Specialized Caregiving Services

Dementia
   There are numerous forms of dementia, with the most common being Alzheimer's. Whatever the form of dementia your loved one has, you need someone with experience and training caring for him or her. Not everyone can do this. It takes more than training and experience. It takes a heart for the person, someone

who can connect with them at a level the rest of us can't. We look for and keep the best caregivers for dementia patients. It is an area of our work where we realize the need to work closely with the family in all areas- health, finance, safety, progression.

Stroke and ALS Care
  Unlike dementia, where the body is still strong but the mind is gone, these diseases take away the body but 

leave the mind. It takes special caregivers to know how to work with patients who have had a stroke or have ALS. They need to know how to encourage, but be sensitive to depression and discouragement. We search for caregivers who have the training, personality and temperament for caring for these patients. 


Bedridden and 24 hour care
  If your loved one is bedridden, there are needs that go beyond what most caregivers will do, or have knowledge of. The need for turning and maintaining the highest levels of cleanliness and hygiene are critical for the client's health and well being. There can be other needs depending on the underlying conditions. These are special cases and we realize that for many families, cost of care enters the picture. Every situation is different and we do not take a cookie cutter approach. We have options in how we can set up
care and will work with you to provide the best care schedules that provide the safety for
your loved one and stay within your budget. Caregivers for these clients are carefully
chosen and trained to provide care above and beyond what is typically going to be
provided. We have CNAs trained and supervised by nurses so that they can provide
high level services.

Long Term Care and VA Aide & Attendance Benefits
There are many people who own LTCi policies or are veterans or spouses of veterans. These sources of money for paying for care are a real benefit. Knowing how to properly file for a claim so that it is paid is very important though. If not done properly, the claim is likely to not be paid. This is the same for both types of benefit payors.

  •  For claims to be made, it first takes a physician certifying that there is the inability to

  • Perform at least 2 ADLs, activities of daily living. These include 

  • Bathing, 

  • Dressing, 

  • Toileting, 

  • Continence, 

  • Eating, 

  • Transferring

  Alternately, a determination of cognitive impairment will cause claim to be able to becmade. The determination of the need for assistance is typically active for 12 months.cYou can file to start benefits any time within that 12 month time frame. For many people, spousal or family care is what begins and then the determination is made to start getting a benefit paid. The reality is it takes time for the claim to be processed, especially for VA Aid and Attendance benefits. The earlier a claim is made, the better in most cases. Doctors will sometimes tell much more than is necessary. They like to tell the entire medical history of the last 20 years. That isn't what is needed now. We will send a nurse to do a needs assessment. The doctor's certification of the need of care and the nurse's needs assessment is what we will submit. We will help you in processing the claim. Knowing how to do it prevents claims from being denied. Our experience is that many people who try on their own have difficulty and many give up. That is so unfortunate. The need for care assistance exists and you have the right to receive it. We will help you first in understanding the benefits of the policy and how the plan is designed. There were many options when the plan was purchased, and now it has been years since you looked at it. You need to know all that is in there- the amount per day for care, the elimination period during which you need to pay on your own, the setting the policy will pay for and more. We work with numerous companies providing long term care benefits. We know how to file the claims weekly so that care is paid for after the policy is in effect. All of these things are important in making sure the policy is activated and the money keeps coming to pay for care. One of the least known and often overlooked sources of care benefits is spousal VA Aid and Attendance benefits. If you are the spouse of a veteran, you could potentially
receive benefits that would pay for care assistance. The application is meant to be easy, but many find it too much to bother with and so forego a benefit they would get. We think that is wrong and will help any veteran's spouse apply for the care assistance they qualify for. You served with your husband, taking care of family during deployments, helping with understanding of the difficulties returning soldiers dealt with, being the one who kept everything together many times. Having the money to pay for care is important 
and we will see that you get it.

Respite Care
  The vast majority of care for seniors is provided by spouses and or family members. Statistics bear out that many times, these informal caregivers see their own health and wellness deteriorate over time. They don't get the good sleep needed, they don't have the time to care for themselves. Over time, this takes a toll. You might not be in a 
position to pay for care all the time, but for a week or so once or twice a year is something that is very doable. We can provide a caregiver during that time so you can be free of caregiving. You can get out, you can sleep, you can just be a spouse

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