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Help your parents manage their finance.

Help your parents manage their finance.

As the population gets older, more people like the baby boomers, are confronting a dilemma. As parents age their ability to manage their own money may decline. And yet many seniors may be reluctant to accept advice from their children or even discuss living expenses, health care plans, investments, estate planning, etc. Don't postpone this conversation as it may lead to an increase in problems down the road. When should you offer help? Here are some signs that a parent may need your guidance:

 

- Confusion about incoming bills

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Valentine’s Day is a great time to be kissing, which benefits your health & mood!

Valentine’s Day is a great time to be kissing, which benefits your health & mood!
Happy Valentine's Day Eve!

We know kissing as the appropriate ending to a date and a means of connecting with our main squeeze. The collision of lips we often take for granted has a whole lot more bubbling under the surface than what meets the eye.

1. Kissing boosts immunity. A recent study reported in the journal Medical Hypotheses says kissing may increase a woman's immunity from Cytomegalovirus. Cytomegalovirus, contracted through mouth to mouth contact, can cause infant blindness and other birth defects if the mother is a carrier during pregnancy. Otherwise, the bug is relatively harmless in adults. Kissing has long been thought to be a way to pass along bugs and thus strengthen the body's defenses.

2. Kissing helps you pick the best mate. Anthropologist Helen Fisher describes kissing as a "mate assessment tool." Much of the cortex is devoted to picking up sensations from around the lips, cheeks, tongue and nose. Out of 12 cranial nerves, five of them are picking up the data from around the mouth. It is built to pick up the most sensitive feelings—the most intricate tastes and smells and touch and temperature. And when you're kissing somebody, you can really hear them and see them and feel them. So kissing is not just kissing. It is a profound advertisement of who you are, what you want and what you can give.

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How to plan for certain discussions with your senior parents.

How to plan for certain discussions with your senior parents.

Even if your parents are healthy and perfectly capable of living independently, it's smart to discuss what needs might be in their future. Do not wait for an accident to happen that will lead you to make a snap decision about your parent's health decisions or living situations. Follow these suggestions for families as they begin to discuss senior care decisions:

- Educate yourself about the various senior living options. There is a wide variety of choices from independently living to full-time skilled nursing. Go with your parents and tour different facilities to choose which living environment is the best fit for them. Have fun while touring and make it a positive experience.

- Make a list of topics that need to be discussed like finances, insurance and what plans your parents have in place. They may welcome your input or they may not. It is helpful to know if they've been considering moving on their own or if they are resistant to any changes and like where they live now.

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Medicare and Managed Care

Medicare and Managed Care
Managed care plans are operated by private insurance companies.Medicare services are covered through the plan and are not paid for under original Medicare.Like Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), Advantage Plans require you to use the doctors, hospitals, and other providers who participate in the plans' networks. In addition to all Part A and Part B benefits, plans typically offer extra coverage such as vision, hearing, dental and/or wellness programs. Plans can charge different co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles, so review any plan carefully before joining.
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Medicare Parts A, B & D Summary

Medicare Parts A, B & D Summary
Medicare is a two–part program underwritten by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which provides basic hospital and medicalcoverage for people age 65 and over. It also serves those under 65 with certain disabilities. However, it's important to note that Medicare is not entirelyfree and you must meet certain eligibility requirements.Medicare Part A provides hospital coverage, as long as you have worked at least 10 years in Medicare-covered employment. It is yours free of charge.If you qualify for Medicare and have a non–working spouse, he or she can also get Medicare Parts A and B at age 65.Medicare Part B helps cover medical and doctors' bills, as well as fees for necessary medical equipment and supplies.Importantly, Part B is considered elective coverage and requires that you pay a monthly fee.Since private insurance companies administer the Medicare Part D program, costs and coverage will vary by company, plan and state of residence.Medicare Part D is available to all Medicare beneficiaries and allows most people to purchase prescription drugs with reduced or no premiums and deductibles, and with lower co-payments.Any premiums you do pay for Medicare Part D are in addition to those for Part A and/or Part B.
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Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

When most people think of Speech Therapy they often think of a child learning to speak clearly. While this is the role of the speech therapist in the school system, a speech/language pathologist in the medical setting addresses a totally different set of disorders. Difficulties with swallowing, speech and language, cognition, and/or voice resulting from multiple medical conditions are all addressed by our speech therapists.

 

Speech therapy at Heritage is provided to patients with a wide variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to, the following: stroke, neurologic dysfunction, neurogenic disorders (like Parkinson's disease), head, neck and lung cancer, spinal cord injury, Bell's Palsy, pneumonia, debilitation, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and geriatric related Alzheimer's/Dementia conditions. The speech pathologist at Heritage works closely with the physical and occupational therapists, nursing staff, dietitian, and your physician to customize an intervention to help you reach your swallow and communication goals.

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Today’s Rehab Demands

Today’s Rehab Demands

Short-term therapy patients today have one goal: to get therapy that works and then go home as soon and as independent as possible. They depend on the expertise of their therapist to accomplish their rehab goal. Testimonials from those who have chosen RESTORE Therapy can be found here: Video testimonials from RESTORE Therapy patients

 

Also, at most locations, patients can enjoy the privacy of their own room that is located in a dedicated short-term therapy wing. RESTORE Therapy patients often have the option of a private room during their stay so they can concentrate on their recovery. Whether the patient is in need of therapy after an unexpected fall or accident or post-surgery for a hip or knee replacement, RESTORE therapy services offer what short-term therapy patients want today: effective therapy, privacy during their stay and a quick return home.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

-From your friends at Heritage Health, Evergreen Senior Living and all of our managed facilities!

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Enjoy the holidays!

Enjoy the holidays!

The holiday season often loses its sparkle and magic when we spend so much of our time running around trying to find, wrap and deliver the perfect holiday present. Maybe your area of stress comes from planning a large meal or decorating your home. For many of us, by the time the big day arrives, we are often so tired from these efforts that the celebration falls flat. Many seniors living in nursing communities no longer have loved ones who are able to visit them over the holidays. Instead of spending your time at the mall or sitting in traffic, make an effort to visit a senior community and spend time with the residents. Check in with elderly neighbors and wish them happy holiday season. Deliver some cookies or invite them for a holiday meal. A few minutes of your time will make a world of difference to them, and you will find that you, too, will feel more fulfilled.

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How do I know if my parents need help?

How do I know if my parents need help?

As people age, their needs and abilities change. Your parents may have trouble getting around the house or difficulty driving. Theymay not remember things as easily as they once did. While it is an emotional and difficult decision to begin the process of moving a loved one into a skilled nursing facility, you should start with a simple assessment:

 

1.) Have they been diagnosed with a chronic disease that is affecting their ability to care for themselves?

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Take time this holiday season for what really matters

Take time this holiday season for what really matters

All of us are thankful and blessed to be around our loved ones for the holidays. You may know someone who isn't as fortunate and is alone during this special time of year, particularly the elderly. Make an effort to visit with your elderly neighbors or seek out your local nursing home. Bring them a dinner dish or better yet, invite them over to join in with your family. The time you spend with the elderly will not only bring joy to their lives, but to yours as well. You can make a difference in the happiness of an individual. Simply take the time this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day

In addition to Veteran's Day, did you know that November is also Military Family Month? By thanking the family, you thank the Veteran. Click here for 100 other ways to thank a Veteran.

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Don't forget!

Don't forget!

Don't forget to remind your loved ones that today Daylight Savings Time ends. The clock falls back one hour (gaining one hour of sleep). To remember which way the clock goes, keep in mind this saying: "spring ahead, fall behind."

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Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween to all of our residents and the resident's family members! If your little ghost or goblin needs a fun and safe place to Trick or Treat tonight, consider visiting your local Heritage Health, Evergreen Place or one of our managed facilities. Check out our website to find a location near you! Our residents love seeing all the kiddos dressed up in their finest Halloween costumes. Be safe and enjoy the witching hour! (Evil laugh inserted.)

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Managing Multiple Medications

Managing Multiple Medications

What is polypharmacy?Polypharmacy simply means "many drugs." It generally refers to problems that can occur when patients take a large number of medications. It is of particular concern for the elderly, since they make up about 13 percent of the population but account for using around 30 percent of all prescription drugs. The elderly often experience multiple disease states which require multiple medications, increasing the chances for adverse reactions, drug interactions and self-medication errors. Additionally, more medication side effects can result in even more polypharmacy, since many medications are given to mitigate the side effects of other medications. If you, a parent, or another loved one is taking multiple medications, it is important to be aware of polypharmacy issues.

Several simple steps can be taken to reduce the chances of having problems from polypharmacy. Effective communication with your pharmacist and physician is the first step. Learn as much as you can about each medication you take, both over-the-counter as well as prescription drugs. Know what they are prescribed for and what possible side effects you may experience. In general, avoid combination products by asking your pharmacist to help you find a product just for the symptoms you are experiencing, not for every possible symptom.

 

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Boss's Day!

Boss's Day!

October 16th is National Boss' Day, so take a moment to say thank you to your boss or supervisor. Created in 1958 and officially proclaimed in 1962 by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, the purpose of this holiday was to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of those in supervisory roles.

 

Today it is celebrated internationally with small tokens of appreciation amongst employees. If you have someone you admire in the workplace, or wish to acknowledge their efforts, we encourage you to extend your gratitude and let that person know you appreciate them.

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October is Physical Therapy Month

October is Physical Therapy Month

In the month of October, we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month. This recognition is an opportunity to learn more about the work provided to the patients and residents in our communities by our dedicated physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.Physical Therapy is one of the components of our RESTORE Therapy program. Therapists provide rehabilitative therapy after an illness or injury, assisting patients with balance, gait training, strength and endurance. Some of the specialty diagnoses treated with physical therapy include orthopedics, complex neurological cases, cardiac and pulmonary therapy, and specialized therapy for residents with Alzheimer's or dementia.

 

Learn more about RESTORE and the physical therapy programs we provide at: www.HeritageOfCare.com/restore.

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VIP Open House for Heritage Enterprises' newest facility, Evergreen Crossing & The Lofts!

VIP Open House for Heritage Enterprises' newest facility, Evergreen Crossing & The Lofts!

Today is the VIP Open House for Heritage Enterprises' newest facility, Evergreen Crossing & The Lofts: A Wellness Community, in Indianapolis, IN. Evergreen Crossing officially opens to the public October 1st, 2014.

Our wellness community will provide short-term rehabilitative therapy services as well as skilled nursing care for short- or long-term needs, focusing on transitional care. On the second floor of our wellness community will be The Lofts. These 30 apartments will provide an assisted living lifestyle for residents who may need some assistance but can still live independently.The first floor of our community is dedicated to transitional care.

 

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Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention

Every 18 seconds an adult 65+ ends up in the emergency room as a result of a fall. Are you or someone you love at risk of falling? Assess your risk factors: Do you have impaired vision or hearing? Do you have muscle weakness? Do you have balance problems? Make sure you talk to your doctor about falls so you can determine the cause of your fall. Next, look at your home or living environment. Home is where most falls occur. You can schedule a professional home safety assessment or you can look at the following things in your home:

• Hallways (make sure they are clear and well-lit)• Floors (remove area or throw rugs that may cause a tripping hazard)• Bathroom (install handrails, grab bars and non-slip strips in the shower or tub)

 

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Grandparent's Day: Facebook Contest!

Grandparent's Day: Facebook Contest!

In honor of Grandparent's Day, we are having a contest through our Facebook page. Participate by submitting a photo of yourself and your grandparent through the comment bar of the contest post, "LIKE" and "SHARE" the post and you'll be eligible to win $100 Visa gift card! The winner will be announced Wednesday, September 10th at Noon. Good luck and to all the grandparents out there, enjoy your day!

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Heritage Operations Group is proud to provide the senior population in Illinois with rehabilitative therapy services, skilled nursing care, specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and supportive living, independent living and pharmacy services.

 

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