During this time of crisis and uncertainty, we want to let you know that we are staying current on changes and updates regarding life issues, healthcare issues and Medicare changes. We rely on many credible national sources. In addition, our national association, the Aging Life Care Association is providing us with daily information to help support our Care Managers. It is admirable to witness their fearless dedication to meeting clients’ needs despite unprecedented obstacles. Their role in safeguarding older adults, especially those whose immune systems and mental capacity may be compromised is more valuable than ever. Here are a few updates that could be helpful to you, your clients and or your families. A few important updates from Medicare: 1. In order to prevent physician visits, Medicare is allowing tele visits and waiving the deductible. 2. Hospitals are waiving the Medicare regulated three day overnight hospital stay in order to discharge to rehab and skilled units. It is important that during this time of social isolation that all aging adults have continued support in every area of life. Knowing that they have someone checking up on them on a regular basis is critical during this time. 1. Despite any limitations that may be imposed in care settings and facilities, our team is working collaboratively to implement creative and resourceful adaptations. These include, but are not limited to, telephone contact and video conferencing in place of in-person visits when necessary. 2. We are monitoring food, basic needs supplies, and most importantly medications. Our elderly population is a target for scams, it is crucial for our Care Managers to not only raise awareness, but to also help by imposing safe guarded measures to avoid financial exploitation. 1. Emails are already circulating stating that the CDC has information on the virus and that vaccinations are available. 2. Other emails are requesting donations in order to fight the virus. Please know that we take social distancing and self-imposed isolation seriously. However, our Care Managers are not staying home. They are proceeding with the utmost caution and are here to help you and to assist in your client’s needs. We want to make sure that everyone is taken care of and needs are being met. Please do not hesitate to call us for any reason. Best regards, Imane Rose

   

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IRS scams

IR-2017-67, March 23, 2017 WASHINGTON – With the 2017 tax season underway, the IRS reminds seniors to remain alert to aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. The callers claim to be IRS employees, but are not. These...

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The holiday blues

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Or is it? A special energy of joy, excitement, anticipation and celebration emerges this time of the year. As contagious as this energy is, it sadly escapes many families and or...

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President Lincoln Proclamation of Thanksgiving

"The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they...

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before you place your parents in a facility…..

September 13, 2018 By Sig Cohen When my friend Bill’s mother’s primary care physician informed her that she would need round-the-clock support (because of one unexplained blackout), it was a shocker to her and her family. What to do? Bill and...

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It’s Just Stuff…Right?

Learning to Manage the Emotions of Downsizing By Darcy Thiel, MA, LMHC One of my businesses is called “Less Mess, Less Stress.” When I first started, it would be what I envisioned- helping people clean out that junk room, or maybe...

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It is not independent. it is Oklahoma’s first interdependent living

Our Eastern Oklahoma Franchisee Beverly Rice and I had the most interesting and heart warming visit to OakCreek interdependent living in Stillwater Oklahoma. You can't help but feel the love and pride that the residents have for their community....

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Self neglect

Warning signs when elders neglect their own care Elder self-neglect is a growing problem that commonly goes unreported because of so many elders living alone. Eleven million older adults live by themselves. The National Adult Protective Services Association defines self-neglect...

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In light of so many recent suicides.

Thank you Beverly Rice for this wonderful information. Depression is not a normal part of aging… Did you know that in the US the rate of suicide for persons 65 and older has increased dramatically over the last 20 years. While...

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Almost done celebrating

May was Aging Life Care Managers month!! We have been so delighted to help celebrate this wonderful profession that dedicates itself to helping with elder and special needs issues. the first week of May was a blast. we went to Chicago...

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