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In-home care rules offered to curb abuse

In-home care rules offered to curb abuse

Anchorage Daily News http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/6704170p-6591217c.html

COSTS UP 900 PERCENT: Quarter of state payments may be in error.
By LISA DEMER Anchorage Daily News (Published: July 13, 2005)

Soaring costs and suspected abuses call for new controls in a state program intended to provide in-home help to Alaskans with severe disabilities or those who are elderly and frail, state officials said this week….
THE STATE IS OFFERING informational workshops and soliciting public comment on proposed new regulations affecting the personal care assistant program. The proposed regulations are available on the state Web site at: www.hss.state.ak.us/publicnotice/regulations.cfm.

Another resource for in-situ eldercare

I ran across this link from the state’s health and human services department. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about it. The parent website isn’t helpful. It sounds like a health payment manager of some sort; sort of a personal Medicaid manager, maybe, authorized under contract to the state. It would certainly be a useful role for families or individuals looking for individual home health care. It doesn’t sound like it is an employer. It might be useful if a family member wishes to become a caregiver and receive Medicaid or insurance coverage for that service. I know there are other programs to train family members as caregivers (can’t remember the specific programs, sorry. However, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. once had training for personal care attendants, PCA)

The company homepage is almost no help.

“CDPC performs fiscal intermediary functions for the Consumer, including processing time sheets, billing Medicaid, and caregiver payroll. CDPC provides training for the Consumer and resources for caregiver training and also assists the Consumer in maintaining program compliance.”

The Arizona program description is a bit more helpful–

“What is Consumer-Directed Personal Care?
Consumer-Directed Care is available to individuals who need attendant care services in their home. Self-Directed care puts you in control, allowing you to arrange and direct your own services. You select, train and manage your caregiver who may be a trusted friend, neighbor or relative. Individuals must be capable of directing their own services or arranging for a representative to act on their behalf.”

Contact info for the Alaska program is http://www.consumerdirectonline.net/alaska/ Anyone have any experience with this group?

Invited by the state in 2001 to help develop the Consumer Directed Personal Care Services Program, we are proud to be part of communities across the state of Alaska by supporting and promoting self-directed personal care services. The program is specifically intended to allow individuals with health care needs to remain in their homes and communities avoiding placement in an institution. This program is designed for individuals who are capable of directing their own personal care services or appointing a Personal Representative to act on their behalf.

Alaska program requirements include:
* Eligibility for Alaska Medicaid
* The need for assistance with activities of daily
living such as:
– medication reminders – transfers
– bathing & hygiene – dressing & grooming
– ambulation – eating
– toileting, bowel & bladder care
* Authorization by a health care professional that assistance is necessary
* Completion of an assessment for placement in the program
* There is no age requirement in the state of Alaska

Contact a program coordinator at:
Anchorage
The Emerald Building
615 East 82nd Ave, Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99518
Phone: (907) 222-2652
Toll free: 1- 888 – 966-8777
Fax: (907) 677-8777
infoAK AT ConsumerDirectOnline DOT net

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Kenai
Kodiak


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2003 what the City’s intentions are

2004 Nursing Homes: what LTC providers learned from battling four hurricanes

2004- Elderly in Florida at risk in every hurricane season

2006 AI/AN data report from US Census 2000

2006 National Adult Day Services Week

A push for stay-at-home healthcare

A say in one’s or other’s life?

AARP Bulletin: Blogosphere 101

AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE LONG TERM CARE CONFERENCE 2006

Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Awards

Activism At All Ages

Activity and exercise

Administration on Aging Pandemic Preparation

Administration on Aging Region X: AK, ID, OR, WA

After Katrina, transplanted Creoles vow to keep culture alive

Age at retirement and long term survival of an industrial population BMJ

Age by decade

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Caring is a man’s job too

By Jonathan Peterson, Times Staff Writer
November 27, 2006

Dutiful daughters and nurturing wives have long dominated the ranks of society’s caregivers. That, at least, is the stereotype.

Such a view is out of date, healthcare experts say. Both genders, it turns out, are playing a crucial role — and at significant personal cost — in providing hands-on care to ailing relatives. Their efforts have emerged as a foundation of the larger U.S. healthcare system, helping family members survive at home and perhaps prolonging their lives….

…family helpers who also hold full-time jobs outside the home, for example, men now outnumber women 52% to 48%…

Such unpaid helpers are a pillar of the healthcare system. Arno, who has studied the matter, estimated that it would “conservatively” cost the nation $320 billion a year to pay for such efforts, almost double what the public spends on nursing homes and on paid in-home care.

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Think ahead to stay safe at home

Think ahead to stay safe at home
Most people say they want to live at home as they get older yet few have a clue about the complexities involved….

Liz Taylor mentions seven major barriers to address. Some of these are familiar, such as isolation or safety mods. But the need for a reliable person to monitor in-home care (patient advocate) isn’t usually anticipated. A crucial yet often neglected step is to prepare oneself to determine when it is time to move. All of the Growing Older columns are available at www.seattletimes.com/growingolder.

  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Physical activity
  • Malnutrition
  • Oversight: I firmly believe no one should have in-home help without a close friend or family member available to monitor. If you have no one like this to call on, I recommend hiring a geriatric-care manager (see last Monday’s column) to serve in this capacity.
  • Safety
  • Live in the right house (structural arrangement)
  • Know when to move

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