As adults start to plan their future care path, there are many options to choose from. Two of the options that offer some flexibility and choice in your home are Continuing Care at Home plans like Providence At Home and long term care (LTC) insurance. The membership we offer at Providence At Home is similar to the concepts of a LTC insurance plan, but we go above and beyond on a more personal level. Lets learn how.What Long-Term Care CoversAccording to the Administration for Community Living/The Administration on Aging, most LTC policies sold today are comprehensive. They typically allow you to use your daily benefit in a variety of settings, including in your own home, adult day service centers, hospice care, respite care, assisted living facilities, Alzheimers special care facilities or nursing homes. LTC policies in the home setting generally cover these services:Skilled nursing careOccupational, speech, physical, and rehabilitation therapyHelp with personal care, such as bathing and dressingThese services through LTC insurance become available for reimbursement when you meet stringent functional needs criteria and after your predetermined elimination period. Once you are eligible, you are responsible for coordinating your care and paying for the services, then you submit paperwork to the LTC Insurance Claims Department to request reimbursement.What a Providence at Home Membership CoversOn top of providing you with the best of what a LTC insurance plan can offer, Providence At Home also gives you personalized wellness and support programs. Our membership-based plan options offer you the benefits of a Continuing Care Retirement Community partnered with the independence of living in your own home. Youll also have the support of a Personal Plan Concierge to help you live the life you want!One of the key elements of our program is an emphasis on individualized, personal care, while being in your own home. And with being in your own home comes the daily duties of home care. This is where many members find the added value of the Providence at Home membership over a LTC insurance plan. For example, should the need arise for snow removal, your Personal Concierge will provide a trusted vendor to set up the service for you. Landscaping needs come spring? We can help with that too! Want to get out of the house? We can help with that! Then once you need services, you become eligible for them with fewer functional needs that are required by LTC insurance and the benefit is paid directly to the caregivers so you dont have to pay and wait for reimbursement.We Will Be ThereUnlike that binder that you put away after you sign on for LTC insurance and then cant find, Providence at Home has people focused on you to help guide you through all of the services we offer and meeting all of your needs. Our staff is ready to provide members with support and expertise, whenever it is needed. With us, it is personal. And we want to keep it that way.
TheBenefits of VolunteeringYou might not remember how you spent some of your timelast week. But if you have ever donated or invested time volunteering orsupporting a cause dear to you, you probably remember that experience well,especially how helping others made you feel. There is a pretty good chance youstill feel proud of how you spent that time.Why? Studies have shown helping others makes us feelfulfilled and happy. And in the process, enables us to learn new skills, gainvaluable experience and cultivate strong professional and personalrelationships. Here are a few of the benefits: Volunteering is good for physical andmental health: Volunteering keeps your body active; thisis especially important for retired individuals. Research shows that seniorswho volunteer report better physical health and lower levels of depression andanxiety when compared to seniors who do not volunteer.Volunteering helps you make connections:By volunteering, you can meet like-minded people, and most likely they will beexceptional people, who care about others and value spending their time in ameaningful way to serve populations in need. Forming these connections can resultin lifelong friendships.Volunteering can teach you valuable job skills:If you want to learn or refine some skills, you can easily acquire them byvolunteering. Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of differentfields. Many websites such as Volunteer Match specialize in matching you withthe right volunteer opportunities and allow you to refine your search so youcan look for specific openings that will help you build your resume with theskills you need.Volunteering can help you become a leader:Volunteeringprovides an excellent opportunity to grow and hone your leadership skills. Forinstance, many organizations are looking for committed, mission-focusedindividuals to serve on their boards and committees, while others need helpdeveloping programs or events. Regardless, these experiences will help youbuild and expand on your leadership skills.Volunteering can help you find a job: Ifyou are looking for a job, volunteering can help you network, demonstrate yourskills, help you gain knowledge and unlock opportunities.Volunteering can make you happy: Somethinghappens in our brain when we help others, we feel a sense of fulfillment andaccomplishment. Research tells us that volunteering, simply put, makes us happyand connected to our community.Volunteering can teach you about anindustry: If you are curious about an industry, and youwant to learn more about it, you can jump right into action and gain experienceby volunteering in that field. This is an easy way to see if a career in thatindustry is right for you.Volunteering is fun: Yes,volunteering can be really fun! Find a team where you fit in, enjoy theinteractions with your team as you plan and organize activities together, buildcamaraderie and eventually, the natural bonding that makes every volunteeringexperience special will kick in.Volunteering creates a more resilientcommunity: If you care about the community where youlive (think of your neighborhood, county, state, nation or the world), askyourself for a minute, what if each of us shared just a bit of our time andskills to make our community better? Would we not all reap the benefit from astronger and healthier community?Now, if you are asking yourself how you can get all thebenefits of volunteering, try it out yourself! With onsite and offsiteopportunities, Healthcare Network is an excellent place to start your nextvolunteering journey. Healthcare Network is a medical and dental home toapproximately 50,000 patients annually. Primary care services include adult andsenior care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and pharmacy as well asdental care and integrated behavioral health for both adults and children. AtHealthcare Network, no one is denied care based on income or insurance status. Applyat healthcareswfl.org/volunteers or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. About the AuthorAntonello Castaldi is the volunteer program manager for Healthcare Network, a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring quality healthcare is accessible to everyone in our community. Celebrating 45 years of care, Healthcare Network has locations throughout Collier County. For more information, please call 239-658-3000 or visit HealthcareSWFL.org.
Home health can be complicated, but it is important for potential patients and families to understand what it is, who qualifies and what services may be included. Skilled home health care can provide a wide array of services to a person who has been certified as homebound and requires skilled healthcare due to an illness or injury. This specialized care or treatment can be performed by licensed nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; medical social workers; and home health aides. A patient must have orders from a physician stating the need and dictating services.Some examples of the types of care a skilled home health patient could require is: Post-surgical care Wound care Patient and caregiver education Enteral nutrition Infusion therapy Behavioral health Diabetic care Cardiovascular careHome health services may be covered by Medicare and other insurance providers. Most providers follow Medicare guidelines for home health services, which are listed below. Talk to your provider about specific requirements. Patient must be homebound (leaving home for short periods of time requires considerable and taxing effort). Care must be deemed medically necessary.Care must be intermittent.Patient requires at least one skilled professional service.Physician directs care in collaboration with home health agency.Call Empath Home Health today or visit EmpathHomeHealth.org to learn more about how our skilled nursing services can assist you. Call (855) 203-2273 for care in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.