Monday, May 6, 2019

The Dangers of Unrecorded Care

The Dangers of Unrecorded Care
If a loved one is receiving care from a family member or hired caregiver, how do you know their needs are consistently being met? Can you be sure they are safe? Do you know they are being well taken care of?

When care is recorded, the answers to these questions are ensured. Documented care means relevant detailed written and oral communication between caregivers, health professionals, agencies, insurance agents and families about the care. Under the supervision of caregivers, seniors are helped with activities of daily living (ADLs) that are necessary for a healthy and safe independent living. Without documentation proving these tasks are performed it is difficult to know what care is provided and how regularly.

Why Does Documentation Matter?
The obvious: The health and safety of senior care recipients hinge on the assurance that caregivers are providing ALL tasks necessary for long-term care. Recorded care can be key to a quality continuum of care, and being able to alert coordinating organizations like Home Health, Primary Care Physicians, Care Managers and Hospice (and family) in order to prevent any or additional ER visits.

In addition, if you are paying for care, good documentation will prove whether or not the level and quality of care is of value. When it comes to paying for long-term care, you may be fortunate to have a long-term care insurance policy. Once a claim is started, documentation of senior care is necessary to keep it active. Long-term care insurance representatives need thorough reports of what type of care is provided.  With a long-term insurance policy, you will only maintain your funding if you can provide documentation.
Documenting care can guarantee proof of care, the soundness of care investment, the coverage of long-term care insurance, and it can also provide you with peace of mind. Nothing is more reassuring than hearing or seeing a report of job well done.
Types of Documentation
Assessments are initial surveys recipient’s care, health needs and environment before care is received. This type of documentation details exactly what kinds of care- and how much of it- a senior needs. By communicating written and oral assessments, health professionals and non-medical care providers establish expectations of care and cost of care.

Caregiver Credibility is key to the guarantee of quality care. Before caregivers are hired and placed into seniors’ homes, they must be fully vetted. Amada Senior Care documents this through criminal and background checks, reference checks, phone and in-person interviews and orientations. Documented certifications also add to caregivers’ credibility.

Care Plans take a step forward from assessments and establish the number, sequence and quality of tasks to be performed by caregivers. These plans outline exactly what a caregiver will do for a senior every day. Perhaps a senior needs certain medications at particular times. The care plan will clarify this. If a doctor orders an hour of exercise for a senior every day, caregivers can refer to the care plan to see when and how it should happen. Care plans make logging tasks after they are performed easier, and lets caregivers know everything they need to accomplish before their shift is done.

Reports can be written or oral. When a caregiver finishes providing care to a senior, documentation should occur. This can take the form of a list of tasks performed and notes regarding them, or conversations caregivers have with their supervisors about their work.
How Technology Can Help
By the power of the internet, families can monitor the care of their elderly loved ones remotely. For families that live far away from senior loved ones, technology offers a way for them to access documentation of their long-term care. Sensors, like movement detectors, can be placed strategically throughout seniors’ homes to track seniors’ activity during the day. Activity patterns can be logged and relayed to family members via a smartphone app as well. Learn more about this type of technology at
To keep in touch with their elderly loved ones, families can also take advantage of Amada Senior Care’s Transparent technology. Transparent is an online portal system where families can log on at any time of the day to see exactly what duties caregivers have performed. Did Mom take her medication today? Did Dad take a shower? These are things that can be tracked with Transparent.
Through a combination of these various forms of documentation, you and the seniors you love will avoid the dangers of unrecorded care. Caregivers and providers will thrive and maintain quality work performing the aid that seniors need, while documenting a long record of good service. This is a benefit to you and anyone else involved in the long-term care of loved ones. 
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Living Legends! 5 Retired Athletes & Their Senior Success Stories

Living Legends: 5 Retired Athletes & Their Senior Success Stories

“Retirement” may evoke thoughts of snowbird winters in Boca Raton – of seniors who finally ditched the nine to five and began to enjoy themselves without the stress of the hectic life they moved on from. Retirement may mean age finally becomes a factor that can’t be ignored, and that the overwhelming demands of pre-retirement life must finally be put aside.
Senior citizens who have experienced this life transition have much in common with the retired athlete. For athletes, “retirement” means hanging up the cleats, passing the torch and swallowing the reality of the final whistle. Like retired seniors, athletes who end their sports careers have to come to terms with leaving their normal livelihoods. They may have ailments that hinder them from being what they used to be. They may also find themselves without an outlet for their passion, where they were on top of the world, defeating all odds.
A successful, professional athlete’s core consists of persistence, resilience, determination and strength. This is not lost when they retire, and the same goes for us when we do. So how do retired athletes carry on into the elderly season of their lives? To answer that question, we have compiled stories of five retired professional athletes who exemplify senior citizen success. We hope you are inspired by the stories of their lives.


Alan Page, Age 73


Alan Page redefined the position of defensive tackle as an NFL football player for the Minnesota Vikings. He had already achieved a national championship with Notre Dame in 1966 before he went on to help the Vikings win four conference titles as a professional. Page was MVP of the NFL in 1971, defensive player of the year twice and was selected to nine Pro Bowls. He played 14 years in the NFL, earning six All-Pro honors, being named NFL Player of the Year and the NFL Most Valuable player in 1971.
Page championed player rights as a leader in the NFL Players Association, a union that fought for better pay and benefits for professional football players. While he tried to accomplish better treatment as an athlete, the media and his team owners were critical of his actions. Page nevertheless continued to be “an exception to every rule,” becoming a dual-sport athlete as a marathon runner, and working at a labor issues law firm – all during his football career.


While still playing for the Vikings, Page earned his Juris Doctor from attending the University of Minnesota Law School. After a long career in law as a courtroom attorney, he became the first African American to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992. He served as an associate justice until 2015, when he hit the court’s mandatory retirement age of 70.
Today, Page and his wife Diane provide financial and mentoring assistance to students of color through the Page Education Foundation. Unexpectedly, Page is also the author of two children’s books: Alan and His Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky and The Invisible You. 

Billie Jean King, Age 75


In 1973, King faced off against 55-year-old Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs in the famed “Battle of the Sexes” exhibition match. King was 29-years-old then, Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1967 and the first tennis player named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1972. She had triumphed at the French Open in 1972, which made her the fifth woman in history to win the singles titles at all four Grand Slam Events.
And yet, Riggs believed he could beat any woman player, saying “the best way to handle women is to keep them pregnant and barefoot.” In their match, King annihilated Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in front of 30,000 fans and 50 million TV viewers – the largest crowd to ever watch a tennis match at the time. Years later, Riggs and King actually became friends.
Over the rest of her career, King managed a record 20 championships won at Wimbledon, and countless other honors.


King was vocal about issues beyond the court, such has her homosexuality, and especially the treatment of female athletes. She campaigned for equal prize money in men’s and women’s games fearlessly, then in 1973 became the first President of the women’s players’ union – the Women’s Tennis Association.
King is considered “the figure most responsible for the growth of tennis in the United States.” She is now involved in the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. She is also the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and co-founder of Mylan World TeamTennis, a mixed-gender professional tennis league.
King has had her stint as an actress fairly recently as well. In 2007, she starred as a Judge in Law and Order and appeared in Ugly Betty in 2009.

Don Shula, Age 89


Don Shula can be said to have actualized two athletic careers: one as an NFL player and the other as an NFL coach. The former boasts career achievements like a championship game appearance with the Cleveland Browns. In the middle of his rise as an athlete, Shula served in the Ohio National Guard for 11 months during the Korean War. He returned to football with the Baltimore Colts, and unfortunately suffered a broken jaw. Shula was playing with the Washington Redskins when he retired in 1958.
This could have been the end of a staggered athletic career for Shula, but he chose to continue with football as a coach.  His first coaching job was as an assistant at the University of Virginia. In just two years, he was the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 1960. Shula went on to revisit the Colts, serving as Head Coach and compiling a 71-23-4 record, two Coach of the Year Awards and an NFL Championship in 1968.
By 1970, the end was still nowhere in sight for Coach Shula. From age 41-66, Shula was the Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins. In 1972, the Dolphins went undefeated 17-0-0 then proceeded to take the Super Bowl title, making them the only team to win with a perfect season. The next year, they won the Super Bowl again. Overall Coach Shula has set the record for career wins at 347, making him the winningest coach in NFL history.


Shula and his wife Mary Anne now live in an Indian Creek village recluse, leading much simpler lives. But Shula still attends every Miami Dolphins game to visit the coaches and players on field. He films commercials and has even appeared on the HBO show, Ballers. Shula has become an accomplished businessman who co-founded the Shula’s Steak Houses LLLP chain and opened Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club in Miami Lakes. In honor of his late wife Dorothy, the Don Shula Foundation raised money for breast cancer research, which led to a $1.5 million donation to the Moffitt Cancer Center.
In May, 2016, Shula was hospitalized because of fluid retention and sleep apnea, two common problems for the elderly.  He was released soon after, and now receives the support and well wishes of an entire football community. Fortunately, Coach Shula made a very welcome appearance at the 2017 Super Bowl.

billBill Walton, Age 66


In college, Bill Walton was a star on John Wooden’s powerhouse UCLA team in the early ’70s. Later as a professional, Walton was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 1978. He was at his prime with the Portland Trail Blazers, yet plagued with injuries including a broken left ankle. After surgery on his foot, doctors said he would never play again.
He ignored them.
In 1978-79 Walton was contracted to play with the San Diego Clippers. Walton went on to improve with the Clipper team over the next two years, then realized his childhood dreams of playing with the Celtics in 1985-86. That season, the Celtics compiled a 67-15 winning record with one of the strongest lineups in NBA history. He retired at age 34 with 6,215 points and two NBA titles under his belt.


Since his playing days have ended, Walton is now a TV sports broadcaster known as a free-flowing jester. He overcame a stuttering problem to become a successful and controversial commentator for NBC, the LA Clippers, the Sacramento Kings and ESPN. He published a memoir, Back from the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light and Throwing it Down in 2016. Walton has undergone nearly 40 orthopedic surgeries in his life, yet is one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer.

Nancy Lopez, Age 62


Nancy Lopez won her first amateur golf tournament at age 13. She was the Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the year from 1978-79 and in 1985. After winning dozens of tournaments, Lopez crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings in 1983 and gave birth to her first child in the same year. Her 35th career victory was the Sarasota Classic, which led to her induction into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. Throughout her professional career, Lopez gave birth to three daughters, underwent knee surgery, gall bladder surgery and competed till the age of 51. She won 48 LPGA Tour events, including three major championships.


Lopez now holds numerous honors, such as the 2003 Billie Jean King Contribution award from the Women’s Sports Foundation and being the first woman to receive the Frances Ouimet Award. Lopez has hosted the Nancy Lopez Hospice Golf Classic since 1986 to raise money for Albany Community Hospice. These days she hosts an annual golf tournament in Florida to benefit the disabled and impaired children and adults with special needs. In 2014, she started Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures to educate others and share her love for the sport.
While working on a memoir tentatively titled The Course of My Life, Lopez is also “crazy busy” and loving it. Her granddaughter, Molly, calls her “D-amie,” a simpler translation of “Grammy.” Lopez hopes Molly will fall in love with golf some day, just like she did.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Maintaining Close Bonds with Parents from Afar

Maintaining Close Bonds with Parents from Afar

“Dear Mom…”
Jenny lifted her pen to look at the Mother’s Day card she was writing. There was a lot of blank space to fill under these words. Something about the empty card was intimidating. She had a lot to say to her mother, yet too few ways to say it. She was at a loss for words.
Jenny’s mother lived far away, in her home town of Raleigh, North Carolina. In Chicago, Jenny’s life revolved around her job and her husband. Though she was an only child, she always felt like her mother was more of a sister than a parent when she was younger. Her mom was just as independent, just as busy, stubborn and strong-willed as Jenny was.
She called her mother when she found the time. The last she heard, her mother was transitioning to an independent living facility, where some of her friends were already. Jenny felt like she hadn’t called enough, but she had been so focused on her own life – confident that her mother would always be okay at home.
Frustrated, Jenny decided to call before continuing her card. She dialed her old childhood home phone number, anticipating her mother’s familiar voice and almost jumped the gun to say, “Hi mom!” before an automated message beat her to it with the words, “This number is no longer active.”
Jenny hadn’t mis-dialed the number, but she realized she had misjudged the reality of her mom’s situation. Her mother had probably changed her life, moved away or worse – gotten into trouble, and Jenny didn’t know about it. She hadn’t stayed connected to her mother the way she should have.
Jobs and life events tend to separate adults from their parents, especially as the troubled job market leads them to take any job they can get. This can leave children far away from to mom and dad, but it can also lead them to find creative ways to reach their parents.
Letters, packages, cards and deliveries are valuable, tangible items you can send your parents remotely. Phone calls offer a little more intimacy, especially if you feel your parent needs to hear your voice. In addition, technology today allows us to reach parents through live video communication. Whichever medium of connection you choose to bond with your parents from afar, it can make the distance between you seem smaller.
If you are a long-distance caregiver, managing an aging parent’s care can get in the way of bonding if you take more of a “supervisor” or “babysitter” role over your mom or dad. Instead of hovering over your parents, actually take the time to bond with them. This article will give you ideas on how to do that.


  • How are you? Mean it when you ask, listen and inquire further on their response.
  • Who’s been keeping you company? Find out who your parents’ friends and caregivers are, then get to know how your parents feel about them.
  • What has been making you happy lately?  Know where your parent sources their happiness. Just telling you about a person, TV show or hobby they enjoy can make your parent very happy.
  • Did you catch that last game? Follow up on your parents’ interests, like sports games they watch, television shows they love or movies that have just come out. If you also share these interests, there is a lot for you both to talk about!
  • Did you know… Let your parent know about family updates or other interesting things that affect either of your lives. Aging parents learn easily by word-of-mouth from people they trust.
  • How was that last doctor’s appointment? Keep a rapport of your parent’s health care. Show that you are both concerned about and up-to-date with their wellbeing.
  • What’s new with… Know what has already been going on in your parent’s life. Ask for updates about things they have been doing.


  • Family updates Tell your parent about your spouse, your children, or any other relatives that they may not talk to often. Keeping a parent in tune with the family makes them feel like part of a community.
  • General news in both of your communities If you know of important or interesting news in your community or your parents’, talk about them. Maybe there is an important weather update or fun event to look out for.
  • How have you been? Part of the joy of connecting with your parent is letting them know about your life. Talk about work, family, and how you feel about anything else in life. Your parent may be very interested in you.
  • Why you called Sometimes, we feel an invisible nudge to reach out to our aging parents. They want to know why you call. They want to know why and how you care.
  • Who else says hello If someone has told you to say hello to your parent for them, let your parent know. It is nice to know that someone thought of them.
  • What life is like for you Let your parent live a bit vicariously through your adventures through life. Share life triumphs or battles with your parent.
  • Interesting things you’ve learned When you learn something new about other people, technology, politics, celebrities, or anything else, share it! If it interested you, your parent will be interested in finding out why.
  • Health updates If you have a hand in managing your parents’ health care, give them gentle reminders about upcoming appointments.


  • Pictures You can bet on your parent saving every picture you send. Send a snapshot of your life to give them access to you from far away.
  • News Clippings When a family member, friend, or beloved sports or celebrity figure is in the newspaper, send a clipping of it to you parent. You can also print out news from the web. If you know what news your parent will care about, they may want something tangible as a keepsake.
  • Hobby Items If your parent has a hobby, send them material for it. Craft items, instruction manuals, magazines, or even samples of work encourage your parent to keep up with their hobby.
  • Clothes Anyone can send their parent a new outfit. But if there is spirit wear for your child’s sports team or branded apparel from work that you can send them, they will wear it proudly as a representation of you.
  • Souvenirs When you travel, don’t forget to find something small to send your parent. Just like you might buy souvenirs to remember a good time, your parent might want one to remember you.
  • Work Samples When you are particularly proud of a piece of work, send a copy or review of it to your parent.
  • Children’s Schoolwork Children from any grade level bring home work that they want to show off. After congratulating your child for their artwork, test grades, or essays, send them to your parents to include them in the celebration.
  • Holiday Cards If you are unable to meet face-to-face for a holiday, send a card to show you care.
  • Web Articles or Videos Online, it is easy to email or share content on social media. Share web articles or videos that interest you with your parent. The small gesture lets them know that you are thinking about them.


  • Your differences and similarities  As you and your parent age, you may realize you are either more similar or different than you think. Learn characteristics that you share in common with your parent. Learn how they do things differently, and whether it’s good for you to adopt their strengths.
  • Technology Technology typically advances faster than the elderly can learn it but taking the time to help your parent understand a smartphone, tablet or computer might make communication easier with them. Be patient when you introduce technology to your parent. It will pay off.
  • New ways to communicate If there are barriers to break down while you maintain a close bond with your parents from afar, you will inevitably learn new ways to communicate. Already, the distance between you affects how you connect. But growing in adulthood and old age also teaches us how to relate, how to talk like adults and how to listen. Practice and build good, healthy communication with your parents to make the most of your close bond.
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Friday, March 15, 2019

7 Questions to Answer When You Need Senior Care

7 Questions To Answer When You Need Senior Care
Submitted by Kimberly Perkins-Akers

Families and seniors who are new to the long-term care process can find some direction amidst the whirlwind of confusion that can surround this time. Aging well under quality care makes a positive impact for any senior in need, especially those we love. The task of securing this care can be easier than it initially seems when you have the correct knowledge and resources.
1.  What challenges do seniors face?
General aging brings a normal set of challenges for a senior. Assisting from risks like isolation, malnutrition, lack of compliance with medications are good reasons to utilize home care if general aging concerns are the only issues.
On the other hand, a temporary illness or injury may the need for care. Once a senior has suffered from a fall, cardiac disease or other common illnesses and injuries, home care provides support with things the senior may not be able to while recovering.
In the unfortunate event there is progressive disease, it is even more clear the need for long-term care. Informal caregivers, like family members, who support seniors with progressive disease are in even more need for care because respite can actually save their mental, physical and emotional health.
2.  Who is the appropriate person to make decisions about care?
This may be a difficult question to answer, especially in some family situations.  Disjointed or un-collaborative decision making can create stress in family dynamics, and possibly leave a senior open to vulnerability.  Unless they are suffering mental decline, the senior receiving care should be involved in the care decisions.
Families that navigate the care conversation well have been involved in continuous conversations with each other, the senior in need of care, and various community resources like home care or assisted living/memory care to educate themselves on what care looks like with each of those resources.
Knowledge empowers all to make the appropriate care decisions.
3.  How much care does the senior require?
It would great if there was a formula to determine the amount of care needed.  Locate a senior care specialist to assess the situation and determine what Activities of Daily Living and Instrumentals of Daily Living a senior needs assistance with on a daily/weekly basis.  Determining care at that point can be trial and error if not in a crisis situation. 
A doctor may also be able to give advice on how much care is needed based on the regular checkups or the understanding of a progressive disease.
It is important to find a company who will take the journey of care with you and your loved one. 
4.  What services are needed?
Care involves services that cover a variety of medical and non-medical needs. Take a look at this list of services in long-term care, and assess what you or your senior loved one might need:
Amada Senior Care caregivers assist with:
·         Bathing
·         Dressing
·         Meal preparation/feeding
·         Medication reminders
·         Walking/ambulating/exercise assistance
·         Housekeeping
·         Errands/shopping
·         Toileting
·         Most non-medical assistance
Other providers like nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, home health or hospice assist with:
·         Physical, occupational or speech therapy
·         End-of-life services
·         Fitness and wellness programs
·         Disease prevention and management
·         Medication prescription refills
5.  How to finance care?
Payment for care can come from five options:
·         Personal Funding or Private Pay
·         Long-Term Care Insurance
·         Veterans’ Benefits – VA Aid and Attendance
·         Life Insurance conversion to cash dollars
·         Your children/family members

Amada Senior Care specializes in long-term care insurance and navigating the process for benefits to pay for care.  It can be a lengthy process, and it is advisable to utilize experts who truly know how the process works.
6.  Who will provide care?
Depending on the level of care you need, you may find yourself choosing between these care provider options:
·         Licensed Agency
·         In-Home Private Caregiver
·         Independent/Assisted Living Facility
Caregivers can be contracted independently to help seniors needing long-term care. However, independent caregivers may not have liability protection in the case that they cause harm to a senior or if they become injured on the job. This creates a dangerous risk for lawsuits that can carry on for ages. Licensed agencies like Amada Senior Care fully screen their caregivers and hire them as employees under sufficient coverage. You will find trustworthy caregivers from Amada. Furthermore, if you or your senior loved one must live in a facility to receive care, an Amada advocate  can help you with placement.
7.  How will you monitor care?
As we age, the family structure becomes important in new ways. Roles may flip when children become the care providers instead. When family is far away, it is even more important to monitor the care of an elderly loved one through communication and technology.  With Amada Senior Care, you can closely monitor the care of your elderly loved one with the the Amada Family Portal.

Aging well under quality care makes a positive impact for any senior in need, especially those we love.  Amada Senior Care offers a one-call solution to senior care needs through in-home private care, senior housing advisement, and navigating long-term care insurance.  Call Amada Senior Care at 480-999-5250 or visit

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