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ElderCare 4 Families
May 2013

Welcome to Graceful Aging with ElderCare 4 Families, an electronic newsletter, for trusted advisors, referral sources, geriatric care professionals and families with aging loved ones. 
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 
Family Pate
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
Educating on Elder Care Costs &
Planning for Today 

According to Forbes, many Americans need to educate themselves on the cost of aging and long term care. Many Americans in their 20's - 60's really don't understand Medicare or Medicaid. 44% of Americans thought Medicare, the national health insurance program for seniors, paid for care by home health aides; 37% thought the program covered nursing home fees. But Medicare does not cover nursing home costs and it covers home health only in certain cases. As for Medicaid, the federal program for America's poor, only 39% thought they might ever need to rely on Medicaid to cover long-term living costs. The reality is that Medicaid pays the bulk of the nation's long-term care costs, usually after people have spent their retirement.


With nursing homes averaging over $6000/mo and assisted living ranging from $2000 - $5000, it doesn't take long to spend one's nest egg. Preplanning is key for everyone, despite the fact it's not as fun as planning for a wedding, new house or baby. Many Americans don't want to think about getting older so they simply don't plan. In some situations, Mom has not planned and now she is no longer competent to make her own decisions due to Alzheimer's disease. Here are a few things you can do today to plan for tomorrow:   Read More

Removing "Strokes" From Our Lives

Recently, the Master's Golf Tournament was played and each competitor was hoping for the least amount of golf strokes to win the game. For a Mom, the word stroke has nothing to do with a sport, it may mean rubbing her daughter's hair in a sweet embrace. From my perspective, however, the word stroke is a word that is not sweet at all and I would like to eliminate it out of the United States' vocabulary because it signals a brain attack.


As I was growing up, I was fortunate to live next to my grandmother. She loved to ballroom dance and swim. I even remember my grandmother jumping on my trampoline with me. I love to think about those memories. While my grandmother was great at exercising, she didn't take care of her blood pressure and cholesterol. She paid the ultimate price with strokes, paralysis, recovery, and around the clock home care. She finally died because of a stroke. For these reasons, preventing strokes is near and dear to my heart.


May is Stroke Awareness Month. Strokes are "brain attacks". Nearly 700,000 strokes occur each year in the United States. While there are some factors that can't be changed, there are other preventable factors that each person has control over to change their stroke risks.


Here are some factors for stroke that can't be modified by medical treatment or lifestyle changes.

  • Age - Strokes can occur in children to seniors. The risk of stroke doubles with each decade between 55 - 85.

  • Gender - Men have a higher risk, but more women die from stroke

  • Race - African Americans have a higher risk and mortality rate from strokes.

  • Family history of stroke - Several factors may contribute to familial stroke - inherited high blood pressure, diabetes and/or common lifestyle.

The good news is there are treatable risk factors and they include:  Read More

Painting A Different Picture For Parkinson's Disease
Painting a different picture for Parkinson's disease patients is possible through early diagnosis and symptom management. Parkinson's Disease occurs gradually in about 50,000 people a year. Parkinson's is a movement disorder with an unknown cause and no cure. Early symptoms of Parkinson's may include

fatigue, uneasiness, or slight tremors. A family 

member may notice a change in handwriting, facial expression 

movement due to stiffening. As soon as someone notices changes, seek medical attention. Incorporating a few strategies can allow your loved one to enjoy everyday life and relieve some of the Parkinson's symptoms. 

Read More 

Celebrating All Moms!
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms!  ElderCare 4 Families recognizes all Moms this month. We appreciate and salute all Moms, young and old, living and not. If ElderCare 4 Families can ever help you, please feel free to call us at any time at 502-244-8446Visit our website for more information
In This Issue
Educating on Elder Care Costs & Planning
Removing "Stroke" from the Dictionary
Painting A Different Picture for Parkinson's
May Nutrition Month
Important Resources 


Interesting Fact
An average heart beats 100,000 times a day, pumping some 2000 gallons of blood. Over a 70 year span, it adds up to over 2.5 billions heartbeats. 
Laugh Corner

Contact Information
ElderCare 4 Families
(502) 244-8446
(812) 670-3500
Important Dates

Mother's Day - May 12

Memorial Day - May 27

Nurses Week - May 6 -12

Nursing Home Wk - May 13 -19

Arthritis Month

High Blood Pressure Month

Mental Health Month
Skin Cancer Detection Month

Older American's Month  

Health Tip

Melanoma Month - Reapply sunscreen often; stay out of the sun between 10 - 4, wear a hat, use sunglasses and schedule a yearly skin check. 

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May Spotlight

May is Older Americans Month. ElderCare 4 Families' programs focus on keeping older Americans as independent as possible while providing as little or as much help as they need.   

Our programs include:
  • Graceful Aging - bridging the gap between seniors and out of town families through regular communication, home visits, coordination of resources or care and keeping seniors healthy, happy and safe.
  • Personal Care - personalized hands-on assistance with bathing, grooming, toileting, dressing, shaving, exercising and mobility
  • Help 4 Home - housekeeping with vacuuming, dusting, cleaning, changing linens, laundry, ironing, garbage removal...
  • Meals - preparing meals one at a time or in advance, clean-up from meals, planning, grocery shopping, feeding
  • Staying Connected - interacting with games, crafts, hobbies, talking, scrap booking, engaging Alzheimer's clients or comforting Hospice patients. 
  • Medications - reminders and assistance
  • Pet Care - assisting with pets, walking, feeding, overall care
  • Concierge Services - Scheduling appointments and outings, transporting, running errands, supervising home maintenance, maintaining calendars

Let ElderCare 4 Families help your patients or clients stay at home with personalized assistance that focuses on health, safety and happiness. Call today for a free in-home assessment with our Senior Advocate.