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.

Diseases of the Brain – What You Don’t Know May Hurt You

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On Friday, April 17, 2015, Trish Caruana, MSW, spoke to the Aging in Place Business Round Table about “Prime of Life Neurodegenerative Diseases – What You Don’t Know May Hurt You.” Caruana has her Master’s in Social Work and is the Executive Vice President of Education and Support of the organization CurePSP.

In her presentation, Trish highlighted three rare brain diseases that are often mistaken for Parkinson’s disease. These neurodegenerative diseases hit in the prime of life, when most people are leading very active lives and looking forward to more time with family and exploring interests that may have been postponed. You will leave this presentation with a knowledge of these diseases that be critical for a loved one or yourself.

You can download Trish’s presentation here: Neurodegenerative Diseases

Our member spotlight this month was given by Eric Barkey with Barkey Trust Services, LLC.

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

ClaimJockey – Insurance Claim Company

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ClaimJockey is an independent insurance claim company that specializes in filing long-term care insurance claims. Their claims experts act as a bridge between the policyholder and the long-term care insurance company, working with the policyholder, his or her spouse, children, attorney, tax advisor and care provider. ClaimJockey’s goal is to help policyholders understand their policies, make informed decisions based on the benefits to which they are entitled and provide straightforward answers.

In addition to their claims experts, they have also prepared a guide to filing long-term insurance claims.
You can download it here: How to File a Successful Long Term Care Insurance Claim.

Contact ClaimJockey for your free consultation or read their full profile at Care is There.

For more articles like this, see: Care for the Caregiver, Resources for Kansas City, Legal and Financial, Resources for Central 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 – Jenny Ragsdale

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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 third installment our Team Spotlight features the beautiful and talented Jenny Ragsdale, a Lifestyle Coordinator with a passion for helping clients with communication, organization, independence, health and happiness.

How long have you been working at Care is There?

“I started at the beginning of 2013, so just two years.  It feels like more! In a good way.”

What do you do at Care is There?

“I am a Lifestyle Coordinator. Aside from backing up a couple of people, I have one client.”

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

“I love the autonomy and flexibility. I feel completely supported by Elizabeth, Wendy and the Care Is There team, but I also feel like I make my own schedule and have the freedom to take care of my client as her needs arise.”

Read Jenny’s profile at The Care is There 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.

It’s Visitor Day! Plus, Learn The Secret To Keeping Your Back Healthy.

On Friday, March 20, 2015 Dr. David Glazer, of Nieder Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, will educate us in his presentation entitled “Preserving the Spine: A Fundamental Approach”.

Dr. David Glazer is a Chiropractor in Harrisonburg, VA. His background as a massage therapist and the incorporation of functional rehabilitation into his treatments has allowed him to help many patrons of The Valley.

It is no secret that spinal pain, in particularly of the lower back, affects more than 80% of the population. What seems to be a “secret” is how to prevent spinal pain and what we can do to preserve our spine as we age. We will explore predisposing factors to spinal pain and fundamentals of function, fitness, and food in our discussion of unraveling some “secrets”.

You can download Dr. Glazer’s Presentation here: Preserving The Spine

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! Bring a friend who may benefit from the roundtable!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Charity Shahan, Financial Representative, of Northwestern Mutual.

Download and print the meeting agenda here: Aging In Place Meeting Agenda March 2015.

Our prize this month will be to the person who brings the most guests to our meeting! Senior Helpers has kindly offered to donate a prize for the winner.

April’s Contest:

  • Between the March and April meetings we’re having a March Madness Contest! Brackets must be picked and turned in at March meeting. Pick all games to the final and also pick the final score of the final game. You may print any bracket from a simple internet search to print and bring with you or we will have blank brackets for you at March meeting.
  • Rules and Tiebreakers: Entries that pick the winning team will be winners. Tiebreakers will be used in this order until one winner remains:
    • Pick Winner (must be present at April meeting)
    • Pick Opponent
    • Closest to Winner Score
    • Closest to Loser Score
    • Picked most Final 4 teams.
    • Picked most Elite 8 teams,
    • Can use further rounds if necessary.

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

http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

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