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Life expectancies have risen in the U.S. over the past few decades, and many elderly people find themselves moving past retirement and needing some level of regular assistance or medical attention while still being able to live independently. Home health care, residential care, and assisted living are experiencing growing demand as the needs of the older generation become increasingly diverse. For Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) this means there are more opportunities to work with the elderly in a variety of settings. Visiting clients in their homes to provide occasional medical services or living assistance is common now. There are also many facilities providing a range of assisted living and long term care services to meet any level of need. The services provided by nurses and CNAs in these contexts include:

  • General health monitoring and measurement of vital signs
  • Food preparation and service, as well as feeding assistance
  • Dispensation of medication and other health maintenance

For anyone working in a home health or assisted living setting, and especially for those seeking these services, it is important to know what is available. The organizations collected here offer comprehensive information for both CNAs and their clientele. They are divided into topics and listed in no particular order within those topics. For any CNA considering providing home health care, assisted living services, or elder care in general, these resources are a great place to start.

Home Health Care

The availability of health care services within one’s own home can make it much easier to cope with the difficulties of age and illness. The demand for home health care is increasing as people recognize the benefits of receiving regular or periodic care in a place where they already feel safe and comfortable.

Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA)

The Home Healthcare Nurses Association unites nurses to help better aspects of nursing practice, education, administration, and research. The site is also complete with useful news and advocacy resources.

Home Health Care – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Home Health Care – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has an assortment of useful articles that detail the latest news in home healthcare. The articles range in content, but provide useful insight into wide-ranging issues.

Bayshore Home Care Blog

Bayshore is a fully licensed home health agency that gives peace of mind to families by caring for their loved ones in the comfort of their own homes. Nurses answer phones and are available for caregiving 24 hours a day. They also provide family and friends relief and peace of mind, ensuring the daily care needs of their loved ones are met.

Kinnser Software Home Health Blog

Kinnser Software, Inc. was founded in 2003 to create web-based solutions that deliver clinical and business results for the home health industry. Their unique online home health software engages clinicians and staff throughout the care continuum, providing revolutionary connectivity with fiscal intermediaries/insurance, physicians and therapy companies.

HEALTHCAREfirst: Home Health and Hospice Industry News and Blog

HEALTHCAREfirst: Home Health and Hospice Industry News and Blog specializes in electronic healthcare records, as well as updates to regulatory practices and finding ways for healthcare providers to optimize business.

Residential Home Health Blog

The Residential Continuum of Care includes Residential Home Health, Residential Hospice and Healthy Living Medical Supply. Owned and operated by Michigan families, each Residential offering is dedicated to bringing their expertise to the continuum. These services, in combination, ensure each patient receives appropriate and exceptional care to maintain their quality of life, safety and independence at home.

Caring People Blog

Caring People serves a variety of needs for clients in a home setting and their services ranges from small tasks to complete care. They’ve been around since 1987 and their blog provides great context to important issues, while also detailing upcoming events.

Home Health Insight | A Lisa Selman-Holman blog

Home Health Insight | A Lisa Selman-Holman blog is great for furthering one’s understanding of home health coding and clinical issues related to the home health market. The posts display incredible depth and continue to develop important thoughts on today’s issues.

National Research Corporation Home Health Solutions

The National Research Corporation Home Health Solutions is an informative page for getting the latest information on how to improve performance as a home health care professional. The information makes it easy to understand the best approaches and be more efficient when recording information.

Oregon Health Care Association

The Oregon Health Care Association helps to advocate for seniors in the state, while also organizing conferences. As a non-profit, they’re also integral to the representation of a number of other organizations.

HelloHomeCare.com Home Health Care Blog

HelloHomeCare.com Home Health Care Blog has great posts for home health care providers to excel. Hello! Home Care is a home care agency based in Pasadena and they use this blog to impart valuable information to others.

MedStar Visiting Nurse Association

The MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) homecare team is made up of nurses, therapists, social workers and home health aides who travel to bring the services, technologies and therapies of a medical center into the comfort and privacy of patients’ homes. They provide physician-prescribed home health care services for homebound patients and those who are disabled or living with a chronic condition. In addition to home clinical care, disease management, and in-home IV therapy, they also serve their community through vaccination and wellness programs.

Freudenthal Home Health Blog for Family Caregivers

Freudenthal Home Health is a Medicare-certified and ACHC-accredited home health agency with a passion for helping elders live a full life at home by providing a full array of first-class skilled Medicare and private duty services that support, strengthen, and simplify all aspects of their lives at home.

HomeHealth101 Blog

HomeHealth101 Blog provides health care professionals who work in a home setting all the information needed related to things such as documentation, helpful links, and much more. The blog is great for getting the most updated content on what it’s like to work in a home setting for a variety of positions.

UC Berkeley Labor Center: Home Care Research: California’s Consumer-directed Model of Care

US Berkeley Labor Center: Home Care Research: California’s Consumer-directed Model of Care helps to keep others informed on research relevant to home care providers, as well as advocates, funders, and more. The page is loaded with useful articles that are sure to keep others updated on the best practices.

Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Blog

Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Blog has been around since 2010 and advocates for improved access to quality home healthcare services. The site has great news resources and an informative blog.

Easy Living Blog

Easy Living Blog was created with the client in mind and helps to advocate for the rights of seniors, as they have for 20 years. The site is great for getting information on the various services and solutions they provide.

McKesson Homecare Talk

McKesson Homecare Talk is designed to give in-home and hospice providers a great place to get information on how to improve their effectiveness in their position and more. The posts go over the latest developments in the field, which helps keep users updated on what to watch for.

Alzheimer’s is not the only type of Dementia

Read the full article at http://www.livingwellah.com/dementia-care-at-home.php.

Did you know that, while Alzheimer's Disease is the most common cause of dementia, there are more than 70 other causes of memory loss — many of which are treatable? Also, memory loss falls along a continuum - meaning that many people with memory loss can still engage with productive and meaningful activities, participate with their loved ones, enjoy music, theater and the arts and taste great food!

The truth is that receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be devastating... Fears include: What if anybody knows? Who will take care of me? How will I look after my family? When will I lose my legal rights? Does this mean that I will be in an institution? What will happen to me?

These fears prevent many people from getting an accurate assessment of their memory and cognition, and means that too many people put off diagnosis until it is too late for medicines to help, or struggle alone thinking that they have Alzheimer's Disease when, in fact they have a curable illness that is causing memory loss.

Most people wait for two years or more before receiving help. Their fear means that they cope with their memory loss in silence. Sometimes, family and friends feel too awkward to discuss memory changes with their loved ones. Early diagnosis is key to the best chance of good treatment. It also gives people with incurable memory loss the opportunity to put their affairs in order and to make choices about their care.

Alzheimer's disease symptoms include a progressive loss of recent memory; problems with language, calculation, abstract thinking, and judgment; depression or anxiety; personality and behavioral changes; and disorientation to time and place. - See more at: http://www.livingwellah.com/dementia-care-at-home.php#sthash.NrWl7uKB.dpuf

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is not a rare disease. It affects an estimated 1.3 million individuals and their families in the United States. Because LBD symptoms can closely resemble other more commonly known diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, it is currently widely under diagnosed. Many doctors or other medical professionals still are not familiar with LBD. - See more at: http://www.livingwellah.com/dementia-care-at-home.php#sthash.NrWl7uKB.dpuf

Vascular dementia

 is caused by a series of small strokes that deprive the brain of vital oxygen. Symptoms, such as disorientation in familiar locations; walking with rapid, shuffling steps; incontinence; laughing or crying inappropriately; difficulty following instructions; and problems handling money may appear suddenly and worsen with additional strokes. High blood pressure, cigarette smoking, and high cholesterol are some of the risk factors for stroke that may be controlled to prevent vascular dementia.

Fronto-temporal dementia (FTD)

 includes several disorders with a variety of symptoms. The most common signs of FTD include changes in personality and behavior, such as inappropriate or compulsive behavior, euphoria, apathy, decline in personal hygiene, and a lack of awareness concerning these changes. Some forms of FTD involve language and speech symptoms or movement changes. - See more at: http://www.livingwellah.com/dementia-care-at-home.php#sthash.NrWl7uKB.dpuf

Best Blogs for Seniors

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I learn SO much from these folks - wish I had more time to read them

Saving Money on Medications

From Andrew Rafal Strategy Financial group

Did you know that you may not be getting the lowest price available for prescription drugs purchased at your local pharmacy? Even when Medicare or health insurance covers part of your prescription costs, it can be worth shopping around for lower prices when you know where to look. 

If you'd rather not run around town comparison shopping, keep a few drug stores on speed dial so you can call to check out pricing whenever you get a new prescription. You may be surprised to learn that prices can vary widely among pharmacies depending on whether they purchase drugs from a wholesaler or buy directly from the manufacturer.6 

Be sure to check with larger-volume stores like Walmart and Target, as well as your larger supermarket chains. These stores may offer a lower cost per dose when you buy larger quantities, so be sure to request the price of brand name and generic drugs in both 30- and 90-day supplies when you call around. You can break down the prices to the cost per pill at each merchant in order to determine the best price. Thanks to large volume purchase agreements, some of the bigger chains offer generic versions for as little as $4 and $10. Also ask pharmacies if they offer a discount card or a membership program. Some feature loyalty rewards programs that can net you 10 percent to 25 percent in savings.7 

Another option is to go right to the source - call the drug manufacturer. Many pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly and Pfizer offer prescription assistance programs for free medications, or coupons for discounts (note that these programs have income and eligibility requirements). If you or someone you know meets low income requirements, there are also nonprofit referral services available, including NeedyMeds (800-503-6897) and the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (888-477-2669).8 

Many states provide an online prescription drug finder program usually sponsored by the state attorney general's office, such as Florida and Michigan. Plenty of other third-party comparison websites also offer this same service, such as WeRx and Lowestmed. These sites feature easy-to-use search databases in which you input the drug name and your location to receive current prices charged at various pharmacies near you.9

*This material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide any tax, legal or investment advice or provide the basis for any financial decisions. Consult with your own tax advisor or attorney about your individual situation. 

Our firm assists retirees and pre-retirees in the creation of retirement strategies that include the use of insurance products. 

The information and opinions contained herein are provided by third parties and have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. It is given for informational purposes only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell the products mentioned. The information is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions, nor should it be construed as advice designed to meet the particular needs of an individual's situation. 

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1 The Wall Street Journal, Number of the Week: Only Best Credit Scores
Get Mortgages, March 22, 2014;http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/03/22/number-of-the-week-only-best-credit-scores-getting-mortgages.
2 Knowledge@Wharton, Propping up the American Dream: Housing
Reform Proposals Are on the Rise, April 28, 2014;http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/
article/propping-american-dream-housing-reform-proposals-rise
.
3 Ibid.
4 Ibid.
5 Ibid.
6 Harvard Health Publications, "Save Money on Your Prescriptions Medications," February 2014;http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/
2014/February/save-money-on-your-prescription-medications
.
7 Consumer Reports, Comparison Shopping: Getting the Best Price on Your Drugs, accessed on May 7, 2014 athttps://www.consumerreports.org/health/resources/
pdf/best-buy-drugs/money-saving-guides/english/BestPrice-FINAL.pdf
.
8 Harvard Health Publications, "Save Money on Your Prescriptions Medications," February 2014;http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/
2014/February/save-money-on-your-prescription-medications
.
9 Ibid.
10 The Wall Street Journal, Four Estate Planning Documents Everyone Should Have, April 20, 2014;http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304572204
579503983567868234
.