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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Veterans Care Coordination

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Care4You is very honored to have Veterans Care Coordination as our Community Partner!!

VETERANS CARE COORDINATION

At Care4You, San Dimas, CA we proudly care for our Veterans, their spouses and surviving spouses every day. Our commitment to their care is just one of the ways we demonstrate appreciation for their service to our country.

“1 in 3 seniors in this country is a veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran. These heroes – our fathers, mothers, spouses, and friends – may be eligible for a unique benefit through the VA called “Pension with Aid and Attendance.” This benefit may provide reimbursement funding of up to $25,440 a year to help cover medical expenses, including homecare services. Homecare helps keep loved ones safe and comfortable at home.”

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“Millions of qualifying veterans and families go without Aid and Attendance simply because of not knowing about the benefit and inability to pay for homecare. Through our partnership with Veterans Care Coordination, we are able to assist qualifying veterans and their spouses to apply for and obtain the Aid and Attendance Benefit through the Department of Veterans Affairs. What makes this partnership unique is the fact that Veterans Care Coordination can offer financial assistance to clients that cannot afford to pay for the up-front, out of pocket expense of homecare through their Veterans Appreciation Program. Who’s Eligible?

 Veteran, or surviving spouse of a veteran, who served 90 consecutive days of active duty with at least 1 day during a wartime period …(other war eligibility may be required depending on when you served)

 Veteran/surviving spouse must have non-service connected medical condition which is not related to military service

 Veteran/surviving spouse must require assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, medication management and personal care

  Veteran/surviving spouse must meet asset requirements based on age and marital (excludes home and car)

 Veteran/surviving spouse must meet the Medical Expense-to-Income Ratio.”

Couple: $2,120.00 Monthly

Veteran: $1,788.00 Monthly

Surviving Spouse:  $1,149.00 Monthly

Healthy Veteran with Sick Spouse: $1,404.00 Monthly

For more information please visit the Veterans Care Coordination website here.

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Robert Ward; Veteran of the Month

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I don’t believe that many of us can imagine what our men and women go through during their tours of duty, far, far from home.To sit at the feet of a soldier who cares to share their stories is a blessing for both our veterans and for those of us who listen to learn, who listen to understand.

How thankful we are for all of our veterans who served/serve with honor!

Care4You is proud to have such a soldier of honor…Robert Ward, as our Veteran of the Month!

His story goes beyond the words written below, as each experience…each step he took had it’s own depth of difficulty, it’s own depth of pain and those moments of quiet and humble solitude.

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: October is Dementia Awareness Month

  • Posted On September 29, 2015
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As you can see, there are several types of Dementia! The Alzheimer’s Association has a wonderful website to go to and find great information on this multifaceted disease such as:

“What is Alzheimer’s ~ What is Dementia ~ Diagnosis ~ Stages ~ Treatment”

About Dementia:

“Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.”

Read more here

And you can know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s opposed to what is typical!!

See them here

What are the risk factors?

Age and Family History are two!

Let’s stand together in the fight to end Alzheimer’s as well as other forms of dementia!

Knowledge is power!!

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Professional Spotlight; Susan Howland MSG

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Care4You is very proud and honored to have Susan Howland MSG in our Professional Spotlight for the month!

Thank you, Susan!!

“Susan Chapman Howland, MSG, has over twenty years of experience with community organizing around health care issues that focus on older adults. Currently, as the Director of Education at the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter, Susan is responsible for all educational programs and diversity efforts that include tailoring services to the cultural norms of ethnic communities.

In this capacity, she oversees a number of nationally recognized programs serving dementia affected older adults and their caregivers throughout Los Angeles County. Her work in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities has been recognized through national awards from the National Caregiving Alliance/MetLife and the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award. Most recently, Susan received the 2014 Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award for her work with bringing the Savvy Caregiver Program to the State of California.”

Visit the Southland Chapter here!

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Community Partner; Alzheimer’s Association

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Care4You is very proud and honored to have the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter as our Community Partner!

“The Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter is a donor-supported, voluntary health organization committed to research, care and support for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo, Kings, Mono and Tulare. 

For more than 30 years, the chapter has served thousands of Alzheimer’s affected-families.  The Alzheimer’s Association also provides education for health care professionals, caregivers and the general public; advocacy for improved public policy and legislation; and financial support to increase research to find the cause and cure for this devastating disease.” 

For more information, visit www.alz.org/socal or call 800-272-3900.

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Respite Care

  • Posted On August 5, 2015
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Respite Care

Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer’s continues to receive care in a safe environment. Using respite services can support and strengthen your ability to be a caregiver.”

Using Respite Care

“Respite care can help you as a caregiver by providing a new environment or time to relax. It’s a good way for you to take time for yourself.

Respite care can provide:

  • A chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax
  • Time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor
  • Comfort and peace of mind knowing that the person with dementia is spending time with another caring individual

Respite care services can give the person with dementia an opportunity to:

  • Interact with others having similar experiences
  • Spend time in a safe, supportive environment
  • Participate in activities designed to match personal abilities and needs
Caregiving is demanding — and it’s normal to need a break. Seeking help does not make you a failure. Remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia as well as the caregiver.”
 
Read more here
 
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Special message from Care4You:
 
VACATION
 
“August is a time of year when many people take a vacation. If you and your family is contemplating a vacation in August but are afraid to leave your elderly loved one at home alone, help is available. Care4You can provide respite care for your loved one so you can have peace of mind while enjoying your well deserved vacation.
 
‘Respite Care’ is defined as the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who care, caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.
 
Even though your family takes great joy in providing care to your loved one so that they can remain at home, the physical and emotional consequences for a family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite.
 
Respite care has shown to help sustain family caregiver health and well being. So take that well deserved vacation and let Care4You provide respite care in your absence.”
 

Please call us to find out more about the respite services we offer: 

 (909) 599-0555
 
 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Santa Anita Family Services

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Care4You is proud to have Santa Anita Family Services as our Community Partner!!

“The mission of the Santa Anita Family Service is to serve families in communities located primarily in the San Gabriel Valley by creating healthier and more stable children and adults through high quality educational, mental health, social services and senior programs provided by impassioned and dedicated professionals.”

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“For more than 50 years Santa Anita Family Service has grown to provide support for those residents in their area who are most needy.

They believe that income should not be a barrier for individuals and families who need help coping with various stressors of day to day life, or unforeseen events, or pre-existing physical or mental conditions.

Further, they believe in treating anyone who seeks their services with the utmost dignity and respect.

Since 1951, they have seen thousands of successful families and individuals leave their facilities or counselors and become functional again, and able to create and maintain a healthful, productive lifestyle.

They believe that it is their goal not simply to provide counseling – but to provide counseling and services that are solution and outcome based.

Their dedicated and Licensed Counseling and Senior Center staff genuinely care about their clients. They understand that everyone is an individual and that one size does not fit all.

Their vision is to always be able to meet their mission goals by continuing to provide a nurturing, highly comfortable and safe environment run by an eminently qualified and caring staff.

They strive to achieve the absolute best possible outcome for each individual or family seeking help in the areas of child abuse, drug and alcohol related problems, behavioral health problems, domestic violence, out of home foster placement of children, corrective educational experiences and child enrichment activities.

Their mission is all encompassing, and includes a broad base of social services for seniors and their families… all to increase dignity and independence.”

SOURCE HERE

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: USC Davis Stress Busting Program

  • Posted On August 5, 2015
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USC Davis SBP (‘Stress Busting’ Program)

“SBP is an evidence based program aimed at helping family caregivers who are caring for a person with dementia or chronic illness(es). The program helps family caregivers improve their quality of life, cope with their caregiving situation, and learn to manage their stress.

SBP is a nine‐week program designed to help family caregivers improve their quality of life, cope with their caregiving situation, and learn to manage their stress. Caregivers who have participated in this program have reported significantly lower stress, depression, and anxiety as well as improved quality of life.

 

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The USC Family Caregiver Support Center will be the first organization in California to be trained and certified to offer this program. We will be offering SBP in the following locations:

Glendale at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital from July 29 to September 23, 2:00‐4:00 pm

Long Beach at the Grace First Presbyterian Church from August 5 to September 30, 1:30‐3:30 pm

Rosemead at our new office location from September 15 to November 10, 10:00 am‐ 12:00 pm

Los Angeles at the USC campus from August 4th to September 29, 5:00‐7:00 pm

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please call us Toll Free at 1‐855‐872‐6060. Registration is required.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Preventing Dehydration

  • Posted On July 1, 2015
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Preventing Dehydration:

“When your body gets overheated one of the first clinical problems that can arise is dehydration.  Higher temperatures lead to sweating, and when you sweat excessively without replacing those lost fluids quickly enough the overall water content in your body decreases.  This leads to a drop in blood pressure, which your body compensates for by increasing your heart rate.  Symptoms of this change can include weakness, dizziness, and heart palpitations.  Other signs of dehydration are increased thirst, dry mouth, and darker urine.  To treat dehydration you can sip cool water, or suck on ice chips or popsicles made of fruit juice or sports drinks.  Also, move to a cooler, shadier environment.

Even if you are not spending large amounts of time outdoors, summer heat can still pose a health risk.  The combined effects of a short trip outside to water the plants, walking from your car to the grocery store, and stopping to chat with a neighbor when you go out to get your mail can accumulate to mildly dehydrate you, especially if you do not adjust your water consumption.  When even 1-2% dehydrated, before your body even sets off a thirst response, studies have shown that we experience greater fatigue and less ability to concentrate.  Heat and dehydration can affect the health of all of us, not just those spending lots of time out in the summer sun.

The Dangers of Heat Stroke  

If sweating fails to sufficiently cool your body, and your temperature continues to rise, you risk the dangers of heat stroke.   When heat stroke occurs the body’s temperature is so high that vital processes begin to shut down.  Signs of heat stroke include lack of sweating, severe headache, weakness, dizziness, red skin, nausea, difficulty breathing, fainting, seizures, and confusion. Heat stroke is a serious medical emergency and persons suspected to be suffering from it should immediately seek hospital treatment.

Some Easy Tips to Beat the Heat:

Despite the severity of the dangers posed by overexposure to summer’s heat, there are easy ways to minimize your risk:

Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.

Wear a wide brimmed hat to shade your face.

Be sure to stay properly hydrated by drinking more than your usual 64 ounces of water per day.  However, do not drink sugary drinks as they will actually increase dehydration.

Avoid getting sunburned as it negatively affects the body’s ability to cool itself.

When you are outdoors in the sun take frequent breaks in the shade or in air-conditioned places.

Avoid exercising outdoors, especially during the hottest part of the day, but if you do decide to venture out make sure to drink 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.

Avoid or at least limit alcohol and caffeine consumption as they are both diuretics and will cause your body to lose even more water.

Be mindful of the hydration and temperature needs of those around you, especially children, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions, who are most at risk for heat related health problems.”

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URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI)

Can dehydration cause a Urinary Tract Infection?

“Some experts have noted a rise in patients suffering from symptoms of dehydration such as kidney and urinary tract infections.

“We see these types of conditions due to low hydration levels often during summer. We usually see anywhere between a 10 to 20 per cent increase in patients, but this year already I have noticed more patients,” says Dr Sabina Aidarous, a family medicine specialist at the Imperial Healthcare Institute in Dubai Healthcare City.

The recommended daily amount of water during the summer is between 10-12 glasses per day to meet the demands of our bodies…”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

  • Posted On July 1, 2015
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RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME (RLS)

July is Education and Awareness Week for RLS (July 18 – 25)
“Restless Legs Syndrome or RLS is a neurologic disorder that causes an irresistible urge to move the legs, often accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations. In 1945, Ekbom gave a full description of the syndrome based on a large series of patients.
This condition is, therefore, sometimes referred to as Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED). Patients usually become aware of these symptoms when they are relaxing, such as sitting on the sofa or watching television. The symptoms may prevent them from going to sleep or staying asleep. They have a strong urge to get up from the bed either to stretch their legs or walk a few paces before they can return, only to be troubled again by the same symptoms.
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What are the treatment options for RLS/WED?

1) Treat any underlying condition.
2) Avoid Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine especially in the evenings.
3) Discontinue medications that aggravate RLS/WED. Temporary stopping of these medications may help determine if one of these is the responsible agent.
4) Home remedies and activities such as regular exercise, massaging the legs, stretching, hot or cold packs, vibration, and acupressure have shown benefits in mild cases. Some have reported improvement with mental relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga . Staying mentally active in the evenings especially when sitting (e.g., playing board games or video games, doing crossword puzzles, needle work etc.) has been reported to have some benefit.
5) Practice Good sleep hygiene.
6) Drugs: If your symptoms are severe or not relieved by home remedies your doctor may prescribe drugs. Your doctor will monitor the side effects and adjust the doses.”

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