Senior Financial Exploitation – Caregiver Smile Summit – Smilecast 218

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Senior Financial Exploitation and Ways to Prevent It – Caregiver Smile Summit

Howard Tischler is our guest on the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Financial exploitation is a fast-growing form of abuse of seniors and adults with disabilities. According to the National Adult Protective Services Association, one in nine seniors reported being abused, neglected or exploited in the past twelve months with 1 in 20 older adults indicating some form of perceived financial mistreatment occurring in the recent past. In this session we will cover common scams, who commits them and what you can do to protect yourself and a loved one. Our expert, Howard Tischler, is co-founder of EverSafe, which monitors bank and investment accounts, credit cards, and credit data for you, your family and your clients.

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Compassion Fatigue-Sue Crowson – Caregiver Smile Summit-Smilecast 217

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Compassion Fatigue-Caregiver Smile Summit

Susan Crowson is our exceptional guest on the Caregiver Smile Summit.

This session is for persons who have been providing direct care over an extended time to those with traumatic, tragic or terminal conditions. It is designed for both professional and family care providers to recognize and identify if they are suffering from compassion fatigue. Practical tips for coping and finding stress busters are provided. This session is designed to empower you to become a well-balanced caregiver and … it could even save your life!

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I Wish I Knew Then-Lessons After the Caregiving!-Caregiver Smile Summit 216

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I Wish I Knew Then – Lessons After the Caregiving!-Caregiver Smile Summit

Kristen Cusato is our guest on the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Kristen Cusato spent 20 years as a television journalist, in New York, Texas, Connecticut and California. Her mother’s diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia in 2009 changed everything. Kristen moved from San Diego to New York to help her best friend – her Mom – on this difficult journey. Kristen served as a Regional Director for the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association while her Mom was ill, sharing what she was learning as a caregiver, and teaching people about this disease. Kristen will share caregiving tips, aha! moments and mistakes many can relate to. She realized several of these things after her Mom was gone, and is on a mission to share to help others through this process.

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Aging in place is the desire of many people but doing so comfortably can be a challenge. One of the keys to successful aging in place is to remodel your home to accommodate your needs.

Incorporate Universal Design

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), universal design is all about designing a home so that “people of all ages, health, and abilities can enjoy the same home, and that home will be there for all its inhabitants even when their needs change.”

They further define specific common elements of universal design to consider in a remodel:

  • No-step entry. There is no need to use stairs to get into the home or main rooms.
  • One-story living. Places to eat, bathrooms, and bedrooms are all located on one level, which is barrier-free.
  • Wide doorways, 32-36 inches, let wheelchairs pass through.
  • Hallways should be 36-42 inches wide. This allows you to move easily from room to room.
  • Extra floor space, so everyone feels less cramped and there is enough space to maneuver a wheelchair.
  • Floors and bathtubs with non-slip surfaces are not just for people who are frail. Have handrails on steps and grab bars in bathrooms.
  • Thresholds that are flush with the floor.
  • Good lighting.
  • Use lever door handles and rocker light switches.

Consider a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)

CAPS professionals know the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments.

A specialist goes beyond design to address the codes and standards, common remodeling expenditures and projects, product ideas, and resources needed to provide comprehensive and practical aging-in-place solutions.

A CAPS professional has been trained in:

  • The unique needs of the older adult population.
  • Aging-in-place home modifications.
  • Common remodeling projects.
  • Solutions to common barriers.

CAPS professionals are not just home remodelers. They could be, for example, health care consultants who advise homeowners on modifications and then work with architects and remodelers to bring the project to completion.

When Hiring a Specialist

Look for the following:

  • Proof of liability insurance.
  • Proof of workers compensation coverage.
  • A valid business license.
  • Good standing with the Better Business Bureau.

Seek referrals from friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others who have had similar work done. Contact trade associations such as the local Home Builders’ Association.

The National Association of Home Builder (NAHB) provides consumers with a list of items they should keep in mind when they are considering an aging in place project.

It is becoming more common to see the age at which people move into senior living residences rise. Assisted living residents are often an average of 85 years old. So, to insure lots of years left in your residence, bring it up to code and design it now for aging in place later.

What do you need to remodel in your home so it would be suitable for aging in place? Have you had to design a home for aging in place? What advice can you share with our community? Please use the comment box below.

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