Aging Well

Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “aging well”? It usually refers to a person’s looks but aging well can mean so much more. It’s not just about wrinkles, sagging and spots. It’s really about health.

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Aging well means maintaining your health. A healthy body is naturally more attractive but that’s really just a side benefit of a healthy body, mind and spirit. Here are a few ways you can start aging gracefully no matter if you are 19 or 90.

 

Choose good foods.

You really are what you eat. Science has proven that over and over again. What we put into our bodies has so much influence on how well they operate. Make good choices starting at a younger age and you’ll thank yourself when you’re older.

Whole foods are always best. Choose foods that are processed as little as possible. You want your plate to be full of real food, grown from the earth and not a laboratory experiment. Leave the packaged foods and shrink-wrapped treats at the store and make an effort to eat for nutrition and not convenience.

Think about color when you make a plate. Colorful vegetables and whole grains have more nutrients than beige food. Try to eat deep greens more often. Opt for lean proteins and healthy fats like olive oil instead of fatty cuts.

Move more.

Your body was made to move. The more you move, the better you will feel. Patients of all ages with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, MS and arthritis find relief in gentle exercise. If you want to stay healthy well into your golden years, begin an exercise program now.

Many local senior centers, community centers, gyms and YMCAs have excellent programs made just for active older adults and senior citizens. Water exercise, chair aerobics and strength training are popular choices. Look for something that you can enjoy and stick with in the long term. If you aren’t able to get out of the house for exercise, look into home healthcare services that may be able to provide qualified help like physical therapy.

Don’t forget to exercise your mind and spirit.

Most studies show that people who are involved in activities that challenge the mind and feed the soul stay in better physical health and suffer less depression as well. Some show that the progress of dementia and perhaps even Alzheimer’s can be delayed with cognitive exercise. Don’t forget that you are made up of more than a body. Your overall health includes your mind and spirit too.

Take up hobbies that stimulate your mind. Learn something new by taking adult education classes at your local community college. Engage your friends in word games and puzzles. Get familiar with the local library and read, read, read!

Find activities that soothe and feed your spiritual side too. Your preferred place of worship is always a good place to start. There are also local charities that could use your life skills and knowledge like food banks and afterschool programs. You can spend a little time improving the world and yourself in the process.

When you think about aging well, think about your whole self and what you want your later years to be like. The choices you make today will determine the quality of those years to come.

At David York Agency, we could provide direction as to how to manage the total care of your senior loved one. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit us on our website DavidYorkAgency.com to become acquainted with all we offer. Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

Hiring Home Healthcare

When a loved one is struggling with daily chores and self-care, some difficult decisions lie ahead. One way to lighten his load, keep him safe and help him living at home is to hire a home healthcare services provider. Finding a qualified, compassionate and trustworthy person to bring into your loved one’s home is serious business. Here are a few tips to help you find the right caregiver for yourself or someone you love.

Know your needs.

hiring home health careAn honest assessment of the person’s needs helps you determine what kind of help will be required. Is there a medical condition that needs monitoring like diabetes or Alzheimer’s? Are daily tasks like meals and personal care giving some trouble? Then you might need daily care rather than weekly.

Be thorough when outlining the needs to be filled by the home healthcare agency hiring the home health aide. You need a good match between the home health aide and the senior. Ask the agency lots of open-ended questions about their experiences dealing with similar needs and situations.

Interview thoroughly.

You don’t have to settle for the first agency or home health aide that you find. Your doctor may recommend someone but that doesn’t mean that person is the best choice for you or your loved one. Interview several aides so that you can choose the very best fit. Look for specific answers, a polite and enthusiastic personality and a genuine love of the job. Ask if she has references and make sure the agency has checked them.

When hiring an agency, be sure to go over the contract completely. You need to know exactly what is covered and what will become an “add on” fee later. Find out what the procedure is for requesting a home health aide in case the first one is not the right fit. Make sure the agency performs background checks and drug screenings.

Trust your gut.

Your first instincts are usually pretty accurate. If you don’t feel good about a candidate or agency, it’s perfectly ok to move on to another. You should always be comfortable with your choice in senior home care.

It is possible to remain safely at home with a little help from in home healthcare services.

The Home Healthcare Agency that can satisfy all your questions and that you feel comfortable with will be the right choice for you to trust. David York Agency would be happy to give you more information about Home Healthcare. Contact us at 718.376.7755 where a nurse is waiting to take your call and visit our website. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Paying for Home Health Care

Home healthcare service is ideal in a number of different situations, but many worry about how to pay for it. Often these services must be handled out of pocket which is not easy given its cost and today’s economy. Fortunately, there are options that could help you pay for the home healthcare that is so desperately needed.

Medicare

pay for home healthcareFor seniors, Medicare will typically cover the cost of some healthcare services. There are, however, conditions. Individuals must be homebound, which means they are either unable to leave home or leaving home requires the help of another individual. The person must also require skilled services. While home healthcare services can assist with things like bathing and meal preparation, these are not typically considered skilled services. Instead, those are services that must be provided by a certified professional like a home health aide. Medicare will look at the orders of a physician, the complexity of the service required, and the patient’s condition to decide if this is a necessity. The final qualification for Medicare to pay is that the care has to be intermittent in the patient’s home. It cannot be required all of the time or for an extended period.

Private Medical Insurance

Private insurance may also pick up the cost of home healthcare, but there’s usually a copay involved in this service. As with Medicare, there are typically a number of other requirements including the need for medically necessary, skilled care. It also typically has to be short term in nature. The key is to talk with your insurance company to learn more about the available benefits when it comes to home healthcare services, what’s allowed and what may not be covered, and how to make sure you’ve properly applied for those benefits.

Long Term Care Insurance

These policies are designed to cover care that is not covered by the other options. As long as the patient is not able to perform two activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing or eating, you should be able to utilize a long term care insurance plan. There are many plans available with various levels of coverage depending upon what you sign up for. It is best to commit to this in your 40’s and 50’s while you are still healthy as the insurance company prices out these products to customers based upon their medical risk profile.

Public Benefit Programs

Other public benefit programs outside of Medicare may also be able to help with the cost of home healthcare. Medicaid and VA benefits may be used to cover doctor-prescribed care. Individual states also sometimes have programs to help offset some of the associated costs. Most of these, like Medicare and private insurance, have some rules that must be followed before home healthcare becomes a covered option.

HSAs

Home health care can typically be deducted from a Health Savings Account (HSA). If you or a loved one has a qualified insurance plan that has an HSA attached to it, talk to your tax advisor to learn more about whether the money in that HSA can be used to cover medical expenses associated with home healthcare.

There are many ways to cover the cost of home healthcare, but talking to a professional can help you decide what may work for you is the best way ensure you get covered for home healthcare.

At David York Agency, we are well versed in the myriad of ways to finance your home healthcare needs. You can all us anytime to discuss your specific case. David York Agency has caring and compassionate individuals on staff who can work with the patient or the involved physicians to make certain excellent care is provided in every situation. To learn more about whether we can help you meet your needs or those of a family member, please contact us for a free consultation today at 718-376-7755 or visit us at our website at David York Agency. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google + or LinkedIn.

 

Utilizing Home Healthcare for Stroke Recovery

The experience of having a stroke is difficult enough, but after a stroke has occurred, finding your path forward can be even more complex. Being discharged from the hospital is just the first in a number of steps, and deciding where to turn could make all the difference in your recovery.

Enlisting the Help of Home Healthcare Services

stroke recoveryThe days just after a stroke will slowly begin to reveal the number of long term problems ahead. These could include cognitive problems, challenges communicating, physical difficulties and emotional issues like depression. Our caregivers can make much of this easier.

The home health aides at David York Agency can help with day to day caregiving including bathing, grooming, dressing, meal preparation and feeding. Even light housekeeping and laundry can be added to the list. Activities of daily living are difficult after a stroke and our aides can make things much easier.

Our registered nurses can help individuals follow a physician’s care plan, ensuring medication is properly dispensed and the right therapies are carried out correctly to help with the therapeutic process.

No matter what level of service you need, we’re available twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Sometimes the cost of the services can be covered by private medical insurance or Medicare depending on the physician’s orders. Often long term care insurance will pay for a home health aide when the patient is unable to perform activities of daily living.

David York Agency can furnish a home health aide for you in that circumstance and we are also able to service Medicaid patients. Our services make all the difference when you are staying in your home, surrounded by comfort and compassionate care. While nursing homes and rehab facilities can help, they never really feel like home.

To learn more about how we can help with stroke recovery or our other home healthcare services, please contact us today for a free phone consultation. We can help get you or a loved on track toward stroke recovery.

David York Home Healthcare Agency offers varying levels of care to help meet client needs. Whether it’s personal care activities like grooming and bathing or simple household tasks, David York Agency has caring and compassionate individuals on staff who can work with the patient or the involved physicians to make certain excellent care is provided in every situation. To learn more about whether we can help you meet your needs or those of a family member, please contact us for a free consultation today at 718-376-7755 or visit us at our website at David York Agency. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google + or LinkedIn.