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Assisting Hands Home Care

Non-Medical 803 Monroe St Ste 121, Salmon, Idaho, 83467

Quality Home Care You Can Trust, AssistingHands provides professional in-home health care services allowing our clientsto remain safely and comfortably in their own homes. Their Mission Statement:To offer our clients personalized non-medical support services in their homes,assisting the elderly, disabled and others needing assistance to maintainquality of life. Our services support the individuals choices and preferencesin order to maintain their dignity and independence. We assist clients in a spiritof concern for their welfare, gaining satisfaction and a sense or pride for thevalue that we add to their lives.

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Doctor's Hospice of Idaho/ Doctor's House Calls

Hospice 1552 North Crestmont Drive, Meridian, Idaho, 83642

Founded on experience, compassion, and quality. We provide end of life care for terminally ill patients throughout the Treasure Valley.  The best care, by the best people, wherever you need it! . Find out more at www.Doctorshospiceofidaho.com

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MorningStar Senior Living

Assisted Living 5850 N Five Mile Rd, Boise, Idaho, 83713

MorningStar of Boise is a premier independent and assisted living community. Adopted by MorningStar Senior Living in December 2013, this wonderful community exemplifies the MorningStar brand, whose mission is anchored first in honoring God. MorningStar serves 2000 seniors in 21 homes in eight western states. Through Radiance, our brand of service excellence, we foster a culture where collaboration trumps titles, and where kindness and relationships are paramount. Tour today, and see the love for yourself for we are building Family for Life.

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The Pointe at Meridian

Independent Living 3123 South Titanium Avenue, Meridian, Idaho, 83642

The Pointe at Meridian is a retirement community where every element of true living comes together in one harmonious place. Life within our independent living community can truly be carefree. Our main building also features a private movie theater, spa, salon, fitness center, activity rooms and much more. The Pointe will provide a formal fine dining experience for those looking to explore new cuisines, or old favorites. However, if you have plans and are on the go, we also offer quick snacks so you can grab something on your way out to wherever life takes you that day.Assisted Living:Whether you or your loved one need minimal assistance, or a more thorough and comprehensive care plan.Services Include:Weekly Housekeeping available3 Meals Daily providedTransportation to Local Medical Appointments & Scheduled Shopping Outings All Utilities   Cable TV & Internet A Vibrant Activity Calendar 7 days per weekOur medical assessments are done prior to admittance into our community and routinely thereafter to ensure we are providing the top notch care you expect. All care plans are determined with input by you or your representative, our staff, and your primary care physician; in concert, we believe we will be able to provide the care necessary to achieve optimal success while maintaining dignity and respect.Memory Care Community for Our Residents That Need Extra Care Due to Dementia.All of our residents in this portion of the community will be provided customized service plans provided by our trained care staff, available 24 hours a day with licensed nurse oversight. The service provided will be available in a tranquil and compassionate environment, catered towards those with higher needs related to memory loss. We also provide assistance with short-term respite stay accommodations.

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Take action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is reaching epidemic proportions, as the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Currently, 5.2 Americans are living with the disease and the number is expected to triple by the year 2050. The Alzheimer's Association is taking action to change these numbers and we need your help!Alzheimer's Association Trial MatchScientists are constantly working to advance research. Clinical research, with the help of human volunteers, is the only way to find better treatments, prevention and cures. Trial Match is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with AD, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies. Our continuously updated database of over 130 AD clinical trials includes both pharmacological (drug) and non-drug studies being conducted at 500 trial sites across the country. To learn more, visit www.alz.org/trialmatch or call 1.800.272.3900 to speak directly with a clinical trials specialist.Become an Advocate for Alzheimer'sAlzheimer's advocates play an important role in improving the quality of care and quality of life for people with AD and their families by carrying our message to elected officials at the federal, state and local levels. As an advocate you will receive regular updates about current legislative and public policy issues; invited to communicate with elected officials via petitions, phone calls and other calls-to-action; and asked to share your story with others. Make your voice heard by signing up today. Join us in helping achieve our vision of creating a world without Alzheimer's. Go to www.alz.org/advocacy to get involved right away!Walk to End Alzheimer'sWalk to End Alzheimer's is the worlds largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions of people. Families, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups are invited to be a part of this fun experience. There is no fee to participate but all walkers are asked to set individual fund raising goals. It is easy to sign up a team online and use our interactive tools to reach out to others to raise awareness and funds which support local resources and research throughout the world. The Treasure Valley Walk is held in early October each year, followed by a Walk in the Magic Valley. Go online today to sign up and join in the fight at www.alz.org/walk!

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Conversations That Count

Throughout the years that I have been in healthcare I have learned many things by observing the families that I am serving. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is to have conversations that count before a crisis. I have tried to live that out. I vividly remember at the age of 30 before I had my first child completing my advanced directives. Having children made certain things real for me. I didn't want my husband or my children to ever have to make difficult choices for me if I was facing a life threatening condition. I didn't want them to feel guilty or scared that they may have made the wrong decisions on my behalf. Every adult should have an advanced directive (also known as a living will and durable power of attorney for health care). An advanced directive is simply your written instructions about your future medical care. I have found over the years many people do not have an advanced directive because they are fearful about having honest conversations about both their desires and fears regarding end of life issues. It is also especially hard for adult children to sit down with their aging parents to encourage them to put their wishes in writing. Remember, you cannot assume that you know what someone else needs or wants. So before you start any conversation keep in mind that the purpose of the conversation is not to impose your ideas on others but to learn what your family members think about their own end of life choices. There are many things that occur in daily life that can give you an opportunity to start conversations within your family. Conversation triggers can include the death of a friend or colleague, movies, sermons, annual medical checkups, and, of course, funerals. You can obtain a living will and durable power of attorney for health care from your local hospital, an attorney, or from the Idaho Secretary of State. Once your advanced directive is complete and you have discussed it with your family, be sure to share this information with your physician. This will increase the likelihood that your advanced directive is honored. Ultimately, this process is about more than completing the advanced directive. That matters, because it will guide final actions. However, what matters most is the actual conversation with the people you love so you can honor their wishes, come to terms with inevitable loss, and honor the cycle of life. Article by Honey Goodman, Community Relations Director for Treasure Valley Hospice. For more information or for speaking opportunities please call 467-7423

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When you Don't Know Where To Go

There are many things we prepare for in life, getting married, having kids, buying a home, retirement, etc. Unfortunately, most of us do not prepare for the day we notice that our parents, grandparents, or other aging loved one needs more help than before. They seem to be doing fine in some areas of their life, but you have concerns about others; it might be their driving, or how their home is kept, or their health is deteriorating. First, we are unsure if we should intervene, or if we do, we are not sure how much to get involved. Your loved one may welcome your help or they may not, in fact they may become defensive and push you away saying everything is just fine. You know at some level that this is not the full picture but you don't know where to begin. You might not even live in the same area and don't know what you don't know.Perhaps you are helping your aging family member(s) and are exhausted attending to their needs, your family needs, and when possible, your needs. You may or may not have siblings or other family members who could help but dont or disagree with you on how to handle the evolving needs and changing conditions. Or worse yet, you are in the midst of a crisis situation. Your stress mounts, you feel overwhelmed, confused, and unsure about what to do next, you don't know what resources are out there, and/or how to handle the emotional challenges within the family system. Every family situation is unique. A Geriatric Care Manager is an expert in geriatric care with specialties in social work, nursing and mental health. They work closely with each family to understand their specific situation.Based on a clinical assessment of the individuals ability to function independently, their mental status, nutrition needs, medical conditions, financial resources, home safety, etc., the Geriatric Care Manager develops a custom care plan, identifying what is going well and which areas need to be attended to, including resources to support identified needs.The senior and their family's choose what areas they want or need help with from the care manager. These services include:Providing education, information and referral resourcesMonitoring medical needs and advocating as neededCoordinating and providing oversight of personal care and home healthProviding assistance in addressing legal and financial issuesMaking placement recommendations and facilitating the processProviding direction on guardianship or conservatorshipProviding emotional support and mediating family dynamicsServing as back-up for family members when they are out of townYou can find a care manager in your area on the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) website at www.caremanager.org.This article was written by Dee Childers, MA, and owner of Life Changes Elder Care Consulting, LLC, 208-321-5567, www.lifechangeseldercare.com.

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Other Veterans Benefits, you may not be aware of

Other Veterans Benefits, you may not be aware of. First, if you are a Veteran, let me thank you for serving our great country. It is a privilege to provide this article in some way of showing my appreciation and gratitude for your contribution to our nation. We feel privileged to provide home care, as well as information for veterans who served our nation in its time of need. We provide you with the information to work through the paperwork to help you avoid potential pension claim delays. Our team will help guide you through the myriad of questions you may have regarding the benefits that you may be entitled to, including the VAs Aid and Attendance Program. Once you become an approved participant in a VA program, myself and the Comfort Keepers team will assist you along the way. You may be familiar with the VA Hospital and Long Term Care benefits, but there are other benefits which allow for services to be brought into your home. Certain VA credentialed agencies can provide the quality home care and companionship our veterans deserve. There are several veteran in home care programs for which an individual may qualify: Improved Pension Benefit Program Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program In-Home Respite Program Who Qualifies? If you or your spouse served 90 consecutive days of active military duty at least one of those days during a U.S. declared war you may qualify or be partially qualified. Other qualifications include specific financial criteria and documented physical need, requiring assistance with at least 1 Activity of Daily Living, be Legally Blind, or Suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer's disease for example, but there are many other conditions that may qualify for the in home care.. The best way to find out is to have a credentialed agency provide a free assessment of your situation. To begin the application process, you will need: Original discharge certificate Marriage certificate (divorce papers from any prior marriages, if applicable) Death certificate of veteran (if applicable) Social Security numbers for the veteran and spouse If you think you may qualify for one of the VA programs, you may contact our office, our any home care agency you choose, and once we have an accurate picture of your specific situation, we will advise you of your options. I look forward to serving you and your family, as you have protected mine. Written by Sonjia Yates, owner of Comfort Keepers, 208-895-8822 sonjiayates@comfortkeepers.com

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