What is a patient advocate? Who are patient advocates? How can a patient advocate help me?In his interview with Jeff Weinberg, President of Caregiver Champion, L. Bradley Schwartz from Greater National Advocates answers these important questions as he shares his amazing (and frightening) journey of how a nearly fatal illness, series of medical errors, and then his subsequent long recovery led him to be a Patient Advocate and start his organization Greater National Advocates.Bradley, who is a lawyer, shares his mission to proactively educate the public on what patient advocates are and how they can prevent situations like he experienced. Patient Advocates can help people navigate the complex health care system, including dealing with doctors, hospitals, insurance, and other health care facilities.For more information on Greater National Advocates, visit: https://www.gnanow.orgFor more information on Caregiver Champion and the patient advocate services we offer, please visit https://www.caregiverchampionadvocate.comConnect with Caregiver Champion on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CaregiverChampionAdvocates/ Join Caregiver Champion's Facebook support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/workingcaregivers/
As part of Caregiver Champion's series, this episode features Jessica Neiss, Physical Therapist and owner of To Life! Therapy & Fitness. Jessica is a part of the Caregiver Champion team. Jessica has a passion for helping Older Adults and people with Chronic Disabilities to maximize the enjoyment in their lives. She has 20 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist, and loves the challenge of creating therapy and exercise programs for people of all abilities and ages. Jessica has prior experience as a Spinal Cord Injury Team Leader and Director of Neurorehab in an outpatient clinic.To Life! is a one-stop therapy and wellness center and a community where people of all ages and abilities can exercise and work towards their goals with the help of Physical Therapists and other allied health professionals. She is so excited to help you live your life with vigor, confidence, strength and balance! To Life! is located at 826 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Their phone number is 412-414-1988.To learn more about To Life! click here.To learn more about Caregiver Champion and how we can help caregivers like you, click here.
We welcome Lauren Yuran, Associate Manager with MediConnect Insurance! Lauren shares why she chose a career with MediConnect and what makes them unique. She shares how overwhelming the Medicare enrollment can be and the ways that MediConnect can help simplify the process, at no charge. She also shares why it is important every year to re-evaluate your Medicare Plan. To learn more call 888-818-6334.
At Commonwealth Hospice, your well-being is our number one priority. We recognize you have many choices available for a hospice provider, and our goal is to provide a team of healthcare professionals that will fill these days with care, compassion, and support. Our experienced team is committed to giving our clients the care they want, while offering guidance through some of life's most challenging circumstances. We strive to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients, families, and the communities we serve. We invite you to find out more about our hospice program, our staff, and what makes Commonwealth Hospice a preferred provider.Experience matters. The leadership group at Commonwealth has decades of experience. We've seen what works and, more importantly, what could be done better. All of us have personally experienced hospice with a loved one, so we know what you're going through. Quality over quantity. Commonwealth is not a large, profit-driven healthcare network that treats people like numbers. We are smaller, local, and our only goal is to provide unparalleled care for our patients, their families and to support the facilities where many of our patients reside. Commitment to caregiver and family support. Being the primary caregiver to a family member on hospice is difficult. It is natural to experience self-doubt, anxiety and worry, in addition to the tremendous sadness associated with the impending loss of someone dear to you. At Commonwealth, we understand the challenges primary caregivers and other family members face, and have made it our mission to provide the best possible support and education. Our nurses and aides will take the time to sit with you, craft a comprehensive care plan, and make sure you have a full and complete understanding of what to expect. We'll discuss medications, any equipment that may be, or may become, necessary, as well as likely disease progressions so you are as prepared as possible for the road ahead. Should something come up between regular visits, staff are available 24 hours a day. Caregiver, facility and community education. Commonwealth has a dedicated Education Department to support primary caregivers and families, and to provide Pennsylvania Department of Human Services approved in-services for staff in facilities where our patients reside. Trainings cover a variety of topics, including infection control and proper transfer techniques, as well as First Aid/CPR, and medication administration. We also offer 'virtual dementia' training, designed to help us all better understand the struggles and challenges experienced by people suffering from dementia. Our goal is to support and educate our patients' caregivers in every way we can, whether that caregiver is an aide in a facility or a family member in the home.