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Could Home Care Have Saved Casey Kasem?

Could Home Care Have Saved Casey Kasem?

Casey Kasem is a name known to any “Baby Boomer’ as the person who made “America’s Top 40” one of the most listened-to radio programs ever. He was the voice of Shaggy on “Scooby Doo.” Many people grew up with Kasem and grew old with him too. Despite being a long-time vegan and an opponent of factory farming, Casey Kasem was not in great health at the time of his death.

In 2007, Kasem was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, but the diagnosis was later changed to Lewy Body Dementia. In the last months of his life, the disease claimed his voice and he could no longer speak. Still, Lewy Body Dementia did not kill Casey Kasem. He also had high blood pressure, but he might have lived for some time with that condition. It did not kill him.

So what killed Casey Kasem? The animosity his family members had toward one another led to inconsistency in home care. Kasem was bedridden and needed to be regularly repositioned in bed. He also needed medication monitoring. In the last few years of his life, Kasem’s wife and his children fought over his custody. A court granted his daughter conservatorship, but he could not be located because his wife had secreted him away. When found, he was treated for sepsis caused by an ulcerated bedsore. A bedsore killed Casey Kasem.

Consistent and competent home care might have made his last months bearable. The caregiver could have coordinated family visits and made sure that his needs, both emotional and physical, were met. If the family had put aside their grievances and had secured competent and compassionate home care for the star, his life would have been easier and more comfortable, if not longer.

Fortunately, most of us would put the welfare of our loved ones ahead of any family in-fighting. Securing home care for them can help relieve the pressures brought about by caregiving that often lead to family tension. It can relieve the stress of sandwiching our loved one’s care between family responsibilities and work.

What killed radio legend Casey Kasem? It was a simple bedsore…a bedsore consistent home care might have prevented.


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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
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Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
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Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

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