When you think of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, you might think of long drives, your grandmother, or biscuits. Cracker Barrel is off almost all exits in the south. Going on a long trip? Chances are you have seen multiple signs for Cracker Barrel.
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You may have heard about Parkinson’s disease, but do you know what it is? Many people don’t know, despite the fact that there are more than one million people living with Parkinson’s in the US alone. Another statistic that makes this an extremely relevant issue for the senior population is that eighteen out of every one thousand people over the age of 65 are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. So knowing the signs of this disease, and the treatment options, are very important.
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.
One of our Core Values at Choices in Senior Care is “Respect Others: we treat others as we want to be treated”. This seems like a good Core Value to think about as we start the New Year!
I “googled” this phrase and found a list of quotes at www.goodreads.com about respecting others. One of those quotes from NASA Astronaut Ron Garan is as follows: “Collaboration begins with mutual understanding and respect.”
At Choices in Senior Care, we understand the importance of collaborative work with our clients, based upon a relationship of mutual understanding and respect. By living our Core Values which includes Respect Others, we empower individuals and families to enhance their well-being.
An example of this is the way we begin work with a new Care Management client. We complete a comprehensive assessment and thorough home safety checklist to make recommendations to address the individual’s expressed immediate and long-term needs. We listen to their challenges and discuss concerns. We also bring additional areas of possible concern to the table, which the family may not yet be aware, and offer solutions for the individual and family to consider. We also assist to develop an individualized plan of care that will enable the person to function at their maximum potential, as well as assist with implementation of their chosen care plan. Thus, we list options based upon our professional assessment so that an individual and their family can make good informed decisions.
When you or your loved one is challenged by “the aging process” and feels in need of professional assistance, contact Choices in Senior Care at 865-978-6168 to request a free 30-minute Care Management consultation. We will be happy to discuss how we may collaborate with you this year. See for yourself how we live our Core Values to Care Passionately, Take Ownership, Serve with Integrity, Challenge the Norm, Strive for More, Embrace Teamwork, and of course…Respect Others.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 4th leading cause of death in the US. It is often under diagnosed or misdiagnosed and it is a misconception that shortness of breath is due to aging. Therefore, symptoms are often ignored and healthcare providers may not ask the right questions.