Caregiver Consult with April
I’m a clinical dietitian whose been working at several skilled nursing facilities for over a decade.
Plus, I’m a caregiver to my own kids while helping my siblings take care of our aging parents. So I’ve been on both sides of the coin. And I know how hard it is to wade through all the options and try to make the best possible decision.
I’ve done the legwork for you. Now I want to offer you access to my expert advice, and share resources you can trust.
Free Audio Teleseminars
Courtesy of Senior Resource Central and our experts, enjoy these free informational seminars that cover a variety of topics relevant to you & your senior family members. Check back often as our library grows.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC.gov (www.cdc.gov) is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people’s health. CDC applies research and findings to improve people’s daily lives and responds to health emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies. Working with states and other partners, CDC provides a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks (including bioterrorism), implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics.
As a Clinical Dietitian, I just love to spread the word about good nutrition tips whenever and wherever I can. Be a role model, you’re kids will pick up the your good habits. And, your parents will be so happy that you’re caring for yourself.
So, before you start eating, think a bit about what is going onto your plate or your bowl. Does it have enough vegetables? Did you go overboard on the protein? Or, did you shake the salt way too many times? Get your copy of “Get Your Plate In Shape” handout and get started.
Long Term Care Costs
David Clemons – CLTC – Long Term Care Planning Specialist and SRC Featured Expert has a way to help you better understand the incredible expense that a long term care event creates. Compare cost of long-term care across the U.S. right here.
The Medicaid Program provides medical benefits to groups of low-income people with inadequate or no medical insurance. Did you know that the Medicaid program requirements are established by each state?
Learn more about Medicaid right now by downloading your copy of Medicaid At-a-Glance 2005 Brochure here or contact your state for more information of all Medicaid groups in your state, please visit Medicaid Eligibility
Medicare & You 2012
Have you heard about the great new changes with Medicare? They’re working on ways to help improve your health care—more free preventive services and lower prescription drug costs!
Medicare offers a number of preventive services to help keep you healthy and to find diseases early when treatments work best. (There’s a checklist included, so take it with you on your next visit to your doctor or other health care provider). Or, simply use this tool to keep track of the preventive services that are right for you. They key here is to help you achieve better health, better care, and better costs.
Learn about Medicare and grab your copy of Medicare & You 2012 handbook, it’s your official resource of answers to all your Medicare questions.
National Caregiver Support Line
Department of Veteran’s Affair offers a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274. Wow! They realize the empowerment of this support line and how this supports veterans to stay in their own homes completely surrounded with family and friends. It’s comforting to learn that a licensed clinical social worker will be available as well as directly link you to the Caregiver Support Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center.
Senior Living Resource Guide
The Best Websites on Aging & Eldercare created by SeniorHomes.com, an online directory and resource for seniors and their families searching for senior care or senior housing. The guide is the culmination of the SeniorHomes.com 2011 Best of the Web contest, which identified the top online resources in various senior living categories using an expert rating panel.
Printable “Best of the Web” guide identifies top online resources for consumers, SeniorResourceCentral.com was noted as a finalist for the “Best Caregiver Resource” 2011!
Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors
Did you know that SHIBA HelpLine provides free, unbiased information about health care coverage and access to help improve the lives of all Washington state residents?
There are tons of volunteers to help you:
-Understand your health care coverage options and rights
-Find affordable health care coverage
-Evaluate and compare health insurance plans
Call their Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-562-6900 for free help or check out SHIBA.
Skilled Nursing Facility
Did you know that there is a tool available that provides detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country? You can simply compare nursing homes by heading over to http://www.medicare.gov
True Impact of Long Term Care
Genworth has published Beyond Dollars: The True Impact of Long Term Caring which was based on more than 800 people with some type of personal involvement in long term care. It revealed that the average age of a primary caregiver is 53! There’s so much more to learn, grab this one quick: true impact of long term care
A sincere thanks to David Clemons – CLTC – Long Term Care Planning Specialist and SRC Featured Expert who has provided this resource.
Understanding Long Term Care
Chances are you going to live a long, long life…yeah. So, what if you need care? No plans?
Clear up the confusion and get started: understanding long term care
The two biggest reasons people buy long term care insurance is to protect assets for the spouse and family. And to maintain their independence and not be a burden. Long term care insurance continues to be a very good solution for people healthy enough to qualify for the coverage and that want to leverage some of the risk with insurance.
Happen to live in Washington? Here’s a survey from the Genworth 2011 Washington Cost of Care Survey.
A big thanks to David Clemons – CLTC – Long Term Care Planning Specialist and SRC Featured Expert who provided this easy-to-read resources.
Washington State Ombudsman
A Long-Term Care Ombudsman is your parent’s advocate. They offer education, consultation, and complaint resolution.
“The overall purpose of the ombudsman program is to promote the interests, well-being, and rights of long-term care facility residents.” (Washington Administrative Code: WAC 365-18-010)
Visit http://www.ltcop.org and learn more on how to make informed long-term care decisions…making it a bit easier for you and your parents.
Contact the Washington State Ombudsman at 1-800-562-6028 to report any abuse, neglect, or a violation of the rights of a resident in a nursing home, adult family home, or boarding home. Each state ombudsman will have their contact information posted at each of your loved one’s long term care facility.
If you’re looking for guidelines to staying healthy then you’ve got to check out womenshealth.gov. They understand a women’s needs by simply providing quick and trustworthy health information. This guide offers you a plan for health at all stages of life. It also specifically addresses things that are important to women, like menopause and breast cancer. These steps are outlined in this Lifetime Good Health booklet and are not difficult to follow. Please use them to make healthy choices for yourself and for the people you love.