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The Obstacles of Moving

Overcoming the Obstacles You have finally made the decision that it's time to move. Yours or your loved one's care needs are more than can be handled at home. Or maybe the idea of not having to do yard work or cook anymore is very appealing. You have found just the right place and you are ready. But how much of your furniture will fit in the new apartment? Who will help you move? What about all the rest of your belongings? These obstacles are often one of the main reasons people delay downsizing or moving into the appropriate care setting. The answers are not always simple but there are solutions to every obstacle. Senior Movers There are companies who specialize in moving seniors from their…

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Long Term Care Insurance

What is Long-Term Care Insurance? Long-Term Care Insurance is a specific insurance policy that can be purchased to assist with the costs of Long Term Care not covered by private insurance, Medicare, or AHCCCS (Medicaid). Most long-term care insurance policies will cover In-Home Caregiving, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care, Assisted Living Homes, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Modifications, and Care Planning. Traditional policies will have a monthly premium that will be determined based on age, health, length of benefits, inflation rate, elimination period, and the daily benefit. With traditional policies, premiums are continual and will not be returned if unused and there is no cash value. Traditional policies will have an elimination period usually around 30-180 days once you are eligible, which is the consecutive time…

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What to Know About Outpatient Physical Therapy

Brought to you by Spooner Physical Therapy   Why was I referred to outpatient therapy? A patient is referred by their healthcare professional to outpatient therapy when they are in need of rehabilitation after a decline in function, long or short-term injury, or surgery. Treatment will be specifically designed to the patient's needs with the goals of preventing disability, reducing pain, and getting the patient back to their desired level of functioning.  Patients most commonly referred to outpatient orthopedic physical therapy are patients with low back pain, neck pain, peripheral joint pain, inflammatory muscle conditions, athletic injuries, and postoperative care. A patient is referred to outpatient therapy when they are physically able to get to the clinic. Home Health physical therapy is used when a patient…

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The Importance Of A Plan

Why Should I have a Plan? Most everyone has an idea of what their Golden Years will look like. You may save for retirement, make travel plans, and look forward to more time spent with loved ones. What often times isn't planned for is what happens when you can no longer drive, take care of your house, or even yourself. Have you made a plan for when taking care of the day to day things becomes a struggle? There are many complicated factors that will go into determining your potential qualify of life including your finances, health, goals, support system, and most importantly, how well you have planned. Where Do I Start? Step 1: Develop your goals Stay at home with help from family or In Home Caregiving Move to Assisted Living,…

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Warning Signs

When Is It Time to Hire a Caregiver? If you have aging loved ones who are living independently, chances are you may need to step in and offer assistance at some point. But how do you know when the timing is right and what type of help is available?  This guide is provided by Homewatch Caregivers and will give you tips on warning signs to look for at your next visit to your loved one's home and what next steps you can take. What to Look For Bathroom: Expired or empty medications bottles Unused or empty toiletry containers Accumulated grime or unemptied trash Bedroom: Piles of dirty laundry Unwashed bed sheets Kitchen: Stale or expired foods Broken appliances or scorched pots and pans Instant meals only…

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What are Advance Directives?

What exactly are Advance Directives? There can be a lot of confusion surrounding Advance Directives, but they are actually very simple and easy to complete documents. They consist of: Durable Health Care Power of Attorney (Medical Power of Attorney) Durable Mental Health Power of Attorney Living Will (End of Life Care) Letter to My Agent Pre-Hospital Medical Directive (No Not Resuscitate) How do I get them? These documents are all available for free to print through the Arizona Attorney General's office and can be found here. They can be completed independently and require either a witness or notary to your signature. If additional support and education is needed, an Elder Law Attorney can assist you in understanding and completing them and you can find one in your area…

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The Hospice Chapter

Someone has used the “H” word. It could have been the doctor, a nurse from Home Health, or maybe just a well-meaning family member, but it has you a little scared and wondering if now is the right time. Hospice; It could seem like giving up, like abandoning all the hard work that has gone into “getting better”, like telling the doctors you don’t think they are doing a good enough job. You don’t want to disappoint anyone, scare the entire family, or cause even more drama, but maybe the idea of “comfort care” sounds like a breath of fresh air. It could mean not having to take any more trips to the Emergency Room at 2:00 in the morning or no more chemo, dialysis,…

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