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Elderly Care Resources: Does my Senior need Help with Food?

Elderly Care Resources: Does my Senior need Help with Food?

 

In our community we do a lot of volunteer work with seniors and the elderly, and those who cannot get to or make food for themselves any longer. This is often an over-looked issue, as many people think that Medicare and Social Security will still cover these costs. And while in some cases that is true, in many cases, those funds are tightly wound up in everyday bills, medication cost, and the generally high cost of everyday living. If you are in the Fort Wayne area and have a senior relative or friend, please be sure to check in with them and see that they are getting enough food to eat regularly.

If you find that your senior or elderly relative or friend is struggling with this issue, there are some things you can do to help. First, check in to the Homebound Meals program, or your local chapter for Meals on Wheels. In Fort Wayne, our “Meals on Wheels” is funded by sponsors and donations only, and receives no government funding. They rely solely on volunteers to help deliver the local pre-made and medically tailored meal plans to any senior in the area who needs it. The meals are made at local hospitals and picked up by the route drivers minutes after they are made. With each meal comes a hot-lunch, and a cold-lunch, covering all of the nutritional needs of the human. It’s a simple sign-up, too, and no one is turned away. These meals are delivered at lunch Monday through Friday.

Another place to turn to for pantry-filling assistance would be your local food bank. Our local food bank, Community Harvest, has a SeniorPak program that is funded by the government and donations. They track seniors by their Medicare insurance. They do have other senior and elderly food programs as well, some with delivery, and others for pickup from the food bank itself. SeniorPak routes happen once per month and each senior gets twenty-plus pounds of food delivered in two large paper bags. With this program, the seniors are asked to sign that they received their delivery. This helps the food bank track who gets what and when, and ensure they get the appropriate funding in return.

The most important thing to remember is to check in with your senior and elderly neighbors. Some are too ashamed to mention they might not have enough to eat, and others too proud being brought up to deal with whatever the situation is. In today’s world, hunger should not be a concern of any one. Working together we can all assure that all seniors and the elderly have all they need to eat!

VOLUNTEER! Because You Can!

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Volunteer! Because You Can!

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Over the past decade, we always seemed to find ourselves around the elderly and seniors. (And that’s where this web site came into play!) The fact is, we LOVE them immensely, and all of the things that they continue to teach us about life. It seems very full circle to have young children and the elderly working and interacting with each other on a regular basis brightens not only their world, but also gives children a clear view of real life, what’s expected, and what’s to come.

In our years of work and research, we always come back to a few very key points: seniors and the elderly lack the proper amounts of daily communication, interaction, and touch to properly function (Counsel of In-Home and Aging). It seems like something so simple to be able to rectify; a phone call here, a short visit there, or maybe lunch with them at their senior community. But what about those who are homebound and unable to leave, or provide for their basic necessities?

While doing a large food drive for our local food bank, Community Harvest in Fort Wayne Indiana, we learned more about the senior food programs and just how important they are to our community. In the past few weeks we have taken on a few delivery routes, taking non-perishable food items to seniors just like this. To see their faces light up when the open to door to smiling children is almost more than my heart can bear.

Consider signing up to help our local senior and elderly organizations WITH your children. Here are a few places you can do this around our area:

  1. Community Harvest Food Bank
  2. Aging & In-Home Service in NE IN
  3. Rescue Mission
  4. Charis House
  5. Franciscan Center, St. Anthony’s Food Pantry
  6. Check in with local nursing homes for NUMEROUS volunteer opportunities! Many love assistance with craft days, games, and strolling residents around the grounds on nice days for walks!

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Elderly Care Resources suggests Summit Pedorthics

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Elderly Care Resources suggested Summit Pedorthics

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At Elderly Care Resources, we’re always looking for those businesses specializing first in dealing with elderly issues. Second, we focus on the treatment they receive. Summit Pedorthics has proven time and time again to be the BEST place in Northern Indiana to get your foot information, shoes, orthotics, and general fixes from! The owner, Steve, is an all-around wonderful guy, who will tell you the truth on products and feet related things without lies. He’s got over 35 years of expertise in this business, and has been a Certified Pedorthist for many, many years.

He has branched off into his own home based business, wanting to serve the public and educate other professionals in the field, too! He has recently begun blogging, and started his own social media pages! Be sure to stop by and tell him hello!

Check out his sites to be linked up with them to ask your questions, or get your needs serviced! As of now, he is servicing those in Northern Indiana!

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Summit Pedorthics on Twitter

Check out Summit Pedorthics blog, here!

Thanks for stopping by! Check back soon for more local business updates!

Who will Stand Up for You? Choosing the Best to Represent Your End of Life Wishes

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Who will Stand Up for You? Choosing the Best to Represent Your End of Life Wishes

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Sometime in your years, you’re going to need to depend on someone to know, understand, and follow out your wishes. This is an inevitable part of life. The issues that you should consider before you decide on who you want to be, “your person,” (or people) for lack of a better word, should include your end-of-life wants, estate planning, POA planning, and more. In many States, and in many families, this is a heated issue.

Should family members be required to follow a person’s wants, even if they are incapacitated, and cannot make the decision?? Should the family members be able to do what they want to do, because they see the 1% chance that recovery *may* happen, as the light at the end of the tunnel?? Should any family member have the right to trump the written, signed decree, to prolong a life that is less than quality, or satisfactory for the person now bedridden, or whose life has been changed forever?

With the situations that our family has dealt with in the past few years, and are currently dealing with, I implore you to make sure that the person, or people, you select to do this for you are trust worthy, and have never, ever made you question their loyalty. Even those in your life who smile to your face, invite you to birthday parties, post on your Facebook page occasionally, and front to others as if they care. Don’t just pick any one, take your time, and have those conversations. Observe them, and their actions with others. If they have dealt with these types of situations before, check their track record.

The most important thing to remember is that your end of life rights and wants are just that—YOURS. There is no question that whatever YOU want to happen in the end is YOUR choice. While it’s never easy for any family member to say good-bye, at no time do YOUR rights cease to matter before your last breath.

If you are faced with this currently, ask yourself these questions about your possible POA, or caregiver:

-Will this person honor my wishes 100%? Even if it means taking personal hits to defend my rights?

-Does this/these people have my best interest at heart? And mind?

-Have these people caused distress in my life, at any time, over the years?

-Are they there when I need them? Or only when I’ve got something to give, or they can benefit?

-Does this person/people show respect to me at all times?

-Does this person/people stand up for me, when I cannot defend myself?

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If you’re interested in reading more about estate planning in Indiana, check out this book that covers just about everything! The Complete Guide to Estate Planning in Indiana on Amazon. Or get updates on Living Wills, Wills, and End of Life Rights by checking out the book, Healthcare power of Attorney and Living Will Kit, also on Amazon.

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On a personal note, it should be stated that this was spurred from current drama, and nonsense, by a group of “adults” who would rather treat people like their own possessions, and push their own needs on to them, rather than doing what said person wants in the first place. Thankfully, these “adults” are not the ones that will see to it that this person will have every single one of her wishes honored, at whatever cost. I will assist those honoring those wishes at any cost. <3 nlb <3

New Indiana Law Requires POST Documentation

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New Indiana Law Requires POST Documentation
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There is always confusion about DNRs, and who should, or shouldn’t be resuscitated. Each doctor’s office, or hospital, now require a separate copy of your wishes, signed by a multitude of people, with extra hoops to jump through. In fact, this process is getting closer and closer to being as difficult as taxes are, and dealing with the IRS. For someone who simply wants to make sure that their own wishes are followed at their end of life, State’s sure do not make the process an easy one. Depending on your State will depend on which forms you need, and where to submit them to. In our experience, every place that your loved one MAY be seen needs to have their DNR on file, POA, and if in Indiana, the POST form. Below you’ll find information about the newly adopted POST form laws.
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As of July 2013, Indiana’s Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) legislation was signed in, and took effect. While POST is not a living will, this form does allow each individual to make specific decisions and interventions about their medical care. Being signed by both the patient and the doctor, this document helps make one’s wishes actionable.
POST is not for everyone, or otherwise healthy people. This form is for patients who are chronically ill, with progressive frailty, those with terminal conditions caused by injury, disease or illness from which there can be no real recovery, or death will occur at some near future point. Those patients with conditions where resuscitation may be unsuccessful, where cardiac or pulmonary failure is present; or those patients with a life expectancy of six months or less.
These forms do have different parts, and don’t be afraid to ask your doctor’s office to help you fill them out. If any patient is unable to make their own decisions, or sign for themselves, a legal representative must sign. This form IS NOT complete until it HAS BEEN SIGNED by the PHYSICIAN.

Downloadable/Printable POST form for INDIANA residents

For more information, or list of the complete laws surrounding the POST forms and law, please visit the in.gov website, and follow their links!

Resources Used: Indiana State web site (linked above)

Indiana Elderly Abuse Numbers, Information, and What to Do to Protect your Loved Ones

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Indiana Elderly Abuse Numbers, Information, and What to Do to Protect your Loved Ones

These days, it’s becoming harder and harder to find the bits of trust needed to leave loved ones. However, many times, the family has no choice and need some place or people to help provide elderly care. Nowadays, more times than not, elder care is ending badly, and in our court systems. There are cases across the country and throughout the world that show that any one from private home care, to nursing homes…even family members can be guilty of inflicting physical pain, and mental abuse on to our loved ones. This blog will cover things to watch for, what to do if you‘re afraid your loved one is being abused, and how to prevent this in the future.~

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What the Facts tell us on Elder Abuse:
*Indiana’s elderly population in 2010 was 1,128,000.
*In 2010, the number of reported elder abuse cases was 5,961,568; which is 9.5% of the total elderly population in the United States.
*Most commonly, neglect is the highest form of abuse, being 58.5% of all reported cases.
*36% of nursing homes in the US have had reports of elderly abuse
*Elderly woman are 67% more likely to be abused than elderly men

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Signs of Elderly Abuse:
These are the signs to watch for, according to the NCEA.

*Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect.
*Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse.
*Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs.
*Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.
*Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.
*Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse.
*Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation.

There are many other ways that the elderly can be abused, and taken advantage of, too. Keeping a close eye on prescription medications, especially pain medicines and certain other types of medicines commonly sold on the streets. Recently, some have been caught using elderly loved one’s needles for diabetes, and certain drugs for street use. Check out the brief story article here: http://www.whas11.com/news/indiana/Indiana-State-Police-Elderly-abuse-investigation-leads-to-drug-arrests-191673191.html

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Where to get help:
Immediately report any signs of abuse to family members, and determine the most likely causes, and timeline of action to be taken. If signs are extreme, call 911 and report to the local authorities immediately. If you’re not comfortable reporting abuse in a nursing home environment, as you think that someone there may be the cause of said abuse, call the police, and make a police report. It is absolutely okay to step around the chain of command in these facilities to ensure that the proper steps are taken, and not simply covered up.
You can also check out this list of numbers by State. http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/ncearoot/Main_Site/Find_Help/State_Resources.aspx

Also, calling 1-800-677-1116 and speaking with the representatives who can point you in the right direction, get you the information you may need, and answer any questions you may have.

Federal Agencies Relating to Elder Abuse
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)- The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. To carry out its mission, the NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public, and provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations. The NCEA makes news and resources available on-line and an easy-to-use format; collaborates on research; provides training; identifies and provides information about promising practices and interventions; operates a list serve forum for professionals; and provides subject matter expertise on program and policy development. http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/NCEAroot/Main_Site/Index.aspx

Administration on Aging (AoA)- The mission of the AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Index.aspx

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Indiana Agencies Relating to Elder Abuse
Indiana Adult Protective Services (APS)- The Adult Protective Services Program was established to investigate reports and provide intervention and protection to vulnerable adults who are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. APS field investigators operate out of the offices of county prosecutors throughout the state. http://www.in.gov/fssa/da/3479.htm
Indiana Department of Health, Long Term Care Division– The Division of Long Term Care consists of health care facilities (including nursing homes) licensing and certification programs. http://www.in.gov/isdh/
Indiana Family and Services Administration, Division of Aging and Rehabilitative Services– The Division of Aging establishes and monitors programs that serve the needs of Indiana seniors. The Division of Aging’s overarching vision is to re-define long-term care for consumers and providers. The Division of Aging focuses on home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled and is also responsible for nursing home reimbursement policy and oversees the Residential Care Assistance Program. http://www.in.gov/fssa/2329.htm
Indiana Long Term Care Ombudsman Program- The Indiana Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is a federal and state funded program that provides advocacy and related services for consumers of congregate long term care services, regardless of age or payer source. Congregate settings include nursing facilities, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, adult foster care homes and county operated residential care facilities. http://www.in.gov/fssa/da/3474.htm

 

**State and Federal Law on Elder Abuse**

Federal Older Americans Act (42 U.S.C. § 3001 et seq.)- provides definitions of elder abuse and authorizes the use of federal funds for the NCEA and for certain elder abuse awareness and coordination activities in states and local communities.

Indiana Adult Protective Services (Ind. Code, Title 12, Art. 10, Chpt. 3 )- Indiana is the only state in which adult protective service is a criminal justice function. Full time investigators operate out of 18 county Prosecutors offices state wide. This Indiana law protects “endangered adults” (a person at least 18 who is incapable of managing or directing management of property or self-care who is exposed to neglect, battery, or exploitation). The law requires all persons to report all cases of suspected Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation to either the nearest APS office or to Law Enforcement if the person has “reason to believe” a particular person is an endangered adult. Failure to do so is a Class B misdemeanor punishably by up to $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail. This increases to a Class D felony if the proceeds involved are more than $10,000 and the endangered adult is at least 60 years of age.

Indiana Elder Justice Act (Title XI of the Social Security Act Section 1150B)- Requires employers of long-term care facilities that receive at least $10,000 in federal funds (Medicare and Medicaid payments) to report any “reasonable suspicion of a crime” involving the elderly. Facilities must notify all of their employees of the reporting obligation on an annual basis and post notices. The report must be filed within 24 hours or 2 hours if “serious bodily injury” is involved. An individual who fails to report can be fined up to $300,000 and the person may also be banned from working in a health care facility for up to 3 years.

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Resources Used:
National Center on Elder Abuse
A o A- http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/Elder_Rights/index.aspx