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Senior Care Management Insights - January 2014

January 2014 edition of our newsletter featuring news for geriatric professionals.
January 2014

Featured Events:

It's Time to Salute a Senior Volunteer!

Back by popular demand, the 2014 Salute to Senior Service® Contest is your opportunity to recognize seniors you know who dedicate their time and talents to serve others and impact their communities. Nominees have a chance to win up to $5,500 for their favorite non-profit volunteer organization.

Nominate a Deserving Senior Now

Earn Free CEUs – Senior Nutrition and Mealtime Webinar

Webinar for senior care professionals
February 12, 2014
12 p.m. Central

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Home Care Offers Hope for the Elder Boom
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As the Baby Boom of the 50s and 60s becomes the Elder Boom of the next 20 years, how will the healthcare industry cope? Studies of seniors, caregivers and healthcare providers indicate that non-medical in-home care could be the nation's saving grace when it comes to the rapidly increasing medical demands of the growing senior population. Here are four ways home care can help ease the strain.

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Resources for You:

"Paid In-Home Care: A Growing Part of the Medical Care Continuum" White Paper

As the population of America's seniors grows to unprecedented levels over the next 10 years, their medical needs will likely grow also. This white paper from Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead® examines the affect such growth will have on physician availability, and suggests ways in which in-home services can help fill this growing gap in senior care.

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The Patient's Voice

The Patient's Voice:
The Cost of Care - Family Caregivers Share How They Pay for Care

Recently we presented the following questions in our Alzheimer's Reflections email:

How do you pay for care? What suggestions would you have for families struggling to pay for care for their loved ones?

Family collaboration was the theme of many responses, including this one from Maria: "My mother still lives in her home. My brother, who lives with her, takes care of her full time and my son helps. My sisters and I are the relief for my brother and son."

Family caregiver Kris writes: "My father in law has been diagnosed with dementia and has come to live with my husband and I."

Carla explains how VA benefits, Social Security and Medicaid combined to cover care costs for her father: "My Dad started out in an assisted living two years ago. Thankfully, I heard about and applied for the Aid and Attendance [Benefit] through the Veteran's Administration. It's basically a pension provided by them and pays $1,732 per month for a single person. With his Social Security, the $2,500 plus was paid in full. Anything extra came out of a small savings account he had, until this past January when that ran out. I put him on Medicaid at that point and they tell the care centers how much they will allow for daily care."

Other caregivers recommend checking out available VA and other benefits as well: "Contact your local VA rep for your county if your husband is a vet," one family member suggests.

Some caregivers choose to supplement family care with transportation and other services, but paying for it can be challenging. One caregiver states, "Currently I pay $85 a day plus transportation for day care...Very satisfied with care but difficult financially!" Another says, "We are presently using 'care services' once a week at $20/hr to give me a day out."

How do your patients pay for care? Join the conversation.
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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® 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

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Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead® network is the world's leading provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises providing more than 50 million hours annually of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico and China. Local Home Instead 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 Education® Program to work with seniors who live with these conditions. This world class curriculum is also available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead offices. At Home Instead, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of aging adults and their families.

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