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Oral Health in the Elderly

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association points out the need for oral health in the elderly. The study says that older adults with tooth loss have a higher risk of cognitive impairment and dementia. The more teeth that are missing, the increased risk.

Researchers reviewed records of 24,074 participants, of which 4,689 had cognitive impairment or dementia. They found that each missing tooth was associated with a 1.4% increase in the risk of cognitive impairment and a 1.1% increased risk of dementia. Those with 20 or more missing teeth had a 31% higher risk. Participants who had missing teeth but also used dentures were not found to have a higher risk.

The connection between missing teeth and these risks is not clear. Perhaps missing teeth create problems chewing food so much that nutritional deficiencies or chemical imbalances occur. If there has been poor oral hygiene, increased bacteria in the mouth or gum disease may also have a connection.

Or it’s possible that people who are experiencing cognitive decline become less able to take care of their teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. There’s still a lot to be studied on this issue but one thing is clear: aging adults often need more care. At Corewood Care, we serve seniors and their families with in-home care, allowing the elderly person to age in place in their own home.

Our caregivers are trained to help with the physical needs such as toileting, bathing, dressing and basic oral care, as well as help in the home with light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, and companionship and compassion during every visit.

If you or a family member are struggling to keep up with the tasks of daily living, let us help. Contact us for a no-cost home consultation for senior home care services across the greater Bethesda and Washington DC region.

Local vs National Home Care Companies

If you’re looking for a home care service in the Bethesda-Montgomery County-DC Metro region, there are many options. Dozens of in-home care companies offer care for seniors. Some are large national companies; others, like Corewood Care, are locally owned.

What differences might be found between a corporate home care agency and a locally owned home care service? You may be more familiar with the big-name national companies. Several of them run nationwide TV commercials, hire well-known actors or former television news people, place ads in magazines, or send direct mail to your home. All of that costs money which is factored into the rate they charge.

Services that match you to a home care company, assisted living facility or nursing home can have very high fees that are paid for by that business. Those also have to be factored into the rate they charge for their services.

Locally owned senior home care agencies have a smaller management structure and less overhead cost. That means that if you ever have a concern, you can easily speak with top management or the home care agency’s owner. At Corewood Care, our company was founded by Mary O’Donoghue. Following her experience caring for her father in the family home on Corewood Lane, she believed in-home care for the elderly entailed more than physically helping the senior adult. She set out to build a company that employed caregivers passionate about helping people, caring for their emotional and physical needs.

It’s that desire to find the most caring and compassionate staff, provide excellent training and hands-on care management that often sets local senior home health care agencies apart. Corewood Care offers no-cost home assessments before we match a caregiver to the senior client. We work to make that a good relationship from the beginning, whether it’s for respite care, post-surgery care, or 24/7 in-home care.

Senior care services can help with dressing, bathing, medications, and activities of daily living, as well as light housekeeping, meal preparation and companionship. We’ll tailor a specific plan to help care for you or your senior family member, and always be available to make the senior care services meet your needs.

Corewood Care Named Among America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

September 13, 2021– Inc. magazine has named Corewood Care as No. 845 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list provides a look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

In the most recent three-year period, Corewood Care achieved revenue growth of 577%, outpacing the average of other companies on the list.

“We’re honored and excited to be part of the 2021 Inc. 5000,” says Mary O’Donoghue, CEO and Founder of Corewood Care. “Our company was founded on the belief of helping people across the DC Metropolitan area, and our growth is testament to ‘doing well by doing good’.”

At Corewood Care, our mission is to improve the way health is managed, allowing our clients to thrive and live gracefully. From household duties to skilled care, we provide Home Care and Care Management services throughout the DC Metropolitan area – Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Whether at home, the hospital, a senior living community, or elsewhere, our dedicated care team provides our clients with individualized services and flexible support. For senior home care or aging in place services, Corewood Care is setting a new standard as a home care agency.

Not only have the companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, this year’s list also proved especially resilient and flexible given 2020’s unprecedented challenges. Among the 5,000 companies to make the list, the average median three-year growth rate soared to 543 percent.

Companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2017 to 2020. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2017. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2020.

Learn more about the company at www.corewoodcare.com.

Loneliness in the Elderly

As people age, loneliness and social isolation can become very real concerns and create health risks for dementia and other medical conditions. A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) indicates that nearly one quarter of adults 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. 

Aging seniors are more likely to live alone, often after the death of a spouse; and are more likely to experience the loss of family or friends who may pass away or move to another location. Chronic illness and loss of hearing also contribute to isolation and loneliness. A recent study found that social isolation increased the risk of premature death to nearly the same extent as smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.

At Corewood Care, we work to address the issues of loneliness and social isolation for our senior home care clients and their families. Often, we are brought into a senior’s home because they, or their adult children, recognize that they need help with bathing, housekeeping, or meal preparation. Our caregivers are adept at providing that physical, tangible assistance, but they are also trained in the importance of companionship while they’re performing other duties in the home.

That companionship is part of our company philosophy; it’s our mission to help our clients thrive and grow. That means we’re attuned to the issue of loneliness, and we make an effort to reduce those feelings in our clients during our visits. So while our caregivers help a client bath and dress, they try to engage each client. These conversations might be inquiring about the places the senior lived or the type of work they did; their families; the weather or news of the day. While our caregiver prepares meals for the senior, they might ask about their favorite meal or what memories he or she has of holidays, or about hobbies or interests he or she enjoyed.

Our hope is to not only provide home care but to make a difference. Senior home care is not just about physically helping the senior with activities of daily living as they age, it’s also about caring for their mental health by offering friendship and companionship. Corewood Care is a senior home care company serving Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Fairfax County, Arlington and Alexandria region in Virginia; as well as Washington DC area. Call on us for assistance with home health care services, 24/7 care, and respite care for your family.

Home Health Care vs Senior Home Care

If you are looking for care for yourself, your spouse or parent, it may be confusing to identify the exact service needed. You’ll encounter terms for home health care, home care, personal care, and companion care services. At Corewood Care, we provide these services across the greater Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC region, in accordance with our licensures; many companies focus only on home health care or senior home care.

Let’s begin with home health care. This term describes more in-depth, skilled medical care that is brought to the home so that the client doesn’t have to visit a doctor’s office or other medical provider. Home health care may be needed to treat a chronic health condition or during recovery from surgery or a serious illness or injury. These services are considered clinical or skilled care, so they are provided by a licensed caregiver, from a registered nurse (RN) to a certified nurse’s aide (CNA), according to pertinent licensure requirements. Home health care is usually covered by private insurance or Medicare/Medicaid.

Home care usually refers to making life better for a senior as he or she ages in place in his or her home, even if that is an independent living facility instead of their own home or apartment. Home care is non-medical care.

Chart of services for home health care versus senior home care

At Corewood Care, we tailor in-home care services to each client. Sometimes, home health care is a temporary need, such as wound care or skilled nursing care after a release from the hospital. Home care services, also often known as senior home care or personal care services, help the client with bathing, dressing, and toileting, as well as light housekeeping and meal preparation. Our home caregivers also help keep the senior client engaged during our visits with conversation and interaction. The term companion care refers to that more social side of home care; these clients perhaps do not need help with bathing or grooming, but benefit from someone to play cards with, reminisce, or engage in activities that keep the brain stimulated.

When you need help at home, Corewood Care can provide the customized in-home care you need. We’ve served clients across the region with home care services, respite care, and 24/7 care for many years. If we can be of service, answer questions, or help you find the right service for you, please give us a call, schedule a free home assessment, or use our chat.

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