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Home Care Benefits for Senior Veterans

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th to remember the sacrifices of those who served in the military protecting our freedoms.   As Americans, we owe them and their families a huge debt of gratitude and respect.  That's why no Veteran should ever have to worry about receiving proper care as they age.  Although Vets are used to giving to others, they may require help as they get older.  Home care is one of the best options as it allows Vets to remain safely in their homes while maintaining as much independence as possible.  Fortunately, there are various types of home healthcare services available, so you can find the one that best suits you or a loved ones’ needs. Telehealth Operated by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), home telehealth is an appealing option for many Veterans. While still under the diligent care of a healthcare team, they receive virtual monitoring using equipment set up in the home and can be continuously checked.  On occasion, there may be a need for a healthcare worker to visit the house, but the care is primarily provided remotely.  As the nation's largest telehealth provider, VA is developing innovative new technologies and leading groundbreaking digital health research across the country.  The VA is dedicated to improving care through telehealth technology and digital health tools like My HealtheVet and VA Mobile Apps.  In addition, numerous private companies can provide telehealth services as well. Skilled Home Health Care Skilled Home Health Care is for Veterans needing short-term care as they move from a hospital or nursing home back to their home. It can also be used to provide continuing care to people with ongoing needs.  Skilled services can include skilled nursing, case management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care, or IV antibiotics.  However, do your homework [...]

Payment Options for Senior HomeCare Services

One of the most challenging decisions seniors or their relatives can make is determining if and when to get help with their care.  Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own home, but sometimes the basic chores they take for granted may become too much.  They need some assistance with cooking, transportation, medication management, or simply could use some companionship.  Whatever the reason, the more difficult question often becomes how to pay for care.   FirstLantic offers guidance on payment options.  However, before determining the best way to fund it, it’s helpful to differentiate between home care and home health care.   Home Care Aides assist with daily living such as dressing, housekeeping, and transportation, referred to as personal care, attendant care, non-medical care, and companion care.  Home Health Aides can check patients' pulses, temperature, or respiration and assist with medications or medical equipment.  Home health aides are also known as nurse aides, nursing assistants, certified nursing assistants, and senior aides.  Finally, private duty nurses can provide the level of care a loved one needs to stay safely at home rather than in a nursing facility or hospital. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), geriatric nurses, and therapists can perform medical tasks such as administering and managing medications, wound care, speech, and physical therapy. Now that you have an overview of the differences between home care and home healthcare, we can discuss the payment options.  Although home care is often more affordable than assisted living facilities, it's still primarily an out-of-pocket expense except in a few situations. Long-Term Care Insurance Individuals with long-term care (LTC) insurance can use the benefits to pay for home care.  For persons without LTC insurance who require care they typically are not eligible to purchase insurance, or it would be cost-prohibitive.  For this reason, long-term care [...]

Six Ways for Adults to Get in the Halloween Spirit

Do you feel like you’re too mature to celebrate Halloween?  Have you given up on costumes since your kids moved out of the house?  Well, you’re never too old to have some fun.  And Halloween can be a great holiday to spend with friends and family with the right kind of adult activities (nothing too risqué, of course)!  FirstLantic has ideas that might make you forget your age and turn into a Halloween believer.  Remember, even the Grinch came around in the end! Horror Movie Marathon Invite some friends over that are scary movie fans, make some festive Halloween cocktails, pop some corn, light some candles, and prepare to cover your eyes if the movie gets too frightening.  You can even make a game out of it and keep track of the number of times that someone jumps or screams and then make the biggest scaredy-cat take everyone out for pizza later. And if you’re not a fan of gory movies, try a psychological thriller like The Shining instead. Costume Party Okay, hear us out – we are not talking about humans dressing up (although you can do that too).  We’re talking about getting the canines or felines into the action.  Gather some of your fellow animal lovers and organize your own Halloween costume contest with some “interesting” categories.  Most dramatic feline? Check.  Dog looking the most miserable wearing bunny ears.  Of course.  Canine that is most likely to chew through their costume.  Absolutely!  And don’t forget to have someone in the group take photos to record the fun.  Of course, the best-dressed canines or felines get some extra special treats for indulging their humans. Haunted House No, haunted houses are not just for teenagers.  It can be a lot of "fun" no matter your age to get some friends [...]

The Resilience of Seniors

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s lives in innumerable ways.  However, for many seniors, it has come at a highly vulnerable point in their life.  Seniors are already more susceptible to contagious disease because of decreased immunity and other age-related health issues.   However, add social isolation and anxiety about the health of friends and family, and you have an assumption that seniors would become increasingly depressed. In fact, studies show that the older population has been able to withstand the effects of COVID on their mental health much more than younger people.  For example, in August 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a survey noting that the 933 participants aged 65 years or older reported significantly lower percentages of an anxiety disorder (6.2%), depressive disorder (5.8%), or trauma- or stress-related disorder (TSRD) (9.2%) than participants in younger age groups. According to the report, of the 731 participants aged 18 through 24 years, 49.1% reported anxiety disorder; 52.3%, depressive disorder; and 46%, TSRD. Of the 1911 participants aged 25 through 44 years, 35.3% reported anxiety disorder; 32.5%, depressive disorder; and 36% for TSRD. Of the 895 participants aged 45 through 64 years, 16.1% said anxiety disorder, 14.4% had depressive disorder, and 17.2% had TSRD. Compared with other age groups, older adults also reported lower rates of new or increased substance use and suicidal ideation in the preceding 30 days, with rates of 3% and 2%, respectively. As October is National Depression and Awareness month, wants to draw attention to the severity of the problem for the population as a whole and understand more about how seniors have been more resilient in the face of the pandemic. To get additional insight, interviewed the CEO of Open Mind TeleHealth, Dr. Craig Beach, based on his unique perspective [...]

Celebrating Case Manager Week

If any group of professionals has been tasked with a herculean task, it is certainly those working within the healthcare industry.  From doctors to nurses to case managers, they have been on the front lines risking their own health, working grueling schedules, and dealing with incredible stress.  That’s why it’s so crucial to celebrate these professionals for their contributions.  Case management week which begins on October 11th and continues through the 17th is an opportunity to recognize the importance of this role and to thank them for their dedication.  This year’s theme is Transitions through Care, Expertise, and Integrity and it could not be more appropriate as healthcare professionals try to maneuver within the new reality of a global pandemic. Many people may not even know what case managers do unless you have had the experience of working with one directly.  Their role is to act as patient advocates and oversee the process of care delivered.  They work collaboratively and provide leadership to the health care team from the time that a patient is admitted to the hospital and throughout their treatment and discharge from a hospital or another healthcare facility. These professionals also provide guidance for long-term care, which includes decision-making about important treatment options.  Case managers typically work with patients who require constant, ongoing medical care such as someone who is suffering from cancer or geriatric illnesses.  Their role is to ensure that the patient receives the highest quality care possible. According to, many certified case managers hold a bachelor's degree in nursing, psychology, counseling, or other relevant areas. Some have a master's degree in health, human or education services or a related field or may complement an associate degree in health or human services with a registered nurse license.  To be successful in this role, certified case [...]

How Aging Affects Your Eyesight

Vision loss is a significant health issue among the elderly. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, one in three individuals suffers from some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65.  The most common causes of vision loss among seniors are glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.  Seniors and their family members must be aware of these conditions, especially since approximately 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2023. FirstLantic wants to make sure you have all the information necessary so that you can spot the signs and get help if necessary.  Here’s what you need to know: How Aging Affects Your Vision Most major eye diseases and conditions are age-related. Research shows that 65 percent of those with visual impairment and 82 percent of those who are blind are over the age of 50.  It's not uncommon for middle-aged adults to notice slight changes to their vision which then progresses over time. For example, between the ages of 41 and 60, changes often occur concerning the eyes' ability to focus. The eye itself is a complex organ made of two clear tissues. As you age, these tissues degenerate. When the lens is affected, cataracts are often the cause, whereas if the retina is affected, the aging process is often accompanied by macular degeneration. Common Eye Conditions to Be Aware of As You Age Dry Eye Around 70 percent of Americans over the age of 60 live with dysfunction of their meibomian glands. These glands produce the protective, oily components of tears. This leads to dry eye, resulting in potential discomfort, pain, and vision impairment. An age-related disease called Fuch's dystrophy is also a potential cause among the elderly. Women are also twice as likely to be affected by dry eye compared to men. [...]

Breast Cancer Awareness – Learn the Facts

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. wants to ensure that you know the facts about this disease because it could save you or a loved one’s life.  Take our short breast cancer quiz and test your knowledge.  Answers are given at the end of the quiz.   1. How many women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime? A. 1 in 20 B. 1 in 10 C. 1 in 8 D. 1 in 5   2. How many women will die from breast cancer this year in the U.S.? A. 2,000 B. 5,000 C. 21,000 D. 43,000   3. Can men get breast cancer? A. Yes B. No   4. Which women under the age of 45 are at the highest risk of breast cancer? A. Asian B. White C. Black D. Native American   5. Approximately, how many new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the U.S? A. 281,000 B. 53,000 C. 26,000 D. 8,000   6. What percentage of women that are diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of the disease? A. 25% B. 15% C. 10% D. 5%   7. What is the average 5-year survival rate for women in the U.S. diagnosed with localized breast cancer (meaning it has not spread beyond the breast) A. 50% B. 75% C. 85% D. 99%   8. If a woman has a first degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with a history of breast cancer, how much do her chances of getting breast cancer increase? A. Double B. Triple D. Quadruple   The bottom line is that women that are informed, get detected and treated early have a much higher chance of beating this deadly disease.  And remember if you [...]

September 28th, 2021|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |

Celebrating Five Hispanic Americans Who Broke Barriers

September 15th to October 15th officially represents Hispanic Heritage Month or Latinx Heritage Month as it is becoming known.  The celebration was initially one week and started by President Johnson to recognize the cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans.  President Reagan later extended it to one month.  With over 62 million people now within the U.S. identifying as part or wholly Hispanic, there could not be a better time to celebrate some of the most influential Hispanics in U.S. history.  While it is impossible to pay tribute to all Latinos who have made substantial contributions, FirstLantic Healthcare wants to recognize five extraordinary people who were first in their fields and given so much to America.   Rita Moreno Rita Moreno is the first Hispanic American woman to win an Academy Award for her performance in West Side Story.   Born in Puerto Rico, Moreno moved to New York when she was five and made her Broadway debut at just 13 years old.  She went on to star in numerous films, TV shows, and Broadway, paving the way for other actresses.  Despite Moreno's success in winning an Academy Award, she often dealt with discrimination in her movie career and was only asked to play stereotypical and insubstantial roles.  She became so frustrated that she took a seven-year hiatus from making movies.  When she eventually came back, she started taking more control of her career and acting in films to play more meaningful roles.  Moreno is only the third person ever to achieve the coveted EGOT, winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award by 1977. In 2019, she added a P to the achievement with a Peabody Award.   Cesar Chavez Chavez was born in Arizona to a Mexican American family and is remembered for his untiring fight for workers’ rights.  The Chavez family [...]

What is bad cholesterol and why does it matter?

We have all heard that having a high cholesterol score is not good for our health.  But you may not know what good and bad Cholesterol is, why it matters and what to do about it if you are in an unhealthy range.  So, in support of National Cholesterol Education Month, FirstLantic wants to do our part to educate on the risks of high Cholesterol and provide some simple steps to get you back on the path to health.  High Cholesterol is a huge problem that affects 102 million Americans over the age of 20.  It can be caused by an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and exacerbated by smoking.   What is Cholesterol exactly?   Cholesterol is a waxy type of fat or lipid that is used and produced by the body but can also come from animal-based foods and only animal-based food. Most people don't need Cholesterol from food as the body usually produces enough on its’ own.  We need healthy Cholesterol because it helps the cell membranes form layers that protect the contents of the cell by determining what can and cannot enter or leave the cell.   It is also necessary to help digest foods, make certain hormones, and produce Vitamin D.  Cholesterol is produced by the liver, which makes enough of it to ensure that your body can perform these vital functions.  That means that Cholesterol that comes from sources outside the body is not necessary or healthy.  Because Cholesterol cannot mix or dissolve in your blood, it needs the help of lipoproteins to move through your body.  These lipoproteins include:   Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is one of the two main lipoproteins. LDL is often called “the bad cholesterol.” High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the other main lipoprotein. HDL is often called “the good cholesterol.” Very-low-density lipoproteins [...]

September 14th, 2021|Categories: Cooking, Diet, Fitness, Health|Tags: , , |

Get Cooking with These Heart Healthy Recipes

If you missed FirstLantic’s blog last week, we provided some reasons to eat healthier and do your heart a favor.  We also included two easy and nutritious meals to try that take 25 minutes or less to prepare. If you didn’t take it to “heart” last week (pardon the pun), we’re going to give it one more good old-fashioned college try by tempting you with two more delicious recipes.  But first, take this brief quiz and see how well you do.  Click on the hyperlink in each question to get the answer. Which country in the world has the highest life expectancy? A. Switzerland B. Japan C. United States D. Hong Kong, China What percentage of the population in the U.S. has diabetes? A. 2.5% B. 5% C. 10.5% D. 25% Which country has the highest obesity rates in the world? A. Italy B. Mexico C. Canada D. United States What percentage of people with diabetes will die from some sort of heart-related illness? A. 25% B. 40% C. 55% D. 65% Which country in the world is the healthiest? A. Spain B. United States C. Japan D. Denmark Did any of the answers surprise you?  Did they make you realize why switching to a healthier diet is so important?  Now, some of you may be on board with the concept but you’re thinking that it’s going to take more time, or the food is going to be less than appealing.  However, we have two recipes below that are not only delicious but have been validated by The American Heart Association as being good for your heart.  So, no more excuses, let’s get cookin’!   White Bean Tomato and Bruschetta Salad Serves 2-4   2 small tomatoes (diced) OR 16 oz. canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes (drained, rinsed) 1 clove fresh, minced garlic [...]

September 7th, 2021|Categories: Cooking, food, Health|Tags: , , |
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