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Jun 20, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Proveer Heritage Place Summer Solstice 2024

Help Proveer at Heritage Woods Battle the Darkness of Alzheimer's at the Longest Day Annual BBQ FundraiserTickets $20 per PersonAll proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's AssociationTickets Include:Event EntryBBQ FavoritesLive MusicGamesCocktailsMocktails and MOREContact Martha at 251-665-9063 or email at mtaylor@proveersl.com

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Jun 17, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Touching Hearts Health Fair

Come out on June 17thOpen to the PublicHealth FairFree Resources, Consults, Advice & More

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Jun 06, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Dementia Support Group - Third Thursday of the Month

Meeting Information:Dementia Support Group meetings are for caregivers or anyone interested in information about the disease.Support groups are FREE, however a RSVP is encouraged, 251-445-4204Location: Touching Hearts Senior CareGulf Coast Dementia Services

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Jun 06, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Dementia Support Group - First Thursday of the Month

Meeting Information:Dementia Support Group meetings are for caregivers or anyone interested in information about the disease.Support groups are FREE, however a RSVP is encouraged, 251-445-4204Location: Touching Hearts Senior CareGulf Coast Dementia Services

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VIPcare Mobile-Skyline

Primary Care Providers for Seniors 3942 Government Boulevard, Mobile, Alabama, 36693

VIPcarePreventative CareUtilizing a value-based Medicare Advantage model produces lower rates of hospital stays, emergency department visits, and 30-day readmissions for beneficiaries as compared to Traditional Medicare health models.5-Star ProviderThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services use a five-star quality rating system to measure Medicare beneficiaries experience with their health plans and the health care system.Patients 65+ require different attention and care than other age groups. VIPcare provides senior-focused primary care that caters specifically to the needs of older adults.What is Senior-Focused Care?Senior-focused care is primary care that delivers a wide range of value-based healthcare services with a dedicated focus on patients 65+. It takes the unique needs of the senior population into consideration when caring for patients.How Is Senior-Focused Primary Care Different than Traditional Primary Care?At VIPcare, youll notice many differences between how we care for patients and how others do. Because VIPcare specializes in caring for adults 65+, our providers are trained and specialized in the specific clinical needs of seniors. We focus on prevention and management, helping to achieve Better Health. Also, using a value-based model allows our providers to spendmore time with patients. Instead of waiting for an appointment, our providers can see you right away, sometimes even the same day if needed.What are the Benefits of Senior-Focused Care?Many older adults live with multiple chronic conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. By having a primary care provider that is skilled and trained to treat the senior population and their specific needs, such as chronic conditions, patients receive better and more personalized care. In addition, senior-focused care integrates a team approach and coordinates with specialty care when necessary.What Insurance is Needed for Senior-Focused Care?Senior-focused primary care is best delivered as part of a value-based model and works best when paired with Medicare Advantage plans. However, some VIPcare clinics do accept traditional Medicare.Learn More About Senior-Focused Care at VIPcareVIPcare provides senior-focused primary care to the aging population. We believe in quality over quantity and always strive to deliver 5-star care. Learn more about what makes VIPcare different by scheduling an appointment or calling 251-250-4841.

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The Orthopaedic Group - Mobile

Orthopedics 6144 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, Alabama, 36608

The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., is committed to excellence in treating all of your orthopaedic needs. For more than 40 years, patients across the Gulf Coast have placed their trust in our carespecialized orthopaedic care in the spine, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, hip and knee, and foot and ankle. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctors and their staff have extensive education and experience in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating all orthopaedic injuries and conditions.With compassion and expert care, our doctors and staff are dedicated to helping our patients return to active, healthy lifestyles.At The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., our specialty-trained doctors are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic conditions and injuries. When you are seen by one of our experts, you know youre being treated by an experienced doctor who is focused on your recovery and dedicated to providing you exceptional orthopaedic care.The Orthopaedic Group Offer Expert Doctors In:Foot &  AnkleHand & ElbowJoint ReplacementPediatricSpineSports MedicineGeneral OrthopaedicsWhat We Offer:Bone HealthElectromyography and Nerve Conduction VelocityMobile Surgery CenterMRIOccupational TherapyPhysical TherapySaturday Sports CareWorkers CompensationX-RayPhysical Therapy:At The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., we offer in-house physical therapy at our Airport Boulevard office, with additional therapy clinics in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. This allows constant communication and coordination between our doctors and therapists. Our certified physical therapists provide conservative injury treatment, pre-and postoperative treatment, and spine care and management.

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Saad Healthcare - Mobile

Home Health 1515 S University Blvd, Mobile, Alabama, 36609

Saad Healthcare is dedicated to providing highly-skilled nursing care to patients in their own homes. Our RNs are not only some of the best trained and certified home healthcare nurses in the field, but also provide care and medical services with courtesy, respect, and warmth. That is the Saad way. We offer nursing services on both a short and long-term basis. So whether nursing is needed during recovery from an illness, accident, or surgery, or more lengthy care is required, Saad Healthcare is the one call to make to give you the confidence that comes from knowing you are doing the right thing for your patient or loved one.We offer the following:Pulmonary and Respiratory CareDiabetic CareEnterostomal TherapyIntravenous ServicesPhysical TherapyOccupational TherapySpeech TherapyHome Infusion TherapyWound CarePalliative Care Hospice Bridge ProgramHome Health Aide ServicesTransitional Care TelehealthPsychiatric Nursing Program

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The Orthopaedic Group Therapy - Mobile

Physical Therapy 6144 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, Alabama, 36608

The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., is committed to excellence in treating all of your orthopaedic needs. For more than 40 years, patients across the Gulf Coast have placed their trust in our carespecialized orthopaedic care in the spine, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, hip and knee, and foot and ankle. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctors and their staff have extensive education and experience in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating all orthopaedic injuries and conditions.With compassion and expert care, our doctors and staff are dedicated to helping our patients return to active, healthy lifestyles.At The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., our specialty-trained doctors are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic conditions and injuries. When you are seen by one of our experts, you know youre being treated by an experienced doctor who is focused on your recovery and dedicated to providing you exceptional orthopaedic care.The Orthopaedic Group Offer Expert Doctors In:Foot &  AnkleHand & ElbowJoint ReplacementPediatricSpineSports MedicineGeneral OrthopaedicsWhat We Offer:Bone HealthElectromyography and Nerve Conduction VelocityMobile Surgery CenterMRIOccupational TherapyPhysical TherapySaturday Sports CareWorkers CompensationX-RayPhysical Therapy:At The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., we offer in-house physical therapy at our Airport Boulevard office, with additional therapy clinics in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. This allows constant communication and coordination between our doctors and therapists. Our certified physical therapists provide conservative injury treatment, pre-and postoperative treatment, and spine care and management.

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Why You Should Have a Memorial

Why you Should Have a Memorial and How to Choose the Right OneLosing a loved one is never easy. It is a time of immense emotional pain and grief. During this period, it is important to find ways to honor and remember the person who has passed away. One way to do this is by creating a memorial in their honor. In this blog post, we will explore why you should have a memorial and how to choose the right one.Why Have a Memorial?A memorial is a physical reminder of the person who has passed away. It provides a place for loved ones to gather and pay their respects, and it can serve as a symbol of the person's life and legacy. Here are some additional reasons why you should consider creating a memorial:Provides Comfort: Having a memorial can provide comfort to family and friends who are grieving. It gives them a physical place to visit and remember their loved ones.Honors the Person's Life:A memorial is a way to honor the person's life and legacy. It can be personalized to reflect their personality, interests and achievements.Creates a Lasting Tribute: A memorial is a lasting tribute to the person who has passed away. It ensures that their memory will live on for generations to come.Choosing the Right MemorialWhen it comes to choosing the right memorial, there are several factors to consider. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:Consider the Person's Wishes: If the person who has passed away expressed any wishes regarding their memorial, be sure to take them into consideration. This can include things like their preferred location, type of memorial and any specific design elements.Choose the Type of Memorial: There are many different types of memorials to choose from, including headstones, plaques, benches and statues. Consider what type of memorial would best reflect the person's personality and interests.Personalize the Memorial: Personalizing the memorial can make it more meaningful and reflective of the person's life. Consider adding their name, birth and death dates, a favorite quote or an image that represents their personality or interests.At Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery, we offer a wide range of memorial options to help you honor your loved one. From traditional headstones and mausoleums to cremation memorials and garden benches in a beautiful setting at 6100 Three Notch Road, Mobile, Alabama.  We have something to fit every need and budget. Our experienced staff can help guide you through the process of choosing the right memorial and personalizing it to reflect your loved one's life and legacy.In conclusion, creating a memorial is a meaningful way to honor and remember a loved one who has passed away. By taking the time to choose the right memorial and personalizing it to reflect the person's life, you can create a lasting tribute that will provide comfort and solace to family and friends for generations to come. At Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery, we are here to help you through this difficult time and guide you through the process of creating a beautiful and meaningful memorial for your loved one. We offer services such as pre-need planning, ground burial, cremation burial, and memorial and monuments.Contact Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery's friendly staff today at 251-661-1333 to learn more about our services how we can help you.

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Mocktails to Replace Your Favorite Drink

Mocktails to Replace Your Favorite DrinkTheres nothing wrong with enjoying an alcoholic beverage once in a while, but excessive alcohol use is detrimental to your health. According to the American Addiction Center and a 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 1 million adults 65 and older reported substance abuse in the last year. Of those substances older adults abused, alcohol was at the top, with 10.7 percent of seniors reporting binge drinking in the previous month. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to serious health concerns, especially for older adults. However, resources and help are available to those who need assistance changing their drinking habits. Sometimes understanding how alcohol affects the body and finding nonalcoholic replacements can be an excellent start to transforming your relationship with alcohol.The dangers of excessive alcohol useAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive drinking includes binge and heavy drinking. Binge drinking, the most common form of excessive drinking, is when you consume four to five drinks on a single occasion. Heavy drinking is when you drink eight or more drinks per week. Even if youre not regularly drinking excessively, alcohol can lead to health concerns in people of all ages. People taking specific prescription or over-the-counter medications should not drink alcohol without their doctors consent, as some medicines may cause life-threatening reactions. Over time, too much alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and liver disease. Older adults who already have concerns related to the heart may increase their risk of heart-related conditions. Alcohol use weakens the immune system, increasing the chances of getting sick. It also makes it more difficult for your body to fight infections. Drinking alcohol dehydrates the body and can lead to dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, or changes to your bathroom habits. Alcohol is a depressant, and excessive use can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. If used for too long or too often, you may develop an alcohol disorder or dependence.Mocktail RecipesSometimes its challenging to stop drinking because it becomes a regular part of your day or evening. If you enjoy a ritualistic aspect of drinking, you can keep a nightly cocktail in your routine by replacing it with an alcohol-free mocktail. These mocktail recipes are easy to make and great options for family gatherings or other social events when you might feel uncomfortable without a drink in your hand. Mango MuleMuddle a cucumber slice and oz of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Add 1.5 oz of mango puree and 1.5oz of fresh lime juice to the shaker. Fill the rest of the shaker with ice and shake until well blended. Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass and top off with 2 to 3oz ginger beer. Garnish the drink with fresh mint and a cucumber slice. Cranberry SpritzerPlace 1-2 ice cubes into a short cocktail glass. Add 1.5oz of cranberry juice and 3oz sparkling water or cranberry-flavored seltzer water. Stir the mix and top off with a teaspoon of honey. You can also add a few orange slices to the rim of the glass for garnish Cucumber Gimlet Muddle a few slices of cucumber and a teaspoon of sugar in a cocktail shaker. Next, add 1.5oz of fresh lime juice and 1oz of simple syrup to the shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake. Strain the lime juice and simple syrup mixer into your favorite glass, and top with 3oz club soda. Garnish with a lime or a cucumber slice, and enjoy. How Visiting Angels Can HelpNeed help in the kitchen making a mocktail recipe? Or maybe you need additional assistance at home with tasks like housekeeping, meal prep, and medication reminders. Whatever your nonmedical needs are, Visiting Angels is here to help. Our Mobile office works with seniors in Mobile and the surrounding area. If youd like to learn more about our services or wish to schedule a complimentary consultation, send us a message or call 251.345.4100.

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Who is Eligible for Home Health Care Under Medicare

Who is Eligible for Home Health Care Under Medicare?Medicare is a federal health insurance program that serves as a vital support system for people aged 65 and older.  Patients may be eligible for Medicare earlier if they have certain disabilities, End-Stage Renal Disease or ALS.  Among Medicares unique benefits is home health care, which provides skilled nursing, therapies and other care services to those with specific health needs.Basic Eligibility for Medicare Home Health Care BenefitsTo be eligible for Medicare home health care benefits, the patient must meet several key criteria to help determine if the patients condition and home environment warrant home health care benefits.Patients may be eligible for home health if they meet the following criteria:Being HomeboundA patient is homebound if they are unable to leave their home or must go through considerable effort when doing so, or that leaving home is not recommended because of their medical condition. Homebound status is determined by the patients primary care physician based on physical limitations, such as disabilities, surgery recovery, severe illness or cognitive impairment.Demonstrating a Medical NeedIn addition to being homebound, the patient must require intermittent skilled nursing care or skilled therapy services.Physician Approval/Face-to-Face EncounterThe patients physician must authorize home health care services and review the patients care plan regularly.The patient must have the required face-to-face encounter with their physician within the timeframes required by Medicare. The encounter must also be related to the primary reason you need home health care.Choosing Medicare-Certified Home Health AgencyThe agency providing care must be certified by Medicare. Common Conditions Among Patients Requiring Home Health CareHome health care services cater to a wide range of conditions commonly experienced by patients aged 65 and above. These conditions often require comprehensive care by an interdisciplinary team.A few of the conditions commonly found among patients of home health care include: Congestive heart failure, hypertension and other heart conditions Diabetes and accompanying issues Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung conditions Stroke Cancer Recovery from total knee or hip or other orthopedic procedures Wounds related to pressure injuries or other conditions Chronic kidney disease Dementia, Alzheimers Disease or Parkinsons Disease A home health care plan tailored to a patient's needs can effectively address these conditions, providing the necessary support to promote well-being, independence and quality of life for patients while helping to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.Circumstances That May Lead to Discharge from Home Health CareSeveral circumstances may negate a patients basic eligibility and lead to the termination of home health care. These factors include: No longer homebound: The patients condition improves to a point where they are no longer considered homebound by their primary care physician. No longer requires skilled care: The patient no longer requires skilled nursing care or therapy services initially determined to be necessary. Patient reaches established goals: The patient achieves the health goals established at the beginning of the care plan. Patient desire to discharge home health care services: The patient expresses the desire to discharge from home health. Types of Care Covered Under Medicare Home Health CareMedicare home health care provides a wide range of skilled nursing, therapy and support services to address the medical and therapeutic needs of eligible patients depending on their needs.Skilled nursing care includes: Observation assessment: Nurses conduct a comprehensive head-to-toe assessment to determine if the patient can receive care safely from home. During observation and assessment, the skilled nurse evaluates changes in the patients condition and updates the patients physician to facilitate treatment plan changes. This includes monitoring the effectiveness of medications. Hands-on care: Nurses provide care that requires medical expertise and training, such as wound care, catheter care, tube feeds, ostomy care, injection administration and other specialized treatments. Teaching and training: Empowerment guides patients and their caregivers in managing their own health. Medication administration: Nurses administer prescribed medications (injections and infusions), excluding oral medication, which is not covered as a skilled service. Psychiatric nursing: Some home health agencies like Amedisys, in some markets, offer trained psychiatric nurses for mental health treatments. Therapy services include: Physical therapy helps patients manage pain and regain strength and mobility. Speech therapy assists with speech and language disorders. Occupational therapy aids patients in regaining or enhancing daily living skills (bathing, grooming, dressing and other self-care activities). Additional dependent services are available once the patient has a qualifying need for skilled nursing or skilled therapy services, including: Home health aides: Aide services assist the patient with hands-on personal care. Medical social work services: Social workers help resolve social or emotional problems that impact the patients recovery or treatment plan. Services Not Included in Medicare Home Health CareIts important to be aware of services not included in Medicares home health care benefit. Although some of these may be necessary for your needs, you dont want to be in a situation in which you expect to have certain services covered but end up with a significant medical bill. Uncovered services include: 24-hour care: Home health care is intermittent. Continuous, round-the-clock care is not provided. Oral drug administration: Oral administration of medication is not covered.  Homemaker services: This includes any non-medical assistance, such as housekeeping tasks and shopping assistance. Supplemental Services Outside of the Medicare Home Health Care BenefitAlthough Medicare covers core home health care services, certain services not covered by Medicare might be essential to a patients well-being. These home and community-based services may vary according to the patients location and program requirements. Patient eligibility is determined through a patient assessment with approval from a patient's primary care physician or social worker. Services like these include:  Meals on Wheels Homemaker services Housekeeping Shopping assistance These non-medical services are generally funded through out-of-pocket payments or community resource programs. Patients eligible for Medicaid or Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits may receive additional support. To find out more, contact your insurance plan or a home health care agency that connects patients with these external resources. Costs for Medicare Home Health CareUnderstanding associated costs is crucial for patients and their families when deciding to elect Medicare home health services. Its always important to fully understand the cost of benefits from your agency of choice, but the following key points are a great place to start:No Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medically Necessary ServicesFor eligible patients, Medicare covers the costs of all home health care services deemed necessary by the physician, ensuring that these patients do not have to pay out of pocket.Transparency in Medicare CoverageThe home health care agency is responsible for informing the patient of all costs associated with Medicare coverage. This level of transparency allows patients to plan and manage their healthcare expenses.Partial Responsibility for Medical EquipmentWhen a patient requires Medicare-covered medical equipment, Medicare may be responsible for covering 20 percent of the cost. Work with medical equipment provider to receive an estimate to help anticipate and manage out-of-pocket expenses.Next Steps for Home Health CareIf you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a severe or chronic illness, open communication and timely action can significantly impact the quality of care and support. Take these recommended next steps if you think home health care is the right choice:1. Facilitate open communication.If possible, encourage your loved one to communicate their wishes and desires with you and other family members and caregivers. Ensure everyone involved is aware of your or your loved ones preferences and goals for care.2. Contact an agency for connections to resources.A reputable agency can facilitate access to necessary resources. In addition to offering access to essential services, the right agency can provide comprehensive support for a seamless care experience.3. Consider agencies with a full continuum of care.A full continuum of care provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services that address an individuals care needs across different stages of illness or recovery.Choose an agency that offers a full continuum of care so you or your loved one can smoothly transition from one program to another, if necessary. This approach ensures they receive consistent, uninterrupted care tailored to their care needs.Severe or chronic illnesses create many challenges, but navigating Medicare home health care benefits shouldn't be one of them.Contact Amedisys Home Health Care in the South Alabama Area with locations in Bay Minette: 251-580-8236, Brewton: 251-809-1717, Citronelle: 251-866-3261, Foley: 800-763-6382, Mobile: 251-380-0492 and Monroeville: 866-334-0260.

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Common Misperceptions about Hospice

Hospice is often a tough topic to discuss. Lack of information, misunderstandings and fear often prevent people from taking advantage of end of life care. Heres a look at some of the common misperceptions about hospice.False: Hospice is a place.True: Hospice care takes place wherever the patient calls home, including long term and assisted living facilities. False: Hospice is only for patients in their final days of life or have given up hope.True: Hospice is about living life as fully as possible. In fact, patients and families receive the greatest benefit when hospice care is started early. Each patient and his caregivers receive individualized care that meets their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Hospice care focuses on caring, not curing, and neither hastens nor prolongs the dying process.False: Hospice is only for cancer patients.True: More than 50% of patients have a diagnosis other than cancer. A large number of our patients have end-stages of chronic diseases such as emphysema, COPD, Alzheimers and neuromuscular disease.  False: Hospice means giving up control.True: The hospice team will sit down with the patient and family to create a care plan to address each patients needs. The control in almost all instances rests with the patient and the family.False: Hospice over medicates the patient which causes them to die sooner.True: One of the primary goals of hospice care is to make the patient comfortable, pain free and as alert as possible.False: Hospice is too expensive. I cant afford it.True: Hospice services are covered under the Medicare Part A, Medicaid and most private insurances. This benefit covers the hospice teams services, medications, supplies and equipment related to a patients life-limiting illness. Hospice staff will work with patients, families, insurance providers and other resources to ensure the patient receives all the benefits available.False: Hospice makes you give up your primary doctor and all treatments.True: The hospice team will work closely with your chosen primary physician to develop your plan of care. And while hospice does focus on treating symptoms rather than curative medicine, the decision to halt medication is usually left up to the patient. Most patients choose to stop taking curative medication because of the discomfort they may cause.Editors Note:  This article was submitted by Kare-In-Home.  Please reach out to them at info@kareinhome.com or call 251-246-2727.

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Michelle Hylton Independent Insurance Broker

Need Information about Medicare plans?As your local "Trusted Medicare Plan Professional," my goal is to make sure you have the information needed to make the right decisions & experience matters!  I listen to what's important to you & I'm available for year-round support or even just to chat. Call me today at 251-210-7089 for a free, no-obligation consultation about Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements &/or Prescription Drug Plans...Now, you can finally relax.Licensed in AL, CA, FL, MS, NM, TX & VA.

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Touching Hearts Part Time CNA & Caregiver

Now Accepting applications for part-time C.N.A's & Caregivers in the Mobile, Daphne, Citronelle, and Saraland and surrounding areas.Please Apply in person at:3263 Demetropolis Rd. Ste.10 Mobile, AL. 36693 251-445-4204, or online at www.touchingheartsseniorcare.com, under careers, download the pdf file and either drop it off, email it to lisa@thscmobile.com, or fax back to (251) 445-4205.

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