Tips for Family Caregivers
Posted By Maryann Porosky On AUGUST 15,2017
At Caring Choices, we know the incredible contribution of family members. That's why we provide a monthly newsletter filled with tips to help in the very important work that you do. This month we look at driving, Medicare, and heartburn. (Hopefully the first two aren't giving you the latter! And if they are, maybe these articles will help.)
The caregiver-friendly car. Driving your relative to errands or doctor appointments may be a big part of your caregiving week. According to AARP, family caregivers provide their loved ones with 1.4 billion car trips a year! Learn about features in a car that can make eldercare easier for you and the person you care for.
Medicare's Triple Aim. There are Medicare changes in the works designed to improve the care patients receive. Called "The Triple Aim," they focus on new payment incentives to doctors and hospitals that are expected to yield better outcomes, lower costs, and increased patient satisfaction. Find out more about changes that can make your life easier, such as phone visits, shared decision making, and caregiver support.
Is heartburn a problem? A burning or tight sensation in the chest could be heartburn (aka GERD) or could be a heart attack. It's important to get a diagnosis first. After that, lifestyle changes can help keep the pain in check.
You juggle a lot!
If your life is getting consumed with multiple spinning plates, you are not alone! This is the challenge faced by many who care for an aging relative. We are the north New Jersey experts in family caregiving. If some of your plates are wobbling or you are tired of the worry and stress of keeping them all aloft, give us a call at 973-627-4087. We understand your situation and can make life much simpler.