12- Apr2017
Posted By: Tony Fischer
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Too Late For A Great Senior Vacation? Think Again

After retirement and with the kids out of the house, seniors often lament about how they wish they could take that dream vacation they always wanted. They suddenly have the time and the money but chronic medical problems and mobility issues keep them from getting out and enjoying their free time.

Helping Seniors Stay Active

A growing industry is helping seniors overcome disability issues and allowing them to be active once again.  The assisted senior vacations concept uses care coordination so the senior can get the health care services they need while on vacation.  It promotes independence for seniors who are usually dependent on family members to assist them during trips.

A senior no longer has to wait for a family member to take them on a trip.  Planning that vacation now is just as simple and picking the destination and going.

Assisted Senior Vacations provides a solutions for all the challenges presented by the aging process.  The staff at Senior Care Sherpa will evaluate needs related to the senior’s disability and coordinate services to make the vacation worry free.

Assisted Senior Vacation Services includes:

  • Transportation to and from the Airport
  • Transportation to and from local attractions
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living from a Sherpa Certified provider
  • Prepackaged bubble wrapped medication that is Homeland Security compliant and easy to track
  • Room and Board in a resort setting
  • Evening and morning assistance to help start and end you day on the right note

Now going to Disney World, taking an ocean cruise, relaxing by the beach, floating down the Mississippi, spending the weekend in the mountains or just visiting family friends has never been so easy.

To get started submit the contact form below and write in the subject line “plan my vacation”. Shortly, one of our Senior Care Sherpas will contact you to set-up and initial consultation. After they understand where, when and what you would like to do, the rest is as easy as packing your bags.

SeniorCareSherpa.com is always interested in hearing from providers who would like to help a senior have a great vacation.  If you have a service that fits our mission, fill out the contact form below and tell us what service you provide. We will be happy to get back to you.

What are you waiting for! Lets Go! Every senior deserves a vacation!

27- Aug2016
Posted By: Tony Fischer
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Senior Care Planning: Avoid Over-Paying For Long Term Care

There is a common theme among seniors and their families who are using the long term care system.  Most of them are overpaying.

Seniors are paying too much for long-term care because they lack understanding of how the senior healthcare system works. There are multiple levels of the senior healthcare continuum and although they vary slightly from state to state they still offer plenty of options for seniors; many of which provide better outcomes at a lower cost.

NURSING HOMES ARE THE DEFAULT LONG TERM CARE PLAN!

Patients who are 65+ and need some extended rehabilitation after a hospital stay will probably be encouraged to discharge to the local nursing home. In some circumstances this is the right plan. Nursing Homes are a vital part of the healthcare continuum but seniors only need nursing home level of care if they are have a condition that requires constant monitoring by a doctor or nurse.

Nursing Centers also provide excellent therapy programs for patients needing a more intense therapy intervention than they can get at an outpatient clinic. However unless you a senior needs extensive assistance to attend and complete therapy, there are other options that could be more effective.

OUTPATIENT THERAPY

If a senior has the support of family or friends to help them get to their therapy appointments, outpatient therapy may be the best option. Therapists at this level are focused on a patient’s mobility in the community instead of mobility in a facility.  The therapy sessions are more intense and usually involve more up-to-date equipment than that of the nursing home.

ASSISTED AND INDEPENDENT LIVING

These facilities offer a variety of services for seniors at the fraction of the cost.  Services are often provided onsite, eliminating the need for transportation, and usually include therapy, nursing, incontinence care, medication pass, housekeeping, light meal prep and more. These services can also be increased or scaled back depending on the senior’s health condition. This enables them to manage their precious financial resources.

HOME CARE SERVICES

For those seniors who need assistance without the constant monitoring from a doctor or nurse. Home Care might be the best way to go. Home care is perfect for those who need therapy and nursing treatment but at less of a frequency.

That said home care does have an element of DIY and has the best outcome when supported by family and friends.  Our Senior Care Sherpas can evaluate the seniors current need and help develop a plan that is effective a cost efficient.  Fill out the form below to set up a free consultation.

MORE COST EFFICIENT

According to Genworth.com average cost for Nursing Home nationwide ranges from $6,844 to 7,689.  In some states costs can reach as high as $14,000 a month!  Why so expensive?  Medicare only covers 100% for 20 days into your stay. After that there is a 20% co-payment that could cost around $160 a day!  Nursing Home care is so expensive because of  the licensed and certified staff needed to meet federal and state guidelines.

Unless a senior has a health condition that requires these expensive services, explore other options. There may be services that would be better and cost efficient options suited to meet current needs.