If you are helping to care for a loved one, you are a “caregiver.” There are many resources in the Philadelphia region to help you understand the growing responsibility of caring for your loved one. These classes offer information on understanding the caregiver role and learning about resources that are available in your community. They are presented by St. Mary Medical Center professionals who specialize in various aspects of caregiving.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018
Caregiving for a Loved One in the Home presented by Dan Moore, Director of LIFE St. Mary, and Margaret Leib, Manager of Outreach and Enrollment for LIFE St. Mary
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019
Nutrition Tips for Caregivers presented by Registered Dietitian Maria Nicholson of St. Mary Dietary Services
Personal Care Homes (PCHs) are residences that provide shelter, meals, supervision and assistance with personal care tasks, typically for older people, or people with physical, behavioral health, or cognitive disabilities who are unable to care for themselves but do not need nursing home or medical care. While available services vary and are based on the individual needs of each resident, services provided at a typical PCH include assistance with:
- Walking/getting in and out of bed or chair
- Toileting/bowel and bladder management
- Personal hygiene
- Arranging for and managing health care
- Making/keeping doctor's appointments
- Assisting with or administering medications
- Positioning in bed or chair
If you’re a US Military veteran who needs help with everyday activities, or you are unable to leave your home, you may be eligible for Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits. Perhaps you currently receive A&A assistance. You need to be aware of significant changes the VA has made to A&A, which became effective October 18, 2018.
First, let’s look at the basic principle behind A&A allowances. A&A is additional money you may receive if you are eligible for a VA pension and require the help of another person daily, OR you are housebound. Housebound benefits are an increased monthly pension amount that may be added to your monthly pension amount when you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of permanent disability.
Overwhelmingly, people say that they want to stay independent and in their own home as they age. One way to ensure they can is to learn about fall risks and make changes to reduce their chances of falling. Because, while one in four older adults falls each year, there are ways to be prepared for the changes of aging in order to prevent falls.
"The misconception is that falls are a normal part of aging, but this is untrue," says Kathleen Cameron, senior director at the National Council on Aging's Center for Healthy Aging. "Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you'll inevitably fall at some point. There are proven ways to prevent falls, so older adults can live healthy, safely and independently."