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Listen in to inform, inspire and help older adults and caregivers navigate the wonderful, yet at many times, challenging journey of aging. You will hear from senior care advisors, aging specialists, and other leading experts as they shine a light on topics that are important to older adults and caregivers, and we’ll also provide resources, tips and tools that will help you make informed decisions along the way.

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Listen in to inform, inspire and help older adults and caregivers navigate the wonderful, yet at many times, challenging journey of aging. You will hear from senior care advisors, aging specialists, and other leading experts as they shine a light on topics that are important to older adults and caregivers, and we’ll also provide resources, tips and tools that will help you make informed decisions along the way.

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Episodes
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Finding the Right Match: Making the Most of an Assisted Living Community Tour

6/20/2024
Navigating a loved one’s transition to an Assisted Living Community can be a challenging but necessary step in ensuring their well-being and safety. As families embark on this journey, it's essential to understand the different senior living options available and how they align with a loved one's current and future care needs. One crucial step in the process of finding the right care option for a loved one is scheduling community tours to explore the daily life and care provided, allowing families to assess whether a community aligns with their expectations and their loved one's needs. A community tour is not just a walk-through; it's an opportunity to envision a loved one's life in a new setting. In this episode, we'll share tips and considerations for making the most of this experience, ensuring that every visit is informative and insightful and moves you closer to finding the ideal community for your loved one. Tune in to hear more about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:19:47

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Insight for Aging Services Professionals: The Role of Clinical Home Modifications

5/9/2024
As the U.S. population ages, the prevalence of disability and functional limitations and the demand for long-term services and supports (LTSS) will increase. In fact, according to a report from the University of Michigan, 88% of older adults ages 50 to 80 feel it’s important to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Unfortunately, many homes are not designed to safely age in place, especially for those living with chronic conditions or mobility impairments that impact activities of daily living. A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) estimates that nearly 6 million people receive Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) for assistance with activities of daily living (such as eating, bathing, and dressing) and instrumental activities of daily living (such as preparing meals, managing medication, and housekeeping). LTSS are provided to individuals who need such services due to aging, chronic illness, or disability and may be provided in institutional settings such as nursing facilities (1.6 million people) or in people’s homes and communities (4.2 million people). Join us as we discuss the important role of clinical home modifications and how they enhance the quality of life for seniors, promote independence, and contribute to overall well-being. We'll also explore best practices, innovative approaches, and the latest trends in this vital aspect of care. Stay tuned for expert insights and practical tips to elevate your practice in serving aging populations. Tune in to hear more about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:14:51

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What is Memory Care?

5/8/2024
Did you know that approximately 55 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias? AD is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. As the disease progresses, many individuals with AD or dementia may require additional care to ensure their safety. For instance, during the middle to late stages of AD, providing 24-hour supervision may become necessary. In certain cases, more specialized care may be required. It is crucial to be prepared and aware of care options to effectively meet the needs of a loved one. Listen in as we explore the definition and purpose of memory care, highlighting the specialized care and support it offers for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Tune in to hear more about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:13:27

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Finding the Right Care Setting for Your Aging Loved One

4/18/2024
With more than 30,000 assisted living communities in the U.S., navigating the right care setting or community can be overwhelming, especially for older adults and their family caregivers. In this episode, we'll explore key considerations for choosing a care setting, common challenges faced by families, the supportive CarePatrol process, an inspiring client success story, and valuable resources. Listen in as we uncover insights and strategies to help you make informed and compassionate decisions for your loved ones. Tune in to hear more about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:22:29

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Safe Spaces: Navigating Fall Prevention for Aging Parents

3/20/2024
Did you know? Each year more than one in four older adults, age 65 and older, experience a fall, resulting in about 3 million emergency department visits, 950,000 hospitalizations and 32,000 deaths. Many of these falls are preventable. (CDC) According to a recent report from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in this age group. About 20-30 percent of these falls result in moderate to severe injuries, leading to reduced mobility, independence, and an increased risk of premature death. Shockingly, in 2019, 88 percent of older adult hip fractures were caused by falls. In this episode entitled "Safe Spaces: Navigating Fall Prevention for Aging Parents," we connect with Kisha Steineger, Certified Senior Advisor® and Senior Care Consultant of CarePatrol Northeast Kansas. Join us as she provides tips, insights, and ideas on the critical topic of fall prevention. Listen in to hear about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:22:04

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Informed Decisions: Benefits of Professional Senior Living Advice

2/21/2024
Finding the right Assisted Living Community is more important than ever, and that's because there are more senior living options today than there ever have been. For instance, did you know that nearly 31,000 Assisted Living Communities span across the United States alone? Since that's the case, finding the perfect match for your loved one can prove difficult. But help is here. In today's episode entitled "Informed Decisions: Benefits of Professional Senior Living Advice," we sit down with Tracy Toomer, Certified Senior Advisor and Owner at CarePatrol Collin County-Central, while she provides tips, insights, and more for choosing the best care. Listen in to hear about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:20:55

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Assisted Living - Knowing Your Options

1/23/2024
Did you know that more than 800,000 older adults reside in 30,000 assisted living communities in the US and the majority of these residents are the "oldest old," or age 85 and older, female, and non-Hispanic white. Of those residents, 4 in 10 are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Services offered when residing in an Assisted Living Community can vary greatly. Understanding the differences is important when selecting the best setting to help live one’s best life. In this episode, Mary Beth Visniski, Certified Senior Advisor®, Certified Placement and Referral Specialist, Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer® and Certified Dementia Practitioner® will share her insight on what exactly is Assisted Living and need to know information as one considers this senior living option. Listen in to hear about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:12:20

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Home for the Holidays: Recognizing When Extra Support May Be Needed

12/14/2023
We all know just how special it is to gather with family and friends, near and far, share stories of the past, and simply be together once again. In addition to creating new memories, the holiday season also provides a unique opportunity to engage in a thoughtful "check-in" on the well-being of our older loved ones. It's essential to watch out for signs and situations that may indicate a need for extra support, ensuring that the holidays remain not only merry but also safe for everyone involved. If you’re not sure where to begin, this episode will guide you through ways to prepare your home for family visits, focusing on the care needs of your elderly loved one and recognizing when they might need assistance. Regardless of whether you’ve been noticing some telltale signs for a while or are simply curious as to what they are, this episode promises to provide you with insights to ensure your loved one gets the exact kind of care they need. Listen in and learn how to prevent avoidable issues from happening, learn how to spot the signs of needing support, and master the art of empathetic communication with your loved one. Learn about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:06:42

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Navigating the Family Caregiver Role in Assisted Living

11/30/2023
Families navigating the transition of a loved one into an Assisted Living Community face the responsibility of deciding on the best care option for their loved one. Throughout the care transition journey, caregivers can experience a mix of emotions and doubts that may take time to disappear, which is why having a strong support system and helpful resources can make a great difference. This episode delves into the heart of a matter that touches the lives of countless families—assisted living and the profound role of family caregivers. We will explore the intricate web of responsibilities, emotions, and decisions that family caregivers grapple with when their loved ones transition into an Assisted Living Community, and we will share stories, challenges, and solutions that form the tapestry of caring connections, no matter the location. Whether you're a seasoned family caregiver or just beginning to navigate this path, this episode promises to provide valuable insights and guidance to help you thrive in this essential role. Tune in to learn about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:21:27

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The Time is Now: Preparing for the Costs of Aging

11/16/2023
Did you know? The cost of care tends to increase as one ages due to a variety of factors, including the potential for declining health, increased medical needs, and a greater reliance on assistance for daily activities. There is a prevailing misunderstanding that older adults possess significant assets and are thus prepared to cover the costs of their care needs. However, the truth is that a substantial majority, a staggering 80%, currently face financial challenges or are at risk of encountering economic instability as they age. Listen in for insights on how to prepare for the costs of aging, including potential care expenses, funding strategies and resources. Learn about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:25:41

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What to Look for When Visiting an Aging Parent

11/2/2023
Visiting loved ones as they age can be a deeply meaningful experience, but it also comes with a responsibility to ensure their well-being. During these visits, it's essential to be observant and proactive in assessing their physical, emotional, and cognitive health. Listen to this episode as we explore care needs indicators to pay attention to, share valuable insights, and offer practical tips to help you make the most out of your visits while providing the best care for your aging loved ones. Learn about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:14:21

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Healthy Aging: When Is it Time to Hang Up the Keys?

10/19/2023
Did you know? People aged 70 and older are more likely to crash than any other age group besides drivers age 25 and younger. As a loved one ages, concerns about their ability to continue driving safely may arise. For many of us, driving symbolizes freedom and independence. However, it's essential to acknowledge promptly that the abilities of an aging adult can change, affecting their overall safety on the road. Research indicates that the age at which people typically stop driving varies widely due to factors such as health, mobility, and access to alternative transportation options. Some individuals can drive competently well into their 80s and beyond, while others may face difficulties in their 60s or even earlier. Most, however, drive 7 to 10 years longer than they should. Having a conversation with an older adult about when it might be time to stop driving can be challenging but is crucial for their safety and the safety of others on the road. Tune in for tips and resources to help you navigate these conversations and better support the safety of your loved one. Learn about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:18:18

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When Returning Home Isn’t an Immediate Option

10/5/2023
Post-hospitalization care for older adults, especially after a serious medical event, does not always include going back home. In fact, research shows that older adults who are not able to recover their cognitive and physical function after hospitalization for an acute illness face a higher chance of rehospitalization, disability, mortality, and placement in a long-term care facility. To better help individuals improve function for post-hospitalization recovery, including cardiac, stroke and pulmonary rehab, strengthening, hip and knee replacements, and pain management, there are post-acute care options available for different care needs. For families and caregivers navigating care transitions with a loved one, understanding the benefits of post-acute care, as well as the different options available, will make a positive difference in the care outcomes of the older adult. Tune in for resources to better understand post-hospitalization care and obtain practical tips on initiating these essential conversations with a loved one. Learn about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:26:01

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Mindful Aging: Keeping Your Brain Sharp

9/14/2023
Did you know? Our brains get much of their power from 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, that control reading, remembering, deciding, moving and other activities that involve thinking and planning. Cognitive health, or the ability to think clearly, learn, and remember, is essential to performing everyday activities. It is crucial to keep one’s brain sharp to live fully, especially as one ages. Brain health is of utmost importance for older adults because it directly affects one’s overall well-being, quality of life, and independence. With age, the brain undergoes changes that can impact cognitive functions, memory, and emotional well-being. Taking steps to improve brain or cognitive function can greatly increase quality of life and significantly impact an individual’s ability to engage in activities. Tune in for insights about brain health, how it is impacted by age, and tips for supporting it. Learn about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:20:52

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Having ‘The Talk’: How Siblings Can Navigate Assisted Living Conversations

8/31/2023
In the journey of discussing assisted living options with aging parents or loved ones, the involvement of siblings or family caregivers can significantly influence the process. These conversations are often marked by complex emotions, differing viewpoints, and the challenge of making decisions that prioritize the well-being and wishes of the aging loved one. Being proactive about understanding how additional support will significantly improve a loved one’s quality of life can help establish a path to decisions that are focused on the success of the aging adult. Gain insights about assisted living conversations, including ways to approach care options with siblings, caregivers and older adults. Tune in to learn about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:21:59

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Dispelling Assisted Living Myths

8/10/2023
Assisted living is part of a continuum of long-term care services that provides a combination of housing, personal care services, and health care support services. If you or a family member are experiencing mixed feelings about the concept of assisted living, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Numerous myths and misunderstandings surround the idea of life in an assisted living community. When selecting the right community to meet one’s needs, it's crucial to distinguish between reality and fiction. Listen in to this episode as we explore: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:14:56

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Therapy Solutions No Matter the Location

7/27/2023
For older adults recovering from an injury, surgery or illness, there are various therapy services that can support them throughout the process in order to ensure the best health outcomes. Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech/Language Pathology professionals provide services that can help older adults feel better, achieve their health goals and improve their quality of life. Learn about the differences between each therapy service and how they can support the health goals of older adults and the overall caregiving journey, through the following insights: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:21:12

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Easing the Transition to Assisted Living

7/13/2023
Moving out of the family home and into an assisted living community may not be the easiest of transitions. For older adults who've spent decades living at the same address, relocating can be difficult and stressful. However, there are ways for loved ones to help minimize the stress of the move. By approaching the transition to assisted living with empathy, effective communication, and support, family members and caregivers can help ease the process and ensure the older adult's well-being and comfort during this important life change. Tune in for insights on how to support a loved one during this time, and learn about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:16:16

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When is the Right Time to Consider Assisted Living?

6/29/2023
Life can change in a moment, and determining when to move from home or independent living to an assisted living community can be overwhelming. This difficult situation may be lessened by starting the conversation early and often talking about what’s coming down the road for an aging loved one. For older adults and their family members and caregivers, being proactive about understanding care changes and additional support will significantly improve their quality of life. An essential first step is having conversations about care wishes and spotting the signs that more support from an assisted living community may be needed. Tune in for insights about assisted living, including signs that your loved one may need more help and how to start the conversation. Hear about the following: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:32:38

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Three Decades of Family Caregiving Support

6/15/2023
When faced with the decision of placing a loved one in assisted living or a similar community and needing assistance to find the right care solution, would you prefer a cold, impersonal phone call or a warm in-person meeting? For our 30th episode, we celebrate CarePatrol’s 30th year of supporting older adults and their family members to navigate care solutions. Founded in 1993 by a social worker after observing the personal trauma experienced by a family whose loved one had been placed in the wrong type of facility, CarePatrol became the pioneer organization whose core values are dedicated to being a comprehensive personal service and valuable resource for families during the placement of a loved one. Listen in as we explore: To view resources, show notes and access more My Care Advisors episodes, visit mycareadvisors.com. We are grateful to be your guide.

Duration:00:28:55