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ElderCare 4 Families
March 2013

Welcome to Graceful Aging with ElderCare 4 Families, an electronic newsletter, for trusted advisors, referral sources, and geriatric care professionals. 
If you want to serve your clients or patients better, educate yourself on the latest in home care, protect those that trust you, or plan for the future, this is the newsletter for you. 
As a family-owned and operated home care company since 1981, serving Louisville & Southern 
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Indiana, let ElderCare 4 Families be a resource for you.

Enjoy this newsletter and have a great day.
Jeff and Rita Pate, Owners
ElderCare 4 Families
Understanding Long Term Care Insurance
Do you know any seniors that have purchased long term care insurance and failed to use it? We see this on a monthly basis. Long term care insurance is a great resource and an asset for aging seniors to pay for home care, nursing home, assisted living or adult day care. It is often a resource that people don't quite understand how to use or when to use. Seniors often wait until the last minute to use the policy, which
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reduces the benefit; insurance companies are thankful to only pay a portion of the full benefit paid by the senior.


Here are a few tips on getting the full benefit out of long term care insurance and questions to ask to make sure the senior gets what they paid for. 



Tips on Protecting Seniors from
 Identity Theft

Every six minutes an identity is stolen. Many aging seniors are vulnerable victims of identity theft. Some of them are recent widows, others lonely and yet some seniors may simply be confused or have early dementia yet they all share in being a target for identify theft.


Thieves love vulnerable seniors. One of our clients, a confused widow, loved to chat on the phone with charities or anything military. He would have given out his credit card, social security and other private information had his caregiver not been there to prevent another identity theft statistic. He was trusting and friendly just like many seniors who have their identities stolen. So how can he help protect our seniors?


First, we need to educate clients and loved ones on not giving out private financial or personal information over the phone. Many con-artists are extremely persuasive at offering prizes, rewards or compelling stories for a fake charity which persuade seniors to give out private financial information. Read More
Minimizing Bathing Battles 
with Alzheimer's Patients
Many people start their days with a shower or bath, but many seniors with Alzheimer's disease find bathrooms a scary place. Consider a few things. How would you feel about bathing if it was a challenge for you to get in and out of the tub? What if you were always cold and now you had to get undressed? What about your unrecognized self, a stranger, staring back at you through the mirror while you are undressed? Even worse, a family member needs to help you take a shower so all sense of privacy is gone. Lastly, what if you didn't remember what to do when you entered the bathroom? 
These scary thoughts and scenarios are reality for some Alzheimer's patients. By putting ourselves in an Alzheimer's patients' shoes, we may eliminate some fears, prevent some battles and improve the whole bathing experience. 
Proudly Serving Veterans 
ElderCare 4 Families is honored to serve our Veterans and their spouses in Louisville and Southern Indiana.  The Veteran's Administration serves clients in many ways including:
  • Hospital, physician & nursing home care
  • Medications 
  • Community-based primary care program with home visits
  • Social Workers, Physical Therapists, Nurses & more
  • Aid & attendance pensions for those needing home care
  • Home health, homemaker & respite programs 
  • Home equipment
If you need more information or if there is anything we can ever help you with, please feel free to call us at any time at 502-244-8446Visit our website for more information
In This Issue
Understanding LTC insurance
Tips on Preventing Identity Theft
Alzheimer's Bathing Battles
March Nutrition Month
Important Resources 


Interesting Fact
Did you know that eating cherries can promote better sleeping patterns

Laugh Corner

Power of laughter
Contact Information

ElderCare 4 Families
(502) 244-8446
(812) 670-3500

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3/10 - Daylight Saving Time

3/12 - Stop Smoking Day

3/17 - St. Patrick's Day

3/30 - Doctor's Day

Social Worker's Month

Colorectal Cancer Month

Poison Prevention Month 

Nutrition Month

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March Spotlight

March is Nutrition Month. Some of ElderCare 4 Families' programs are aimed at improving or maintaining nutrition. 

Our Nutrition Programs include:
  • Shopping for groceries or escorting the client to the grocery
  • Planning and making meals - one at a time or in advance
  • Monitoring eating habits for Alzheimer's clients who forget to eat
  • Assisting with feeding clients 
  • Supervising meals if choking or swallowing issues exist
  • Monitoring food expirations in the refrigerator and pantry
  • Finding modified utensils, cups or other items to promote independence
  • Following diet or fluid restrictions for diabetics, renal failure,
    or heart patients 
  • Coordinating resources by our Senior Advocate with regularly scheduled visits
  • Communicating with physicians, home health & families 

Let ElderCare 4 Families help your patients or clients stay at home with personalized assistance that focuses on health, safety and happiness.