Fifteen years ago we had two or three resources to call when we needed care in the home.  Today Northwest Arkansas has at least a dozen care agencies PLUS many private caregivers who are trained and available to care for an individual in the home or assist patients in care facilities.  In-Home Caregiver Agencies in Northwest Arkansas We have many in-home care agencies in our area.  This listing is not meant to be a directory of every care agency in Northwest Arkansas.   When you call an agency to ask for care assistance in your home or for caregiving to supplement care in a care facility, always ask about training.  If you are requesting care beyond companion care, make sure the person sent to help you has at least Personal Care Assistant training (PCA) or is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  I then prefer a caregiver who has a minimum of one year experience providing care for elder adults. In my work as a care manager I do not place any caregiver who does not meet these requirements. Even for companion care, the person should be mature and have training in communication and safety with the aging. Ask exactly what training the caregiver hasRead More

Bringing a person or a care team into your home to provide care is not easy.  You have a new unknown person in your home.  You are required to trust this person to provide the assistance you need. The relationship is new at a time the family is stressed due to the needs for care. For these and many more reasons, it is critical that you find the right agency or the right person to provide the care assistance that you need in your home. In Northwest Arkansas we now have many in home care agencies. We also have many individuals who are working as private caregivers.  There are so many options – how do you find the right caregiver to come into your home? I recently visited a home and learned the caregiver was hiring 24 hour care through an agency.  Her husband fell often and even with 24 hour care she was hurting her back helping him up. I always ask a lot of questions – was he not attended by a caregiver with ‘stand-by assist’ orders so the caregiver was next to him at all times?  Why was it not the caregiver getting him up rather thanRead More

Husbands, wives and adult children assume the role of caregiver and rarely know what they have ahead of them.  It’s just what we do when we love and care for someone.  But over the years I have seen many caregivers die while caring for their loved one.  When a respite opportunity is offered, they would answer me and say, “No one can take care of him like I do”, or “She gets so upset when I leave her it’s just easier to stay with her all the time.” Caregivers need to take a break.  No matter how much loved the care recipient – no one is so strong that they can provide 24 hour care day after day, week after week, month after month. The body and the mind need rest!  Combine the fact that caregiving leads to stress and fatigue with the statistic that over 70% of family caregivers are age 65 and over and you can see why it is critical that the aging caregiver takes time to care for themselves as well as their care recipient.   This sad story is a true account of the dedication of a caregiver that led to his early mortality: Wilbur andRead More