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The Spirit of Giving is a Home Health Aide’s Strength

 

 

Caregivers, care attendants, personal caregivers, in-home nurses, Certified Home Health Aides…these are the thousands of names these special people are given as their title. If you were to summarize what they mean in one word, it’s “giving.” It’s the season of giving and for Home Home Health Aides there is no such thing as a season. Christmas will come and go, yet a Home Health Aides perseverance will continue for years to come.

Home Health Aides are Important

Home Health Aides are important. Caregivers are entrusted to care for our loved ones through their times of difficulty. Having met Certified Home Health Aides during my time in the education-health care field, I realized that their work often goes unappreciated or undervalued in society. It’s a sad truth that I decided to share to enlighten the public of their gracious deeds. Throughout the year, these hard-working employees take care of the elderly and sickly with their utmost attention. The patients they care for are not always the easiest and at times can be almost impossible to deal with. However, with a passion for their work, they continuously fight through the daily struggles to assist family members with the best care possible.

Their Contribution and the Future to Society

Home Health Aides contribute more to society than one might believe. You can place the statistics aside for a moment and think logically as a patient. Would you rather receive care in a facility that you do not know or care at a place that you’ve known throughout your life? Doctors and nurses recommend care-at-home for recovery purposes. Patients feel more at peace when they are at home being cared for by the surroundings they are familiar with. Logically, psychology has shown vast advantages for those who choose Home Health Aides over Nursing Homes for their family members. I’ve provided a list of advantages that are prevalent with a Home Health Aide.

  1. Patients are less stressed
  2. Individual care is personalized for the patient
  3. Home Health Aides are trained and instructed by nurses
  4. Hospitals and medical facilities choose caregiving because of its convenience
  5. Patients feel less lonely
  6. Families are less prone to feeling guilty for leaving family members at home alone

The future involved home care especially because Baby Boomers prefer convenience. As the generation ages, the value of Home Health Aides will continue to be immeasurable. It’s vital, as a society, that we continue to show our appreciation towards these heroic people.

Home Health Aides are Trained and Compassionate

Home Health Aides compassion cannot be taught. Caregivers are skilled workers commit to their profession. The biggest misconception I’ve heard is the lack of training Home Health Aides to receive. This is far from the truth or reality. I’ve seen the training first-hand. It’s not easy. A special type of commitment is needed to go through the classes that they do. While every state is different, all Home Health Aides are required to endure vigorous training for their profession. Their hands-on training is crucial to the success and the overall care of the patient that they will be responsible. Home Health Aides are trained, licensed, and skilled professionals. It’s noted that home care agencies do a fantastic job of screening candidates before they are allowed to visit a patient’s home. Then, candidates, are interviewed and placed with the appropriate patient to make sure they are a right fit.

It is a dedication that I see needs attention. The attention we give will improve care for everyone including those

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What are Home Care Services? The Basics of Everything: Home Care, Insurance, and More

What are Home Care Services? The Basics of Everything: Home Care, Insurance, and More

You may someone new to the world of home care.  It can be confusing with the terminology that is used such as a caregiver or certified home health aide.  They use terms such as Medicare and Medicaid. You may ask yourself what is home care?  Why is it a big deal?  What can it do for me?  I am here to answer your questions.

Home Care in a Nutshell

Home care is professional caregiving that is provided in patients home.  The personal caregiving is usually performed by a trained Certified Home Health Aide.  A Certified Home Health Aide is a personal caregiver to people who need assistance in their day-to-day activities due to a medical condition, prolonged illness, physical impairment, cognitive impairment, or old age.  The role of a Certified Home Health Adie may differ depending on the patient’s medical condition and/or specific needs.  Additionally, Home Health Aides may assist patients with routine tasks such as: 

  1. Doctor appointments
  2. Bill payments
  3. Grocery shopping
  4. Picking up medication for their care
  5. Taking blood pressure
  6. Monitoring their health on a day by day basis

Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Insurances 101

The terminology for the home care consists of Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Pay.  The difference between Medicare and Medicaid is that Medicare is a federal program attached to Social Security.  It is available to U.S citizens 65 years of age or older, and it also covers people with certain disabilities.  It is available regardless of income.

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps low-income individuals and families pay for the costs associated with medical or long-term custodial care.  It is a public health insurance plan available.  For instance, if your income is between 100% to 400% below the poverty line, you qualify for Medicaid.

Health insurance is a product that covers medical expenses.  However, health insurance doesn’t always cover 100% of your costs.  In fact, it’s designed to share costs with you up until a certain point called the out-of-pocket limit.  If you hit the the-out-of pocket limit, the health insurance will help pay for the 100% of health costs.

Normally, these costs include a deductible and/or copayment.  This is how health insurances share costs with you.  Furthermore, all insurance plans are required to cover ten essential benefits. Then there is a separation between the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Point of Service Plan (POS).  PPO plans provide a network of doctors and/or hospitals that provide a lower rate.  They do not require you to receive a referral from your doctor to see a specialist.

HMO or Health Maintenance Organization plans give you access to certain doctors and hospitals within the network.  A network is made up of providers that have agreed to lower their rate for plan members and also meet quality standards.

Point of Service (POS) plan is a hybrid of HMO and PPO plans.  You will have a primary care provider and you can see doctors within the network or out of network.

Private Pay 

You might be thinking that you need insurance to receive home care services.  This is not the case.  Home care services, like other medical facilities, provide the option to pay out-of-pocket.  Typically, home care agencies create customized care plans to meet clients needs.  If individuals do not want to go through their insurances, it may be cheaper to pay privately for the services instead. They offer flexible payment plans too.

What To Do Next?

With basic knowledge on how home care agencies and insurance companies work, your next move would be to determine if you have a loved one who could benefit with an extra set of hands.  Personal care is met with trained, certified, and committed standards for the patient-centered care.

 

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Case of the Mondays? Change Your Routine with National Just Because Day…

Case of the Mondays? Change Your Routine with National Just Because Day…

It is Monday today. Why did the weekend have to go by so fast? Does your day feel as plain as the banana picture you clicked on?  I won’t take too much of your time. You probably woke up feeling like you needed something different in your routine.  If that is the case, we are celebrating National Just Because day today.  This is the perfect opportunity to change it up just because you feel the need too.  They developed this holiday to give people a break from the same thing over and over again.

Change It Up

A nice switch up in your routine might be what you need.  It is important that we develop a routine, but at the same time, it is as important to take the time to change and update it.  We are human after all.  After a couple of weeks, the same routine can be exhausting mentally and physically.  It gets boring sometimes too. We wrote this message just because we care about you.  Health is what we do, and the routine thing can cause stress.

What to do Next

I recommend the unexpected. You can try putting your hair another way or a new set of clothes. If you are headed to work, try a different way to get there.  If you eat the same breakfast, try something new.  Whatever you do though!  Make sure you do it for the right reasons and because you feel that it will help make a positive  change in your life.

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Am I Too Old?

Am I Too Old?

Am I too old?  This is a frequent question that we ask ourselves on a daily basis.  As we age, we begin to question whether our life pursuits are too far out of our reach.  Society tells us that there is a limit to what we accomplish and usually it should be done in our youth.

If you are asking yourself these questions, then what I am saying is definitely true!

  1. Am I too old for marriage?
  2. Am I too old to start a business?
  3. Am I too old for love?
  4. Am I too old to become a nurse?
  5. Am I too old for law school?
  6. Am I too old for my job?
  7. How old is too old?

 

Merle and Stella

What a beautiful story!

Posted by Power of Positivity on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

 

The Answer is No 

The answer to your questions is no.  You are not too old.  You may have limitations that prevent you from accomplishing your goal quickly, but there is always a way to get as close as to your goal as possible.  Our brains are designed to find solutions to our problems.  The problems we create sometimes are from irrational fears.

Remember Everyone has a Journey

When we enter this world,  If the time has taught us anything, is that everyone has a journey in life.  We live our lives with predetermined notions that we need to be somewhere at a certain age.  The truth is we need to not compare ourselves to other people and be satisfied with where we are in life.

Three examples:  

  1. Harry Bernstein wrote his first book at age 93
  2. Peter Mark Roget printed the first Thesaurus at age 73
  3. Kathryn Joosten won her first Emmy at 66

You Don’t Need to Be Alone 

This goes back to the limitations problem.  There is help out there for you.  The best goals that are achieved are goals that are supported by others.  When you have support, there is nothing better than that.  

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Happy Holidays Love from the E + S Family

Happy Holidays Love from the E + S Family

Dear supporters,

The holiday season is here.  It’s that special time to spend those precious moments with family, friends, and be appreciative of what you have.

The E + S Family wishes everyone a warm, safe, and wonderful holiday. We thank you for the support and the kindness towards our mission.  For the support, we are grateful.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Love,

E + S Family