Family inHome Caregiving Blog
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.
Many seniors have difficulty sleeping which can cause significant problems during the day as drowsy people are more likely to fall and have other physical problems. Some people are called lucid dreamers. This means that you have the ability to realize that you are having a dream and you can move to influence your dreams. If you are one of these people, you can turn the experience into a more positive one by spurring creativity as your mind adapts to the fact that you are dreaming. Lucid dreamers are typically able to avoid nightmares because they can realize they are dreaming and steer it into something interesting like dreaming of flowers, a beautiful sunset or something that you really would like to dream about. Researchers found in a recent study that lucid dreamers are better at cognitive tasks that involve insight like problem solving. Another research project found that people who dream of practicing a routine can improve their abilities in that activity in real life (think golfing, or gardening). Try it, it sounds like fun!
A former hedge fund executive was sentenced today to nine years in prison after colluding with a researcher who fed him inside information about an Alzheimer's drug trial which was not going well and his employer made a whopping $275 million in profits and avoided losses from this inside information. His employer made huge trades in Wyan and Elyth pharmaceutical companies just days before they released information to the public that clinical trials weren't going well on what was thought to be a promising new Alzheimer's treatment. Not helping at his sentencing hearing was the fact that the man was expelled from Harvard Law School for altering his transcript before moving on to Wall Street. His former employer has paid $1.2 billion in fines and penalties to federal prosecutors and $600 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission. It's sad to see this type of behavior, but it highlights how much is at stake in the important war against Alzheimer's disease, for which there is currently little medical treatment. Regular readers of my blog know that both my father and my grandmother had Alzheimer's disease when they passed away. It's a terrible disease for which there is no cure. I am currently raising money for the Alzheimer's Association's annual Walk to End Alzheimer's event. If you can afford to help, please click here.
A new trend is sweeping the nation; more high-end retirement communities are being built which have gourmet restaurants. Seniors are fed up with the food in retirement homes. The New York Times today profiled one senior community which not only had gourmet meals, but had fruit-enhanced spa water at "hydration stations" throughout the community along with a farmers market set up in the courtyard. Chefs there puree roasted free-range chicken for residents that can't eat solid food, and then mold it back into the shape of a chicken. With 8,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the industry is scrambling to come up with selling points to bring more residents into their retirement communities. "The people entering nursing homes have traveled and they are used to eating at great restaurants," Mary von Goeben, the executive director of Mercy Circle, told The New York Times. I hope we see more activity like this on the Monterey Peninsula. It's very depressing to be a captive audience and be served terrible food.
It's not uncommon for senior citizens to have multiple CDs and to move them around to different banks as rates change. However, a recently court ruling poured cold water on this idea. The court stated that the rule allowing you to take money out of an IRA and roll it over within 60 days applies to the person, not to the CD. In other words, starting in 2015, you will only be able to make one of these transactions per year. There is a way to get around the rule, however. If you have your bank do a direct IRA to IRA transfer, sending the money to a new bank with you never taking possession of the money, this gets around the rule.