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Medicare May Cover It

Guest: Interim HealthCare Inc.

Did you know that Medicare may cover home health care costs as an alternative to recovery in a nursing home or rehab facility? Your doctor and the hospital can work with you to find qualified home health care agencies in your area that are covered by Medicare.

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Do A Home Assessment & Plan

Guest: Interim HealthCare Inc.

Here’s how to address the safety or emotional needs of your parents who want to maintain their independence. An in-home assessment by a qualified home healthcare agency and a plan of action can be the first steps in a care program that can help avoid accidents, overcome isolation, and reduce the medical and mental risks of being home alone.

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Be A Health Advocate

Guest: Interim HealthCare Inc.

Here’s a tip to remember when taking care of your loved one: Arm yourself with vital information regarding their diagnosis and treatment options. Know your rights and speak up! Be an active part of your loved one’s care team. You know your loved one better than anyone, so make sure the members of your care team are as informed and aware as you are. Remember, knowledge is power!

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Believe In Yourself

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Here’s a tip to remember when being a caregiver for a loved one. Believe in yourself. It’s important to try and maintain a positive attitude by recognizing your strengths and limitations. It will go a long way in your ability to set goals and boundaries for yourself and for your loved one.

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Foster Communication

Guest: Interim HealthCare Inc.

If you have a loved one who has Alzheimer’s Disease, make sure you foster communication with their physicians. Be involved in your loved one’s medical care. Ask questions about the progression of the disease, express concerns and discuss treatment options. Reach out to more information at www.alzfdn.org

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Stay Healthy, Get Support

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Here are some tips to be successful as a caregiver for your loved one. First, maintain your own physical and mental health. Exercising, light reading and other activities can help reduce stress. Seek medical help if you have signs of depression. Second, discuss the caregiving situation with family and friends. Realize that support systems are critical to both of you getting and staying healthy.

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Do Your Research

Guest: Interim HealthCare Inc.

When you’re considering in home care you’ll find that providers can vary widely. So do your research, and take the time to meet potential providers face to face. Make sure you meet the actual caregivers and ask them specific questions about how they would approach challenges and check out every agency with your local Better Business Bureau.

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Companion Careers

Guest: Interim HealthCare Inc.

If you’re a mature adult looking for a job that allows you to help people, think about being a companion to an active senior. Companions provide social support such as reading stories or helping someone write letters. Today’s older adults are healthier and more vital than ever. They understand the special needs of aging and it gives them an opportunity make a valuable contribution.

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Entertain The Brain

Guest: Interim HealthCare Inc.

If you’re a caregiver, make sure you do cognitive stimulation activities with your loved one. Listening to music, doing word puzzles and playing memory games can easily be done at home. Many neurosurgeons* say that doing a new activity every day reconnects sensors in your brain and promotes overall brain health.


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Understand Their Experience, Avoid Burnout

Guest: Interim HealthCare Inc.

Here are some tips to be successful as a caregiver for your loved one. Make sure you understand their needs, challenges and limitations. Adjust your expectations. Be patient and kind. And avoid caregiver burnout by making time for yourself. Join caregiver support groups, and pursue interests beyond your caregiving role, such as exercise, hobbies and art.

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