Care is There Welcomes Heidi White to the Team

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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.

 

 

 

 

 


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Spotlight Blog – Amy Fields

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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 April installment of Team Spotlight features Amy Fields, Lifestyle Coordinator at our Shenandoah Valley office. Amy brings to every project over 20 years of broad and valuable experience as both a private Certified Home Health Aide and as a care manager supervising other caregivers. We had a chance to ask a few questions about working at Care is There:

How long have you been working at Care is There?
I have been working for Care is There for a little over a year (14 months).

What do you do at Care is There?
I am a lifestyle coordinator. As a Lifestyle Coordinator for one of my clients, a few of the things I do include coordinating and overseeing caregivers through local home health agencies as needed. I help to facilitate communication between my client and her nursing staff to be sure her needs are being met and issues are tending to. I am also in touch with the client’s family on a regular basis sharing information and brainstorming for solutions issues that arise.

What is the most satisfying thing about working at Care is There?
The most satisfying thing about working with Care is There is being able to make a positive difference in my client’s life. Being able to help them navigate through challenges and find solutions to problems that arise.

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

For more articles like this, see: Team SpotlightNews 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 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 Be an Advocate for Your Elderly Client or Loved One

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Life can become frustrating and discouraging for people who have difficulty perceiving, communicating, or travelling –  especially when circumstances are unfamiliar. An advocate can provide valuable assistance by clarifying options, helping their client or loved one make their own choice based on their own values, communicating that choice, and doing the practical things necessary to implement the choice.

In this article, the geriatric care managers at Care is There discuss how to be an effective advocate for your client or loved one. 

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Aging in PlaceCare for the Caregiver, Communicating with Senior CitizensMemory 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 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.

Helpful Gadgets to Keep Baby Boomers Moving!

On Friday, April 15th our educational speaker will be Howard Lind, Account Manager at Roberts Home Medical. He’ll speak on the topic of “Keeping the Baby Boomers Rolling” by introducing us to medical products that may be beneficial for safety and movement, as well as our health and wellness. He’ll discuss how to purchase and obtain products, plus talk about helpful gadgets and their ease of use.

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

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Randy Atkins of Valley Care Management!

In celebration of Spring and the time for planting flowers and gardens, you’ll win a prize if you are able to give the age of the oldest gardener you know personally or within your organization. Eric Barkey of Barkey Financial is donating the prize.

Download the meeting agenda here.

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

Making a Plan for Successful Aging in Your Own Home

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Most older adults prefer to remain living in their own homes as long as possible. Adult children often worry about their parents’ well-being and encourage them to move closer to resources like family caregivers, health care, transportation, and social activities. This can cause conflict and stress for families.

Creating a plan for successful aging in place can increase the likelihood that older adults living at home will remain safe, well, and happy, and can also reassure worried loved ones and therefore improve strained relationships.

To learn how to create your own plan, see this article at CareisThere.com

You might also be interested in these other solutions:

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central VirginiaAging in Place, Care for the Caregiver, Communicating with Senior Citizens, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

Team Spotlight – Lauren Bond

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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 March installment of Team Spotlight features Lauren Bond, Director of Client Services for Care is There’s Overland Park office. There, Lauren is instrumental in ensuring seniors in the area have access to the help they need under the Care is There umbrella. Well, I’ll let her explain:

How long have you been working at Care is There?

I started working at Care is There in November 2014. In April, it will be one year and five months.

What do you do at Care is There?

I am the Director of Client Services for the Overland Park office. I am developing this market and I work as a Lifestyle Coordinator for some of our clients. As the location manager in this area, I am responsible for this office, marketing and advertising our services, obtaining clients, and developing relationships with the best service providers in the region. As a Lifestyle Coordinator, I work with three clients, helping them live the best lives they can.

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

I find satisfaction in this job in two ways. As a Lifestyle Coordinator, I feel very satisfied when I help a client avoid difficulties because I anticipated a potential problem and made sure it didn’t happen. An example of this is when I was sitting in on a medical appointment with a client, and the nurse practitioner was about to wrap up the visit. The client was seeing this clinician to get the “OK” to start physical therapy. I  remembered that my client had a history of back pain, due to a car accident many years ago, but we  hadn’t discussed her back pain in this appointment. I brought up the subject in a gentle way, to make sure there weren’t any special considerations needed for physical therapy for her. It turns out there were some considerations. My client was able to get a pain treatment before starting physical therapy, which would make the therapy more comfortable for her, and help her get the most out of it.

The second way I find satisfaction is when I connect with a business colleague over what Care is There  does. It can be difficult to explain care management and the field is not well known. We know it helps  our clients, but unfortunately few people really understand how important it can be until they are faced with a situation where there is no advocate or manager. Seniors can be vulnerable, and we assume they will advocate for themselves; however, that is not always the case. We educate our colleagues and referral partners on what we do through lots of examples. It is exciting to see the “light” switch on when they truly understand our role and they can identify when a care manager would be helpful for a senior.

Is there anything exciting you’ve got planned for the Kansas/Overland Park office of Care is There?

I don’t know if we have anything “super” exciting planned. This year we are concentrating on growth, to hire some Lifestyle Coordinators and engage with enough clients to keep them pleasantly busy. I have been formulating a vision for how to grow within the Kansas City area – this city is much bigger than Charlottesville – and I am considering how we can grow to meet the needs of seniors all over the region.

I would like Care is There to be more involved in community outreach and this year I hope to develop a series of seminars on caregiving topics. These seminars could be offered to community groups, churches or support groups.

Read Lauren’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 Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas, or Charlottesville, Harrisonburg or Staunton, Virginia?

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.

 

 


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.

Tips for Successful Aging in Place

On Friday, March 18th, Certified Aging in Place Specialist Elizabeth Swider will present “Tips for Successful Aging in Place.

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!

Elizabeth Swider is the founder and owner of Care is There Geriatric Care Management, a company that specializes in helping clients age in place as long as they can and make successful transitions when new care settings are necessary.

Elizabeth will give practical suggestions you can use right now to make it easier for you, your loved one, or your client to be safe and happy in your residence of choice.
The meeting will also feature:

Download the meeting agenda here: Agenda AIPRT March 18 2016

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 Hire a Personal Care Aide

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A personal care aide helps their client perform activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting, and eating. For people who are frail, ill, or recovering from injury or surgery, the assistance of a personal care aide can prevent problems such as skin breakdown, injuries from falls, malnutrition, social isolation, and loss of dignity. Personal care aides provide needed respite to caregivers, and have expertise in how to safely assist their clients.

When hiring a personal care aide, here are some of the  factors to consider:

  • Should I hire an agency or a private aide?
  • What does an agency offer that a private aide doesn’t?
  • What are the payroll tax and insurance implications of hiring a private aide?
  • How can a care manager help?

Read more in this article from the care managers at Care is There Geriatric Care Management: How to Hire a Personal Care Aide.

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

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 enhancementAging 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 Hildy Baldwin to the Team!

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Care is There continues to grow! We’re happy and excited to welcome Hildy Baldwin to our team. As Lifestyle Coordinator, Hildy will use her experience as a supervisor and manager of the University of Virginia Medical Center to help create a positive atmosphere of courtesy and mutual respect to encourage the seniors in her care to live life to the fullest.

Learn more about Hildy 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 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 Protect Loved Ones from Financial Exploitation

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On Friday, February 19th Jackie Hensley, First Bank Regional Customer Service Manager, will lead a discussion on Money Smarts for Older Adults – Understanding Elder Financial Exploitation.

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 as well as our monthly contest with a chance to win a prize!

Download the meeting agenda here: AIPBR Agenda Bridgewater February

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

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