Getting Your Affairs in Order

 

Ben has been married for 47 years. He always managed the family’s money. But since his stroke, Ben is not able to walk or talk. His wife, Shirley, feels overwhelmed. Of course, she’s worried about Ben’s health. But, on top of that, she has no idea what bills should be paid or when they are due.

Across town, 80-year-old Louise lives alone. One night, she fell in the kitchen and broke her hip. She spent a week in the hospital and 2 months in a rehabilitation nursing home. Even though her son lives across the country, he was able to pay her bills and handle her Medicare questions right away. That’s because, several years ago, Louise and her son made a plan about what he should do in case Louise had a medical emergency.

Plan for the Future

No one ever plans to be sick or disabled. Yet, it’s this kind of planning that can make all the difference in an emergency.

Long before she fell, Louise put all her important papers in one place and told her son where to find them. She gave him the name of her lawyer, as well as a list of people he could contact at her bank, doctor’s office, insurance company, and investment firm. She made sure he had copies of her Medicare and other health insurance cards. She added her son’s name to her checking account and safe deposit box at the bank. Louise made sure Medicare and her doctor had written permission to talk with her son about her health and insurance claims.

On the other hand, Ben always took care of family money matters, and he never talked about the details with Shirley. No one but Ben knew that his life insurance policy was in a box in the closet or that the car title and deed to the house were filed in his desk drawer. Ben never expected that his wife would have to take over. His lack of planning has made a tough job even tougher for Shirley.

What Exactly Is an “Important Paper”?

The answer to this question may be different for every family. Remember, this is a starting place. You may have other information to add. For example, if you have a pet, you will want to include the name and address of your veterinarian. Include complete information about:

Personal Records

  • Full legal name
  • Social Security number
  • Legal residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names and addresses of spouse and children
  • Location of birth and death certificates and certificates of marriage, divorce, citizenship, and adoption
  • Employers and dates of employment
  • Education and military records
  • Names and phone numbers of religious contacts
  • Memberships in groups and awards received
  • Names and phone numbers of close friends, relatives, doctors, lawyers, and financial advisors
  • Medications taken regularly (be sure to update this regularly)
  • Location of living will and other legal documents

Financial Records

  • Sources of income and assets (pension from your employer, IRAs, 401(k)s, interest, etc.)
  • Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid information
  • Insurance information (life, health, long-term care, home, car) with policy numbers and agents’ names and phone numbers
  • Names of your banks and account numbers (checking, savings, credit union)

Steps for Getting Your Affairs in Order

  • Put your important papers and copies of legal documents in one place. You can set up a file, put everything in a desk or dresser drawer, or list the information and location of papers in a notebook. If your papers are in a bank safe deposit box, keep copies in a file at home. Check each year to see if there’s anything new to add.
  • Tell a trusted family member or friend where you put all your important papers. You don’t need to tell this friend or family member about your personal affairs, but someone should know where you keep your papers in case of an emergency. If you don’t have a relative or friend you trust, ask a lawyer to help.
  • Give permission in advance for your doctor or lawyer to talk with your caregiver as needed. There may be questions about your care, a bill, or a health insurance claim. Without your consent, your caregiver may not be able to get needed information. You can give your okay in advance to Medicare, a credit card company, your bank, or your doctor. You may need to sign and return a form.

Legal Documents

There are many different types of legal documents that can help you plan how your affairs will be handled in the future. Many of these documents have names that sound alike, so make sure you are getting the documents you want. Also, State laws vary, so find out about the rules, requirements, and forms used in your State.

Wills and trusts let you name the person you want your money and property to go to after you die.

Advance directives let you make arrangements for your care if you become sick. There are two ways to do this:

  • A living will gives you a say in your health care if you become too sick to make your wishes known. In a living will, you can state what kind of care you do or don’t want. This can make it easier for family members to make tough healthcare decisions for you.
  • A durable power of attorney for health care lets you name the person you want to make medical decisions for you if you can’t make them yourself. Make sure the person you name is willing to make those decisions for you.

For legal matters, there are two ways to give someone you trust the power to act in your place:

  • A general power of attorney lets you give someone else the authority to act on your behalf, but this power will end if you are unable to make your own decisions.
  • A durable power of attorney allows you to name someone to act on your behalf for any legal task, but it stays in place if you become unable to make your own decisions.

 

LAUGH YOUR WAY TO GOOD HEALTH

Very often we witness efficient wheel chair transportation services, disability transportation, handicap transportation taking care of the transportation needs of the elderly or the wheel chair bound people, but what is often missing is the laughter on these weathered faces.

Changing the age old phrase ‘A family that prays together, stays together’ to ‘people who laugh together stay together’, won’t be so befitting. With the health benefits of a good  laugh being uncovered, laughter is being increasingly prescribed as an effective medicine.

While laughter on one hand has shown to delay or prevent many physical and mental illnesses, on the other hand it is known to effectively combat chronic conditions like dementia, Parkinson, cancer and the likes. It has also proven to be beneficial to develop a strong immune system.

Laughter is contagious and knows no boundaries

Laughter is more contagious than a cough, sneeze or yawn. Often if you see someone laugh uncontrollably, it won’t be a surprise to find yourself rolling over with laughter, without knowing the cause. This shared laughter binds people together and increases the feeling of happiness among them. Laughter is universal and has no boundaries of language, age or gender.

 Laughter Triggers Changes In the Body

A good laugh is not just a good laugh after all. A good bout of laughter triggers many changes in the body, which we do not even realize. Laughing brings down the levels of the stress causing hormone- cortisol and releases the feel good substance -endorphins. It is also known to reduce blood pressure, increase heart rate and oxygen intake and improvise blood circulation. It releases the T-cells and the immunoglobulin A.

What Do These Changes Do?

The seemingly ineffective changes may seem not so very beneficial. But it is not so. The release of endorphins leaves the person feeling happy and content and reduces the perception of pain. The reduced cortisol levels, cause the reduction of any inflammation in the body and minimizes pain. The release of T-cells and immunoglobulin A boosts the immune system. The reduction in blood pressure and the increased heart rate and oxygen intake, substantially decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Studies have proven that not just physically, but genuine belly shaking laughter has positive effects on the mental wellness too. Having a positive outlook is the key to battle depression, anxiety and loneliness. Moreover laughing promotes a feeling of emotional well being and stability.

Care Conextion non emergency medical transportation in Louisville Kentucky is focused on providing the most comfortable and compassionate disability transportation, wheelchair transportation, medical transportation, handicap transportation, and elderly transportation possible to all of our clients. Our drivers are fully trained to provide the most compassionate care possible. We serve many counties in Kentucky, including Jefferson county, Oldham county, Bullitt county, Henry county, Shelby county, Trimble county, Hardin county, Meade county, Spencer county and more.  Please contact us today!

 

 

 

Encouraging Elderly to Have Adequate Nutrition

Elderly Nutrition Tip #1:  Try to opt for foods with stronger flavors but avoid excessive salt.  As we grow older we tend to lose approximately two thirds of our taste buds, which can in turn lead to a loss of both taste and smell.  This is one of the reasons why the elderly can have a loss of appetite and might not be as enthusiastic about eating their regular meals, which can put them at risk of malnutrition.  The taste buds cannot be recreated, but studies have shown that having a stronger flavor in foods, can make the meals more enjoyable again.  This can be a useful way to make sure that the elderly get adequate nutrition and definitely a preferable way than seasoning the food with more than safe levels of salt to the diet.  Having a more variety of textures in the meals can also make the food more appetizing.

Elderly Nutrition Tip #2:  The elderly and especially people dependent on wheelchair transportation should be provided with convenient and easy access to water.  Seniors and wheelchair bound people are especially susceptible to dehydration which can even result in hospitalization.  As people age, they lose their sense of thirst.  Also, if a person is immobile or depends on non emergency medical transportation for mobility, they need to have access to water easily and not have to ask for it at all times.

Elderly Nutrition Tip #3:  Being on medication also has an effect of loss of appetite in the elderly.  Being on a diet consisting of foods rich in nutrients can help to counter this effect.  Also, a person who is not very mobile or wheelchair bound needs a balanced and nutritious diet which contains adequate calories and all the necessary nutrients.  At times it may be difficult to convince the elderly or the wheelchair dependent to have large meals, so their diet should be planned such that they get the necessary nutrients and calories in the amounts that they are comfortable consuming.  They can be encouraged to eat small and frequent meals which are packed with nutrients.

One of the challenges in providing care for the elderly is to be able to maintain nutrition for the elderly that are experiencing confusion or forgetfulness, which in itself is a fairly common problem.  Assisting the elderly or those requiring disability transportation with grocery shopping helps provide fulfilling, nutritious meals while establishing set schedules of meal times helps it become routine.

Care Conextion non emergency medical transportation in Louisville Kentucky is focused on providing the most comfortable and compassionate disability transportation, wheelchair transportation, medical transportation, handicap transportation, and elderly transportation possible to all of our clients. Our drivers are fully trained to provide the most compassionate care possible. We serve many counties in Kentucky, including Jefferson county, Oldham county, Bullitt county, Henry county, Shelby county, Trimble county, Hardin county, Meade county, Spencer county and more.  Please contact us today!

 

Aerobic Activity for a Healthy Heart

Physical activity is a lot more than an energy booster and a stress reliever. It also strengthens your heart muscle, lowers your blood pressure and blood cholesterol, and burns calories.

Choose an Aerobic Activity

Choose a nonstop activity that makes your heart and lungs work harder than they do when you rest or walk normally. This aerobic exercise can improve the way your heart and other muscles use oxygen. Make it fun by exercising with a friend and choosing an activity you enjoy. Here are some ideas:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Bicycling
  • Stair climbing
  • Dancing
  • Jogging

Be Physically Active on a Regular Basis

If you haven’t been physically active regularly, get your healthcare provider’s okay first. Then start slowly.  Here are some tips:

  • Begin activity 3 times a week for 5–10 minutes at a time.
  • When you feel comfortable, add a few minutes each week.
  • Build up to 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week. Spread this out throughout the week. For example, you can do 30 minutes of activity each day, 5 days a week.
  • Be sure to carry your nitroglycerin or any other necessary medications with you when you are physically active.
  • If you get angina during physical activity, stop what you’re doing, take your nitroglycerin, and call your healthcare provider.

Care Conextion non emergency medical transportation in Louisville Kentucky is focused on providing the most comfortable and compassionate wheelchair transportation, medical transportation, handicap transportation, and elderly transportation possible to all of our clients. Our drivers are fully trained to provide the most compassionate care possible. We serve many counties in Kentucky, including Jefferson county, Oldham county, Bullitt county, Henry county, Shelby county, Trimble county, Hardin county, Meade county, Spencer county and more.  Please contact us today!

Traveling with your wheelchair

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Tips for traveling with your wheelchair

Label Your Chair

Attach a visible tag with your name, phone, and address on your wheelchair. If your chair becomes lost in transit, it can be found.

Before leaving for your trip, bring your wheelchair in so it can be looked over for repairs or servicing.

Travel with someone

Having a travel companion can make it much easier, and will also reduce unnecessary stress  involved due to being in a wheelchair.

Plan ahead

When you figure out your destination and activities, call ahead to hotels, or places you will be sighting seeing, to make sure they are able to accommodate your needs,  so you won’t have any problems.   Check wheelchair transportation, so you’re not left waiting for a ride.

And when you get back to town, give Care Conextion a call, and we’ll get you back home.

Care Conextion non emergency medical transportation in Louisville Kentucky is focused on providing the most comfortable and compassionate disability transportation, wheelchair transportation, medical transportation, handicap transportation, and elderly transportation possible to all of our clients. Our drivers are fully trained to provide the most compassionate care possible. We serve many counties in Kentucky, including Jefferson county, Oldham county, Bullitt county, Henry county, Shelby county, Trimble county, Hardin county, Meade county, Spencer county and more.  Please contact us today!