Family inHome Caregiving Blog
Home health care is one of the three major verticals (along with government and education) that cable operators are touting as huge opportunities for expansion. Earlier this month, Nizhoni Health Systems (a home health company) announced that it would be using Comcast's network. Cable operators will be able to provide secure networks which can put home care agencies in touch with clients, and things like monitoring vital signs can be sent over secure encrypted networks to the home care agency. Doctors would be able to check in on these patients that are at home as well. A patient could be hooked up to a blood pressure or blood glucose monitor which could send test results directly to the physician's office. Using nanotechnology, throat swabs could even be run to determine if the patient has the latest version of the flu without bringing them to the doctor where they could potentially infect more people. These are all great advances which will enable clients to remain independent in their own homes while getting the advantage of personal health care monitoring without having to go to the doctor all of the time.
At last, there appears to be a fix for Medicare payments to doctors and other health-care providers rather than the haphazard annual patchwork that legislators have passed in the past. There's no guarantee that the bill will pass. However, many are hopeful that the $200 billion package (over 10 years) that is before the House will go through, avoiding an automatic 21% rate cut Medicare providers will face if nothing is done. The system has been broken for years because in 1997 a law was passed which ties payments to increases in the economy. Since then, however, health care costs have risen more quickly than inflation and Congress has passed what has been nicknamed the "doc fix" each year rather than passing something comprehensive.
Just a reminder that if you turned 70 ½ at any point during 2014 you are required to make a withdrawal by April 1 (called a required minimum distribution) from retirement accounts like IRAs and 401Ks. There are only two exceptions to the rule. You don't have to do it if it is ROTH IRA and you can generally delay withdrawals from your employer's plan if you continue to work. There is a very steep penalty for not taking your RMDs or taking too little. If you are in this situation, talk to your bank or financial advisor soon.
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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. 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:
There was an elder abuse alert today in The Wall Street Journal which said that the number of con artists posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents has surged over the last few months. A spokesman for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) advises you to hang up if someone calls claiming that you owe money to the IRS. After you hang up, it's advised that you then call TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or go to www.tigta.com to report the incident. The IRS never initiates contact by email, phone or text mail but instead will mail you a bill if you owe money for unpaid taxes. Those calling will make threats like having your drivers license revoked, which even the IRS does not have the power to do. Since late 2013, 3,000 victims have lost an average of $5,000 each.
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and whether or not you develop it is partly out of your control (genetics) but mostly in your control (exercise and diet). Many experts believe that in addition to having a diet high in vegetables and whole grains, many of us need to reduce our overall caloric intake and cut back on protein. The Mediterranean Diet has long been looked at as an ideal model, and it’s delicious as well! Although there is debate about what this diet actually consists of, it’s known that it contains a lot of fish, fruits and vegetables and extra virgin olive oil. It’s also relatively low in protein compared to what Americans are used to eating (17% Mediterranean versus 35% for Americans). And it’s not just heart disease which can be caused by eating a lot of animal proteins. A study which was published in Cell Metabolism showed that middle-aged Americans who ate a lot of animal protein were more likely to die of cancer and other causes, compared to people who opted for plant-based proteins. So think carefully about the benefits of switching to a more Mediterranean-style diet.
The weapons that oncologists typically have against cancer have traditionally been surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. A health care technology company based in India called Perfint has now developed a fourth—an image-guided robotic system. Dubbed Maxio, it helps doctors get through delicate procedures. For instance, it can help the doctor insert a needle into a tumor and then monitor the placement and effect on the tumor. The company says its technology has now been used 1,500 times by renowned hospitals in the U.S. where it received regulatory approval last May.
Since the beginning of time people have been looking for the proverbial fountain of youth.. Some researchers believe they may have found something akin to this in a compound called rapamycin which seems to slow aging and the damage it can do, at least to certain cells. In the medical community, Mouse UT2598 is now viewed as a superstar. The average lifespan for a mouse is 2.3 years but at more than 3 years old he is going strong and looks no different from his younger friends. His fur is glossy, black and lean and he is surprisingly active considering he is about 100 years old in human years. More impressive than what’s on the outside, however, is what’s on the inside. His liver and heart function are those of a much younger mouse and his tendons have more spring and flexibility than they should. There’s also less evidence than normal of tumors in his organ so he is less likely to get cancer than other mice. In labs around the world, researchers are testing a number of drugs like rapamycin in the hopes that one day we can all be as healthy as Mouse UT2598 as we hit our stride at 100 years old
ElMindA has come out with a new device which can observe the effect of billions of neurons that fire when you think talk or breathe. MRIs show us the roadways of the brain, CEO Ronen Gadot told FastCompany, but not the traffic. The device uses up to 256 electrodes and sits on your head like a hairnet. It can then monitor how brain networks respond to one another. The technology was approved last July by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and may help people with Alzheimer’s disease Parkinson’s, ADHD and PTSD. For the first time, researchers say, they will be able to monitor the brain to see how it reacts to a new drug versus the brain on someone who is given a placebo.
Daily consumption of beetroot juice for four weeks has been found to significantly lower blood pressure, according to a new study which was published in the February issue of Hypertension. It also helped to relax arteries and improve blood vessel function. Compounds which are in the beets called dietary or inorganic nitrate, enter the circulation system and some are converted to nitric oxide, a powerful vasodilator, or blood-vessel regulator, according to the study.