So you want to get paid to take care of Grandma?

We are often asked the question about being “paid” to be a caregiver to someone in need. The Arizona Caregiver Coalition or Department of Economic Security Division of Aging and Adult Services does NOT offer any type of program or service by which a caregiver will be paid to care for a spouse, relative, neighbor, other loved one or another person. The only organization that has such a plan in place is the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS), this program is the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s state Medicaid System. In order to potentially be eligible for this program, the care recipient must already be receiving or is eligible to receive benefits and services under ALTCS programs and services.  To be eligible, […]

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Montana’s CARE Act goes into effect.

Montanans who provide unpaid care for family members or friends will have more tools to do that work thanks to a new state law. State lawmakers overwhelmingly approved House Bill 163, the Montana Caregiver Act, during this year’s legislative session. It went into effect Oct. 1. “It acknowledges that we have a strong army of friends and family that help people when they’re in need,” said Claudia Clifford, advocacy director for AARP Montana. The new law states all hospital patients must have the opportunity to select a family caregiver. If a patient with a designated caregiver is released, the hospital will be required to meet with that person. They’ll provide information about what kind of care the patient will need at home. In some cases, they’ll even […]

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DES to Expand Respite Program for Caregivers

The Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Aging and Adult Services’ Arizona Caregiver Coalition (ACC) has been awarded a grant that will allow it to expand its caregiver respite program, and provide daytime respite services free of charge to caregivers at all 20 state-licensed adult day health centers.  The $262,623 grant will be used, along with federal and state funds, for the expansion of the Lifespan Respite Program. “Caring for a loved one can take a tremendous toll on the caregiver, emotionally and physically,” said DES Director Michael Trailor.  “As a result of this award, we are able to expand resources to offer caregivers much needed time to take care of themselves.” With the help of this grant, ACC will continue working to enhance […]

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Clear connection between caregiver and care recipient well-being.

Elders whose caregivers are exhausted, sad, or in poor health are more likely to visit emergency rooms, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study also found a link between caregiver health and Medicare expenditures. Emergency room providers have long asserted that exhausted caregivers may be more inclined to take loved ones with health issues or disabilities to emergency rooms when they need a break—a trend sometimes called “pop drop.” Yet, little research has studied the trend. The new study supports the notion that caregiver stress may be a factor in the need for emergency medical care. How Caregiver Stress Drives Emergency Room Visits The study analyzed data on 3,101 couples who lived at home. In each couple, one spouse served as a caregiver to a spouse older than […]

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Burdens of spousal caregiving alleviated by appreciation, study finds

The fact that spouses often become caregivers for their ailing partners is quite common in American life — and few roles are more stressful. Yet helping behaviors, which are at the core of caregiving, typically relieve stress, according to Michael Poulin, an associate professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Psychology. When discussing spousal care, the draining demands of caregiving and the uplifting effects of helping stand in apparent contrast to one another. But recent research shows that the time caregivers spend actively helping a loved one can improve the caregiver’s sense of well-being — and now, Poulin, an expert in empathy, human generosity and stress, is part of a research team that has published a study exploring why that’s the case. Their research […]

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Malnutrition Is Affecting Too Many Older Adults

What is malnutrition? It simply means poor nutrition. Malnutrition is related to an excessive or imbalanced diet (a diet that lacks essential nutrients) or can be tied to clinical conditions that impair the body’s absorption or use of food. Significant Costs Malnutrition is a growing health problem with real consequences to its victims and to our nation. It is estimated that disease-related malnutrition costs the U.S. $157 billion annually, with older adult malnutrition alone costing $51.3 billion a year. Malnutrition also creates a 300% increase in health care costs. Further, one in three hospital patients is malnourished upon admission and almost one-third of U.S. patients (31%) experiences declines in nutritional status while in the hospital. Malnutrition increases the length of hospital stays on average by four to six days. Also related to malnutrition is sarcopenia […]

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4-Step Response to Senior Isolation and Loneliness

We are social beings and require relationships with others in order to live healthy, satisfying lives. As we age, opportunities for interaction change. Loneliness can become a problem. Its presence, however, calls our attention to unmet needs that may be leading us toward dangerous isolation. Scholars are developing nuanced methods to measure loneliness. Ideally, a well-defined problem leads to more effective solutions for it. Step I) What Do We Know About Loneliness? Current research reveals a few key consensus insights: Loneliness becomes a problem that warrants attention when it persists and feeds on itself Loneliness is different from depression, though it can co-exist with it Loneliness normally waxes and wanes over time and responds to situational changes Loneliness is not determined by amount of time […]

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Hoarding Therapy Program

Too Many Treasures® HOARDING PROGRAM When your “treasures” become too much… We can help! The Area Agency on Aging is offering a 14-week Too Many Treasures® Hoarding Therapy Group designed to affirm, educate, and gently guide individuals who self-identify with hoarding behaviors. Therapy groups introduce participants to new information and techniques that help change current behaviors and thoughts regarding excessive acquiring and clutter issues. Participants must: Be 60 years of age and older Participate in group interaction and home assignments designed to help change current thoughts and behaviors related to their “treasures” Attend at least 12 of the 14 sessions Groups are located in Central Phoenix and Glendale and scheduled to begin in September. Registration Required, Space is Limited! For more information, call: (602) 241-5577 Online registration

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Arizona Caregiver Coalition Sponsor - FSL

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Safe

FSL wants caregivers to ensure homes are safe for their loved ones.  Each year thousands of older Americans fall at home, making falls the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.  Falls often occur due to avoidable hazards that are easy to overlook and fix. Below are a few tips to ensure your home is safe for your aging loved one: •             Remove rugs or use non-slip backing to ensure rugs don’t move •             Keep walkways clear of baskets, blankets, books, etc. •             Coil cords from a lamp or telephone, so you don’t trip over them •             Improve the lighting in each room to give your loved one better lighting •             Install grab bars in the bathroom and shower for extra support •             Handrails […]

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Caregiving benefits are within top 10 priorities for employees

A growing number of employers are becoming aware that workers are providing greater hands-on support to aging parents and other family members — and that employers can help through employee benefits, according to the report, “Caregiving Growing in Importance to Employers,” by the Northeast Business Group on Health in collaboration with AARP. NEBGH surveyed benefits managers from 129 U.S. employers and found that two-thirds (66 percent) agree that during the next five years, caregiving will become an increasingly important issue to their workers. Nearly half (45 percent) say caregiving benefits are within their top 10 priorities for employee health and benefit issues, while 12 percent say it’s within their top five priorities. However, 32 percent say they are unable to address the issue, and 11 percent say it’s […]

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