How to Protect Elderly Loved Ones from Heat-related Stress

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Heat Stroke in Older Adults

When the summer heat rises, it affects older adults more than the rest of us.

Why? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that:

  • Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature.
  • They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat.
  • They are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.

Read more about the signs and symptoms of heat-related stress and how you can protect your elderly loved ones by reading the CDC’s article “Heat Stress in Older Adults.”

Are you a long distance caregiver? A geriatric care manager or aging life care manager can help check on your loved one when the heat rises. Contact Care is There for assistance with loved ones who live in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or Overland Park Kansas. For geriatric care managers or aging life care professionals in other locations, consult the Aging Life Care Association.

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

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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.
 


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

How to Protect Your Elderly Loved One from Identity Theft

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FTC Identity Theft

Thieves sometimes prey on the elderly by obtaining and using their personal information to open accounts or make purchases. You can help protect your elderly loved one from identity theft by helping them take simple precautions.

The Federal Trade Commission addresses the issue in this video:

The FTC recommends these best practices for identity theft prevention in their publication “Identity Theft: What to Know, What to Do”.

The FTC also gives advice about “identity theft protection” services – what they can and cannot accomplish – and low cost alternatives.

Read more in our article about identity theft at CareisThere.com

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in PlaceLegal and Financial, 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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

Learn About Healthy Hearing at Our New Meeting Location!

On Friday, July 15th our educational speakers will be Michael J Combs H.I.S (Hearing Instrument Specialist) and Jimmy Stewart BC-HIS (Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist) of Hearing At Home Mobile Hearing Center.  Their presentation entitled,”Hear Better, Live Better” is based on improving the quality of your life through better hearing. This presentation is designed to educate people in identifying the signs of hearing loss and how to address it. In doing so, people will improve the quality of their life with better marital relationships, better work productivity, improved self-confidence and mental health.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at a new meeting location, Bellaire at Stone Port (1684 Port Hills Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801). Visitors are welcome!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Josh Lowe of Edward Jones.

Our contest winner this month will win a prize donated by Cindy Dove from Bellaire at Stone Port.

Download the meeting agenda here: 07 16 Bellaire Aging in Place Round Table Meeting Agenda.

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 – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

HIPAA: Giving Your Advocate Access to Health Care Information

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HIPAA Access for Advocates

HIPAA is meant to protect your privacy, but misunderstandings about the law can cause unintended snags for you, your advocate, and your health care team.

HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” of 1996, which includes the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The Rule was not designed to get in your way! But well-meaning staff in medical settings can sometimes keep medical information from your loved ones and professional advocates in a misguided attempt to protect your privacy.

The US Department of Health and Human Services provides a guide to clear up the common misconceptions about HIPAA. You can download it in pdf form here.

You can make things much easier by documenting your intentions to share information in a form recognized by healthcare professionals – a HIPAA authorization form. Written authorization of permission is not required by HIPAA, but many healthcare providers require it.

  • Ask for the HIPAA forms at every health care provider’s office that you visit and fill them out in accordance with your wishes. This approach is effective because each health care provider has their own process and their own forms. If information is needed quickly, it is easiest for the staff of the medical office to find and relate to the forms familiar to them.
  • Sign a general HIPAA release form that identifies the people with which you want their health care providers to share information, and give it to your advocates so they can present it to any healthcare provider. This can be a form created by your elder law attorney. At Care is There Geriatric Care Management, we also have a form that our clients can choose to use. This is handy in cases like emergency room visits when encountering new health care providers.

Visit our solutions page about HIPAA: Giving Your Advocate Access to Healthcare Information for tips sheets and more. 

You might also be interested in these other solutions:

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in PlaceCare for the Caregiver, Communicating with Senior Citizens, Legal and FinancialResources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – StauntonResources for Kansas City, Resources for Johnson County KS, Resources for Kansas, Resources for Missouri.

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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

Care is There Welcomes Lisa Gillmor to the Team

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Lisa Gillmore Lifestyle Coordinator

Care is There Geriatric Care Management would like to welcome Lisa Gillmor to the team! Our newest lifestyle coordinator has worked in a variety of settings; she left full-time employment so she could home school her daughter from first grade through the completion of high school. During this experience, she developed and implemented creative and alternative methods of learning.

Lisa also helped her parents through terminal illness as well as the physical and cognitive challenges of aging. This experience, taking this journey with her parents, has given her real life skills that she is pleased to use for clients of Care is There.

Learn more about Lisa on CareisThere.com.

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

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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

 

 

 


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

Learn How To Plan Ahead for Future Health Care Choices

On Friday, June 17, 2016, Dr. Judith Reifsteck, Psy.D., L.P.C. with Respecting Choices and Making Choices Virginia will educate us in her presentation, “Advance Care Planning for Future Health Care Choices.

Good advance care planning improves the quality of your advance directives (or living will). This type of planning is a process of coming to understand, reflect on, discuss and plan for a time when you cannot make your own medical decisions and are unlikely to recover from your injury or illness. In this educational presentation, we will learn about one model of Advance Care Planning known as Respecting Choices. The goal is to encourage and support Virginia citizens to have family conversations about medical decisions for medical emergencies or in the case of life limiting, serious illness.

We will also have a member spotlight by representatives from Park View Village.

The winner for our contest this month will receive a prize donated by Desiree White from the Alzheimers Association.

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 – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

How to Advocate for an Elderly Loved One at Medical Appointments

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Doctors

It’s often difficult for older people to deal effectively with the health care system. By advocating for your elderly loved one in during medical appointments, you can keep their health care on track and increase their well being and independence.

At Care is There Geriatric Care Management, we advocate for many clients during their medical appointments. In this article, we share tips we share with family members who attend medical appointments with their loved ones.

How Care is There Geriatric Care Management Can Help

If you live at a distance from your loved one, or if your job or family responsibilities prevent you from attending medical appointments with them, we can help by being their professional advocates. Contact us at 800.434.1633 or Info@CareisThere.com for a free consultation and we’ll tell you more. Visit our website at www.CareisThere.com.

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance CaregivingAging in Place, Care for the Caregiver, Communicating with Senior Citizens, Memory Loss.

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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

Everyday Miracles

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Lifestyle Coordinators Create Miracles

Among the team at Care is There, we describe ourselves as miracle makers.

Miracle makers? Isn’t that a little over-the-top? Sure, we help with all kinds of everyday things, but… miracles?

We use powerful language intentionally. First of all, caregiving is difficult. Sometimes it’s a long slog of things that don’t seem very significant. It’s so easy to get discouraged and doubtful about the impact we have on people’s lives.

Yet the small tasks we do sometimes have a remarkable impact. When one of our teammates makes a tiny thing happen that makes a positive impact in a client’s life, we encourage, we cheer, and we celebrate!

Miracles Creates Joy

Consider one of my teammates who recently took a client to his audiologist for hearing aid adjustments. It’s a routine chore, but during the appointment, an amazing thing happened. The audiologist found the client’s ear was impacted with wax, and she cleaned it out.

You don’t think that’s amazing? We do! It made a huge difference to our client. He was not able to hear well at all, and because of his dementia, he couldn’t figure out why or even communicate that he was having a problem. When you can’t hear, you get shut off from the world and that’s pretty depressing. His world was shrinking, and we contributed to opening his world up again. The quiet, distracted, and introverted man whom our Lifestyle Coordinator took to the appointment was transformed on the way home. He could share in conversation with our Lifestyle Coordinator, and he was much more cheerful and lighter in mood. That’s a huge difference from our point of view.

Miracles in Advocacy

Another way we make miracles is through advocacy, particularly when we assist clients with their medical issues. Advocacy is defined as “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal” (Source: Merriam-Webster online dictionary, April 27, 2016). This definition is a little hard to understand; consider an actual situation where advocacy made a difference:

Through a series of unfortunate events, a client was preparing for the amputation of her left leg above the knee. She and her Lifestyle Coordinator (LC) met with her surgeon and the surgery date was set. The surgeon arranged for a representative from the hospital’s preferred prosthetic provider to join us and start the conversation about fitting for a prosthetic leg. They had a good conversation with the representative, and the appointment concluded.

The client’s daughter-in-law knew of another prosthetics company and strongly urged her mother-in-law (our client) to consider them. The LC first confirmed with the client that she did want to investigate the other company, and then made an appointment with them. The LC attended the appointment a few days later and helped the client thoroughly communicate about her condition, her questions, her goals, and her concerns. Because of this appointment, the client chose to work with the alternate prosthetics company. She made a more informed choice because she had more information. The LC made such a choice possible.

Sometimes seniors don’t want to seem uninformed or distrustful of their care providers and they agree to everything the provider suggests. In this example, the client was under a lot of stress and anxiety being ill, in pain, and anticipating life-altering surgery. People just don’t think clearly under these circumstances! Lifestyle Coordinators, as advocates, have the courage to speak up,  ask questions, and remain focused. They know their clients’ goals and they can share information that might be overlooked.

Learn How to be an Effective Advocate at CareisThere.com.

Miracles Through Relationship

A third way Lifestyle Coordinators make miracles is by supporting the family. Many of our clients do not have a strong support system near where they live. There may be only one family member nearby who is trying manage his own busy life. Other family members might be across the country and only get bits and pieces of information about what is going on with their elderly loved one.

We received this compliment from a client’s family recently:

Thanks [LC name], I cannot tell you how reassuring it is to know that you, who everyone trusts, are doggedly checking out these large unknown financial questions.

The Lifestyle Coordinator works primarily with this client’s finances, assisting with bill paying and managing her daily expenses. The compliment makes us proud because we know that the LC is someone that everyone in the client circle trusts, even if some of those people disagree with each other. The engagement with Care is There provides valuable reassurance to the family that their loved one is looked after and is less likely to get into financial trouble, such as scams or fraud. Finally, keeping up with the finances is the LC’s job, and she is focused on checking options and variables. Family members don’t have to spend their own time researching and investigating. The miracle is how we can get the job done, when family members might get caught up in drama from relationship histories.

Making a Difference is the Miracle

In any of these stories, what would it have been like, if we weren’t there? It’s hard to know. When things go well, few people think about all of the small decisions that had to take place before a big event, just to make everything go smoothly. At the time those decisions are being made, hardly anyone knows the potential impact down the line.

At Care is There, we know what it takes to make a difference. Sometimes the difference is more joy every day, sometimes the difference is a future with greater mobility, and sometimes the difference is a family kept whole. We love what we do, and celebrating both tiny successes and giant victories keeps us going, because making a difference for seniors matters.


 

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central VirginiaNews and EventsResources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton, Resources for Kansas City.

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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

Learn the Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

On Friday, May 20th Trisha Brown Leweke, a massage therapist with over a decade of experience, will talk to us about “The Power of Touch for Mind and Body Wellness.” She will discuss the scientifically proven benefits of massage therapy and tell stories about how it has benefited her aging clients.

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 Eric Barkey of Barkey Financial.

The winner of our monthly contest will have a chance to win a prize donated by First Choice Home Health!

Download the meeting agenda here.

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 – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Care is There Welcomes Heidi White to the Team

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heidi white

Care is There Geriatric Care Management would like to welcome Heidi White to the team! Our newest lifestyle coordinator is a talented writer and editor who loves helping seniors put their stories on paper for future generations to enjoy.

Heidi White lives in Charlottesville with her husband and daughters. After moving there in 2000, she worked as part-time editor and writer for the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics and the Darden School of Business, a position she held for over seven years. After which she began volunteering with JABA’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program and continues to do so today. Prior to joining the Care is There team, she worked with the Blue Ridge PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Charlottesville in Enrollment and Marketing.

Learn more about Heidi on CareisThere.com.

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

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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

 

 

 

 

 


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

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