I received a letter from our healthcare provider offering a special service through Social Security. We are in the process of filing for SSI for Will so I decided to call and see what they had to say. Will is not able to take advantage - we have to go through SSA but they do offer lower income and the elderly options that should be checked out. The company involved is 'Human Arc'.
They have over 25 years of helping people find additional benefits. There is a free discount drug card that you can print out (looks similar to one AAA has) - just make sure you understand how it works! Unless something has changed, when I checked it out for my mom, it was not to be used with other discount plans; only when the other plans did not kick in and drugs were full price, like when you fall into the doughnut hole.
There is a "Benefits Check-up" tab which will lead you to questionnaires to fill out and it says they have over 1500 public and private benefit programs from all 50 states: programs for prescription drugs, food (like SNAP),utility assistance, healthcare, etc. I looked at the questionnaire it looks fairly easy to fill out and submit online.
The "Resource" tab leads you to many national and community services; just click on whatever you need. I tried a few and it worked great.
There under "Hospital Services" it mentions that they offer Medicaid assistance for adoption services. They list a variety of benefits from medical coverage, flexibility, no geographical limitations.
All in all, this is a good website to look at to see if you can take advantage of what they offer. Questions?? Lots of email addresses to use. We had a toll-free number on our letter but I only saw one for drug benefits on their website. Anyway the number I had, I left a message for them to call me back, but they never did. The next time I called, their voice mail said I had to wait about 10 minutes but it was only about 3 minutes. So I guess it depends on the day you call.
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4 Signs of Caregiving Stress Overload
ElderCarelink email posts 4 signs that should not be overlooked by you, the caregiver, or a close family member or friend. They report that even though the immediate caregiver may not be helping in direct care, the mind is never far from the needs of the older person, thinking about meals, falling, medications. Take the opinion of a family member or friend if they are telling you that you are stressed. Four signs: you skip your own physicals; you isolate yourself from others; you eat and/or drink too much for good health; you are short tempered with the elder, your spouse or your children. If any or all of these sound familiar, take a break no matter how short in order to recharge. For more information on caregiver stress see ElderCarelink
You can check out my ranting and stream of consciousness writing about looking at adult service providers with Will.
A Caregiver's Poem
I was looking through a 'Caregiver's Blog: Senior Care Support' and came across a poem that was shared by a writer, Dana, from the blog. The poem was written by Becky Netherland and Dana's grandmother shared it with her. I thought it was great and there is not much to say about it - just read!!! Enjoy!!
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I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you
Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad
Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side
Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense!
Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold
Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it’s near, you’ll find a way
Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart
The world is far from perfect
There’s conflict and there’s strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life
And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my granddaughter
And I believe in you.
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