Here We Grow Again!

Lighthouse Homecare is proud to announce that we have opened an new office in Bettendorf! Our new office is located at 3565 Utica Ridge Road and our move from our Rock Island office was effective 7/1/14.

Our new mailing address:

Lighthouse Homecare

3565 Utica Ridge Rd., Suite A

Bettendorf, IA 52722

Once we get settled in, we hope to host an open house. We look forward to seeing you there! As always, you can reach us at (563) 441-9982 in Iowa or (309) 786-9982 in Illinois.

Welcome Scott & Jennifer!

A Promise…

Lighthouse Homecare was started in 1999 to provide homecare services to families in the Quad Cities and surrounding area. Over the years, we have helped countless families care for their loved ones, providing support and assistance to family members as they balance their home and professional lives.

As the owner of Lighthouse Homecare, I have spent much of my professional life helping families plan for the future and provide for their loved ones. I lost my father in 2012 and remember the concerns I had for my fathers failing health and well-being during his struggle. This strengthened the desire to offer my experiences and enhance the quality of life of others.

I married my lovely wife Jennifer McNab, a teacher at Bettendorf Middle School, in 1991. We have two wonderful sons, Jason and Ryan. Being an integral part of our community is very important to me, not only as a business owner, but also as a husband and father as well.

Lighthouse Homecare has one overriding principal: Enhancing Quality of Life Through Compassionate Care. This is the most important thing we can do to ensure the highest quality care in the Quad Cities.

If there is anything my compassionate staff or I can do for you, please do not hesitate to call. We are available 24 hours a day, every day.

Scott McNab, Owner

Welcome Beth Martinez!

Beth Martinez, Home Services Administrator

Beth Martinez (formerly Maxwell) professional career has taken her in a variety of directions. She worked for JCPenney for almost 20 years where she moved to the Chicago area, worked her way up to managing and directing a regional marketing and advertising office servicing 320 stores. She acquired her sales experience and strengthened her public relations skills when working for Ashton Drake Galleries and Gallery Marketing Group; leaders in the gift and collectible’s industry. Upon returning to the Quad Cities, she worked as an Admissions Director for ManorCare. This is where she discovered her passion of being able to help seniors and their families. She recently served as a Community Outreach Advocate for GolderCare Solutions and Jamieson Long & Associates. Beth is excited to be working for Lighthouse Homecare as their Health Services Administrator. Beth is the RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) Advisory Council president and is highly respected by both her colleagues and the seniors she serves.

RSVP – Lead With Experience

Meet the RSVP Advisory Council

An abundance of good things are happening these days at RSVP because of good advice and active support from the RSVP Advisory Council. Examples of RSVP Advisory Council accomplishments are:

• Continuing to have two high quality Volunteer Recognition events on each side of the Mississippi River despite major budget cuts in 2011. Recognition committee members were responsible for planning and finding affordable venues and food that was delicious.

• The Public Relations Committee helping to develop a Public Relations plan and letting staff know of PR opportunities. One such opportunity is the monthly RSVP Volunteer Spotlight in 50+Lifestyles magazine. This has helped to raise RSVP’s profile in the community and increase volunteer recruitment.

• The Resource Development Committee has put together a number of successful fundraising activities helping RSVP to offset cuts from other funding sources and assure continued high quality service to members and agencies with whom RSVP partners.

• The Assessment Committee helps staff to identify community needs and determine how best RSVP can help agencies to address those needs. This assessment helps RSVP to stay relevant and effective in the communities we serve.

• All Advisory Council members are advocates and ambassadors for RSVP. Their efforts have helped us to connect with legislators and community leaders to make sure they understand the value of RSVP to the community.

As you can see, we are indebted to our Advisory Council for their great service. Here’s a little information about each of the wonderful volunteers who make up this group:

• Kirsten Adams is our current Advisory Council secretary and Co-Chair of our Recognition Committee. Kirsten and her husband Dan own Lighthouse Homecare and 50+ Lifestyles magazine. Service to seniors is Kirsten’s mission, and she considers supporting RSVP to be part of that mission.

• Donna Allman is one of the longest standing members of the RSVP Advisory Council. She has a real awareness and dedication to volunteering in our community. She has volunteered through RSVP in more different ways than almost all of our members.

• Bonnie Beechum is Chair of the Evaluation/Assessment Committee and Co-Chair of our Recognition Committee. She works for United Neighbors, a strategic partner for RSVP. Bonnie is also a RSVP member.

• Joe Hutter is currently Advisory Council vice-president. Joe is leader of the Scott County Sheriff’s Senior Volunteers and Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS). Joe is also one of RSVP’s most effective advocates, and a number of RSVP successes are directly related to his efforts.

• Virginia Jarrett represents Rock Island Schools, one of RSVP’s key education partners assisting with tutor trainings, placements and community needs assessments. Education is RSVP primary focus area and Virginia’s advice and support are invaluable. She and her husband Edward are both RSVP members.

• Rachelle Kunde is a deputy with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and an advocate for senior security. She advises us on how our volunteers can help to make our communities safer better places to live.

• Jamie Long, an Elder Law attorney and owner of Jamieson Long & Associates. Jamie’s legal expertise has come in handy when RSVP made critical decisions. Jamie is also owner of GolderCare Solutions and is represented at Advisory Council meetings by his community outreach advocate, Beth Martinez.

• Beth Martinez (formerly Maxwell), with GolderCare Solutions and Jamieson Long and Associates, is the RSVP Advisory Council president. Keeping Jamie informed of Advisory Council actions is only a small part of what Beth does for RSVP. She has a long history of working with seniors and is highly respected by both her colleagues and the seniors she serves. Beyond being an effective leader of our Advisory Council Beth has played an integral role in nearly all of the council’s recent successes – especially the high quality of our Recognition events.

• Bev Mital is the CEO/President of Guardian Family Care. Originally recruited by Beth to help at our Recognition event, she was impressed with the good work RSVP volunteers do and joined RSVP herself. She then joined the Advisory Council and soon became Resource Development Chair where she created a remarkable transformation of RSVP’s fundraising with high energy, great ideas resulting in a string of successes.

• Ed Mitchell is another long time Advisory Council member. He’s a past president and has been in a leadership role all the way back to the early 1990’s when RSVP was sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center. As a board member of RSVP’s sponsor, the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging, Ed also helps keep RSVP connected with our sponsor.

• Margie Mitchell is another high energy volunteer and leader on the Council. She brings the same passion to the council that earned her Davenport’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012. Margie has been instrumental in helping RSVP to develop services for highly at-risk youth, part of RSVP’s primary focus area.

• Jack Wismer is a new RSVP member and Advisory Council member. He is a retired vice president of Black Hawk College and brings good leadership talent to the team. He will also help RSVP to develop our disabilities outreach.

• Barbara Wommack represents Semper Fidelis, one of RSVP’s key partners in the minority community where Barb also serves as a RSVP Minority Recruiter. Barb is also a key member for making sure that RSVP activities are reported in the Quad-City Times. She also helps connect RSVP to community leaders.

RSVP has a couple more openings on our Advisory Council. If you have a passion for service and a willingness to both lead and assist, you can learn more about RSVP Advisory Council membership by calling the RSVP office at (309) 793-4425 or emailing dlayton@wiaaa.org

Survey Reveals Children Choose Mom Over Dad

Two-thirds would move Mom in over Dad!

May 7, 2013 – Folks write poems about Mom, name their kids after her and even sport tattoos praising her glory – and now the results of a new national survey should make moms feel even more special. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the national poll reveals 70% of adult children do not want their parents moving in with them. But if they had to choose, 67% (2 out of 3) would overwhelmingly choose to move in their mom over their dad.

The national survey of more than 1,100 adults, ages 40 and older with both living parents, was commissioned by Visiting Angels, one of our nation’s largest in-home senior care companies with more than 450 offices throughout the country.

WHY MOVE IN MOM OVER DAD?

Most say Mom would:

o Help more than Dad with cooking and cleaning (86%)
o Help more than Dad with the kids (79%)
o Be neater (73%)
o Be a better listener (64%)

Most say Dad:

o Has worse hygiene than Mom (75%)
o Is more likely than Mom to say inappropriate things (75%)
o Is sloppier than Mom (70%)
o Is lazier than Mom (68%)
o Would want to control the TV more than Mom (69%)

FEAR FACTOR:

When asked what they fear about one or both parents moving in, respondents say:

o Not enough room (55%)
o Lack of privacy (49%)
o It would cause conflict (46%)
o They fear they’d have less intimacy/sex with partner (21%)

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

41% say they would prefer their parents remain in their own home with a caregiver, over moving them in to their home (31%) or moving them to an assisted living facility (17%) or nursing home (2%). More than half (58%) believe their aging parents would prefer to stay in their own home.

MONEY MOTIVATOR?

Two-thirds (66%) of those polled say they cannot afford to move their parents in with them. Yet more than half (51%) say they would move them in anyway. And here’s some heartwarming news – 85% say money is no motivator – that they would NOT be more inclined to move parents in if they got more of the inheritance.  And more than ¾ of those polled (76%) say they would pay out of their own pocket if their parents needed care.

“This survey shows children don’t want their aging parents to move in but they will do whatever it takes to take care of them, even if it means picking up the tab,” says Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels, one of our nation’s largest in-home senior care companies, with caregivers in our area. “People prefer their parents stay in their own home surrounded by the things that make them feel comfortable and safe. We send caregivers into the home to help with everything from meal preparation to light housekeeping. It gives everyone peace of mind without causing conflict.”

WHERE’S THE PLAN?

The survey reveals children mean to do well by their parents, though many have no game plan whatsoever.
Almost ¾ of respondents (72%) say they don’t have a plan for how they’ll care for their aging parents. More than half (54%) say they haven’t even had a conversation with their parents about the type of care they want as they age.

WHO SHOULD TAKE CARE OF MOM AND DAD?

Respondents say this question could cause a family feud.

46% predict some kind of conflict when deciding how to care for aging parents. 28% expect conflict with a parent, 25% with a sibling and 11% with a spouse or significant other.

So who bears the most responsibility for aging parents?
32% say the child that lives closest, 27% say the child with the least responsibility,( i.e. no spouse or children),  19% say the child with the most money and surprisingly only 3% said the child who got the most growing up.

“There can be a lot of conflict in families over how to care for aging parents. Part of the problem is that most families decide about their parents’ care in crisis when it’s too late; emotions take over and it’s difficult to think logically and clearly,” says Meigs. “You need to meet now with your parents and siblings to decide on a solution that appeals to everyone involved. Often the family will agree that the best solution is in-home care where parents can stay at home and get the care they need without overly burdening anyone in the family.”

Thank you to Visiting Angels national for providing this information, details below.

* Visiting Angels was the source for this survey.
* This online survey was done by a third party and commissioned by Visiting Angels.
* Survey participants have no affiliation with Visiting Angels.
* The survey included 1,118 respondents, 776 women, 342 men

We can help you!

Interestingly enough, I recently read reports of up to 75% of the hospitals re-admissions are potentially preventable. Utilizing the services of a private duty, licensed home care agency is a way to bridge the gap during the transitional period of recovery and provide the services that address and typically can prevent the most common reasons for hospital re-admission.

We at Lighthouse Homecare will provide you quality home care services that can assist you with follow-up services. Our services are very reasonable and we can coordinate your services to provide quality and necessary care to help you with full recover and prevent re-admittance.

We can start by meeting you at the hospital or rehabilitation center. We can provide safe transportation to home for you, your equipment and belongings. Other ways we can help will include preparing meals, monitoring medication, picking up supplies, groceries and even prescriptions.

When it comes to assisting you with daily living, we can build a service around both your budget and your needs. The last thing you want is to end up back in the hospital when it can be possibly prevented with having the proper care.

At Lighthouse Homecare, sure we have a nurse on staff, we are licensed in both Iowa and Illinois. In Illinois, we have both a nursing services and home services license. Our staff is trained to give you the benefit of companionship and helping with chores to much, much more. Yes, we can even take you to and from appointments. I recently answered the phone for one of our lovely customers and she was very kind about the service we have given her. To this, I want to thank you publicly in this article. It is a true pleasure to serve you!

Often times people are timid and scared to have someone come in there home. Yes, it’s probably like that first time you jumped into the hot tub. Well, it’s really warm and feels great. So please give us a call and we would like to be your home care of choice. We have plenty of references and offer many payment options.

I also would like to point out in addition to traditional home care, we have short-term services that can help you as well. For example, if you have a hip operation coming up, we can help there too! Don’t rely on that family friend and/or neighbor, let them come visit and enjoy you while we do all the work for you.

Whatever your story, we want to help. Please give us a call at 309.786.9982 and simply ask!

You Are Important!

Your decision to let a home care worker come into your home to assist is hard enough, now you are fully apprehensive about what to expect when they finally arrive!
 
If you don’t have experience with in-home assistance, every possible thought of what could go wrong comes to mind. There are many questions that arise when you make this monumental decision. Question like: What if you don’t like this person? How do you handle embarrassing situations? How do you approach uneasy situations? Who manages this person? We at Lighthouse Homecare can help support and ease your anxieties.
 
It is our business to answer your questions in advance and resolve any issues that come about. We have an administrator, nurse supervisor and office manager who specialize in the facilitation of your satisfaction and comfort. Our great communication managers will be there, beside you all the way with the management of your home aide.
 
Here are some tips we have found to assist you in establishing a positive relationship with your home health care.
Be honest and completely open with your opinions, needs and wants. We do not judge, there is no embarrassment about your current situation and why you need help. Please remember these are professionals you deal with and we have helped a wide variety of clients in a similar situation. We are experience in meeting the needs of people just like you. We deal with tough situations like Alzheimer’s, alcoholism, strokes, incontinence and many other stressful situations. 
 
Be prepared to talk about what you want. The best way to get what you want is to be specific about your needs. We go through a thorough checklist with our free consultation. We included house rules such as “no smoking” or “kosher kitchen” and many other things about your daily needs. Do you arise early, go to bed late, need medicine or a shower at a certain time or even as simple as I need privacy from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Give us immediate and much needed feedback on a hourly, daily or as needed but on a timely basis. We need to know it right away so we can fix it right a way. This benefits you in many ways. You don’t have to be involved in the discussions with the aides or you can be. The choice is yours. We want to make sure your issues are resolved quickly so you can have the best possible service. Ever. Period.
 
Employee supervision is our responsibility. If your problem cannot be solved to your satisfaction, you can request new aides, we handle this for you We, at Lighthouse Homecare, realize that you didn’t spend your entire life to reach the point of not being able to enjoy it to its fullest and it is our pleasure to serve those in need of care in the Quad Cities area, as well as many outlying areas.

It’s Cold Outside…

As we sit around the warmth of our homes and think about the upcoming days and months and what you would like to do differently, think about offering the gift of In-Home Care to a loved one.

Caregiving is emotionally draining. Taking care of a loved one can take its toll on the way you feel and how you treat others. After all, we all are human and need to take a break now and then.

Sally Abrahms recently wrote this on the AARP website. “Ever since I’ve been a caregiver, I’ve been waiting for The Call. If you’re caring for a loved one, you know what I mean — the telephone rings, and you learn that your parent has taken a turn for the worse, and you must rush to his side. In the past 12 years, I’ve taken care of my father, then my mother, and now my 93-year-old mother-in-law. The Call keeps coming, and I’ve been on edge the whole time, waiting.”

The AARP also likens the need for caregivers to take care of themselves to performing regular maintenance on a car. Without regular attention, even the finest cars and caregivers will soon deteriorate.

One theme is repeated often by those who advise caregivers. You can’t do it alone. Get help.

The physical, emotional and other demands of family responsibilities seem to be overwhelming at times and we at Lighthouse Homecare are hear to help you.

We offer services from one hour a day to full 24-hour care for your loved ones, to help assist you in taking care of them. Our goal is to help individuals and families stay together in their home as long as possible with a safety net. The first choice of placement for almost all of us is in our homes. That is where we are most comfortable and where we are likely to be the happiest.

If you are stressed and need an hour or two away or if you need more help with anything, anything at all, we want to be there for you.

Dan Adams, Lighthouse Homecare. Reliable In-Home care, serving you since 1999.

Lighthouse Homecare, YES, we can help!

Merry Christmas to all from Lighthouse Homecare!