Choices in Senior Care Blog
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Tips for the Emergency Room
No one wants to visit the Emergency Room, but it happens all the time! An ER visit is always unexpected and it makes us anxious. Because we are worrying, we may not think as clearly as usual. Taking a few minutes to prepare in advance will help you receive a better continuity of care at your next ER visit. Here are some helpful tips.
“So now I am a caregiver. This is a role I hadn’t expected in this season”. We hear this often from family members caring for loved ones living with dementia. They feel unprepared, alone and lack confidence for this new role. Old strategies and approaches no longer seem to work. Caregiving can take its toll on families making them more susceptible to health problems, feelings of isolation, and financial stress. To help address this need, Choices in Senior Care has been offering the Savvy Caregiver Training Workshop: a 6-week, 12-hour Workshop series geared toward the family dementia caregiver. This free Workshop helps family caregivers increase knowledge and improve skills. Often, we see a shift in “outlook” as participants experience some “ah-ha” moments while interacting in class with each other and through studying the Workshop materials. The strategies discussed during the Workshop are designed to reduce the effects of caregiving stress and to enable attendees to develop a sense of control or mastery: to become a Savvy Caregiver!
Little motivation is needed when you are in your career choice and a job that you enjoy. It is easy to feel good about what you do when you are having a good day; but on those days when you are at work and being challenged, those are the days that someone is celebrating you and what you have done for them.
The hotter months can leave you extra exhausted from it being so DARN HOT! Stay focused on eating healthy with these easy recipes.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.
What is Aging Life Care?
Aging Life Care™, also known as geriatric care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:
As we enter the senior stage of life, most of us look forward to the wisdom that comes from age and experience. As retirement draws near there is anticipation of having more time for grandchildren, to pursue hobbies and to travel. Yet many of us find ourselves experiencing unexpected stress. Stress in seniors can result from concerns about declining health or unexpected illnesses, whether we will have enough money to live off of, the loss of a partner or worries over adult children.
I had worked for Choices in Senior Care for several months when I had a new member who was recently discharged from the hospital. On the initial visit, I was taking care of basic post hospital discharge needs like follow up physician appointments, medication reconciliation etc. The member and her son explained to me their main concern for the member's health had nothing to do with her recent hospitalization stay but a denied claim from her insurance regarding the replacement for her neurostimulator battery which had died. The member had the neurostimulator placed just 3 years earlier and it had improved her back pain by 50%. The battery had died and needed to be replaced, but the client’s insurance had denied multiple times. The member and her son had spent hours on the phone with them trying to get the procedure approved to no avail. The member was also legally blind and she and her family did not want her taking opiate pain medications for fear of falling. I called the orthopedic surgeon's office who was trying to get the approval to find out they had been denied so many times the physician was refusing to submit the claim again. I made multiple calls to her insurance claims department and the company they outsource pain management procedure claims to and I was able to determine what information was needed to increase the likelihood of approval. The physician still refused to try another claim but was willing to give me the contact information for the local Medtronic representative (the maker of the neurostimulator and battery). I took all of my information regarding the denied claims and began collaborating with the Medtronic representative to get another claim started for the member. A few weeks later, the member called me in tears thanking me because she had just received the letter approving her battery replacement. She said, "I know we would never have gotten this approval without you not giving up and continuing to find a way to help us". When members face situations like this, without a care manager to put the pieces together and fill in the gaps this member would not have been able to obtain her battery replacement. I'm proud to be a part of Choices in Senior Care and I'm proud to help members put the pieces of their healthcare puzzle together.