Seniors: How You Can Avoid These Common Scams

There are always scammers out there looking to take advantage of those who will let them. Unfortunately, seniors sometimes find themselves in a position where they get scammed because they are good natured, good hearted, suffering from dementia, and fearful that family members may be in danger. Scammers earn their money from bilking others out of theirs, so it’s important to know which scams are the most common ones seniors often fall prey to.

  1. Scams over email. These often take the form of supposed lottery winnings, investment “opportunities,” and a plead for financial assistance in lieu of a bigger financial payout. Other types of email scams include receiving an email from what appears to be a valid institution. The email will request banking information and because it looks legitimate, the individual may comply.

    What to do: Never give out sensitive information over email. This includes social security numbers, banking account numbers, passwords, etc.

  2. Home improvement & repair scams. This happens when “friendly” people offer to fix items around the home or even when the car is taken in for repair. Fees will be increased to exorbitant amounts and if dementia has set in, the senior may find themselves falling for the same scam over and over.

    What to do: Don’t approve any repairs or charges without writing down what’s being done and/or asking a friend or family member for assistance.

  3. Grandparents scam. This is particularly vicious because it involves the senior’s family members. The scammer will call the senior and pretend to be one of their grandchildren. The scammer will say that they are in trouble and need assistance in the way of money, and ask for it to be wired to a certain location.

    What to do: Hopefully, the voice of the caller will give it away that it is not a member of the family, but if this isn’t the case, call the family members closest to the “child in trouble” to be sure that they are safe and sound.

Always Best Care has been providing exceptional and compassionate senior care since 1996. With locations all over the United States and Canada, they provide only the best caregivers who are always employees, never contractors. Seniors living in the Raleigh area who are interested in learning about senior living in Raleigh or Raleigh assisted living are encouraged to call the Always Best Care Raleigh location at 919-724-4297 to set up a free care consultation.


Always Best Care Provides Compassionate Home Care in Raleigh

With a focus on quality and compassionate caregivers, Always Best Care has been the leader in senior care giving for the past 20 years. Their caregivers are always employees, never contractors, and are thoroughly trained, highly-skilled, licensed, bonded, and insured so that senior clients and their families can enjoy the ultimate in peace of mind.

Seniors living in the Raleigh area, who are interested in learning about home care in Raleigh or dementia care in Raleigh are encouraged to call the Always Best Care Raleigh location to schedule a free care consultation. At this time, a professional care coordinator will visit with the senior and their family to discuss all of their available options regarding either in-home care or transitioning into a senior living environment.

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More and more seniors are choosing to stay in their homes during their retirement years and are enjoying the benefits that an in-home caregiver can provide. This includes assistance with housekeeping, pet care, supervising home maintenance, planning, making, and serving meals, medication management, planning visits and outings, companionship and conversation, assistance with walking, eating, bathing, escorting for shopping, appointments, and errands, and many others that fall under the categories of home helper, companion, and personal care.

There are different levels of care when it comes to in-home care giving, and Always Best Care is highly-experienced in each, assuring that seniors will always get the care that they require.

  • Companion Care. This is the first level of care and involves a caregiver assisting with things like preparing meals, housekeeping, and offering friendly conversation and companionship. It basically offers a second set of eyes to help keep the senior comfortable and safe.
  • Personal Care. This is the second level of care and includes everything in the companion care level. It also includes assistance with incontinence, bathing and grooming, transfers and medication reminders. Seniors who are recovering from surgery, using palliative care or just need assistance with daily personal hygiene often seek this level of care.
  • Very High Level of Care. This level of care is for people who are bed-bound due to chronic illness, or those who are on hospice. Both companion and personal care levels are also provided here.

Seniors living in the Raleigh area, who are interested in learning more about home care in Raleigh and dementia care in Raleigh are invited to call the Always Best Care Raleigh location at 919-724-4297 to set up a free care consultation. They look forward to chatting with you about your bright future!

Seniors: Get Your High-Dose Flu Shot & Stay Healthy

Influenza is serious regardless of the age of the patient, however, it is most serious in infants and seniors (people over age 65). This is due to immunity declining as we age, which enables seniors to contract the flu more easily than other adults, and also makes them more susceptible to asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis. The CDC estimates that 90% of all flu-related deaths occur in people over the age of 65. This statistic alone should prompt seniors to get their annual flu shot.

Seniors have the option to get a regular flu shot, or the high-dose vaccine. Fluzone, the vaccine designed specifically for people over 65, has a high dosage of the vaccine because sometimes the regular flu shot has been shown to be less effective in seniors. Regardless of which you choose it’s important to get vaccinated for the flu either way.

The High Dose Vaccine

Created specifically for seniors, this vaccine contains four times the antigen as the regular flu shot. Research has shown that seniors who receive the high dose vaccine had 24% fewer flu infections than those that received the regular flu shot. This version of the flu shot has been approved for use in the United States since 2009.

Other Tips to Stay Healthy

  • Frequently clean surfaces that receive a lot of hand-touching including keyboards, desks, phones, counters, doorknobs, light switches, etc.
  • Be proactive for your own good health including getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of fluids, eating nutritiously and managing your stress.
  • Try to avoid coming into contact with people who are sick.
  • Frequently wash your hands with hot, soapy water.

Seek Medical Treatment Immediately if Symptoms Appear

Symptoms of the flu in seniors include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Pain/pressure in the chest or abdomen

For seniors who are especially at risk of developing severe complications due to the flu, antiviral drugs may be prescribed.

Always Best Care has been providing compassionate in-home care giving services to seniors for the past 20 years. If you live in the Raleigh area and are interested in finding out more information about senior living in Raleigh, or Raleigh assisted living communities, please call the Always Best Care Raleigh location at 919-724-4297 to set up a free care consultation. They look forward to hear from you!