Windward’s Aging Life Care Managers Receive Certification

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Congratulations to our Aging Life Care Managers who recently passed their Care Manager Certification (CMC) exam. Jill Bansberg, MSW, Denise Callas, RN, and Janai Quintana, MSW just received their CMC designation from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers which is also recognized by the Aging Life Care Association®.

Care managers applying for the Care Manager Certification from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) must meet specific criteria. Applicants with a master’s in a field related to care management must obtain at least one year of supervised case management experience and pass a certification exam. Applicants with a bachelor’s in a field related to care management must have two years of supervised experience in order to sit for the exam. The exam covers key topics related to care management including: clinical approaches and theories; dementia care; benefits and entitlements; legal issues affecting older adults; and professional ethics. Certification is a sign to consumers that their Aging Life Care Manager® is experienced and committed to professionalism in the field.

Windward Life Care’s clinical team of Aging Life Care Managers have the CMC or are working towards it. As part of their continuing education and clinical support, they meet weekly with our Director of Clinical Services, who has worked in the field of aging for 35 years. Windward also provides monthly educational meetings covering a wide range of topics from dementia care to working with the LGBTQ community.

You can meet all of our team members including Jill, Denise, and Janai here on our Meet Our Team page.

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Celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

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Contributed by Jill Mendlen, President/CEO/ LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care.

Hospice and Palliative Care are two comprehensive programs that are dedicated to easing suffering and providing support to patients and their families during their healthcare journey.

Both programs combine the highest level of quality medical care with spiritual and emotional support for patients and their care givers.

Living every day to its fullest is the focus and goal of both hospice and palliative care. Being able to care for patients and their families during a very important and powerful time in life is truly an honor and privilege.

Understanding the unique aspects of each program can help you chose the program that is best for you or your loved one.

Hospice

Is a specialized type of healthcare designed to provide support and care to individuals in the final phase of a life limiting illness which is defined by Medicare as 6 months or less if a disease follows its normal course. Cure is no longer possible therefore the focus is on comfort and quality of life. Hospice care is provided by a team of professionals which includes – physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, home health aides and volunteers. In addition to clinical care hospice also provides medications, equipment and supplies related to the terminal illness.

Hospice Care is fully covered by Medicare, MediCal and most insurance companies and managed care plans.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative Care is generally provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to form an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any state in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

Payment for Palliative Care is still evolving. We would be happy to answer questions you may have about how to best access Palliative Care.

Please call us at 858.458.2992 if we can be of any assistance or answer any questions you may have.

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Caregiving Through the Holidays

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Contributed by Martha Rañón
Director of Government & Community Affairs

For some, the holidays are a time of joy, celebrations, being with family and friends, enjoying dinners and get-togethers. It can be a time for cooking, playing and gift giving. However, for those who are caring for the well-being of someone and are in the role of caregiving, the holidays can mean something totally different.

I often hear from family caregivers who are so overwhelmed by the impending holidays that they rather skip them all together. For them, it can be a time of stress, guilt, tensions, and negative experiences. This is understandable. As family caregivers, we put a lot of responsibility on ourselves to “perform” and meet everyone’s expectations. The dinner must be just right, the decorations perfect, and all the details that come with gift giving must be properly considered. But what if we simplified the holidays?

Here are some steps that can help you manage your caregiving responsibilities during the holidays while enjoying getting together with family and friends.

  1. Re-evaluate your family/holiday traditions
  2. Focus on celebrating memories
  3. Keep decorations to a minimum
  4. Smaller gatherings are less stressful than larger crowds
  5. Celebrate earlier in the day when you and your loved ones are less tired
  6. Provide soothing activities
  7. Modify your expectations
  8. Ask for help
  9. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone about your feelings
  10. Start your gift buying early

Are you assisting or concerned about a family member or friend?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Southern Caregiver Resource Center can help you by providing specialized information, one-on- one support, counseling, support groups, respite, education and will help you create a care plan for you and your loved one.

For more information on these FREE support services, please contact us at:

1800-827-1008 • (858) 268-4432

www.caregivercenter.org

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