Here is another resource during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, this one from our friends at AARP:
I am contacting you to let you know about a new resource that we hope you will find useful to share with your networks. With the large volume of COVID-19 information currently bombarding all of us, AARP wanted to provide ALL Californians but especially older adults and their families — a single, trustworthy resource with clear guidance on where to get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.
That’s why the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Aging, and AARP CA partnered to launch California For All resource cards, a FREE, one-stop information guide.
The resource card includes information on how to get caregiving support, how to stay safe at home, and how to find important resources through the California Aging and Adults Information line. There are also contacts to report fraud, abuse, or neglect, and more.
The resource card is a centerpiece of the Stay Home. Save Lives. Check-In. campaign, which urges all Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity by checking in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, a text, or a physically-distanced knock on the door.
One-page COVID-19 Resouce Card
COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has had a profound effect in our city (and worldwide!). The City of Oakland has created a list of services available to Seniors to help keep you comfortable during the shelter-in-place. Many people find this situation stressful and become concerned when they are unable to satisfy their basic needs. The Oakland Mayor’s Commission on Aging and the Department of Aging and Adult Services are working together to ensure our community has resources to help ease anxiety.
One Degree is another partner who has provided County-wide information on usable resources in Bay Area communities:
In an effort to help those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, One Degree has created a comprehensive resource guide in English and Spanish for the Bay Area: www.1degree.org/covid-19. We are updating it M-F at 2 pm, releasing web and PDF versions in both languages. We hope to add more languages soon!
Tap on the link to our Facebook page to get all of these details and more.
Here is an article I recently posted to LinkedIn, highlighting the Livable Oakland work I’m doing with the Oakland Commission on Aging. As the percentage of people over the age of 55 continues to increase almost daily, it’s of great importance for cities around the country to reevaluate their support structures for the community. We are receiving incredible insights from our seniors of Oakland that will only help to ensure the city can serve the needs of all its residents. Follow the link below for more details. You should also check back with this site for more information as we continue our listening sessions with the community.
The next session will be this Saturday, September 29 at the West Oakland Senior Center (1724 Adeline St Oakland, CA)
Caregiver Health Care Administrative Job Fair
Join CareBuilders at Home- East Bay and other providers at the Health Care Job Fair on July 19, 2018, located at the Eastmont Self-Sufficiency Center, 6955 Foothill Blvd Suite 100 in Oakland. Come prepared with your resume to hear about available home care and other medical jobs in the East Bay area.
CareBuilders at Home- East Bay is seeking qualified individuals to join our team as a Home Care Aide. Our mission is to provide the best quality of care to our clients, and we seek caregivers committed to providing excellent personal and companion care with the right touch! We have built a strong base of exceptional employees in the Oakland/Berkeley/Alameda areas and are looking to add more.
EOE Statement: CareBuilders at Home- East Bay will not discriminate against any individual based on race, sex, religion, age, national origin, color, height, weight, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, political beliefs or disability.
As is the case for many families these days, a large number of Veterans also find themselves in situations where they need in-home care assistance with the activities of daily living (ADL’s) as they age. Just as similarly, limited resources play a heavy role in accessing needed assistance.
The Veteran’s Administration has programs available to qualified former service employees to help support them when they need assistance. Both the “Pension with Aid and Attendance” and the “Housebound” benefits are available to Veterans who need assistance with being cared for safely at home. The Aid and Attendance benefit is provided to Veterans as additional income when they need assistance with ADL’s, and they have regular medical costs which leave them unable to afford services. Qualifying for this benefit can be a very detailed and defined process. CareBuilders at Home contracts with Veteran’s Care Coordination, a third-party company, as a way to help families understand if a veteran qualifies for the benefit and to walk them through the process in securing the benefit.
The Housebound Benefit is available as extra income for care for any Veteran suffering from a permanent disability. Qualifying for this benefit usually involves submitting an application for services along with an Attending Physician’s Statement to the Pension services department of the VA.
For more information on these and other Veterans’ benefits, feel free to contact us or click on the link below to the Veteran’s Administration website.
As the senior population in our country continues to expand, a term we will hear quite often will be “aging-in-place”. While there are various inferences that can be drawn from those three words, what it means in all practicality is keeping seniors at home to live their full lives. A very large reason why this is a key focus is that there aren’t enough senior care facilities in Oakland to place to handle large increases in hospital stays, nursing homes, and similar facilities. Also to be considered is that many baby boomers suffered a significant impact on their retirement savings during the last economic downturn, so those resources aren’t quite as stable as they once were. This makes both housings for seniors and ways to facilitate care at home some of the more critical initiatives facing our rapidly-changing society.
Home Health Care News published a nice article about a report from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Senior Health and Housing Task Force, titled “Healthy Aging Begins at Home”. It toplines all of the key areas that health care companies and public officials will address in the goal to provide excellent care for our seniors through technology and personnel. While aging-in-place will indeed be one of our larger challenges over the next decade-plus, rest assured that this is a priority for those who have the responsibility to provide for those in need.
CareBuilders at Home- East Bay has recently partnered with the Institute for Professional Care Education to provide a valuable resource to our community, “The Family Learning Center”. We know that oftentimes people are simply trying to understand what the road ahead looks like as they venture into the voyage of a lifestyle change. In our current “Information Age”, it is even more prevalent for people to self-educate about their current circumstances before seeking assistance from outside sources. In understanding this need, we sought to build a partnership with a well-resourced organization that can deliver the depth of content and insights that will be beneficial to both our clients and the general public.
The Family Learning Center is filled with rich content, covering a range of topics like daily activities and dietary guidance to health concerns like Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care. Information is presented in helpful articles as well as learning modules and videos. The content is updated regularly, so there is always a new subject matter to explore. You will find the information most valuable and the learning modules and videos easy to operate.
To find the Family Learning Center, click here and be taken to a wealth of information related to caring for loved ones and others.
The internet is filled with many great articles centered on the future of health care in the United States. This article from Relias Learning was particularly eye-catching as it focuses on some of the challenges to the current system that must change in order for the health care system to remain effective in our country. Organizations operating within the industry are deftly aware of all of this and are working hard to ensure a strong system remains in place. The key development opportunity is probably getting to a more integrated health care system, one in which organizations and agencies that operate in different areas are able to seamlessly partner in providing cost-effective and high-quality care. This will not be a simple task, given the disparate information systems currently in place, however, it will be a critical step in the right direction. From a senior in home care standpoint, companies like CareBuilders at Home can play a significant role in managing the health of at-risk patients. Since care is provided separately from restorative or rehabilitative treatments, caregivers can play a critical role in tracking changes in normal daily physical or emotional states for clients. Keeping a journal of activities, emotions, and daily habits help families and potentially health care providers address changes and prevent them from becoming acute or critical. This is important not only in keeping a family member or loved one going but also in giving hospitals and health care providers tools to help prevent certain conditional changes with their patients.
There are a few other salient points brought up in the article about big changes to watch for. I think it makes for quite compelling reading.
With today’s announcement of HomeTeam raising over $27 million in venture capital, there is an increasing number of news stories around tech companies venturing into the home care sector. Undoubtedly, technology will eventually play a major role in the shaping of a more efficient home care industry, when used optimally. While the current models sit as either a virtual job board or as an efficient way to communicate information among varying care providers, it’s still in the early stages of the movement and we’re bound to see great innovation over the next few years. For traditional home care companies, the decision to treat technology as either a business tool or as competition will certainly impact future fortunes. The key in all of this is understanding what tools are most valued by the people they are designed for and focus on the best of those. At CareBuilders at Home, we embrace any developments that make life easier for our clients and continue to review and offer technological solutions that meet their needs.
For more information about tech companies in-home care, click on the link below.
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