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Help When A Spouse Goes To A Nursing Home

If your spouse has entered a nursing home, you know the government’s harsh rules create a tremendous financial strain on the healthy spouse. The general rules of Medicaid for married families only allow the healthy spouse to keep half of the available assets, up to a maximum of about $130,000.   Let’s...

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Mom needs more Care. Is It Time for a Move?

Is It Time For A Move? Knowing when and if it’s time for a loved one to move to a personal care home or assisted living is not easy. Ideally most people want to age in place for as long as possible. However, if one’s independence and well-being start to decline and the practicality, safety, and the...

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A COVID Vaccine is Here!

For long-term care providers who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight, it’s gratifying to be recognized among America’s highest priority for the vaccine.   Long-term care employees have made it their personal responsibility, both at work and at home, to take the necessary precautions in...

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Choosing The Right In-Home Care Service

We have heard the same scenario over and over. A family member is seeking an in-home care service in Fort Myers and is overwhelmed with the choices. It wasn’t always this challenging. Back in 1996, when Abby Services started, there were only a handful of options when seeking a professional in-home care...

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My Loved One Is In The Hospital. Now What?

Dealing with our elderly loved ones in the hospital and understanding what to do next is more confusing than ever.  First you have the stress of dealing with the event that led to the hospitalization. That alone makes things difficult for everyone.  But then you must try to figure out the confusing maze...

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Medical Nutrition Therapy: How Diet Helps Treat Chronic Kidney Disease

If you could afford treatment of a chronic medical condition to improve your quality of life, you would do that, right? For instance, take chronic kidney disease (CKD), a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function. When the kidneys aren’t working properly, waste builds up in the blood,...

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COVID-19 or the Flu: How Do You Know the Difference?

The holiday season is upon us, with all its magical wonders, good cheer, and . . . contagious diseases. COVID-19 (coronavirus) and flu (seasonal influenza) are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2),...

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What is GIFT?

GIFT is a grassroots organization started in 2015, it is the kind of effort that lets everyone get involved.   The organization engages seniors who are homebound or living in a senior community the opportunities to give back to their own neighborhoods. GIFT’s programs tap into seniors’ abilities to...

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Decluttering Our Lives

I stood on a green yoga mat in my office, which due to the pandemic, had also been turned into a storage room. Stretching my cold arms in warrior pose, a pose designed for concentration, I felt everything in my life move out of focus. Reading one of the six library books stacked on a chair. Checking...

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What is Caregogi?

You have reached the point where you know additional care is needed for your loved one, but you also know that traditional home care can be expensive.   You also know exactly what type of care that your loved one needs.  Caregogi is here to help! What is Caregogi?  Caregogi is a powerful online tool...

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NAVIGATING YOUR POST-HOSPITAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

What is Managed Care?  Any arrangement for health care in which an organization, such as a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), another type of doctor-hospital network, or an insurance company, acts as intermediary between the person seeking care and the physician/facility administering the care....

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Neighborhood House Provides Refuge . . . from Sheltering in Place

Lifestyle changes related to COVID-19 transmission have had a broader impact on older adults than is reflected in current hospitalization and mortality numbers. The abrupt shift to social distancing, required to minimize exposure to a disease that puts them at ‘high risk’, has discounted the destructive...

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What is the BRiTE Wellness Program?

BRiTE is an innovative program that promotes brain and body health and wellness by providing our members with integrated activities in a social environment.   The Creative Expression, Fitness, and Music activities offered emphasize the components of everyday life that are associated with better brain...

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Buying or Selling a Hoe in the Age of Coronavirus

Many seniors are eager to buy or sell a home after sitting on the sidelines during the pandemic but worry about exposing themselves to COVID-19. What should you know about the current state of real estate transactions if you fall into this camp?   First, the rules are constantly evolving and vary by...

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Emergency Preparedness

It’s Hurricane Season! In Florida when we think of emergency planning, we think hurricanes. Abby Services is required as part of our licensure to develop an emergency plan. During initial meetings, we discuss with all patients their emergency plans. During all emergencies, Abby Services, and the caregivers...

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We Owe Them Much

Veterans have served our country in the military and without question, the nation owes them a debt of gratitude. In addition, multiple programs are available from the government for our veterans and surviving spouses. One such program is the Aid and Attendance Program. The VA Aid and Attendance Program...

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MediConnect Insurance

“We exist to challenge the status quo by redefining the relationship between consumer and coverage through a high value service model while providing unbiased healthcare solutions.” Sandy and her husband Bob who had recently started their Medicare were referred to MediConnect by her sister-in– law,...

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Hospice Helps Patients Remain at Home Instead of the Hospital

Facing a life-limiting diagnosis is rarely simple. When patients are ready to focus on comfort and quality of life, they may not want an expensive stay in the hospital or skilled nursing facility.   Hospice offers an alternative–particularly during COVID-19’s heightened risks and restrictions. Whether...

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Why You Should Consider an Irrevocable Trust

As a Certified Elder Law Attorney*, I am often asked by my clients how they can protect their savings from a nursing home.   They think if they end up in the nursing home, their hard-earned assets and even their home could be lost. They’ve heard that perhaps they should give the home or money to their...

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Caring for the elderly: Dealing with resistance

Caring for the elderly can be challenging — particularly if a loved one doesn't want help. Understand what's causing your loved one's resistance and how you can encourage cooperation. One of the toughest challenges you can face when caring for the elderly is resistance to care. How do you help a...

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