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How To Choose A CDPAP Caregiver

CDPAP gives you the freedom to select your own personal assistant and appoint a friend, relative, neighbor – or even a previously hired aide to provide care for you at home.

But how do you know who will make the best personal assistant for you? Who will be the best fit for your needs?

Here are three tips to help you select a personal assistant.
1. Availability: Make sure the person you have in mind to be your CDPAP caregiver has the time availability to care for you.

2. The comfort factor: Consider if the person you have in mind is a good fit for your needs and personality. You want to feel comfortable around him/her, after all, you are going to be spending significant amount of time at home with this person.

3. How well do they know you? Having a personal assistant who understands your needs, and is attuned to your habits and preferences, will allow you to receive better quality of care.

Remember: You’re always in control of your care under CDPAP, and you can make changes to your aide, shift schedules, and alter your care as you see fit.

How To Be The Best CDPAP Caregiver You Can Be

Assuming the role of CDPAP Personal Assistant is a serious responsibility – one that could be overwhelming at first.

Here are five tips for CDPAP caregivers to minimize stress, reduce anxiety, and stay energized while caring for a loved one.

1. Care for yourself first. Remember the powerful message from the airlines: Putting on the oxygen mask and caring for yourself first allows you to look after someone else. Maintaining your regular doctor and dental visits, and caring for yourself first, is as important for you as it is for the family member or friend under your care.

2. Encourage independence. Learn as soon as possible what the person under your care is capable of doing independently, and provide him or her with opportunities to do so. Fostering independence creates a cooperative partnership, allowing you to make efficient use of your energy, and the elderly person to maintain maximum self-sufficiency.

3. Network! Joining a caregivers’ support group can give you access to valuable insights and ideas from other group members to help you cope with any challenges you might experience. Make sure to keep the communication flowing with other family members too!

4. Keep a journal. Sometimes it’s hard to notice subtle changes in your loved ones’ condition, especially when you see them on a constant basis. A journal will help you keep track of any ongoing challenges or issues. It can help you remember “the way things were” before your loved one started a new medication or had any changes in the daily routine. A journal can be a real asset during doctors’ visits.

5. Schedule your own down-time. Take advantage of CDPAP vacation benefits. Scheduling your own down-time daily, during the week or on weekends, can be a key factor to help you avoid exhaustion and burn-out.

Remember: Earning a steady income from CDPAP by looking after a family member or friend, can be a source of fulfillment and satisfaction!

New Century’s CDPAP: A Popular Home Care Alternative

Patients with Medicaid coverage have the right to choose and hire a family member or friend to be their caregiver: Somebody they already know – and trust.

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) gives patients the opportunity to choose a family member or friend to provide the assistance they need at home.

While traditional home care provides professionals of the highest caliber, the reality is that they are still strangers to the patient and the family members who, until they get to know the person providing the care, often worry:

Is my parent in good hands?
Is this a good personality match?
Will the care provider get to know exactly how my mother likes her tea?
Will the care provider understand my father’s morning routine?

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program allows qualified Medicaid patients to take control of their home health care needs by deciding who their caregiver is, thus eliminating all these concerns from the get-go.

The chosen caregiver, in turn, is paid for the care they provide. To be an eligible caregiver, one needs to be 21 years or older, be legally allowed to work in the United States, and have undergone a full physical examination.

No special training or schooling is required because they already know what’s most important: the patient’s current health condition, their personality, taste, and all those personal preferences that make them so special – and loved.

5 Tips for Seniors to Enjoy the Spring!

This Spring… Check In for A Check Up!

Spring is a great time to get your weight, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels checked out.
If it’s been a year since your eyes were tested, schedule an appointment with your optometrist, and see your dentist if you haven’t been examined for at least six to nine months.

If you find it difficult to catch what people are saying, especially in a crowd of people, it’s probably time to get your hearing tested.

Here are 5 TIPS for you to enjoy this season:

      1. Go Outside As Much As Possible & Enjoy Nature

    Gardening brings a multitude of health benefits. Tending to a garden can boost your level of Vitamin D, which can, in turn, help reduce the risk of bone problems and fractures.

      2. Drink Lots of Water

    Keep an eye on your water intake – especially when you’ve been outdoors in the sun!

      3. Revamp Your Diet

    Asparagus, peas, lettuce, and strawberries come into season during Spring, making it the perfect time to replace heavier winter meals with salads, light soups or other lightly cooked fare.

      4. Watch for Allergies

    Springtime can mean the beginning of allergies, especially for people who react badly to grass and pollen.

      5. Dress Appropriately

    Loose clothing and layers are ideal for Spring, allowing you to take off clothing as the day warms up.

Sources:
University of Tennessee https://www.utmedicalcenter.org/healthy-tips/94/7-ways-to-put-spring-into-your-health/
http://dailycaring.com/6-fun-spring-activities-for-seniors/

February Is Heart Health Month:

And Here Are 7 Food Choices To Fight Heart Disease

1. Pack your plate with fruits and veggies
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends filling half your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal.

2. The skinny on saturated fat
Recent reports suggest saturated fats found in animal-based foods like butter, cheese, whole milk and meat might not be quite the culprit it has been portrayed to be.

3. Eat like a squirrel
Nuts and seeds like peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, pistachios and sunflower seeds are considered heart-healthy foods because they’re filled with magnesium, protein and fiber.

4. Beans are good for the heart
High in protein, fiber and minerals — but without the saturated fat in animal proteins — beans may indeed be the “magical fruit,” to quote the old children’s rhyme.

5. Hide the shaker
The American Heart Association recommends healthy Americans eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt per day — about one teaspoon — and people with high blood pressure should eat far less than that.

6. Keep a tight lip on your sweet tooth
Highly processed sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages are pretty bad for weight gain and cardiovascular health. Rather, get re-acquainted with the always fresh taste of water!

7. The hard-boiled truth about eggs
Once derided as cholesterol-laden artery bombs, eggs have made a minor comeback in the health community in recent years.

*Excerpt from The Dallas News Healthy Living Section

Protect Yourself and Your Family – Take 3 Steps To Fight The Flu

Flu activity is widespread in the U.S. While flu vaccination is the most important way to prevent flu, antiviral drugs are the most important way to treat flu.

1. Take every day preventative actions to help prevent the spread of germs.

  • If you do get sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Also, clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way. Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

2. If you have not gotten a flu vaccine yet this season, get vaccinated now – it’s not too late!

  • As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue throughout flu season.
  • Flu vaccine is used to prevent flu illness, not treat it.
  • It takes two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to fully respond and for these antibodies to provide protection.
  • With many more weeks of flu activity expected for this flu season, there is still time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so. As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination can protect you against flu!

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

  • People who are at high risk for influenza complications should contact a healthcare professional promptly if they get flu symptoms, even if they have been vaccinated this season.
  • CDC recommends rapid treatment of seriously ill and high-risk flu patients with antiviral drugs.
  • It is very important that antiviral drugs are used early to treat hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness, and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on their age or health.

*Adapted from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention – January 31

6 Tips To Fully Enjoy The Season:

1. Eat Healthy
Support your immune system by eating fruits and vegetables –
and remember to take your vitamin C!

2. Keep Warm
Keep indoor temperatures at 65 degrees or warmer.

3. Let The Sunshine In!
Sunshine, and the vitamin D it supplies to your body, is key
in battling the winter blues.

4. Cover Up
All parts of your body should be covered when you go out.

5. Remember Your Flu Shot!
An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of
getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others.

6. Keep In Touch!
Proactively fight the winter blues by keeping in touch with
friends and family during the colder months.

*Some of these tips originally appeared in Senior Advisor.

Wishing Everyone A Healthy New Year 2018!

Safety Is No Accident!

Today, Americans are living longer while staying active and healthy. However, according to National Safety Council, adults 65 and older are at risk for falls:

  • One in three older adults falls each year
  • More than 250,000 hip fractures are reported every year, and 95 percent of those are from falls

Some of the underlying causes of older-adult falls, such as muscle weakness, medications that cause dizziness, improper footwear, impaired vision, slick floors, poor lighting, loose rugs, clutter and uneven surfaces, can be improved.

What can you do to make your home or the home of someone you care for safer?

  • Remove clutter, small furniture, pet gear, electrical cords, throw rugs and anything else that might cause someone to trip
  • Arrange or remove furniture to allow for plenty of walking room
  • Secure carpets to the floor
  • Use non-slip adhesive strips on stairs
  • Use non-skid mats or appliques in the bath and shower
  • Install grab bars in the tub, shower and near the toilet
  • Install railings on both sides of stairs
  • Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway
  • Make often-used items more accessible, like food, clothing, etc., so an older person won’t be tempted to use a stool or ladder to get to them

Adapted from: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home-falls.aspx