Private Duty Home Care
from Lutheran Senior Services
Your Mom and Dad have said it many times: ”We want to stay in our home.” However, as they begin to show signs of age-related challenges, you realize just how hard it is for them to maintain their independence.
Lutheran Senior Services Private Duty offers a broad range of in-home solutions to support families with aging parents. When you can’t be there, our staff is that extra set of hands they need to get things done.
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Their Home, Their Care
Bathing, dressing, shopping for food and other necessities, cooking, cleaning…all tasks that can become difficult to accomplish when a person has health issues, is recovering from an illness or injury, doesn’t drive, has impaired vision, or is becoming frail.
That’s when LSS Private Duty can really make a difference.
Our caregivers are that “extra pair of hands” that mom or dad need to check activities like those above off their “to do” list. And, what’s more, our caregivers have a special way of involving each person in the task at hand, which helps maintain ability and dignity. Take a look below at our menu of person-centered services:
- Fix breakfast with cleanup
- Fix lunch with cleanup
- Reheat dinner and cleanup
- Dust mop non-carpeted areas
- Take out the recycling and / or trash
- Sweep and mop kitchen floor
- Dust living room, family room, bedrooms
- Clean bathroom sink, mirror, bathtub, and toilet
- Clean kitchen counters and sink; wipe down all appliances
- Medication setup
- Bathing, dressing, grooming assistance
- Vacuum carpeted floors
- Pack away seasonal clothes
- Initial medication setup
- Wash, dry, fold and put away laundry
- Strip Bed, wash & dry sheets & mattress pad, remake bed
- Clean & wipe out refrigerator
- Check condiments, salad dressing and other items for expired dates
- Clean pantry (check staples for expired dates)
- Change closet from winter to spring attire
- Multiple stop shopping & errands
- Meal preparation
- Accompany to appointments
- Accompany to medical procedures
- Accompany to event, theatre, etc.
- Friendly visitor
- If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please ask.
And if Mom or Dad can’t get out for hair or nail care, LSS Private Duty has a licensed beautician on staff. All you need to do is make an appointment for a cut, manicure, pedicure, or other salon service right at home.
Area of Service
Families who reside in St. Louis city and county as well as St. Charles county can choose LSS Private Duty as their provider. Just a few of the communities we serve include:
- St. Louis, Missouri 63103
- Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
- Florissant, Missouri 63031
- Ballwin, Missouri 63021
- O’Fallon, Missouri 63366
- St. Charles, Missouri 63301
- St. Peters, Missouri 63376
- Arnold, Missouri 63010
It’s true. “There’s no place like home.” Being at home makes us feel safe and secure. It’s the place where we are surrounded by the people and personal belongings we love.
Helping Mom and Dad stay in their surroundings for as long as possible is the number one benefit of LSS Private Duty. However, many others make home care an option worth exploring. Consider that Private Duty…
- Tailors its care specifically to your loved one’s personal preferences.
- Offers care directed and determined by your parent and the family.
- Helps you arrange for the hours Mom or Dad needs, from a few hours a day to round-the-clock care.
- Provides an alternative or postpones nursing home placement.
- Offers relief and respite for family members who are currently the caregivers.
- Provides a consistent and familiar caregiver with whom your loved one can really develop a relationship.
- Helps spouses stay together.
- Promotes a healthier lifestyle.
- Reduces stress and anxiety for both the client and family.
Seven Warning Signs That Your Parent Needs Private Duty
For some people, it can be one of the most daunting conversations they’ll ever have — bringing up the possibility that their parents might need long-term help. They may need in-home health care, they may need a non-medical private duty caregiver, or they may need assistance with managing their care and finances. Whatever the solution, changing the status quo can be a thorny issue.
But, with the average lifespan getting longer each year, many people will need additional care in their lifetimes. The question becomes “When?” And, more importantly, “How will I know when it’s time?”
The truth is, there is no one defining sign that means steps should be taken. It is a gradual process that can be difficult to notice right away, especially for those of us who are predisposed to want to only see the positive. Our parents have always been strong and independent, so it is difficult to accept that they may not be able to take care of themselves anymore.
So how does one determine when an aging family member needs some extra assistance around the house? Here is a list of warning signs that can help you identify when it is time to talk to your parents about their options.
- Is the mail piling up?
Reading becomes difficult as we age, so reading the mail can become quite a chore. For this reason, seniors can begin to neglect their mail, resulting in bills and letters going unread.
- Can’t take two steps in the house?
Household chores can often fall by the wayside as it becomes harder to lift and carry things. This can create a hazardous living environment, as it makes threatening falls more likely. You should also take note of environmental damage such as dents in the car and burnt cookware. These signs can hint at confusion or mobility problems.
- Is the fridge full of expired cartons?
If you notice a significant weight loss in your loved one, try checking the fridge. If there is spoiled food, this should raise a red flag. Cooking can be confusing or challenging, and trips to the grocery store might be impossible, so some seniors eat only what they have to, or skip meals all together. This increases the likelihood for illnesses and poor nutrition.
- Has personal hygiene become optional?
Personal hygiene can become more physically challenging to keep up, meaning cleanliness and health can decline. Many seniors are afraid of slipping and falling in the tub or shower, making these tasks seem like daunting endeavors.
- Do they have injuries hidden up their sleeves?
Many seniors want to remain independent, so they will try to cover up whatever trauma they might have encountered at home, such as bruises or scrapes. This suggests a hazardous living environment, and should be handled seriously.
- Do they seem confused?
You don’t have to be a doctor to know when your parents are acting out of the ordinary. Missing appointments, skipping medications, and wearing the same clothes every day are all signs that suggest your parent may need extra care.
- Do they seem blue?
Depression in older adults is often overlooked, but it is just as serious. Many seniors begin to feel isolated, and they withdraw from social activities they once loved.
It is hard to be objective with the ones we love. We want our parents to live long, healthy, independent lives – something we want for ourselves when we grow older. Experts in the field agree, though, that broaching the conversation sooner is always better than later.
Knowing these signs can give you concrete examples to use when talking with your parents about how much you want to see them in a safe and happy place. And that can make that most daunting conversation a lot less stressful.
When you decide to invite someone into your parent’s home, you want to be sure they are trustworthy and experienced. With a 150-year tradition of compassionate Christian care, Lutheran Senior Services carefully selects its caregivers. Each applicant:
- Passes a drug screening and a police background check, and is also cleared through the Family Care Safety Registry.
- Participates in face-to-face interview with our staff.
- Passes a pre-employment physical.
- Meets a minimum of 6 months current eldercare experience.
- Passes a written exam that tests their knowledge of care giving practices.
After joining the staff, each caregiver:
- Participates in an orientation to LSS Private Duty that outlines expectations and policies.
- Receives TB screening and is offered vaccinations against influenza, hepatitis A & B.
- Receives on-going continuing education to stay current with best practices to help.
When serving your parents, each caregiver:
- Receives a written plan for care and services to be provided.
- Connects regularly with the supervising nurse to make sure all activities are proceeding as planned.
Your parent’s unique needs may call for someone to be in the home around the clock. If so, a live-in caregiver may provide the comfort and security they need, and provide you peace of mind.
A “live-in caregiver” stays in the home 24 hours a day/7 days a week. This option requires that the household have a private space for the caregiver to receive five hours of uninterrupted sleep each evening.
Live-in care is an economical alternative because the family pays a flat rate per day. The rate is adjustable based upon the need for assistance and level of care provided. In general, live-in care costs about half the cost of hourly care. And, to make live-in care even more affordable, LSS Private Duty will credit families back one day of their specified live-in rate upon payment in full for each 30 days of live-in services purchased.
Please contact our care coordinators at 314.446.2495 to learn more about the Live-In Option.
Call LSS Private Duty at 314.446.2495 or email us. We’ll connect you with a care coordinator who will help you arrange the services that mom or dad need to stay independent at home.
Prior to care beginning, a nurse will provide a complimentary home visit to meet the family, learn about specific needs, then work with all involved to develop a personalized plan for care.