Providers help families to navigate the complicated world of Eldercare, with a comprehensive line-up of topics covering Health & Wellness, Life Changes, Living Options, and Money & Law.
Home Health and Cognitive Impairment, with Shawn Weiss
Since the pandemic started, Dr. Shawn Weiss has seen a rapid decline with people that have cognitive impairment, due to isolation, decreased social interaction, decreased activity levels. Tons of medical studies show that daily activity improves the strength and balance of those with cognitive impairments, even though they might not remember you were there, improvements in appetite, digestion and sleep, and reduced symptoms of sundowners syndrome. Home Health can help focus on what they can do daily, improving quality of life.
Qualifying for Home Health, with Shawn Weiss
In this segment, Dr. Shawn Weiss talks about Home Health eligibility. As long as you're under a physician's care, Medicare pays for these services. How does someone become eligible? Medicare lifted the home-bound status requirement to be eligible for home health services. You need to be under a doctor's care, who must certify that you need intermittent (part-time) nursing care, or therapy services (physical, occupational, or speech therapy) for either restorative or maintenance care. Restorative gets you back to your previous level of function, whereas maintenance allows people with chronic conditions to maintain their current level of function.
What is Home Health? with Shawn Weiss
In this segment, Dr. Shawn Weiss discusses the skilled side of home health. Since the pandemic, home health has moved to the forefront. Home health providers are licensed and Medicare-certified who come into your home and provide medical skilled services in cooperation with your physician. Providers includes nurses and physical and occupational therapists. There are also non-medical home care agencies that provides housekeeping, meal prep, dressing, transportation, and other a-la-carte services.
Fall Prevention, part 2 with Shawn Weiss
With winter coming, prepare now to avoid falls in your home or your parents' home. Dr. Shawn Weiss advises checking the outside of the house for safety at entryways, lighting, clearing pathways to avoid tripping hazards. Winter safety also includes shoes and shovels stored nearby. If there are issues getting in and out of the house, add or check the sturdiness of handrails. Inside the home, make sure rugs can absorb moisture from shoes so they aren't slippery. Winter clothes are also important – make sure the clothing isn't so bulky that it'll catch on something, and that shoes have good tread. Spend extra money to get well-supported, cushioned shoes to minimize pain or negative effects to your stride.
Fall Prevention, part 1 with Shawn Weiss
This segment with Dr. Shawn Weiss focuses on how to prevent falls. Fall prevention can be broken down into intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Extrinsic, or environmental, factors involve furniture placement, bed height, seat heights, lighting, rugs, power cords, general clutter in pathways, and so forth. Also, the potential tripping hazards of footwear and clothing. Do you notice whether you or your loved ones have started holding furniture for support while walking? Before winter is a good time to check porches and steps, and consider whether handrails are needed. Intrinsic factors includes medical diagnoses and conditions like COPD, Parkinsons, arthritis, pneumonia, or COVID, which can affect a person's movements and fall risk. Also, some medications can affect movement.
Medicaid, part 3 with Jim Koewler
In this hour, Elder Law and special needs attorney Jim Koewler talks about Medicaid, specifically in the long-term-care process as we're aging. This segment focuses on more of the criteria that would allow someone to participate in Medicaid, in particular the ideas of resources and spend-down.