Our aim is to supply our Seniors with the best health care information possible free of charge. The Seniors Blue Book is designed to help seniors, caretakers, and family members navigate the maze of senior care, housing, and services. We know that the Seniors Blue Book will become an invaluable tool to our seniors and their family members. We sincerely appreciate the support of our local communities. If you have any questions, comments or just want to say Hi, you can always reach us at Chris.Leslie@seniorsbluebook.com or Monica@seniorsbluebook.com.
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These events are held monthly - the first Tuesday of each month.So many overwhelming options...Important financial choices...Solicitations arriving every day...We Have the Answers. If you are new to Medicare, or turning 65 soon, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) has answers to all of your questions on Medicare basics, plan choices, and cost savinginformation. SHIP is funded by your tax dollars, provides unbiased information and is not affiliated with any insurance company.
OLDER ADULTS! ENGAGE & THRIVE AS VOLUNTEER LEADERS. Want to volunteer, but aren't sure how to engage? Then enroll in the LLI! The LLI targets retired professionals and baby boomers, and utilizes University ofSouth Alabama faculty and visiting speakers. Learn about aging issues and impactful volunteering. And, connect to community and Area Agency on Aging volunteer opportunities to find yourniche. You don't want to miss it! Some of our trained graduates have gone on to: create an Alzheimer's community support group; open a Senior Center; and assist with state-level advocacy efforts. No cost to attend and lunch is provided each day. The LLI is held at the Area Agency on Aging and the USA Faculty Club.For Information: Call: 251.361.0837Email: Srsvp@sarpc.orgDays 1 & 3:Introductions & Engagements area Agency on Aging GM&O Building110 Beauregard StreetMobile, AL 36602Day 2:USA Faculty & Visiting SpeakersUSA Faculty Club6350 Fincher RoadMobile, AL 36688
February is Heart Health Month and you're invited to come celebrate with health screenings, fun and educational events to keep your heart healthy.Information available from: Home Health CompaniesHospice CompaniesMedical EquipmentInsurance CompaniesFinancial Planners and More.Seniors Blue Book will be there too!
Hospice Care In Our Home or YoursSaad Healthcare provides In-Home and Inpatient hospice care to patients along the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coasts. Services are provided both in the home and at our Inpatient Facility located in Mobile Alabama.The Saad Hospice Program operates from the premise that man has three components: spiritual, intellectual, and physical. The program is dedicated to the provision of compassionate and comprehensive care to all dimensions of the patients and the caregiver/family. Our focus is quality care, dignity, comfort, and assistance with end-of-life issues by provision of physical, intellectual, and spiritual preparation for lifes last journey.What is hospice?Hospice focuses on managing symptoms and pain for people in the terminal phase of life. Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team, focused on providing the holistic needs of the patient and family. Hospice is considered the model for holistic, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, by providing expert medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support tailored to the individual needs of each patient.In-Home HospiceIn-home hospice services are performed in the patients home by our team of skilled nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, aides, chaplains, and social workers.Inpatient HospiceInpatient hospice services are provided at our state-of-the-art inpatient facility, The Retreat, located in Mobile, Alabama. Our hospice intake facility is available to people from all over the Gulf Coast. The facility provides an atmosphere that is both warm and family centric and doesnt have the appearance of a typical medical facility.Paying for Hospice CareHospice care is a benefit covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Hospice care in the home or the inpatient unit, certain needed supplies and medical equipment and visits from staff including nurses, CNAs, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers are covered through these benefits.Do You Qualify for Hospice?If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal condition or prognosis, with six months or less life expectancy, you might qualify for hospice care. Call (251) 343-9600 or email email@example.comWhat is the Difference Between Home Health and Hospice?Home health is geared toward improving your condition with aggressive medical treatment that can include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and CNA visits. Hospice care is based on a holistic care model where emotional, spiritual, and physical comfort is the goal of the care team. Hospice provides therapy services as well as weekly nursing, CNA visits, social work, chaplain and volunteer and bereavement services. Hospice care also covers the cost of DME/medical supplies and disease-specific and comfort medication.What Types of Services Does Saad Hospice Offer? Routine Home Care General Inpatient Care Respite Care Continuous Care At SAAD Healthcare, our goal is to provide care and medical services with courtesy, respect, and warmth. That is the Saad way. Saad Healthcare is the one call to make to give you the confidence that comes from knowing you are doing the right thing for your patient or loved one.Founded fifty years ago as a retirement community, Saad Healthcare quickly grew into an organization offering home healthcare, hospice care, rehabilitation, private nursing, and medical equipment supplies along the entire Gulf Coast region. Today, Saad Healthcare can fulfill every need for a patient or loved one that is living with a chronic condition, recovering from, or facing a life-limiting illness. The Saad Healthcare team of experienced care providers will work closely with your physician to implement the best plan of care for you or your loved one. Fifty years of experience makes us the right choice, for the best possible care.
Home Health provides skilled medical care for an illness or injury. Whether you or your loved one need assistance after a hospital stay, seek long-term care for a chronic condition or just require support with daily activities, Kare-In-Home Health will provide the right care specialized for your specific needs.Our home health staff consists of highly trained registered nurses, therapists, social workers and home-care aides.We have nurses available after hours and weekends to provide you with the optimal level of care. No nursing home required.You and your loved ones will have peace of mind knowing that the very best care is being implemented in a safe and secure setting your own home.Our home health care staff provides:IV TherapyMental HealthWound CarePhysical TherapyOccupational TherapySpeech TherapyPersonal Hygiene and BathingTelemonitoring Services
Atmore Nursing CenterAtmore Nursing Center is a federal and state-licensed 100-bed facility providing skilled nursing care and rehabilitative services. We offer intense rehabilitative services including: Physical TherapySpeech TherapyOccupational TherapyLong Term CareNursing Services100 BedsAtmore Nursing Center employs qualified and professional RNs, LPNs and CNAs. We are continuously striving to improve patient care through continuing education opportunities for our staff. Along with each residents attending physician, our team of professionals develops a personalized plan of care to meet each residents individual needs.Our Social Services Department works closely with family members to ensure that we are meeting the medical, social and emotional needs of each resident. Residents are encouraged to maintain past interests and pursue new ones. Social gatherings, movies, arts and crafts, music and exercise fill our event calendar each month.Delicious, well-balanced southern menus are developed by our Registered Dietician with special diets and requests served daily.Our entire staff routinely receives in-service educational training to better meet the needs of our residents
Our goal is effective management and operations of affordable communities for low-income elderly and persons with disabilities, so they may live independent and engaged lifestyles.Established in 1991, AHEPA Management Company, "AMC", began with one property in St Louis, MO. AMC has grown into a nationally recognized leader in affordable senior housing management, currently managing 94 properties, 4930 apartments in 21 states. AMC provides on-site property management, maintenance and supportive Service Coordination to HUD-subsidized Section 202 senior apartments developed by AHEPA National Housing Corporation and developed by independent companies. We have created positive communities for thousands of seniors by providing supportive services that connect seniors with needed services. Management protocols are based on years of hands-on experience that provide engaging experiences and welcoming environments to the residents. Our managed communities have varied service, such as educational presentations, community rooms, physical therapy, and creative programs.
If you are a Caregiver, you are one of the 1.8 million Caregivers in Alabama. One in four Baby Boomers (ages 57-75) are caregivers, providing regular assistance to friends or family who have a disability or health problem. The burden of caring for a loved one can be time-consuming, expensive and can cause Caregivers to become depressed and feel guilty about their decisions. Caring for the Caregiver is Relatively NewUntil the late 70s, Caregivers were an unseen, unheard and unrecognized part of the healthcare team. These families and friends were caring primarily at home - for loved ones with cognitive disorders like Alzheimers disease, strokes and other age-related diseases. The first national caregiving organization was founded in 1977 the National Caregiving Alliance to raise awareness. This was followed by a 2016 reauthorization of the Older American Act of 1965 to assist Caregivers, the RAISE Family Caregivers Act of 2018 and the National Family Caregivers Support Act in 2000. Recently, the national CARES Act (Coronavirus legislation) also includes caregiving support provisions. I Cant Take Care of You, If I Dont Take Care of MeBoth the Caregivers and the cared for can experience similar emotions. As days, weeks and months continue with mounting responsibilities, Caregivers can become overwhelmed physically, emotionally, spiritually and develop significant health problems. They worry their compassion is faltering (compassion fatigue) and experience guilt (Caregiver Guilt Syndrome) they are not doing enough for their loved one. Caregiver assessments reports that 20% of family caregivers suffer from depression, twice the rate of the general population. Meanwhile, those in their charge also can experience anxiety, frustration and depression. Options for Caregivers and Their ChargesAs many Caregivers need to work or be away from home for most of the day, AARP recommends adult daycare as a more affordable option (ranging from $50 - $70 per day) for Caregivers respite. When older loved ones are unable to structure ones activities, feel isolated and lonely, have difficulty starting and focusing on activities and no longer seem safe on their own, adult daycare provides watchful care and socialization. An adult daycare is typically a non-residential facility that supports the health, nutritional, social and daily living needs of older adults.Caregiver support is built into the program, with counselling and other support services. Caregivers are provided daily respite to continue to live their own lives, work and take care of other family members and obligations. Other options for Caregiving respite include home health care, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The best advice is to know your healthcare plan and options: Medicare now offers long-term home and community-based services, like adult day care, in-home personal care assistance, and respite care in certain conditions; Medicaid can pay 100% of nursing home care costs if you meet eligibility requirements; and private health insurance companies typically offer some respite care assistance. Local resources for Caregivers can be found on the Area Agency on Aging website listed under programs: Alabama Cares Caregiver Program. Article courtesy of the Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center Community Outreach Division. The Via Center provides health, fitness and enrichment programs for older adults and Community Outreach services to Seniors and their families. For information onthe Via Center GrandFriends Adult Day Services program, contact 251.478.3311.Read More
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million people in the United States live with allergies, and theyre the sixth leading cause of chronic illness. May is Allergy Awareness Month. Now is the perfect time to learn about allergies and talk to your doctor about potential allergies and their relation to your overall health. What Are AllergiesAn allergy is when your immune systems reaction to something is different from the average persons. The immune system can trigger a reaction in your skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system. Sometimes, the body misidentifies a substance or food as harmful, causing a person to have an allergic reaction. Many people develop allergies in childhood. However, its not uncommon for new allergies to arise or past allergies to grow more severe with age. Some allergies can be life-threatening or lead to medical complications such as anaphylaxis, asthma, or infections. Types of AllergiesPeople can have allergies to various substances, including the environment, food, insects, and medications. Signs and symptoms of a reaction can vary depending on the allergy. Hay fever- Hay fever is when a person is allergic to indoor and outdoor allergens such as pollen or dust. Hay fever symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, swollen eyes, runny nose, or itching nose or eyes. Depending on the allergen that triggers you, you may experience it seasonally or year-round. Food allergy- Food allergies are when your bodys immune system reacts to certain foods. It can often cause tingling in the mouth, swelling in the face, hives, and anaphylaxis. Insect allergy- An insect allergy is when the body reacts to an insect bite or sting. Inset allergies cause swelling of the bitten or stung area, hives, chest tightness, wheezing, and anaphylaxis. Drug allergy- A drug allergy is when the body reacts to certain medications, such as aspirin. Drug allergies cause hives, itchy skin, rash, wheezing, anaphylaxis, and facial swelling. Atopic dermatitis- Also known as eczema, atopic dermatitis is a skin allergy that causes itching, redness or peeling. Allergy vs. IntoleranceThe words allergy and intolerance are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Some people experience physical reactions to substances that they may confuse with an allergy when its an intolerance. Both allergies and intolerances have similar responses. However, an allergy affects the immune system, whereas an intolerance does not. People misunderstand the two cases, most often with food. Peanut allergies are a common allergy among people in the United States. When a person allergic to peanuts eats them, their immune system reacts, often causing anaphylaxis. During an anaphylaxis episode, people may experience a sudden drop in blood pressure, trouble breathing, skin rashes, nausea, or vomiting. A person who undergoes anaphylaxis needs epinephrine to treat the condition. An intolerance does not cause an immune system reaction, and you can often manage symptoms with medication. A common intolerance is a lactose allergy. Many people, especially as they grow older, have digestive reactions to lactose, such as nausea or diarrhea. In most cases, a person can take medication before consuming lactose to help their body digest it, and they dont require emergency medical treatment to get better.Editor's Note: This article was submitted by Sonia Strevel, Client Care Director for Visiting Angels-Mobile. Contact information: Call 251-345-4100 or website: visitingangels.com/mobile.Read More
When you visit the doctor, one of the first things a nurse will check is blood pressure. But what is blood pressure, and why is it so important to keep it under control?What is Blood Pressure?Blood flows through the circulatory system. It's responsible for delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies, and hormones throughout the body. Blood pressure is the force that allows blood to move. When blood pressure gets too high, it is called hypertension and can cause damage to blood vessels and organs. Blood pressure is measured using two numbers to calculate the systolic and diastolic blood pressure. When reading blood pressure, the first number is the systolic blood pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The second number is diastolic blood pressure, the pressure in your arteries when your heart is resting between beats. Blood Pressure LevelsThe American Heart Association puts blood pressure into five different categories. Normal- Systolic is less than 120 mm Hg, and diastolic is less than 80 mm HgElevated- Systolic is between mm 120-129 mm Hg, and diastolic is less than 80 mm HgHypertension 1- Systolic is between mm 130-139 mm Hg, and diastolic is between 80-89 mm HgHypertension 2- Systolic is between mm 140-179 mm Hg, and diastolic is between 90-120 mm HgHypertensive Crisis- Systolic is higher than 180 mm Hg, and diastolic is higher than 120 mm HgManaging Blood PressureHigh blood pressure can lead to serious medical complications such as heart attack, aneurysm, heart failure, or stroke. If you're living with high blood pressure or want to reduce your risk of hypertension, consider the following lifestyle changes. Eat a heart-healthy diet. A heart-healthy diet includes lots of fresh produce, whole grains, and lean meats in your meals while also reducing fats and salt. Maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight or struggle with obesity are at a higher risk of having high blood pressure. Do your best to maintain a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise. Incorporate physical activity into your day. Regular physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your blood pressure normal. As an older adult, it's vital to find workouts that work for your body. Don't start a vigorous exercise routine without speaking to your doctor to ensure it's safe. Limit alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol can increase your blood pressure, so be aware of how much you consume. If you find yourself drinking more than one or two drinks in a day, you may want to consult your doctor to help you reduce your alcohol intake. Don't smoke. Smoking increases your blood pressure and puts you at risk for various health conditions such as heart attack, cancer, and stroke. Smoking is an addictive habit, so talk to your doctor about treatment options if you're having trouble quitting. Find healthy ways to manage your stress. Blood pressure rises when you're stressed. Find ways to manage your stress and control your blood pressure, such as exercise or physical activity. If you're experiencing chronic stress, you may want to speak with a medical professional about stress management options. Editor's Note: This article was submitted by Greg & Kaye Donnelly, Owners/Directors for Visiting Angels-Gulf Shores. Contact information: Call 251-943-7525 or website: visitingangels.com/gulfshores.Read More
Hospice is often a tough topic to discuss. Lack of information, misunderstandings and fear often prevent people from taking advantage of end of life care. Heres a look at some of the common misperceptions about hospice.False: Hospice is a place.True: Hospice care takes place wherever the patient calls home, including long term and assisted living facilities. False: Hospice is only for patients in their final days of life or have given up hope.True: Hospice is about living life as fully as possible. In fact, patients and families receive the greatest benefit when hospice care is started early. Each patient and his caregivers receive individualized care that meets their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Hospice care focuses on caring, not curing, and neither hastens nor prolongs the dying process.False: Hospice is only for cancer patients.True: More than 50% of patients have a diagnosis other than cancer. A large number of our patients have end-stages of chronic diseases such as emphysema, COPD, Alzheimers and neuromuscular disease. False: Hospice means giving up control.True: The hospice team will sit down with the patient and family to create a care plan to address each patients needs. The control in almost all instances rests with the patient and the family.False: Hospice over medicates the patient which causes them to die sooner.True: One of the primary goals of hospice care is to make the patient comfortable, pain free and as alert as possible.False: Hospice is too expensive. I cant afford it.True: Hospice services are covered under the Medicare Part A, Medicaid and most private insurances. This benefit covers the hospice teams services, medications, supplies and equipment related to a patients life-limiting illness. Hospice staff will work with patients, families, insurance providers and other resources to ensure the patient receives all the benefits available.False: Hospice makes you give up your primary doctor and all treatments.True: The hospice team will work closely with your chosen primary physician to develop your plan of care. And while hospice does focus on treating symptoms rather than curative medicine, the decision to halt medication is usually left up to the patient. Most patients choose to stop taking curative medication because of the discomfort they may cause.Editors Note: This article was submitted by Kare-In-Home. Please reach out to them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-246-2727.Read More