Observation Status

Did you know that you could go to the ER for chest pains, stay in the hospital for 2 nights- and Medicare Part A  might not cover your expenses? If you are not admitted the hospital (meaning you have been put on ‘observation status’) than your coverage is different than if you had been actually admitted as a patient.

This is an important distinction that many people need to be aware of! Whenever you go to the hospital, be sure to ask DAILY if you are considered inpatient or outpatient. Just because you have spent the night (or several nights) in the hospital DOES not mean you have been admitted as an inpatient.

Let’s say for example you go to the hospital for an outpatient procedure- while you are there, your blood pressure spikes and the doctor decides to keep you overnight to keep an eye on things. This does NOT mean you have been admitted to the hospital, and Medicare Part A will not pay for any of the expenses incurred during this hospital stay.

Even when your primary care doctor writes an order for you to be inpatient, don’t assume that you are admitted. The hospital can still make the decision to put you on observation (outpatient). In this type of situation, the hospital must inform you in writing of this change. Be alert for any paperwork that you receive while in the hospital.

There are a few reasons why inpatient versus outpatient is so important- namely because the cost of services while you are in the hospital will vary depending on your status. X Rays, Lab work, even prescription costs will be different depending on whether or not you are admitted or under observation.

Another very important reason to make sure you are actually admitted to the hospital is because if you need to go to a Skilled Nursing Facility after being in the hospital, medicare part A will only cover your expenses after a 3 day inpatient hospital stay. The daily rate at a SNF is

  • Days 1–20: $0 for each benefit period.

  • Days 21–100: $152 coinsurance per day of each benefit period.

  • Days 101 and beyond: all costs.*

*Keep in mind that you can receive custodial care in the privacy of  your own home for about the same price. Call Capability Homecare today to learn more. 425 679 5770.

For more information about Medicare and what is covered, click here!

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Senior Centers for those who Age In Place

One of the benefits to moving to a retirement community is the opportunity for social interactions with other seniors. However, numerous studies have shown that most elderly people prefer to remain at home rather than move. The choice to ‘age in place’ is one we fully support at Capability Homecare, yet we also recognize the importance of social interactions and life enrichment.

Luckily, in the Seattle/ Eastside area we have a number of senior centers that provide these social needs- for those seniors who want to ‘age in place‘. It’s the best of both worlds- you get to stay in your home but also have the opportunity to get out, see friends, have a nice meal, play games, learn a craft, participate in outings and enjoy life!

Besides the social interaction, one advantage of senior centers is that they connect older adults to a variety of services. There are many services available to the senior population- yet educating them on all of their options is sometimes difficult. Senior centers can be that gathering place where information is available.

Some of the other benefits to a senior center include:

  • Information and assistance
  • Health, Fitness and wellness programs
  • Meal and nutrition programs
  • Transportation services
  • Public benefits counseling
  • Employment assistance
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Educational and arts programs
  • Intergenerational programs

The best news is that participating in a senior center can actually be good for you!

“Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic well-being.”*

Check out the list below to find the senior center closest to you!  

Ballard Northwest Senior Activity Center

5429 – 32nd Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-0403
(206) 297-0558 (FAX)
Burien Senior Program
14700 6TH Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 988-3700

Central Area Senior Center
500 30th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 461-7816

Columbia Club
424 Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 448-5021

Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 297-0875

International Drop-In Center
409 Maynard Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 587-3735

Northwest Senior Center
5429 32nd Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 461-7811

Pike Market Senior Center
1931 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-2773

Ravenna-Bryant Senior Center
6559 Ravenna Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-0718

Salvation Army Senior Center
9002 16th SW
Seattle, WA 98106-2354
(206) 763-8842

Senior Center Of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-4044Shoreline Senior Center
18560 1st Ave. NE #1
Seattle, WA 98155
(206) 365-1536

South Park Senior Center
8201 10th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-3650

Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S Holly St.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-0317

Tallmadge Hamilton House
5225 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 524-0473

Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 461-7825

King County outside of Seattle

Auburn Senior Center
808 9th St SE
Auburn WA 98002-4132
(253) 931-3016

Federal Way Senior Center
4016 S. 352nd
Auburn, WA 98001
(253) 838-3604

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Senior Center
39015 172nd Ave. SE
Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 939-3311

North Bellevue Community Center/City of Bellevue Aging Services
4063 148th Ave. NE (PO Box 90012)
Bellevue, WA 98009-9012
(425) 452-7681
E-Mail: nbcsc@bellevuewa.gov

Black Diamond Senior Center
31605 3rd Ave. (PO Box 220)
Black Diamond WA 98010
(360) 886-2418

Northshore Senior Center
10201 E. Riverside Dr.
Bothell, WA 98011
(425) 487-2441

Sno-Valley Senior Center
P.O. Box 96
Carnation, WA 98014
(425) 333-4152

Des Moines Senior Center
22030 Cliff Ave. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198
(206) 878-1642

Enumclaw Senior Center
1350 Cole St.
Enumclaw, WA 98022-2633
(360) 825-4741

Klahanee Senior Center
33901 9th Ave.
Mail To: 33530 1st Way S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
(253) 661-4151

Issaquah Valley Senior Center
105 2nd Ave. NE (PO Box 786)
Issaquah, WA 98027-0786
(425) 392-2381

Kent Senior Center
600 E. Smith St.
Kent, WA 98031-4628
(253) 859-3342

Kirkland Senior Center
352 Kirkland Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-1223

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation
2040 84th Av SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 236-3545

Mount Si Senior Center
411 S. Main St. (P.O. Box 806)
North Bend, WA 98045
(425) 888-3434

Pacific/Algona Senior Center
100 3rd Ave. SE
Pacific, WA 98047-1335
(253) 931-8289

Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052-3534
(425) 556-2314

Renton Senior Center
211 Burnett Avenue North
Renton, WA 98055-1626
(425) 430-6633

North Seatac Park
Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S.
Sea Tac, WA 98168
(206) 439-9273

Tukwila Senior Program
12424-42nd Ave. South
Tukwila, WA 98168-3133
(206) 768-2822

Vashon-Maury Senior Center
P.O. Box 848
Vashon Island, WA 98070
(206) 463-5173

http://www.scn.org/seniors/senior_ctrs.html

*Source: http://www.ncoa.org/press-room/fact-sheets/senior-centers-fact-sheet.html#sthash.49aIE2NF.dpuf

 

Does your Senior Parent need Homecare?

Do you, or does someone you love need Homecare?

This list of questions will help you decide if Homecare is the best solution for your needs.   Use it as a conversation starter, or as a tool to decide if homecare is the best option.

  1. Do you ever feel disoriented or confused?
  2. Have you recently had a fall?
  3. Do you feel unsafe in your own home?
  4. Is it difficult to get in and out of bed?
  5. Do you skip meals?
  6. Do you feel lonely?
  7. Do you need assistance with bathing?
  8. Do you have incontinence?
  9. Do you need a ride to appointments or errands?
  10. Can you do your own laundry?
  11. Do you need help getting dressed?
  12. Are you showing signs of dementia?
  13. Are you able to clean your own home?
  14. Are you recovering from surgery?
  15. Do you need help exercising and staying fit?
  16. Do you need medication reminders?
  17. Do you have a hard time climbing stairs?
  18. Do you eat a lot of frozen meals?
  19. Do wake in the middle of the night and need help?
  20. Do you have an illness or chronic condition?

If you answered yes to 2 or more, Homecare might be a great option for you or your loved one.

For as little as $100 a day, you can have assistance in the privacy of your own home. Many Long Term Care insurance policies will cover most of the cost of homecare, so please call us today to find out how we can help you stay in your home and stay safe. 425 679 5770

Capability Homecare is locally owned and operated and serves seniors in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties.

Using Friends or Neighbors for Caregivers? Why Risk It?

We often hear of cases where an elderly person starts to needs a little extra help with Activities of Daily Living and a well intentioned family member, friend, or even someone from the church offers to ‘help’ take care of them.

Unfortunately, these good intentions usually fail to consider the following:

  • personal liability

  • worker related injuries

  • abuse and financial exploitation

  • no supervision

  • no oversight or care management

  • not paying into payroll tax

  • lack of training

  • no background check

  • no reference check

  • no drivers license/ insurance check

  • caregiver is not a CNA (certified nursing assistant)

By using a Homecare agency, you are protecting yourself, your loved one and their finances. You will have peace of mind knowing the caregiver is licensed, bonded and insured. You will trust that their work will be carefully managed, supervised and regulated. You will know they have undergone a background check, had references checked and have a safe driving record. You will know they are properly trained in caregiving and nutrition. And should an emergency arise- you will know your loved one will have an alternative caregiver provided by the agency.

If you have hired a caregiver on your own and they get injured on the job, the ramifications can be devastating.

According to the Homecare Association of America, a work related injury could be … the most potentially financially devastating result for consumers and workers who are unaware of the employer-employee relationship. If no workers’ compensation protection is provided (as mandated by law for employees for nearly every state), and the worker sustains an on-the-job accident, the liabilities can be substantial. Medical costs and disability payments for workers could cause financial hardship for even a very wealthy client.’

When considering the potential for problems, it simply isn’t worth the risk- especially when there are so many capable and well respected agencies that you can count on to make this very difficult time of your life much easier.

Call Capability Homecare today, our motto is ‘a relationship you can trust’.

All You Need is Love

I was out to lunch with my children the other day- and as I sat and looked at them across the table my heart was literally filled with love.

Like bursting at the seams love.

I honestly didn’t know it was possible to love someone so wholly.

I looked at my kids and thought:

I love you more than anyone else in the world will ever love you-

I know you better than anyone else in the world will ever know you-

and I will always feel this way, no matter what.

It’s a pretty powerful love a mother has for a child. It’s also a reciprocal relationship. Despite my flaws, my children love me completely as well. In their eyes I am beautiful, smart, funny and kind.

I’m not sure why I’m writing about this love for my kids- except that in working with seniors and their families- we see this sort of love all the time. We see how even when children are adults and have families of their own- that love between a parent and child never fades.

We have a client who lives on Mercer Island. His daughter loves him so much- during our initial assessment, she ( a 50 year old woman) kept exclaiming ‘My dad deserves the best caregiver because he is the BEST dad in the whole world’. Her love for her father was bursting at the seams. She is so proud of him- and wanted to make sure we recognized what an incredible man he is.  Because of her unconditional love, she wanted the very best for him.

That is what separates Capability Homecare from the others.

We understand that love- and we take the time to get to know our clients. We treat them as if they are our parents- and we offer them the very BEST caregivers. Our standards are higher because we truly understand the importance of having the very best care for the one you love.  Nothing else will do.

If you have a family member who is in need of in home care, please call Capability Homecare today 425 679-5770.