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Holiday Stress

We just finished a program on Supporting & Empowering the Caregiver, and as might be expected, a big piece of the program focused on self-care.  Providing care to a loved one tests the limits of our endurance.  We become physically tired, emotionally drained, and can challenge our spiritual strength.  The holidays ...more

What are irrational thoughts?

Dr. Albert Ellis, a prominent psychologist, developed the theory that if we control our emotions effectively and keep ourselves (as much as is possible!) from neurotic, self-defeating thoughts, we can lead a more fulfilled, happier life. These thoughts have been ingrained in us from childhood and have been reinforced from authority ...more

What is a hospitalist?

Some of our local hospitals are providing in-patient care by a hospitalist. Patients often do not understand how a hospitalist works in their continuum of care.  They are unsure of who is providing their care, and they think they are losing their primary care physician.  Let's start with: What IS a hospitalist?  This term was ...more

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Health Month is observed every September by health experts, health advocates, and individuals concerned with prosate health.    Designating a month for the issue serves to: Increase public awareneness of the importance of prostate health Provide easily accessible prostate health screenings Educate about risk factors and symptoms of prostate related diseases Advocate for ...more

Water, water everywhere!

We have had a LOT of rain in our area!  We were fortunate at my house - we only had about 4" of rain this past weekend.  A friend in Belmont county had 7" of rain.  Some areas got more, some less but we all received a lot of rain! Hurricane Florence ...more

Caregiver Hacks

Caregiving can be challenging, and sometimes it takes some ingenuity to solve the problems that we encounter!  But often, we can make an adaptation or a fix with easy-to find-items or items that we already have in our homes.  Here are some ideas for 'caregiving hacks' which are crafty ways to ...more

Challenging Behaviors and Dementia

Behaviors can be one of the most challenging aspects of caring for a loved one with dementia.  It is important to recognize that behaviors are a means of communication.  When verbal skills diminish and the care receiver can no longer express him/herself in more conventional means, they may do things ...more

BEWARE OF SCAMS WITH NEW MEDICARE CARDS!

New Medicare cards are being sent by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Social Security numbers are being removed to add a level of security and help protect Medicare beneficiaries from identity theft and fraud.  A new Medicare Beneficiary Idenfier (MBI) number will be assigned displaying a combination of 11 letters and numbers.  ...more

Older Adult Expo

The Belmont County Adult Services Coalition held the 20th annual event at the Ohio Valley Mall honoring the older adults in the community, caregivers and care receivers.  It was a great event! The event was formerly known as the Caregiver Support Fair.  We changed the name this year to reflect the ...more

What is the VDT - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR?

The VDT is the VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR.  This FREE experience will be available at the Older Adult Expo at the Ohio Valley Mall on Tuesday, May 1.  Visit the Right at Home In Home Care and Assistance booth at the Expo to sign up.  This experience helps participants to get a feel for what our ...more

When is the Belmont County Older Adult Expo and where is it?

The Older Adult Expo (formerly the Caregiver Support Fair) will be held on May 1, 2018 at the Ohio Valley Mall from 10am - 3pm.  The event name was changed to represent our changing aging society.  We as older adults are caregivers.  We are employees.  We are retirees.  We travel.  We try ...more

Winter Wonderland?

We had snow for Christmas.  We've had frigid temperatures.  We've had winter winds.  Current temps are running below average according to our local weather men and women, and wind has made it worse, driving the single digit temps to below zero.  BRRRRRR!!!!!! Take the opportunity to check on older family and friends ...more

Should my relative continue to live alone?

Ah!  The holidays!  Time for visiting our families, enjoying conversation, baking and reminiscing.  And also a good time to assess how your relatives are doing by themselves. Here are some questions that can guide you. Has the use of the stove or other applicances become a safety issue? Are there potential safety concerns in the home ...more

Getting Rid of Our Stuff

I had the privilege of being a panelist at Oglebay Institute's Downsizing workshop this past weekend along with  Joshua Rogers, attorney, of Dinsmore & Shohl; Charlotte Pyle of Joe R. Pyle Auction & Realty Services; and, Greg Strahm of the TreasureQuest Group Appraisals.  Tim Luke also of TreasureQuest Group Appraisals ...more

New contact information for Altenheim's services

We have recently changed our communication provider and have new email addresses. You can reach Ann Koegler, Resource Services Coordinator, at akoegler1995@gmail.com.  You can reach George Dakovic, Executive Director, at gam.dakovic@gmail.com. We have also kept our "old" email addresses! Our phone numbers remain the same.    

What is the Belmont County Caregiver Dinner?

Each year, the Area Agency on Aging Region 9 in Ohio hosts a dinner honoring caregivers in Belmont County, Ohio.  These people may care or have cared for a spouse, a parent, a child, a friend.  One caregiver is chosen to be recognized as the Caregiver of the Year.  This year's dinner ...more

I hear that Medicare cards are being changed.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working on a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft.  Teh new cards will use a randomly assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance ...more

Summer Heat - People & Animals

Summer weather is once again upon us!  For those of us who hate winter, we are extremely grateful!  To be safe in the summer heat, a few tips bear repeating: 1 - Check on your elderly family members and neighbors.  Be especially cautious if they don't have air conditioning. 2 - Older people are ...more

What does hospice for end of life care entail?

Hospice care is designed for patients who have an end of life diagnosis.  This means that the prognosis is for less than 6 months to live although some care receivers live beyond that.  When you or your care receiver is diagnosed with an end-stage illness, you may want to learn ...more

Are you lonely or are you just alone?

Many people live alone.  They may be single.  They may be widowed.  They may be divorced.  There are also people who are caring for loved ones or who are married who are lonely.  Some people do well on their own while others do not.  Those who are lonely feel solitary, isolated ...more

What is Older Americans Month?

May, 2017 is Older Americans Month!  Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories and their contributions.  The annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation's older citizens.  The 2017 theme - Age Out Lound - emphasizes the ...more

I am concerned about falls and my elderly parents!

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for people 65 and over?  Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head trauma.  Falls can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active, and ...more

I just read about the A4 study for Alzheimer's. What is it?

The A4 (Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's) Study is a clinical trial now enrolling volunteers.  The study is designed for people who have the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease beginning in the brain but don't yet have any symptoms of the disease.  The study is enrolling healthy 65 - 85 year ...more

SSI vs SSDI - What's the Difference?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides minimum basic financial assistance to older adults and those with disabilites (regardless of age) with very limited income and resources.  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) supports individuals who are disabled and have a qualifying work history, either through their own employment or that of a family member ...more

Thinking about Estate Planning?

A friend sent me an article from a legal firm's blog on things that we forget to put in our estate plans, and I thought it would be worth sharing.  The blog encourages us to think about certain provisions that people often forget to put in a will that can ...more

Is Alzheimer's disease an inevitable part of aging?

NO!  We all forget things occasionally but not everyone develops Alzheimer's disease or a dementia that affects our thinking abilities.  Millions of people reach their 70s, 80s, and even their 90s with memories and cognition intact. According to an Alzheimer's Association survey, 59% of people surveyed believed that Alzheimer's is a ...more

IT'S CAREGIVER SUPPORT FAIR TIME!

The Belmont County Adult Services Coalition will host the 18th ANNUAL CAREGIVER SUPPORT FAIR at the Ohio Valley Mall on Tuesday, May 2 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Exhibitors from around the area will be available to help older adults and caregivers learn about services available to help them ...more

I've heard about a Caregiver Support Fair at the Ohio Valley Mall. How will it help me?

The 18th Annual Caregiver Support Fair will be held at the Ohio Valley Mall in St Clairsville OH on May 2, 2017 from 10am - 3pm.  Exhibitors from around the area bring their agency information to share so older adults,, caregivers and those with disabilities can learn about services that ...more

HUH? What did you say? Hearing loss and aging

Hearing loss can occur at any age and has many causes.  Long-term exposure to loud noises such as machinery can lead to hearing loss.  Some medications can cause or accelerate hearing loss.  Impacted ear wax, perforated membranes or otosclerosis (a disease of the middle and inner ear) can also cause ...more

I'm a caregiver and I am SO stressed!

It's so easy to get stressed when we are providing care to a loved one.  Quite often, we are still working.  We have our homes to maintain, bills to pay, shopping to do and many caregivers are raising families.  As caregivers, we may be doing the same things for our ...more

Dementia and communication

Communication is a critical component of our interactions with other people.  Think about the times you've been trying to get a message across to someone and how that message can get misdirected.  It might be the words we're using.  It might be the tone of our voice.  (Does our tone ...more

My loved one has dementia. How can I make it easier to take them on outings?

People in the eariler stages of dementia may still enjoy going to restaurants, the park, shopping or other outings.  If they are comfortable going out and if you're comfortable - keep going!  But put some thought into the outings and make some arrangements before you go. Schedule the outing for the ...more

My loved one has dementia and I need ideas for activities.

This is challenging for caregivers and it's important to remember a few things when exploring activities for a loved one with dementia.  First - remember that activities can be anything.  Activities are things that we do and can involve routine tasks like getting dressed or doing chores, as well as things such as ...more

Coping with dementia caregiving

Teepa Snow is a Caregiver Consultant and Dementia Care Education Specialist with a background in Occupational Therapy.  She has recommended 5 steps in working with a loved one with dementia. First, Ms. Snow says is to take a step back before you move forward.  Assess the situation.  What is going on?  What could ...more

How can I make the most of the time with my doctor?

So - now that we've explored how to best talk to our doctor, let's summarize and look at how we can make the most of our appointment time. Go in prepared.  Make a list of questions or concerns.  It's easy to forget a point you want to cover when you get ...more

What if I have a sensitive subject that needs discussed with my doctor?

In order to receive the best care possible, it is sometimes necessary to talk about topics that can be embarrassing or uncomfortable.  Most physicians know that problems or concerns may arise that are sensitive but in order to make the most of our partnership with our doctor, we need to ...more

Does my doctor need to know about other concerns?

As we continue to look at talking to our physicians, the issue of "non-medical concerns" arises. The more our physician knows about us, the better able he/she is to help make care decisions.  What might be included in this range of topics? What if a serious illness affects me?  Your question to ...more

How do I deal with special situations with my medical care?

We have been looking at different information to help our readers with their medical care.  This blog will help if there are special situations.  Your doctor may refer you to a specialist or you may request to see a specialist yourself.  Your insurance may require you to have a referral from ...more

What information does my doctor need?

Remember - we need to be health care partners.  This means talking to your doctor about how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally.  Share any symptoms.  This may include pain, fever, lumps, unexplained weight loss or gain, or sleeping changes.  Be clear and be concise.  Your description will help your doctor ...more

How do I get ready for my doctor's appointment?

Whether you're seeing a new physician or continuing with a doctor with whom you're established, it helps to prepare.  Make a list of what you need to discuss.  Do you need a flu shot / pneumonia vaccine / shingles vaccine?  Do you have new symtoms or concerns?  Prioritize your list.  If ...more

I'm thinking of changing doctors. What do I need to look for?

*Decide what you need in a physician.  Make a list of things that are important to you.  Do you prefer a male or female practitioner?  Do you need evening hours?  Is office location important?  Must they have an association with a specific hospital?  Is language important?  Do you want an ...more

I'm visiting for the holidays and have found that my loved one needs help! What do I do?

Families are starting to gather for the holidays and sometimes we find that our loved ones have declined.  Maybe you've not seen your family for a while and the change in them may be of concern.  Do they need help to remain independent or do you need to consider a ...more

What are the 10 Warning Signs of Dementia?

President Barack Obama declared November 2016 as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.  Millions of people are living with dementia and the numbers will increase as our population ages.  Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, and impacts the individual with dementia, their families, employers, and the health care system. Early detection ...more

What do I need to do to sign up for Medicare Part D coverage?

The window of opportunity for 2017 Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D products and Medicare Advantage plans is getting more narrow!  Open Enrollment runs through December 7 so you still have time to make evaluate your 2016 product and make changes for 2017. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has provided ...more

I'm looking for help caring for a loved one. What services might be available?

Long term care is not just care in a facility.  Long term care refers to a broad range of services that are coordinated to meet the needs of those with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  Services should be planned over a period of time because our loved one's needs and service ...more

Take Care to Give Care: National Family Caregivers Month

November 2016 has been designated as National Family Caregivers Month.  This year's theme - Take Care to Give Care - focuses on the rule of caring for others:  take care of yourself first.  Caregiving can be physically and emotionally draining.  The stress of caregiving leads to a higher risk of ...more

My loved one has been diagnosed with dementia. What do I need to be aware of?

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia there are several things to consider. You need to learn about the disease.  What can you expect?  We know that memory loss is a hallmark characteristic of many illnesses that cause dementia.  What other issues might arise? Learn about resources.  Where can you find ...more

What is dementia?

Caregivers often contact me about dementia.  They tell me that their care receiver has been diagnosed with dementia, and they are confused about the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  Alzheimer's disease, other diseases, and brain injuries are causes of dementia. Dementia is an 'umbrella term' describing a group of brain ...more

I need help with my Part D coverage!

The Annual Enrollment for Part D and Medicare Advantage plans starts on October 15 and runs through December 7.  This is the time that you need to review the plan you had in 2016 and note any changes in the product's formulary, deductibles, co-payments and premiums.  Remember - you need ...more

When is Open Enrollment for Part D Medicare?

Part D Open Enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7.  This is the time you can enroll in Part D, change your exisiting Part D product or enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.  You will want to review your existing drug coverage product.  What was covered in 2016 may be ...more

How do I reduce junk mail?

To eliminate some of your junk mail, contact the Direct Marketing Association at www.dmachoice.org.  It won't eliminate all of your junk mail, but it will reduce it.  The service is free if you register online or $1 if you register by mail. To reduce the number of catalogues, go to catalogchoice.org which ...more

What do I look for when my family member needs nursing home care?

According to William Grote, author of Helping Your Aging Parent, 40% of those 65 and over will spend some time in a nursing home.  The stay may be a short-term stay to recover from a fall or fracture, or it may be a long-term decision because your loved one needs more ...more

Medicare confuses me. What do those letters mean?

Medicare coverage can entail four parts and each is identified by a letter.  AARP's March Bulletin explained this very well! * PART A helps pay for stays in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, home health services and hospice care as long as certain criteria are met.  You don't pay for Part A Medicare ...more

Heat and seniors

We have been experiencing extremely hot weather this summer!  Although many of us prefer the warmth of summer to winter's chill, the temperatures can be dangerous to seniors.  Here are some hot weather tips:1.  Stay hydrated.  Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. 2.  Wear appropriate clothing such as ...more

Does your loved one have trouble hearing phone calls?

Hearing impairment is a huge problem for many.  Closely linked to depression and dementia, hearing loss isolates our loved ones who are unable to hear the surrounding conversation or are unable to distinguish words.  Telephone conversations become especially difficult, and we may find that cell phones exacerbate the problem.  One option ...more

Should your loved one drive? Warning signs to look for

How do you know when your loved one needs to stop driving?  Here are some signs that might help guide you. 1.  Are there dents that can't be explained?  If your loved one can't tell you what happened, or ifyou notice several mysterious dents and dings, you probably need to evaluate ...more

Have you thought about your digital legacy?

Have you given much thought to your digital connections....or those of your care receiver?  How many password-protected sites on different computers and your smart phone do you or your care receiver utilize?  Do you or your loved one do on-ine banking?  Do you KNOW what digital accounts your loved one has?  ...more

I'm taking care of my....

So many of us take care of a loved one.  Maybe we get groceries or help with paperwork or fold sheets...the list goes on.  Maybe it's more intensive care and we help with bathing, filling medication dispensers, prepare meals, and / or run interference with the medical community.  Any or ...more

HELP! I'm a long distance caregiver...part 2

My last post gave some hints for long distance caregivers.  As previously noted, caregiving is difficult when your loved one is close but adding distance to the mix, brings a whole new dimension to the task! These strategies are a continuation of the last post: 1.  Consider paying in home assistance for ...more

HELP! I'm a long distance caregiver...Part 1

Caregiving is challenging when you live close to your care receiver.  When you live at a distance, the challenge increases!  There are some things you can do to make the task a bit less daunting, and help prepare you if the road gets rough.  This is the first in a short ...more

Medicare Fraud

We are having a free program that is open to the public on April 28 at First Christian Church (1343 National Road, Wheeling) from 1 pm - 2:30 pm.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM!  Our speaker is Marcia Meeks, State Health Insurance Information Program Director for West Virginia and ...more

Caregiver Support Fair

It's almost that time again!  We will be holding the 17th Annual Event at the Ohio Valley Mall in St Clairsville on May 3 from 10 am- 3 pm.  What IS the Caregiver Support Fair?  The Fair is an event that offers information on aging and caregiving services and resources available ...more

With Eagle Wings

Perry Gresham, President Emeritus of Bethany College, was widely published offering insightful and thought-provoking poems, articles and books.  Following is one of Dr. Gresham's reflections on aging: Fierce no more is the specter of old age I now see life as a series of renewals Senility is for those who abuse the body Or ...more

Aging with Quality

It seems like just yesterday that I was energetic and YOUNG! For many of us - that train has left the station, as a friend of mine says.  We can order from our local restaurant's "55 & Over" menu.  We are eligible for our state's senior discount card.  Our bodies don't respond the way they ...more

My loved one has dementia and acts out. What can I do?

Communication is the way we exchange information.  It's how we interact, how we build and maintain relationships, how we connect to others.  As language abilities change with dementia, the ability to communicate changes also.  People with dementia may not be able to find the right words...or any words at all.  ...more

Wow! There are a lot of great programs scheduled! How do I sign up?

We DO have a lot of informative and interesting programs coming up for spring!  All you have to do is call us at 304 243-0996, email us at akoegler@frontier.com, submit a comment below or send us a message from the Altenheim Resource & Referral Services contact section of our web page.  ...more

Does the IRS keep calling you?

Most likely NOT.  Scams target people of all ages.  Scammers don't care if you have no money or if you are having difficulties.  They want your personal information.  They want you to send them money.  Do NOT fall for these gimmicks!  The IRS is not going to call you.  They ...more

What is the Caregiver Support Fair?

The Belmont County Adult Services Coalition sponsors this event which offers information to seniors and caregivers around the area on services, resources and programs that are available to help with the aging and caregiving journey.  The 2016 event will be our 17th Annual Fair. Just about 17 years ago, several of ...more

Baby, it's cold outside! Be very cautious!

When I left for work this morning, it was 6 degrees.  BRRR!  We all need to be cautious, but seniors are among our most vulnerable.  Keep these things in mind as the temperatures drop and the snow flies: *Watch for ice!  Falls are the leading cause of death for seniors and icy conditions make walking more ...more

Do I have to sign up for Part D Medicare?

The short answer is 'no' but the longer answer is - if you don't, you could see a penalty.  If you re eligible and don't enroll in a Part D product, a Medicare Advantage plan, or if you don't have creditable coverage for 63 days beyond the enrollment period, you could ...more

I need information on Medicare Part D!!

You have come to the right blog post!  We are hosting a FREE informational program MEDICARE:  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW on Thursday, November 19 from 1 pm - 3 pm at First Christian Church (the church with the Big Round Window), 1343 National Road, Wheeling WV.  Sign in starts ...more

What is respite care?

Respite care gives caregivers "time out".  Respite may be provided in the home setting with in home non-medical assistance or with friends and family.  Respite may be provided from an Adult Day Service program.  Respite may also be provided in a facility setting. What is your support system?  Do you have relatives or ...more

It's time for Medicare Open Enrollment! How can I help my care receiver?

Well, here we are!  Once again, it's that time of year when Medicare beneficiaries can change their Part D (prescription drug) product, enroll in or change a Medicare Advantage Plan, or change Medicare Supplement plans. Lots of choices!  Too much information or not enough information?  Where do you start?  Be aware that the ...more

Help! I need continuing education credit for my license!

One great opportunity for Continuing Education Credit is coming in November!  Bethany College's Fall Symposium will be held on November 5 and 6, 2015 at Mountainside Conference Center in Bethany.  Bethany's Fall Symposium offers diverse break-outs at a very reasonable fee. This year's theme is "New Beginnings in Health & Human Services" ...more

How can I get my parents to use technology?

There are several approaches to use. Take it easy!  Start with what your parents know.  Are they already familiar with a cell phone?  Explore texting and different functions of the phone. Choose the right device.  Perhaps a tablet or e-reader would be easier to use.  Consider arthritic fingers, problems with vision or ...more

Why can't I get my parents to take advantage of today's technology?

We have seen amazing advances in technology!  Research shows that you are not alone if you are having trouble getting your folks interested in technology!  A Pew Research Center survey showed that 41% of American adults over the age of 65 don't use the Internet in any way.  More than ...more

What IS Elder Law?

Rather than being defined by technical legal distinctions (divorce, deed, criminal), Elder Law is defined by the client to be served.  In other words, the lawyer who practices Elder Law may handle a range of issues but has a specific type of client - seniors. Elder Law attorneys focus on the ...more

What is observational status for someone in the hospital?

Observation services are hospital outpatient services given to help the doctor decide if the patient needs to be admitted as an inpatient or can be discharged.  Observation services may be given in the emergency department or another area of the hospital.  Your hospital status affects how much you pay for ...more

Seniors? Mature adults? Senior citizens?

As I achieved an aging milestone, I came to the realization that I really don't like "senior citizen", "mature adult", or many other tags that we are given.  But - what do I want to be called?  Our tsunami of Baby Boomers is rushing onward with Boomers coming of age by the ...more

Doesn't Medicare pay for my loved one's nursing home care?

Medicare will pay for skilled care in a facility if Medicare guidelines are met.  This is short-term care with a skilled service such as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy or other certified skilled care service.  Beneficiaries have a limited number of days of skilled care available.  Medicare also covers hospice ...more

What does Medicare cover?

Medicare is a health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older, people who are under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End Stage Renal Disease.  Part A Medicare is hospital insurance that helps cover inpatient care in hospitals and skilled care in nursing ...more

Where can I find out what services are available?

There are many sources for information.  You can always contact us at Altenheim Resource & Referral Services for unbiased assistance in finding services.  You can also contact your local agency on aging or your state office on aging.  County senior centers and hospital discharge planners or social service offices may ...more

There is so much information on line. How do I make sure it's accurate?

Internet is a wonderful tool for all types of information.  But - let the searcher beware!  No one should assume that information found on line is always accurate.  Unfortunately, many people believe that because the information is "in print" that it must be accurate.  There are no guarantees!  Most likely, we have all been ...more

How do I find help? I don't know where to start!

You can contact us at Altenheim Resource & Referral Services.  There is no charge.  No matter where you are, we will try to point you in the right direction for getting information on resources for assistance.  We will help you determine what type of assistance may be most helpful, where to find assistance, ...more

How do I adapt to special occasions and holidays since I’ve become a caregiver?

You are creating a new normal.  Use the opportunity to establish new traditions that make your life less complicated.  *Shopping:  Although you love the personal touch of shopping for someone, you may not be able to get out to do this.  Try gift cards.  You can also order on-line if you ...more

Our loved one just moved to a facility. How can I help them adjust?

It's a difficult adjustment for caregivers and care receivers when a move takes place!  Keep in mind that you are NOT giving up caregiving but your role is changing.  You become the historian for your loved one.  You paint the picture of the person in the facility's care.  You become ...more

Can I hire someone privately?

The short answer is yes.  The longer answer is yes but be cautious.  Private duty caregivers are not affiliated with an agency so it is up to the person responsible - caregiver or care receiver - to find the private caregiver.  Hospital social service departments or discharge planners may keep private ...more

How do I pay for in home (non-medical) assistance?

In home (non-medical) assistance is NOT covered by Medicare nor is a physician's referral needed.  Most often, in- home assistance for sitting services, housekeeping assistance, and personal care assistance is paid for out-of-pocket.   Some states offer Waiver programs for those who qualify (financially and medically) although there are often waiting lists for ...more

What can I expect from an in home service agency?

In home (non-medical) services include a range of assistance options.  Your loved one may need someone to be with them for basic supervision and to make sure they are safe.  Perhaps they also need some light environmental services to assist with meal preparation or light housekeeping (dust, vacuum, laundry, taking ...more

How do I find in home help?

Today, one in four American families cares for an older relative, friend or neighbor with an estimated 25 - 40% of women caring for both older relatives and children.  Half of all caregivers also work outside the home.  A Rand study shows that informal (unpaid) caregiving is a primary source ...more

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to the loss of mental functions such as thinking, memory, and reasoning that is severe enough to interfere  with a person's daily functioning.  Dementia is not a disease itself, but a group of symptoms that are caused by various diseases or conditions such ...more

 

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