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Social Distancing with COVID-19: Caring and Thriving in a Time of Uncertainty

Posted by admin on April 02, 2020 - Adult Day Care

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Are you going crazy yet?   Are you sick of Zoom? Or do you question if you ever have to go back to the office again now that you’ve figured out how to do everything remotely.  Has your home gotten really small?  Desperate for a handshake or a hug from close friends and family?  The coronavirus has upended everything.

If you’re like me, the answer is “all of the above.”  We check in with parents often.  When we visit, they hang out on the front porch with my wife, kids, and me on the driveway.  We’ve become elementary school teachers.  My wife is teaching high school kids all day on Zoom.  I’m running a business. But, there are also daily bike rides for “PE” and lots of cuddling on the couch with movies.  Chaos and family time.  We’ve had wailing and laughing.  We also decided to get a dog.  It started as “let’s get a small, house broken girl dog.”  At the pound, we found a two-month-old boy black lab / pit bull mix.  It’s crazy.  It’s our life now.

What’s your life like?  Is there chaos?  Is there wonderful family time?  A yearning for more contact?  Some frustration with the challenges that accompany a dementia diagnosis?  Or needing some more ideas for the day than just Netflix. If you’re caring for a loved one, it’s bound to be “all of the above.”   If so, you’re not alone. Mary Caldwell, Helpline and Early Stage Program Manager for the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org/georgia), reports being busier than ever developing virtual programming and training to staff and volunteers in response to the needs of families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. 

In this time of the coronavirus, we want to present some positive ideas during this time:

  1. Relationships: This is the core of the matter. There will be a lot of together time.  Or a lot of worrying about a loved one from a far.  Either way, the requirements needed for caregiving can be stressful. If experiencing social distancing up close, figure out ways to keep the relationship from getting too stressful.  Perhaps connect with other friends and family using Facetime, Zoom, or even an old fashion phone call.
  2. Structure: Mary Caldwell recommends having a plan for each day, creating a schedule, and maintaining existing routines. It will be easy to sleep late and watch a lot of TV and hang out on the couch all day.  Develop the structure that will help everyone stay active and engaged.  Try to maintain sleep during the night and not letting the night become day.
  3. Activities: Try out some good activities.  Ask your loved one what they enjoy.  Try something new.  Work them into the schedule, but with flexibility.  If something doesn’t work, no big deal.  Try something else.  Find time for some exercise with a good walk or some dancing.  Try cognitive challenge games.  Bring art into the home.  You might not be a great artist, but there are resources for you like adult coloring books or craft projects.  
  4. Take care of yourself: Find time for renewal.  It’s hard when everyone is in the same house.  But try to find some quiet time or space for a movie or a special treat.  Build it into the schedule.  When you’re ready to have someone come into the home, give us a call about home care.  This is an affordable way to create time for yourself. 

We have at least another month until life starts to get back to normal.  There will be time for laughter and tears. 

Let’s stay in touch.  We’re going to send out some more ideas each week for you to try in the home.  We’ll try to reach you by phone, and we’ll look at ways to develop some virtual programming. 

Here are some great resources to try:

Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org/help-support):  Full of information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  They have excellent caregiver support services and resources along with ideas for daily care. 

TimeSlips (www.timeslips.org): This site has some ideas for engagement with your loved one using the arts, music, and storytelling.  They are sending out their newsletter weekly with some great engaging ideas while we are socially distancing because of Covid-19.

Here are some ideas from Kathleen Mannelley, our program coordinator at our Buckhead center.

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Late-Life Depression: What to Watch for and How to Help

Posted by Ned Morgens on February 24, 2020 - Adult Day Care

Senior-Late-Life-Depression

Seeing someone you love struggle with depression is heartbreaking.

Unfortunately, their depression can have a negative impact on you, too, contributing to your own feelings of depression, loss of energy, and burnout.

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help you and your loved one cope.

How to Help Your Loved One Through Their Depression

Late-life depression is common, with over two million seniors struggling with it.

Knowing how to help your loved one requires understanding why they’re depressed. Seniors experience depression because of:

  • Grief due to the death of a spouse
  • Loneliness
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Chemical imbalances
  • Disease diagnoses
  • The “side-effects” of diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, and arthritis
  • Side-effects of medications

Once you know the underlying cause, you can take the proper steps.

One option is to talk with their doctor and pharmacist about medication side-effects, as well as drug interactions. They might recommend dosage adjustments or new medications altogether.

If your loved one is feeling lonely, spend time with them more often if you can. Ask friends and family members to visit them regularly. Unfortunately, due to time and distance constraints, visiting in person may be difficult. A simple text, video chat, or phone call every week can do wonders.

Other helpful tips:

  • Nutritional Deficiencies: Talk with a nutritionist and fix nutrient-dense meals
  • Chemical Imbalances: Talk to a doctor about anti-depressants and counseling
  • Grief and Disease Diagnosis: Encourage your loved one to talk to a grief counselor or join a support group

3 Ways You Can Cope with Your Loved One’s Depression

Caretaking is hard work and feelings of depression can compound the emotional impact of your work. In addition to caring for your loved one, you need to take care of yourself, too.

1. Set Emotional Boundaries

As a caregiver, it’s easy to feel guilt over not being able to fix a situation so your loved one doesn’t feel bad physically or emotionally. Guilt is a normal reaction. Just remember that it’s not your job to fix everything or to work yourself to death. Doing so can drain your time and energy, which isn’t good for you or your loved one.

2. Take Care of Yourself, Too

When caring for someone else, it’s easy to let things in your life slide. Everything from spending time with friends and relaxing to getting plenty of sleep, working out, and drinking enough water can fall by the wayside. Check in with yourself often, set aside time to care for your needs, and remember: You can’t take care of anyone if you’re sick, stressed, and burnt out.

3. Ask for Help

Ask someone to sit with your loved one for a couple of hours while you do something nice for yourself. Ask other family members to share the load of caregiving – physically, emotionally, and financially.

How Home Care and Adult Day Can Help

A contributing factor to late-life depression is loneliness. A senior’s loved ones may be off at work or school the majority of the day, or they could even live out of the area. Their friends might not be able to visit them regularly.

Thankfully, home care and senior adult day care can serve as a remedy for senior loneliness.

When a senior goes to a senior daycare facility, they’re able to converse with their peers, something they desperately need. When a home care aide comes to their home, they have someone to talk with throughout the day. Having such interactions is refreshing and energizing!

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How to Choose The Best Atlanta Adult Day Care Center

Posted by Ned Morgens on January 03, 2020 - Adult Day Care

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It’s hard to accept that an elderly loved one needs help throughout the day. We understand you completely. Know that getting assistance from an Atlanta adult day care center is sometimes just the best solution.

You need to know how to make sure they’re the right fit for you or your loved one. There are several things to consider and questions to ask.

The Needs of the Senior

There are many reasons people would choose an Atlanta adult day care center.

Different establishments cater to different needs so choose wisely. It’s helpful to find a program that provides a great activities program to attend to the social, emotional, and recreational needs of your senior.  Many programs also offer health care services. Health services delivered under the watchful eye of experienced nurses helps the center attend to health care needs when needed.

Each center has a particular culture and area of focus.  Some focus exclusively on Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.  Some serve a specific culture and its language needs.   Most of the adult day centers serve a variety of seniors with needs including being lonely, depressed, isolated, requiring a bit supervision, needing help with personal care needs, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, or have complex chronic care needs associated with diabetes or COPD.

 In Georgia, adult day centers are licensed as adult day care or adult day health centers.  The adult day care center is considered a social program.  Its hours are typically limited and might be housed in a church or synagogue.  Adult day health programs will also include social and recreational opportunities, but also include the nurse to help with healthcare needs and any physical, occupational, or speech therapy needs.

Adult day care services are not as targeted on any particular illness. The goal of these centers is to improve the quality of life of the citizens. That is achieved through social and health-related services. 

Even if your loved one is in good health but wants more interaction and socialization, look for a center that combines a great activities program with great health care.  As a senior ages, a family will be very grateful for her advice, expertise, and counsel.

A adult day care center is a perfect place for seniors that want assistance and a place to socialize.

The Open-Hours and Accessibility of the Atlanta Adult Day Care Center

Before signing a contract, you need to make sure that the adult day care center schedule works well with yours. If the senior citizen will be left unsupervised, look elsewhere.

Then there’s the matter of distance. Make sure you or the Atlanta adult day care center can provide transportation.

The establishments are designed with the well-being of its clients in mind. That being said, not every center is equally beneficial. The one you choose should be accessible and well prepared.

Questions You Should Ask

The staff of the center is just as important as the facilities and location. Get to know them. When visiting the premises, ask these questions:

  • How do you keep the seniors safe?
  • What is the daily cost?
  • Are there any separate expenses such as lunch fees?
  • Are there daily schedules set in place? Can I see them?
  • Is there a nurse on hand?
  • Can the staff take care of citizens with health problems?
  • Are there any emergency plans prepared?

These are some basic questions to ask.  If you can think of any other questions, ask away. After all, the well-being of your loved one is the biggest priority.

Questions You Should Ask Yourself

After talking to the staff and seeing the place for yourself, you need to think about some things. Here are some important questions:

  • Was the facility clean?
  • Did you and your loved one feel welcome?
  • Were the seniors treated well?
  • Is the furniture comfortable?
  • Were there enough staff members to take care of the seniors?

If the location, building, and staff were to you and your loved one’s liking, you might have found a great center.

We understand the challenges of caregiving brings and how to help. Get in touch with us and schedule a visit at any of our Atlanta adult day care centers. The comfort and well-being of your loved one are our top priority.

Senior Housing Market

Boomers Want to Age in Place: How Will This Affect Senior Housing?

Posted by Ned Morgens on December 20, 2019 - Adult Day Care

Senior Housing Market

It isn’t uncommon for aging seniors to need extra care.

In many cases, it means seniors must move out of their homes and into a care facility.

Things are changing, though. While a care facility seemed like the fate of seniors of the WWII era, Baby Boomers are doing all they can to age in place. In other words, they want to stay at home.

Thankfully, tech companies and healthcare innovations are making this possible for Boomers. Unfortunately for real estate investors, seniors staying at home means a loss in profits.

Real Estate Investors and Builders Might’ve Made a Pricey Gamble

Real estate investors and builders do their job based on future projections. In order to make those projections, they look at the current trends and anticipate whether the trends will continue or not.

For years, investors and builders have been putting money into new senior housing projects. It made sense since so many seniors were leaving their homes and moving into these types of facilities. Money has continued to be invested in these projects as investors figured more facilities would be necessary as Boomers age.

Anticipating Boomers would follow in the footsteps of the Depression and WWII era seniors is a huge gamble – one that might not pay off.

There are nearly 79 million Baby Boomers. If they decided to move into senior care facilities, real estate investors and builders would make a mint. However, due to technological innovations and modern healthcare, more seniors can stay at home longer – some are able to stay indefinitely.

Are You Interested in Aging in Place? Tips, Tools, and Technology Which Can Help

Are you interested in ensuring you or an aging loved one are able to stay at home for as long as possible?

Here are a few tools which can help make this happen.

AI Innovations, Like Alexa, Google, and Siri

You’re probably aware of how helpful Siri can be when you need to make a shopping list or have a random question you’d like answered. But this technology can do so much more.

Siri, Alexa, and Google can help seniors who have reduced mobility – including those in wheelchairs – accomplish things around the house. Instead of having to rely on someone to turn on the lights or lower the thermostat, seniors can take care of this themselves. These tech tools can also remind seniors to take their medications or call a loved one or doctor for help.

Other Innovations Help Reduce Senior Loneliness

Loneliness can be dangerous to seniors. Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to keep in touch with loved ones – even with everyone’s busy schedules.

Google Home, Amazon Echo, and HomePod allow seniors to digitally connect with friends and family whenever they want.

In-Home Care

Sometimes, seniors need some practical help at home. Home care aides are a great resource for seniors. They can take seniors on errands, help with chores around the house, and provide some much-needed human contact on a daily basis.

Senior Adult Day Centers

Adult day care facilities give seniors the opportunity to interact on a regular basis with people of all ages, including their peers and the senior day care staff and volunteers.

Regular attendance can help to significantly reduce feelings of loneliness.

Will aging in place be in your future?

Most seniors would rather stay in their own homes than move to an assisted living facility. Will aging in place be in your future?

We all want to retain our independence for as long as possible. It doesn’t matter what age we are.

With modern technology and the right assistance – like home care and adult day services – aging in place is becoming a more and more attainable future.

Medicare Enhancements Allow for Adult Day Care and Home Care

New Medicare Enhancements Allow for Adult Day Care and Home Care

Posted by Ned Morgens on November 14, 2019 - Adult Day Care

Medicare Enhancements Allow for Adult Day Care and Home Care

It’s open enrollment time for Medicare for coverage in 2020. An exciting change to Medicare Advantage program is the addition of supplemental benefits that include services such as Adult Day and Home Care.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has recently announced their new Medicare Advantage plans. They have one plan in Georgia that includes these supplemental benefits. For plan year 2020, we have identified one plan in Georgia that covers Adult Day and there are a handful from a variety of insurance providers that cover Home care.

Check out the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Anthem MediBlue Plus (HMO). It’s the only plan we’ve found that covers adult day in Georgia.

What are these enhancements and what do they mean for you?

Read on to find out how the new Medicare improvements can help you provide your loved ones with even better care at home.

Medicare Enhancements You Can Expect from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Here are a few of the enhancements you might be eligible to receive from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Personal Home Helper

To stay safe, happy, and healthy at home, seniors often need some assistance.

Having a professional senior home care aide with them throughout the week will help you or your loved one stay in a preferred, comfortable location.

Personal home helpers can help with daily activities including home-based around daily living and up to 124 hours of an in-home health aide for respite care.

Also, you can’t deny the benefits of having a companion to chat with regularly!

Visits to Adult Day Care Centers

Visiting an adult day care center is extremely beneficial to seniors, as well as to families.

Such services benefit seniors by making sure you’re safe and supervised, all while providing access to caring professionals. Plus, there’s nothing like getting out of the house and spending time with your peers to keep you happy and healthy.

Senior caregivers appreciate these services because you or your loved one is getting proper care and supervision during those times when you’re unable to care for them personally.

The recent Medicare enhancements allow for one visit to a center per week.

Healthy Food Delivery Services

If you have certain health conditions or have been hospitalized, Medicare will cover meal delivery services. Healthy meals will ensure better health and a speedier recovery.

Eligibility depends on certain “health events,” including:

  • Hospitalization
  • High BMI
  • High A1C levels

Medicare recipients are eligible for 16 delivered meals per event, with a maximum of four events per year being covered (which equals a maximum of 64 meals per year).

Alternative Medical Services

The new Medicare enhancements include 24 acupuncture or therapeutic massage appointments. Both treatments can help with:

  • Sore, tight muscles
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Low energy
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Nausea from chemotherapy treatments
  • Headaches and migraines.

Transportation

A lot of seniors can’t drive due to certain health conditions. Getting rides to and from an adult day care center or to run errands isn’t always easy since most family members are busy working full-time.

One of the Medicare enhancements available through Blue Cross/Blue Shield is transportation. You might be eligible for 60 one-way trips to medical appointments or to an adult day care facility with this new enhancement.

Access to Safety Devices

Most seniors want to “age in place,” that is, you want to stay at home for as long as possible during their senior years.

One way insurance companies are helping seniors make this happen is by providing access to certain safety devices.

Seniors are allowed up to $500 to pay for things like:

  • Shower stools
  • ADA toilet seats
  • Reaching devices
  • Temporary wheelchair ramps
  • Hand-held showerheads.

Having these devices will keep you or your senior loved one safe while allowing a sense of independence.

Do You Need Help Figuring Out Your Benefits?

Trying to figure out the benefits that you or a loved one has isn’t always easy.

Thankfully, the Skylark Senior Care team can help. The team can talk you through the variety of financing options available through Skylark for home care services. They are well-versed in what’s going on with Medicare and can help you understand more about your plan. Affordable Senior Care Financial Options | Call Us (404) 410-1510

Of course, they won’t have answers to all your questions. Some questions should go to your insurance agent, especially regarding certain details about your plan.

However, the Skylark team will do all they can to help you choose the best services for your needs while ensuring you utilize your benefits as fully as possible. After all, why not use the benefits if you have them, right?

Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans Can Help Seniors with Additional Care

How Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans Can Help Seniors with Additional Care

Posted by Ned Morgens on October 30, 2019 - Adult Day Care

Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans Can Help Seniors with Additional Care

It’s no secret Medicare Advantage plans provide crucial healthcare benefits to Medicare members. But, did you know there are three plans offering additional services to the most vulnerable seniors and disabled?

In 2006, Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs) became available to qualifying Medicare beneficiaries. Today, more than 2.4 million Americans receive SNPs tailored to their specific healthcare challenges.

By exploring the SNPs you could qualify for, you will be allowed to make an informed decision on your Medicare benefits.

Benefiting from Medicare Advantage Plans: The Three Types of Special Needs Plans

Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans provide additional covered services and other benefits. While SNPs are similar to Medicare Advantage plans, SNPs offer coverage that is specifically tailored to you or your loved one’s needs.

The three types of special need plans are:

  • Chronic-Condition Special Need Plan (C-SNP): This Medicare Advantage Plan serves seniors with disabling or severe chronic conditions. These conditions include dementia, diabetes mellitus, end-stage liver disease, and more.
  • Dual Eligible Special Need Plan (D-SNP): This SNP is available to beneficiaries who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
  • Institutional Special Needs Plan (I-SNP): This Medicare Advantage Plan is only provided to seniors and disabled persons who require nursing care at home or live within an institution, such as a nursing home.

Enrolling for a Medicare Advantage Special Needs plan is easy. To apply for benefits, you must already be enrolled in Original Medicare (both Part A and Part B), and you must select an SNP that is available in your area.

The Top 3 Benefits Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans

Enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan provides several key benefits.

Here are the top three benefits that you can receive with Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan.

1. More Coverage

Special Needs Plans provide additional covered medical services and prescription drugs. The covered services you receive are dependent on the SNP you qualify for. SNPs tailor other services to the most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries based upon their conditions.

Vulnerable Medicare individuals that qualify for a Special Needs Plan can often receive more coverage without having to pay more for their insurance.

Those who qualify for SNPs will generally pay the same basic costs of having a Medicare Advantage plan. However, those that currently benefit from both Medicare and Medicaid will continue to receive reduced or eliminated costs.

2. Improved Health Outcomes

The more coverage benefits that you have through your Medicare Advantage plan, the better your health outcome may be. Having access to quality healthcare is crucial in staying healthy, fighting illness, and avoiding hospital stays.

According to a study performed by Health Affairs, SNP enrollees with diabetes were found to have 9 percent lower hospital admission rates as well as 19 percent fewer hospital days. The study also found those enrolled had lower readmission rates.

3. Simple Enrollment Processes

Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans have simple enrollment processes. This allows Medicare beneficiaries to receive SNP benefits without a hassle. To enroll, an SNP must be available in your area, and you must meet eligibility requirements for the SNP.

Take Charge of Your and Your Loved Ones’ Health with the Right Medicare Plan

Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans provide incredible benefits to seniors and disabled persons who qualify.

Speak with your Medicare provider to learn more about whether or not SNP is right for you. As always, you can contact Skylark Senior Care to find out more about Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans.

How Medicare Advantage Benefits You

How Expanding Medicare Advantage Benefits Atlanta Adult Day Care!

Posted by Ned Morgens on September 18, 2019 - Adult Day Care

How Medicare Advantage Benefits You

If you’re like most people, the idea of getting even more coverage under your existing insurance plan is an exciting prospect.

It doesn’t happen often – but when it does, it’s a cause for celebration.

Well, get ready to celebrate if you have Medicare Advantage in Atlanta because this program has currently undergone an expansion plan.

What does this mean for you or your loved ones who need to take advantage of programs like in-home care services or adult day care services?

What’s the Difference Between Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA)?

To start, let’s look at the difference between Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA).

Medicare is a federally funded healthcare program for people aged 65 and older. While it’s nice the government has provided this service to the nation’s seniors, the program itself has some disadvantages.

For one thing, its coverage is very basic and doesn’t include coverage for dental, vision, hearing tests or procedures.

Another reason why this plan isn’t always ideal is it doesn’t always provide coverage for services like senior home care or senior day care. Some programs do, but not all of them.

Medicare Advantage is a program which allows seniors to sign up for insurance provided by private companies which have been vetted by Medicare. The great thing about MA is it’s a bundled package, meaning you get the benefits of Medicare along with the added benefits of private insurance, including vision and dental care.

How MA Is Expanding and How this Impacts Home Care and Adult Day Care Services

Recently, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released an article announcing the expansion of Medicare Advantage.

Starting in 2020, MA plans will include:

  • Transportation
  • House cleaning
  • Home meal deliveries

Under the new plans, benefit recipients might be eligible for several home health care services. These benefits may include:

  • Adult day care
  • Caregiver support
  • Home safety improvements
  • A variety of in-home support services

Will the new expansion help seniors only? Absolutely not! People who have MA due to chronic illness will also benefit by being able to pick plans suited to their unique needs.

In fact, some plans are going to be completely customizable, allowing beneficiaries to create their own plans. So, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes and you need dietary support – you can set up a plan that fits those needs.

When Will the New Changes to Medicare Advantage Go into Effect?

The changes being made to Medicare Advantage are the first in over a decade, and thankfully, the changes being made are really impressive.

The government recognizes the benefits of providing things like adult day care and in-home assistance. These services keep seniors comfortable in their own homes, reduce loneliness and depression, and can keep seniors healthier by preventing certain injuries and illnesses.

When can you start taking advantage of these customizable MA plans? You can start enrolling during the annual enrollment period between October 15th and December 7th. However, you can preview the plans starting October 1st, so you can get a head start deciding which plan is going to fill your needs the best.

Talk to Your Insurance Provider as Soon as Possible to Find out More

Unfortunately, not everyone who has MA will be eligible for the new expansion. Much of this depends upon your unique plan.

Talk to your insurance provider about the new expansion and see if/how you or your loved one can benefit.

If you do find out the improvements extend to your particular plan, make sure to set aside time to contact us at Skylark Senior Care to find out even more about how you or your loved one can take advantage of the new Medicare Advantage expansion.

Adult Day Care Medicare Coverage

Does Medicare Advantage Cover Adult Day Care? New Changes You Need to Know About

Posted by Ned Morgens on August 01, 2019 - Adult Day Care

Adult Day Care Medicare Coverage

Up to this point, people who need extended in-home care services or adult day care services have had to pay quite a bit out of pocket. This is about to change, though.

Last year, it was announced Medicare Advantage would be making some important adjustments. One of those changes is in-home care and adult day care services will be covered.

What does this mean for seniors and their caretakers?

Additional Medicare Support – What It Means for Seniors

The government has approved in-home care coverage for seniors who need assistance. This means seniors who need long-term care can get this care in their own home, instead of having to go to a care facility. Long-term care is something Medicare has never covered in the past.

Seniors will also have the ability to attend adult day care programs. We highly recommend these programs because they provide seniors with the ability to work their body and their brain. Plus, they get some much-needed social time with their peers.

All of this can increase the happiness and satisfaction seniors feel.

The Benefits Are Incredible – How This Change Will Affect Caretakers

Caretaking is a full-time job, particularly for people who care for loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s. A senior’s sleep cycle can be thrown off completely by this disease, which means the caretaker may have to be up at night to make sure their loved one is safe and sound. Then, they have to work during the day.

All of this can take a toll on the physical, mental, and emotional state of the caretaker. But with help from in-home care providers and adult day care, caretakers can get a much-needed break – to rest, run errands, or to just have some peace of mind.

How Seniors Can Get the Most from Their Medicare Benefits

There are multiple ways seniors and their families can take advantage of these new Medicare benefits for in-home care services and adult day care services. To start, they can utilize the Medicare services and stick to the limitations therein. Limitations can include:

For those who want full coverage for in-home care services, we recommend talking to an insurance provider about supplemental coverage. This type of coverage can be a lifesaver for families of seniors who need extra care due to:

  • Illness
  • Injury
  • Family/employment responsibilities.

Take Advantage of This New Medicare Provision

Most of the seniors want to stay in their home for as long as possible and maintain their independence.

This is possible with some extra at-home help as well as adult day care services. And now, it seems more people will have the opportunity to take advantage of these services.

Adult day care for parents after stroke

Adult Day Care Atlanta: Helping Caregivers and Their Parents after A Stroke

Posted by Ned Morgens on July 05, 2019 - Adult Day Care

Adult day care for parents after stroke

Watching a loved one recover from a stroke can be heartbreaking.

It can also be stressful – for the stroke victim, as well as their family members.

After a stroke, there’s a lot which needs to be done to help elderly parents regain their strength, health, and a measure of independence.

Fortunately, caregivers aren’t alone in their efforts. With the help, support, and education of a senior care team providing adult day care in Atlanta, caregivers can feel confident knowing they’re providing the very best for their parents.

After the Stroke: What Caregivers Can Do to Help Their Loved One

Once an elderly parent returns home from the hospital after a stroke, caregivers can have so many questions running through their head. Will I be able to provide my parent with the care they really need? Can we prevent complications or even another stroke down the road?

Take Time Out for Education

Education is key. Doctors, as well as trained professional senior care providers, are an excellent source of information.

Caregivers should ask their parent’s doctor all they can about the type of stroke which their parent has endured. Understanding this will help them know what steps they need to take during the recovery process. Such information is also helpful to pass along to home care aides or adult day services staff.

Make Home Modifications Where Necessary

To help their parents during the recovery process, caregivers might need to:

  • Rearrange furniture
  • Set up railings in certain areas of the home
  • Remodel the bathroom
  • Widen doorways

Take Part in the Rehabilitation Process

Caregivers should do all they can to encourage their parent’s progress when working with physical therapists, nurses, and speech therapists. However, it’s essential to avoid pushing and pressuring as this can lead to frustration and disappointment, which may incline them to give up.

Prevent Future Strokes

To help prevent a future stroke, caregivers should ensure their parents take their prescribed medications. Another way to prevent a second stroke is to encourage parents to eat a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in processed foods.

How Adult Day Care Can Help Caregivers and Their Parents During This Difficult Time

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen burnt out caregivers. Understanding burnout is real and finding ways to prevent it is imperative.

Thankfully, caregivers can get the support they need with adult day care services. Getting a break for even just a few hours a week can play a huge role in reducing stress and eventual burnout.

What can caregivers and their loved ones expect from our adult day care programs?

First, we treat those in our care with love and kindness – like they’re a part of our family.

The Skylark team is also focused on providing engaging activities like field trips and picnics. We also provide educational programs to help enrich the lives of those we care for.

We want to ensure family members have the knowledge they need to care for their elderly parents. Caring for someone after a stroke can be stressful and worrisome. We give families the tools they need to feel confident in the care they provide for their loved ones at home.

Skylark Senior Care: Adult Day Care Services and Beyond

At Skylark Senior Care, we understand just how much caregivers have on their plate. Adult children of stroke victims have a lot of responsibilities. They must care for their own family and job responsibilities, as well as the needs of their elderly parents.

We can help. Our adult day care services are an ideal way to ensure the wellbeing of elderly parents while providing caregivers with a respite they so desperately need.

Additionally, we offer home care services which can provide further support. When you and your parents need assistance with chores at home or running errands, our professional aides will be there for you.

Adult Day Care Can Help with Loneliness

Loneliness is Deadly! How Atlanta Adult Day Care Can Help

Posted by Ned Morgens on May 21, 2019 - Adult Day Care

Adult Day Care Can Help with Loneliness

When we think of epidemics which can kill people, we tend to think of chronic diseases, like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

What doesn’t always come to mind are emotional issues, particularly one as “commonplace” as loneliness?

To some extent, we all deal with loneliness. However, studies have shown chronic loneliness can have a severe impact on a person’s life.

Even our beloved senior friends and family members are at risk of developing chronic loneliness and depression.

The Impact Loneliness Can Have on Our Health

Researchers and physicians have found loneliness has become an epidemic. Nearly half the population feels the effects of it at times.

What causes loneliness? The biggest issue is isolation, whether it’s by choice or not. We all need contact with people who love and support us. However, due to distance, responsibilities, and social media, more and more people lack the real-life, in-person, interpersonal communication which is vital to our health and wellbeing.

Some even say loneliness is actually deadly, but is this really the case? Actually, it is. Researchers have found loneliness can have an adverse impact on a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health. The combination can lead to premature death.

In 2013, an article was released regarding the dangers of loneliness. The Journal of the American Heart Association did some follow-up research more recently to see how loneliness and isolation affected patients with heart failure.

Researchers found patients who were lonely due to high perceived social isolation had:

  • Risk of death increased nearly four times
  • Hospitalization increased close to two times
  • Visits to the Emergency Room increased over almost two times

This has caused some to make the claim that loneliness impacts a person’s health as much as, if not more so, than smoking and obesity.

What Can Be Done to Help Seniors Overcome Loneliness?

Seniors are at serious risk for developing severe loneliness. What can be done to help them?

Some might assume all a person has to do is invite friends and family over more often, or set up a social media account, and they’ll be just fine.

The problem is, though, seniors are in a very unique situation.

They can’t always simply invite friends and family over, due to the fact as we get older, we start to lose friends and family members. The grief from this in conjunction with the loneliness can lead to overwhelming depressive feelings for seniors.

Additionally, seniors sometimes have a hard time having company over because of physical limitations. Due to age, illness, or injury, they aren’t always able to do what they used to, like entertaining people.

Add to this the fact that younger family members, like adult children and grandchildren, often work the majority of the day and have other responsibilities to care for and it’s easy to see why seniors often feel so isolated.

Thankfully, There’s a Solution: Adult Day Care

Adult day care facilities give seniors the opportunity to interact on a regular basis with people of all ages, including their peers and the adult day care staff and volunteers.

Day care provides seniors with a safe, enjoyable environment and regular attendance will help to significantly reduce feelings of loneliness.

When seniors feel less lonely, they feel happier and healthier. This, in turn, can boost their immune health, resulting in less illness and the ability to fight illness when it strikes. Seniors will also be able to recover faster from surgeries and hospital visits when they’re feeling emotionally healthy.

Encourage Seniors to Seek Help with Their Loneliness

Every single one of us will feel lonely at some point. The goal is to not let it become the norm. Chronic loneliness can lead to depression and reduced immune function.

To help our senior loved ones avoid experiencing this, we should encourage them to invest their time and energy into adult day care. Doing so will make them feel so much better!

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