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May 10, 2016 — A once almost eradicated bug infestation after World War II has re-emerged again on the scene. These small dark brown dorsally flattened bugs with 3 pairs of legs are ¼ inches long. They darken in color to a dark chestnut brown after feeding and lighten in color when they have not fed for a period of time. They are a nocturnal creature and biting occurs at night.
May 10, 2016 — We are pleased to announce Buckley Fricker, Mid-Atlantic Treasurer, has received the 2016 Outstanding Chapter Member Award. Buckley was recognized during the Awards ceremony at the ALCA National conference in April.
Buckley has served as our chapter treasurer for three years. When she assumed this position, she over hauled our bookkeeping system and streamlined our budgeting process. Buckley has kept the board of directors informed and accountable for the financial health of the chapter, and does so with clarity and focus. Buckley devotes countless volunteer hours to her position as treasurer and truly deserves to this recognition for her contributions of time and talent.
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February 5, 2016 — Hearing loss can be a major reason why your clients withdraw from life, but it doesn’t have to be. Our mission at CaptionCall is to help individuals, like your clients, stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life. CaptionCall is a FREE captioning phone and service for anyone with certifiable hearing loss. It works just like a regular telephone, but in addition to hearing what people say, you also SEE what they say. It is EASY to order CaptionCall for your clients. To learn more visit CaptionCallProvider.com. You will be their hero!
February 5, 2016 — Important information for Geriatric Care Managers – What to expect and how to best advocate for your client after they are admitted to a SNF.
Having worked in skilled nursing as a social worker and assistant administrator before beginning my own care management business, the following are some ideas on how to best cope with what may feel like the chaos of a very busy environment.
Unfortunately nursing homes have trended over the last decade to an escalation in regulations while funding has decreased often leading to a depleted social work staff. Staff are often so busy completing tasks related to regulations that communication often suffers. Yet for geriatric care managers communication is critical to our understanding and advocating for our clients. Persistence is essential and not personalizing, taking offense, if there is initially a lack of response from SNF staff in your efforts to reach them.
February 5, 2016 — Life’s choices are best navigated through the experience of others. As an Aging Life Care Professional, you guide clients and families through a complex maze of resources and options to facilitate successful aging in place. Incontinence is an issue which needs to be addressed to reduce social isolation, prevent secondary health issues and reduce the need for long term care admission. Beyond the need for timely medical intervention, selecting the appropriate products to effectively manage incontinence will play a pivotal role in the quality of life of your clients and their caregivers.
November 14, 2015 — Aging Life Care Professionals (ALCP) are routinely thrust into the role of caregiver to client families as well as the clients themselves. In addition to providing care management to the client, the ALCP often supports the care providers and client families as we monitor, evaluate, assess and direct through the duration of the caregiving cycle. Active self-assessment to recognize and empower the care provider is critical to their success, but more importantly, the care provider’s ability to maintain the role of caregiver over time. Care partners take on a variety of roles as stewards of physical, social and emotional care, financial, legal and medical management. There is a wide range of resources available to ALCP’s as advisors to our client communities that are specifically designed to support care partners.
November 13, 2015 — Calling all Mid-Atlantic ALCA members! Are you looking for a simple, no cost way to increase the visibility of your care management practice, that doesn't take much time or effort? Consider writing for the Mid-Atlantic Blog which is published quarterly in a newsletter and viewed by more than half of the Mid-Atlantic membership. Besides being viewed by potential customers on the Mid-Atlantic web site, it can be re-used on your own site, and connected to on all social media (Google +, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and even republished on other venues.)
November 10, 2015 — What is EFT or TAPPING?
Author: Bobbi Kolonay - President of Holistic Aging in Pittsburgh PA
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique (sometimes called tapping). The basic premise is that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system, which is the centerpiece of eastern medicine. When the energy in our body is flowing normally, we feel great; when it becomes stagnant or obstructed, this causes disruptions along the energy meridians leading to negative or damaging emotions which can develop into physical symptoms. Correcting these imbalances is done by tapping with your fingers on meridian points, while at the same time being tuned into the issue to be resolved. When done properly, the underlying emotional factors that contribute to the problem are typically released along with the energy blocks.
August 7, 2015 — “Can I keep this?” “This looks great!” “She drew that for you?” “I didn’t know he could still draw.” “I will treasure this forever.” “I never knew that about them.”
These are just some of the reactions I hear when I use art therapy in my practice as an Advanced Aging Life Care Professional™ with Beck Care Managers LLC.
A Safe Place to Heal
Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process of art is both healing and life-enhancing. The benefits of art therapy begin when the individual picks out the art medium they want to use and ends when it is given to the family as a treasured keepsake. Art therapy, among