caregiving

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Grabbing Our Advantage

In April the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow non-skilled in-home supports to be added as a supplemental benefit for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in 2019. As might be expected, corporations, such as major insurance carriers (Humana) and Home Health Care Agencies immediately began plans to capitalize on this new funding stream. One such player is […]

The Things We Notice at Thanksgiving

Here’s information to debunk the old tale that eating turkey at Thanksgiving makes you drowsy. There are, however, other changes in behavior that you may want to pay attention to when getting together with parents and other elders during the holidays. These behaviors should prompt us to react with discretion and good judgement. Forgetfulness Confusion Neglect of physical appearance or basic […]

Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me….

In the largest survey of long-term and residential care providers to date, responses received by LeadingAge from 689 providers revealed: High levels of caregiver vacancy rates in assisted living and nursing homes Major problems finding applicants and qualifed caregivers Signifcant wage disparity between people working as trained personal caregivers and unskilled entry level workers taking jobs at gas stations, big-box stores, […]

November is National Caregivers Month

If you are a caring person, thank you. If you are a care giver, God bless you! While there is no comprehensive “Dr. Spock” how-to guide for caring, there is a consensus that caring for oneself while caring for someone else is of primary importance. Below are a few resources that can support the caregiver as he or she carries […]

Live Fully

What does that mean, “Live Fully”? There’s no right answer. Each of us will define “a full life” from our own unique perspective. Be spontaneous; enjoy every moment? Set a plan and climb the ladder of success? Achieve fame? Travel the world? Have children? Leave a legacy? Learn something new every day? No right answer. When does “living fully” give way to […]

Thanks to All Who Care

November is National Family Caregivers Month. As we count our blessings this Thanksgiving Week, let’s remember to give a special nod to those who offer their time and energy, often at the risk of their own health and finances, to ensure the well-being of our nation’s frail elderly and disabled loved ones. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 34 million people nationwide […]