Family inHome Caregiving Blog
All of the newly insured people under President Barack Obama's health care reform has resulted in booming business for many hospitals across the country but has also brought in higher than expected costs for insurance plans. People are showing up at emergency rooms at a high rate, which can result in huge hospital bills. However, hospitals are benefitting from this influx of volume which can be very profitable. More than 8 million people have obtained private coverage in health-law marketplaces over the past year, and that doesn't even include millions more that were added to Medi-Cal & Medicaid. Also helping is that the economy is picking back up which has resulted in more people getting insurance through their employers.
A former caregiver at Emeritas Care Facility was convicted of felony elder abuse and sentenced to 240 days in Monterey County Jail after stealing jewelry from patients. The man had the nerve to take the residents jewelry and replace it with costume jewelry, thinking that they would not notice. After complaints from residents, the police searched his home in January and the missing jewelry was found. If you have the need to hire a caregiver, make sure they are bonded and insured. We do thorough background and reference checks and make sure that all of our employees are well qualified.
The owners of Windsor Gardens nursing home and S&F Management Company settled a lawsuit and paid the District Attorney's office $295,000 in civil penalties and costs after renovations were made and more than 1% of asbestos was left in patient's rooms. The Stahl Companies, which did the work, are paying $70,435 of the costs. The California Hazardous Waste Law requires a thorough survey to be conducted after work is done to indicate if wallboard or structures contain asbestos. Windsor Monterey Care Center and S&F also settled a 2011 law suit and paid $110,000 in civil penalties relating to a 2009 renovation of their Monterey facility.
With hospitals and other large medical practices being pushed to lower costs, physician assistants are being given more power and you will be seeing much more of them in the coming years than you have in the past. Hospitals like PA's because their salary is typically less than half of a physician, and yet insurance companies reimburse at about 85% of the rate of a doctor. This is now one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the numbers are expected to rise 38% between 2012 and 2022, with about 6,500 to 7,000 new ones each year. Without the years and years of training and residency, you can become a PA with just two years of professional schooling and PA's often pull in a six figure salary. With their increasing responsibility, this could go up. They can perform physical exams, diagnose illnesses, assist in surgery, order lab tests and even prescribe medication now.
The Carmel Foundation offers a wide array of classes for seniors. One of them that they offered recently that sparked my interest was called digital story telling. It teaches seniors how to share memories, stories and philosophies on life with their families, precious memories which can be passed down from generation to generation. To view some of this digital artwork, click here. One of the most interesting things about my job is the people that I meet. Most of our clients are in their 90's or even older. Many went through the Great Depression, World War 2 and saw so many interesting things during their lifetimes. It's great when you can pass on these fascinating memories to your family. Of course some are good and some are bad, but the history is so important. Classes are constantly changing. For information about classes offered at the Carmel Foundation, click here.
Greenfield, CA Caregiver Private Duty In Home Senior Companion Aide Jobs Available (Also Aromas, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzales, Hollister, King City, Monterey, Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Paicines, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas, Sand City, San Juan Bautista, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos)
I am happy to say that business is booming at Family inHome Caregiving! We have had a greater than anticipated influx of new Clients over the past two weeks, many of which have been referrals from past and current Clients. Our reputation for having the best caregivers in Monterey County is growing. We are currently looking for a handyman as well as qualified caregivers.
Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey is seeking compassionate, mature and dependable caregivers (Companion Aides) who want to improve the lives of our elderly Clients by providing in-home, non-medical care, particularly those seeking live-in positions or those who can work 24-hour shifts. Our services include:
Monitoring of safety while bathing
Information and referral services
Other services that improve the safety, security and quality of life of seniors.
If you believe you would make an exceptional Companion Aide, we would love to hear from you! We prefer those with experience helping the elderly, disabled and others with mobility problems. Having cared for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a plus. To work for us, you must have excellent references, a clear criminal record, a good driving record, and an insured reliable vehicle. To apply, please visit our web site www.fhcofm.com, click on careers where you can fill out an application online. We have immediate openings all over Monterey County. Service areas include:
Aromas, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey, Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas, San Juan Bautista, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos
The Monterey County Sheriff has warned of a telephone scam that could easily suck in a number of elderly victims. Someone posing as a "Microsoft Windows Technician" has been calling local residents and telling them that they have called you to diagnose error messages which you have been getting on your computer. They then ask you to go to your computer and give them a series of numbers which is your Internet Protocol (IP) address and remote access address. If you provide them with this information, they can then remotely log into your computer and get anything you have on there, including your banking information, passwords and other data which would enable them to steal money from you or open new charge accounts in your name. The Sheriff did not disclose how many seniors have fallen for this scam but it must be large to put out a public warning like this.
When planning for retirement, many baby boomers don't put aside much for medical costs, figuring that Medicare will take care of them. Unfortunately, that's not true. Sunit Patel, senior vice-president of Fidelity Benefits Consulting, told Kiplinger's Retirement Report that a couple age 65 will spend a whopping $220,000 on health care costs during retirement. That figure doesn't even include potential long-term care costs, according to an article in the August issue. People should budget for Medicare Part B, a part D prescription drug plan and Medigap coverage, uncovered drug costs, dental and vision costs, etc. Unfortunately, Medicare doesn’t cover glasses, dentures and other dental work or in-home caregivers to help you remain independent. Many people just don't realize how expensive retirement can be.
VNA & Hospice is going to have a talk on how to handle getting through a hospital stay today at 2:30 at The Carmel Foundation in Diment Hall at Lincoln and Eight Streets in Carmel. Pravina Sharma, the director of care management for Community Health Innovations will give advice on how to obtain important information and support while in the hospital. When discharged from the hospital you will be given choices from an array of home health companies such as Alliance Home Health and VNA as well as private duty caregiving companies like Family inHome Caregiving.
Many seniors have problems with excess weight, which can bring on diabetes, heart disease, stroke and many other serious health problems. Getting enough exercise and chewing your food properly are two keys to success in keeping off unwanted pounds. A number of researchers have been developing tools which tally the number of bites you take each day, with the target being 100. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this target was used to develop a commercial product which will be ready in a year which will count the number of bites that you take each day. Although paying about $200 for such a device does seem like overkill to me, I think paying more attention to how fast you are eating and trying to savor your food rather than wolf it down is good advice.