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Are you worried about your memory?

Posted on: December 15th, 2010 by accreditednursing No Comments

The General Rule of Thumb is ‘If you are aware of memory changes, then you don’t have a problem’ It’s when you aren’t aware that a problem may truly exist. Here’s a recent article that discusses 5 common issues that effect memory but they aren’t serious concerns.

Tax breaks for long-term care insurance premiums

Posted on: December 13th, 2010 by accreditednursing No Comments

First things first – everyone in America should have a Long Term Care Insurance Policy! LTC is a necessity and needs to be part of everyone’s Financial Planning Process for the Future. Unfortunately, Medicare and Private Insurance will not cover the cost of in-home care. Yet, this care is vital to maintaining quality of life and safety in one’s own home. With that said, the IRS will allow greater deductions for LTC Insurance Premimums in 2010. So, there is an even greater incentive to plan for your future healthcare goals while protecting your wallet. For more information visit the IRS LTC Deductions page. More information on LTC Insurance here.

The Cost of Senior Care for Employers and Employees

Posted on: December 7th, 2010 by accreditednursing No Comments

It has been well-documented that caring for an Older Relative causes economic distress to Employers & Employees alike. Employers have seen a $13.4 Billion increase in health care costs associated with employees that provide care to a older relative. Additionally, the Employer is double-dipped as productivity is lessen. For the Employee, absences can result in wage reductions and these same employees are more susceptible to illness or health decline. To combat this problem, Employers are looking at better coordination of eldercare services (through Employee Assistance Programs) and health and wellness initiatives for their employees. Home Care is a solution for Family Caregivers to avoid missing work and know their loved one is cared for. For more information on Senior Care and its impact to Employers and Employees, visit http://theseniorsite.com/547/employees-caring-for-older-relatives-cost-employers-13-4-billion-annually/

Medicare Benefits for Homecare

Posted on: December 5th, 2010 by accreditednursing No Comments

One of the most common questions asked by potential in-home care clients is ‘Will Medicare pay for my caregiver?’ Sadly, the answer is NO. This is alarming as many seniors are not properly prepared for the expense to assist with their daily needs and keep them safe/independent in the comfort of their own home. Although the coverage information is readily availalbe, few seniors or their adult children take the time to research and plan ahead. Home Care Services are typically sought immediately after a healthcare emergency. Learn now about what Medicare covers and discover other options for affording home care services. Proper preparation can not only help in determining solutions beforehand but reduces so much of the stress associated with the healthcare crisis and its aftermath. http://questions.medicare.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1347

Caregiver Services Benefit More Than Just the Patient

Posted on: November 28th, 2010 by accreditednursing No Comments

There is a cardinal rule in the healthcare and social service world – If you aren’t taking care of yourself, then you aren’t really able to take great care of someone else. The family member who serves as the caregiver often puts their loved one’s needs above their own. This doesn’t just happen for a day or two, it happens ongoing. At some point, the family member burns out and starts experiencing healthcare issues of their own. Hiring temporary in-home care or utilizing respite care services can make certain that the patient’s needs are being met while the primary caregiver has a chance to recharge their battery and take care of their own mental, physical and emotional health. The Family Caregiver Alliance is a great resource for helping family caregivers cope with the challenges of caregiver for loved ones. Visit www.caregiver.org for more information.

Aging and Technology Products for the Future

Posted on: November 25th, 2010 by accreditednursing No Comments

Accredited is on the cutting edge of introducing Aging & Technology Products and Services to the public. Although not yet part of the mainstream solution for enhancing an older adult’s safety and quality of life at home, Accredited recognizes its role in taking the first steps to educate the community. For the family members and caregivers, some of the current products like Emfinders, Smart Caregivers, Dakim, Ideal Life Telemonitoring, Lifeline Auto Alert, and others can make an immediate impact. We look forward to introducing many more product solutions as they come available. Many of the current available Aging & Technology products can be found at Accredited Medical Supplies’ Smart Store Showroom at 21142 Ventura Blvd Woodland Hills, CA 91364. For more information, call 800-974-1234 x551. To read more and view videos about ‘Imagine – The Future of Aging’, visit AAHSA’s site.

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