Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Today, June 15, is Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  According to the Administration on Aging, this day was initiated in 2006 as a day for communities throughout the world to raise awareness of this issue and its effects on the individuals involved.

In the world of senior care, elder abuse is something we think about frequently.  We train our staff to be aware of signs and symptoms and report them as required by law.  As leaders, we continually work to improve our own ability to spot caregivers who have the potential to become abusers or who may be stressed to the point of abuse.

Here at IPCed we know that, contrary to popular understanding, abuse is most frequently committed by a family member.  Following that, abuse most often happens when a caregiver is overstressed, without the resources or support to step away when care needs demand more than he or she can provide.

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California’s End of Life Option Act

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This week marked an interesting turning point in the history of our culture’s relationship to death and dying.  For nearly 39 million people, options at the end of life have expanded to include legally, without the stigma of “suicide” being attached, taking a prescription to end one’s own life.

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Family Caregivers need more from YOU!

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Recently, AARP ran a blog titled “More can be done to support family caregivers.”  In the blog, AARP executive Nancy LeaMond told the story of Ann, a woman who became an unexpected caregiver for her husband following a massive stroke.

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National Senior Health and Fitness Day

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Senior Health and Fitness


May 25 was National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Being a card carrying AARP member (you get that at age 50 now) and as a person who is a little bit fanatical about fitness, this caught my eye. So whether you celebrated Fitness Day or not, here are some of the reasons this matters to me, and should to you, too…

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This could be the most important employee retention tool!

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Take a quick poll of your employees. Make it in writing, and ask just this one question:

“Does your supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about you as a person?”

Let them mark one box: yes or no; and return it anonymously. Then take a close look at the results.

Gallup’s highly successful organizations all have one thing in common: engaged employees. And engaged employees – not those just doing their jobs adequately, but those individuals who “work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company,” spell success.

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Senior care at home: reducing or adding to cost?

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Recently the governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, declared that he wanted to move several thousands of individuals covered by Medicaid fund from nursing home environments into home care. Read Article…

He determined the savings could add up to hundreds of millions of dollars every year. It’s a potential win for the individuals who may be able to return to a home environment for care – a clear preference for the majority of Americans.

Meanwhile, less than a year ago the journal Health Services Research reported on a study that showed that individuals receiving services and support at home experience many more preventable hospitalizations than those living in nursing home – at a substantial cost to the government’s checkbook. The Forbes article that discusses this dilemma points out that this not a simple correlation, but rather a complex one with many variables.

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Does minimum wage increase mean minimum margins for you?

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The big headline news in my part of the country recently was this: “It’s Official: [Governor] Kate Brown signs minimum wage bill for $14.75 for Portland. Read News Article…

If your employees are like mine, they’re all excited about the raise coming to them immediately (they read the headlines only). In reality, this increase in minimum wage happens gradually between now and 2022 and only affects employers in the Portland metro area.

But the trend is upon us. And for small business owners and operators we know exactly what this means: either higher prices or lower margins.

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Home health care agencies struggle to find workers

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By Laura Layden of the Naples Daily News

A retired engineer from Ohio, Hal Hume never imagined he’d become a home health aide.

But for nine years, he’s worked as a caregiver for Home Instead Senior Care in the Naples area.

“My wife applied for the job and when she talked to them, they asked if I might be interested. When I thought about it I was,” he recalls.

At 82, he’s taking care of other seniors who need a helping hand, so they can stay in their homes. His wife worked as a caregiver for a while too, but has since moved on to other interests. He, however, is hooked.

“It’s very rewarding,” he said proudly of his part-time job.

Facing a shortage of workers, home care agencies in Southwest Florida are scrambling to find more employees like Hume. Companies are increasingly recruiting retirees, veterans, students and stay-at-home parents, often with no health care experience, to meet growing demands.

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Are your caregivers the ones with all the pins?

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We have a running debate in our office over an illustration we use frequently in presentations.  The image is of two Home Depot aprons – one without any pins, and one with dozens of pins representing all the different areas of mastery a worker has achieved.

The story actually wasn’t mine originally, but rather was offered up by a person in the audience of one of my presentations.  I was talking about caregiver certification pins, and the person said, “Well this makes sense to me.  When I go to Home Depot I always look for the person with the most pins on his or her apron.  I figure that person has to be the most knowledgeable and can probably answer my question the quickest.”

The internal debate is if this is a good representation of what a client or referral source might think if they saw a caregiver loaded down with certification pins – pins representing knowledge and competence in end of life care, post hospital care, dementia care, diabetes care and more.

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Exciting news about dementia

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It’s about time for some good news about the incidence of dementia in the U.S.  If you’ve been following this, you know that the projections for the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. are staggering.  The Alzheimer’s Association projects more than 13.8 million senior adults to have this diagnosis by 2050 – nearly three times the current population of affected individuals.

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