Modifying a home? Upcoming panel discussion highlights products and solutions for increased safety and independence

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On Friday, September 19, 2014, a panel of professionals in our community will speak about “Home Modification and New Technology” at the Aging in Place Round Table. Speakers will highlight currently available solutions and products available for people that want to age well in their home. You will learn valuable information on ways these products can make life easier and more manageable.

Panel Members Include: Mary Snow from May Supply, Phil Blosser from Blosser Lighting, and Scott Pruett from Universal Design Partners.

The member spotlight this month will be by Stan Farthing, Director of Corporate Support, from WMRA/WEMC.

Our contest this month gives you two opportunities to win! Prizes have been donated by VBS Mortgage and Lee Croteau. The first prize will go to the organization that has the oldest paid employee. The second prize will be given to the organization with the oldest regular volunteer.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) in the Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome – look for the signs! We look forward to seeing you!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:  The Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce seeks to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com.

Contact Information:

Chair – Jim Maust
Venture Builders, Inc.
540.434.7927

Co-Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Caregiver Stress – August 15 2014 Aging in Place Round Table Meeting in Harrisonburg VA

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On Friday, August 15, Valda Garber-Weider spoke to the Aging in Place Round Table on the topic of caregiver stress. She discussed the different types of stress caregivers face and the strategies and coping mechanisms which are useful to reduce their daily burden.

Valda is the Director of Assisted Living at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) and an educator on memory care.

You can download Valda’s presentation here: Caregiver Stress, Strain and Burden.

The meeting also featured a “member spotlight” presentation by Jim Maust of Venture Builders, Inc.

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:  The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Jim Maust

Venture Builders, Inc.

540.434.7927

Co-Chair – Phyllis Friesen

Design Concrete Builders, Inc.

540.383.2982

VIDEO – Assistive Devices for Everyday Living

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Assistive Devices

The most common limitation to living an independent lifestyle as we age is reduced mobility. Whether it’s due to post-surgery rehabilitation, arthritis and other joint or mobility issues, or special accessibility requirements, limited mobility means you don’t have access to your full range of motion. Bending, lifting, stretching – all of these pose a problem … and you’d be surprised how often we do each of these things in the course of a single day.

Assistive devices allow people with limited mobility to achieve a greater degree of control over their surroundings, promoting independence. Simple Comforts, a home medical equipment retail store serving Charlottesville and Warrenton, Virginia, has a collection of devices that help with the everyday tasks that we take for granted – from putting on your socks to doing up your zipper. Tina Ross of Simple Comforts led a seminar about all of the devices they have in stock that can help you or your elderly loved one retain their independence regardless of where they are in the walk of life.

For more videos from Simple Comforts, visit their Care is There profile page.

Need assistance in a specific daily action?
Care is There has a collection of providers and aids available in the following categories:

For more articles like this, visit The Caregiver’s Secret and look for the following sections: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in Place, Assistive Technology

CareFamily – Connecting you with the Caregiver you need

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There are many resources available to the families of aging and senior parents. Some come in the form of individuals, met through friends or discovered from word of mouth; others in the form of trusted agencies you have known for ages, or visited in your trek to find the right solution for your loved one; and finally, there is CareFamily.

An online registry of caregivers across the country, CareFamily connects clients (that would be you) with ideal caregivers based on profiling, needs assessments and more. Clients are given access to a variety of online tools that will help well beyond the interviewing process – the online tools also give you a way to monitor the care provided, review invoices and track payments, as well as ensure the medical information the doctor needs is readily available at your finger tips.

Once you have set up a CareFamily profile, you can review caregivers through a set of parameters, set up interviews, propose fees and rates, offer jobs, track the quality of service you receive and more. In addition, CareFamily provides a host of resources to help you make informed decisions. Their online resources include a personal care coach, remote care management, online monitoring and an easy online method to track and transmit data about the elderly loved on in your care.

This is all part of CareFamily’s commitment to providing hassle-free caregiving.

Since CareFamily isn’t an agency, they are may be able to connect you to caregivers at a lower rate. Visit their website for more details on rates and fees.

Find out how the process works – watch the video below.

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in Place, Care for the Caregiver.

Know someone who worries about their elderly parent in Charlottesville, Staunton, or Harrisonburg Virginia? Care is There Geriatric Care Management can help! Have them contact us for a free consultation: 434.326.5323 or info@careisthere.com.

For more information about our services, and to read testimonials from our clients, visit our website. Also, view this short video about our care management services.

Elizabeth Swider, Geriatric Care Manager, Certified Senior Advisor
President, Care is There Geriatric Care Management
Support for independent living and long distance caregiving; assisted living enhancement

Learn About the Caregivers Community Network – July 18 Meeting of the Harrisonburg Aging in Place Round Table

On July 18th, Stacey Hanson from Caregivers Community Network, will discuss options in our community to support caregivers at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Aging in Place Round Table.

Caregivers Community Network provides support services to family caregivers and friendly visits to elders in need of companionship.  Trained volunteers make 1-2 weekly visits lasting two to four hours.  Some of the activities our clients enjoy during their visits include: taking a walk, playing games, crafts, baking and manicures.

Stacey Hansen has worked with CCN for 2 years and before that was a case manager with Valley Program for Aging Services and AMBRcare.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Sunnyside Retirement Community (The Highlands) 3935 Sunnyside Drive Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome – look for the HR Chamber signs!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Kathryn McMillan from Clutter Conversions.

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:  The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Jim Maust
Venture Builders, Inc.
540.434.7927

Co-Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

VIDEO: Hearing Aid 101 with William Murphy

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William Murphy

Hearing aid care is very important. For some, hearing aids are the only way to enjoy the music and sounds of the world around us. A well kept hearing aid will last longer and provide better quality sound (and thus life) for you or your loved one. William Murphy of Rivanna Hearing Aid Center in Charlottesville Virginia explains proper hearing aid care in his Hearing Aids 101 video.

William explains that there could be two reasons a hearing aid doesn’t work – the battery or wax. First, we need to find out if the hearing aid is working. William suggests putting the battery in and cupping it in your hand. The hearing aid will sing (newer ones have a 15 second delay).

Battery

The battery could be dead, installed backwards or just wet. When buying a replacement battery, William suggests looking at the color of the battery rather than the model number. “The number changes according to the manufacturers,” says William. But they always have the same color – the most common are orange and brown.

In order to ensure that the battery is installed properly, he advises installing it with the plastic tab still intact. This gives you a visual when you’re installing the battery and ensures that it is done correctly. “If you leave the tab on,” William says, “you’ll always have the battery oriented the way it should be.” Pull the tab off when you’re ready to use the battery. If you do put it in backwards, the door will pop off.

Every night, the battery door should be opened when the hearing aid is removed so that the battery (and the inside of the hearing aid) can dry out. “It also gives the battery a chance to stop drawing power,” says William.

The last bit of advice about batteries William gives is to change the hearing aids in both If you have two hearing aids, change the batteries at the same time.

Wax

If one hearing aid that works and another that does, test to find out if it’s a wax or battery problem. William advises you to take the battery out of the working one and try it in the “broken” one. If it doesn’t work, you most likely have a wax problem. “80% of the issues you have with a hearing aid can be fixed in house,” says William.

There are two main places where wax builds up – the part that goes down into the ear, where the “speakers” are; and on the microphone part on the outside, where the sound goes out. William says the best way to clean the wax off a hearing aid is with a dry toothbrush. “Clean it in the morning, not the evening,” he says. In the morning, the wax is dry and will flake right off. Just remember to brush the hearing aid over the top of the dry toothbrush so the dry wax flakes fall down over the brush rather than into the hearing aid.

Even more advice…

William has even more tidbits of advice in the video above – take a moment to watch him explain proper hearing aid care and ensure that you or your loved ones have the best-cared-for hearing aids in the area.

For more information about hearing aids and other hearing devices, visit our Hearing Services page at Care is There.

Meet William Murphy

Learn more about William Murphy and Rivanna Hearing Aid Center at Care is There.

For more articles like this, see:  Assistive Technology, Care for the Caregiver, Communicating with Senior Citizens, Hearing Loss.

Know someone who worries about their elderly parent in Charlottesville, Staunton, or Harrisonburg Virginia? Care is There Geriatric Care Management can help! Have them contact us for a free consultation: 434.326.5323 or info@careisthere.com.

For more information about our services, and to read testimonials from our clients, visit our website. Also, view this short video about our care management services.

Elizabeth Swider, Geriatric Care Manager, Certified Senior Advisor
President, Care is There Geriatric Care Management
Support for independent living and long distance caregiving; assisted living enhancement

Legal Services & Estate Planning from Virgnia Wills, Trusts & Estates, PLC

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Thomas Nolan
Founded on January 1, 2004, Virginia Wills, Trusts, and Estates, PLC is a law firm based in the Pantops Mountain area of Charlottesville. They focus on helping senior citizens and their families plan for the transfer of wealth with the mandate to “Guide You to Family Harmony”. To complement the planning stages, they also provide guidance in the settling of estates for deceased loved ones. Owner Thomas Nolan, Attorney at Law, is joined by Wendall Winn, Jr. and a capable staff in his efforts to provide legal services and advice in three distinct areas: estate planning, estate administration and adoptions.

Thomas Nolan received a BA from the University of Virginia in 1978, which he followed up with a JD from University of Virginia School of Law in 1982; he is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; he frequently speaks at the Virginia Bar Associations Estate Planning and Administration Seminar; and is active in the Wills, Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia Bar Association. As such, he is recognized locally and statewide for his commitment, competence and trust.

Thomas Nolan and his team can be reached at 434-817-4001 or by email at nolan@vawills.com.

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central Virginia, Care for the Caregiver, Legal and Financial.

Know someone who worries about their elderly parent in Charlottesville, Staunton, or Harrisonburg Virginia? Care is There Geriatric Care Management can help! Have them contact us for a free consultation: 434.326.5323 or info@careisthere.com.

For more information about our services, and to read testimonials from our clients, visit our website. Also, view this short video about our care management services.

Elizabeth Swider, Geriatric Care Manager, Certified Senior Advisor
President, Care is There Geriatric Care Management
Support for independent living and long distance caregiving; assisted living enhancement

Generations Crossing Provides Intergenerational Day Care for Children and Older Adults

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Generations Crossing provides day care for adults and children alike. In fact, their daily activities are often designed to incorporate both groups. The staff at Generations Crossing believe this interaction fosters positive, beneficial relationships that cross the generation barrier. Intergenerational Program Coordinator Lolly Miller oversees the activity plans for each day with the goal to promote social, physical, intellectual and emotional well-being through a high level of independence and a friendly, stimulating environment.

Generations Crossing LogoThe average day for an adult participant at Generations Crossing is one that I sometimes wish were my daily schedule. It looks a little something like this:

  • 7:30 a.m. Wake Up Time!
  • 9:00 a.m. Morning Exercises
  • 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m. Activity (eg. Guest musician, Craft, Library)
  • 12:00 p.m. Hot Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. Rest Time
  • 2:30 p.m. Snack
  • 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Activity (eg. Seated aerobics, Trivia, Bailey – the therapy dog)
  • 5:30 p.m. Clean Up

Their current facility can accommodate 30 adults and up to 100 children. In addition to planned activities with the children, adult participants have access to on-site nursing staff, hot meals, medication reminders and direct medical care. The staff at Generations Crossing provides the adults in their care with the room to explore their personal independence, develop relationships with children, other participants and staff, and continue their personal growth.

Serving the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities, adult participants may attend Generations Crossings day care a few days each week, or every day. Visit their website or call them at 540-434-4901 for more information on their adult day care program.

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central Virginia, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg VirginiaAging in Place, Assistive Technology.

Know someone who worries about their elderly parent in Charlottesville, Staunton, or Harrisonburg Virginia? Care is There Geriatric Care Management can help! Have them contact us for a free consultation: 434.326.5323 or info@careisthere.com.

For more information about our services, and to read testimonials from our clients, visit our website. Also, view this short video about our care management services.

Elizabeth Swider, Geriatric Care Manager, Certified Senior Advisor
President, Care is There Geriatric Care Management
Support for independent living and long distance caregiving; assisted living enhancement

Stay active at any age at Sentara RMH Wellness Center – Learn More on June 20 2014

On Friday, June 20, 2014, Meg Robinson will speak to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Aging in Place Round Table about all the wonderful activities and services available at Sentara RMH Wellness Center. Meg is the Business Development Manager and will give helpful information to stay healthy and active as we age.

The member spotlight this month will be by Christina Fauber and Emily Anderson from The Legacy at North Augusta.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) in the Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome – look for the HR Chamber signs!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce: The Aging in Place Round Table seeks to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Jim Maust
Venture Builders, Inc.
540.434.7927

Co-Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Care is There Welcomes Ginger Brown Hanssen as Financial Services Specialist

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Ginger Hanssen

Care is There Geriatric Care Management welcomes Ginger Brown Hanssen to the care management team as Financial Services Specialist.

Using her 18 years of experience in banking and finance, Ginger will help our clients and their loved ones develop strategies to handle bill paying, banking, financial management, and legal planning. A key component to her role will be to identify the client’s needs and work with elder law attorneys, financial planners, CPA’s, bankers, trust officers and insurance advisors to construct customized solutions. She will work closely with the Care is There Lifestyle Coordinators to adjust the client’s plans if life events, memory loss, or health problems occur.

“I found myself drawn to this part of my work,” says Ginger. “People want someone they can trust, someone they can have a relationship with and that is exactly the way I like to do business.”

“I personally feel the anxiety it can bring no matter how well planned out a parent has tried to make it for their children. It can be a struggle for those whose children live out of town or do not have any family at all. I am so excited to be a part of this company that is committed to assisting those in these situations!”

Ginger grew up in Charlottesville. She was very involved in assisting her parents as they aged, particularly with their financial needs. Her father passed away in 2004 and her mother was diagnosed with Dementia in 2012, which has led to the first stages of Alzheimer’s. “In my career, I have worked at nearly all levels of banking from a teller to bank manager, loan processor to private banking and treasury management,” says Ginger. “I have a strong network of relationships with assisted living, accountants, financial advisors, realtors, lawyers and bankers.” These experiences and the networks that have developed from them have prepared her for this opportunity to guide and serve our clients.

Read more about Ginger Brown Hanssen at Care is There. Contact her at 434.326.5323 ext. 14 – she’d love to hear from you!

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central Virginia, Legal and Financial, News and Events.

Know someone who worries about their elderly parent in Charlottesville, Staunton, or Harrisonburg Virginia? Care is There Geriatric Care Management can help! Have them contact us for a free consultation: 434.326.5323 or info@careisthere.com.

For more information about our services, and to read testimonials from our clients, visit our website. Also, view this short video about our care management services.

Elizabeth Swider, Geriatric Care Manager, Certified Senior Advisor
President, Care is There Geriatric Care Management
Support for independent living and long distance caregiving; assisted living enhancement

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