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Monterey, CA Caregiver Private Duty In Home Senior Companion Aide Jobs Available (Also Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach & Salinas)

by Richard Kuehn on 06/21/15

Monterey, 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,  Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Moss Landing, Paicines Pacific Grove, 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.  Our services include:

        Caring companionship

        Meal preparation

        Incidental transportation

        Running errands

        Light housekeeping

        Medication reminders

        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, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey,  Moss Landing, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas,  Sand City, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos

Carmel, CA Alzheimer’s Study Looking For Healthy 65 To 85 Year Old Volunteers

by Richard Kuehn on 06/21/15

Alzheimer’s disease is a terribly debilitating disease which takes its toll on the entire family.  There’s currently no cure for it, although there is promising research on a number of fronts.  One trial that is currently underway looks hopeful.  However, they are having trouble getting enough volunteers (you need to be between the age of 65-85 with no overt sign of dementia) to participate as the study involves volunteers receiving an hour of IV injection of the anti-amyloid plaque drug called solanezumab.  However, if you are afraid you might get Alzheimer’s disease, this might be the trial for you.  If you are interested in helping, please go to http://a4study.orgRegular readers of my blog know that both my grandmother and my father had this terrible disease when they passed away.  The Alzheimer’s Association is a great non-profit that can help you deal with the stressful situation of caring for someone with increasing memory loss.  For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or drop by their office at 21 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite B, in Ryan Ranch in Monterey.  Family inHome Caregiving is currently raising funds for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  If you would like to make a donation, click here.

Carmel, CA 40% Of Medicare Providers Being Docked For Non-Compliance With Reporting Rules

by Richard Kuehn on 06/21/15

Many health care providers are struggling with new Medicare rules and recent data shows that a whopping 40% of health-care providers are going to have their payments docked by 1.5% this year because they didn’t submit data on patients’ health to the government.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that more than 460,000 providers out of 1.25 million failed to comply with the Physician Quality Reporting System in 2013. This should make them pay more attention to Medicare guidelines as reimbursement rates are already low.

Carmel, CA Diabetic Macular Edema And Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy Common Vision Loss Problems For Diabetics

by Richard Kuehn on 06/20/15

As we age, many of us will face deteriorating vision.  This can be a simple change in prescription or the signs of a serious disease.  If you have diabetes, the danger is greater that you could get a more serious condition such as diabetic macular edema or proliferative diabetic retinopathy.  “Vision loss is one of the most common complications of diabetes,” Dr. Raj Mautri, told Diabetes Forecast.  There have been advances recently in screening for these conditions, an important change because these conditions can come on prior to you actually experiencing any vision loss.  Talk to your physician if you have diabetes, your vision and other areas of your health need to be closely monitored.  

Carmel, CA Retirees With Pensions From Union Plans May Face Benefit Cuts

by Richard Kuehn on 06/17/15

A new Federal law which was passed last December in order to shore up some troubled pension plans is causing some retirees to face a cut in their monthly pension payment.  The law was passed in order to shore up so called “multiemployer plans” which are typically negotiated by a union with multiple employers across various industries.  Under previous law, pension payments could be reduced only when a plan became insolvent.  “This could cut people’s benefits as much as 60%,” Karen Friedman, EVP of the Pension Rights Center, told Kiplinger’s Retirement Report.  “This is so unprecedented in every way,” he said.  There are currently about 1,400 multiemployer pension plans covering 10 million participants.

Carmel, CA Diabetes And Cancer A Bad Combination

by Richard Kuehn on 06/17/15

A new study found that when a diabetic is diagnosed with cancer, their blood glucose monitoring often goes out the window as they worry about the more deadly disease they’ve been diagnosed with.  Researchers found that at the time of cancer diagnosis, there was a 6% drop in diabetes medication use in diabetic cancer patients compared with diabetes without cancer.  Although it can be difficult struggling with multiple diseases at the same time, don’t let it get you down and don’t stop taking your meds.

Carmel, CA Seniors 65-74 Faring Better Financially Than Other Age Groups

by Richard Kuehn on 06/15/15

A new study by AARP has found that those in the 65-74 age group have fared better than other economic groups since the recession.  The median assets of people aged 65-74 doubled between 1989 and 2013, a far greater gain than other groups experienced.  Many senior citizens aren't having an easy time, and one of the biggest challenges is that people are living longer so they need to make their retirement funds stretch.  This sometimes requires working well past they had planned to.  In the late 1990's, only one in five Americans in their 60's had a job.  That has since risen to one in three.  Working into your late 60's does have its benefits.  If you can afford to work longer, every year you postpone retirement increases your payment by 8% (up to the age of 70).

Pacific Grove, CA Caregiver Class On Driving And Dementia To Be Held July 23 At Sally Griffin Senior Center

by Richard Kuehn on 06/15/15

The Health Projects Center (a local non-profit) has a number of free classes this summer under their “Caregiver University” program.  One interesting one for caregivers will be held July 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Sally Griffin Senior Center on 700 Jewell Avenue in Pacific Grove on driving and dementia.  This class will help caregivers recognize signs that a person has lost the skills to drive safely.  It will give them tips on how to start a conversation about safe driving.   It will also go over California DMV guidelines and give information on reporting an unsafe driver, if it comes to that.  For more information, call 459-6639 or go to http://www.hpcn.org/

Carmel Foundation Holding Acrylic Art Class June 24

by Richard Kuehn on 06/15/15

The Carmel Foundation has a number of classes running this summer, including an Acrylic Art Class which starts on June 24 and runs through August 12.  This fun class will be held in the Seideneck Room.  For more information call 624-1588 or email the instructor, Melissa Bispo at melissabispo@montereybay.com.  The fee is $110.

Carmel, CA Seniors Are More Commonly Having To Retire Without Paying Off Their Mortgage

by Richard Kuehn on 06/14/15

Despite the rebound in the stock market, wages have been stagnant for many workers which is causing those hiring to have to raise wages and hire employees from the competition.  Many older workers are having to support kids who lost jobs during the recession and are afraid to seek new employment for fear they may not last in a new environment.  Recent statistics show that in 2011, three times the number of older home owners who were retiring still had a mortgage compared with 2001.  About 6.1 million homeowners aged 65 and older were paying a mortgage in 2011, up from 3.8 million a decade before.  Although there is no easy solution to the problem, industry experts are saying that interest rates are so low it's probably not a huge problem as long as you budget properly for retirement.

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