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Senior Care Management Insights - July 2013


July 2013

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Professional Caregiver Webinar - Earn Free CEUs

Understanding the Scams Seniors Face
August 14 & 21, 2013
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Join Us for This Month's Live Chat with Dr. Amy D'Aprix

Alzheimer's and Dementia: Advice and Solutions for Difficult Behaviors
July 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm EDT

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Nominate a Caregiver to Win a Cruise

Caregivers nominated in the 2013 Caregiver Cruise Giveaway Contest have a chance to win a stress-free vacation and 40 hours of non-medical caregiving services for their loved one!

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Grand Prize Winner Announced!

Meet the National Winner of the 2013 Salute to Senior Service® Contest and find out why he was selected to win a $5,000 donation to his favorite volunteer organization.

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Home Health Care vs. Non-medical In-Home Care: What Your Patients Should Know
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To an untrained ear, the terms "home health care" and "non-medical in-home care" can sound awfully similar. Because it's easy for clients and patients to mistake one for the other, you may need to help them understand the differences in terms of when each type of care may be needed, costs involved and resources available so they can make informed care decisions. Use the following points to help provide an easy breakdown for your senior patients and their families.

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Resources for You:

Finding Your Way Through the Medicare Maze
In this five-part video series, Mary Alexander, a certified senior advisor from Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, covers important topics related to Medicare that your clients and patients might find helpful. She covers Medicare eligibility and enrollment, types of Medicare coverage, supplemental insurance, and where to find Medicare information. Watch Videos »

 

Are You a Caregiver? - Quiz for Patients' Family Members
More than 44 million people in the U.S. and Canada are family caregivers according to the Family Caregiver Alliance, but few would call themselves that. Many of the things caregivers do are things that seem natural to the role of spouse, child, parent, or friend, but not recognizing the extra demands can lead to increased stress and even health problems. This quiz can help your clients and their families see this important role for what it is. Get the Quiz »

News from the Care Continuum:

Money, Attention Needed for Better Senior Care, Study Says

The number of people age 60+ globally is expected to double by about 2050. If societies want to evade unwanted consequences, they need to pay more attention to long-term care for older adults and find affordable options for them, says a new report from the global consultancy firm KPMG.

The report notes that what is needed urgently are major breakthroughs in funding, patient-centered care and programs to engage communities. Read more »

The Patient's Voice

The Patient's Voice:
Q & A with Dr. Amy

Question from Sarah:
My grandmother has cooked her whole life, and still likes to cook, but I'm worried about her forgetting about things left in the oven or on a burner. Should I ask her to stop cooking on her own, or can I find a way to help her cook safely?

Dr. Amy's answer:
If your Grandmother is still able to enjoy cooking, then you definitely are on track by considering how safe she is! If possible, it would be great if someone can cook with her. For example, if there are grandchildren or nieces or nephews that might enjoy learning cooking from Grandma, then they could cook with her so that she feels like she is teaching them, rather than they are supervising her.

If she isn't safe cooking alone, it is important to address that. It is not uncommon for people to leave on the stove or oven or to be unsafe with knives, etc. You will need to assess that and be aware that her abilities will shift as her dementia progresses.

Read the complete transcript: Safety at Home: Aging in Place with Alzheimer's Q & A with Dr. Amy »

The Heart of a CAREGiver

Caring for seniors is a labor of love that requires a special person with just the right touch. The Home Instead Senior Care® network is looking for dedicated CAREGiversSM who share its passion for caregiving to provide non-medical in-home care assistance to seniors. Learn more about what it takes to become a CAREGiver at www.heartofacaregiver.com.

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Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services — assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping — which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network's groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead Senior Care offices. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.
 

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