Monthly Archives: April 2011

Elderly Care Services

As a caregiver considering all the available elderly care services, you may find that the regular visits to the family doctor aren’t providing the answers you feel you need, and you may be considering a new visit to a geriatrician.  Though you’re probably already balancing different doctors, specialists and medications, you may feel that adding another doctor to the mix will only complicate matters, the opposite is true. When many factors are involved in your aging mom or dad’s care, a geriatrician, or a geriatric care specialist, can be very helpful, as a trained geriatrician can coordinate the work of specialists and other healthcare providers such as social workers, nurses, and even home health aides.

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Caregiver Live In

When you’re trying to decide and then locate a live in caregiver to help care for an aging senior or loved one, you’ll most likely be making decisions between agencies and service plans.  However, making sure that the caregiver is the best possible match and fit is just as important, as they will become an important part of your loved one’s life, as well as yours, on a daily basis.

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Private Home Care

If you’ve got an elderly parent, or an aging loved one in need of private home care, before you even consider hiring a private home care worker, you should first make the home environment more safe and easier to navigate.  Though it’s very helpful to have an in-home care provider providing daily or weekly assistance, it’s still important to make sure you and your loved one are aware of the potential dangers in one’s home and prepare accordingly.   The following are a few of the more common areas of a home that can be made safer at very minimal cost:

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Home Care Agency

A Home Health Care Agency provides paid caregivers that help seniors live independently for as long as possible, given the limits of their medical condition.  A wide range of care services are provided which often can delay the need for long-term nursing home care.

Home health care may include occupational and physical therapy, speech therapy, and even some skilled nursing care. It may involve helping the elderly with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and eating. It also may include assistance with cooking, cleaning, other housekeeping jobs, and monitoring one’s daily regimen of prescription medicine and over-the-counter medications.

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Home Nurse Services

If you’re a professional caregiver providing home nurse services, you’re trained to recognize health changes that can quickly cause deterioration, and even death. When you’re involved in taking care of a senior with failing health, it’s important to know that heart problems are one of the leading killers in the US. However, there are a few tips that should be considered for one’s own health, as well as for the person you may be caring for:

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Donation Pickup Services

There are many questions that arise when one is considering a donation pickup service – here are a few of the more common questions and answers.

1.  IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

All donations are tax deductible at their present Fair Market value, which is the price a buyer would pay and a seller would accept.

2.  WHY DOESN’T THE DRIVER WRITE AN AMOUNT ON MY RECEIPT?

The IRS places responsibility for the fair market value upon the donor.  The driver does not see what items are donated in the bags or boxes and cannot make that determination.

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Texas Nursing Home Medicaid

There recently was a great deal written about Texas Nursing Home Medicaid, and fittingly on April 1, 2011, the Texas House of Representatives gave final approval to two bills that will collectively close a $4 billion deficit in the current two-year budget cycle.  This will affect Medicaid and all nursing homes in Texas.

House Bill 4 makes about $1 billion in cuts in the annual budget. Texas House Bill 275 authorizes use of $3.1 billion out of the state’s Rainy Day Fund to close the gap. The lower chamber gave its preliminary approval of the bill the day before.

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Financial Advisors for Seniors

Just like a brain surgeon doesn’t operate on themselves, you should always hire financial advisors for seniors who are especially trained for those over age 60 who are planning their retirement.  There are so many different tax changes and legal restrictions, that only a trained professional who keeps in good standing with their profession, can service your needs.

For instance, did you know that there are penalty-free withdrawals from qualified plans for those pre-age 59 1/2?  In the current distressed economic environment, a retirement plan is often the largest asset one has.  With financing difficult to obtain, accessing those funds may be critical, especially without incurring any early-withdrawal penalties.

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Senior Retirement Community – Florida

It’s very often a difficult and emotional decision to leaving one’s home for a retirement community.  While its tough to leave the familiarity of the home you’ve toiled on, often raised children in and have grown to love, you can find an excellent senior retirement community in Florida, each with their own unique personality and features. The key lies in finding the senior retirement community that’s just right for you.

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Honolulu Nursing Home

Hawaii is one of the top communities for an aging population, and Honolulu, being Hawaii’s largest city, has a set of Honolulu nursing home demands that parallel many state-side cities half it’s size.

For those of you torn between caring for an aging parent or mother in law, we just want to provide some ideas to consider when trying to choose a nursing home. First, you can let go of the guilt. It is appropriate to move the senior in need to a nursing home when the burden of caring for them is too much. The siblings who don’t help aren’t going to change. Those who aren’t helping now don’t understand how much work is involved and how hard it is, so they can be critical from miles away. Don’t let that stop you. You have the right to make this decision with your immediate family.

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