Everyone needs a friend, whether it is for accompanying them to the mall or the doctors’ offices, we have you covered. We do our very best to match our clients with a caregiver that they feel the most comfortable with. We offer services such as providing a caregiver that speaks the same language as the client, or one who can cook their favorite meals. Making sure our clients feel at peace in their own home is our responsibility and we are determined to make that happen.
Cognitive health and physical activities are the bases to healthy living. Healthy companionship is needed to optimize good health, therefore, we make sure the care is individualized for your family and may include these activities and many others:
We also provide companionship for clients with dementia or hospice care. Health conditions can limit some seniors and make them housebound- our companionship program provides compassionate employees who are ready to take their clients to the super markets, play a game of cards or listen to their favourite classics so days can be more enjoyable.
These are just some of the activities our caregivers will bring to your family. Give us a call to start a conversation about how your family may benefit from companionship and in-home caregiving.
Chinese tech giant Tencent has teamed up with a London healthcare firm Medopad to develop artificial intelligence software that can diagnose Parkinson’s Disease in minutes.
The new AI system has been trained to spot Parkinson’s by looking at existing video footage of patients. The video analysis was done in collaboration with Kings College Hospital in London.
Ma ”Pony” Huateng, chairman and chief executive officer of Tencent Holdings Ltd. Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg.
Dr Wei Fan, head of Tencent Medical AI Lab, said: “Tencent provides the AI technology and capabilities for the video analysis of Parkinson’s disease motor function which will be used in Medopad’s mobile medical application. This technology can help promote early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, screening, and daily evaluations of key functions.
“The goal of Tencent and Medopad’s collaboration is to help expand the remit of AI-powered movement assessment from sport and exercise to medicine and to reduce the cost of motor function assessment.”
The duo wants to reduce the time it takes to do the motor function assessment process from over 30 minutes down to less than 3 minutes. The test could potentially be done using smartphone technology developed by Medopad, eliminating the need for a hospital visit.
Founded in 2011, Medopad develops apps and wearables to keep tabs on patients with various health conditions.
Dan Vahdat, CEO and founder of Medopad, said: “Our partnership with Tencent comes from a shared vision to change the future of healthcare as we know it. In combining Medopad’s medical expertise and Tencent’s technical capabilities, we hope to provide the technology needed to support clinicians to predict preventable complications for people with Parkinson’s disease. Working together we can achieve our vision to help more than 1 billion patients live longer and continue doing great work.”
Tencent isn’t the only tech giant making tentative moves into healthcare. Facebook and Google both have research teams looking at how machine learning can be used to teach AI systems to spot early signs of things like cancer and eye diseases, while Apple has kitted its new Apple Watch out with various health monitoring sensors.
Caregiving for an aging parent may stretch the budget as well as the caregiver's endurance -- that is, if you aren't aware of scores of federal, state and even local government programs.
Access to assistance is as close as your computer, and, in most cases, you can apply online. Start by accessing two sites:
www.Govbenefits.gov - Gather up all the information you can on your elderly parent's health, disability, income, wealth (as in property owned), whether a military veteran, education level and more. Access this site and answer every question that you can. Then, push the button and, within minutes, the site will respond with a list, details and access information for many, even scores, of beneficial government programs, supplements and/or services.
www.Benefitscheckup.org - This non-profit site will ask many of the same questions but may report added programs, details and contacts.
Here is a guide to the top 10 programs everyone who is caring for an aging parent should know about.
There is more to Medicare than just the Part A hospital and Part B medical insurance coverage. If your aging parent is 65 or older and collecting Social Security, the insurance premiums are deducted from monthly benefits. Part D prescription drug coverage is subsidized by Medicare through payments to private company insurers who then fund an average of 90 percent of the cost of prescription drugs. If your parent is considered low income, receiving only Social Security, Medicare may subsidize all but about $10 of the monthly premiums. Ask and you may find a great cost saving for your parent.Medicare: www.medicare.gov Medicare Part D
2. Social Security
If your parent's Social Security benefits were earned based on lower-paying jobs, and if the benefits are the only source of income, there may be a larger monthly benefit available by applying for its Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The program may be operated federally or in conjunction with your state government. The welfare-based Medicaid program is also administered through the Social Security Administration, though the operation may be directed by your state government.
3. Administration on Aging (AoA)
The AoA administers many national programs and services for elders, including health insurance counseling, legal assistance, protection from elder abuse and long-term care. The banner on the website has a link to Elders and Families, your starting point. This section also offers a specific link and service For Caregivers (see the left hand column.)
4. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
If your aging parent is a military veteran and has a service-related disability, you may be able to apply for an increase in benefits, particularly if the disability has worsened over time. If he or she needs continuing medical care because of the disability, an application for medical benefits, hospitalization and prescription drugs may be submitted. There are several types and levels of VA compensation and pension programs. The VA has been slow in processing claims the past few years, but there is continuing pressure by Congress and the Administration to speed up its service.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1966 provides your elderly parent privacy of his or her medical records. It is a regulation and restriction program on health care providers. The protection should be of concern to you and other family members because, unless your parent signs a form designating each of you as approved to discuss your medical concerns with the physician, he or she cannot do such, even if you prove your family connection. Better sooner than later, access the HIPAA website for the information and forms, or secure the forms from a physician, and file copies with every health care professional involved in your parent's care. HIPAA.gov
6. United States Department of Justice
If your parent has a disability, particularly with physical movement, learn about the Americans With Disability Act administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. Its ADA website offers briefings and cost-free publications on the regulations to grant universal access to the disabled.
7. Food and Drug Administration
Your aging parent is probably taking five to as many as 10 different prescription drugs, perhaps prescribed by different doctors. As caregiver, you should be aware of every one of the drugs, know its mission in the body and, particularly the side effects and conflicts with other medications. You want to watch for a danger known as polypharmacy. The federal Food and Drug Administration offers a giant database on every drug approved by the agency, listing active ingredients, purpose or mission of the medication, dosing recommendations and the side effects and conflicts.
8. Your U.S. Senator
Every senator has a staff specialist on elder affairs, programs and services, probably in major cities of your state plus in Washington, D.C. The staff person can both advise and advocate for benefits or services for your parent. Know that bureaucrats listen immediately to an aide for a United States Senator.
www.senate.gov (Click the Senators link)
9. Your Congressional Representative
Most Representatives in the United States Congress also have staff specialists on elder affairs, programs and services and can provide both information and advocacy.
www.house.gov (Click the Representatives by State link)
10. Area Agency on Aging
There is a federally-mandated Area Agency on Aging in your county or city. This agency is staffed by professionals who know every elder program and service, including available funding sources, in your area. Staff is often aided by volunteers who serve as drivers for transport and Meals-on-Wheels, for respite services and other duties. Gather up the same information you collected for the two sites detailing the national, and even state, programs for which your parent may qualify and make an appointment to meet with a counselor at the Area Agency on Aging. The staff person can advise regarding programs and qualifications and even help prepare the necessary applications and documentation. Often, the counselor will even call a recommended agency, program or service to advise that your application is headed their way. Access your Area Agency on Aging through your telephone book and call the office for an appointment, at which time you should also ask if they have a website that you can access in advance of an in-person visit.
Using these resources, caregivers can gain a world of vital information as well as increased income and services for their aging parents.
Choosing the right home care provider for your loved one is one of the important tasks and makes sense to explore your options ahead of time. Here we have mentioned few mistakes that you should avoid when hiring home healthcare services in Florida.
Look for the agency that provides registered nurses. Some companies are not managed by registered nurses who can be detrimental to your loved one’s health. So you need to ensure that the home care provider you choose is experienced and they have nurses supervising the care that is provided. You want to make sure that you have chosen the right caregiver to manage your elderly when
their needs increase.
Avoid hiring a private home healthcare service provider to take care of your seniors. Albeit it seems to be a cheaper and easier option, opting for them involves various risk factors. Hiring a private home healthcare provider may involve the theft and abuse of various important documents. Also, avoid hiring private caregivers through unreliable sites. They don’t go through the same credential checks that a home care provider requires. Also, these caregivers won’t receive proper training and supervision needed to take care of your loved one.
Even though the price plays an important role when hiring home healthcare agencies in Fort Myers you need to give preference to the quality of the service they offer to your seniors. Also, make sure the caregiver has registered nurse supervision, that they meet national standards, and that they are properly insured.
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