Category: Caregiver Resources

Helping a Senior with Medicare Open Enrollment

Helping a Senior with Open Enrollment

Every fall we receive questions about Medicare open enrollment from adult children in the area. Because many of them are not yet eligible for Medicare, they need advice on how to help their aging parent navigate through the yearly open enrollment process. What is Medicare Open Enrollment? For those unfamiliar with the open enrollment period, … Continue reading Helping a Senior with Medicare Open Enrollment

9 Gift Ideas That Are Perfect for Someone in the Hospital

Gift Boxes

If your friend or family member is in the hospital, it’s natural to want to bring them something when you visit. However, how do you know what gift will be appropriate and appreciated? To help you out, here are some hospital gift ideas (that aren’t flowers!) that are perfect for older adults. What to Bring Someone in … Continue reading 9 Gift Ideas That Are Perfect for Someone in the Hospital

Pack Up a Healthier Picnic

Healthier Picnic

If your summer fun includes a senior loved one, planning heart smart menus is important. Many picnic and party foods are high in fat, salt, and sodium. All three are known to contribute to an increase in blood pressure and can exacerbate existing conditions such as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease … Continue reading Pack Up a Healthier Picnic

Planning a Summer Respite Stay

Senior enjoying a respite stay

Are you planning a family vacation this summer and need a safe place for a senior loved one to stay? Respite is the ideal solution for you! Respite services offer a care solution for older adults and people with a disability who need extra support on a short-term basis. Your loved one can enjoy a short-term … Continue reading Planning a Summer Respite Stay

8 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Gift for Mom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and when brainstorming gift ideas it can be hard to know what to get, especially for the mom that “don’t want anything”. A Digital Photo Album A digital photo frame is a great way to share new pictures with your mom that she can easily display in her … Continue reading 8 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Power of Attorney and Living Will

In the event of an emergency, Power of Attorney and Living Will documentation are helpful to have in place. These documents protect your wishes and finances for your family. Health Care Power of Attorney First let’s look at what the Power of Attorney for Health Care covers: This document allows you to designate a person … Continue reading Power of Attorney and Living Will

Visiting a Loved One at Optalis

Visiting a Loved One

We are thrilled to help our residents safely visit with their families! Understanding risk, but also recognizing the benefits of visiting with loved ones, Optalis residents are able to enjoy visitation, with some guidance provided by the CDC and CMS in regards to the core principles of infection control to mitigate the risks to our … Continue reading Visiting a Loved One at Optalis