DIY Home Safety Assessment: SafeScore

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The following article was prepared by Sarah Pruett of Universal Design Partners.
Learn more about Scott and Sarah Pruett at CareisThere.com.

Planning to live your retirement years at home instead of moving to a senior living community? Or perhaps your elderly parents will be moving in with you soon? You’ll want to make sure your home is ready to serve your entire family.

Scott and Sarah Pruett of Universal Design Partners specialize in helping people design or modify their homes according to Universal Design principles. They offer a free DIY Home Safety Assessment at SafeScore.org that gives great baseline information for understanding how safe the home is currently and provides immediate suggestions on what features could be improved to make it safer.

Read Sarah’s blog post on universaldesign.org to find out why she and Scott created this handy tool.

sarah pruetteSarah is an occupational therapist, and is trained to understand the direct relationship between a person’s abilities and how the features of the environment should be designed for ease of use. Scott and Sarah collaborate with building/design professionals to make needed changes to the home based on each family’s current needs and situation. They serve within a one-hour radius of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in Place, Resources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Valley Vital Care Home Infusion Pharmacy

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Valley Vital Care Home Infusion Pharmacy is an infusion company based in Waynesboro that serves the Shenandoah Valley. They provide clinical pharmacy services and instruction, specializing in in-home infusion supplies and medications. In addition to compounding infusion medication and delivering supplies, Valley Vital Care provides their patients with infusion suites that are suited for one-on-one patient-therapy situations as an alternative to inpatient hospital care.

Valley Vital Care tracks their patients doses, providing reminders a day or two in advance of the final dosage to ensure that treatment is uninterrupted. Their office staff is equipped with pharmacy, nursing, nutrition and quality management specialists who are available during office hours (8am – 5pm) as well as emergency assistance available 24/7. Their staff assesses and monitors patients on a case-by-case basis, ensuring that therapy and treatment is coordinated with the patient’s physician, local nursing agency and family.

All of the medication prepared at Valley Vital Care is compounded in a sterile environment. Patients are encouraged to book a tour to see how their medications are prepared. Their medications and supplies are available for delivery or pick up.

For a complete list of their services, read their profile on CareisThere.com.

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

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Elder Law Panel to Discuss Top Tips for Planning Your Future

On Friday, June 19, 2015, three elder law attorneys, Linda D. Elliott, Erin E. Layman and Cathy Jackson Leitner will discuss top tips for planning your future. Three different aspects of legal planning will be discussed including:  planning for death (wills); planning for incapacity (advanced medical directives, powers of attorneys, guardianship and conservatorship) and planning for long term care (Medicaid and Veterans’ benefits).

This panel of attorneys emphasize that it is important to have a plan in place, have appropriate documents prepared correctly with the help of an attorney, and review and update our plan and documents periodically.

Linda D. Elliott is with the law firm of Miller, Earle & Shanks, PLLC; Erin E. Layman is with the law firm of Erin E. Layman, PLC; and Cathy Jackson Leitner is with the law firm of Leitner Law Group, PLC.  All three attorneys practice elder law and other areas of law in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

We will also have a member spotlight.

The inspiration for our June contest is Father’s Day. The person in attendance with the oldest father, step-father, or father-in law (current age if living, or age at time of passing) will will a prize donated by Sheena Armentrout from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

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 and bring a guest!

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

Team Spotlight – Trish Kenney

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Trish Kenney, Lifestyle Coordinator for Care is There

Care is There Geriatric Care Management is operated by a group of like-minded people whose goal is to provide quality care and access to the necessary resources. Every month, we’re shining the light on the people who make Care is There what it is – a group united by that common goal.

Our sixth installment of Team Spotlight features Trish Kenney, a lifestyle coordinator at Care is There. We sat down with her to ask her about the life of a lifestyle coordinator and working with Care is There.

How long have you been working at Care is There?

I have been working for Care is There since May of 2012.

What do you do at Care is There?

As a Lifestyle Coordinator, over the past three years my commitments have varied depending on the needs of my clients. Some of my responsibilities have included:

  • Assisting senior couples and their adult children in planning and coordinating their relocation from private homes to continuing care facilities and helping on all levels with their transitions (e.g., liaising with the moving company, real estate agent, continuing care marketing personnel, financial investors, attorneys and more.)
  • Advocating for clients at appointments with professionals including primary care physicians, medical specialists, insurance agents, auto dealers and any other professional my clients would like assistance with.
  • Exploring clients’ interests on a personal level and assisting them in reconnecting to the activities they most enjoy (e.g., weekly poetry seminars, exercise classes, rediscovering artistic pursuits, reading poetry and novels aloud, watching movies, trail and garden walks, reminiscing about travel adventures, shopping, dining out, etc.)
  • Coordinating with continuing care facility staff, family and medical personnel to help ensure that medical information is communicated across groups so that medical and personal client needs are met
  • Facilitating clear communication among family members and friends as a caring and involved advocate for my clients

What is the most satisfying thing about working at Care is There?

I love advocating for my clients and helping them communicate their wishes, thoughts, ideas and concerns to others. My best moments with Care is There have occurred when I know I’ve connected a client with something or someone who brings them heartfelt joy​.

Read Trish’s profile at CareisThere.com or meet the entire team on our “Team” page.

For more articles like this, see: News and Events, Team Spotlight.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?
Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Southern Care Hospice: Hospice Care in Harrisonburg

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Southern Care Hospice is a hospice care provider locations in 19 states, including one in Harrisonburg. Affiliated with Curo Health Services, a national hospice care company, Southern Care provides hospice care to individuals who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Their mission is to “to honor life and offer compassion to individuals, and their families, when facing a life-limiting illness.” Each of Southern Care’s patients and their families receive dedicated hospice care, counseling and disease management education.

For more details, read the full profile of Southern Care Hospice on CareisThere.com.

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in Place, Care for the Caregiver, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Team Spotlight – Lisa Hoekstra

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Care is There Geriatric Care Management is operated by a group of like-minded people whose goal is to provide quality care and access to the necessary resources. Every month, we’re shining the light on the people who make Care is There what it is – a group united by that common goal.

Our fifth installment of Team Spotlight features Lisa Hoekstra, our community resource coordinator. Lisa’s name may be familiar to our blog readers as she prepares, writes and publishes our articles for us on a near-weekly basis. We took a moment to ask her what it’s like working with Care is There.

How long have you been working at Care is There?

I started working with Care is There in June 2013, though it feels like I’ve always been a part of the team!

What do you do at Care is There?

I work with the Elizabeth, Lauren, Ginger and Desiree on creating website content (writing provider profiles and adding them to the careisthere.com); writing and publishing articles on The Caregiver’s Secret, Cville Seniors and Harrisonburg Seniors; posting content to the Care is There Facebook page; and preparing the monthly newsletter, which is sent to subscribers in Central Virginia (spoiler – we’re also working on preparing the first Kansas City newsletter… very exciting times!).

Little promo here, if I may! If you’re interested in subscribing to the Central Virginia newsletter, you can enter your email on The Caregiver’s Secret home page – the right-hand column, under the video.

What is the most satisfying thing about working at Care is There?

I love the fact that I can use my passion for writing to provide people with the information to help their loved ones. It’s very satisfying to know that someone, somewhere in Virginia or Kansas, might use the work I’m doing as a reference to ensure that their grandmother, aged father or even partner is getting the assistance and service they need to live their lives to the fullest. It helps that I work with a fantastic team at Care is There – everyone is very dedicated to helping others to the best of their ability… it’s inspiring!

Read Lisa’s profile at CareisThere.com or meet the entire team on our “Team” page.

For more articles like this, see: News and Events, Team Spotlight.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

How to Effectively Advocate for your Elderly Client or Loved One

On Friday, May 15th, Elizabeth Swider, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Certified Senior Advisor, and founder of Care Is There, will discuss specific ways you can advocate for your family member as they are aging.

“Advocating for your clients and loved ones has never been more crucial” says Elizabeth. “As health care becomes more fragmented and specialized, as the lifestyle choices for seniors increase and as families become more dispersed, it’s easy for seniors to get swept up and lost in the current of change. An advocate stands firmly beside the person in their care and ensures that their voice is heard and their wishes are honored.”

Care Is There provides geriatric care management and aging life care management services in Charlottesville, Staunton, and Harrisonburg Virginia and in Overland Park, Kansas. The Lifestyle Coordinators at Care is There work directly with clients and their loved ones to support long distance caregiving, aging in place, independent living, and supplemental services for assisted living.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Bridgewater Retirement Community (302 North Second Street, Bridgewater) in the Houff Community Center. Visitors are welcome – look for the signs!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Larry Elkins of Town and Country Insurance.

Our contest this month is in honor of Mother’s Day! The winner will be the person in attendance who has a mother, step-mother, or mother-in-law who has lived to oldest age. They will receive a prize donated by Joyce Nussbaum who leads the Chronic Disease Self-Management Education program with Valley Program for Aging Services.

Download the meeting agenda here: AIPRT Agenda Bridgewater May 2015.

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

Gypsy Hill Place: An independent living community

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Gypsy Hill Place LogoGypsy Hill Place is an independent living community located in the renovated R.E. Lee High School. The building features 62 living units that are available in studio, one bedroom or two bedrooms. All of their units are available for lease and include all of the amenities (see services offered below) as well as the standard features of climate control, full kitchen, washer and dryer, and emergency call system.

Each of the residential units are renovated classrooms; other spaces in the building have also been converted to serve residents. Gypsy Hill Place’s Winter Garden is located in the old gymnasium, with the adjacent spaces converted to become the dining room and community room. The dining room is operated by Now You’re Cooking, LLC, a catering service that provides restaurant quality food to the Gypsy Hill Residents.

Read more about the services and amenities available at the Gypsy Hill Place profile page on Care is There.

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central VirginiaAging in Place, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton Virginia.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Team Spotlight – Charlotte Drummond

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Care is There Geriatric Care Management is operated by a group of like-minded people whose goal is to provide quality care and access to the necessary resources. Every month, we’re shining the light on the people who make Care is There what it is – a group united by that common goal.

Our fourth installment of Team Spotlight features Charlotte Drummond, our bookkeeper, who also offers personal assistant services and Quickbooks/Quicken coaching. But her list of accomplishments doesn’t end there; she is also the mind behind Framestone Solutions, LLC. We sat down with her to ask her about juggling these responsibilities and working with Care is There.

How long have you been working at Care is There?

Since August 2012.

What do you do at Care is There?

Payroll and bookkeeping.

What is the most satisfying thing about working at Care is There?

Supporting caregivers in their important work​.

What sort of personal assistant services do you provide?

I’m like a private bookkeeper and secretary. Usually, I help with reviewing and paying bills, balancing checkbooks, scheduling appointments, managing special projects (like getting a house ready to sell). There’s a wild variety of tasks that may pop up that clients either can’t or don’t want to do!​

How often do you hold coaching sessions for Quickbooks/Quicken?

I currently have two regular Quicken coaching clients who like me to come by either weekly or a couple of times a month. They appreciate the results of getting their financial transactions recorded but pretty much hate the process! It’s easier when someone is there to lend a hand.

How would someone contact you to arrange for personal assistant services and/or Quickbooks/Quicken coaching?

Email me at CharlotteDrummond@gmail.com or call me at 434-962-4799​.

What sort of services do you offer through Framestone Solutions, LLC?

Household administration/personal assistance services, trust and estate administration, bill-paying and checkbook reconciliations, personal financial coaching, household and office organization.

Read Charlotte’s profile at CareisThere.com or meet the entire team on our “Team” page.

For more articles like this, see: News and Events, Team Spotlight.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Attorney at Law: Linda D. Elliott

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Linda ElliottLinda D. Elliott is an attorney with the firm Miller, Earle & Shanks, PLLC. Linda is a certified Guardian ad litem for the elderly, and enjoys working with and protecting elder clients. Linda’s personal experience assisting her elderly mother-in-law increased her understanding of how to work with individuals who have dementia or are elderly. Linda also worked as a loan officer for 4 years for a mortgage company and is familiar with all aspects of buying, selling and mortgaging real estate. 

When Linda is not working as an attorney, she enjoys giving back to the community. She was a Boy Scout Leader and Troop Treasurer for seven years when her boys were in scouts (they are both Eagle Scouts) and continues to teach Personal Management to Boy Scouts. She is also active in Relay for Life, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society, where she was a Team Captain for five years for her Boy Scout Troop and Committee Member for three years.

Learn more about Linda D. Elliott at Care is There.

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

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

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