Family inHome Caregiving Blog
Caregiver University has a number of great classes coming up, including one entitled The Emotional Pitfalls of Dementia Caregiving which will be held on April 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Hollister Community Center, Gabilan Room, at 300 West Street. Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia requires special skills. It’s very stressful and participants to this session will learn how to cope with the emotional pitfalls of dementia caregiving and ways to balance negative and positive feelings. To register, call 459-6639 or go to www.delmarcaregiver.org.
Monterey was in the third position across the state as best places to retire in a study that looked at tax burden and access to medical care and social opportunities. Based on criteria that included doctors’ offices, recreation centers and retirement centers per 1,000 people plus the percentage of sales and income tax residents pay, Monterey fell behind only Auburn and Westlake Village. Also in the top ten were Ojai, Placerville, Rancho Mirage, Grass Valley, Los Alamitos, Solana Beach and Arroyo Grande.
I wrote recently about a scam which was targeting seniors across the country. Now police are warning local residents about the scam which has been hitting the Monterey Peninsula hard. The Monterey County Sheriff's Office is warning about spoofing scams where con artists call and falsely have their caller ID show up on your phone as coming from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or some other government agency. They then demand money, and have even threatened to have people's drivers licenses revoked (which even the IRS cannot do). Over the past two years con artists have reaped $14 million from this scheme. The IRS commissioner has come out and said the agency never makes their first contact by phone. Mary Lesher, a Salinas resident, said she's received three or four phone calls last year and one this year. If you receive such a call, hang up and report the caller to 1-800-366-4484 or go online to www.tigta.gov.
Anyone undergoing surgery knows there are many risks, but some of them can be reduced. The journal Patient Safety in Surgery found that 46% to 65% of adverse events in hospitals are related to surgery, particularly complex procedures. Due to the numerous horror stories about procedures done on the wrong body part and surgical tools sewn up in patients, hospitals are working diligently to make surgery safer. They are now tallying surgical errors so they can track their performance and implement best practices. They are also using big data to screen patients before surgery so they are fully prepared for their procedure. There is a huge cost, not only to patients, but to hospitals themselves. There are about 4,000 malpractice claims each year for what are called "never events" which are the type of mistakes which should never occur. In about 10,000 cases studied, these led to death in 6.6% of patients, permanent injury in 32.9% and temporary injury in 59.2%.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) has some great classes coming up including a free monthly discussion on diabetes called “Don’t juggle diabetes alone.” This program offers education for all aspects and stages and is certified by the American Diabetes Association. The next session is on Wednesday, April 1, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the CHOMP conference rooms. For more information, call 649-7220 or go to www.chomp.org/classes.
I was glad to read that a number of local teenagers were able to meet with Salinas Valley Memorial Health Care System physician Ali Sultan-Quarrie so that he could explain to them what it’s like being a neurologist. There’s a dearth of neurologists and gerontologists on the Monterey Peninsula and with seniors living longer and longer there will be career demand for both. Teens got to ask questions about what this career would be like, and two of them from North Salinas High School will be able to attend the state conference of the Health Association (HOSA) later this month in Sacramento. This organization will help students connect with careers in the medical field.
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: