In Home Care

Mar15

Love, Honor, & Cherish ‘Til Death Do Us Part

For many of us separation comes much sooner than expected. Our needs for daily care increases. As we age our mental capacity to process information is severely diminished. Husbands and wives are at their breaking point of exhaustion taking care of their spouse. Love, honor, and cherish until death parts us would be nice. If we are not dealing with Dementia, Alzheimer (loss of mental understanding), physical range of motion, and dietary restrictions. Incontinence can be breaking point for a spouse. We even must deal with money, bills, insurance forms, doctors’ appointments, and even medication management. By the time we realize that mom or dad or having trouble with caring for each other. The money has been misted managed, medication is not being taken properly and doctors’ appointments are in disarray.  

    I recently did a free in home assessment for a family that was very concerned about their parent’s, April and Thomas. Their mom April has always taken care of the family. So, the kids (that are all adults now) did not concern themselves with the day to day business of their parent’s. Not until, a social worker called and told them that their dad Thomas was in the hospital over a medication mess-up. April was overwhelmed with grief, she thought she did not give Thomas his heart medication, so she dispensed it again. Thomas’ blood pressure dropped dangerously low and she had to call 911. A family meeting was called and all their kids went over their mom and dad’s house. It was shocking to all the kids what their mom has been doing for the both of them. April was 79 years old and her day to day list of things to do would put anyone to exhaustion. They needed help and fast, but they all had jobs. The decision was made to get a personal care agency company to do the heavy lifting (meal prep, housekeeping, medication remainders, grocery shopping, trips to the doctor’s, and anywhere they need to go). That’s where my company Legacy Home Care comes in. Our caregivers can do all that and more!

We developed a care plan that best suited April and Thomas. Also, we were able to work with their long term care insurance. The care plan we developed also included their children, physical therapist, and home health care. It wasn’t more than a week or 2 when they told me that Legacy Home Care was part of their family now.

John Lawerence
Legacy Home Care

Mar072 Comments

My Best Friend, Rodney

My wife and I had just moved in to our new home in Las Vegas. A few days later we had a knock on our front door. “Hi I’m Rodney”. There stood before me an old man in his seventy’s. He introduced himself and his friend. They had just moved in next door and were anxious to meet all of their neighbors. I introduced myself and my wife.
Rodney was quite a character. He was always quick with a joke and had a great love for life and people. I guess you can say I liked him immediately. Over the course of several days I got to know him a little better. Rodney was a senior living on Social Security. A friend of his had bought a new house in Las Vegas, and Rodney agreed to rent a room from him for $400 a month.
Unfortunately, Rodney’s very small Social Security check does not cover all of his expenses. His savings, what little he had, was depleting quickly.
One day Rodney asked me for a ride to his doctor’s appointment at the veteran’s administration. His car was not working and the friend he rented a room from had just asked him to find a new place. With his car on the frits and the threat of being evicted, Rodney was starting to have some serious health problems.
Rodney’s cheerful dispensation had not wavered. I had asked Rodney if he was getting any financial benefits from the Veteran Affairs. Rodney told me that he served only four years in the United States Air Force and did not qualify for any financial benefits. I myself had not ever served in the military, but almost all my entire family had. I remember one of my cousins telling me about financial veterans’ benefits. I told Rodney I would look into it. What I found astonished me. He was eligible – not only for a pension but also additional money to pay for aid and attendants because of his failing health.  If you are a veteran over the age of 65, living on Social Security, have an honorable discharge and ninety days of active duty, with one day of the active duty been during a time of war {Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955) Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, Vietnam war – August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975 and (1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period;) Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation) this includes service in non-combat zones} you can receive a petition from the Veteran Affairs.

John and Rodney

Over the course of the last 5 years Rodney and I have become best friends. I have also become a Veteran Advocate. If you would like to talk with me, please reach out to me at (702) 564-2979.

John Lawerence
Legacy Home Care

Feb22No Comments

Nevada Patriots Employer Program

Legacy Home Care is pleased to announce that we are now officially a part of the Nevada Patriots Employer Program!

We were extremely honored to host Evan Rush from the Department of Veteran Services Community Outreach. Evan graciously presented Legacy Home Care with a certificate on January 30, 2019. Legacy Home Care is an equal opportunity employer and is proud to support and be a part of this esteemed program.

John Lawerence, Evan Rush, and Andi Graham

The (NV) Patriots Employer Program provides businesses with education and support. This is achieved by fulfilling your business with employees who’ve already proven to be successful. This program provides multiple benefits to companies such as where to find veterans, how to retain them, the tax credits available, and other benefits of hiring men and women who have served our country.

Veterans maintain outstanding leadership and technical skills that make them an asset to any organization. By simply engaging in this key talent inquiry, this can help bring multiple benefits to a company in immeasurable ways.

Thank you for your service!

John Lawrence
Legacy Home Care
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Sep25

REST Program – Trainer of the Quarter!

Our Owner, Andrea “Andi” Graham was just announced as the REST program’s Trainer of the Quarter!  Congratulations Andi!

If you would like more information on how to because a trainer or in-home Caregiver, give Legacy Home Care a call!

http://restprogram.org/andi-graham-rest-trainer-of-the-quarter/

Sep06

Feed A Senior Campaign

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley launched its “Feed A Senior” Campaign in celebration of Grandparents Day.  As a proud sponsor of this much needed Non-Profit organization, Legacy owners volunteer their time and money to support Helping Hands’ efforts to feed our Valley’s hungry Senior Citizens.  Won’t you join us by volunteering to deliver food, pack food bags or sponsor a food drive?  Contact Brenda, the Helping Hands Volunteer Coordinator at 702-633-7264 if you would like to volunteer.

Helping Hand’s food pantry can Feed a hungry Senior for a whole MONTH with just one $20 donation!

Click Here to donate and feed a senior this month – they need your help!  

You can make a difference in someone’s life today!!

 

 

 

Jun10

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley

Today is the day Helping Hands of Vegas Valley needs YOUR help!  Top Golf and many local companies, including Legacy Home Care are coming together at the NEW TOP GOLF – LAS VEGAS venue to raise funds for this wonderful charity which gives FREE food, transportation and Respite Care to Las Vegas’ senior population.  Join with Legacy Home Care to keep this organization one of the top non-profits in the State of Nevada!

If you don’t have time to attend the “SWING FORE SENIORS” event today from 8:30am to Noon – then take time to make a quick donation at www.hhovv.org.  Sponsor a Senior in need today – you’ll be glad you did!

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Apr25

Certified Companion Aid

I have a friend who approached me about her ailing mother in Chicago. She is flying back home to help take care of her, but knows nothing about HOW to do it. So she asked about Legacy’s caregiver training course – the Certified Companion Aid.  This is a great course for beginners in the field of Caregiving.  It’s a 19 chapter workbook with DVD produced from our franchise partner The Senior’s Choice.  Every subject on the aging process – from nutrition, our aging bodies, to various aliments, and to how to safely transfer someone from the couch to wheelchair etc…what a GREAT resource!

So whether a caregiver career is in your future or not – you can get a solid understanding of the field in this one course.  It’s also a Certified Course, which means it’s accredited so once you PASS the test at the end of the course you receive a Certificate and lapel pin to show your pride of becoming a “Certified Companion Aid.”  

CCA Course  Study it at your own pace – and take the quiz when you’re finished.

Andi's CCA  It’s a great way to learn about the proper way to care for your loved ones – as well as a friend of neighbor who needs a little help staying independent in their own home.

If you’re interested taking the course – or want to order it for a friend – feel free to give Andi a call at 702.564.2979.

Apr18

Legacy Home Care receives endorsement from Rochelle at Starfish Resources

Rochelle Taylor, owner of Starfish Resources, has moved to Phoenix due to family health issues and has left all her clientele in good hands with Legacy Home Care.  Rochelle was personally involved with each of her clients – shopping, running errands, taking them to Doctor appointments, going to the beauty shop, helping pay bills, as well as providing family members a break (IE. Respite Care) for the day.  Rochelle has been providing service in Las Vegas and Henderson for seven years and it’s an honor to know that she feels comfortable leaving her friends and clients in the hands of Andi Graham – and the Legacy Home Care team!

You can still reach out to Rochelle, if you’d like to say “Hello”  She still answers her phone at 702.871.2953.  However, if you need a little help with your errands or getting to that Doctor appointment – feel free to call Andi any time at 702.564.2979.

Starfish Press Release 4-7-16

Apr13

How do I Prevent a Catastrophic Fall in my home?

We want to help folks stay independent in their own homes – and one of the keys ways of doing that is to keep folks from falling and injuring themselves.

70 Percent of accidental deaths in people over the age of 75 occur due to falls!  How do you know if you’re a high risk for falling?   Watch our segment on the Morning Blend show.

Morning Blend Segment

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We show how to take a Self-assessment quiz and see where your risk lies.

Fall Prevention Brochure

 

A Free No-obligation Home Safety assessment can also assist in lowering your risk of a fall – so call for your home assessment at 702.564.2979.

 

Apr04

How do I find help paying for Home Care?

People often ask – “Does Aetna pay for Home Care?”  “What about Medicare, don’t they pay for In-Home Care?”  The short answer is “YES” – if there’s a medical reason.  Most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid pays for In-home care – in acute (short-term) situations and for limited number of hours per day or week.

But what if you need extended services in order to stay independent in your own home?  Medical insurance only goes so far in covering home care for disease control, but for chronic conditions such as Arthritis or COPD – you will have to be more creative in finding help in covering long-term home care.

Here are a couple of options that Legacy  has found helpful for our clients to offset the cost of In-Home Care…

Life Insurance Riders – Some Life Insurance policies have Riders that Accelerate the Death Benefit payments BEFORE the insured dies.  A licensed health practitioner has to certify that the Insured has a Critical Illness, Chronic Illness and/or Terminal Illness.  This includes Severe Cognitive Impairment – such as Alzheimers’ and Dementia.   Individuals would qualify for payments if they were unable to perform at least 2 Activities of Daily Living.  (Bathing, Dressing, Eating, Toileting, Continence and Transferring.)  Be sure to check your policies!

Long-Term Care Insurance – This is not common because most older folks weren’t expected to live  long enough to need care.  However, due to advancements in modern medicine, the average lifetime has significantly increased and this option is becoming more popular.  Be sure to ask your loved one just in case they had the foresight to buy it!

Veterans Benefits – Federal Benefits are available for Veterans, AND their dependents and Surviving Spouse.  This process, like any government agency, has a great deal of paperwork involved.  So if you have a loved one who served during a war or a surviving spouse of a Vet,  contact the benefits division right away at 800-827-1000, or click on the link below to download a copy of the forms.  If you need home care or are already receiving home care, those expenses should be included in your pension calculations as well.  Contact Legacy’s volunteer Veterans’ liaison, John Lawrence if you need help or just have a question with the paperwork or process.  He can be reached at 702.600.5112.

VA Forms

Aid and Attendance Form

Local Foundations and Charitable Organizations – In Las Vegas & Henderson, Organizations such as Helping Hands of Vegas Valley or The Independent Senior Foundation offer Respite Care Vouchers for family members as well as seniors who live alone and need help with food, transportation or In-home care.

For assistance on finding additional payment options in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, contact our Legacy Home Care office at 702.564.2979, where we treat your family like our family.