think the house is on fire, don’t rush or run. Also, don’t dash to open the front door. However long it takes you to walk calmly over, whoever or whatever is on the outside will wait if it’s of any importance.
I think at this point you get the idea.
You’ve Fallen, Now What?
Finally, despite your carefulness, you should know what steps to follow if you’ve taken a fall.
Step One: Stop. Stay exactly where you’ve fallen. Take a few deep breaths, then use your medic-alert call device or your cell phone if you have these on your person and summon help. If not, yell and then yell again. Sooner or later someone will hear you.
Step Two: Do not try to rise immediately, until you’ve accomplished step three.
Step Three: Do a self-check to assess where and how you may be injured. You will sense whether you’re badly hurt or even whether you’ve broken a bone. If help hasn’t come repeat step one until it does.
If you’ve ascertained you’re not seriously hurt, and if no one has come to give you a hand, here is what I’ve told my patients are the measures to follow:
Inside Your Home:
Roll onto your side
Bend your knees up to your waist
Inch your way over to the nearest stable object (for example a chair or bed)
Reach up and grab the object firmly while still on your side
Scrunch up close to the object
Using your free hand as a push-up and the object in the other, roll over onto your knees
If you succeed, use both hands on the object to help you rise to a standing position and then turn and sit as soon as possible
Outside Your Home:
Stay down
Do not let someone try to help you until you have done a self-assessment
If you’re offered a coat or jacket, accept it
At this point someone will probably have called 911 and if you have any doubts, stay down
If you think you can get up, use the nearest sturdiest onlooker as you would a chair in your own home
In general, don’t be embarrassed to let others help you. However, if there’s any doubt in your mind about your injury, wait for the EMT people to arrive.
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VA Improves Outreach to Veterans

Of late, the VA has improved its outreach to older veterans. For instance, as we noted in an article about the backlog of pending veterans benefits claims, the VA has adopted online marketing techniques to spread the word about benefits like Aid and Attendance. For example, the VA website now prompts visitors to check whether they qualify for benefits with a pop-up window. But, our survey shows that there is still much work to be done.
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69% of Veterans Unaware of Benefits

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 9.3 million veterans over age 65. Unfortunately, most of these vets and their loved ones don’t know about benefits that could make this phase of their lives easier.  Harris Interactive which found that 69% of senior veterans and their loved ones were not aware of VA benefits such as Aid and Attendance. A longstanding criticism of the VA is that it has not done enough to educate senior veterans about Aid and Attendance – critics said that it was almost as if the VA was trying to conceal the benefit..
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